Blessed to preach this Pouhere Sunday at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland. An excerpt from that sermon goes:
It’s been 25 years since the birth of the Pouhere. 25 years of agreement, that we are different. 25 years of tino rangatiratanga or self-determination. 25 years of contextual mission and ministry. 25 years of celebrating a three tikanga church. How do you think we are doing? Is it working? Is it what we wanted it to be when we dreamed it up in 1992? Does it promise something more in the future? And if so, what? What can we expect in the next 25 years? More of the same? Something different?
It has been my experience, in the past 20 years, that by all accounts each tikanga are doing their own thing, in their own way. Rarely do we worship together, or share our pulpits. We haven’t learnt 3T hymns… and could never competently deliver services in 3T languages. Some do better than others and some are, let’s say, less willing. So, what does Pouhere Sunday 2018 poke us to do?
Sing to the Lord a new song, Isaiah says, his praises from the end of the earth! Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice!