Mark: The Illustrated Gospel Project


Death and Reconciliation – Jocelyn Ward

Mark: The Illustrated Gospel is the work of more than 40 artists from around New Zealand and features a complete paraphrase of Mark’s Gospel. The resource is accompanied by artwork, poetry, music and liturgical resources and suggestions. Each Presbyterian and Uniting congregation is entitled to a free copy. Further copies are available for a cost. Order your congregation’s free copy (or additional copies) by emailing Malcolm @ the Knox Centre.



Preaching workshop – Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin

Carey Baptist College’s “School of Preaching” and “Kiwimade Preaching” are holding three one-day preaching workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin (24–26 May) with Rev Dr Paul Windsor.

Cost includes morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch. Further details are available here.

And you can download and print an A5 flyer for the event here.

Seminar Programme

9.30 – 11.00     Unpacking the word: ten resting places
11.30 – 1.00     Unpacking the world: ten arresting pictures
1.45 – 3.00       Word and world: a case study
3.30 – 4.30       Model sermon and interaction

The first session will take a fresh look at ten key biblical passages to help us unpack the Scriptures.

The second session will assemble ten biblical images or pictures that can serve as a checklist for preachers when exegeting the world or the culture of their listeners.

In the afternoon we will move from theory to practise.

In the final session Paul will preach a sermon, and there will be opportunity for lots of interaction.

“Re-Viewing Earth” – workshop

ecologyIn Palmerston North, Dr Emily Colgan, from Trinity College, will lead a Workshop entitled “Re-Viewing Earth – Reading the Bible from an Ecological Perspective” – on Saturday 25 May, at Wesley Boadway Methodist Church, 264 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North. The day will start at 10.00am and end at 3.00pm.

For more information, including how to register, contact John Thornley: by email or by phone (06) 356-9681.

Asia Sunday

Rev David Bush, General Secretary of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, writes:

Asia SundayAsia Sunday is celebrated each year on the Sunday before Pentecost. This year the set day is May 13th which is also Mothers Day. For many that could mean the marking of Asia Sunday will be set aside.

The theme in 2018, ‘Embracing the Differently Abled; Upholding Their Dignity’ is a focus which could enrich our worship on another Sunday – before or after the 13th May.

The Worship and Liturgy resource can be downloaded from

You may also be interested to know that the Methodist Church is a member of CCA [Christian Conference of Asia] and Tumuaki Diana Tana is a Co-Chair.

David Bush
General Secretary


Alternatively, you may wish to access the Worship and Liturgy resource here.

Palm Sunday Prayer of Confession

Palm Sunday Prayer of Confession

donkeyJesus riding on a donkey
We hail you as our king.
Your way is our way,
You are the man for us –

Or at least you are the man for us
until your way becomes too hard.
When it starts to leave us isolated,
when it costs us money or sleep,
when it all gets too tough
then we put down our palm branches
and join the other crowd,
the ones who cry “Crucify”.

Lord, forgive us because we are so fickle.
When we make the commitment to walk in your way,
when we acknowledge you as King of our lives,
help us to do this knowing that the way may not be easy
but that you will strengthen us for the road ahead.
Help us to know that after crucifixion comes resurrection
and this is the way we walk with you.

Jesus riding on a donkey
we hail you as our King.
Your way is our way – whatever the cost
because we know we walk with you.

© Linda Cowan

Palm Sunday – Opening Prayer

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Palm Sunday: Opening Prayer

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you; righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
(Zechariah 9:9)

As the people spread their coats palm branches on the ground to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, so we welcome him into our lives this morning. King of Glory, King of Peace, Servant King, reign in our hearts and lives this day and all days, that we might praise your holy name.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
ALL: Hosanna in the highest