Sunday 26 March 2017 10am Lent 4 Harvest Thanksgiving

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

Sunday 26 March 2017

 

Harvest Thanksgiving ~ 4th Sunday in Lent

Coming Together as Part of God’s Family

 

Welcome & Notices:

 

Call to Worship: 

Come let us worship God this Harvest Thanksgiving day

We gather celebrating the gifts of land and sea.

Come and worship God of yesterday, today and tomorrow

We gather remembering our forebears, who tilled, planted and developed this province, alongside the people of the land.

Let us thank God for all that has been.

Let us reach out, that the goodness of life may continue to be shared with all God’s people.

 

 

REMEMBER: Daylight Saving ends next Sunday – don’t forget to turn your clocks back!!


Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea after the service. Thanks to Audrey Dunnachie and the Worship committee for leading today’s service.

 

Fireside meets on Tuesday 28th March 7.30pam at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd. All women are very welcome.

 

Wednesday Walkers 29th March: contact Sonya 339 7038 for details.

 

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3.Beverley 384 7814.

 

Can You Help? Our auditor has retired so we need a new person to check the books. If you know of someone, please let Joan Macdonald know.

 

 

Do we need Easter?  The Rev Dr John England will lead three provocative reflections during Holy Week.  Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th April at 7.00pm in the Church Lounge at 43 St Martins Rd.

 

 

 

 

Euthanasia: A Duty to Die?
The Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square, Saturday 1 April, 9.30am to 2.30pm.
A one day seminar on one of the controversial topics of today’s society
BYO Lunch, tea/coffee provided.
Registrations to Jill Short:

admin@theologyhouse.ac.nz

ph: 03 341 3399 by 5 pm 30th  March.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

The Parish Office will not be open on Friday 31st March. Please have any notices for Sunday 2nd April to Anna by 9am WEDNESDAY. Thank You.

 

 

 

Please fill out an information form available at worship or from your elder if you are already, or would like to be part of the St Martin’s congregation.

Forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray or to the church office.

Many thanks to those who have already returned forms!

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Sunday 19 March 2017 10am Lent 3

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

Sunday 19 March 2017

 

Spiritual Practices ~ 3rd Sunday in Lent

Call to Worship: 

Children of God, it’s time to take off your shoes,

Let go of the anxieties and worries, and

Wade with trust into the stream of God’s compassionate grace.

We come to be still for a moment, to gather in holy time and space.

Let the healing waters wash your heart.

Take a deep breath as Love soaks into your soul.

We come to know again that we belong,

We are treasured by God,

Listen to the whispering of God

Let the conversations with God begin

We come with our questions

And with our deep desires

To re-orientate our lives in God.

Time with the Children ~ Gillian Cree

Session Notes

Thank you to everyone who has filled out the Information Form.  This information allows us to update our members roll and ensure other information we record is correct.

Lenten Conversation Groups… three groups are meeting in the congregation and we are enjoying good conversations together.

Midwinter Lunch….everyone is invited to the Cashmere Club on  Sunday 16th July.  Make a note now.

Buildings…. We hope to have the new office open on Wednesday 29th March.   On Sunday 2nd April after worship we will have an explanatory gathering at the church, 43 St Martins Road, to talk through the proposed repair.   Later in April after we have received cost estimates we will hold a congregational meeting to vote on proceeding with repairs.

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 

Harvest Thanksgiving:

NEXT Sunday 26th March. Please bring along donations of dried goods, tinned goods and fresh produce for Waltham Cottage.  Worship Committee.

 

Would you be prepared to read scriptures in church or lead the Prayers for Others? Please contact the Parish Office 332 6192 if you are interested.

 

Wednesday Walkers 22nd March:  Meet 9.30am at location TBC. Ph Janette 332 1240 for details. Coffee at Janette & Cyril’s. All welcome.

 

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3.Beverley 384 7814.

 

Do we need Easter?  The Rev Dr John England will lead three provocative reflections during Holy Week.  Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th April at 7.00pm in the Church Lounge at 43 St Martins Rd.

 

Help….we need a little help to paint the new office at 43 St Martins Rd.  The paint is chosen but walls need to be prepared and painted.  Approx  60 m2 of wall plus ceiling.  It would be helpful to get this done this week.  Talk to Dugald  If you could help.

