Matthew 5:27-37

Readings: Matthew 5:27-30 Matthew 5:31-32 Matthew 5:33-37 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 5:27-30 In this teaching, Jesus addresses adultery. As we read this and the following passage on divorce, the tone might strike us as archaic or even offensive—it is “andocentric language [which] reflects a

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Matthew 5:13-26

Readings: Matthew 5:13-16 Matthew 5:17-20 Matthew 5:21-26 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the land; but if salt has become foolish, how can its saltiness be restored?” (Mt 5:13) We pick up the reading again this week with Jesus

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Matthew 5:1-12

Readings: Psalm 37 Matthew 5:1-6 Matthew 5:7-12 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Psalm 37 This psalm serves as a backdrop for reading the Beatitudes. In it, the writer speaks of the threat, or most likely the reality, of losing their land. In agrarian societies such as

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Matthew 4:1-22

Readings: Matthew 4:1-11 Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25 Matthew 4:18-22 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Matthew 4:1-11 In the preceding story of Jesus’ baptism, we heard the voice from heaven announce, “This is my Son”. Now, however, another voice—the “tempter” (4:3) or the “devil” (4:5,8)—calls into question

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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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