9th August 2020

At this point in time you may not be able to attend our communal worship services. What follows is a contemporary service for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty (40) minutes.

I pray you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in this service.


The text that is in regular typeface (that is what you are reading at the moment) is to be read quietly, while the text that is in bold face (like you are reading right now) is meant to be read aloud.

Opening Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the lyrics, of the wonderful "All Creatures of Our God and King".

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and with us sing,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Bright burning sun with golden beam,

Pale silver moon with softer gleam!



O praise Him! O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,

And worship Him in humbleness,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Praise God the Father, praise the Son,

And praise the Spirit, Three in One!



O praise Him! O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Call to Worship

Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed! 


Kia ora, te whānau, 
welcome to you my sisters and brothers.

Grace and peace to you from God.

God fill you with truth and joy.

Let us pray.


Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires
known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the
thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit
so that we may truly love you and worthily praise your holy
name through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Happy are those whose sins are forgiven,
whose wrongs are pardoned.
I will confess my sins to the Lord
I will not conceal my wrongdoings.


Pause to give yourself a moment for quiet reflection.

In God there is forgiveness

God forgives and heals us
We need your healing merciful God,
give us true repentance.
Some sins are plain to us,
some escape us,
some we cannot face.
Forgive us,
set us free to hear your word to us;
set us free to serve you.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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The Sentence for the Day


O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress;  to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth, and they will know that your name is the Lord.


The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Let us pray together.

Merciful God, hearten us, so that like Peter we may have faith even when we fall.  Grant that any recognition we receive brings worship not to ourselves but to you.  Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A reading from The Old testament

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A reading from The New Testament

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, "Fill Thou My Life".

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel Reading, Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus Walks On The Water)

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Pause and give yourself a moment to silent reflect on those words of Christ.

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A Sermon for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost

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Pause and Reflect


Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes.

Reflect upon how, in our lives, we sometimes struggle to remember that FAR more unites us than can ever divide us.

An Affirmation of Our Faith

Let us affirm our faith by listening as a "The Apostles Creed" is read to us.
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Let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness

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Let us pray together and aloud:


God of mercy,
you have given us grace to pray with one heart and one voice,
and have promised to hear the prayers
of two or three who agree in your name,
fulfil now, we pray,
the prayers and longings of your people
as may be best for us and for your kingdom.
Grant us in this world to know your truth,
and in the world to come to see your glory. Amen.

The Peace


E te whānau, Brothers and sisters, we are the body of Christ.
By one Spirit we were baptised into one body.


Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Amen. We are bound by the love of Christ.


I say to you all:

The Peace of Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

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The Lord's Prayer


Remembering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, because Jesus Christ has taught us:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.


The Risen Lord Christ


May the Risen Lord Christ turn His face towards you. May the Risen Lord Christ cause His light to shine upon you. May the Risen Lord Christ grant you His peace. Amen

A Closing Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with the call to remember, "And Now, O father, mindful of the love".

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

And now, O Father, mindful of the love

That bought us, once for all, on Calvary's tree,

And having with us him that pleads above,

We here present, we here spread forth to thee

That only offering perfect in thine eyes,

The one true, pure, immortal sacrifice.


Look, Father, look on his anointed face,

And only look on us as found in him;

Look not on our mis-usings of thy grace,

Our prayer so languid, and our faith so dim;

For lo, between our sins and their reward

We set the passion of thy Son our Lord.

And then for those, our dearest and our best,

By this prevailing presence we appeal;

O fold them closer to thy mercy's breast,

O do thine utmost for their souls' true weal;

From tainting mischief keep them white and clear

And crown thy gifts with grace to persevere.


And so we come: O draw us to thy feet

Most patient Saviour, who canst love us still;

And by this food, so awe-ful and so sweet,

Deliver us from every touch of ill:

In thine own service make us glad and free,

And grant us nevermore to part from thee.



Go now to love and serve The Lord,                    Haere ki te aroha me te mahi ki te Ariki,

Go in peace.                                                             Haere i runga i te rangimarie.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.               Amine, ka haere tatou i runga i te ingoa o te Karaiti.