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Chapel Messages



Thursday 25/11/2021

Morning Everyone.
Just want to shout out first up to student Loloahi Siale whose birthday it was yesterday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

We may not understand the lyrics and words of songs in another language, but you can certainly feel the joy which underscores the singing and level of joy that God in Jesus Christ can cause people to feel because they understand the reign of Christ in their hearts and lives. It just makes you want to sing. It makes you want to tap your feet, to get up and dance. You can understand why King David felt at times like ‘dancing’ before the Lord in the Temple.

It’s that feel good buzz, but it’s more than JUST a feel good buzz, because WE know when everything else may fail and fall away God’s got us! There is no falling away, there is no failing in God’s care and love for and of us.  This is God’s intention and purpose to never let us forget what Jesus is on about, that his reign is as Jesus says ‘different from other Kings of this world.’ It is in that essence of difference which causes us to want to dance and sing, sing and dance in thanksgiving for what has been done for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God is intentional and not without purpose, and God’s intention and purpose, a plan put well into place the Bible reminds us, even before the beginning of time. For God’s thoughtfulness we are grateful, Amen.

Have a blessed day

Rev Ali'itasi Aoina-Salesa
Superintending Chaplain / Dean of Wellbeing

Wednesday 24/11/2021

Talofa Lava Everyone
Every day is a new day and every new day is a day where we are invited to seize the day ‘carpe diem’ …
Latin for ‘seize the day.’ If you’re interested in where this phrase was made  recently famous check out the movie
‘The Dead Poet’s Society’ which starred the late actor Robin Williams. It’s a cool movie.

How do we ‘carpe diem’ seize each new day?
The Bible reading is from 2 Samuel 23:1-5 on p401 in the Wesley Bibles.
These are the last words of King David much loved by God and the King of Israel.
What can help us seize the day is the direction sometimes we’re given from hearing God’s word or the message for the day … spending quiet time … being still, being still with God. Maybe  even just taking 5 mins to check your day out before you start and planning how you will get through it … do you have all you need to help you get through your day? All these things are the things we can do to ensure we ‘seize the day’ well. Be prepared mentally, emotionally, physically. It may even mean thinking about going to bed early the night before. All these things we need to consider when we want to ‘seize the day’ well.

King David in the reading takes us right back to the basics when he says in v5 ‘If my house wasn’t right with God then God would not have made an everlasting covenant with me … granted me my every desire … given me everything I asked for.’ It calls us to think about our priorities, what things are important in our lives and how do we reflect their importance? If God is important then reflect in our lives how important it is. How do we treat other people? How do we care for the environment? How do we treat people we don’t know or find hard to love? This is what King David is talking about when getting his house in order. He ruled as a King doing what was right and fair and just and he walked humbly with and beside God. Where have we heard that before? Yes our School prayer Micah 6:8 ‘And what does the Lord require of each of us: To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.’

This is all part of getting our ‘house’ in order and when our house is in order we reflect through our actions and words what that order is about, all about seizing the day in God’s way.  In v4 I love the way King David’s rule is described as  4  ‘… like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’
How cool is that!
God wants us to seize the day from beginning to end and then enables us by showing us how. Amen!

Have a blessed day

Rev Ali'itasi Aoina-Salesa
Superintending Chaplain / Dean of Wellbeing

Tuesday 23/11/2021

Fakalofa lahi atu kia moutolu oti. Good morning Everyone!
 
The Gospel reading for this week of the ‘Reign of Christ’ is John 18:33-37 on page 1341.
When we ask questions we’re usually wanting to know the answer. We’re usually wanting to know the truth of something, we’re seeking answers which will not only satisfy our curiosity, our need to know, but provides us with the truth.
Pilate’s question to Jesus is simple enough ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus’ response though is not so simple and it’s clear that many didn’t  back then and still today do not understand the kind of King Jesus was. Others just don’t want to know …the too hard basket.
 
In the lead up to Jesus death he is “handed over” by a whole lot  of people who didn’t want to be responsible for his death … from Judas to Pilate no one wanted to know. Yet John the writer of this Gospel is not content to have us think that Jesus was the innocent victim or bystander of others’ betrayal. On the cross, it is Jesus who “hands over” his spirit. Jesus’ purpose, “to witness to the truth” of who he truly was, the Son of God. In the end, it is Jesus, and not Judas, the Jews, or Pilate, who has the say about his death when, where, how and why.
 
