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St George's Rod And Staff

St George's Rod And Staff

By St George The Martyr KR
An exploration of faith in a time of crisis. The official Podcast of St George the Martyr Kuils River.
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Sunday 29 May 2022 | Is salvation for everyone?

St George's Rod And Staff

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Sunday 26 June 2022 | Absolute tolerance
Third Sunday after Pentecost Theme: Freedom is what we have—Christ has set us free! COLLECT O God of freedom and love, you have set us free in Jesus Christ: make us servants of the gospel for the sake of your reign of love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen. READING from 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14 8 Then Elijah took off his cloak, rolled it up, and struck the water with it; the water divided, and he and Elisha crossed to the other side on dry ground. 9 There, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what you want me to do for you before I am taken away.” “Let me receive the share of your power that will make me your successor,” Elisha answered. 10 “That is a difficult request to grant,” Elijah replied. “But you will receive it if you see me as I am being taken away from you; if you don't see me, you won't receive it.” 11 They kept talking as they walked on; then suddenly a chariot of fire pulled by horses of fire came between them, and Elijah was taken up to heaven by a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out to Elijah, “My father, my father! Mighty defender of Israel! You are gone!” And he never saw Elijah again. In grief Elisha tore his cloak in two. 13 Then he picked up Elijah's cloak that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 He struck the water with Elijah's cloak and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then he struck the water again, and it divided, and he walked over to the other side. READING from Galatians 5: 1, 13-25 Freedom is what we have—Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again. 13 As for you, my friends, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is summed up in one commandment: “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.” 16 What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. 17 For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do. 18 If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law. GOSPEL according to Luke 9: 51-62 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then they went on to another village. BENEDICTION As we prepare to leave And embrace the challenges Of our lives and of the world Let us ask for God’s blessings May God bless us with strength To seek justice. Amen May God bless us with wisdom To care for our earth. Amen May God bless us with love To bring forth new life. Amen In the name of God, the maker of the whole world, Of Jesus, our new covenant, And the Holy Spirit, who opens eyes and hearts. Amen God in peace and be witnesses to hope. Thanks be to God.
56:49
June 25, 2022
Sunday 19 June 2022 | The culture of "I"
Second Sunday after Pentecost Theme: Race, class or gender divide us – is there the unity of God’s love? COLLECT God of all the nations: when race, class or gender divide us convict us with your presence and draw us all into the unity of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. READING from 1 Kings 19: 1-15 King Ahab told his wife Jezebel everything that Elijah had done and how he had put all the prophets of Baal to death. 2 She sent a message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me dead if by this time tomorrow I don't do the same thing to you that you did to the prophets.” 3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life; he took his servant and went to Beersheba in Judah. Leaving the servant there, 4 Elijah walked a whole day into the wilderness. He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. “It's too much, Lord,” he prayed. “Take away my life; I might as well be dead!” READING Romans Galatians 3: 23-29 23 But before the time for faith came, the Law kept us all locked up as prisoners until this coming faith should be revealed. 24 And so the Law was in charge of us until Christ came, in order that we might then be put right with God through faith. 25 Now that the time for faith is here, the Law is no longer in charge of us. 26 It is through faith that all of you are God's children in union with Christ Jesus. 27 You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ himself. 28 So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus. GOSPEL according to Luke 8: 26-39 26 Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me"-- 29 for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. 32 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. BENEDICTION As we prepare to leave And embrace the challenges Of our lives and of the world Let us ask for God’s blessings May God bless us with strength To seek justice. Amen May God bless us with wisdom To care for our earth. Amen May God bless us with love To bring forth new life. Amen In the name of God, the maker of the whole world, Of Jesus, our new covenant, And the Holy Spirit, who opens eyes and hearts. Amen God in peace and be witnesses to hope. Thanks be to God.
01:09:57
June 18, 2022
Sunday 12 June 2022 | Trinity Sunday
Trinity Sunday Theme: Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. COLLECT God of unchangeable power, you have revealed yourself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit: keep us firm in this faith that we may praise and bless your holy name, for you are one God, living and reigning in glory now and forever. Amen. READING from Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31 Listen! Wisdom is calling out. Reason is making herself heard. 2 On the hilltops near the road and at the crossroads she stands. 3 At the entrance to the city, beside the gates, she calls: 4 “I appeal to all of you; I call to everyone on earth. 22 “The Lord created me first of all, the first of his works, long ago. 23 I was made in the very beginning, at the first, before the world began. READING Romans 5: 1-5 Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 He has brought us by faith into this experience of God's grace, in which we now live. And so, we boast of the hope we have of sharing God's glory! 3 We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope. 5 This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to us. GOSPEL according to John 16: 12-15 12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. BENEDICTION Go now, rejoicing in God and delighting in all God does. Stand firm in the grace found in Christ so that in suffering, you may grow in endurance, character and hope COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
51:38
June 11, 2022
Pentecost 2022 | A new level of understanding faith.
Pentecost Sunday Theme: For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid COLLECT Almighty God, with wind from heaven and tongues of flame you poured out your Spirit on the disciples: set our hearts on fire with joy and power and send us out as witnesses to the wonder of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. READING from Acts 2: 1-21 2 Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. 5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. 6 When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. 7 In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans! 8 How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? 9 We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam READING Romans 8: 14-17 14 Those who are led by God's Spirit are God's children. 15 For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God's children, and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!” GOSPEL according to John 14: 8-17 8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. BENEDICTION Go now in the power of the Holy Spirit. Love Christ and do the things he has done. Dream dreams, pursue visions and speak of God’s wonders in the words of those who would hear. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
56:28
June 04, 2022
Sunday 29 May 2022 | Is salvation for everyone?
Seventh Sunday of Easter Theme: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" COLLECT Triune God, Jesus prayed that we might be one: help us to transcend our differences and find our unity in Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. READING from Acts 16: 16-34 16 One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a young servant woman who had an evil spirit that enabled her to predict the future. She earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes. 17 She followed Paul and us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They announce to you how you can be saved!” 18 She did this for many days, until Paul became so upset that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I order you to come out of her!” The spirit went out of her that very moment. 19 When her owners realized that their chance of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them to the authorities in the public square. 20 They brought them before the Roman officials and said, “These men are Jews, and they are causing trouble in our city. 21 They are teaching customs that are against our law; we are Roman citizens, and we cannot accept these customs or practice them.” 22 And the crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered them to be whipped. 23 After a severe beating, they were thrown into jail, and the jailer was ordered to lock them up tight. 26 Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, which shook the prison to its foundations. At once all the doors opened, and the chains fell off all the prisoners. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped; so he pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, “Don't harm yourself We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for a light, rushed in, and fell trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 30 Then he led them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your family.” READING Revelations 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21 14 Happy are those who wash their robes clean and so have the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life and to go through the gates into the city. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to announce these things to you in the churches. I am descended from the family of David; I am the bright morning star.” 17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” Everyone who hears this must also say, “Come!” Come, whoever is thirsty; accept the water of life as a gift, whoever wants it. GOSPEL according to John 17: 20-26 20 "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. BENEDICTION Go now, rejoicing in God. Love the Lord, hate evil; Be as one with one another, just as God is one. Let all the world see the love of God at work within you and among you COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
59:07
May 28, 2022
Sunday 22 May 2022 | What is Eternal Life?
Sixth Sunday of Easter Theme: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. COLLECT Eternal Father, your reign extends beyond space and time: grant that in this world of changing things we may hold fast to your promises that endure for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. READING from Acts 16: 9-15 14 One of those who heard us was Lydia from Thyatira, who was a dealer in purple cloth. She was a woman who worshiped God, and the Lord opened her mind to pay attention to what Paul was saying. 15 After she and the people of her house had been baptized, she invited us, “Come and stay in my house if you have decided that I am a true believer in the Lord.” And she persuaded us to go. GOSPEL according to John 14: 23-29 23 Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 25 "I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. BENEDICTION Go now and walk in the light of God’s glory. Love Christ and keep his word. Do not let your hearts be troubled, but lead others to the waters of life. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
52:10
May 21, 2022
Sunday 15 May 2022 | What Christians get wrong about love
Fifth Sunday of Easter Theme: The meaning of love revealed COLLECT Gracious God, your Son revealed the meaning of love: increase in us that same love, that all may know we are your disciples; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. READING from Acts 11: 1-18 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that people who were not Jewish had accepted God’s word. 2 However, when Peter went to Jerusalem, the believers who insisted on circumcision began to argue with him. 3 They said, “You went to visit men who were uncircumcised, and you even ate with them.” 4 Then Peter began to explain to them point by point what had happened. He said, 5 “I was praying in the city of Joppa when I fell into a trance. I saw something like a large linen sheet being lowered by its four corners from the sky. The sheet came near me. 6 I looked into the sheet very closely and saw tame animals, wild animals, reptiles, and birds. 7 I also heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter! Kill these animals, and eat them.’ 8 “But I answered, ‘I can’t do that, Lord! I’ve never put anything impure or unclean  into my mouth.’ 9 “A voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Don’t say that the things which God has made clean  are impure.’ 10 This happened three times. Then everything was pulled back into the sky again. GOSPEL according to John 13: 31-35 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." BENEDICTION Go now, wherever the Spirit of God leads you. Do not reject anything that God has accepted. Show all people that you are Christ’s disciples by loving one another just as he has loved you. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
51:22
May 15, 2022
Sunday 8 May 2022 | Mother’s Day
Fourth Sunday of Easter Theme: God will wipe every tear from their eyes COLLECT Good Shepherd, you assure us that no one will ever snatch us out of your hand: grant that all who hear your voice may know you who calls us each by name, and follow where you lead; for you live and reign in the unity of the Blessed Trinity, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. READING from Acts 9: 36-43 36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which in translation means Dorcas). She was continually doing good deeds and acts of charity. 37 At that time she became sick and died. When they had washed her body, they placed it in an upstairs room. 38 Because Lydda was near Joppa, when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter got up and went with them, and when he arrived, they brought him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him, crying and showing him the tunics and other clothing Dorcas used to make while she was with them. 40 But Peter sent them all outside, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. READING Revelation 7: 9-17 17 The lamb in the centre near the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs filled with the water of life, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” GOSPEL according to John 10: 22-30 22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; 26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. BENEDICTION Go now, following the voice of the shepherd. Fear no evil, for God is by your side. Devote yourselves to the works of God, to words of mercy, to good deeds and to acts of love. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
01:02:38
May 07, 2022
Sunday 1 May 2022 | Apostle battle: Paul vs John
Third Sunday of Easter Theme: O Love that wilt not let me go COLLECT Merciful God whose love will not let us go: Restore in us the power of our calling that we may boldly fulfil the tasks you set before us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit is worthy of blessing and honour, glory and power, for ever and ever. Amen. READING from Acts 9: 1-6 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest 2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” GOSPEL according to John 21: 1-19 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. BENEDICTION Go now and follow the risen Christ. Love God and nourish the faith of God’s little ones. Make Christ known to all people for God has chosen you as an instrument to lead others into the way of mercy and love. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
37:34
April 30, 2022
Sunday 24 April 2022 | Is St George a saint?
Second Sunday of Easter/St George’s Day COLLECT God of mission, you raised Jesus Christ as the first born of the dead: by your Holy Spirit, empower us to witness to him so that those who have not yet seen may come to believe in him who was and is and is to come, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen. COLLECT for St George Gracious Lord you have built up your Church through the love and devotion of your saints: help us to follow in the steps of your servant George and fill our hearts with love for you and others for your sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen READING from Acts 5: 27-32 30 The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him to his right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these events, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” GOSPEL according to John 20: 19-31 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." BENEDICTION Go now to love and forgive, for as God sent Christ, so now Christ is sending you. Obey God above any other authority and bear witness to Christ’s resurrection life. And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.
58:47
April 23, 2022
Sunday 16 April 2022 | Easter Sunday: Jesus and Christianity
Easter Sunday COLLECT Lord Jesus Christ, you transformed the tomb of death into the womb of new life: make us joyful witnesses of this good news, that all creation may be redeemed, restored and reconciled; for you live and reign, in the unity of the Blessed Trinity, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen COLLECT for Baptism Almighty and merciful Father Giver of life and power: Fill your faithful people with the abundance of your grace That all who are born again by water and the Spirit May grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ; who is alive, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit One God, now and for ever. Amen READING from Romans 6: 3-11 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. GOSPEL according to John 20: 1-18 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Luke 24 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words. BENEDICTION Go now, glad and rejoicing, for this is the day that the Lord has made, and Christ is risen, that all may be made alive in him. Put your hope in the risen Christ, and testify that he is the one ordained by God to be Lord of all. In his name, preach peach, do good, and proclaim the forgiveness of sins without partiality; And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ, alleluia, alleluia.
