A Service for the Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost

8th November 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 twenty third 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 commence our worship by offering ourselves to God as we listen to, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the words of the wonderful "Morning Has Broken."

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

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from Heaven
Like the first dew fall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the One Light Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's re-creation of the new day

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Call to Worship

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

In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life. AMEN.

Grace to you and peace
from God our Creator,
the love at our beginning
and without end,
in our midst and with us.

 

God is with us,
here we find new Life.

Let us give thanks
for the coming of God’s reign of justice and love.

 

Jesus Christ is good news for the poor,
release for the captives,
recovery of sight for the blind,
and liberty for those who are oppressed.

 

Let us pray

 

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.

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

 

You O Lord are my strength and my shield;  my heart trusts in you and I am helped;  therefore my heart dances for joy, and in my song I will praise you.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)

 

Let us pray together.

God, our desire and our judge, we look for your coming and know that when we meet you we will have to account for our lives.  Assist us to live so we are ready to greet you with joy, fully prepared for the feast which lasts forever.  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, "I Cannot Tell".

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

The Gospel Reading, Matthew 25:1-13 (The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

(click the "play" button, below:)

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

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A sermon for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

click the "play" button, below, to listen.

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

A Sermon for the Fifth
Sunday of Easter

(click the "play" button, below:)

Pause and Reflect

 

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

Reflect upon how, in our lives, we might grow ever better, ever stronger, ever more caring and tolerant in the love that hurts nobody.

An Affirmation of Our Faith
 

Let us affirm our faith by listening as a "The Apostles Creed" is read to us.
(click the "play" button below when you are ready to listen) 

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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:

 

Blessed are you,
God of growth and discovery;
yours is the inspiration
that has altered and changed our lives;
yours is the power that has brought us
to new dangers and opportunities.
Set us, your new creation,
to walk through this new world,
watching and learning,
loving and trusting,
until your kingdom comes.    Amen
.

The Peace

 

The peace of God be with you all.
In God's justice is our peace.


E te whānau, Brothers and sisters, Christ calls us to live in unity.
We seek to live in the Spirit of Christ.

 

I say to you all:

The Peace of Christ be always with you.

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 "And Can It Be".

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

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Dismissal

 

Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.

 

Amen, we go in the name of Christ.

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