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collect/opening prayer reflection for June 26 and the week following

In NZ, as well as the normal RCL readings, Anglicans have the option of celebrating “Te Pouhere Sunday” celebrating our life as a Three Tikanga Church. This has its own set of readings, etc. Generally, our liturgical celebrations share in God’s great saving acts. I would shift to “themed” Sundays as little as possible. I advocate participating in ecumenical sharing (including RCL) as much as possible. Hence, if you want to include Te Pouhere as part of the Sunday celebration, why not follow the ecumenical RCL, and bring up Te Pouhere in the pew sheet, sermon, prayers, a hymn, the use of a variety of languages we share in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia?

BCP (TEC):

Almighty God,
you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone:
Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching,
that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Common Worship (CofE)

O God,
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

You can share any comments as well as any resources, ideas, sermon-starters, children’s activities, hymns, prayers, etc. in the comments section below.

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