A Service for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
26th 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 twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

This 'service' will take about forty (40) minutes. 
I pray you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE.


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 with, or read aloud, the lyrics, of the wonderful "Jesus Is Lord".

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

Call to Worship

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

Welcome to you, for we are Christ’s body, Christ’s work in the world.
Welcome to you whose baptism makes you salt of the earth and light to the world.
Rejoice and be glad.
Praise God who gives us forgiveness and hope.

Christ is our light

the joy of our salvation.

Praise and glory to Christ, God’s new beginning for humanity
making ritual water gospel wine, cleansing all our worship.


Love and loyalty to Christ, who gives us the gospel.
Praise to Christ who calls us to holiness.

Let us pray

We come seeking forgiveness for all we have failed to be and do
as members of Christ’s body.


Pause to give yourself a moment for quiet reflection.

In God there is forgiveness

Loving and all-seeing God
forgive us where we have failed to support one another
and to be what we claim to be.
Forgive us where we have failed to serve you;
and where our thoughts and actions have been
contrary to yours we ask your pardon.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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00:00 / 00:18

The Sentence for the Day


Do not fear, for I am with you;  do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my saving right hand.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Sisters and brothers, shall we pray together.

Living God, you sent your Son Jesus to your people.  Embolden your church to proclaim Jesus as Messiah, and to trust in him.  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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00:00 / 05:03

A reading from The New Testament

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00:00 / 01:45

Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, "How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds."

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

The Gospel Reading, Matthew 16:13-20

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00:00 / 01:21

A sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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00:00 / 10:56

If you prefer to read the full sermon notes rather than to listen then please CLICK HERE.

Pause and Reflect


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

Reflect upon how firmly YOU believe and affirm with love Peter’s declaration of faith in Jesus, not just as Messiah, but as the Son of God?

An Affirmation of Our Faith

Let us affirm our faith by listening as a "Liturgical Affirmation" is read to us.
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liturgical creed AD
00:00 / 01:02

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:


Praise to you, abundant God,
for when we ask, you give;
when we seek, you show the way.
When we knock, you answer.
Praise to you for your unfailing grace.
Make us now your faithful people. Amen.

The Peace


I say to you all:

The Peace of God be always with you.


Please respond aloud:


And also with you.

Are you missing Holy Communion? Click here.

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 joy we have in, "Blessed Assurance."

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



Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.