Last night I went for my first service at the new cathedral in Christchurch. Its opening has escaped public debate in the Press because it is cunningly not called a 'cathedral' but a 'stadium'. But it is big and airy like a cathedral, with seating for a big crowd, and the lights of the world shone strongly so all the liturgists as well as the congregation could see what was happening.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the occasion was the sermon. It was preached by a new preacher, Tom Taylor, who made 31 points in all. Of course, normally that is too many points for a sermon, but last night they went down very well, especially since the visiting preachers could only make 24 points in response.
Another point of interest is that the congregation at this cathedral have been used to preachers who have been to the right theological college, Christchurch Boys High School, but Taylor was educated at Burnside High School, as were the two halfbacks, Ellis and Heinz who passed brilliantly all night.
Anyway it was a lovely experience, apart from the young people in the row in front of us who should have been out in Sunday School instead of getting up every two minutes to go to buy a bottle of beer, then three minutes later go to the toilet. Where were their parents?
The cathedral's magazine report of the occasion is here.