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St George's
Anglican Parish of Gate Pa
Harvest Festival
25th June 2017
The Reverend John Hebenton

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Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for Jesus sake will find it. Matthew 10.39

Prayer for the Day
Creator God,
You made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea
and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest,
may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm: 86:1-10, 16-17 Page 296 NZPB
First Reading: Genesis 21:8-21 Bible Page 22
Second Reading: Rom 6:1b-11 Bible Page 917
Gospel: Matt 10:24-39 Bible Page 791

Theme for the Week
Today is our harvest festival. Harvest festivals have been around for about as long as humanity has been growing food. They are important times in the life of communities as people give thanks for the harvest that will sustain them for another year. We give thanks to God for the harvest and for those who work in this land and overseas providing the food we eat. We are reminded of Godís ongoing generosity and of the invitation to be as generous with what God has provided.
It is also Matariki. In Tauranga Moana this is a time for looking ahead and preparing the soil for the next crop. There is no harvest without the earth. Harvest festivals remind us of the need to cherish and protect the land and water we need to grow the crop.

Our community -
We pray for the communities of Gate Pa, Greerton, Pyes Pa and Merivale. We pray for those who live without hope, and all those who seek to bring your hope. We particularly pray for the ministry of Centrepoint, Whanau Aroha Centre, Merivale Community Centre, Te Tuinga Whanau and Kai Aroha.

We pray for those who are dying, sick, in hospital or in any other kind of need,
parishioners in rest homes and those who receive home communion. We especially pray for any others you hold in your hearts.

Our Church:
Today we pray for the people and clergy of the Wairoa Parish, and the Westshore Parish, their Ministry Support Team and clergy.

Wider Church:
Today we pray for those who move to new lands or travel the seas, and those who offer their assistance and guidance to these people.

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