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Who is this man? – hymn lyrics by Mary Pearson

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.

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Te Rauparaha and Pohutukawa Blessing

flaxTe 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

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We pray for another way of being – Michael Leunig

Dear God,

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.
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Prayer at Pentecost in Aotearoa

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;
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Affirmation of Faith

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.

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