Matthew 3:1-16

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11 Matthew 3:1-12 Matthew 3:13-16 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Isaiah 40:1-11 Isaiah 40 is God’s word, after a long and terrible silence, to Israel in exile. The people have been conquered, captured and subjugated by Babylon, losing their land and their freedom, and

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Matthew 2:1-23

Readings: Matthew 2:1-12 Matthew 2:13-18 Matthew 2:19-23 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 2:1-12 This well-known story of the Magi—or wise men—is told year after year at countless Christmas pageants. Yet we seldom stop to think about its significance. Here, at the birth of Jesus, who

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Matthew 1:1-25

Readings Matthew 1:1-17 Isaiah 43:14-44:8 Matthew 1:18-25 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 1:1-17 “Call me Ishmael.” “’To be born again,’ sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, ‘first you have to die.’” “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own

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John 18:15-38a

Grace To release our identities to be defined by the hands of the living God. Readings John 18:15-18 John 18:19-24 John 18:25-27 John 18:28-38a Devotion 1 Wait: Spend some time waiting on God, aware of your own frailty and God’s grace. Read: John 18:15-18 Ask: What strikes you in today’s reading? In what ways do you relate to Peter’s denial

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Words Create Worlds

by Gordon Griffiths The murder of local shop owner Navtej Singh in 2008 was a catalyst that started a dialogue for change in Randwick Park, Manurewa. Randwick Park had reputation as a deprived neighbourhood with significant social issues. Often represented in the media as a crime ridden and dark place. The community had also internalised some of this discourse. What

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John 14:1 – 15:25

Grace To grow closer to and more like Jesus using spiritual disciplines and increase simplicity in lifestyle. Readings John 14:1-14 John 14:15-31 John 15:1-17 John 15:18-25 Devotion 1 Wait: Spend some time waiting on God, letting God reshape your heart and vision. Read: John 14:1-14 The discipleship community is shattered by the news of imminent betrayal from within (13:21). In

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John 13

Grace To be reproducible models of nurturing, training and raising up of others. Readings John 13:1-20 John 13:21-30 John 13:31-38 Examen Devotion 1 Wait: Take a few moments to be still and thank God for his mercy and goodness. Read: John 13:1-20 Reflection: Jesus knew the time was approaching when he would be betrayed and begin his journey to the

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John 12

Grace To see God’s Kingdom come in the whole life of our neighbourhood, the way Jesus would, using Word, Deed and Sign. Readings John 12:1-11 John 12:12-19 John 12:20-36 John 12:37-50 Devotion 1 Wait: Spend some time waiting on God, letting God reshape your heart and vision. Read: John 12:1-11 As we approach this passage, the tension is building dramatically.

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John 11

John 11:1-6 John 11:17-37 John 11:38-44 John 11:45-57    Grace To love and obey Jesus as Lord and help our neighbours to do this together Devotion 1 Read: John 11:1-6  In this passage, we meet a family from Bethany called Mary, Martha and Lazarus who are mentioned to be dearly loved by Jesus.  Mary is the woman who is recorded

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