Posts by Colleen Hutchinson

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Happenings at the hutch

by Colleen Hutchinson

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. As we journey through Holy Week which started last Sunday (Palm Sunday) these words, spoken to Nicodemus over 2000 years ago take us to the source of Christ’s passion.  Love. As he set […]

Happenings at the Hutch 17 March

by Colleen Hutchinson

Do you remember the story of the sick woman?  She came up in my Lenten bible readings this week. In the midst of the throngs crowding around Jesus she stood.  Exhausted and anaemic from 12 years of haemorrhaging. In poverty, having spent all that she had on physicians and cures that did not work. Spiritually […]

Happening at the Hutch

by Colleen Hutchinson

This week has been an exercise in agility for many people. Just as we had so quickly come out of Alert Level 2 we quickly had to enter it again. And although we had just had a refresher course on the does and don’ts that Level 2 brings – calls for limited numbers at gatherings […]

Happenings at the Hutch

by Colleen Hutchinson

My readings this Lent have included the account from Luke (19:1-10) of the calling of Zacchaeus. This is one of Jesus’ last recorded personal encounters with the public before his very public crucifixion. I have read and reread this little excerpt many times over the last few days and have delighted in various aspects of […]

Grain Of Rice – 17 June 2020

by Colleen Hutchinson

What Kind of Brick? Walls are interesting features; they can provide safety within, as well as cause painful isolation. They can be a good reminder of boundaries by helping people to recognize ownership, and they can be a warning: this is mine; you stay on that side. In Cambodia, most of the houses I lived […]

Grain Of Rice – 6 May 2020

by Colleen Hutchinson

But Our Eyes are on You! Kia Ora Whanau, How has your week been? Have you managed to enlarge your bubble or has it remained the same?Have you started back at work or are you worried if there will be work for you to get back to? What about next week? What is that looking […]

Grain Of Rice – 29 April 2020

by Colleen Hutchinson

Bubble vs Bowl Kia Ora Whanau I don’t know about you, but I have had many new words and terms to learn over the last few weeks. Or new meanings to attach to old words and terms.  Terms like ‘Alert Level 4’ and ‘flatten the curve’, ‘physical distancing’, and ‘stick to your bubble’. If you […]

OASIS GATHERINGS – (update on contact details)

by Colleen Hutchinson

Fortnightly gatherings of the Oasis group are being postponed until further notice. We encourage everyone to stay connected with one another, if not in person then by phone or by other forms of social media. It is good to remember that the experts are telling us that looking after ourselves and others at this time […]

God Have Mercy

by Colleen Hutchinson

I enjoyed the recent preaching series on the parables of Jesus found in Matthew 13. I enjoyed the way Jesus was able to convey deep meaning often with such short illustrations. During my readings this week I was drawn to another of his parables, this one found in Luke 18:9-14. Here Jesus is teaching his […]

Learning to Linger

by Colleen Hutchinson

The pace of life seems to be getting faster and faster. Messages are no longer thought about at length while they are written on paper, but are sent quickly, often in shorthand via text or messenger, or various other apps. Coffee dates are scheduled into diaries around a variety of other events with definite ‘must […]

A Season for Everything

by Colleen Hutchinson

Whether it is the very changeable weather at the moment or the fact that there has been a lot of change happening in the lives of those around me, I have been reflecting on seasons of life this week. I am aware of welcomes and losses, I am rejoicing hearing plans of going out while […]