Deliver Us From Evil

Published: Monday, 04 August 2014

LordsPrayerThis is the seventh address in a series at ABC on ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. It was presented by Geoff Pound on Sunday 3 August 2014.

American author, Bruce Larsen has a young family and a while ago he took them on a bike trip. Riding along the trails they passed a sign that read: ‘Naturalist Camp’.

Larsen thought, ‘How cool is that! We can cycle and at the same time see lots of exquisite natural beauty’.

He soon discovered what a naturalist camp meant when six completely naked bikers rode up approaching his family.

So they passed, these cycling men and women, airing their differences. Larsen wondered what his children were thinking.

Finally his five year old said: “Ooohhh Dad, …they’re not wearing their helmets!”

On this day when we’re thinking of temptation and evil, it’s fascinating to recognize that we can all look at the same scene and yet see different things.

We all have our own hierarchy of evil.

We all have our own criteria for determining what’s OK and what’s not OK, shaped by our upbringing, our religion, our culture and our times.

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

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Forgive Us As We Forgive

Published: Sunday, 27 July 2014

gardenforgivenessThis is the sixth address in a series at ABC on 'The Lord's Prayer'. It was presented by Keren McClelland  on Sunday 27 July 2014.

Matthew 11:20-30 (The Message)

Alexandra Asseily, in the clip on "The Garden of Forgiveness", was an Englishwoman who lived through the Lebanese civil war 1975-1990. She meets with a pastor and an imam committed to peacemaking. She and they dream about how to deal with the scars.

The location of the garden in the video is the epicentre of seven previously destroyed Beiruts over 2500 years. There are award winning plans (decided on in 1998 following Alexandra's dream). But as yet this garden is an unrealised vision. In 2005 families who had lost loved ones in the September 11 2001 attacks in New York planted olive trees and dreamt of planting a "garden of forgiveness" at "ground zero". One of those visitors from the USA wrote the book Lucy read earlier: "The forgiveness garden". In 2006 Beirut was bombed again and there are arguments continuing over use of the site which is now partly occupied by the Lebanese Army. Is it all too hard? The garden seems like a metaphor for the whole of the planet! Alexandra Asseily has made peacemaking her life work:

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Published: Monday, 21 July 2014

breadThis is the fifth address in a series at ABC on 'The Lord's Prayer'. It was presented by Geoff Pound on Sunday 20 July 2014.

Introduction
A university student had a problem which plagued him. One day his flat mate said, "Why don't you go and get some expert help? I know someone who might help."

The student went and on his return he felt that a load had been lifted.
His flat mate said, "What did the counselor say about your problem?"
The student said, "Somehow in the counselor's presence, my problem didn't look so daunting. In talking with him my issues took on quite a different complexion."

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Your Will Be Done

Published: Sunday, 13 July 2014

your-will-be-doneThis is the fourth address in a series at ABC on 'The Lord's Prayer'. It was presented by Lucy Johnson on Sunday 13th July 2014.

INTRODUCTION

I want you to picture something in your mind that you have always wanted. Not something trivial like a pony, but something that was out of your hands. As humans we don't do well when things are out of our hands. We get uncomfortable. We feel at a loss. Many of us become control freaks. When we can't control the big we try and control the little and when that doesn't work and we are at the end of ourselves, where do we go? Our free will is such a strange concept because often it can create tension rather than freedom.

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Your Kingdom Come

Published: Sunday, 06 July 2014

your-kingdom-comeThis is the third address in a series at ABC on 'The Lord's Prayer'. It was presented by Geoff Pound on Sunday 6th July 2014.

Some time back there was a fascinating article in the National Geographic that studied the differences between Canadians and Americans.

It highlighted the fact that Canadians are so often misunderstood and treated as if they are Americans.

But Canadians want to say to their neighbours: "We are different. There's more up here than the mountains, the Mounties, and the moose."

Canadians try and maintain their distinctiveness but living next to America is like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly the beast they're affected by every twitch and grunt."

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Hallowed Be Your Name

Published: Sunday, 29 June 2014

HallowedThis is the second address in a series at ABC on 'The Lord's Prayer'. It was presented by Lucy Johnson on Sunday 29th June 2014.

I grew up a Catholic. I attended Catholic school from grade 3 and as a part of the curriculum; we had chapel once a month. And once a term, we had reconciliation, where you go in and tell the priest your sins and he gives you penance to say to absolve you of your sins. The most common penance was to say the Our Father. And to me that's all this prayer found in the gospels meant. It was something I learnt by rot, but it had no meaning. This morning we are going to look at the meaning of just one part, but before we open the word together, let us pray...

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Our Father in Heaven

Published: Monday, 23 June 2014

lords-prayerThis is the first address in a series at ABC on ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. It was presented by Geoff Pound on Sunday 22 June 2014.

Ian Chappell once conducted an interview with the great West Indian cricketer,  Wes Hall.

Chappell asked:

“You’re just one of many champion cricketers that hail from Barbados....

How is it that such a small island has produced such a large number of top-class cricketers?

What's the secret?”

Without any hesitation Wes Hall said: “The answer is emulation.”

He elaborated: “With so many fine cricketers down through the years, every young boy has grown up wanting to be like them...

To bat like Gordon Greenidge, to bowl like Wes Hall, to field like Frank Worrell, to be an all-rounder like Sir Garfield Sobers.”

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Giving, Praying, Fasting

Published: Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Turtle CopyThis sermon was preached by Rev Keren McClelland at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 15 June 2014. 

Bible Reading: Matthew 6:1-18

It was the turtle painting which stopped me in my tracks this week. Swimming in an ocean of stars. Perhaps this is due to my family’s enjoyment of Terry Pratchett’s discworld series where it is imagined that universe as a flat disc… perched on top of four elephants… balancing on the back of a turtle. A crazy playful image reminding me not to take my view of the world so seriously.

At the same time as this image of infinite space I’m reminded of the quote by the poet Rumi “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion”. Don’t be petty. There are infinite depths to be discovered within.

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