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September 2018

Sukkot Sml

Sukkot 5779

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (above) speaks about the first time he built a sukkah. Sukkot (סוכות‎) is also called the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Feast of Ingathering. It begins on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, Tishrei (Tishrei 15–22). That falls from late September to late October. In the Bible, it was one of

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Handful of Change Sml

A Resource for Advent

A Handful of Change Journeying Through Advent By Craufurd Murray 88 pages With the support of the St Luke’s Spirituality Centre $NZ10 plus p&p It can be obtained from craufurd@xtra.co.nz or Ecclesia Books This is not quite a book review, because this book is a collection for daily reflection from the Sunday before Advent through

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Adapting a Eucharistic Prayer

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP) has a framework for a Eucharistic Prayer [A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa ANZPB/HKMA pages 512-514]. This can be used in any eucharist service. ACANZP also allows, in a grand service (with reading, psalm, reading, Gospel,…Prayer over the Gifts,…), the use

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Sunday, last week, we prayed with Mark 7:24-37 including: They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched

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Our Anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’

Recently, Harper Nielsen, a nine-year-old Australian girl, has had people re-looking at the Australian national anthem by refusing to stand and sing Advance Australia Fair in her school. The criticism of “for we are young and free” is not new – clearly ignoring indigenous Australians for whom that land has been home for millennia. Criticism

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