Offertory for Spring

Rosalie Sugrue writes:

Kia Ora,

Inspired by your spring newsletter, and with thoughts of Spring Flower Sunday I wrote this offertory prayer that may be of use to others.

Nga mihinui


Coins and rice seeds

Offertory for Spring

Renewing God
As we contemplate the season of spring
we see connection between coins and seeds;
Both come in various sizes and colours,
and bear different markings,
are symmetrical, and fit in pockets.
Held in our gaze they appear lifeless
yet both hold the power of transformation.

We ask that you bless our coins
brought here today
along with paper tokens of notes
and unseen bank transfers;
May our offerings be placed in
environments that permit them to fulfil
their potential of bringing beauty and health
to this world we all share.  Amen.

Rosalie Sugrue


Spring Newsletter – Canterbury LPA

kowhaiYes, it is that time of year when life seems to be bursting forth at every turn of the path.  And, once more, Joy Kingsbury-Aitken and Linda Cowan, of the Canterbury LPA, have produced another newsletter full of resources for Spring – prayers, poems, a call to worship, a meditation – for use on Flower Sunday as well as during Creation Season, beginning this coming Sunday, 1 September.

And, here, one small taste of the contents –

…  We pray in the name of Jesus, who has walked with us through winter cold and dances by our side into the new life of spring.
[Linda Cowan]

Download your copy of the newsletter here!

Pacific Day of Prayer

My apologies for the lateness in posting this, although it was not made available until fairly late in the process to begin with (4 May)!  If you are planning a Pacific day of Prayer in the coming weeks, this recourse may well prove very useful.

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Image result for pacific oceanCountry of FOCUS: Few of our regional countries was recently hit by Tropical Cyclones (SAMOA, TONGA and FIJI), if not included here, please do INCLUDE THEM – and despite our pain and sorrow, our struggle, we as people of the Pacific continue to celebrate our faith, we celebrate our King who is also our Savior, and we celebrate the strength and the resilience that GOD gave us in the midst of our dark, troubled times.  …

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For the complete liturgy, click here to download …

Confession and Forgiveness – an Easter prayer

We serve a risen Saviour yet live as if in chains. Forgive us, Lord that we are so hesitant to live the resurrection life. Forgive us that we fail to show through word and action the truth that you loved us into your kingdom through the glorious mystery of the Cross. Forgive us that there is still fear in our lives that prevents us from achieving our full potential. Draw us close. Open our eyes to the glory of the risen Christ, our hearts to the wonder of the Cross and our hands to the service of your kingdom where you have placed us. That your name might be glorified through our lives. AMEN.

God of resurrection
of life and death
All: Renew our hearts and minds

confession-and-reconciliationGod of promise
of all beginnings
and all endings
All: Renew our hearts and minds

God of hope
of new growth
and harvest
All: Renew our hearts and minds


Easter Resources from Linda Cowan and Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

Joy begins the newsletter from the Canterbury Lay Preachers Association …

Linda and I have assembled a resource with an Easter theme this time. As always we hope you find the collection of prayers and poems we have compiled inspiring, encouraging and useful in your personal worship and lay preaching ministry.

This resource begins with material inspired by John chapter 20, which tells of Peter and the Beloved Disciple running to the garden tomb after Mary Magdalene had reported to them that the body of Jesus was missing, followed by Mary’s encounter with the risen Christ.

Last Christmas, when my husband and I were packing our motorhome in preparation for our annual summer holiday, I popped in three books for holiday reading. One was a novel written by a good friend and former work colleague, in which she recreates the amazing story of her ancestor, who was born an illegitimate daughter of Australian convicts and rose up through the social ranks to eventually become a friend of King Louis Philippe of France. The second was a book on container gardening, and the third a Mary Magdalenebook on Mary Magdalene. Apart from this eclectic selection of reading material, I also took away with me a bronchial infection which didn’t respond to antibiotics. Consequently I didn’t do much during our holiday, including much reading.

The novel and the gardening book remains untouched, but I have completed the book on Mary Magdalene, which was a fascinating read, although I did question some of its contents.  …

[Click here to continue reading to download a copy of the newsletter and its resources.]

A Lenten Prayer – by Rosalie Sugrue

A Lenten Prayer

Dear God our hope is to:

Fast from unkind thoughts;  May we instead feast on love;
Fast from sadness;  May we feast on joy;
Fast from anger;  May we feast on peace;
Fast from pessimism;  May we feast on patience;
Fast from discouragement;  May we feast on faithfulness;
Fast from bitterness;  May we feast on kindness;
Fast from negativity;  May we feast on gentleness;
Fast from worry;  May we feast on goodness;
Fast from indulgence;  May we feast on self-control.

Gracious God,
during this season of fasting make us keenly aware of the feasting you offer.
Gift us with your presence, so we can be gift to others in carrying out your work.


by Rosalie Sugrue