01:09:30
April 16, 2022
Sunday 10 April 2022 | Palm/Passion Sunday
THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION COLLECT Eternal Father, Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ fulfilled your will by taking our nature and giving his life for us: help us to follow the example of his humility by walking in the way of the cross; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen READING from Luke 19: 28-40 28-31 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’” 32-33 The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?” 34 They said, “His Master needs him.” GOSPEL according to Luke 23: 1-49 So Pilate began his interrogation by asking Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” “They are your words,” answered Jesus. Pilate turned back to the chief priests and the mob, and said, “I can’t see that he has broken any laws. You have got nothing on him that will stick.” Priest: But they dug their heels in and kept insisting, “He is trouble. He stirs up the people with his teaching, and not just around here. He started up in Galilee. He has worked his way all around Judea, and now he is at it here.” BENEDICTION Go now and follow Christ in obedience. Have the same mind as was in Christ Jesus; Keep your ears open to God’s teaching; Be humble, even in the face of hostility and do not turn back. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
47:58
April 09, 2022
Sunday 6 March 2022 | Lent
The Lenten journey COLLECT God of mercy, Jesus found a sure defense in your word: strengthen us to persevere faithfully as we confront the temptations of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING from Deuteronomy 26: 1-11 6 The Egyptians treated us harshly and forced us to work as slaves. 7 Then we cried out for help to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He heard us and saw our suffering, hardship, and misery. 8 By his great power and strength he rescued us from Egypt. He worked miracles and wonders and caused terrifying things to happen. 9 He brought us here and gave us this rich and fertile land. READING from Romans 10: 8b-13 10 For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved. 11 The scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.” 12 This includes everyone, because there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles; God is the same Lord of all and richly blesses all who call to him. GOSPEL according to Luke 4: 1-13 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. BENEDICTION Go now, confessing Christ as Lord, in word and deed. Worship and serve the Lord your God and no other. Stand firm in the time of trial; tell the story of God’s goodness, and trust in the Lord whose saving word is always with you. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:04:27
March 06, 2022
Sunday 27 February 2022 | Koinonia: Fellowship with the family
Transfiguration Sunday COLLECT Holy God, on the Mount of Transfiguration you revealed your Son as the Christ: transform our lives in his image, write your law of love on our hearts, and make us prophets of your shining splendour; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in glory everlasting. Amen Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name. Amen READING from Acts 2: 44-47 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. READING from Ephesians 6 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honour your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. GOSPEL according to Luke 9: 28-36 28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" Hymn – Happy Our Home When God Is There Happy our home when God is there, Binding our hearts in love, Blessing each day with moments shared, Drawing our thoughts above. Happy our home when daily prayer Bears every daily need; When parents share God's Holy Word And daily let Him lead. Happy our home when children praise, Lifting our Saviour’s name; When parents speak and show His love, Faithful each day the same. Father of all, our God of Peace, We look to You alone; Come with Your precious gift of love And make our house Your home. BENEDICTION Go now and live your faith boldly as an open statement of God’s truth. Keep nothing hidden, and refuse anything deceitful or manipulative. By God’s mercy, engage in the ministry to which you have been called, and let the light of God’s word shine brightly in you. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:04:34
February 26, 2022
Sunday 20 February 2022 | Developing growing family relationships
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany COLLECT Merciful Lord, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name. Amen READING from Proverbs 31 10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” READING from Romans 12 2 Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. 9 Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. 16 Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise. GOSPEL according to Luke 6: 27-38 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." Prayer for Protection Visit our homes and families, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BENEDICTION Go now and give your life to the Lord. Trust in God and do good. Love and bless everyone, even your enemies. Do not judge others, but be merciful and generous to all. Treat others and you would have them treat you. The Blessing And the blessing of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
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February 19, 2022
Sunday 13 February 2022 | Developing healthy communication
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany COLLECT Holy and righteous God, you set before us life and death: grant us grace in the face of many temptations to seek the mind of Christ and choose eternal life for Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name. Amen READING the Holy scriptures Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 17:27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Proverbs 18:13 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame GOSPEL according to Luke 6: 17-26 20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 "Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. 24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25 "Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. "Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 "Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets." Prayer for Protection Visit our homes and families, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BENEDICTION Go now, with your trust in the Lord. Do not be influenced by the ways of sinners and cynics, but delight in the Lord’s teaching and study it night and day. Rejoice in your union with Christ even when people reject you for it. The Blessing And the blessing of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
51:58
February 13, 2022
Sunday 6 February 2022 | Rebuilding the family
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Theme: Back to basic - rebuilding the family COLLECT Holy God, your glory astounds us: take us as we are, claim us for your purposes and make us what you would have us be; for Jesus Christ’s sake, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name. Amen READING from 2 Samuel 13 1 Now Absalom, David's son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar. And after a time Amnon, David's son, loved her. 2 And Amnon was so tormented that he made himself ill because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to her. 5 Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.’” 6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. And when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.” 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, “Go to your brother Amnon's house and prepare food for him.” 11 But when she brought them near him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.” 12 She answered him, “No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this outrageous thing. 13 As for me, where could I carry my shame? And as for you, you would be as one of the outrageous fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.” 14 But he would not listen to her, and being stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her. 15 Then Amnon hated her with very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up! Go!” GOSPEL according to Luke 5: 1-11 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." 5 Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets." 6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 10 Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him. Prayer for Protection Visit our homes and families, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BENEDICTION Go now, and forsaking everything else, follow Christ. By the grace of God, be all you have been called to be, especially within you families, and cast wide the net of God’s love. Address the brokenness and dysfunction in honesty and with mercy for healing and wholeness. Remind one another of the good news, and hold firmly to faith that is saving you The Blessing And the blessing of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:02:20
February 05, 2022
Sunday 30 January 2022 | The cost of discipleship
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Theme: Stand with us in the conflict, strengthen our resolve to bear with joy the cost of our discipleship COLLECT O God, the strength and refuge of all who serve you: when we are brought to the time of trial, stand with us in the conflict and strengthen our resolve to bear with joy the cost of our discipleship; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen. READING from 1 Corinthians 13 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. GOSPEL according to Luke 4: 21-30 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, "Is not this Joseph's son?" 23 He said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, 'Doctor, cure yourself!' And you will say, 'Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.'" 24 And he said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet's hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to noneof them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. BENEDICTION Go now to all to whom God sends you, and speak whatever words God gives you. Rejoice in the truth and do not be afraid. Let all that you do and all that you say be filled with love, for love never ends. The Blessing And the blessing of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:03:34
January 29, 2022
Sunday 23 January 2022 | Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Third Sunday after the Epiphany Theme: For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. COLLECT Holy Spirit, Jesus began his ministry in your power: descend on us today, that we who are Christ’s body will accept our calling as he did; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God for ever and ever. Amen. READING from Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the meaning, so that the people understood the reading. 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go on your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” GOSPEL according to Luke 4: 14-21 14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour." 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." BENEDICTION Go now, and live as one body in Christ. Be at peace, and care for one another; Suffer with one another and rejoice with one another. Give your attention to the Word of God and proclaim the good news of freedom to all. The Blessing And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:04:35
January 23, 2022
Christmas 2021 | Christmas Eve
Theme: ‘Use us to tell the story of his love to the world’ COLLECT Loving God, your light shone in the stable of Bethlehem: draw us to worship the Child in the manger, and use us to tell the story of his love to the world; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen READING from Isaiah 9: 2-7 2 The people who walk in darkness will see a bright light. The light will shine on those who live in the land of death’s shadow. 3 You will expand the nation and increase its happiness. It will be happy in your presence like those who celebrate the harvest or rejoice when dividing loot. 4 You will break the yoke  that burdens them, the bar that is across their shoulders, and the stick used by their oppressor, as you did in the battle against Midian. 6 A child will be born for us. A son will be given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His government and peace will have unlimited growth. He will establish David’s throne and kingdom. He will uphold it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The Lord of Armies is determined to do this! READING from Titus 2: 11-14 13 At the same time we can expect what we hope for—the appearance of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. GOSPEL according to Luke 2: 1-14 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. BENEDICTION Go now, glorifying and praising God for all you have heard and seen. Renounce ungodly living and unworthy desires, and take control of your life with godliness and honour. The Blessing And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with hope, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen. Music playlist: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT7ju0ZD7mVAoeG_RTzrZOoITZM2lO3-r&feature=share The Chosen: https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosenChristmas
01:05:22
December 24, 2021
Sunday 19 December 2021 | 4th Sunday in Advent
Love candle HERALDED MESSAGE O God of every nation, of every race and land, Redeem the whole creation with your almighty hand; Where hate and fear divide us and bitter threats are hurled, In love and mercy guide us and heal our strife-torn world. COLLECT God of Elizabeth and Mary: Make our hearts leap with joy, Fill our mouths with songs of praise And make us ready to welcome the Christ in our midst; Who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, in God in glory everlasting. Amen READING from Micah 5: 2-5a 2 The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.” 3 So the Lord will abandon his people to their enemies until the woman who is to give birth has her son. Then those Israelites who are in exile will be reunited with their own people. READING from Hebrews 10: 5-10 5 For this reason, when Christ was about to come into the world, he said to God: “You do not want sacrifices and offerings, but you have prepared a body for me. 6 You are not pleased with animals burned whole on the altar or with sacrifices to take away sins. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am, to do your will, O God, just as it is written of me in the book of the Law.’” THE GOSPEL according to Luke 1: 39-45 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord." Magnificat Mary said, “My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Saviour, for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy, because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me. God’s name is holy; from one generation to another, he shows mercy to those who honour him. He has stretched out his mighty arm and scattered the proud with all their plans. He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands. He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors, and has come to the help of his servant Israel. He has remembered to show mercy to Abraham and to all his descendants forever!” BENEDICTION Go now, with your hope in God’s mercy for all God has promised you will be fulfilled. Trust God’s strength for your safety, walk in the ways of peace, and be ready to greet the coming Lord. And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:06:47
December 18, 2021
Sunday 12 December 2021 | 3rd Sunday in Advent
Joy candle HERALDED MESSAGE We give thanks to you Lord God almighty ever present and eternal for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. COLLECT God of hope and joy, you sent John the Baptist to announce the coming of your Son: inspire all who serve in your Church to prepare for his coming again by turning us from disobedience to your loving service; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING from Zephaniah 3: 14-20 14 Sing and shout for joy, people of Israel! Rejoice with all your heart, Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has stopped your punishment; he has removed all your enemies. The Lord, the king of Israel, is with you; there is no reason now to be afraid. 19 "The time is coming! I will punish your oppressors; I will rescue all the lame and bring the exiles home. I will turn their shame to honour, and all the world will praise them. 20 The time is coming! I will bring your scattered people home; I will make you famous throughout the world and make you prosperous once again.” THE GOSPEL according to Luke 3: 7-18 7John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" 13 He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." 14 Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages." 16 John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. PRAYER for COVID Lord of the ages, Covid still lingers on. We are protocol-focused and still grieving the losses of our beloveds. Some still resist the vaccine and variants continue to appear through mutation. Thank you for journeying with us with your healing presence and companionship, drawing us into compassionate community. Save us from our arrogance, so that we will soon be free from the oppression of this virus. Amen BENEDICTION Go now and rejoice in the Lord always. Do not be afraid or worried about anything, but in everything trust God and pray. Bear fruits worthy of repentance, sharing what you have and being gentle with all. And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:12:16
December 12, 2021
Sunday 5 December 2021 | 2nd Sunday in Advent
Preparation candle HERALDED MESSAGE Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty saviour, born of the house of his servant David. COLLECT God of timeless grace, you fill us with joyful expectation: make us ready for the message that prepares the way so that with uprightness of heart and holy joy we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING from Baruch 5: 1-9 Jerusalem, take off the clothes you have worn in your mourning and distress, and put on the eternal splendour of God's glory. 2 Put around you the cloak of God's righteousness. Place on your head the crown of the glory of the Eternal God. 3 God will show your splendour to every nation on earth. 4 Forever he will say to you: Your security comes from your righteousness, and your splendour from your devotion to me. READING from Philippians 1: 3-11 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. THE GOSPEL according to Luke 3: 1-6 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; PRAYER for COVID Lord of the ages, Covid still lingers on. We are protocol-focused and still grieving the losses of our beloveds. Some still resist the vaccine and variants continue to appear through mutation. Thank you for journeying with us with your healing presence and companionship, drawing us into compassionate community. Save us from our arrogance, so that we will soon be free from the oppression of this virus. Amen • We pray for victims and survivors of Gender based Violence. We link hands with each other as a sign of our solidarity with all who are affected by gender-based violence. We reach out our hands as a sign of our unity with all who campaign for justice across the world. We stretch up our hands as a sign of our prayers for an end to all forms of violence and abuse. BENEDICTION Go now and prepare the way for the Lord. Share in the gospel of God’s grace; Proclaim salvation and the forgiveness of sins; Make straight paths for justice and mercy. And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:32:22
