METTLE Weekly Newsletter


Hippolite Musing

Obviously the biggest news of the week is the tragedy in Auckland.  Russell F. drove home for me the deep sadness of it, in that his eldest child is the same age as these teenagers.  Words simply cannot express the horror, I as a parent, empathise with these other parents.  That is why I am glad I have a prayer language that can express it for me.  Even though personally I don’t know any of these families, they are part of our wider Church family and I feel deeply for them.

Matt J. drew my attention to a government policy love fest that took place at Victoria University this week.  I was meant to pass on the information so we all could pray against their socialist, liberal policies.  Sorry, I missed that deadline.  For the record, it was called the BRCSS/SPEaR Research Colloqium.

Labour also had their annual party conference on Sunday.  I really think Labour are Bad News.

The international federation of astronomy societies had a public open day on Saturday.  The local chapter was down by Queen’s Wharf with their telescopes and they let us members of the public look at the stars.  I saw Saturn’s rings for the first time.  It was cool.

If you are so inclined, the Purely Girls camp is seeking sponsorship.

Prayer Requests

  • Consultation Begins on this Year’s Draft Annual Plan – A range of climate change initiatives and some city safety and sportsfield improvements are among the things that Wellingtonians can comment on in this year’s Draft Annual Plan 2008/09.  Don’t let Global Warming steal any more of your Rates take.
  • Faith put to test as loved ones ask why – Natasha Bray was just 16, still a girl and with a child’s attitude to life that her father is drawing upon to cope with a tragedy that has shattered a community.
  • Global Warming Rage Fuels Starvation – As people convert to bio-fuels, food riots break out.  This is one more reason why the Global Warming Hoax is very, very bad.

Praise Reports

  • Anti-smacking charges dropped against dad – One of the first people charged under Green MP Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking legislation has had charges against him dropped.  I don’t know the relative merits of the case, but I do know the relative demerits of the legislation.
  • Bush poaches Pope’s best-known lines – If imitation is the highest form of flattery, President George W Bush has praised Pope Benedict to the heavens by poaching some of the pontiff’s best-known lines when he welcomed him to the White House.  As the article goes on to say, Bush probably has a devout Catholic speech-writer.
  • Hilarious Expelled Advertisement on The Science Channel.

End Notes

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One thought on “METTLE Weekly Newsletter”

  1. Hi James, thanks for the Musing thoughts.  Some good info and things to keep us on our knees in prayer for.
    Keep it up, mate.


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