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Masterton Parish’s history website: remains at the same address.

Together we pray – Sunday, 16 February 2014

Bidding:        We find in you a listening place
Response:     Lord, hear our prayer

Loving, Creator God, the earth is your footstool and
bears the imprint of your artistry.
We thank you for the beauty around us –
summer colours,
fragrance after rain,
clear rivers and ocean waves.

Guide us to make life-giving choices in our stewardship of the earth. Continue reading

News – February 2, 2014 – Presentation in the temple

Presentation of Christ in the temple - Menologion of Basil

This icon shows Mary handing the Baby Jesus to Simeon, while in the background Joseph holds the two turtle doves for the sacrifice. 

When he was eight days’ old Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple to meet the requirements of the Law of Moses. They brought with them two turtle doves as a sacrifice, as the law required.

The devout, elderly Simeon, who was “guided by the Spirit,” was at the temple when they arrived.  God had promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen Christ (Luke 2:26) Continue reading

100 years celebrated

Hilda Payne, members of Evensong Choir and members of congregation

A special Choral Evensong on Sunday, 22 September 1913, marked 100 years since St Matthew’s moved from the corner of Queen Street and Church Street, to its present site.  The second St Matthew’s church, dedicated on St Matthew’s Day, 1913, was damaged and subsequently demolished following the 1942 Wairarapa earthquake. The present church was dedicated in April 1958. Continue reading

Evensong marks 100 years on present site

Chancel, organ and sanctuary of second St Matthew's Church

Chancel and Sanctuary, second St Matthew’s Church, showing the 1899 Hobday pipe organ, the carved pulpit, choir stalls, altar rails, altar, reredos and Meredith windows – 09-156/32.R12B4S1

I was glad when they said unto me:
We will go into the House of the Lord

St Matthew’s Day, 21 September 2013, marked 100 years since St Matthew’s moved into its second church on a new site in Church Street, where it is today. Continue reading

Dreadlocks and sausage rolls

Sausage rolls on plate
Sausage rolls

Greetings Family

As we approach the shortest day and the heart of winter, I pray that we each may experience afresh God’s love, grace and compassion in the darkness of our own lives.

Often, as a Bishop, I get asked three questions: the first normally revolves around my appearance – having dreadlocks and bare feet or jandals; the second is my view on the same sex issues facing the Church; and the distant third is around my seeming addiction to sausage rolls … Continue reading

Bishop Justin leading the charge

Bishop Justin Duckworth
Bishop Justin Duckworth

The media fascination with Bishop Justin Duckworth continues, with a recent article in Wellington’s Dompost.

By the glow of a candle stub cradled inside a coconut shell, Justin Duckworth says sorry for letting anxiety and stress get in the way. And at morning prayers the next day, in the tiny chapel he helped build in the foothills of the Tararua Range, the Bishop of Wellington asks God for insight into a difficult problem. Continue reading