Sunday, July 18, 2010

Heaven Sent.

In the middle of New Zealand's south island, stands this beautiful old stone church built in 1935, as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie County.
The area was named after James Mackenzie a sheep farmer and thief who derived from Scottish ancestry.
The church adorns the shore of Lake Tekapo amidst farming outlets and unused land.
Walking within the walls your eyes are pulled to the huge Altar window displaying a picturesque view of water, mountains and sky. 
Spell-bounding.... this is Gods headpiece of living art
Congregations of the three main faiths worship here regularly.
It is the most photographed church in New Zealand. 

So is the church itself the important place of worship?
In John 4:19-24 we read about the woman who met Jesus at the well..

"Sir,"  the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."


  1. What a charming little church.
    The miracle of creation……What a amazing God we have.
    Sweet Blessings,

  2. I love the photos, the verses and the way you've brought them together in the meditation.
    How could all creation not worship the Creator when it declares his Glory. When I saw the first photo, I thought, "The Light of the World" would be the perfect caption.

    And it struck me for the first time as I read it again here that Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well, "Salvation is FROM the Jews", and not "Salvation is FOR the Jews".

    Heaven sent indeed.

  3. What a nice blend of theology, history and photography! You're a talented lady!

  4. Crystal Mary, Thanks for sharing the great looking photos and a little history about the church. What a beautiful country you live in.

    God bless you,


  5. I love this little church and your versers are well chosen......Happy Sunday......:-) Hugs

  6. How wonderful to open this page and read the thought provoking comments. Thank you! You have all blessed my day.

    Virginia enlightened on the miracle of creation.

    Phillip reminds salvation is From not only For the Jews.

    Georges made me feel I Do have a brain...
    (I often think I don't)

    Legends Wife that YES Heaven is on earth...

    God Bless you all my sweet sisters and brothers in Christ.

  7. I would love to visit this church. I really like the tribute to your husband in your last post also.
    Have a great week.

  8. Hi Ron, New Zealand is indeed beautiful and COLD. But I live in Australia. Hugs mate.

    Bernie, Happy Sunday to you all, Hugs to you.

  9. Char 72 I have a feelinf you and your hubby will visit N.Z. Blessings

  10. Cryatal Mary,I wish I could come and see this for myself.I will just have to be satified whith traveling via everyone's photos.

  11. this is a beautiful church.any church that praises the Lord is beautiful.

  12. This church it is so quaint, I just love it. What an amazing view. Thank-you for sharing this interesting story. Our minister is from New Zealand I wonder if he is familiar with this church.
    God Bless,

  13. Look at that view - God is there - you can feel it. sandie

  14. your right, it is a wonderful and magical place! having a view like the one from the altar window would almost certainly give you a sense of the Almighty!
    now, i'm hoping you won't change your mind about liking me after i tell you this...i have given you a lovely award but there are strings attached! please come by and get it before i turn back into a frog!! thanks, my sweet friend :)

  15. Mike, God willing all things are possible.

    Rose, So correct! Praising God is the answer.

    Ginger, I pray you ask your minister, sure he has.

    Sandie, Yes, you truely feel Him here in nature.

    Sheri, yes, its mind boggling..there are no real words to express my feelings.

    God bless you all.

  16. the church is cute,
    Happy monday!

  17. How absolutely beautiful, lots of love, Judith


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