Thursday, 25 December 2014
Te Harinui - glad tidings of great joy
Christmas greetings from my home to yours.
As you open your Christmas gifts pause for a moment to remember
why we celebrate at this time of the year.
'For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son
so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life'.
Two hundred years ago on December 25th,
Samuel Marsden preached the first sermon on new Zealand soil
to the Maori people and the pakeha (europeans)
who were in Oihi Bay at the time.
Today we commemorate that momentous event
as we celebrate the birth of our saviour.
Let me finish with a well loved New Zealand carol
written in 1957 by Willow Macky.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas
and all you hope for during 2015.