From Recent Services
Sunday 15 January 2017
A prayer for the World in which we live:
We pray for our world and our nation. Loving God, you call us to respond to human need with loving service – to love our neighbours as ourselves. We remember people in contexts of violence like Syria, especially refugees and those caught up in attacks of terror.
We pray for the people of the USA as they prepare for a new president; for the president-elect and his advisers; for his supporters and opponents. We pray especially for those who live in fear because of uncertainty and terrifying possibilities.
God of justice, you call us to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. We pray from those who suffer because of unjust structures which lead to homelessness, ill health, hunger, lack of education and employment, or because of violence through war or oppression or violence in their community or home. We give thanks for those who hear your call to work for justice and the common good – both in this country and beyond. Amen
A prayer for those in need:
We remember those who are afraid, sad, lonely or unwell. We pray for those who have lost hope, for all who are approaching death, for those caring for the terminally ill. As we name in our hearts those whose suffering is known to us, help us to pray and act that they may know your comfort and healing, both now and in the days to come. We pray for those who have died, and for those who mourn. Amen
Sunday 28 August 2016
Prayer on St Aidan’s Day
Leave me alone with God as much as may be.
As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore,
Make me an island, set apart,
alone with you, God, holy to you.
Then with the turning of the tide
prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,
the world that rushes in on me
till the waters come again and fold me back to you.
Sunday 31st July, 2016
Sunday 15th May, 2016
Sunday 6th September, 2015
Di preached this morning about putting our faith into action with regard to the refugee crisis, (which is in line with synods agreement last week). Click here if you want to sign an online petition.
Sunday 7th June, 2015
the Master weaver,
You are the creator
and we are the flax with which
You have plaited Te Pouhere,
a whariki which unites our Tikanga
in Aotearoa and across Te Moananui-a-Kiwa.
Your hand has woven us
so that each Tikanga is revealed
in the perfection of its design,
its pattern in the texture of our differences,
and its strength in the unity of its purpose
to shelter and support Your promise.
Remind us You have woven us
so that no strand by itself
reveals Your complete design
but that together we are the whariki,
Te Pouhere. Amen.
Pentecost, 24 May 2015
Sunday 3rd March, 2015
“O God, when I am estranged from others, when walls of
misunderstanding rise between us, I fade and wither like a
leaf separated from its stem. How much I need the balm of
friendship, the warmth of understanding! How greatly I
need to be needed and cherished! I pray therefore that my
soul may know the joy of love given and received, and
that no unworthiness diminish me…
Open my eyes to the beauty that shines within all who
walk the earth. Keep me from imagined hurts, from seeing
foes where only friends are to be found. And give me
insight into my own heart, that I may uproot all that
weakens me. Help me to be patient when others
misunderstand me, open to the thoughts of those who are
near to me, and quick to forgive all who wound me…”