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St George’s Anglican Parish of Gate Pa
All who enter here be reconciled

15th October 2017 with The Rev’d John Hebenton

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

Today we welcome into the family of Christ,
Gin Third Tiffany Abrahams, and the family,
Godparents and friends of Todd and Julia, who are with us here today for
their daughter’s baptism.
They will always be welcome at St. George’s.

Liturgy page 476

Sentence: This is our God for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Isaiah 25.9

Prayer for the Day
Lord of the feast,
you have prepared a table before all peoples
and poured out life with such abundance
that death cannot claim the triumph over your universe.
Call us again to your banquet where we may receive your holy food,
and, strengthened by what is honourable, just, and pure,
be transformed into a people of righteousness and peace.
We pray this through Jesus Christ, the Lord;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, in everlasting glory. Amen.

Psalm 106:1-6,19-23 (8am only) NZPB Page 322
Psalm Response: Glory to God – Creator, Word and Spirit
As God always was, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

First Reading: Exodus 32:1-14 Bible Page 58
Second Reading: Phil 4:1-9 Bible Page 955
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Bible Page 803

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 for the Week:
The conversation in Matthew (22:1-14) between Jesus and the Chief Priests plus leading Pharisees continues. Jesus tells a story about a wedding feast – a similar story is in Luke but with big differences. We assume Jesus is saying “this is what the kingdom of heaven is like.” The king then is God. This is how God rolls - with all the violence. But is that what he is really saying or is he offering a critique of a common way the kingdom of heaven was described – a way implied in how the Chief Priests and leading Pharisees finished the story about vineyards? This story finishes with the weeping and gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness – is this where this kind of understanding of the reign of God will lead us? If so, where are our assumptions about the reign of God leading us astray, and what other ways of describing this reign are we able to offer?

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, Pyes Pa Lodge, Whanau Aroha Centre, Merivale Community Centre, Te Tuinga Whanau and Kai 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. We especially pray for any others you hold in your hearts.

Our Church: Today we pray for the people of the Taupo Parish and their clergy; the people of the Turangi Co-operating Parish and their Ministry Support Team; the people of the Reporoa Co-operating Parish and their intern.

Wider Church: Today we pray the Anglican Indigenous Network and its work in development, training and resource sharing of its international members.

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