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This Week

St George’s
Anglican Parish of Gate Pa
All who enter here be reconciled
4th March 2018
with The Rev’d John Hebenton

There is morning tea in the church lounge after this Service.
Please join us. Visitors are very welcome.

Liturgy Page 476 NZPB

Sentence: God spoke these words and said “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me”. Exodus 20.1

Prayer for the Day
Holy One, creator of the stars and seas,
your steadfast love is shown to every living thing:
your word calls forth countless worlds and souls;
your law revives and refreshes.
Forgive our misuse of your gifts,
that we may be transformed by your wisdom
to manifest for others
the mercy of our crucified and risen Lord. Amen.

Psalm 19 NZPB Page 216
Psalm Response: Glory to God – Creator, Word and Spirit
As God always was, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17 Bible Page 58
Second Reading: 1 Cor 1:18-25 Bible Page 926
Gospel: John 2:13-22 Bible Page 863

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

This week’s theme is a big one – how do we live in the presence of God? The reading from Exodus – the Decalogue or the 10 commandments - is all about how one lives in the presence of God. As you read those commandments what kind of picture are you offered about how we might show love or devotion to God?

Our gospel is John’s version of the clearing of the Temple. And there are big differences between how John tells this story and how Matthew, Mark and Luke do. One difference is that this story is placed right at the beginning of Jesus ministry, not at the end. It sets the tone for what happens next rather than being the reason for Jesus’ arrest and execution. Another difference is that John is less concerned about the corruption in the temple and more about making a huge theological point – that the glory/presence of God is no longer to be expected in the temple, but in the person of Jesus – the Word made flesh. As you read this story what kind of picture are you offered about how we might show love or devotion to God in Jesus the Word?

Our community
: We pray for the communities of Gate Pa, Greerton Village, The Lakes, Pyes Pa and Merivale. We particularly pray for the ministry of Centrepoint and Whanau Aroha Centre.

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 the people of Edgecumbe-Kawerau Parish and their Ministry Support Team.

Our World: Today we pray for the Diocese of Polynesia - Samoa and Tonga

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