A Service for the Third Sunday after Pentecost
21st June 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 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 lyrics, of the wonderful "Here I Am Lord"

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

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have born my peoples pain.
I have wept for love of them, They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them,

Whom shall I send?


I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?


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

(click the "play" button, below:)

00:00 / 00:18

The Sentence for the Day


You O Lord are in your holy temple;  let all the earth keep silence before you.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Let us pray together.

Caring God, even a sparrow is protected by you.  Imprint upon our hearts, that because we belong to you, no one can pluck us from your hand;  and because we fear you, we need fear no other.  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

(click the "play" button, below:)

00:00 / 03:51

A reading from The New Testament

(click the "play" button, below:)

00:00 / 01:34

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 Will Sing The Wondrous Story"

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

The Gospel Reading, Matthew 10:24-39

(click the "play" button, below:)

Matthew_ 10_24_39
00:00 / 02:34

Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

A Sermon for the Fifth
Sunday of Easter

00:00 / 09:01

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

(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 in "Making A Difference".

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) 

apostles creed AD
00:00 / 01:03

Let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness

(click the "play" button, below:)

prayer group 02.jpg

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 one of the wonderful hymns that reminds us of the unchanging and never-ending love that God has for each and every one of us ... "And Can It Be That I Should Gain".

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

A Personal Postscript

I do realise that "pop" culture within the church is not everyone's cup of tea.


Please allow me a little "website designer licence" and you can always stop the video below if you don't wish to view the whole thing .... BUT ... I pray you will give this 'a chance' and allow yourself to be surrounded by the wonderful blessing that is the voice and ministry of Kim Walker-Smith ...

Jesus said, "What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, PROCLAIM FROM THE ROOFTOPS." (Matthew 10:27)


... and so, from the music group "Jesus Culture" here is "Rooftops".


When you are ready to join the young people in this wonderfully moving praise, just click the <Play> button on the video window below (and if you wish to sing along, you will find the lyrics below the video window):

Here I am before You, falling in love and seeking Your truth

Knowing that Your perfect grace has brought me to this place

Because of You I freely live, my life to You, oh God, I give

So I stand before You, God

I lift my voice cause You set me free


So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim

That I am Yours, I am Yours

All the good You've done for me, I lift up my hands for all to see

You're the only one who brings me to my knees

To share this love across the earth, the beauty of Your holy worth

So I kneel before You, God

I lift my hands cause You set me free


So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim

That I am Yours, I am Yours

All that I am, I place into Your loving hands

And I am Yours, I am Yours

Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open

To the One, the Son, the Everlasting God


So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim

That I am Yours, I am Yours

(C) 2010 Kingsway Music Under Exclusive License to EMI Christian Music Group. All rights reserved.



Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.