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February 2019

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Lent Resources

You are encouraged to use material from this site. Especially if you reproduce material, please note the Terms of Use (at the bottom of each page). Ash Wednesday Collect Let us pray (in silence) [for grace to keep Lent faithfully.] pause Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the

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Desert Disciplines for Lent

Monasteries and monastics draw from desert spirituality. They express disciplines that we, outside monastery walls, can draw on also. Some of these disciplines are expressed in vows of stability, obedience, ongoing conversion,… The Associates of Kopua Monastery are offering a Quiet Day in Lent on Saturday 23 March from 9:30am – 3:30pm at Te Waiora

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To Absolve or Not to Absolve?

The question I received from someone was: why do Anglicans absolve the congregation with “you” language …God have mercy on you, pardon you…[A New Zealand Prayer Book page 408] and in the Roman Catholic Mass, at that point it is “us” language: May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring

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Liturgy – Work for the People

Popularly, people say (I’ve said it myself) that the word, “liturgy” (λειτουργία or λῃτουργία) derive from the Greek, “λαός” (Laos – people) and ἔργο (ergo – work) – so that liturgy, we say, means “work of the people”. But maybe liturgy is not “work of the people” but “work FOR the people”. Robert Hendrickson wrote

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Boring Worship is Good for You

Many people, in our digital-game-riddled, virtual-world-possibilities, social-media-soaked lives, are distracting ourselves to death. And this is, in many places, affecting worship. All the activities of daily and weekly living: doing laundry, washing dishes, vacuuming, and so forth – do we have an expectation that they will constantly give us emotional highs? The purpose is clean

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