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This Week

St George’s
Anglican Parish of Gate Pa
All who enter here be reconciled
16th December 2018
Year C with The Rev’d John Hebenton

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

Today we welcome into the family of Christ,
Angela May and Kayden Alison McVicar and their family, godparents and friends who are with us for their baptism.

Sentence: Do not fear. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love. Zephaniah 3.16-17

Prayer for the Day
Dancing God,
you exult over us with joy;
as we celebrate what has past
renew us by your love
that we may face the future with hope and joy;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm: God Is My Salvation (Isaiah 12:2-6)
Psalm Response: Glory to God – Creator, Word and Spirit
As God always was, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20 Bible Page 767
Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Bible Page 955
Gospel: Luke 3:7-18 Bible Page 834

All are welcome to receive communion
Prayers and anointing for healing are available during communion in the chapel, at the back of the church.
Please keep this time quiet for those who are praying.

Theme for the week:
Wild John the Baptist
Wild John
stood wild
eyed on the
banks of the
wild Jordan
words wildly
emanating out
greeted with
wild enthusiasm
by those
for hope.
“be humble
be compassionate
live for others”
Not so wild
after all.

Joy is a divine gift, coming from union with God in Christ. It is still there even in times of darkness and difficulty, giving us cheerful courage in the face of disappointment, and an inward serenity and confidence through sickness and suffering. Those of us who possess it can rejoice in weakness, insults, hardships, and persecutions for Christ's sake; for when we are weak then we are strong.
From “The Principles, Third Order, Society of Saint Francis.”

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 the people of Te Puke Parish and their clergy.

Our World: Today we pray for mission in New Zealand. We also pray for those who lead the Anglican Church in New Zealand and Aotearoa.

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