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Parihaka Pa, 1860
Parihaka Pa, 1860 by George Clarendon Beale

Epistle Reflection

We set our hearts on heaven,
where Christ is at God's right hand.
Christ is our life, and when he appears,
we too will share his glory.
Christ live in us.
Though our bodies will die,
yet for us the Spirit is life;
the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from death.
This is our secret.
Christ is in us;
we will share the glory of God.

New Testament Reading - Marks of a True Christian

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9 Don't just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. 10 Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically.

12 Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always. 13 When God's children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.

14 If someone mistreats you because you are a Christian, don't curse him; pray that God will bless him. 15 When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. 16 Work happily together. Don't try to act big. Don't try to get into the good graces of important people, but enjoy of company of ordinary folks. And don't think you know it all!

. . . . Romans 12:9-16

In the heavenly kingdom,
the blessèd have their dwelling place;
and their rest for ever and ever.

Intercession

Pray for 3 people on your heart ending with the prayer below.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you;
and by your great might,
spare those who are condemned to die.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Lord, give strength to your people,
and give us your blessing of peace.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Amen.