December 04, 2021
Sunday 28 November 2021 | Advent Sunday
HERALDED MESSAGE Come, O long-expected Jesus, Born to set your people free; From our fears and sins release us By your death on Calvary. COLLECT Almighty Father, your Son came to us in humility as our Saviour and at the last day he will come again in glory as our judge: give us grace to turn away from darkness to the light of Christ that we will be ready to welcome him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen READING from Jeremiah 33: 14-16 14 The Lord said, “The time is coming when I will fulfill the promise that I made to the people of Israel and Judah. 15 At that time I will choose as king a righteous descendant of David. That king will do what is right and just throughout the land. 16 The people of Judah and of Jerusalem will be rescued and will live in safety. The city will be called ‘The Lord Our Salvation.’ READING from 1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13 10 Day and night we ask him with all our heart to let us see you personally and supply what is needed in your faith. 11 May our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus prepare the way for us to come to you! THE GOSPEL according to Luke 21: 25-36 25 "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." 29 Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. PRAYER for COVID Lord of the ages, Covid still lingers on. We are protocol-focused and still grieving the losses of our beloveds. Some still resist the vaccine and variants continue to appear through mutation. Thank you for journeying with us with your healing presence and companionship, drawing us into compassionate community. Save us from our arrogance, so that we will soon be free from the oppression of this virus. Amen BENEDICTION You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. Salvation is nearer now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the Lord Jesus Christ; And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:00:33
November 27, 2021
Sunday 21 November 2021: Feast of Christ the King
Theme: Jesus, "Are you the king?" COLLECT Most High God, majestic and mighty, our beginning and our end: rule in our hearts and guide us to be faithful, worshipping the One who comes as Saviour and Sovereign; and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING from 2 Samuel 23: 1-7 These are David's last words: 2 The spirit of the Lord speaks through me; his message is on my lips. 3 The God of Israel has spoken; the protector of Israel said to me: “The king who rules with justice, who rules in obedience to God, 4 is like the sun shining on a cloudless dawn, the sun that makes the grass sparkle after rain.” 5 And that is how God will bless my descendants, because he has made an eternal covenant with me, an agreement that will not be broken, a promise that will not be changed. That is all I desire; that will be my victory, and God will surely bring it about. 6 But godless people are like thorns that are thrown away; no one can touch them barehanded. 7 You must use an iron tool or a spear; they will be burned completely. THE GOSPEL according to John 18: 33-37 33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" 34 Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?" 35 Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" 36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." 37 Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." PRAYER for COVID Lord of the ages, Covid still lingers on. We are protocol-focused and still grieving the losses of our beloveds. Some still resist the vaccine and variants continue to appear through mutation. Thank you for journeying with us with your healing presence and companionship, drawing us into compassionate community. Save us from our arrogance, so that we will soon be free from the oppression of this virus. Amen BENEDICTION Go out as faithful witnesses to the one who reigns forever. Look to Christ as your shepherd and your ruler, and listen for his voice. Clothe yourselves in righteousness and make every place a place to worship God. And the blessing of God almighty, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Life-giving Comforter. Amen COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:22:59
November 20, 2021
De Klerk's legacy
The full discussion about president FW de Klerk's role in South Africa's democracy and further thoughts on how humans record history.
15:07
November 14, 2021
Sunday 14 November 2021 | Living transformed lives
COLLECT Gracious Lord, your Son came to bring us good news and power to transform our lives: grant that when he comes again as judge we may be ready to meet him with joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING from 1 Samuel 1: 4-20w 4 Each time Elkanah offered his sacrifice, he would give one share of the meat to Peninnah and one share to each of her children. 5 And even though he loved Hannah very much he would give her only one share, because the Lord had kept her from having children. 6 Peninnah, her rival, would torment and humiliate her, because the Lord had kept her childless. 8 Her husband Elkanah would ask her, “Hannah, why are you crying? Why won't you eat? Why are you always so sad? Don't I mean more to you than ten sons?” 11 Hannah made a solemn promise: “Lord Almighty, look at me, your servant! See my trouble and remember me! Don't forget me! If you give me a son, I promise that I will dedicate him to you for his whole life and that he will never have his hair cut.” 17 “Go in peace,” Eli said, “and may the God of Israel give you what you have asked him for.” 18 “May you always think kindly of me,” she replied. Then she went away, ate some food, and was no longer sad THE GOSPEL according to Mark 13: 1-8 1 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!" 2 Then Jesus asked him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down." 3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?" 7 When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs. PRAYER for COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Go out in peace, for the Lord has heard your prayers. Do not allow anyone to lead you astray but hold fast to the hope you have claimed. Continue to meet together, encouraging and provoking one another to put love into action. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:12:24
November 13, 2021
Sunday 7 November 2021 | Madiba's legacy
COLLECT God of compassion and grace, your concern for widows and strangers is from of old: stand among us in Christ and give us generous hearts to care for those whom the world passes by; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen READING from Ruth 3: 1-5, 4: 13-15 1 Then Naomi, her mother-in-law, said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek a home for you so that you may find security? 2 Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you were, our relative? Tonight, he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. 3 Bathe and perfume yourself and put on your best clothes. Go down to the floor, but do not let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 When he lies down to sleep, note the place where he is lying. Go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what you should do.” 5 She said to her, “I will do whatever you say.” 17 The neighbour women gave him a name, saying, “A son is born to Naomi.” They called him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. READING from Hebrews 9: 24-28 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, so that he now appears in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it his purpose to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters into the sanctuary year after year with the blood that is not his own. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 12: 38-44 38 As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! 40 They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." 41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." PRAYER for COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Go out and share God’s love with all. Do not slave for things that are not life-giving, but trust in God’s provision, and give generously of all you have. And may God watch over you and provide for you; May Christ Jesus be to you a restorer of life; and may the Holy Spirit lead you in the ways of humble generosity. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:29:50
November 06, 2021
Sunday 31 October 2021 | Cultural empathy
23rd Sunday after Pentecost Theme: Purified conscience; worshipping the living God? COLLECT God of love, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, and by it impel us to care for our sisters and brothers; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in glory everlasting. Amen READING from Ruth 1: 1-18 1 Long ago, in the days before Israel had a king, there was a famine in the land. 2 So, a man named Elimelech, who belonged to the clan of Ephrath and who lived in Bethlehem in Judah, went with his wife Naomi and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion to live for a while in the country of Moab. While they were living there, 3 Elimelech died, and Naomi was left alone with her two sons, 4 who married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. About ten years later 5 Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left all alone, without husband or sons. 6 Some time later Naomi heard that the Lord had blessed his people by giving them good crops; so she got ready to leave Moab with her daughters-in-law. 7 They started out together to go back to Judah, but on the way 8 she said to them, “Go back home and stay with your mothers. May the Lord be as good to you as you have been to me and to those who have died. 9 And may the Lord make it possible for each of you to marry again and have a home.” 16 But Ruth answered, “Don't ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and that is where I will be buried. May the Lord's worst punishment come upon me if I let anything but death separate me from you!” READING from Hebrews 9: 11-14 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! THE GOSPEL according to Mark 12: 28-34 28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" 29 Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." 32 Then the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that 'he is one, and besides him there is no other'; 33 and 'to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and 'to love one's neighbour as oneself,' --this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." After that no one dared to ask him any question. PRAYER for COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Jesus Christ shed his own blood to win freedom for us. As our high priest, he has gone into the presence of God and obtained for us eternal redemption, purifying us from all guilt, and freeing us to worship the living God. Sisters and Brothers, your sins are forgiven; be at peace. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:23:23
October 30, 2021
Sunday 24 October 2021 | "What do you want me to do for you?"
22nd Sunday after Pentecost Theme: Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" COLLECT Merciful Lord, you heard the cry of the blind beggar when others would have silenced him: give us courage to be persistent in prayer, to ask plainly what we need and to follow where you lead; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen READING from Job 42: 1-6, 10-17 Then Job answered the Lord. 2 I know, Lord, that you are all-powerful; that you can do everything you want. 3 You ask how I dare question your wisdom when I am so very ignorant. I talked about things I did not understand, about marvels too great for me to know. 4 You told me to listen while you spoke and to try to answer your questions. 5 In the past I knew only what others had told me, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. 6 So I am ashamed of all I have said and repent in dust and ashes. 10 Then, after Job had prayed for his three friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had had before. READING from Hebrews 7: 23-28 26 Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs. He is holy; he has no fault or sin in him; he has been set apart from sinners and raised above the heavens. 27 He is not like other high priests; he does not need to offer sacrifices every day for his own sins first and then for the sins of the people. He offered one sacrifice, once and for all, when he offered himself. 28 The Law of Moses appoints men who are imperfect to be high priests; but God's promise made with the vow, which came later than the Law, appoints the Son, who has been made perfect forever. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 10: 46-52 46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." PRAYER for COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Go out with your eyes opened to the presence of God and follow Jesus on the way. Drink in the richness of God and enjoy the strength of the Lord. And may God give you a long and full life; May Christ Jesus open your eyes to the wonder of life; and may the Holy Spirit fill you with the faith that makes you whole. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:21:22
October 23, 2021
Sunday 17 October 2021 | Made eager to give lovi g service
21st Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Lord Jesus Christ, you came among us as the servant of all: overturn our wrongful pride and make us eager to serve our brothers and sisters with the loving self-sacrifice. for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen READING Job 38: 1-7 2 Who are you to question my wisdom with your ignorant, empty words? 3 Now stand up straight and answer the questions I ask you. 4 Were you there when I made the world? If you know so much, tell me about it. 5 Who decided how large it would be? Who stretched the measuring line over it? Do you know all the answers? 6 What holds up the pillars that support the earth? Who laid the cornerstone of the world? READING Hebrews 5: 1-10 Every high priest is chosen from his fellow men and appointed to serve God on their behalf, to offer sacrifices and offerings for sins. 2 Since he himself is weak in many ways, he is able to be gentle with those who are ignorant and make mistakes. 4 No one chooses for himself the honour of being a high priest. It is only by God's call that a man is made a high priest—just as Aaron was. 5 In the same way, Christ did not take upon himself the honour of being a high priest. Instead, God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 He also said in another place, “You will be a priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.” GOSPEL Mark 10: 35-45 35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." 36 And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?" 37 And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." 38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" 39 They replied, "We are able." Then Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. PRAYER FOR COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Go now with the words of your high priest in your ears: “You are a forgiven people.” Though Christ has welcomed you to his table, do not lord it over others. Strive not to be served, but to serve, and pray, with cries and tears, for the salvation of all. And may God be present to you in times of trial; May Christ Jesus pray for you and secure your forgiveness; and may the Holy Spirit fill you with hope and humility. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:17:16
October 16, 2021
Sunday 10 October 2021 | Theme: Excellent gift of love
20th Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worthless: pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love without which whoever lives is counted dead before you; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. Amen READING from Job 23: 1-9, 16-17 3 How I wish I knew where to find him and knew how to go where he is. 4 I would state my case before him and present all the arguments in my favour. 5 I want to know what he would say and how he would answer me. 6 Would God use all his strength against me? No, he would listen as I spoke. 8 I have searched in the East, but God is not there; I have not found him when I searched in the West. 9 God has been at work in the North and the South, but still I have not seen him. 16-17 Almighty God has destroyed my courage. It is God, not the dark, that makes me afraid— even though the darkness has made me blind. READING from Hebrews 4: 12-16 12 The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. 13 There is nothing that can be hid from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves. 14 Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God—Jesus, the Son of God. 15 Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. 16 Let us have confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 10: 17-31 17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18 Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.'" 20 He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth." 21 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" 24 And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." 26 They were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can be saved?" 27 Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible." PRAYER FOR COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Go now in the confidence of people who have found mercy. Follow Jesus, keeping the commandments, letting go of all that binds you to the ways of this world, and investing everything in God’s realm. And may God come close to you and keep you safe; May Christ Jesus reward your faithfulness a hundredfold; and may the Holy
01:24:04
October 09, 2021
Sunday 3 October 2021 | St Francis Day
19th Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT O Holy Trinity, you are the unity of love: keep in love those who are born to each other and sustain the love of those who choose one another that all will flourish in the security you intend; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen Jesus, who raised the dead to life Help us to find ways to renew what we have broken, damaged and destroyed in our common home. Give hope to those working for a greener future. For you live and reign in the unity of the blessed Trinity one God now and forever. Amen. READING from Job 1: 1; 2: 1-10 There was a man named Job, living in the land of Uz, who worshiped God and was faithful to him. He was a good man, careful not to do anything evil. When the day came for the heavenly beings to appear before the Lord again, Satan was there among them. 2 The Lord asked him, “Where have you been?” Satan answered, “I have been walking here and there, roaming around the earth.” 3 “Did you notice my servant Job?” the Lord asked. “There is no one on earth as faithful and good as he is. He worships me and is careful not to do anything evil. You persuaded me to let you attack him for no reason at all, but Job is still as faithful as ever.” 4 Satan replied, “A person will give up everything in order to stay alive. 5 But now suppose you hurt his body—he will curse you to your face!” 6 So the Lord said to Satan, “All right, he is in your power, but you are not to kill him.” READING from Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12 In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. 3 He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power. 4 The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. 5 God has not placed the angels as rulers over the new world to come—the world of which we speak. 6 Instead, as it is said somewhere in the Scriptures: “What are human beings, O God, that you should think of them; mere human beings, that you should care for them? THE GOSPEL according to Mark 10: 2-16 2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" 3 He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" 4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her." 5 But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6 But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 7 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." PRAYER FOR COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Go now and welcome the signs of God’s kingdom with the joyous simplicity of children. Walk boldly in God’s strength, and do not sit with liars and hypocrites. And may God rescue you and be gracious to you. May Christ Jesus welcome you as his brothers and sisters. and may the Holy Spirit give you courage in time of suffering and strengthen you in integrity. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:26:11
