New Zealand National Anthem

In New Zealand we have two national anthems of equal status: God of Nations and God Save the Queen. God of Nations was written as a poem/prayer by Thomas Bracken of Dunedin in the 1870’s and was set to the music of John Joesph Woods of Lawrence in 1876. On Christmas Day that year it was first performed in Dunedin but did not become an official national anthem until 1977.  A Māori version was written in 1878 and today the first verses of both the English and Māori are commonly sung at events where as a nation we are stressing our national identity – ie before a sporting test. But I also like to sing it as a prayer.

Please consider it carefully and pray it. For those of us in the Wakatipu, especially as we seek God’s guidance in establishing the Wakatipu Global Community, this is a particularly appropriate prayer. These old words speak to our situation today. We seek to worship together, men and women from the nations, our responsibility before God is to call all people of every race to come and know God, to worship God and to grow in faith.

God of nations! at Thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our Free Land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star,
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand

Men of ev’ry creed and race
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our Free Land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our State,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our Free Land.
Lord of battles in thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our Free Land.
From dishonour and from shame
Guard our country’s spotless name
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom’s ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our Free Land.
Guide her in the nations’ van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy Glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Pastor’s Pen – 14 September

Dear Church,It is spring! believe me that is correct even though it doesn’t always feel like it. Spring speaks to me of life, and new life, so what better time to discuss the life we have in Christ. Spring reminds us that death does not have the last word, this is also Paul’s message based upon the resurrection of Jesus he believes that we too will live again. And this is not just a simple resuscitation we’re talking about resurrection means transformation. Recognisable, physical, but transformed – that sounds good to me.

So think about it.
  • What does resurrection mean to you? 
  • How does it affect your living today?
  • How does it affect the way you face the future?

Please note copies of previous sermons are normally posted on our Facebook page or on in our web page. Feel free to look, to comment, to share.PS The Web page has undergone a facelift. Check it out for yourself. The best way to find it is to actually do a search on Google – I believe you’ll find it easily. And the more searches the better as this increases the rating of the page.

Guests:    YWAM have a small team in town for the next 2 weeks. During that time they will be taking part in worship, especially at St John’s, St Andrew’s and Glenorchy, and may visit other services as well. They would also like to help out where they can by doing some work: so if you have firewood needing to be stacked, a garden weeded, windows washed or something similar please let me know and I’ll see if they still have time in their schedule.
Has started with a rush, wonderful last Saturday to be inundated as guests kept on arriving, more than we had expected.
Thankyou to those who have offered to help with meals: we do have enough for this week but will need ongoing help. Also help will be needed to serve and clean up: please let me know if this is you!
ANNUAL MEETING – Sunday 30th September – reports are overdue NOW, please send to Jean immediately.
Special Guests:    The Fleck Family: Kenneth & Kim, Jenna & Shani, will be with us on Sunday 7th October, to share of their work. Usually living in Chiang Mai, Thailand they work to combat HIV and AIDS with the support of SIM NZ
General Assembly: I will be away from the 2nd to 11th October to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, plus have a few days leave. Murray Shallard will also be in attendance as will Pastor João Petreceli who will be an international guest of the Assembly representing the Presbyterian Church of Chile.
Fair: Saturday 27th October is our FAIR DAY!
Donations of the following can be made from now on by leaving them at the St Margaret’s kitchen:
  • Oranges, lemons, grapefruit for marmalade.
  • Frozen Fruit for Jam
  • Packs of Grated Cheese for Cheese Rolls  
  • Pray for Alpha, that people will be open to the gospel; that God will enable understanding; that participants will know they matter to God and to us.
  • Pray for the young man who I just met with; a young man seeking to turn his life around and to live for God. He confessed and asked to receive Jesus, we prayed, now he needs the support of Christian friends, worship, discipleship and commitment. Praise god he has made a beginning!
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