Soul of the City
Welcome, haere mai, and greetings church family.
Tena Koutou Katoa (Welcome), He honere, he kororia kite Atua (Honour and glory to God), He maungarongo ki the whenua (Peace on earth), He whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa (Goodwill to all people). Nau mai, haere mai (Welcome).
On Tuesday this week Felicity and I travelled to Wellington to celebrate with families and friends my aunty Vaipou’s presentation of her QSM ( Queens Service Medal ) for services to Education and the Pacific community and culture. I was asked to speak to round off the celebrations.
It was quite poignant considering the death of our much loved Queen Elizabeth, knowing that this will be the last of the QSM’s presented for a long time as we will now have two kings in sucession on the throne.
My aunty is in her 80s and what struck me were the stories shared by some of her friends and family about her life and the impact it had on them. One of those who shared was the Deputy Principal of a High School in Wellington where she worked. She talked of the importance of Vaipous faith which distinguished her in her working relationships with students and staff. This appeared to be the theme of speeches from the diverse voices in the celebration. I loved the genuine authentic stories and the context for which God was honoured. The witness of faith at work for this QSM recipient was certainly the mission of God in her everyday activities.
This was affirmation for me for what I had prepared to honour her life’s achievement and what it meant for the extended family.
It was drawn from John 10:10, which talks about a thief that comes, to steal and destroy, while Jesus sought people to live life to the full, and Matthew 25:21 where Jesus affirms his faithful servants and welcomes them in to enjoy God’s blessings.
As I reflected, I felt this is the real challenge for us as children of the most High God. What sort of story will be told about you and will it impact those close to you. Will people see the faith of God at work in your life and what does that look like?
This is also true of our Queen. Her steadfast faith and incredible witness has been so evident over her years on the throne, never wavering from her standards. Felicity and I remember watching her last Christmas message on TV where she proclaimed proudly her faith and dependency on the Lord and we were moved to tears by her witness.
You and I also share in that journey of faith and this week let’s examine our own witness as we go about our daily activities.
Check out the following scripture verses and allow the Spirit to dwell within you:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10)
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master (Mathew 25:21).’
Little side note: Felicity and I sat at the table of the Deputy Principal. We found out that her family attended St Peters in the City over 50 years ago- her first name was Gloria and she and her husband were married here. Some of you may remember her, she sends her thanks to St Peters for her early years of pastoral care.
Have a great week!
Mercy, love, and peace be yours in abundance
Rev Enosa Auva’a
Author: Rev Enosa Auva'a
Date Published: November 2022