October 02, 2021
Sunday 26 September 2021 | Heritage Day
18th Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Mysterious God: Reveal the narrowness of our blinded sight, and make us aware of all who serve your purposes so that together we will celebrate the glory of your reign; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen God, creator of the universe: Fill us with your love for the whole of creation, Awake in us the passion to work for your world with passion and boldness Lift us up on eagles’ wings, so that we may not be overwhelmed by the task ahead. In the power of the Holy Spirit who renews the face of the Earth. Amen. READING from Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10, 9: 20-22 1 And so the king and Haman went to eat with Esther 2 for a second time. Over the wine the king asked her again, “Now, Queen Esther, what do you want? Tell me and you shall have it. I'll even give you half the empire.” 3 Queen Esther answered, “If it please Your Majesty to grant my humble request, my wish is that I may live and that my people may live. 4 My people and I have been sold for slaughter. If it were nothing more serious than being sold into slavery, I would have kept quiet and not bothered you about it; but we are about to be destroyed—exterminated!” 5 Then King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who dares to do such a thing? Where is this man?” 6 Esther answered, “Our enemy, our persecutor, is this evil man Haman!” Haman faced the king and queen with terror. 10 So Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai. Then the king's anger cooled down. 20 Mordecai had these events written down and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, throughout the Persian Empire, 21 telling them to observe the fourteenth and fifteenth days of Adar as holidays every year. 22 These were the days on which the Jews had rid themselves of their enemies; this was a month that had been turned from a time of grief and despair into a time of joy and happiness. They were told to observe these days with feasts and parties, giving gifts of food to one another and to the poor. Reading from James 5: 13-20 19 My friends, if any of you wander away from the truth and another one brings you back again, 20 remember this: whoever turns a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner's soul from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 9: 38-50 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” PRAYER FOR COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Go now and celebrate wherever God’s name is honoured. When suffering comes, pray in faith. In times of joy, sing songs of praise. Persevere in prayer and action to bring the fallen back to the truth. And may God save you from all that would harm you; May Christ Jesus heal you and raise you up; and may the Holy Spirit anoint you and give you peace with one another. COMMISSIONING/SENDING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:01:25
September 25, 2021
Sunday 19 September 2021 | Season of Creation: Ecumenism
Theme: Ecumenism COLLECT God of the living earth You called us to be part of your beloved community, baptised into one family through the sacred waters of life called to care together for your world. Guide as we work to sustain our common home. Help us to find the path to living in peace and harmony with all your creatures united by the divine dance of the Trinity. Amen. Reading from Proverbs 31: 10-23 10 How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels! 11 Her husband puts his confidence in her, and he will never be poor. 20 She is generous to the poor and needy. 25 She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future. 26 She speaks with a gentle wisdom. 27 She is always busy and looks after her family's needs. 28 Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her. 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honours the Lord should be praised. 31 Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone. Reading from James 3: 13-18 13 Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. 14 But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don't sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world; it is unspiritual and demonic. 16 Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. 18 And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 9: 30-37 33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?" 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me." Prayer for COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. BENEDICTION Renewing Spirit, Creator God, look upon these faces gathered in Holy community together and send them anywhere you would have them go, so that they may embody the ministry of justice for your Creation through their actions. Walk with them so that they may face the winds of change and walk the good road. Enlighten them. Sustain them. May God our Creator be with you this day and always. May Christ Jesus, the Lord of the Church send you. May the Holy Spirit, empower you to witness to all of creation. Amen! COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:00:10
September 18, 2021
Sunday 12 September 2021 | Season of Creation: Ecology
Theme: Ecology - Protecting our common home COLLECT Jesus, redeemer of our common home and provider for all of creation; Teach us to value the habitats of all your creatures given into our care, so that we can preserve the world in all of its diversity Inspire us to value your precious gifts and never to take more than we can give, for you live and reign in the diversity of the Blessed Trinity, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Reading from Proverbs 1: 20-23 20 Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. 21 At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates, she speaks: 22 "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 23 Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. Reading from James 3: 5-6, 8-10 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. 6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 8 but no one can tame the tongue--a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 8: 27-38 27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" 28 And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." 29 He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah." 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. 31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. Prayer for COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. SENDING OUT All this day O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for you. And every life I touch, may you by your spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe or the life I live. Amen BENEDICTION Walk with love and care on God’s earth. walk with vital awareness of God’s comprehensive vision and purpose for creation. Walk with awe and gratitude to ensure justice to the trees and rivers as well as the person next to you – they are not without purpose in God’s vision. Amen COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:21:49
September 11, 2021
Sunday 5 September 2021 | Season of Creation
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Collect O God of love your embrace includes everyone: open our hearts and minds to your generous will That in what we say and do we proclaim Christ’s love And serve the needs of our neighbours; Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen. Reading from Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 1 If you have to choose between a good reputation and great wealth, choose a good reputation. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both. Reading from James 2: 1-10, 5 Listen, my dear friends! God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith and to possess the kingdom which he promised to those who love him. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 7: 24-37 24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." 28 But she answered him, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." 29 Then he said to her, "For saying that, you may go--the demon has left your daughter." Creator of All, we are grateful that from your communion of love you created our planet to be a home for all. By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth a diversity of living beings that filled the soil, water and air. Each part of creation praises you in their being, and cares for one another from our place in the web of life. With the Psalmist, we sing your praise that in your house “even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young.” We remember that you call human beings to keep your garden in ways that honour the dignity of each creature and conserve their place in the abundance of life on Earth. But we know that our will to power pushes the planet beyond her limits. Our consumption is out of harmony and rhythm with Earth’s capacity to heal herself. Habitats are left barren or lost. Species are lost and systems fail. Where reefs and burrows, mountaintops and ocean deeps once teemed with life and relationships, wet and dry deserts lie empty, as if uncreated. Human families are displaced by insecurity and conflict, migrating in search of peace. Animals flee fires, deforestation and famine, wandering in search of a new place to find a home to lay their young and live. In this Season of Creation, we pray that the breath of your creative Word would move our hearts, as in the waters of our birth and baptism. Give us faith to follow Christ to our just place in the beloved community. Enlighten us with the grace to respond to your covenant and call to care for our common home. In our tilling and keeping, gladden our hearts to know that we participate with your Holy Spirit to renew the face of your Earth, and safeguard a home for all. In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. BLESSING Go out in love, reconciled to one another in Christ. Lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. Live honourably, fulfilling the law through love for all. And may God mark you out for salvation; May Christ Jesus be present among you always, And may the Holy Spirit reconcile you to one another and fulfil the law of love among you. COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
54:39
September 04, 2021
Sunday 29 August 2021
14th Sunday after Pentecost Collect O God of eternal light, your word is truth: make us quick to listen and slow to speak that the word implanted in us will take root to nourish all we say and do; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING James 1:17-27 19 Remember this, my beloved brethren: everyone should be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to anger. 20 For human anger does not bring about the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, rid yourselves of everything sordid and of every wicked excess, and welcome in all humility the word that is implanted in you and is able to save your souls. 22 Be doers of the word and not just hearers who only deceive themselves. GOSPEL according to Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 5 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?" 6 He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.' 8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition." 14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile." 21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person." Prayer in the time of COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. Blessing Go out, and be doers of the Word. Cleanse your hearts of all pollution, be quick to listen and learn, welcome the Word that God implants in you, and bring it to birth in acts of righteousness and compassion. And may God pour grace upon you and bless you forever; May Christ Jesus reveal to you the truth of God’s ways; and may the Holy Spirit fill your life with passion and love. Commissioning/Sending Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
01:22:23
August 28, 2021
Sunday 22 August 2021 | Theological Education Sunday
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Collect Lord Jesus Christ, you have the words of eternal life: set your living bread before us that, feasting around your table, we may be strengthened to continue the work to which you call us; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Collect for Theological Education Sunday God of wisdom, Jesus instructed his apostles to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that he taught. Thank you for calling women and men to serve you in the various ministries of your Church. Bless all undergoing theological education and enlighten those engaged in the research of theological works and teaching. Touch the minds and hearts of all in your Church, to faithfully sponsor and support theological education so that your Church may be built up for the purpose of mission, prophetic ministry, pastoral care and worship. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ the great teacher, who is our Saviour and Lord. Amen. Reading Ephesians 6: 10-20 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. THE GOSPEL according to John 6: 56-69 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever." 59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?" 61 But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, "Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But among you there are some who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65 And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father." 66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out, and make known the mystery of the gospel. Keep alert and pray at all times. Draw strength from God’s power and so stand firm against all that would corrupt you. And may God arm you with truth and righteousness; May Christ Jesus give you words of Spirit and life; and may the Holy Spirit draw you near to God’s presence and bless you with honour and grace. COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
01:21:11
August 21, 2021
Sunday 15 August 2021 (re-upload)
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Lord Jesus Christ, you are the living bread: nourish us with your life, that we will understand your truth, and recognize your presence among us; for you live and reign with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Reading Ephesians 5: 15-20 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts. THE GOSPEL according to John 6: 51-58 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" 53 So Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out, nourished by the bread of heaven, and take care to walk in the ways of wisdom. Discern carefully between right and wrong. Understand what the will of the Lord is. Feed on Christ and be filled with the Spirit. And may God give you a wise and discerning mind; May Christ Jesus fill you with life in all its fullness; and may the Holy Spirit overflow in you in songs of joy and praise forever. COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
01:01:17
August 15, 2021
Sunday 8 August 2021 (Women's Day)
Women's Day COLLECT Lord Jesus Christ, the Bread of life, you call us to be forgiving and kind: strengthen us by your grace, that in communion with you, we may forgive one another and live-in love as you love us; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Reading Ephesians 4: 25-5: 2 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labour, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. THE GOSPEL according to John 6: 35, 41-51 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out and imitate God, living in love. Put your hope in God’s Word and let your own words be truthful and constructive. May sin rouse your anger, but never let anger cause you to sin. Don’t allow any room for evil. And may God always hear your voice. May Christ Jesus raise you to new life; and may the Holy Spirit nourish you for the life of love. COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
46:35
August 08, 2021
Sunday 1 August 2021
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Gracious Father, your Son Jesus Christ came from heaven to be the true bread: evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Reading Ephesians 4: 1-3 1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. THE GOSPEL according to John 6: 24-35 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" 26 Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal." 28 Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." 30 So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 32 Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out from here and live lives worthy of the one calling which we all share. In humility, gentleness and patience, speak only what is true and loving and so grow into the unity that is ours in Christ. And may God the creator reshape your hearts; May Christ Jesus, the bread of life, sustain you always; and may the Holy Spirit unite you in the bond of peace. COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
01:09:44
August 01, 2021
Sunday 25 July 2021
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Generous God, you nourish us with the words of life and the bread of blessing: Strengthen us to live confidently in your goodness, Facing our fears and sharing our bread; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen THE GOSPEL according to John 6: 1-21 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 15 When Jesus realised that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out, remembering all God has done for you. Break down the walls of hostility, Proclaim peace, Have compassion for all, And don’t forget to take time for yourself also. And may God be with you wherever you go; May Christ Jesus heal you and replenish you; And may the Holy Spirit encircle you and strengthen you. COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
57:36
July 24, 2021
Sunday 18 July 2021
