Saturday, 30 April 2016
Friday, 29 April 2016
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV / 202 helpful votes
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Psalm 150:1-6 ESV / 135 helpful votes
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! ...
Colossians 3:16 ESV / 95 helpful votes
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
1 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV / 60 helpful votes
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
Matthew 6:5 ESV / 41 helpful votes
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Psalm 122:1-9 ESV / 41 helpful votes
A Song of Ascents. Of David. I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David. ...
1 Corinthians 12:12-22 ESV / 23 helpful votes
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. ...
Acts 2:47 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Psalm 150:2 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
John 3:16-36 ESV / 21 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. ...
Acts 2:38 ESV / 17 helpful votes
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 56:7 ESV / 16 helpful votes
These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Psalm 84:10 ESV / 15 helpful votes
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Luke 4:16 ESV / 14 helpful votes
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
Psalm 122:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes
A Song of Ascents. Of David. I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 13 helpful votes
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Romans 12:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes
So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Matthew 18:20 ESV / 12 helpful votes
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
John 7:1-53 ESV / 9 helpful votes
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. ...
Jeremiah 9:1-20 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh that I had in the desert a travelers' lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a company of treacherous men. They bend their tongue like a bow; falsehood and not truth has grown strong in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, declares the Lord. Let everyone beware of his neighbor, and put no trust in any brother, for every brother is a deceiver, and every neighbor goes about as a slanderer. Everyone deceives his neighbor, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity. ...
Psalm 40:1-17 ESV / 8 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. ...
Psalm 40:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
Acts 17:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes
And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
When I returned from my holiday, I notice from our schedule for the September weekend that during the 'Worship' day we will be looking at 'Worship and vision, multimedia in worship.' I thought the following definition taken from the writings of St.Adrian de Plass might inform the session and stand as a warning to us all!
Overhead Projector: often referred to as an OHP. Confusion with the term OAP is a bad idea, as discovered by a man in one of our local churches who announced the following:
'I have been going through the OAPs in our church and it has become clear to me that many of them are simply no use to us any more. They are elderly, shabby, difficult to understand, poorly put together, old fashioned and often theologically unsound. Some of them are literally falling apart. I have weeded out a number of these redundant OAPs and I suggest we store them in the church cupboard until the autumn. Have a look though if you wish, and feel free to take home any that you fancy, otherwise I will dispose of them on the church bonfire'.
A head teacher is making his rounds of the school when he hears a terrible commotion coming from one of the classrooms. He rushes in and spots one boy, taller than the others, who seems to be making the most noise.
He seizes the lad, drags him to the hall, and tells him to wait there until he is excused. Returning to the classroom, the head teacher restores order and lectures the class for half an hour about the importance of good behaviour.
'Now,' he says, 'are there any questions?'
One girl stands up timidly. 'Please sir,' she asks, 'may we have our teacher back?'
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Featured in the exhibition is the well-known Shakespeare Beadle bust, created three centuries later than any other piece. Usually residing on Level 2 of the Central City Library it shows Shakespeare contemplating the world which he holds in his hands. This bronze bust was created by Professor Paul Beadle through a commission from the Auckland City Council. The plaque below this sculpture, however, doesn’t tell us about its complicated, and mostly unknown, history.
Ref: Paul Beadle, Bust of Shakespeare, Bronze, 1970.
Records from the Auckland City Council archives tell us that in 1967 £500 was left as a bequest from Florence Walker for the creation of a statue of Shakespeare “similar to that at Stratford-upon-Avon.” Councillors at the time debated over accepting the donation with some putting forward that there were plenty of statues of Shakespeare and that the money would have been better if it were going to something else. Others quoted the Bard and put forward Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language in favour of accepting the bequest.
The bequest and its terms were eventually accepted by the Council and they commissioned Paul Beadle to create the bust, giving him artistic flexibility in the appearance of the sculpture. They also contributed another £500 towards the project from the Improvement Trust Account in order to cover any other costs.
Paul Beadle was a Professor and Dean of Fine Arts at Auckland University from 1961 to 1977. He cast the bust in bronze using the lost wax process. The Shakespeare figure was cast for the sculptor at D.M.S foundry, Penrose and the sphere, which features semi-relief figures representing humanity, was cast by the sculptor himself. They were then welded together. Completed in 1972, the work has run into issues because it was unbalanced for some time until it had a proper base created.
The bust was originally created to be under the care of Auckland Art Gallery but was never displayed there. The Council also considered placing the Shakespeare bust in Albert Park to replace one of the existing white marble statues which were in poor condition. Instead it was placed in the Auckland Public Library Rare Book room (now the Sir George Special Collectionsreading room).
Concerns arose in 1976 that “the work [was] not receiving appropriate exposure” and so they considered moving it to the Mercury Theatre in August 1976 on permanent loan, but this never eventuated. The bust also receives a mention in The Governor’s Gift, Wynne Colgan’s book about the Auckland Public Library 1880-1980.
The life of Shakespeare’s bust in Sir George Grey Special Collections has been one which involved uncertainty but which has always been based on the public enjoying and appreciating the sculpture itself and what it represents.
We plan to create a new plaque for the sculpture which honours both Paul Beadle, the artist, and Florence Walker, the woman who made the original bequest. Little is known about her and we would love to hear from anyone who has a connection to her to understand more about her life. Do you have this connection? Let us know!
In the spirit of the bust we also encourage you to learn more about Shakespeare at our current exhibition, ‘Shakespeare in his time’, where the bust is on display. See more about it in this Newshub segment which ends with some lovely shots of the bust: Shakespeare's secret work on display.