On Sunday the 11th of March, Bishop Ellie celebrated the Eucharist with Rev Tracey Peters and our Taihape Parish whānau. Taihape is world famous in New Zealand for it’s giant gumboot, so what better way to bless the congregation than with a blessing of the gumboots!
Here’s the text of Bishop Ellie’s blessing:
May you be blessed with the blessing of gumboots.
May your spirit have easy access to that which will take you quickly
Into the earthy muck and dirty glory of life,
Without fear of losing your footing.
May your feet be shod with the good news
That you can be sent wherever the Kingdom land and God’s flock
Need you to confidently go.
And therefore may the threshold of your home
Be filled with footwear shaped for the readiness of adventure
And the mahi of re-creation.
May you be blessed with the blessing of gumboots
And know the companionship of the everyday God
Who seeks to stoop and wash our feet,
Particularly if the soles of our gumboots ever split.