Kia ora tatou!

We meet again in this ‘together but apart’ way in gratitude for life and all that is good.

Today we finish with our series on looking at the life and events of Moses.
As we have journeyed with Moses and the Israelites through their journey of many ups and downs, what has stood out to you as we have made our way through?

Photo by Michael Niessl on Unsplash

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 directing you 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!

Words to focus our worship

– inspired by Deuteronomy 30:15-20

God has set before us life and death.
We long to choose life.
God has set before us blessings and curses.
We long to choose blessings.
So we gather this morning around the table–Christ’s table.
We gather to drink the cup of blessing; to eat the bread of life.
Let us share the meal together. Let us feast on the Word.
Let us worship God with joy!

written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith. http://spaciousfaith.com/tag/deuteronomy-30/

Listening

Bernadette Farrell’s You Have Called us by our Name seems to resonate well while thinking about who Moses was and the call on his life and what that translates to for us.
Have a listen…

You have called us by our name, we belong to you.
You have called us by our name and we are yours.
You have called us by our name, we belong to you.
You have called us by our name and we are yours.

You have chosen us to be members of your family.
In your love you have created us to live in unity.

You have called us by our name, we belong to you.
You have called us by our name and we are yours.

You will lead us to your light, walk before us through the night.
You will guide us on our journey. You will keep our vision bright.

You have called us …

You will hold us when we fall, give new strength to hear your call.
You will never be beyond us, for your love is all in all.

You have called us …

You will nourish, you will lead, giving ev’ry gift we need,
for your reign will be established from the smallest of all seeds.

You have called us …

Through our sharing here today may our faith and life convey.
Christ our light and Christ our vision, Christ our purpose, Christ our way.

You have called us …

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.

—Attributed to Augustine of Hippo (354–430)

Reflections on Moses from Claire and Trevor

(Apologies for there being no script this week)

Questions for contemplation

  • Was there a word, sentence, phrase or idea that stood out to you in the reflections today?
  • What is the intersection of what you noticed with your own circumstances at the moment?
  • Claire says, “The experience of wilderness invites us into an altogether more spacious understanding of ourselves, the world and our faith.” She then asks, “Are we ready for this?” Embracing the unknown as a learning moment takes courage. What is the unknown you are facing? Talk with God about how this makes you feel.
  • Trevor likens the Israelites to how we can often be ones to grumble, moan and lacking in grace. But he also highlights the significance of the idea of ‘Staying the Course’ through the often long and uncertain journey we are on. Hope in what God wants for us and for the world can help us continue on. Where do you need an injection of hope at this time?

Here’s some of that famous Moses art, remember these?

Our Prayer for the Road

Loving God, you made this world marvellous for us to enjoy.
You made yourself known to us in Jesus.
You sent your Spirit to make us one family in Christ.
For these gifts of your love we thank you.
For your kindness to us and your goodness to all, we give you thanks.

May we this day know your Spirit upon us afresh that we may know Christ’s presence, real and true, and be reignited to follow and live your love for the world.

Your gifts of generosity and love that you freely give us shall be for us
Our witness against hunger,
our cry against injustice,
And our hope for a world
where God is fully known

This is our longing, Jesus, that you are known to all in many different ways.
That your ways of Justice, mercy and peace,
crash into the places where they are needed the most.
That your way of love, your way of Shalom…
peace, wholeness, flourishing for all is the life that all can live.
Jesus that your resurrection life is found for all in all,
that your way of serving the world becomes our way too – this is our longing.

Thank you God, for your way, for your life.
Thank you for the gifts you give to all,
In Christ’s name, Amen.

Blessing – Iona Blessing from The Kirk Owls

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

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