Sunday, 19 February 2017

Another Sunday

I led worship and preached in Knox Presbyterian Church today, and felt unnervingly at home. The music was polished and beautifully presented while remaining accessible. I like the building. It soars skyward and gently embraces all in the right places. It's large enough to seat 800 people, but even with today's congregation of  150 or so it didn't feel empty.  In my time I have been a member of the South Canterbury and Waikato Presbytries, so I have know the minister of Knox, Kerry Enrright since the mid 1980s, and ever since he has been here we agreed that one day I'd make this ecumenical gesture. Well, today was the day.

This afternoon Selwyn College opened again for business. All Saints, which functions as the college chapel was full to bursting with the 190 nervous students and a far greater number of their even more nervous parents. I preached (for the seventh and last time!) and inducted the new warden, Ashley Day. We all trooped out into the sunshine for speeches and then the waiata and haka. It is always a spine tingling moment, seeing last years students lined up to challenge and welcome this years' freshers. These are some of our country's brightest and best and they are all about to be immersed in Selwyn's rich, supportive, arcane, congenial, sometimes baffling, always self assured traditions.


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