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Gate Pa – 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time - 2020Readings:Psalm: Psalm: 45:10-17First Reading: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Second Reading: Romans 7:15-25  Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30What I want to say: Explore Refugee Sunday through lens of story of Rebekah and Jesus’ yokeWhat I want to happen:How do we experience God’s faithfulness in all this?What is the yoke of Jesus for us?The Sermon1.Introduction:Today in our churches calendar is refugee SundayTalk a little about in pew sheet.Timed coincide with World Refugee Day. -20 June, -2001 by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) -to recognise the contributions of forcibly displaced people throughout the world.3 years ago, topic refugees quite hot topic-held “double quote” event hereokind of told off about by Barbara Rowe-

Choosing Life for Others

In our church calendar today is Refugee Sunday, and Anglican version of World Refugee Day. This was first celebrated on 20 June, 2001 by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to recognise the contributions of forcibly displaced people throughout the world. The issue of Refugees seems to have lessened for us in New Zealand. We are currently unable to take any refugees as our borders remain shut. But the need around the world continues to grow. Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the United Nations announced a staggering 79.5 million or one in 97 people displaced, up from 70.8 million the year before. The UN recorded 29.6 million refugees in its 2019 figures.  Five countries account for two-thirds of people who have crossed borders to escape violence and persecution: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar.   “With no resolution in sight, these conflict zones are likely to push more people from their homes, increasing levels of trauma and suffering.  Covid-19 has n…

God Provides

This sermon can be listened to here, and the whole service watched here
Gate Pa – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time- Year A – 2020Harvest FestivalReadings:Psalm - Psalm: 13First Reading- Genesis 22:1-4Second Reading - Rom 6:12-23Gospel -Matt 10:40-42What I want to say:I want to explore the sin of not relying on God who provides, and the damage we do to our world, our communities and ourselves as a resultWhat I want to happen:Where is the invitation for us in this harvest festival?The Sermon       1.Introduction:There are so many themes weaving their way though our readings -Horrific reading from Genesis – binding of Isaac-Romans – all about communal sin-Matthew and what it means to be an of the apostles -In all of this we are celebrating our harvest festival