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St George’s
Anglican Parish of Gate Pa
23rd July 2017 with
The Rev’d John Hebenton


Liturgy page 476

Sentence: You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86.15

Prayer for the Day
God of all wisdom,
yeast, mustard and weeds
With such as these
Christ taught your ways.
Grant us wisdom to teach with the common things of life
that none may elude your call,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Psalm: 139: 1-12, 23-24 Page 363 NZPB

First Reading: Gen 28:10-19a Bible Page 22
Second Reading: Rom 8:12-25 Bible Page 919
Gospel: Matt 13:24-30, 36-43 Bible Page 795

Theme for the Week
This week’s gospel reading from Matthew (13:24-30) is part of what can be called "The Sermon on the Lake". In this sermon Matthew has Jesus talk about the nature of God, God's faithfulness expressed in the Realm of Heaven, and how his hearers were to live faithfully in this realm rather than the realm of Rome. The parable and it's brief explanation (added later) are about living in this tension of two realms. We face the same tensions today. We are asked where our true allegiances lie and what comes first in our decision making?
Matthew's community, like the churches in Rome, were in conflict. To this conflict Matthew talks about recognizing the entwined roots that bind us together whether we like it or not. It speaks of trusting God to sort it out, and rather than proving who is best or right; and learning to recognize that what gives life to us also gives life to those we struggle with, and what harms them harms us. As we learn this, we see that both Matthew and Paul invite humility.

Prayer
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 and Merivale Community 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. We especially pray for any others you hold in your hearts.

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

Wider Church: Today we pray for the Church in Africa and education programmes in Tanzania.

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