First Day of Lockdown

Greetings All,

On this ‘unprecedented stressful day’ with the whole county closing down you probably haven’t taken time to read the MCNZ message from the Pope that invites all Christians all over the world to unite by saying the LORD’S PRAYER at MID-DAY TODAY. (That is actually mid-day in Rome, so you have until midnight, but the Pope made it quite clear that anywhere, anytime was quite ok.)

You are unlikely to have read this by then but it is a lovely idea. You may like to intentionally say the Lord’s Prayer every day at mid-day reminding yourself the world is in this together and no matter what we stand firm in our faith. ‘There is never a time to stop believing’ – may the radio pips prompt you to pray!

Terrible though this pandemic is, the reaction of the world is so much better than past terrible world crises when people have united to hate and harm each other.

Let’s not get ICE-OLATED let’s stay WARMLY-CONNECTED with faith messages and fun messages. Keep on acknowledging the Divine in everyone.

Namaste [‘nam-astay’],

Rosalie

A Liturgy for 2020

A liturgy for the New Years – secular, lectionary and national.

Call to Worship

(L = Left side; R = Right side)

Leader: 2020 is upon us
L:  A new decade has begun
R:  Children are back at school
L:  Our working year is underway
R:  The Lectionary cycle is Year A
L:  Once again we are reflecting
R:  on the Gospel of Matthew
L:  the first book in the New Testament
All: May 2020 visions bring new insight

Leader: Let us worship God

All: with heart and soul and mind

Prayer of Approach

We gather in this place as Christians,
We meet as local community of persons
who seek to be good people
by acknowledging the Divine.

The Divine exists within each individual 
and is present in all Creation.
The Divine has many names
but we most commonly call you God.
We believe we can best worship God
by following the Way of Jesus.

As we delve into the Holy Scriptures
we are confronted by stories of conflict,
we read of struggles, hardships and horror.

But Jesus teaches us that you are with us
in our struggles, hardships, and horrors.
In Matthew’s Gospel we learn that You
care for us with that special parental bond

that offers unconditional love
to each of your children. Open us:
to seeking this love
to seeing this love
to feeling this love
to being this love
and living in it forever and ever, amen.

Offertory

We ask your blessing in this place
humbly seeking to know your grace.

We know that this significant year
brings new hopes and also new fears.

May what we give help lessen strife
and what we do bring light and life. Amen

Prayer for the People

(allocate a verse each to 4 people)

God of Love,
We come to you aware that although we try
we often fail to love, as you want us to love.
We want to do better but often don’t know how.
In this year of 2020 we accept that
perfection is beyond reach for most of us.
But 20/20, so called ‘perfect vision’
does not mean exceptional and unattainable.
It is a measure of normal good vision,
a state that some have always lacked
and most will lack with increasing age.

Perfect sight would not mend the world,
but insight might…
insight plays a vital role in perfect outcomes.
We ask that you bless us all with increasing insight
and give more to those who need it most …
Please bless all leaders with visions of perfection,
and the insight of compassionate understanding
required to reform the world to a place where
all people are valued, as you value all people.

This month we celebrate(d) our National Day –
the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi.
And sadly, as with many National Days,
some citizens do not consider
the chosen date worthy of celebrating.
We ask for the insight to better understand our history.
Give all, the will to right wrongs with good actions and good grace,
and may all good will, and good actions, be accepted with grace.

Help us to reflect on The Treaty as did the missionaries
and some Maori signatories – as a Holy Covenant, made
between Maori and Pakeha – in the manner of Covenants
God made with chosen people in the Old Testament –
as a promise and binding commitment made in faith.
May such reflecting lead to a spirit of hope, that brings
peace with justice, and a better future for us all. Amen

(Silent prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer)

Benediction/Commission

2020 is upon us!
A new decade has begun!
Embrace this significant year!
We give thanks for the year 2020.
We will look for new insights
to better serve the bringer of light.