1 January 2023
Bible readings for today
Liturgical Colour: WHITE
We thank you, Lord God, for the gift of your Son
whom you commanded to be called Jesus;
grant that we may so honour his name on earth,
that others may be led to him who alone is Lord and Saviour. Amen.
E te Ariki e te Atua, e whakawhetai ana mātou ki a koe, mō tāu Tama,
i tākohatia ki a mātou, nāu te kī kia huaina ko Īhu;
meinga kia whakahōnoretia tōna ingoa e mātou i runga i te whenua,
kia aratakina mai ai ētahi atu ki a ia, ko ia anake te Ariki me te Kaiwhakaora.
Over the summer
You may have fewer services or regulars over the summer months, but its always a great idea to anticipate that children will be present in your Sunday gatherings. You may have some new faces come along with grandparents, visitors or with friends. Think about your space, and how you can help families feel welcome in your time of worship.
School Holiday Packs (Salvation Army)
Jesus the refugee (Matthew 2:13-23)
In today's gospel reading, Mary and Joseph flee Egypt to protect Jesus from Herod. The reading order is a little out of sync this week, as the story next week is about the wisemen finding Jesus, which happened just before this passage! You may like to consider how you tell these two weeks as a shared story of Jesus' life.
Jesus was a refugee - Lost Sheep
Sons of Korah have a song about Psalm 148, which sets these beautiful words to music. You can use this song for: