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Resources for Lent 1

Resources for Lent 1

Let us pray (in silence) [to follow Christ more closely] pause God of the desert, Jesus was led by the Spirit to fast forty days in the wilderness and was tempted as we are, yet without sin; give us grace to observe the disciplines of Lent; and, as you know our weakness, so may we… Continue Reading

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Catching People for Life

Catching People for Life

In last Sunday’s Gospel reading (Luke 5:1-11), fish were perfectly happy, swimming their happy fishy life, and then they are caught in half-cleaned nets, dragged to the shore and left, dead and dying, on abandoned boats in the late afternoon heat. And Jesus seems to say: “follow me – what we did to those fish,… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary Week 5

Resources for Ordinary Week 5

The shared collect for next Sunday (February 10) and the weekdays following: Let us pray (in silence) [that our hope in God may influence us daily] Pause Keep the household of your church, O God, [or Keep the whānau of…] safe in your tender compassion, so that we who entrust ourselves totally to your heavenly… Continue Reading

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The Incarnation Changes Everything

The Incarnation Changes Everything

Whether you regard the Christmas Season as concluding on Christmas Day, Epiphany, the Baptism of the Lord, Candlemas, the Sunday following Candlemas, or are Orthodox, or Armenian, and celebrate the Incarnation on another day and see the season differently… this is a reposting of an important reflection. We tend to speak about “secular” as if… Continue Reading

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Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ

The following collect may draw from shared traditions (see commentary). It is my reworking of a collect by Cranmer for Christmas, and I am suggest it for the First Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 13), celebrating Christ’s baptism for my Book of Prayers in Common. Let us pray (in silence) [that we will be faithful… Continue Reading

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1 January 2019

1 January 2019

January 1 is celebrated both as the Naming of Jesus (the 8th day after his birth – Luke 2:21), and as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Mary (“Miriam”) bears the same name as Moses’ sister. A strong woman. She is married to Joseph (also significant in the Hebrew Bible – Prime Minister of… Continue Reading

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