Sunday Worship 24th October

The Anglican Parish of Greater Hastings

(encompassing St Matthew’s, Hastings, and St Peter’s, Riverslea)
Christian communities in the heart of Hastings

Christian communities in the heart of Hastings

24th October 2021
A Service of Morning Prayer

for the
Feast Day os St Raphael

In the period between the Old and New Testaments angels came to be given distinctive
characteristics. Raphael appears as a major character in the apocryphal book of Tobit. In
that story, among other things, Raphael heals Tobit of his blindness and binds an evil demon
so that the marriage of Sarah and Tobit’s son Tobias can take place. The name ‘Raphael’
means ‘God heals’, and Raphael has come to have important associations with the church’s
ministry of healing.

We also celebrate today the 40th anniversary of Alister’s ordination to the priesthood. Having
been ordained to the transitional diaconate in 1980 by Manuhuia Bennett, Bishop of
Aotearoa, Alister was ordained to the priesthood on this feast day in 1981 by Ralph
Matthews, Bishop of Waiapu, in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Tauranga.

Alister offers this resource today in thanksgiving for God’s grace over the decades.

The Preparation:

You sent forth your word, O Lord, and healed them; and saved their life from the grave.
Psalm 107:20

Great is the Lord and worthy of all praise.

Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom,
thanksgiving and honour, power and might,
be to our God for ever and ever!   Amen.

Hymn: When morning gilds the sky

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
And publish

When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer,
To Jesus I repair;
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Does sadness fill my mind?
A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss?
My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Let earth’s wide circle round
in joyful notes resound:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let air and sea and sky
from depth to height reply:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

E te whānau a te Karaiti / Brothers and sisters in Christ,
let us praise and worship God who has called us together.
Let us celebrate God’s majesty,
and delight in the wonder of God’s love.
Let us confess our sins
and receive assurance that we are forgiven.

As the scriptures are read,
we can allow God’s word to speak to us,
and ponder its meaning for our lives.

In our prayers, we give thanks for God’s goodness,
we pray for others as well as for ourselves,
and we offer our lives anew in Christ’s service.

All this we do,
because we believe in the presence among us
of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

Hear these words of scripture.

Love one another, for love is of God,
and whoever loves is born of God and knows God.

Spirit of God, search our hearts.

In silence, we remember our need for God’s forgiveness.

Let us confess our sins to God.

God of mercy,
we have sinned against you and against others.
We have sinned in what we have done,
and in what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for our sins,
forgive us all that is past
and raise us to newness of life.   Amen.

Almighty God, who pardons all who truly repent,
forgive our sins, strengthen us by the Holy Spirit,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

Psalm 103: 1-6, 22-30

Praise the Lord O my soul:
and all that is within me praise God’s holy name.

Praise the Lord O my soul:
and forget not all that God has done for you.

The Lord forgives you all your sin:
and heals you of all your infirmities.

The Lord saves your life from the grave:
and crowns you with love and mercy.

The Lord fills your life with good things:
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

You Lord are righteous in your acts:
and bring justice to all that are oppressed.

O praise the Lord all you angels,
you mighty ones who do God’s bidding:
and heed the command of the Most High.

Praise the Lord all you heavenly hosts:
you servants who do God’s will.

Praise the Lord all things created, in all places under God’s rule:
praise the Lord O my soul.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.     Amen.

A Reading from Tobit (12:6, 11-15)

One of the holy angels
Then Raphael called the two of them privately and said to them, ‘Bless God and
acknowledge him in the presence of all the living for the good things he has done for you.
Bless and sing praise to his name. With fitting honour declare to all people the deeds of
God. Do not be slow to acknowledge him.
‘I will now declare the whole truth to you and will conceal nothing from you. Already I
have declared it to you when I said, “It is good to conceal the secret of a king, but to reveal
with due honour the works of God.” So now, when you and Sarah prayed, it was I who
brought and read the record of your prayer before the glory of the Lord, and likewise
whenever you buried the dead. And that time when you did not hesitate to get up and
leave your dinner to go and bury the dead, I was sent to you to test you. And at the same
time God sent me to heal you and Sarah your daughter-in-law. I am Raphael, one of the
seven angels who stand ready and enter before the glory of the Lord.’

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Song of Tobit

Blessèd be God who lives for ever:
blessèd be God who rules over all.

We give thanks to you O Lord before the nations:
for you have scattered us among them.

There we make your greatness known:
and exalt you in the presence of all the living,
because you are the Lord our God:
you are our Father forever.

When we turn to you with all our heart and soul:
to do what is true before you,
then you will turn to us:
and hide your face from us no longer.

Consider now the deeds that God has done for you:
and give thanks to God with full voice.

Praise the Lord of righteousness:
and exalt the ruler of the ages. Tobit 13:1, 3, 4,

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

A reading from Romans (8:35-39)

No separation from Christ’s love
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am
convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things
to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Song of the Church

We praise you O God, we acclaim you as the Lord.
All creation worships you:
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven:
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise,
‘Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:
heaven and earth are full of your glory.’
The glorious company of apostles praise you:
the noble fellowship of prophets praise you,
the white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship:
and the Holy Spirit, our advocate and guide.
You Christ are the king of glory:
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became incarnate to set us free:
you humbly accepted the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death:
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory:
we believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then Lord and help your people:
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

A reading from John (5:1-9a) The healing at the pool

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which
has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed, waiting for the
stirring of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool,
and stirred up the water; whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made
well from whatever disease that person had. One man was there who had been ill for
thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Now that day was a sabbath.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

A Reflection: ‘Tobit’s story – and Our story’

Hymn: Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the God that healeth thee.

