Kia ora tātou!

Here we are in the land of uncertainty.  In the wilderness, we might say.  Wondering what’s next, how long we might be here and how we negotiate the unknown.

What follows are some prompts to help you enter a space of worship and reflection today. Take your time.

Take all the time you need.

At 11am today we are going to have a virtual ‘morning tea.’ If you would like to join, you’ll find the link to this in the email you received with the link to this service.

We are pausing to acknowledge and grow in the presence of God in our lives.

We are meeting as part of a church community, albeit a scattered one.

We are stilling ourselves, our fears, our anxieties, and all the distracting things around us,

to seek and delight in God’s life with us.

Let us worship God!

On our daily exercise, walking or biking, we have noticed families finding new ways to have fun together on their driveways.  You might have noticed this too, or have found that you have your own unique routines that are developing now that other things are no longer available. 

Words to focus our worship

Come!

Come and worship,

you who woke early and you who slept late;

you who come often, and you who don’t.

Whether we are first or last or somewhere in between,

there is room for all of us in God’s kingdom,

and more than enough grace to go around.

Let’s worship God together!

(based on Matthew 20: 1-16)

 Listening

 Am I so invisible

That my tears can’t catch your eye?

Am I so unlovable

No one out there hears my cry

I have heard the whispering of hope calling

That I might mind a hand to hold

And restore me

 

Hey stranger, hey neighbour

You don’t need wings to be my angel

Just hear me, just see me

Let me know that I am truly worthy

 

Would you greet and welcome me

If you found me at your door

Would you pray that I’ll be free

And find a life that’s so much more

I have heard the whispering of hope calling

That I might mind a hand to hold

And restore me

 

Hey stranger, hey neighbour

You don’t need wings to be my angel

Just hear me, just see me

Let me know that I am truly worthy                                                    

Music and lyrics by Malcolm Gordon

A prayer on our way

Fill us with your holy love, O Lord, and open the treasures of your wisdom to us.
You alone know all that we desire.

So perfect what you have begun in us,
and answer the prayers you instill in us
through the stirring of your Holy Spirit.
Even as we seek your face, turn to us and show us your glory.

Then our longing will be satisfied, and our peace will be complete. Amen.

Based on a prayer of Augustine of Hippo (354–430)

A Reflection from Anne

Numbers 10:11 – 11:30

If you would like to read a copy of the sermon you can do so here: 2021-08-29 Reflection – Anne Stewart

I invite you follow this link and listen to Neil Young’s ‘Light a candle’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFRopomGH7E

“Light A Candle”

Instead of cursing the darkness,
Light a candle for where we’re going,
There’s something ahead, worth fighting for.

When the light of time is on us,
You will see our moment come,
And the living soul inside will carry on.

It’s a chance to give new meaning to every move we make,
In the cavern, in the cave, where we come from.

When the light of dawn is on us,
We will see what we can be,
And the ancient ones can sleep an easy sleep

In the hallways of the ages, on the road to history,
What we do now will always be with us.

It’s a chance to give new meaning to every move we make,
In the caverns, in the caves, where we come from.

Instead of cursing the darkness,
Light a candle for where we’re going,
There’s something ahead, worth looking for.

When the light of time is on us,
We will see our moment come,
And the living soul inside will carry on.

Light a candle in the darkness,
So others might see ahead,
Light a candle in the darkness, when you go.

Light a candle in the darkness,
So others might see ahead,
Light a candle in the darkness, when you go.

Questions for contemplation

  • Was there a word, sentence, phrase or idea that stood out to you in the readings or the reflection today?
  • What is the intersection of what you noticed with your own circumstances at the moment or in other times that you now recognise as times in the wilderness?
  • How does it make you feel that God promises to be with us always?
  • Where do you see signs of hope in these difficult times? Does it help to hear this: Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle for where we’re going, there’s something ahead, worth looking for.

Our Prayer for the Road

From Dan

Gracious God, you invite us into your family-of-all, Goodness lives in our hearts.

You lead with love and justice, and we follow.

As we turn our hearts and minds beyond ourselves in this moment, may we find ourselves caught up in your unending presence.

God, may your love seep into and saturate all things.

May our participation in your ‘way’ in the world, contribute abundantly to the stewardship of the land, the oceans, the trees and all living things.

May the flourishing of all come as we love all creation and one another.

God, may your love seep into and saturate all things.

May your compassionate justice roll out into our communities.

May we unite with all those who seek to do right by all.

May we embrace those on the margins.

Those who are often left out, the forgotten ones.

Those who are weak or weary, those who are ill – in mind, body, or spirit.

May we in our words, thoughts and actions stand up against racism and prejudice, especially at this moment in our land as we fight covid-19.

God, may your love seep into and saturate all things.

Empowering God, energise us to listen well and not to rush into speaking.

May we be angry about the right things, and not use this energy for harm, but to affect change for the better.

May you animate your spirit in us and lead us to patience at this time.

God, may your love seep into and saturate all things.

All these words spoken, and all those that remain unspoken this day, we hand these to you.

And we do so in the confidence of your goodness, your grace, and your peace.

With Christ, and in Christ we pray, Amen.

Blessing

Numbers 6:22

 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying,

Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

 The Lord bless you and keep you;
 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

 

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I wonder if like me (Anne), you missed your appointment for a haircut this week?!