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Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.  Christ Jesus, come in glory!

 

It has been another rough week in the world.  Violence, terrorism, political unrest.  Hunger, disease, suffering. Situations in the world, in our nations, our denominations, our homes, our own bodies…

And still we testify to the One who is gracious and merciful; longing for the day when justice and mercy kiss, and peace is known in every place.

If you haven’t seen it already, please read the statement by the RevGalBlogPals leadership about our commitment to the work of repenting from and dismantling  racism, both in our own organisation and in the communities, churches and countries of which we are a part.

Martha reflects on the Anglican Church in Canada’s General Synod last week: the tumult around the decision to change the marriage canon and what it is like to worship as one body even in the midst of pain and division.

Wil gives some guidelines about what to preach when blood is running in the street.

Diane wonders how to preach in the face of the news of our world.

Cindy writes about the experience of parenting young adults and sharing their burdens (and unexpected joys).  She shares one of her family’s sayings: hard isn’t bad, hard is just hard.

When times are tough, how might we take stock of the day?  Jan makes some suggestions.

Martha writes a ‘Come to Jesus’ prayer for pastors – calling us to hear Christ’s word to come and be transformed.

And perhaps you need Jan’s Blessing When the World is Ending.

 

Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She is a part-time member of the staff team in the parish of All Saints Howick, Auckland and is also a counsellor and spiritual director.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of RevGalBlogPals.

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