E te whānau, if Christ’s name is flung in our teeth
we should count ourselves happy,
because that glorious Spirit,
the Spirit of God, is resting upon us.
New Testament Reading - The dragon overthrown
7Then there was war in heaven; Michael and the angels under his command fought the Dragon and his hosts of fallen angels. 8And the Dragon lost the battle and was forced from heaven. 9This great Dragon — the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world — was thrown down onto the earth with all his army.
10Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has happened at last! God’s salvation and the power and the rule, and the authority of his Christ are finally here; for the Accuser of our brothers has been thrown down from heaven onto earth — he accused them day and night before our God. 11They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony; for they did not love their lives but laid them down for him. 12Rejoice, O heavens! You citizens of heaven, rejoice! Be glad! But woe to you people of the world, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.”. . . . . Revelation 12:7-12
Make us your messengers, Jesus,
make us the guardians of your faith,
and grant us also that great and ancient vision
the dazzling host of heaven
to accompany and inspire us for all time.