Mandela Day Eighth Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT O God, You sent your Son to heal and to bring peace; give use the stillness that restores our spirits and the grace that brings healing through Jesus Christ our lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen THE GOSPEL according to Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him what they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 33 Now many people saw them going and recognised them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out, remembering all God has done for you. Break down the walls of hostility, Proclaim peace, Have compassion for all, And don’t forget to take time for yourself also. And may God be with you wherever you go; May Christ Jesus heal you and replenish you; And may the Holy Spirit encircle you and strengthen you. COMMISSIONING Go in peace with courage, to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
50:39
July 17, 2021
Sunday 4 July 2021
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Lord Jesus Christ, we are often blind to the miracles you work among us: conform our minds to yours, and sustain us by your mighty power; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in the Unity of the Blessed Trinity, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. READING 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10 Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9 but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." 10 So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 6: 1-13 1 He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. 4 Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7 He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9 but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10 He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11 If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them." PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go now, and wherever people will hear you, proclaim the life-changing love of God. Do not fear your weakness, for when you are weakest, Christ’s strength is known. Travel lightly, live simply, and honour those who welcome the gospel. And may God be your protection and safe haven; May the power of Christ Jesus dwell in you; and may the Holy Spirit be your guide forever. COMMISSIONING Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
54:60
July 03, 2021
Sunday 27 June 2021
COLLECT Lord of life and death, your compassion is steadfast and never ends: touch us with your healing grace that, restored to wholeness, we may live as your resurrection people; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. READING 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15 7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. 8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 10 And in this matter, I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 5: 21-43 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." 24 So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." 29 Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" 31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." 39 When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." 40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" 42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out, among the outcast and the grieving, and speak the word of life and hope. Do not fear, but trust in God’s word. Watch for the Lord with eager expectation, and be generous with all God has given you. And may God respond to your every cry with mercy; May Christ Jesus take you by the hand and lift you to life; and may the Holy Spirit build you up in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in passion and in love. Amen COMMISSIONING Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
01:08:17
June 26, 2021
Sunday 20 June 2021
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost/Father's Day COLLECT God our protector, your Son stilled the storm and restored calm: stand with us through all life’s storms, and give us courage to protect those who face danger, that all may know you as their stronghold and hope, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. COLLECT FOR YOUTH DAY Father of everlasting compassion, you see your children growing up in an uncertain and confusing world: show them the path of life, enable them to triumph over failure and frustration, to hold fast their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. READING 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 “In a favourable time, I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favourable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 4: 35-41 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING God has revealed God’s love to us Jesus sends us into the world as he was sent In the power of the Holy Spirit, may we as Church, obey the command to make disciples of all people; And the blessing of God almighty, our Creator, our Liberator, and Life-giver be with you always. Amen COMMISSIONING Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
01:00:20
June 19, 2021
Sunday 13 June 2021
Third Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Creator God, through your Son you have planted the seeds of the kingdom in us: grant us grace not to live for ourselves alone, and faith to labour for the harvest of the new creation, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in glory everlasting. Amen READING 2 Corinthians 5: 6-17 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 4: 26-34 26 He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come." 30 He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out, and live no longer for yourselves, but for him who died and was raised for you. Walk by faith, not by sight, and judge others only by the integrity of their hearts. Make it your aim to please the Lord, and to persuade others of the love of Christ. And may God answer you in times of trouble and protect you; May Christ Jesus grant you your heart’s desire; and may the Holy Spirit take hold of you mightily from this day forward. Amen COMMISSIONING We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen, Amen In the name of Christ. Amen. Amen, Amen.
41:46
June 13, 2021
Sunday 6 June 2021
Second Sunday after Pentecost Theme: Why the will of God matters COLLECT Our Father, from whom every family on earth takes its name: help us to do your will that as sisters and brothers of Christ we may love and serve you and one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in glory everlasting. Amen READING 2 Corinthians 4: 13-18 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus to life, will also raise us up with Jesus and take us, together with you, into his presence. 15 All this is for your sake; and as God's grace reaches more and more people, they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving. 16 For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. 17 And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. 18 For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever. THE GOSPEL according to Mark 3: 20-35 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind." 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons." 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. 28 "Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go now, praising God’s name with your whole heart. Rejoice in the work of the Holy Spirit, even when others call it evil and denounce you as mad. Be the true sisters and brothers of Jesus by doing the will of God always. And may God extend grace to you and through you; May Christ Jesus walk with you in the midst of trouble; and may the Holy Spirit prepare you for glory beyond all measure. Amen COMMISSIONING Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia.
01:18:19
June 06, 2021
Trinity Sunday 2021
Trinity Sunday Theme: It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, COLLECT God of unchangeable power, you have revealed yourself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit: keep us firm in this faith that we may praise and bless your holy name, for you are one God, living and reigning in glory now and forever. Amen READING Isaiah 6:1-8 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple. 2 Around him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying. 3 They were calling out to each other: “Holy, holy, holy! The Lord Almighty is holy! His glory fills the world.” 5 I said, “There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own eyes I have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 8 Then I heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?” I answered, “I will go! Send me!” THE GOSPEL according to John 3:1-17 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID Author of life, Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman BLESSING Go out and in all of life, worship the Lord. Entrust yourself to the winds of God’s Spirit; put to death selfish desires, and offer yourself for God’s mission in the world. And may God give strength to you and to all; May Christ Jesus bless you with peace; And may the Holy Spirit, whispering within your hearts, give you assurance that you are God’s children. Amen COMMISSIONING Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia.
42:38
May 30, 2021
Pentecost 2021
Pentecost Sunday Come, Holy Advocate, come Come from the Father, for Jesus sends you Come Spirit of truth, testify on Jesus’ behalf Come and help us to glorify God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer COLLECT Almighty God, with wind from heaven and tongues of flame you poured out your Spirit on the disciples: set our hearts on fire with joy and power and send us out as witnesses to the wonder of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING: Acts 2: 1-21 When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place.  2 Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there.  4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. 5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world.  6 When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages.  13 But others made fun of the believers, saying, “These people are drunk!” 14 Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to speak to the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose; it is only nine o'clock in the morning. 16 Instead, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about: 17 ‘This is what I will do in the last days, God says:     I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO John 15: 26-27; 16: 4b-15 26 "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. 12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. Prayer in the time of COVID Author of life Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman Blessing Go out into the world, and labour to bring forth new life. Dream dreams, pursue visions and speak of God’s goodness in the words of those who would hear. And may the God who breathed life into creation be your delight. May Christ Jesus give hope to your dreaming, and may the Holy Spirit, your advocate and supporter, set your hearts ablaze with a passion for peace. Amen Commissioning/Sending Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. alleluia, alleluia
52:01
May 23, 2021
Sunday 16 May 2021
Seventh Sunday of Easter Pray for Palestine COLLECT Triune God, Jesus prayed that we might be one: help us to transcend our differences and find our unity in Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen READING: Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26 23 So they proposed two men: Joseph, who was called Barsabbas (also known as Justus), and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know the thoughts of everyone, so show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to serve as an apostle in the place of Judas, who left to go to the place where he belongs.” 26 Then they drew lots to choose between the two men, and the one chosen was Matthias, who was added to the group of eleven apostles. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO John 17: 6-19 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Prayer in the time of COVID Author of life Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman Blessing Go now. Christ sends you into the world just as he himself was sent into the world. Delight in the Lord’s teaching, testify to his resurrection life, and share in the ministry of his people; And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Commissioning/Sending Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. alleluia, alleluia
01:03:11
May 16, 2021
Sunday 9 May 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter COLLECT Risen Lord, you first chose us and now call us your friends: set our hearts on fire with love for you and one another that we may live and reign in the Unity of the Blessed Trinity, one God, for ever and ever. Amen READING: Acts 10: 44-48 44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who were listening to his message. 45 The Jewish believers who had come from Joppa with Peter were amazed that God had poured out his gift of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speaking in strange tongues and praising God's greatness. Peter spoke up: 47 “These people have received the Holy Spirit, just as we also did. Can anyone, then, stop them from being baptized with water?” 48 So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO John 15: 9-17 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. Prayer in the time of COVID Author of life Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman Blessing Go now, and make a joyful noise to the Lord; In obedience to Jesus, love others in celebration that he loved you; In submission to the Holy Spirit who draws us into fellowship with the Godhead, live in friendship with God; © RDW And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Commissioning/Sending Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. alleluia, alleluia
01:10:37
May 09, 2021
Sunday 2 May 2021
Fifth Sunday of Easter Theme: Grafted in his risen life to bear the fruit of love Collect: God of love, you sent your Son into the world, that we may abide in him: graft us into his risen life, that we may bear the fruit of love for you and one another, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Reading: Acts 8: 26-40 26 An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get ready and go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27-28 So Philip got ready and went. Now an Ethiopian eunuch, who was an important official in charge of the treasury of the queen of Ethiopia, was on his way home. He had been to Jerusalem to worship God and was going back home in his carriage. As he rode along, he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that carriage and stay close to it.” 30 Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Gospel: John 15: 1-8 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. PRAY together AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 Author of life Saviour of the nations COVID is humbling, your grace is sufficient. The deaths, we mourn; For the recoveries, we give thanks; The compassionate care, we applaud; For the vaccines, we are grateful; For compliance, we plead; For the common good, we pray; In the healing name of Jesus. Amen © Rodney Whiteman – 29/04/2021. COMMISSION & BLESSING Like Phillip, open your lives to the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit; As the Psalmist, proclaim God’s deliverance to those yet unborn; Heed to the command of Jesus, to love one another, because love comes from God; And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. alleluia, alleluia.
55:56
May 02, 2021
Sunday 25 April 2021
Fourth Sunday of Easter COLLECT Good Shepherd, you reveal your love for all and call them by name: grant that all who hear your voice may follow where you lead; for you live and reign in the Unity of the Blessed Trinity, one God, forever and ever. Amen. READING: Acts 4: 5-12 7 They made the apostles stand before them and asked them, “How did you do this? What power do you have or whose name did you use?” 8 Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered them, “Leaders of the people and elders: 9 if we are being questioned today about the good deed done to the lame man and how he was healed, 10 then you should all know, and all the people of Israel should know, that this man stands here before you completely well through the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth—whom you crucified and whom God raised from death. 11 Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says, ‘The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be the most important of all.’ 12 Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.” GOSPEL ACCORDING TO John 10: 11-18 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So, there will be one flock, one shepherd. Blessing Go now, sent by the one who comes and stands amongst us. Calling us to witness to his redemptive wounds; Proclaiming to the nations, repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name; In the conviction that we in him, are God’s beloved children; The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Commissioning/Sending Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. alleluia, alleluia
01:06:07
April 25, 2021
Sunday 18 April 2021
Third Sunday of Easter COLLECT Risen Christ, you revealed yourself to the disciples, and calmed their fears: meet us in our uncertainties and walk with us into the new life you bring; for you live and reign with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. READING: Acts 3: 12-19 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has given divine glory to his Servant Jesus. But you handed him over to the authorities, and you rejected him in Pilate's presence, even after Pilate had decided to set him free. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Luke 24:36b-48 44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you--that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. Blessing Go now, sent by the one who comes and stands amongst us. Calling us to witness to his redemptive wounds; Proclaiming to the nations, repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name; In the conviction that we in him, are God’s beloved children; The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Commissioning/Sending Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ. Amen. alleluia, alleluia
01:05:35
April 18, 2021
Sunday 11 April 2021
First Sunday after Easter COLLECT God of mission, you raised Jesus Christ as the first born of the dead: by your Holy Spirit, empower us to witness to him, so that those who have not yet seen may come to believe in him, who was, and is, and is to come, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. READING: Acts 4: 32-35 33 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO John 20:19-31 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Blessing Go now, sent by the one who was sent by God. Walk in the light; testify to the resurrection of Christ; forgive the sins of all, and live at peace with one another. ©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Commissioning/Sending Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen
56:56
April 11, 2021
Easter Sunday Celebration 2021
COLLECT Lord Jesus Christ, you transformed the tomb of death into the womb of new life: make us joyful witnesses of this good news that all creation may be redeemed, restored and reconciled; for you live and reign, in the unity of the Blessed Trinity, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. Reading: Acts 10: 34-43 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Mark 16: 1-8 COMMISSIONING & BLESSING The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work; working in you that which is pleasing and good; And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you always. Amen Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia, alleluia. In the name of Christ, alleluia, alleluia.