 

Euthanasia: A Duty to Die?
The Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square, Saturday 1 April, 9.30am to 2.30pm.
A one day seminar on one of the controversial topics of today’s society
BYO Lunch, tea/coffee provided.
Registrations to Jill Short:

admin@theologyhouse.ac.nz

ph: 03 341 3399 by 5 pm 30th  March.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

The Parish Office will not be open on Thursday 23rd March and also Friday 31st March. Please have any notices for Sunday 2nd April to Anna by 9am 29th March. Thank You.

 

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Sunday 12th March 2017 Lent 2

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

Sunday 12 March 2017

{Some of the material for this service comes from the book by Marcus Borg ‘The Heart of Christianity’ (2004) chapter 6 Born Again  – a New Heart. Some of you will recognise the material, following a study from the book that I facilitated some years ago}

 Coming Together as Part of God’s Family

We are not alone. God is with us.

God is with us in the hills and valleys of life

God is with us in each sunrise and sunset.

God as spirit speaks to us through our everyday.

Through the people we meet, be they friends or strangers

Through our busyness or quiet times God is the encouraging spirit in which everything that is, is…

 

Be still, be silent before God – ask nothing, say nothing.

Be still, be silent. Leave space for God to be God.

God loves you. God is there beside you in the stillness, in the silence.

 

Time with the Children ~ Wayne

 

Questions for you to ponder:

Rebirth ~ What do you understand by “being born again”?

There are many ways of expressing what we mean when we speak of ‘rebirth’. Here are some. Which one do you think of when talking about ‘rebirth’?

Reconnect with God

Return Home from Exile

See Again

Receive the Gifts of the Spirit

Centre Your Life in God

Live into a New Way of Being

Dying to Old Self

Let Go of What Keeps You from God

 

Marcus Borg speaks of Four Ways of Born Again Experiences:

A sudden and dramatic moment in your life – a life changing event

A gradual lifetime process that accompanies a deepening trust in God

The shorter rhythms of our lives which may happen several times during a period of major change or transition

The micro-rhythms (each day forgetting then remembering God)

 

Spirituality: becoming conscious of, and intentional about, a deepening relationship with God.

 

 

A Rendition of the Lord’s Prayer by Marcus Borg:

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The City2Surf run is on next Sunday 19th March. This may affect the usual way you travel to Church.

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea after the service. Thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading today’s service.

 Harvest Thanksgiving: Sunday 26th March. Please bring along donations of dried goods, tinned goods and fresh produce for Waltham Cottage.Worship Committee.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 7.30pm at Merchiston.

Would you be prepared to read scriptures in church or lead the Prayers for Others? Please contact the Parish Office 332 6192 if you are interested.

Wednesday Walkers 15th March: Carpool 8.45am to meet at New World Rangiora carpark in Good St. Queries: Sonya 027 2533397

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3.Beverley 384 7814. Crafty Crafters’ bus trip to Oxford, Thursday 23rd March.Still some space on the bus! Bring a friend and enjoy a day out  in North Canterbury.Cost $15 – please phone Beverley 384 7814 to book.

Please fill out an information form available at worship or from your elder if you are already, or would like to be part of the St Martin’s congregation.  Forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray or to the church office.Many thanks to those who have already returned forms!

Euthanasia: A Duty to Die? The Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square, Saturday 1 April, 9.30am to 2.30pm. A one day seminar on one of the controversial topics of today’s society, Co-hosted by the Transitional Cathedral and Theology House, Chaired by Bishop Victoria Matthews and with speakers from both sides of the debate: Bishop Jim White (Assistant Bishop of Auckland), Dr Jack Havill (Immediate Past President of Voluntary Euthanasia Society (End of Life Choice), Renée Joubert (Executive Officer, Euthanasia-Free NZ), Rev Dr Graham O’Brien (Co-Chair InterChurch Bioethics Council). BYO Lunch, tea/coffee provided. Registrations to Jill Short:admin@theologyhouse.ac.nz  ph: 03 341 3399 by 5 pm 30th  March.

 

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Sunday 5th March 2017 10am Lent 1

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

Sunday 5 March 2017

Be compassionate as God is compassionate

Coming Together as Part of God’s Family

Welcome and Notices:

 Call to Worship: 

We meet in the name of God

Creator of the universe

Journey sharing God

Who dreams of a new earth

God is here with us

Let us worship God.

