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St George’s
All who enter here be reconciled

19th August 2018
with The Rev’d John Hebenton


There is a celebratory St George’s High Tea in the church lounge after this Service.
$15 a head. Please join us. Visitors are very welcome.
Please remember to turn off your cellphone during the church service


Liturgy Page 456 NZPB

Sentence:
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of God rests upon you.
1 Pt 4:14

Prayer for the Day
God of hosts
who so kindled the flame of love
in the heart of your servant George
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
by his life and by his death:
give us the same faith and power of love
that we who rejoice in his triumphs
may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

First Reading Revelation 21:5-7 Bible Page 1008
Gospel Luke 9:23-26 Bible Page 842

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


Theme:
Today we honour our patron saint - Hori Tapu; The Great Martyr Saint George. We fly his flag, which England colonised, to honour his story. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition he is named among the great martyrs for his courage and death standing against the Imperial order to both offer sacrifices to the emperor and to execute all those who refused to do so. There is a Muslim saying applied to George that says “The righteous act is to confront the tyrant”. George continues to be an inspiration for Christians under persecution, especially Palestinian Christians who claim George as one of their own.

Today we will tell some of the stories of our life as a parish since 1962. As we listen to these stories and tell our own stories, we are invited to reflect on how we continue to stand with George confronting the tyrant. As we look to the challenges facing our communities today and as we stand in the tradition of St. George, what is ours to do?

Prayer
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 and clergy of the Whakatane Co-operating Parish.

Our World: Today we pray for province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.


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