Thank you

Both Pixie and I wanted to say a huge “Thank You” for the warm welcome that you have given us as we have arrived in Wellington. We have been so touched by the cards and kind emails, and for the encouraging and welcoming words spoken. 

We were heartened by the Installation Service – which was full of joyous energy.The various greetings given in the service and the warmth and beauty of the worship was such a blessing. Thank you to the team of caterers who put so much into the reception and offered it with grace and friendship. We loved the fellowship with everyone afterwards. 

We have also been blessed by the abundance of provision in the food pantry and the lovely decorating work done on the Deanery, which all contributes to helping us feel at home. 

We are both very much looking forward to living and working alongside you in the ministry of the Cathedral.

I am reminded of Paul’s words to the church in Rome:

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. ... Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. ...Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
— Romans 12:9–16 (NLT)

It feels like we have experienced a taste of that in action this last week. If we as churches would practise that everywhere... everyday... what a revolution of love there would be. Here is an ethos that would be great for our Cathedral family to regularly pray for and to aspire to. We remember Jesus words, “By this shall all people know that you are my disciples, because you love one another.”

Thank you!... Let’s keep going...

The Dean

Have a listen to an interview between Simon Winn and David and Pixie: