16 August 2020: Sunday in a time of official fear.

Our government is running almost completely on fear. They are afraid, because their mistakes are apparent, and they want us to be afraid The covid messages are out there. We are told, over and over again, that the government is the source of truth, and everything else is rumours and lies. You can see the fear on their face as the ministers of the crown say what cabinet has agreed to. If there was not pain, restriction, depression and sadness: if lives were not being broken, if the hopes of many were not shattered, you could enjoy seeing socialists eat the rancid fruit of their policies.

But the are in power, and we need to worship God. Being Kiwis, we see restrictions as a problem we have solved, and we use the formula that worked last time.

Back to Alert Level 2 ✌️

With the renewed restrictions in place and the fresh outbreak of Covid-19 in New Zealand, we have decided that all services will be online this week. We want to continue to bring you excellent weekend services where you can connect with God and others, no matter what that looks like.

Collect One

Let thy merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of thy humble servants;
and that they may obtain their petitions,
make them to ask such things as shall please thee;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 67
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us—
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples with equity
and guide the nations of the earth.
5 May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.

6 The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.
7 May God bless us still,
so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Romans 11:29-32

29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[a] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.