Greetings on this new-order Sunday! What have we got for you this time?
The COVID19 epidemic needs to be overcome. Will you pray using the Unite714 prayer sheet each day at 7:14? Will you join in a global Christian fast this Monday 30th to pray in a focused way against it?
Will you pray will others of us for the parish and the world each Wednesday 11am - Noon? Use the form on the Parish Prayer meeting page to register your interest.
Giving: As I said on the video, if you give by cash or envelope would you consider moving to bank transfer? The expenses of the Parish go on regardless of this current lockdown!
Bank Account: 12-3084-0097535-04
In Particulars put your name; in Code your giving or envelope number; in Reference put Giving.
If you don't have a giving number, we cannot issue an end of year receipt which would allow you a 33% tax credit. If you want a giving number contact Alison Vedder (manager@ )
Mission Giving: To give to missions transfer funds to Bank Account: 12-3084-0097535-07 with the same details as above for Particulars and Code. Use the Reference field to tell us what mission you are supporting (e.g. Kondoa).
Kondoa Mission fund: There is still $653 to be raised to support our Tanzanian project this year. Let's finish that this month.
We are starting the telephone tree this week, so we can arrange for everyone to be spoken to - just for a friendly word, to see you are OK and have some company.
If you are feeling anxious or would like to talk to someone or need help with shopping etc please make contact with:
Sunday Online Service for 29/3/20 - the Fifth Sunday in Lent.
You can download the liturgy first and if you wish the written sermon.
This the setting of Psalm 91 we used.
This is the Inspiring "How to Handle Fear of the Coronavirus" based on a Psalm 56 and portions of Derek Prince's book "Ultimate Security".
UNITE714 Prayer for Week 2
We used the prayer for Week 1 in the service. Here is the next prayer sheet for you to use in the coming week.
N.T.Wright: Some of you might like to hear N.T. Wright's thoughts as a theologian on Self-Isolation...
Friends, we are in a new environment. We need new ways of sustaining ourselves in spirit and mind. I will be posting video services and information here for you.
A bit of light relief: Paul Huffam told us that he had been in the supermarket and seen a young man with a trolley loaded up with lavatory paper and hand sanitizer. A woman approached him and told him in no uncertain terms how selfish he was to be panic buying. When she finished he said, "Sorry, but I was just stocking the shelves!"
On Sunday 22/3/20, with the (then growing) restraint on gatherings, about half the normal congregation gathered. They were poignant times in that we knew they were the last physical gatherings for a time. There was special engagement.
Other resources below:
Daily Litany Unite715
Here is a positive litany you may find helpful. The authors Unite714 are basing it on the famous scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." They suggest praying at 7:14am and 7:15pm. Why not light a candle and pray this at home, uniting with others from our congregations, this land and the world in prayer to our Father God.
Each week there will be an updated prayer resource.
Positive Mental Health
In my sermon on Sunday, I urged us not to be overwhelmed by anxiety and be careful what you feed into your mind. Here is a resource sheet from the NZ Institute of Well Being and Resilience with good advice to help us not be overwhelmed by all that is happening and we have to navigate.
Since the COVID19 crisis we have been posting videos of our services. Check this blog for regular Sunday video services.
Do join us for a chat over a cuppa at 11am on Sunday mornings during lockdown.
The Zoom meeting link is emailed to parishioners each week.
Wednesday Online Prayers
Why not join us for our regular Wednesday 11am prayer meeting. Click here for details.