58:23
April 03, 2021
Good Friday 2021
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55:45
April 01, 2021
Palm Sunday 2021
COLLECT Eternal Father, Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ fulfilled your will by taking our nature and giving his life for us: help us to follow the example of his humility by walking in the way of the cross; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Mark 11: 1-10 COMMISSIONING & BLESSING Go now and follow Christ in obedience. Have the same mind as was in Christ Jesus; Keep your ears open to God’s teaching; Be humble, even in the face of hostility and do not turn back. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen
52:45
March 28, 2021
Sunday 21 March 2021
Fifth Sunday in Lent Human Rights Day COLLECT God of suffering and glory, in Jesus Christ you reveal the way of life: inscribe your law on our hearts, that we may not stray from you, but remain your faithful people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Reading: Hebrews 5: 5-10 GOSPEL according to John 12: 20-33 Prayer of Dedication Father almighty, we give you thanks for feeding us with the Body and Blood of Christ, and for building you church in community. We, therefore, offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit, to live and work to your praise and glory. Blessing Go now, to serve Christ and follow him. Let your old life fall like a grain of wheat into the earth so that you may bear much fruit as you allow God to reshape your heart and live in obedience to the law written within you. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen Commissioning/Sending Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen
47:56
March 21, 2021
Sunday 14 March 2021
Fourth Sunday in Lent THEME: GOD OF JUDGEMENT, IN MERCY, SOFTEN OUR HEARTS WITH THE WARMTH OF YOUR LOVE COLLECT God of judgement, you reach out to us in mercy even when we rebel: soften our hearts with the warmth of your love, that we will know your Son alive in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Reading: Ephesians 2: 1-10 GOSPEL according to John 3: 14-21 Commission and Blessing: Go now, in the confidence of God’s wonderful works for humanity Of Jesus’ readiness to be lifted up on the cross for our salvation And of the Holy Spirit who assures us of the rich mercy and love of God. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen
53:42
March 14, 2021
Sunday 7 March 2021
Third Sunday in Lent COLLECT God of passion and power, your Son drove the moneychangers out of the Temple: cleanse us of our arrogance and recreate in us a dwelling for your holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25 GOSPEL according to John 2: 13-22 Commission and Blessing: Go now, with God’s foolishness and weakness as your only wisdom and strength. Proclaim Christ crucified, and seek riches only in the love of God’s Word and in zeal for God’s house. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Amen
01:07:05
March 07, 2021
Sunday 28 February 2021
Second Sunday in Lent Theme: GIVE US GRACE TO RECOGNIZE YOU AS OUR GOD AND SERVE YOU AS YOUR FAITHFUL PEOPLE Collect: God of Sarah and Abraham, long ago you embraced your people in covenant and promised them your blessing: give us grace to recognize you as our God and serve you as your faithful people: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen. Reading: Romans 4: 13-25 Gospel: Mark 8: 31-38 PRAY together AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 God, who affirmed Jesus as the Saviour of the world even as he faced rejection, teach us to take up our cross in this season of COVID. Help us to set our minds on divine things and follow you as your disciples to the place of healing and wholeness, to fair distribution of vaccine and the common good of all people. AMEN COMMISSION & BLESSING Go now, and live before God in openness and integrity. Set your minds on the ways of God, not clinging to your own life, but taking up your cross and following Jesus. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen
56:28
February 28, 2021
Sunday 21 February 2021
First Sunday in Lent Theme: Make us stewards of your creation. Collect: God of our salvation, your bow in the clouds proclaims your covenant with every living creature: grant us your Spirit, renew us in our baptism, and make us faithful stewards of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Reading: 1 Peter 3: 18, 21 Gospel: Mark 1: 9-15 PRAY together AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; MANY GLOBALLY HAVE GONE TO ETERNAL REST, THANK YOU FOR WISDOM TO DEVELOP VACCINES; BLESS ITS IMPLEMENTATION WITH THE SPIRIT OF EQUITY; CONTINUE TO HELP US KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE WITH UNSELFISH ATTITUDE; AND BRING YOUR WORLD TO FREEDOM FROM THIS DESTRUCTIVE SCOURGE. MAY LESSONS LEARNT OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL BE THE VALUES WITH WHICH WE BUILD A NEW SOCIETY OF JUSTICE, PEACE, EQUALITY; IN THE NAME OF JESUS, WHO PROCLAIMED, YOU KINGDOM COME YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN. AMEN COMMISSION & BLESSING Go now, and live in the spirit of your baptism, even when you are led into wild and hard places. With repentance and trust, give yourselves to God, and with fasting and prayer, strengthen yourselves against the ways of the tempter. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Go now as servants of God, work together with God, go in the peace and love of God. Amen
01:04:33
February 20, 2021
Transfiguration Sunday
Transfiguration Sunday Theme: Transform our lives in his image and write your law of love on our hearts. Collect: Holy God, on the Mount of Transfiguration you revealed your Son as the Christ: transform our lives in his image, write your law of love on our hearts, and make us prophets of your shining splendour; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in glory everlasting. Amen. Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6 Gospel: Mark 9: 2-9 PRAY together AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; MANY GLOBALLY HAVE GONE TO ETERNAL REST, THANK YOU FOR WISDOM TO DEVELOP VACCINES; BLESS ITS IMPLEMENTATION WITH THE SPIRIT OF EQUITY; CONTINUE TO HELP US KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE WITH UNSELFISH ATTITUDE; AND BRING YOUR WORLD TO FREEDOM FROM THIS DESTRUCTIVE SCOURGE. MAY LESSONS LEARNT OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL BE THE VALUES WITH WHICH WE BUILD A NEW SOCIETY OF JUSTICE, PEACE, EQUALITY; IN THE NAME OF JESUS, WHO PROCLAIMED, YOU KINGDOM COME YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN. AMEN COMMISSION & BLESSING Go now, and speak of what you have seen of God’s glory. Do not cling to the holy moments when heaven overshadows you, but as the Lord lives, listen to Christ and follow him from the places of revelation to the places of mission. And may God shine the light of glory into your hearts. May Christ be with you and never leave you. And may the Spirit renew the image of God within you. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
54:33
February 14, 2021
Sunday 7 February 2021
Fifth Sunday of the Epiphany Theme: Everlasting God, make us agents of your healing and wholeness. Collect: Everlasting God, You heal the sick and restore the distressed: make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be experienced throughout creation, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. Gospel: Mark 1: 29-39 A PRAYER FOR HEALING AS THE CORONA VIRUS ENTERS ITS SECOND WAVE Loving God, as this corona virus enters a next and very dangerous phase in our country, we lift to you those who have contracted this dreaded disease. We pray for all who display symptoms especially those who have seriously ill and fighting for their lives. Surround them with your loving presence and pour out your healing upon them. Comfort families who have lost a Loved One to the virus. Guide Undertakers and Clergy who have to assist families with arrangements for funerals. Give wisdom and insight to researchers, scientists, National Covid Councils and Governments, not least our own Government and President trying their best to give guidance and support to our nation at this critical time. Gracious Spirit, inspire everyone in our communities to be sensible and responsible in stemming the spread of the virus. Drive away fear and anxiety and teach us how to love and respect one another, despite the inability to touch, hold, kiss or embrace. O God, give us strong faith to believe that you stand alongside us in times of sickness, suffering and distress. Breathe your healing Spirit over us all. We ask these things in the healing name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Amen COMMISSION & BLESSING Go now, and trust in God’s mercy for your strength. Proclaim the good news wherever God calls you, and do not set yourselves apart from others, but be all things to all people for the sake of the gospel. And may God give you the strength and freedom of an eagle. May Christ be the bread that nourishes and renews you. And may the Holy Spirit be the rising wind beneath your wings. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
52:53
February 06, 2021
Sunday 31 January 2021
Fourth Sunday of the Epiphany Theme: Merciful Lord, your word brings healing and life Collect: Merciful Lord, your word brings healing and life: cleanse us from our sins that we may serve you with a quiet mind; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. Gospel: Mark 1: 21-28 A PRAYER FOR HEALING AS THE CORONA VIRUS ENTERS ITS SECOND WAVE Loving God, as this corona virus enters a next and very dangerous phase in our country, we lift to you those who have contracted this dreaded disease. We pray for all who display symptoms especially those who have seriously ill and fighting for their lives. Surround them with your loving presence and pour out your healing upon them. Comfort families who have lost a Loved One to the virus. Guide Undertakers and Clergy who have to assist families with arrangements for funerals. Give wisdom and insight to researchers, scientists, National Covid Councils and Governments, not least our own Government and President trying their best to give guidance and support to our nation at this critical time. Gracious Spirit, inspire everyone in our communities to be sensible and responsible in stemming the spread of the virus. Drive away fear and anxiety and teach us how to love and respect one another, despite the inability to touch, hold, kiss or embrace. O God, give us strong faith to believe that you stand alongside us in times of sickness, suffering and distress. Breathe your healing Spirit over us all. We ask these things in the healing name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Amen COMMISSION & BLESSING Go now, and heed God’s message. Never forget God’s wonderful mercy and kindness. Welcome the freedom that is won in truth, but never use your freedom to undermine others. See that your words and actions are worthy of praise. And may God uphold you in a lasting covenant. May Christ Jesus free you from all that would harm you. And may the Holy Spirit nourish you in wisdom and faithfulness. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
56:06
January 31, 2021
Sunday 24 January 2021
Fourth Sunday of the Epiphany Theme: God, give courage to turn and joyfully follow you into new adventures of faithful service. Collect: O God of new beginnings: give us courage to turn and joyfully follow you into new adventures of faithful service; through Jesus Christ our light and our salvation, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen. Gospel: Mark 1: 14-20 A PRAYER FOR HEALING AS THE CORONA VIRUS ENTERS ITS SECOND WAVE Loving God, as this corona virus enters a next and very dangerous phase in our country, we lift to you those who have contracted this dreaded disease. We pray for all who display symptoms especially those who have seriously ill and fighting for their lives. Surround them with your loving presence and pour out your healing upon them. Comfort families who have lost a Loved One to the virus. Guide Undertakers and Clergy who have to assist families with arrangements for funerals. Give wisdom and insight to researchers, scientists, National Covid Councils and Governments, not least our own Government and President trying their best to give guidance and support to our nation at this critical time. Gracious Spirit, inspire everyone in our communities to be sensible and responsible in stemming the spread of the virus. Drive away fear and anxiety and teach us how to love and respect one another, despite the inability to touch, hold, kiss or embrace. O God, give us strong faith to believe that you stand alongside us in times of sickness, suffering and distress. Breathe your healing Spirit over us all. We ask these things in the healing name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Amen COMMISSION & BLESSING Go now, follow where Christ calls you and proclaim the message God gives you. Wait in hope for God. Avoid become bound up in the business of the world, but live in readiness for the inbreaking of the Kingdom. And may God be your haven and your glory; May Christ Jesus give you courage for his mission; And may the Spirit embrace your soul in God’s silence. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
53:09
January 24, 2021
Sunday 17 January 2021
Third Sunday of the Epiphany Theme: God, strengthen us by your Spirit and make us worthy of our calling. Collect: Heavenly Father, by your grace alone you accepted us and called us to your service: strengthen us by your Spirit and make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen. Gospel: John 1: 43-51 A PRAYER FOR HEALING AS THE CORONA VIRUS ENTERS ITS SECOND WAVE Loving God, as this corona virus enters a next and very dangerous phase in our country, we lift to you those who have contracted this dreaded disease. We pray for all who display symptoms especially those who have seriously ill and fighting for their lives. Surround them with your loving presence and pour out your healing upon them. Comfort families who have lost a Loved One to the virus. Guide Undertakers and Clergy who have to assist families with arrangements for funerals. Give wisdom and insight to researchers, scientists, National Covid Councils and Governments, not least our own Government and President trying their best to give guidance and support to our nation at this critical time. Gracious Spirit, inspire everyone in our communities to be sensible and responsible in stemming the spread of the virus. Drive away fear and anxiety and teach us how to love and respect one another, despite the inability to touch, hold, kiss or embrace. O God, give us strong faith to believe that you stand alongside us in times of sickness, suffering and distress. Breathe your healing Spirit over us all. We ask these things in the healing name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Amen COMMISSION & BLESSING Go now. Listen for the voice of the Lord and follow wherever it leads. Do not be dominated by anything. Allow no room within yourselves for deceit, but offer yourselves as a temple for the Holy Spirit. And may God be with you and speak through you; May Christ Jesus be one with you and raise you to life; And may the Holy Spirit dwell within you and make you holy. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
48:36
January 17, 2021
Christmas Special 2020
Christmas 2020 Theme: Loving God, draw us to worship the Child in the manger. COLLECT Loving God, your light shone brightly in the stable of Bethlehem: draw us to worship the Child in the manger and use us to tell the story of his love to the world; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 1st Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Luke 2:1-14 PRAY together AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN. Rodney Whiteman Commission & Benediction As we prepare to leave Lord Jesus, give us grace On earth to love You more, In Heav’n to see Your face, And with Your saints adore. BLESSING May you have the spirit of Christmas, which is Peace. The gladness of Christmas which is hope The heart of Christmas which is love. And the blessing of God Almighty…. Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all, this night and always. SENDING Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:08:34
December 24, 2020
Sunday 20 December 2020
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT Dedication Sunday Theme: God, fill our mouths with songs of praise COLLECT God of Elizabeth and Mary: make our hearts leap with joy, fill our mouths with songs of praise and make us ready to welcome the Christ in our midst; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God in glory everlasting. Amen. First Reading: Romans 16:25-27 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Luke 1:26-38 And so, we PRAY together AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction As we prepare to leave Lord Jesus, give us grace On earth to love You more, In Heav’n to see Your face, And with Your saints adore. BLESSING The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you, and remain with you always. SENDING Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:09:44
December 20, 2020
Sunday 13 December 2020
