focus of the day:

shalom   
My peace I give you.  

Life in the Spirit:   MY PEACE I GIVE YOU.

     We gather to wait for the coming of God's holy Spirit up us; to learn the message of God's peace. Our growth in understanding is tentative and partial. We easily forget the good news of the radical newness to which we have been invited by Jesus' call. Now is a time to take stock for the long-haul ahead.
 

gathering prayer:

[ The Eucharist can take place only when believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of God's holy Spirit.   Avoid an over-wordy gathering rite.
Opening Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
]

 
Presider:
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
 
Assembly:
Amen
Pirihi:
Ki te ingoa o te Matua,
o te Tamaiti, o te Wairua Tapu:
 
Iwi:
Amene

Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
Pirihi:
Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 

[ SAMPLE ]   Penitential Act

 
Presider:
We gather as winter deepens.
Plant growth seems to slow or die off.
Hints of the Sun's returning warmth
are subtle and scarcely noticed.
The gifts of the Spirit
can be like that too!

Jesus said,
"Anyone who loves Me - keeps My Word,
and the Father will love them,
and the Father and I will come,
and make Our home in them!"
Yet we bicker among ourselves,
and we are pretty certain
God's Spirit is at home -
somewhere else! - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy.
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
Jesus promised to send His Spirit;
as an indwelliing advocate.
People in trouble like us
need all the advocates we can get.
And we are often in trouble: - ( pause ) -
CHRIST, have mercy:
E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
CHRIST, have mercy.
E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
Church policy is one way the Spirit acts.
It takes the pressure off some of us
and complicates life for others;
Its our community's way
of trying to keep everyone
pointed in the same direction: - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
May the God of mercy,
forgive us our sins
and bring us to lasting life.
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

GLORIA:

( Sung )

 

opening prayer:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray. ]

Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ Pause for silent prayer . . ; ]
Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate
with heartfelt devotion these days of joy,
which we keep in honour of the Risen Lord,
and that what we relive in remembrance
we may always hold to in what we do.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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the readings:

[ The commentator focuses on giving a brief context of the readings, including the gospel, so that those who are going to hear the readings, are ready to receive what is being offered in the reading itself. ]

 

the first reading:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

In Acts, the Hebrew Christians had visited from Judaea and had taught the non-Hebrew Christians at Antioch in Syria that circumcision was necessary. Disagreement followed a heated discussion and the matter is referred to the Jerusalem community for settlement.
 
Reader 1:
Acts 15 : 1 - 2, 22 - 29
 
the response:
Psalm 67(66) : 5
 
Assembly:
O God, let all the people praise You!
 

the second reading:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

The first generation of Christian disciples lived in expectation of the Parousia or return of Jesus and the ending of the old world. The destruction of holy Jerusalem and the temple in AD 70 confirmed for them the imminent ending of the old world. The "Seer" in the Book of Revelation uses imagery derived from the old prophetic tradition, to speak of the new world in terms of the restoration of the holy City.
 
Reader 2:
Revelation 21 : 10 - 14, 22 - 23
 

alleluia verse:

Assembly:

 

Alleluia; Alleluia!
Jesus said, 'If anyone loves me they will keep my word,
and my Father will love them, and we shall come to them'.
Alleluia!
 

the Gospel:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

Jesus continues His farewell talk to His disciples. He is understood by His disciples to be the visible presence of God among humanity - the person who establishes a new covenant with them.
 
Presider/Deacon:
John 14 : 23 - 29
 

Reflection:

[ A brief reflection which links the liturgy of the Word with the liturgy of the Eucharist. It seeks to clarify the significance of these texts for life beyond the liturgical assembly. Hearing of the Word of God when the scriptures are read & experiencing the Presence of God in the action of the Eucharistic Prayer, reinforces the unity of the "good news" for the practise of discipleship. ]

     The text of the Eucharistic liturgy expose the defeated power of death! That power still appears to have vitality and authority! Disciples of the Risen Jesus - hearers and doers of the new Word of God voiced in the texts - are between the old world that still seems so powerful and the new world voiced here! The moment of worship when the visible signs of the invisible reality of God's Shalom are celebrated, gives us fearful ones, who yearn for transformation, the chance to be subverted by God's power-for-life!
     "Anyone who loves Me will keep My Word and My Father will love them and We shall come to them and make a home in them." (Jn.14:23 NJB).
Jesus promises to send us His Spirit. The Spirit would remind us of the Word Jesus spoke. That Spirit will come as an indwelling advocate or lawyer!! Only people in trouble need lawyers! It may not be a case of good people versus bad people. Just people struggling to discover truth and to claim justice in a complex world.
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The Creed:

 

Assembly:
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
his only son, our Lord,
[ At the words that follow, up to
and including: 'the virgin Mary', all bow.
]

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God
the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.>
 

intercessions:

[ The intercessions have the following outline:

  • A brief opening invitation to pray by the Presider;
  • Two or three intentions offered by the Presider. Where these are taken from a book, the most appropriate ones for that day should be chosen, especially those which relate the the readings or homily;
  • An invitation to the congregation to offer their own intentions. It is helpful if these can be organised to some extent beforehand;
  • If there are special events in the community or special needs for prayer which have not so far been mentioned, the Presider could well introduce such intentions here;
  • A concluding prayer by the Presider. ]
 

[ SAMPLE PRAYERS ]

