The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 8c, 2019 – Peace Sunday

Peace Sunday is timed to mark the anniversary of the first atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It has become a tradition that worship at this time of year focuses on the conflicts in the world.

Aotearoa / New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy appears to be accepted by most sections of our country.  Technically, the country has been ‘at peace’ since 1945.

Despite this, levels of violence are still frighteningly high – suicide, family      violence, gang rivalry, sexual abuse and poverty.  Working, praying, living for peace is as important as ever.

Christians are called to be the People of God – risk – takers, opponents of        injustice and violence, companions on the journey to the Commonwealth of God.  The journey is neither secure nor easy but we are called to travel together, sharing our hopes and fears, our joys and frustrations.

We are called to be in daily relationships with each other and with God, knowing that we cannot survive alone.  Peace is built day by day by ordinary people.  Pentecost 8c 19 – Peace Sunday