 

Listening to a Word from God

A word for the young: Gillian Cree

 

Readings:     Luke 6:36: Be compassionate just as your father is   compassionate                                          Sue Saunders

Luke 10:25-37 Which one showed compassion?

 

Address:       Compassion

 

Harvest Thanksgiving: Sunday 26th March. Please bring along donations of dried goods, tinned goods and fresh produce for Waltham Cottage. Worship Committee.

Would you be prepared to read scriptures in church or lead the Prayers for Others? Please contact the Parish Office 332 6192 if you are interested.

Wednesday Walkers 8th March: Meet 9.30am  at the corner of Breens & Harewood Rds. Sturdy shoes are advised! Coffee at Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe, 409 Harewood Rd. All are welcome. Marilyn & Keith 338 2453.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3.Beverley 384 7814.

Please fill out an information form… We want to update our rolls and contact details.Please fill in a single page information form available at worship or from your elder if you are already, or would like to be part of the St Martin’s congregation.

Information forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray (Session Clerk), or to the church office (shortly to be relocated to 43 St Martins Rd).

 

Lease of Manse…We are looking for new tenants for the Manse.

If you know of someone wanting to rent please contact a member of the Board of Managers.

 

Public Meeting with Marama Davidson Green MP talking about her experience on the Women’s Boat to Gaza and arrest by Israeli Army. TOMORROW 7.15pm at WEA, Gloucester Street. All Welcome.

 

Public Meeting: Defend and Protect State Housing in Christchurch.  Transitional Cathedral 7pm Thursday 9th March. Organised by Housing Action Canterbury. Go to www.hac.kiwi  for  further details.

 

An Invitation from the Crafty Crafters Group:

We are going on a bus trip to Oxford on Thursday 23rd March.

There is space on the bus if any parishioners would like to join us. Bring a friend and enjoy a day out in North Canterbury.

Cost $15 – please phone Beverley 384 7814 to book.

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Sunday 26th February 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

Sunday 26

February

2017

 Coming Together as Part of God’s Family

If God is in Control Then Why…?

An Invitation from the Crafty Crafters Group:

We are going on a bus trip to Oxford on Thursday 23rd March.

There is space on the bus if any parishioners would like to join us. Bring a friend and enjoy a day out in North Canterbury.

Cost $15 – please phone Beverley 384 7814 to book.


 

 

Name Tags… Session asks that everyone wears a name tag at worship please. If you need a new name tag please see Sonya.

 

Lenten Conversations…

During Lent there is an opportunity to gather with others to grow in our connection with God and one another.

We have three groups meeting beginning this week on Monday night (7.30pm at Janet &  Dugald’s home), Tuesday morning (10.00am at Janet & Dugald’s home), and Wednesday afternoon  (1.30pm at Jeannette & David’s home).

There is still a space on Tuesday morning but the other groups are full.

 

Fireside will meet at the home of Lyn Steele on Tuesday 28th  February at 7.30pm.  Please come along with your ideas for fundraising and a copy of your favourite recipe. All women are very welcome. Allison 332 0554.

 

Wednesday Walkers 1st March: Meet 9.30am  at the corner of Cashmere & Valley Roads. Coffee at Zeroes Cafe. All are welcome. Joan 338 8700.

 

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3.Beverley 384 7814.

 

Please fill out an information form… We want to update our rolls and contact details.

Please fill in a single page information form available at worship or from your elder if you are already, or would like to be part of the St Martin’s congregation.

Information forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray (Session Clerk), or to the church office (shortly to be relocated to 43 St Martins Rd).

 

World Day of Prayer Service 10am Friday 3rd March Linwood Baptist Church, 570 Worcester St. All welcome.

 

Lease of Manse…We are looking for new tenants for the Manse.

If you know of someone wanting to rent please contact a member of the Board of Managers.

 

Steve & Ainsley Apirana and Friends in Concert Saturday 4th March 7.30pm at Opawa Community Church, cnr Opawa Rd & Aynsley Tce. Entry by koha. All welcome. For details, contact Jim Doak 021 524 844.

 

New Readers’ Roster available today – please check to see if there is one for you. Anna.

 

Public Meeting with Marama Davidson Green MP talking about her experience on the Women’s Boat to Gaza and arrest by Israeli Army. Monday 6th March 7.15pm at WEA, Gloucester Street. All Welcome.

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