 
Presider:
Friends in Christ,
let us pray to the God of truth,
who enlightens our hearts
and is compassionate to all.
Full of confidence, we pray
for the needs of all people: . . ,
 
1:
For peace in our world.
May the peace that the Risen Jesus offers,
and which the world is unable to give;
inspire Christians to place themselves
at the service of others: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
2:
For those who have authority
in the Christian community.
May the peace that the Risen Jesus offers,
and which the world is unable to give;
help them to defend the freedom of the gospel
and not burden believers
with the weight of human tradition:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
3:
For our parish of ............
May the peace that the Risen Jesus offers,
and which the world cannot give;
renew us through God's holy Spirit
who keeps the words of Jesus in our hearts:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
4:
For ............: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
5:
For ............: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
6:
For ............: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
7:
For our sick: including N. & N..
May they have the comfort of Christ's presence
to relieve their distress, remove their fears,
give them peace, and restore their health: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
8:
For our beloved dead: including N. & N..
May they be welcomed into the community of saints,
and share in the joy of heaven:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
Presider:
Let us pray, for our personal intentions: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
Presider:
Holy God,
Your paths are love and truth.
Help us to understand our inner lives,
and keep us vigilant in loving;
on the path which leads to You.
We make these prayers in Jesus' name.
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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Preparation of Gifts:

[ The Hymn is: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

prayer over the gifts:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray: . . , ]

Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ Pause for silent prayer: . . , ]
May our prayers rise up to You, O LORD,
together with the sacrificial offerings,
so that, purified by Your graciousness,
we may be conformed to the mysteries
of Your mighty love, through Christ our Lord:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

Preface Prayer:

[ Preface Easter IV - The restoration of the universe through the Paschal Mystery ]

 
Presider:
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
at all times to acclaim You, O LORD, but in this time above all to praise You yet more gloriously, when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

For, with the old order destroyed,
a universe cast down is renewed,
and integrity of life
is restored to us in Christ.

Therefore, overcome with Paschal joy,
every land, every people, exults in your praise
and the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of Your glory,
as they acclaim: . . ,
Holy; holy; holy . . ,
 

Eucharistic Prayer:

[ Eucharistic Prayer .. ]

 
Presider:
... [H]e took bread and, giving thanks, broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take this, all of you,
and eat of it:
for this is My Body
which will be given up for you.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu to tinana
e huna nei i tenei taro ee.
 
Iwi:
Haere mai; haere mai; haere mai.
 
Presider:
In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the chalice and,
once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take this all of you,
and drink from it:
for this is the chalice of My Blood,
the Blood of the new
and eternal covenant,
which will be poured out
for you and for many;
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in memory of Me.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu o toto e.
huna nei i tenei waina ee.
 
Iwi:
Haere mai; haere mai; haere mai.
 
Presider:
The mystery of faith:
 
Assembly:
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.
 

The LORD's Prayer:

 

 
Presider:
At the Saviour's command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
 
Assembly:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil . . ,
 
Pirihi:
I te whakahau a te
Kaiwhakaora ā, nā te akoranga atua,
ka māia tātou ki te kī atu:
 
Iwi:
E to mātou Matua i te rangi
kia whakatapua tōu ingoa;
kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga,
kia whakaritea tōu hia hia
i te whenua kia pērā anō i tō te rangi.
Hōmai ki a mātou āianei he taro mā
  mātou mo tēnei rā,
whakakāhoretia ō mātou hara,
me mātou e whakakore nei i ngā hara
  o te hunga e hara ana ki a mātou;
kaua mātou e tukua kia whakawaia,
ēngari whakaorangia mātou i te kino. . . ,
 

Holy Communion:

 

 
Presider:
Body of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko te Tinana o te Karaiti:
 
Kaitango:
Amene.
 
Presider:
Blood of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko nga Toto o te Karaiti:
 
Kaitango:
Amene.
 
 
[ Communion Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . ]
 

the sending:

[ The Presider focuses in the final prayer, bessing, gestures and movement, some central strands which relate this celebration of Eucharist to the world from which the people come and to which they now return. ]

 
Presider:
Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ After a period of silent prayer: . . , ]
Almighty ever-living God,
who restore us to eternal life
in the Resurrection of Christ,
increase in us, the fruits
of this paschal Sacrament
and pour into our hearts
the strength of this saving food;
through Christ our Lord:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
[ Any Announcements may now be made by the Presider
or another member of the assembly.
]
 

the blessing:

Presider:

[ SAMPLE ]

We are sent,
in the name of the Jesus,
Source of our joy;
whose Word enlightens our minds
and whose Sacrament melts the barriers
that divide us from one another.

We are sent
to be true to what we are
and worthy of the life
that God has gifted us in Jesus;
by confronting injustice
and working to make our world
the place God promises,
until we gather again.

May God bless us and keep us
May God's face shine upon us,
be gracious to us and give us peace.
until we gather again.
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
 
Pirihi:
Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
 
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 
Presider:
May Almighty God bless us, ✠
the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit.
 
Assembly:
Amen
 
Pirihi:
Kia whakapaingia koutou e te Atua kaha rawa,
e te Matua, e te Tamaiti, ✠ e te Wairua Tapu.
 
Iwi:
Amene
 
Presider/Deacon:
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
 
Assembly:
Thanks be to God.
 
Pirihi:
Haere koutou, pānuitia te Rongo Pai a te Ariki.
 
Iwi:
Whakamoemiti ki te Atua.
 
 
[ Final Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
 

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