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St George’s

Anglican Parish of Gate Pa
All who enter here be reconciled

23rd September 2018
Yr B with The Rev’d Adrienne Malcolmson

There is morning tea in the church lounge after the 9.30am Service. Please join us. Visitors are very welcome.
Please remember to turn off your cellphone during the church service

Liturgy Page 404 NZPB

Sentence: Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all. Mark 9.35

Prayer for the Day
God and Father of all,
you have taught us through your Son
that the last shall be first,
and have made a little child the measure of your kingdom:
give us the wisdom from above,
so that we may understand that in your sight
the one who serves is the greatest of all.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 1 NZPB Page 198
Psalm Response: Glory to God – Creator, Word and Spirit
As God always was, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

First Reading: Prov 31:10-31 Bible Page 535
Second Reading: James 3: 13 – 4:3, 7-8 Bible Page 982
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37 Bible Page 821

All are welcome to receive communion
Prayers and anointing for healing are available during communion in the chapel,
at the back of the church.

Again, the disciples are not 2018 understanding what Jesus is trying to teach them. In today`s gospel they are arguing `Who is the greatest?`
They are confused and when Jesus tells them about his impending death and rising again they do not understand and are afraid to ask him what he means.
Maybe we can relate to the disciples, I know I can. At times in life, we are afraid and don`t understand why things happen.
We ask questions of ourselves, our faith and of each other.
In the reading , Jesus tells them `Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me. Why does He use a child as an example? The reason was, that within the culture of the day, a child had no status.
So what is Jesus teaching us in answer to the question `Who is the greatest?`
I invite you to think about that question over the coming week and consider who the people are in our world and community who have no status.
What is Jesus asking of us as his disciples?

Our community
: We pray for the communities of Gate Pa, Greerton, The Lakes, Pyes Pa and Merivale. We particularly pray for the ministry of Centrepoint and Whanau 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 and any others you hold in your hearts at this time.

Our Church: Today we pray for Hui Amorangi ki Te Tairawhiti: the Rohe of Te Matau-a-Maui, Tamaki-Tamatea, and Waka o Te Whakapono (Urban Mission).

Our World: Today we pray for the Church in Central and South Asia.

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