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Thought For The Week 26 July 2020

Welcome to our services of worship today. It’s a joy to celebrate Communion together at Trinity, the first time since March!

Today is Media Prayer Day, an initiative of the Christian Broadcasting Association inviting us to pray specifically for those who work in our     media. We join with Christians of all denominations to pray for the people of NZ’s   media; producers, directors, presenters, writers, editors, actors, journalists, marketers etc. Our prayer is for God’s wisdom, guidance and blessing to be on all who work in this influential field that shapes the stories we hear and the opinions we hold.

They come in for a fair bit of criticism: “They are always negative or sensational”. “They are too soft on ______________ “(insert name of vilified politician). How often have you heard the claim “this is what the mainstream media refuse to tell you”? And yet, they are ordinary people, just like you and me.

I believe we are blessed in NZ with media that is made up of state funded and privately own outlets who provide (mostly) fair and balanced reporting. Contrast this to a recent story I came across about the Presidential elections in Poland in which the state-run media ran stories about the incumbent that were 97% positive and 3% neutral. It was no surprise that he was returned to office. In an era of ‘fake news’, we need men and women in the media with integrity and freedom to do their jobs. Now more than ever they need our prayers.

At the end of August, we will be holding our AGM and if there is anything you would like to raise at this meeting you are invited to put this to the Parish Clerk and the  Council, who set the agenda can have it included. This is formally called a ‘notice of motion’ and must be submitted to the clerk by Tuesday 4 Aug. Email parishclerk@timarupres.org.nz

Brent

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