Third Sunday of Advent COLLECT God of hope and joy, you sent John the Baptist to announce the coming of your Son: inspire all who serve in your Church to prepare for his coming again through the same Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 1st Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO John 1:6-8, 19-28 Prayer at the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN. Commission & Benediction As we prepare to leave Lord Jesus, give us grace On earth to love You more, In Heav’n to see Your face, And with Your saints adore. BLESSING The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you, and remain with you always. SENDING Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen. CrashCourse Language Opposition https://youtu.be/Ccsf0yX7ECg
01:06:10
December 13, 2020
Sunday 6 December 2020
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT God, you fill us with joyful expectation COLLECT God of timeless grace, you fill us with joyful expectation: make us ready for the message that prepares the way so that with uprightness of heart and holy joy we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Mark 1:1-8 Prayer at the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. Amen. Commission & Benediction As we prepare to leave Lord Jesus, give us grace On earth to love You more, In Heav’n to see Your face, And with Your saints adore. BLESSING The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you, and remain with you always. SENDING Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:04:46
December 06, 2020
Sunday 29 November 2020
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Theme: God’s Son came to us in humility as our Saviour COLLECT Almighty Father, your Son came to us in humility as our Saviour and at the last day he will come again in glory as our judge: give us grace to turn away from darkness to the light of Christ that we will be ready to welcome him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. First Reading: 1 Cor 1:3-9 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Mark 13:24-37 PRAYER IN THE TIME Of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. Commission & Benediction The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
57:60
November 28, 2020
Sunday 22 November 2020
Feast of Christ the King COLLECT Most high God, majestic and mighty, our beginning and our end: rule in our hearts and guide us to be faithful, worshipping the One who comes as Saviour and Sovereign; and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 1st Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 25: 31-46 Commission & Benediction Go now, and embrace the hope to which God has called us. Recognise Christ in friend and stranger, and as Christ has been gracious to you, so be gracious to those in need. And may God give you a place of rest on rich pasture; May Christ Jesus be the shepherd king who binds your wounds; And may the Holy Spirit give you wisdom and reveal to you the fullness of the one who fills all in all. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:03:52
November 21, 2020
Sunday 15 November 2020
24th Sunday after Pentecost _ COVID Alert SA app download iPhone: https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1524618326?mt=8 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=za.gov.health.covidconnect _ COLLECT Generous God, you endow us with gifts for the good of creation: make us trustworthy in all things, that we may share with Christ the work of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen. 1st Reading: 1 Thess 5:1-11 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 25:14-30 PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction Go now, and live as children of the light. Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. Make the most of all God has given you and encourage one another in Christ. And may God’s hand be open to you in kindness; May Christ Jesus welcome you into his joy; And may the Holy Spirit fill you with courage, vigilance and faithfulness. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
52:29
November 15, 2020
Sunday 8 November 2020
23rd Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Immanent God, you expect us to be vigilant: in the night of sin and death, wake us from our slumber and call us forth to greet Christ that we will follow him to eternal light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 1st Reading: 1 Thess 4:13-18 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 25:1-13 PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction Go now, and follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before us in Christ. Revere the Lord. Serve God in sincerity and faithfulness. Teach those who come after you to trust in God. And may God protect you along the way; May Christ Jesus keep you alert and prepared; And may the Holy Spirit fuel the lamp that guides your path. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:00:09
November 07, 2020
Sunday 1 November 2020
All Saints Day COLLECT God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age: as we rejoice in the faith of your saints, inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. First Reading: Revelations 7: 9-17 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 5:1-12 Students Prayer When Undertaking Exams Dear God, I ask that You would be with me as I prepare for my exams. Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful educational opportunity that You have granted me, enabling me to undertake this course of study. As I now prepare for my exams, I pray that You would be close to me and calm my nerves. Remove any anxious thoughts from my heart, so that I may approach this exam with a clear mind and a tranquil spirit. Help me to do my best I pray, to answer the questions clearly and to express my thoughts lucidly. Calm my nerves I pray, and bring to my mind all that I have studied, so that I may be able to answer all the questions to the very best of my ability. Thank You that You have promised to be with me in all things I ask that You stay very close in this exam. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction Go now and live in awe of God. Purify yourselves in heart and in deed. Hunger and thirst for righteousness; show mercy, and make peace. And may God take your burdens and free you from fear; May Christ Jesus be your shepherd and your shelter; And may the Holy Spirit guide you to springs of the water of life. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
59:16
November 01, 2020
Sunday 25 October 2020
21st Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Almighty God, your Son has shown us how to love one another: let our love for you overflow into joyful service and be a healing witness to our neighbours; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen. 1st Reading: 1 Thess 2:1-8 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 22:34-46 PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction Go now, with courage in our God. Declare the message of the gospel which God has entrusted to us, and in wholehearted love for God and for others, share not only the message, but your very selves. And may God be your haven; May Christ Jesus lead you into love - heart, soul and mind; And may the Holy Spirit bless the work of your hands and gladden all your days. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:13:36
October 24, 2020
Sunday 18 October 2020
Faithful Witnesses to God's Kingdom COLLECT Holy God, you govern all things in heaven and on earth: enable us to be obedient to your authority that serving you in the world we will be faithful witnesses of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen. 1st Reading: 1 Thess 1:1-10 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 22:15-22 PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction Go now as those who have found favour in the sight of God. Be imitators of Jesus Christ and an example to all of the life of faith. To the world in which you live, give your love and service, and to God, give all that you are and all that you shall be. And may the glory of God’s goodness be revealed to you; May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ take root in you; And may the inspiration of the Holy Spirit fill you with joy. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
51:42
October 17, 2020
Sunday 11 October 2020
Church at Worship: Invite everyone to your banquet COLLECT Lord of the feast, you invite everyone to your banquet: keep from us all that distracts us and stir in us the desire to respond with gladness; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. First Reading Phil 4:1-9 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 22:1-14 PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction Go now, rejoicing always in the Lord. Stand firm in Jesus Christ and be of one mind in him. Always act with justice; let your gentleness be known to everyone, and yield up your worries on the altar of prayer. And may God give you peace that passes all understanding; May Christ Jesus guard your hearts and minds; And may the Holy Spirit plant within you all that is honourable, just and pure. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:07:21
October 10, 2020
Sunday 4 October 2020
Church at Worship: God Gathers Us COLLECT Almighty God, in Jesus Christ we find the meaning and pattern of our lives: draw us ever closer to him that we may share in Christ’s sufferings and live in the power of Christ’s resurrection; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 1st Reading: Phil 3:4b-14 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 21:33-46 PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction Go now in the righteousness of faith and live by God’s just demands. Let nothing claim your devotion above the Lord, and count nothing of value above knowing Christ. Press on towards the ultimate prize, of being one with him. And may God’s perfect word revive your soul; May Christ Jesus be your saviour and your rock; And may the Holy Spirit strengthen you to press ever onward. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:10:51
October 04, 2020
Sunday 27 September 2020
The Church in Creation: Water is Life Collect Lord of all the waters of oceans, rivers, aquifers and lakes, evaporation and rain Grant us humility before the resources of the world To respect their limits And to acknowledge our dependence on them. May the waters of the world remind us of the grace of life and the depth of your love Through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen 1st Reading: Phil 2:1-13 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 21:23-32 Prayer for Young People Creator of the unborn, the conceived, the birthed, the baby and child, the teenager and young adult, the middle aged, the elder – we thank you that in all stages of human existence, you provide life, your life-giving Spirit. Even as the waters ebb and flow, so does our lives. Please bless, protect and guide all through our life-cycles, and teach us that following you is life-giving, for your love is sustaining and your presence comforting; for with you none of us is ever lonely. We pray in and through the name of our Saviour and Lord, even Jesus Christ. Amen. PRAYER AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Commission & Benediction As you go into the wilderness of the land and of your heart – May you experience the ever-flowing grace of God’s presence! May you be immersed so fully in God’s love that you learn to let go and swim! May you engage deeply and radically with the natural world, as steward, co-creator, and friend! May you drink anew from the divine source, the stream of living water! And may you be transformed, may the stagnant waters of your spirit begin to flow, and may all which is dead in you rise again! God is here. The river awaits. Through the blessing of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, may you go forth with joy to care for creation. Amen. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:09:33
September 26, 2020
Sunday 20 September 2020
The Church in Creation COLLECT Lord of all the waters of oceans, rivers, aquifers and lakes, evaporation and rain grant us humility before the resources of the world to respect their limits and to acknowledge our dependence on them. May the waters of the world remind us of the grace of life and the depth of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 1st Reading: Phil 1:21-30 LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 20:1-16 Prayer for Young People We pray for our youth contemplating their career choices in challenging economic times; those who are employed for growth in those opportunities; those who feel despair because of rejection of applications for work; those who are single parents; those hurting from broken relationships; Jesus envelope them ever closer to you and help them. Amen. Commission & Benediction Lord, allow my ears to listen to the cry of the earth, the voices of my sisters and brothers, those who face the harsh reality of climate change. Lord, send me. Lord, allow my eyes to see the beauty of creation, in flowers, creatures, forests, and cities alike. Lord send me. Lord, allow my voice to speak out for justice and ensure people living in poverty are heard. Lord, Send me. Lord, allow my hands to care for the earth, to toil, to reap, to celebrate. Lord, Send me. Lord, allow my feet to take the path less trod, to walk the extra mile, to carry your compassion out to the world. Lord, Send me. Through the blessing of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, may you go forth with joy to care for creation. Amen. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
40:46
September 20, 2020
Sunday 13 September 2020
The Church in Creation CALL TO WORSHIP Be with us Spirit of God; for you rejoice in diversity and unity. You generate and nurture; you dare to risk and you hold safe. Speak into us the wisdom of God; bring strength, healing and peace THE LORD OF ALL CREATION BE WITH YOU. AND ALSO, WITH YOU Collect Lord you called your people out of Egypt to new purpose and responsibility in the Promised Land. Bind us together in care for each other and deepen in us our vocation to care for the community of life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Reading Romans 14:1-12 Gospel LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 18:21-35 Commission & Benediction Loving Creator of seasons and lifetimes you ask us to follow but we would lead you ask us to be humble and deny ourselves but we ache to return to greatness that never was. We want so much to be renewed and energized yet we refuse to let our power go to others we hold on tight to the control we don’t have and refuse to see your face in the need around us. Let us be like those ancestors before us who always saw the holy in each and every one who saw your imprint in the sand and mountains who lived for others and lived for the Divine. Strengthen us for service today and everyday make us humble enough to follow you daily into dark alleys and teeming streets of need let us be the love you wish to share with our world. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen. Coloured culture video: https://youtu.be/yiUh9rRzq5g
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September 12, 2020
Sunday 6 September 2020
The Church in Creation Collect Lord of all existence Of land and sea and sky Fish and fowl and butterfly Help us to find each other in the fellowship of created beings And to celebrate our diversity In love and praise of you, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. All: Amen Reading Romans 13: 8-14 Gospel LISTEN TO THE GOOD NEWS PROCLAIMED IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Matthew 18:15-20 Prayer in the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE, HEALER OF THE NATIONS; GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL, GIVE US WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF, GIVE US FAITH TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST’S SAKE. AMEN Rodney Whiteman Commission and Benediction Go out in love, reconciled to one another in Christ. Lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. Live honourably, fulfilling the law through love for all. And may God mark you out for salvation; May Christ Jesus be present among you always, And may the Holy Spirit reconcile you to one another and fulfil the law of love among you. Amen
45:44
September 06, 2020
Sunday 30 August 2020
13th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST COLLECT Holy God, in love you gave your only-begotten Son to save the world: empower us to follow the example of his obedience that we will take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever Amen. FIRST READING Romans 12:9-21 GOSPEL Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 16:21-28 NOTICES RE-OPENING Bishop Margaret Virtue: ‘I confirm that our Churches re-open from 1 September 2020 for services and gatherings.’ We propose for all Sunday Eucharist Services for September Services for Sunday start 6th September St Monica: 10am St Mark: 0700 0900 St George: 0730 1030 (Only for Baptism 2nd & 3rd Sun) COMMISSION AND BLESSING Go now and follow Jesus in the way of the cross. Rejoice in hope, hold fast to what is good, persevere in prayer. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. As far as is possible, live peaceably with all. And may God hear your cries and deliver you; May Christ Jesus repay you with fullness of life; And may the Holy Spirit be with you always nourishing you in love and hope.
