Words: Mary Pearson. Music: Londonderry Air
Who is this man who gave to women dignity
in partnership of worth and equal grace?
Who listened to the stories that they told him,
and honoured each, whatever was their place:
who let them choose to come and join his company
and learned with them God’s love of every race,
who showed to each the courage of their nature
to care and tend each lonely and each suffering face.
Continue reading Who is this man? – hymn lyrics by Mary Pearson
Te Rauparaha Blessing:
Kia hora te marino / Let calm be widespread
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana / May the sea glisten like greenstone
Kia tere te karohirohi / And the shimmer of the sun
I mua i tou huarahi / Dance across your pathway
Continue reading Te Rauparaha and Pohutukawa Blessing
We pray for another way of being:
another way of knowing.
Across the difficult terrain of our existence
we have attempted to build a highway
and in so doing have lost our footpath.
God lead us to our footpath:
Lead us there where in simplicity
we made move at the speed of natural creatures
and feel the earth’s love beneath our feet. Continue reading We pray for another way of being – Michael Leunig
In kauri and icon, in bread and wine, in worship and shared meals,
with kumara and puha or fish and chips or haggis and scotch
We celebrate who we come from, who we are, and who we are yet to be—
Aroha mai, aroha atu
Love towards us, love going out from us.
Read the complete karakia (prayer) at http://www.spirit-and-faith.com/16346227
God, we’ve been thinking today about receiving unexpected news, something most of us are familiar with. Sometimes the news is good and exciting other times it’s bad news.
Our reaction can often be, like Mary’s: “How can this be?” Continue reading Unexpected News – a Prayer
In this season of Pentecost in Aotearoa –
leaves flaming on autumn trees
drifting onto our heads
as we scuff across leaf-crunchy lawn
—may the dazzling fire and howling wind
warm but not burn us, heat but not scorch,
stir us not into whirlwind but purposeful action;
move us to compassion, breathe new life into our lungs and hearts;
inspire us anew. Continue reading Prayer at Pentecost in Aotearoa
By Bronwyn Angela White, Wellington, NZ
By faith, Sarah and Abraham left family, household and land for the promise of a new life in Canaan.
This faith may take us, too, through labyrinths of doubt, to greener fields.
By faith, Moses led his people out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and into the desert.
This faith might sometimes lead down unpaved tracks to destinations we did not intend.
Faith is the opposite of belief: a shiny coin whose shadow-side is hope.
Continue reading Affirmation of Faith