Tag Archives: New Zealand

Prayers for Cyclone Gita in Aotearoa / New Zealand

For those on water, for those who must travel, for those going in labor with a child passing from this world, caring for the ill or the fearful, for those with memories of winds past, for those who must go … Continue reading

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And something light-hearted for February from New Zealand

Rosalie Sugrue of Aotearoa / New Zealand is a frequent contributor to “Touchstone” magazine, often with materials that can be used as ice breakers for Bible studies. This is her contribution for the February issue shared here. Yes, you can … Continue reading

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Grief’s Shadowed Path, Poems of Loss and Healing by Hilary Smith

The biography of Hilary Smith reads like this: The Rev. Dr. Hilary Smith is a writer, poet, theologian and retreat giver.She has previously worked in hospice, hospital, prison and parish ministry. Her particular interest is in supporting people who are … Continue reading

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SURVIVORS — Enterprising Women Hidden in the Book of Joshua

I received a lovely Bible Study resource from Rosalie Sugrue. It is a three study series and I have already share the second and third Achsah and the Spirited Five. The story of Rahab is the most familiar and we … Continue reading

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Creative Worship … free (and amazing) songs, prayers and liturgy from Aotearoa, New Zealand

The artistic gifts of Philip Garside are remarkable. He is making available the first volume of Creative Worship electronically — thirty-two pages of his songs, prayers and poems. People can download the PDF for free on his website here: And, because … Continue reading

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SURVIVORS — Enterprising Women Hidden in the Book of Joshua

I received a lovely Bible Study resource from Rosalie Sugrue. It is a three study series and I am beginning by sharing the third of the three studies. I published the first last month — “Fearless Five.” Today I publish … Continue reading

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WINTER FROST, poem for July from New Zealand

Very heavy frost this July morning. The stretch of mown lawn was white, crispy white. Now it is the noontide hour; the blades of grass are glittering like a sea of diamonds in the bright sunlight. I pause and take … Continue reading

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