A Franciscan Benediction
May God bless us with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that we may seek truth boldly and love deep within our heart.
May God bless us with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations
So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with just enough foolishness
To believe that we can make a difference in the world,
So that we can do what others claim cannot be done:
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and all our neighbours who are poor.
Recent Access Radio programmes, available via the On Demand Service
Length of each show: approx 30 minutes
To access: Go to Access Internet Radio, type ‘Wesley Methodist’ in the Programme Box at left top, and then click on ‘Wesley Methodist Host John Thornley’
12 September: Humour in the hymns of Colin Gibson
29 August: Ariana Tikao, Maori woman musicican
15 August: Bek Coogan, Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra
1 August: No Peace without Justice, No Justice without Peace.
20 June: Natalie Yeoman Yule, Presbyterian singer/songwriter
5 June: Hymns for Pentecost
23 May: Dave Dobbyn
4 April: Hymns for Easter
All enquiries to: John Thornley
Or: 62A Albert St, Palmerston North 4414
Rosalie Sugrue is a prolific producer of resources for small groups, children, worship services, women’s fellowships, and the like, and just recently sent us a list of some of the results of her labours, together with an invitation to contact her if you have a need for resources such as devotions, prayers, games, skits or Bible puzzles. In the meantime, here is her list of Resource Leaflets and Scripts already available from various sources, at very reasonable cost.
A liturgy, together with a reflection entitled “The Importunate Widow” – both prepared by Rosalie Sugrue – for the beginning of the Week of World Prayer, and a collection of prayers for use during the Week of prayer for World Peace, prepared by Paddy Payne, have been added to our Church Year resources page. Scroll down to the bottom of page and look under “Ordinary Time” …
Some sources give the dates for the Week of Prayer for World Peace as 9-16 October 2016, others as 16-23 October 2016, while yet another simply says from the 3rd to the 4th Sundays in October – perhaps two weeks of prayer for world peace would not actually go amiss!
August 7th is Peace Sunday, the day after Hiroshima Day. Christian World Service may have an order of service (though not yet). They do have some archived services from past years with good material – check under the heading Conflict and Peace.
Here is the first part of a Prayer for Peace which has been added to our Prayers page
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle,
the strength to be forgiving,
the patience to be understanding,
and the endurance to accept the consequences
of holding to what we believe to be right.