Jo Kelly-Moore Dean
Living God's love:
Warm greetings and welcome to Holy Trinity Cathedral, the spiritual centre and focus for the Anglican Diocese of Auckland and a significant place of gathering for the people of Auckland, the wider region and Aotearoa New Zealand. As a place of worship, gathering, the arts and learning, we are a community of people who are committed to living Gods love. Out of that love, we seek to offer a warm welcome, to being creative in worship, to nourishing community, both local and beyond, and to encouraging each other in Christian service in our daily life and work.
The Advent journey has begun and this Advent is a very special one for Holy Trinity Cathedral as it marks the formal beginning of the Cathedral's journey to Consecration. From Advent to Consecration is a year-long programme of worship, education, music, and community celebrations which will culminate in Bishop Ross Bay, Bishop of Auckland, consecrating our Cathedral on Saturday, 28 October 2107. Mark the diary now and keep your eye on the Cathedral website for the events that will be part of this special and historic year of celebration.
The sense of the pace hotting up in the shops and streets around us is a signal that Christmas is coming! At the heart of all this delightful mayhem is the greatest story the world has ever known, the gift of God's transforming love for all the world made known to us in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In a very counter cultural way, and definitely going against the flow of all that our diaries hold in store in the coming weeks, Advent calls us to pause and ponder this transforming love. As we do we are invited to know this good news for ourselves, and to commit ourselves again to live and proclaim that good news in our world.
This Christmas, so many around the globe are experiencing the horror of war and displacement. So too, in Aotearoa New Zealand families and communities live in the wake of earthquakes. As, this Christmas, we support the Christian World Service Appeal, the work our Auckland City Mission and the Anglican Trust for Women and Children we are reminded that we can make a difference. What we can give, of our resources, our time, talents and our prayers can bring the hope, peace, joy and love this transforming truth to those most in need.
Here at Holy Trinity Cathedral, our Advent and Christmas Services call us back to the truth of our Christian faith and the good news of Christ for all the world. Full details of our Advent, Christmas and January worship are here on the Cathedral website. We hope that you can join us in worship in this sacred season - you are very welcome.
On behalf of the Cathedral Council and staff we wish you and your families every blessing this Christmas and good wishes for 2017.
The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean