Monday, December 22, 2014

Sacred and Spiritual Links - Monday 22 December 2014 including Oihi commemorations

The very big news of sacred and spiritual activity in Aotearoa New Zealand this week is the culmination of celebrations of the preaching of the gospel for the first time in our islands on Christmas Day 1814.

One major events was yesterday and a further event takes place on Christmas Day itself.

Taonga has articles here and here.

Bishop Kelvin Wright's Available Light blog has a series of posts on his pilgrimage from Dunedin to Oihi here.

The following links are supplied by a UK colleague:

Advent links remain available here for this fourth Sunday of Advent:
There will be a round up of Christmas services in the next few days.

Meanwhile I hope some of this may be of interest:
#1 Archbishop Glenn Davies preaching powerfully at the Sydney memorial service; #2 Raphael Samuel, recently made Bishop of Bolivia on God and his purpose; #3 Archie Coates on the presence of God with us; and #4 All Souls Langham Place have a series on Christmas Begins with Christ.

Prayers for you this coming week.

1. Sermon from a Service of Hope and Prayer - Archbishop Glenn Davies - St Andrew's Sydney Audio

2. How God Restores His Purpose - Bishop Raphael Samuel of Bolivia - Holy Comforter, Sumpter, SC Audio

3. Message of Christmas:God with us - Archie Coates - St Peter's Brighton Audio

4. Christmas Starts with Christ - talks from All Souls Langham Place

Commentary for Sunday 21st December
5. Preaching Ideas and Commentary - Rev Peter Carrell

6. The Sunday Readings - Rev Stephen Trott

7. The bells of St Peter's Congleton in Cheshire - BBC Radio 4

8. Choral Evensong from Manchester Cathedral - BBC Radio 3

9. Sunday Holy Communion livestreamed from St Helena's Church, Beaufort, South Carolina at 10:15 am Eastern Time, 3:15 pm London Time

10. Sunday Worship from Methodist College, Belfast - BBC Radio 4

11. Advent Carol Service still available from St John's College, Cambridge - BBC Radio 3

12. Sunday Hour - BBC Radio 2

13. Archived Choral services during the holidays from the chapels of King's College Cambridge
and Trinity College, Cambridge
and St John's College, Cambridge
and New College, Oxford

Please pray for the Ebola Crisis and for those working for a cure; for Christians and all facing persecution and crime in Iraq; for the persecuted church and in particular in Nigeria, Egypt, India and Iran; for peace in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza; and for the Diocese of South Carolina.

14. Topical Prayers - Church of England
Nigeria: Archbishop Kwashi 'Poor Nigerians need protection' - BBC News
Nigeria government 'outraged' by kidnap - BBC News
Egypt: Christian convert facing maltreatment in prison – CSW
India: Christmas 2014 ‘evokes not joy but fears’ for India’s Christians – WWM
Iran: Charges dropped against Church of Iran clergy – CSW
South Carolina: Prayers from Lent and Beyond

15. Sunday Programme - with Edward Stourton - BBC Radio 4

Food for thought
16. Happy Christmas from the Middle East - Canon Andrew White - Huffington Post
No, we love Yeshua - Fr Dale Matson
Richard Hooker and Magna Carta - Bishop Graham Kings
Miracle on Clifton Rd: God is in Charge - Robert Lundy
Six Clay Seals Discovered In Israel Linked To Era Of Kings David And Solomon - Huffington Post

17. Advent 2014 Week 3 - Andrew Evans - UCCF Video

18. Christmas Message from Bear Grylls - Alpha Carols Video

19. O Come Immanuel - Sheyi Martins - Alpha Video

20. O Magnum Mysterium - Morten Lauridsen - New College Oxford Choir

God bless you

No comments: