The Anglican Parish of Johnsonville

St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu

Readings and prayers 16 June 2013


Sentence:

They have distributed freely; they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever
Psalm 112:9

Collect:

Generous God,
all the world is yours,
and all that we have comes from you.
Help us to respond to your gifts with gifts of our own
and to be generous to others as you are to us. Amen

Today we turn our attention to the third T: our Treasures… The New Zealand writer, Joy Cowley, reflects:

It’s a truth that everything I have,
including myself,
is a gift from God …
When I remember that,
my heart shifts focus.
I lose sight of the ‘my’ and ‘mine’
of material possessions
and I reach out to worship
not the gifts but the Giver.

And from our Prayer Book:

E te whanau. Sparse sowing, meagre reaping;
but if we are generous, bountiful will be the harvest.
So let us give what we can,
not with regret, nor from a sense of duty.
God loves a cheerful giver.

And when we help others, we will not just meet their needs,
we will unleash a flood of gratitude to God.
Many will give glory to God
for our loyalty to the gospel and for our generosity.
God loves a cheerful giver.

Sunday and Thursday Bible Readings (Stewardship of  Treasures):

Deuteronomy 26:1-11;
Psalm 112
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Luke 21:1-4

Please note we have suspended normal lectionary readings for the Stewardship Sundays.

 Sunday Evening

Ezekiel 17: 22-24
Mark 4:26-34
Psalm 53

Today we pray for:

  • our city councilors, Jo Coughlan, Andy foster and John Morisson
  • teachers and students at West Park Primary School and Raroa Normal Intermediate
  •  the diocese of Ogbomoso (Ibadan, Nigeria) and its bishop, The Rt Revd Matthew Osunade
  • the parish of Kelburn: David Newton (Kirsty)
  • participants in post-ordination training
  •  mission in New Zealand
  • those who lead the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
  • those who have asked for our prayers and those who have died.
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