In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.


Make your ways known upon earth, O God,
your saving power among all peoples.

Renew your Church in holiness,
and help us to serve you with joy.

Guide the leaders of this and every nation,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.

Let not the needy, O God, be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Make us instruments of your peace,
and let your glory be over all the earth.

We pray for the Church of God, and especially for those who serve us as bishops, priests,
and deacons: for Andrew our bishop, for Alister, David, Lynette, Margaret, and Jan, and
all who serve in the ordained ministry. For those in this diocese who are preparing for
ordination: Deacon Keith Fischer, Paul Leighton, and Sue Matthews. And for all the
baptised in their different vocations and ministries…


Gracious God may your Spirit strengthen us as we minister in your world. Equip us to be
messengers of the good news of your healing and transforming love.
God of love
grant our prayer

We pray for those who influence the affairs of the nations…


God of truth and justice, guide with your wisdom those who govern Aotearoa New
Zealand, and all the nations, that justice and peace may reign for all.

God of love
grant our prayer.

We pray for those whose lives are linked with ours: our families and friends, neighbours,
and work colleagues.…


Loving God, may we serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

God of love
grant our prayer.

We pray for those in need, for the sick, the bereaved, for those who despair, and for all
who are troubled in any way…

We give thanks for all who are instruments of God’s healing:
for the church’s ministry of healing, for the Growing Through Grief Service within
Waiapu, for caregivers, counsellors, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and paramedics…


Compassionate God, bring to wholeness all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. May they
know the power of your healing love.

God of love
grant our prayer.

We pray for those who have died and those who grieve…


God of life, we thank you that not even death can separate us from your love. Give
comfort to those who mourn and bring them peace in their time of loss… And we pray for
those who have died in the faith of Christ, and those whose faith is known to your alone…

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of Raphael and all your angels and saints, we commend
ourselves to you and ask for the grace to serve you faithfully in this life.

Grant that we may walk in your presence:
your love in our hearts,
your truth in our minds,
your strength in our wills;
until, at the end of our journey,
we know the joy of our homecoming
and the welcome of your embrace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect

Loving God,
in you is the well
-spring of life
and the source of all wholeness;
may we who honour Raphael as your angel of healing
be empowered to strengthen, to uphold
and to make whole,
in the name of your Son Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Holy and everliving God,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed;
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service,
and live each day in love to one another and to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.


Te Karakia o Te Atua

Kua akona nei tātou e tō tātou Ariki, ka īnoi tātou

E tō mātou Matua i te rangi
Kia tapu tōu Ingoa.
Kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga.
Kia meatia tāu e pai ai
ki runga ki te whenua,
kia rite anō ki tō te rangi.
Hōmai ki a mātou āianei
he taro mā mātou mō tēnei rā.
Murua ō mātou hara,
Me mātou hoki e muru nei
i ō te hunga e hara ana ki a mātou.
Āua hoki mātou e kawea kia whakawaia;
Engari whakaorangia mātou i te kino:
Nōu hoki te rangatiratanga, te kaha,
me te korōria,
Āke ake ake. Āmine.

Hymn: Ye holy angels bright

Ye holy angels bright,
Who wait at God’s right hand,
Or through the realms of light
Fly at your Lord
’s command,
Assist our song,
For else the theme
Too high doth seem
For mortal tongue.
Ye blessed souls at rest,
Who ran this earthly race
And now, from sin released,
Behold your Saviour’s face,
God’s praises sound,
As in his sight
With sweet delight
Ye do abound.
Ye saints, who toil below,
Adore your heavenly King,
And onward as ye go
Some joyful anthem sing;
Take what he gives
And praise him still,
Through good or ill,
Who ever lives!
My soul, bear thou thy part,
Triumph in God above:
And with a well-tuned heart
Sing thou the songs of love!
Let all thy days
Till life shall end,
Whate’er he send,
Be filled with praise!

The Dismissal:

God keep us in the fellowship of the saints.
Christ protect us by the ministry of Raphael and all the angels.
The Spirit make us holy in God’s service.
And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with us and remain with us for ever. Amen.

This copyright material for A Service of Morning Prayer is selected from
A New Zealand Prayer Book / He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa, (p35-52) and is used in accordance with regulations.

This service has been prepared by the team at St Matthew’s Church, Hastings,
and it is offered for individual or family use in home “bubbles” during NZ lockdown in Covid-19 Pandemic.

The words of hymns have been included as an optional extra resource for reflection,
but if you wish to sing them, tunes may be found on-line by clicking the link at each hymn.


St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Hastings
Corner King Street & Lyndon Road, Hastings

A worshipping centre within
The Anglican Parish of Greater Hastings

Parish Office Phone: 878-9476 ~ P O Box 824, Hastings 4156
email: ~ website:

Parish Priest-in-Charge:
The Venerable David van Oeveren
ph 06 211 3457 / 021 470 337

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