Kia ora tatou!

We meet again in this ‘together but apart’ way in gratitude for life and all that is good.
It is springtime! The signs of life are all around us!

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

Today, once again we have the opportunity to join in a virtual ‘morning tea.’ If you would like to join you will find the link to this in the email you received for 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!

Photo by Yoksel 🌿 Zok on Unsplash

Words to focus our worship – Psalm 119:1-8          

(The Message translation)

You’re blessed when you stay on course,
    walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
    doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
    you walk straight along the road he set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
    now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
    keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
    in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
    I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what you tell me to do;
    don’t ever walk off and leave me.

Listening

Take a listen to this song, Goodness of God.

One of the lines I love in this song is, “Your Goodness is running after me.” It’s quite a thought, really, that God’s goodness, (which means God, doesn’t it?) runs after us. What is it to be chased down by the goodness of God? I also quite like the slight country music influence!

Goodness of God, Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson

I love you Lord
Oh your mercy never fails me
All my days
I’ve been held in your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
I will sing of the goodness of God

All my life you have been faithful
All my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
I will sing of the goodness of God

I love your voice
You have led me through the fire
In darkest nights
You are close like no other
I’ve known you as a father [sic]
I’ve known you as a friend
I have lived in the goodness of God

Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
With my life laid down, I’m surrendered now, I give you everything
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me

A prayer on our way

Eternal Light, shine into our hearts;
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil;
Eternal Power, be our support;
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance;
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us,
that with all our heart and mind and strength
we may seek your face
and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

—Alcuin of Tours (c. 735–804)

A Reflection from Dan

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

If you would like to read a copy of this you’ll find it here

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?
  • How does it make you feel to imagine being ‘chased down’ by the goodness of God?
  • Can you think of the things or the people in your life that help you ‘choose life?’

Our Prayer for the Road

We move our hearts and minds beyond ourselves in this moment and join the Spirit of God in the movement towards flourishing and abundance of life for all.

We pray for the health and vitality of our church and all churches.
We love you, God, by loving one another.
More often than not, we do.
Sometimes we don’t!
Help us in these moments to turn our hearts, minds and actions towards you.

We pray for the welfare of the world,
Humanity is blessed with so much capacity and potential for goodness. Sometimes our defaults lead towards destruction.
Help us in our work for the common good,
May our collective heart, mind and action continuously turn towards you.

We pray for the well-being of your creation,
The weather, the land, the oceans,
All tell us loud and clear of our impact upon them.
Help us in our living on this planet,
That our legacy is one that many future generations can enjoy.
Grow the conviction of our hearts and minds and lead us towards actions shaped by you.

We pray for all who suffer and are in need,
May compassion and deep love be the song of our days.
May reconciliation be the goal we strive for.
May our hearts, minds and actions embody your hope and healing for those who need is greatest.

We pray for all who are sick and are dying,
May your goodness envelop them completely.
May we have mercy and kindness towards them.
Help us bring them into the wholeness of your peace,
May our hearts, minds and actions be bearers of your peace that is greater than all fear and death.

You, Creator, are the God of life.
Through Christ you pray with us,
By your Spirit all will be well.
Amen.

Blessing

A blessing today from John O’Donohue. May you grab hold of the sense of life in this.

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