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This Week

St George’s
Anglican Parish of Gate Pa
All who enter here be reconciled
20th August 2017 with
The Rev’d John Hebenton

Liturgy page 404

Sentence: Thus says the Lord, Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
Isaiah 56.1

Prayer for the Day
God of the foreigner and outcast,
your arms reach out to embrace
all those who call upon you.
Teach us as disciples of Christ
so to love the world
that your name may be known
throughout the earth.

Psalm: 133 Page 357 NZPB

First Reading: 45:1-15 Bible Page 37
Second Reading: Romans 11: 1-2, 29-32 Bible Page 921
Gospel: Matthew 15: 21-28 Bible Page 797

Theme for the Week
The overriding theme this week is the need to be humble. Jesus teaches that it is not what we eat or which laws we keep that make us clean. It is what is in our hearts. And then he is confronted with a woman from Sidon – she did not keep Torah and her people and Jesus’ people had been killing each other since Noah. Surely she is the very definition of defiled. And yet Matthew has her out teaching Jesus with her words which come from her love of her daughter, in turn confronting Jesus’ prejudices and narrow vision. And Jesus humbly accepts it. Her words are where the seeds of the mission to non-Israelites (you and me) are sown.

And Paul continues his long exploration on how placing our trust in the faithfulness of God is how the Gentile and Jewish churches in Rome can work together. He is facing off between two groups who are pretty clear they have things sorted and that their way is the right way. And to both groups and us he says, “Neither of you know it all. Be humble. This is not about you and what you know and what you do. It is about God and God’s mercy freely offered to all.”

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 Hui Amorangi ki Te Manawa o te Wheke: Tauranga, Te Puke, Ohinemutu, Te Ngae, Taupo Rohe.

Wider Church: Today we pray for the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

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