55:27
August 30, 2020
Sunday 23 August 2020
12th Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT God of our holy and righteous ancestors: accept us as a living sacrifice and transform us by your Spirit, that, being members of one body, we will offer our gifts in Christ’s service; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever Amen. FIRST READING Romans 12:1-8 GOSPEL Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 16:13-20 Commission & Blessing Who do we say Jesus is? How do our lives reflect this? We go now to live out our faith in word, in action and in love And we go knowing the love of God the Father, strengthened through know the risen Son and inspired by the Holy Spirit, in this place and at this time, always. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:11:37
August 22, 2020
UPDATE: Church reopens on 1 September 2020
In keeping with the Bishop Margaret's letter and the downgrade on the National Lockdown Alert Level.
08:43
August 22, 2020
Sunday 16 August 2020
11th Sunday after Pentecost Collect God of the foreigner and the outcast, no one is excluded from your embrace: inspire us so to love the world that all will live in the dignity and security of belonging in God’s family; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. First Reading Romans 11:1-2a,29-32 Gospel Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 15:21-28 Commission and Blessing May God be gracious to us and bless us. May God’s face shine upon us as we go out from here to make God’s ways known upon the earth to praise God in our homes and in our streets to bring God’s gladness and joy to our nations and neighbours. And so, may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and forevermore, Amen Now go into the world with confidence, trusting that Christ is walking with you. In the name of Christ. Amen.
47:41
August 15, 2020
Sunday 9 August 2020
10th Sunday after Pentecost Collect God of awesome wonder: Bless us with bold belief Even in the darkness of the night And the assault of life’s storms, That we may be messengers Of your peace and justice; In the name of the One whom winds and waves obey, And who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Reading Romans 10:5-15 Gospel Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 14:22-33 Prayer in the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE. Amen. Commission and Blessing We are now sent from here in the name of Jesus Christ to serve the God who cherishes us and to trust the Spirit who nurtures us. That you may live with the flair of those who have faith, I bless you! Amen! That you may live with the faith of those who have hope, I bless you! Amen! That you may live with the hope of those who have love, I bless you! Amen! The blessing of God almighty, the Creator, Redeemer, Life-giver be with you always. Amen. Now go into the world with confidence, trusting that Christ is walking with you. In the name of Christ. Amen.
43:29
August 08, 2020
Sunday 2 August 2020
9th Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT Glorious God, you shower creation with abundance: awaken in us a hunger for food that satisfies, that in the miracle of being fed we will be empowered to feed the hungry in Jesus’ name; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. FIRST READING Romans 9:1-5 GOSPEL Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 14:13-21 PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE COMMISSION AND BLESSING Go now into the world, strengthened by the gifts with which Christ has fed you. Be generous to others, for Christ has given extravagantly. Live by God’s word, avoiding lies and violence. Walk in God’s paths and never stray And may God’s wonderful love be with you everywhere; May Christ Jesus feed you with his body and word; And may the Holy Spirit confirm the truth in you and fill you with God’s presence always. Now go into the world with confidence, trusting that Christ is walking with you. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:00:40
August 01, 2020
Sunday 26 July 2020
8th Sunday after Pentecost COLLECT O Sovereign God, Jesus Christ established your reign on earth: let its coming be like the mustard seed that grows into greatness, and like the leaven that mixes with the grain until the whole becomes greater; to the praise of the one, holy and Blessed Trinity, who lives and reigns forever and ever. FIRST READING Romans 8:26-30 GOSPEL Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Commission and Blessing Go now secure in the love of God from which nothing can separate you. Delight in seeking the Lord - look always for the power and the presence of God, and let love, like yeast in dough, permeate all you do. And may God work for good in all things for you; May Christ Jesus conform you in the image of his love; And may the Holy Spirit help you in your weakness, interceding for you, and in you, according to the will of God. The blessing of God almighty, the Creator, Redeemer, Life-giver be with you always Amen. Now go into the world with confidence, trusting that Christ is walking with you. In the name of Christ. Amen.
51:29
July 26, 2020
Sunday 19 July 2020
7th Sunday after Pentecost Collect Lord of heaven and earth, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and power of your Church: sow in our hearts the seeds of grace that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever Amen Reading Romans 8:12-25 Gospel Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Prayer in the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE Commission and blessing Go now with your hope set on Christ. As children of God, let the Spirit of God lead you and let your righteousness shine like the sun until darkness and light are one. And wherever you go, whether you scale the heavens or plunge to the depths, may God’s presence be inescapably with you; May Christ Jesus welcome you into his inheritance; And may the Holy Spirit assure you that you are God’s children. The blessing of God almighty, the Creator, Redeemer, Life-giver be with you always Amen. Now go into the world with confidence, trusting that Christ is walking with you. In the name of Christ. Amen.
01:04:13
July 18, 2020
Sunday 12 July 2020
6th Sunday after Pentecost Collect O God of mercy, by your Holy Spirit you nourish us with life: plant us now in good soil, that we may bear fruit of justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. One God, now and forever. Reading Genesis 25: 19-24 Gospel Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 PRAYER IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 Author of life Healer of the nations Grant us the courage to face our trial Wisdom to find relief Faith to live responsibly And grant us your salvation For Jesus Christ sake
44:50
July 12, 2020
Sunday 5 July 2020
5th Sunday after Pentecost Collect O God our Saviour, you reveal your salvation through Jesus Christ, our wisdom and strength: teach us to shoulder our burdens and give us the strength to carry each other as you have carried us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever Amen First Reading Romans 7:15-25a GOSPEL Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE Amen Commission/Dismissal The God we worship is never confined to this holy place. So go and travel with the God who is found in ordinary and surprising places. As we depart one from another, let our hearts be secure through every human season. Let our hearts be secure in seasons of anguish as in seasons of joy, in seasons of failure as in seasons of success, in seasons of uncertainty as in seasons of security. Let our hearts be secure in this dual reality: we are worthy recipients of love and support we can never earn, and we are worthy providers of love and support others cannot earn. Let our hearts be secure, All for hearts know and understand and will respond if invited in. May the rhythms of our coming together, the melodies of our worship, and the harmonies both of our greetings and farewells, make musical our living, soothing our spirits and uplifting our souls, this day and into the beckoning future. The blessing of God almighty, the Creator, Redeemer, Life-giver be with you always Amen.
01:05:01
July 04, 2020
Sunday 28 June 2020
4th Sunday after Pentecost Sunday 28 June 2020 Collect Faithful God, your love stands firm from generation to generation: open our hearts to hear your word that we may seek Christ’s presence in everyone we meet; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. First Reading Romans 6: 12-23 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12: 3-13 Gospel Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 10:40-42 Prayer at the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE Commission/Blessing Go now as those who have been brought from death to life, and welcome the Christ in all whom you meet. Present yourselves to God to be put to work in the service of righteousness. And may God provide for you in mercy; May Christ Jesus greet you as you welcome the stranger; And may the Holy Spirit lead you in the ways of sanctification and eternal life. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
56:15
June 28, 2020
Sunday 21 June 2020
2nd Sunday after Pentecost Father's Day & Youth Day Collect Lord Jesus Christ, you tell us not to be afraid: challenge us to abandon ourselves, encourage us to risk the sacrifice that we may find the abundant life you promise; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in the unity of the Blessed Trinity, one God forever and ever. First Reading Romans 6:1b-11 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3-13 Gospel Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 10:24-39 Prayer for Young People God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayer in the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE Blessing And may God be ever with us, ever creating us, ever moulding us, ever calling us and ever leading us. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
55:18
June 20, 2020
Sunday 14 June 2020: Music Sunday
Music Sunday Call to Worship/Praise Because he inclined his ear to us, therefore we will call on him as long as we live Collect Holy God, Lord of the harvest you send your labourers to spread the gospel: call us to this work, equip us by your Spirit and send us to proclaim your good news; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. Collects for Music Sunday God of all creation, for whom the church, in liturgy and song, has borne faithful witness through the centuries; let us be your instruments of praise, that in us may be found that new dimension of sound which tunes our souls and bodies to the infinite beauty of your truth and the profound glory of your eternal light. For you reign, Trinity in unison, God in harmony, now and forever. Amen. The Gospel Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 9:35-10:8 Prayer at the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE. Amen Commission/Blessing Leader: We go as individuals All: to serve as God calls us into a world in need of his co-workers. Leader: We go as a community All: to serve as God calls us as living witnesses to the kingdom values of right relations. Leader: We go as the people of God All: to be stewards of his generous giving, and to reflect his triune love in all we do and say. Blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you always. Amen
51:31
June 13, 2020
*UPDATE* St George the Martyr Kuils River remains closed, but further activity permitted.
Some news from the rectory regarding the current state of church activity and COVID-19 regulation requirements.
14:35
June 13, 2020
Sunday 7 June 2020: Trinity Sunday
Welcome to our virtual service on TRINITY SUNDAY. COVID is still with us at a time when we celebrate the community within God, calling us to deeper and meaningful intimacy and fellowship. Let’s now worship God together Collect Holy Trinity, sacred sharing of reciprocal love; free flowing relationship of grace: Give to us, Your friends, that deep regard for interdependence which You manifest, so that our practice may be collaboration, drawing strength from each other, and that, freed from isolation and operating like the lone wolf, we may reflect Your nature which is community; through Jesus Christ, at one with You, Creator and Sustaining Spirit. Amen. First Reading 2 Cor 13:11-13 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3-13 Listen to the Good News proclaimed by Matthew 28:16-20 The Prayer of Saint Patrick I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation. Prayer at the time of COVID-19 AUTHOR OF LIFE HEALER OF THE NATIONS GRANT US COURAGE TO FACE OUR TRIAL WISDOM TO FIND RELIEF FAITH TO LIVE RESPONSIBLY AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE Commission: God has made us, God has shaped us, God has chosen us, God has sent us. May we go now to be makers of God’s peace, shapers of God’s love, choosers of God’s way and senders on the journey. And may God be ever with us, ever creating us, ever moulding us, ever calling us and ever leading us. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.
39:56
June 07, 2020