Jesus’ kingship can be difficult to see and understand, because the truth of who Jesus is, is only truly revealed when he is on the Cross. Some might say too little too late. Others see what was revealed on the Cross. Others see the truth of who Jesus truly was. Others are given the truth to their questions.
 
Jesus invites our questions and our seeking the truth. Keep asking, keep seeking with all our heart and we will find the truth of who we are revealed in the truth of who Jesus Christ is. Amen!
 
Have a blessed day
 

Rev Ali'itasi Aoina-Salesa
Superintending Chaplain / Dean of Wellbeing

Monday 22/11/2021

Kia orana tatou katoatoa
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Yr 10 Taufa Tuitavuki and  Yr 9 Doran Spark Taitimu. Enjoy your day!
GO WELL  to those students sitting the Physics, Dance and Media Studies exams today.
GREETINGS  from Rev Sylvia Akau’ola Tongotongo to our Wesley community. Sylvia finished yesterday at her parish Burwood Heights in Melbourne after seven years of ministry there. Sylvia moves on to a position working for the Victoria and Tasmania Synod in the area of Intercultural faith. Congratulations Sylvia. We wish you well!

Yesterday was the last Sunday of the Church Calendar year which means next Sunday is the first Sunday in the Season of Advent.
This final Sunday and week we’re asked to think about the Reign of Christ and what it means for us as we come to the end of another Church year.
The Psalm for this week is Psalm 93 on p729 in the Wesley Bibles.

The Psalm reminds us of God’s massive never changing nature and all the images of the sea speaks to God’s great power. God is the kind of sovereign we can have confidence in … God is the kind of God whom we can trust to always do the right thing by us. In the middle of whatever is going on in the world, in the middle of whatever we might be going through in our own lives, God’s unchanging nature of sovereignty, of protection and of power reminds us God is always with us. God isn’t going anywhere or away and in the middle of our life is always there for us.
God is someone to be trusted and we trust as we follow.

Have a blessed day

Rev Ali'itasi Aoina-Salesa
Superintending Chaplain / Dean of Wellbeing

Thursday 18/11/2021

Malo e lelei everyone.
Yesterday marked the official opening of the Methodist Church of NZ - Te Hahi Weteriana o Aotearoa … their Conference. For the first time in its history of meeting as a Church it is all online … a sign of the times we are in and a gathering when we are not quite together.
 
Conference is always marked by the singing awesome singing which Methodists are renown for … we hear it every morning in chapel.  Whenever we gather we sing what has become our Anthem the great hymn ‘And Can it Be.’
 
Charles Wesley (1707–1788), along with his brother John Wesley, was one of the founding figures of the Methodist movement back in the 1700s. Like his brother John, Charles was profoundly, deeply influenced by a religious conversion experience which took place on 21 May 1738. The experience inspired him to write two new hymns, "And Can It Be that I Should Gain" and "Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin?" After this, Charles went on to become a prolific hymnodist,  writer and composer of over 6,500 hymns.
 
Both John and Charles were PK Kids pastor’s kids. Their father was a priest in the Anglican Church so they grew up knowing about God but not really believing in their hearts or having a personal relationship with God. The phrase “And my heart was strangely warmed’ is how John Wesley describes his coming to believe in God on 24 May which is why we celebrate Wesley Day on the closest Sunday to that date every year.
 
John and Charles believed that the Church should be for all people and that God’s grace was for all people and this really appealed to the poor, the uneducated, the people on the margins of society who had never ever heard that God loved them too.
 
We give thanks for the Church here in Aotearoa NZ living out the principles that John Wesley believed in especially around education for all people … that education was key to people’s freedom to a future free of societal ills.
 
We give thanks for our School which lives out daily its Special Character in its obligations to those economically disadvantaged and to providing education for Maori and Pasifika. As the oldest registered school in Aotearoa, we give thanks for the legacy and history we have inherited and the opportunity through God’s grace to be the difference both in our students’ and their families lives. God is good!
 
Have a blessed day
 

Rev Ali'itasi Aoina-Salesa
Superintending Chaplain / Dean of Wellbeing

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