Peace Sunday – 7 August

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

July 24’s New Testament reading includes the Lord’s Prayer, so a paraphrase may be appropriate:

O most Compassionate Life-giver,
may we honour and praise you;
May we work with you to establish your new order of justice peace and love;
Give us what we need for growth,
And help us, through forgiving others, to accept forgiveness.
Strengthen us in the time of testing, that we may resist all evil,
For all tenderness, strength and love are yours, now and forever.

Bill Wallace, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Another version of the Lord’s Prayer, together with this paraphrase, may be found on our Prayers  page.

Celtic blessings, and the 2016 Season of Creation

Linda Cowan offers two Celtic blessings with the comment, “I thought a Celtic blessing celtic crossmight be good in the aftermath of Australian elections, Brexit, ISIS bombings and so on.  The first is written by John Birch. The second is sent tongue in cheek …. It tickled my fancy, …!”  These can be found together at the top of the Prayers page.

And from the Canterbury Lay Preachers Association’s Joy Kingsbury-Aitken and Linda Cowan we have a wealth of information and resources for this year’s Season of Creation – this can be found at the bottom of the Church Year page, under “Ordinary Time.”

A Creed from South America

A contribution, this week, from Robyn McPhail – a creed written by Margarita Ouwerkerk of Argentina.  It can be found on our resources for prayer page.

We believe in a pilgrim God,
who crosses frontiers, boundaries and barriers,
who leaves his greatness behind and meets us on the way
and comes to us holding out his hand.
‘I am the Lord, your God, I care for you, I am coming with you.’  … [see more]


July – Bible Month

Bible 01July is Bible month in New Zealand, and Rosalie Surgue has written a liturgy which can be used to celebrate this event – including a little something to get the grey cells a-tingling!  The liturgy can be found on our page of resources for the Church Year.

Incidentally, the material for Disability Sunday has now been relocated to the Church Year page.

But wait,  there’s more!  Joy Kingsbury-Aitken has provided some Prayers for Pentecost, and this resource is also available on the Church Year page.


Linda writes:

A contribution for this week from Lynne Frith – found in Signs and Wonders 1.  I really like this and find myself wondering if this idea could be used in small group worship.

“In a medicine pouch I carry
Blessings that keep me connected.

clownA clown from a Christmas cracker:
A blessing on all clowns and comedians and funny people.

One of Joan’s small green frogs:
A blessing on all that hops and leaps and croaks and chirps.

A threepence out of a Christmas pudding:
A blessing on all celebrations, feasts, and festivities.

A tiny hubcap from papa’s workshop:
A blessing on all who fix, repair, and rebuild.

The friendship bracelet made by Arthur:
A blessing on all our friends.

A giraffe:
A blessing on all that is tall and lanky and reaches the unreachable.

Grandad’s pocket magnifying glass:
shellA blessing on all that enlarges the vision.

A shell from a Wellington beach:
A blessing on all that ebbs and flows.

A stone from Mt Tamalpais:
A blessing on all adventures.

The spirit’s eye brought by a friend from Greece:
A blessing on all that protects and keeps safe.

A piece of windscreen glass:
A blessing on all that shatters and is fragmented.

A piece of amethyst:
crossA blessing on all that is reflective.

Add to these my mother’s small wooden cross:
A blessing on all things of the spirit.

A blessing on all that is, and has been, and is to come.”