Te Reo Resources

Would you like to include more Te Reo Māori in your worship? Rev Sharon Ross Ensor, Director of Presbyterian Church Schools in NZ has a free Te Reo Māori resource which could be of use to those leading worship.

For example:

Nau mai ki tēnei whare karakia o tātou.                                               
Welcome to this church of ours
…………………..
Leader: Kia noho a Ihowā ki a koutou. The Lord be with you.
All: A ki a koe ano hoki. And also with you.
………………………
Leader: Kia tau tonu te rangimārie o te Atua ki a koutou
The peace of God rest on you continually.
All: A ki a koe ano hoki.
And also on you.

………………………
Leader: Kia noho a Ihowā ki a koutou.
The Lord be with you.
All: Mā Ihowā koe a manaaki
The Lord bless you.
………………………..
WELCOME
E te whānau a Te Karaiti Brothers and sisters in Christ
ngā mihi aroha ki a tātou katoa. Warm greetings to you all
Kia ora tatou. Hello to you all.
…………………………

… etc.

A 5-page pdf file is available here

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Palm Sunday resources – by Rosalie Sugrue

Call to worship:

The festival of Palm Sunday is a Christian custom,
a custom that extends back almost to the year dot.
Each succeeding year the faithful give voice to hope,
not just in devout song, but in cheers of acclamation.
Waving greenery wafts whispers of liberation,

– whispers that rise to crescendos of joy,

On reflection the commemoration is peculiar …
Because we know what that first crowd didn’t know,
We know how the journey ended …
So why add our hosannas to theirs?

Is it because a divine spark resides in all humans
A spark that calls us to rejoice in the journey
A spark that says no matter how it ends
Life is more about the journey than the destination.

What can be celebrated should be celebrated, for
Hope springs eternal and death does not defeat Joy.

 

Benediction/Commission:

We go from this service
mindful of calendar-changing
events of 2,000 years ago.
We go into a world of problems,
Problems so vast we feel helpless;
Yet as individuals we make choices –

small choices;
But even small choices
make a small difference;
Collectively the difference could be great.

Help us make the right choices,
So we may live as you
would have us live.

 

See also – Palm Sunday – Customs and Traditions (compiled by RMS)