Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sunday Oct 30 2011

Celebrating through the groups;
Crafty Crafters & Footcare Clinic

WELCOME & NOTICES

The candle is brought in (please stand)
A candle flickers, Jesus Christ light of the world.
A candle of hope for the world.
If in some way I can be a speck of light
offering hope to the world, I will feel I have
played some part in keeping the flame alive.

HYMN: WOV 669 I am the Light of the World (omit verse 1)

PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

CHILDREN’S SONG: One, Two, Three Alleluia!
One, two, three (clap, clap) alleluia,
One, two, three (clap, clap) alleluia,
One, two, three (clap, clap) alleluia,
Praise to you, our God.

Our God lives with us, alleluia,
making all things new, alleluia,
sharing in our lives, alleluia!
Praise to you, our God.
(boom, boom, boom)

Gifts of love God brings, alleluia,
filling us with joy, alleluia,
peace and goodness too, alleluia!
Praise to you, our God.
(boom, boom, boom)

By our love we show, alleluia,
How we live and grow, alleluia,
Caring for each one, alleluia!
Praise to you, our God.
(boom, boom, boom) ©Cecily Sheehy (AA)

BIBLE READINGS:
God said ‘Let my people go that they might serve me.’
Exodus 8:1 (RSV)

Mark 10: 41-45 The son of God came to serve
Jenny Brettell
John 13: 4-17 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet
Bernie Brettell

HYMN: WOV 561 Kneels at the feet of his friends

Celebrating the call to be servants of God through the groups; Crafty Crafters and Footcare Clinic.

A conversation:

Reflection:

Prayers for other people

The Lord’s Prayer ~ sung (WOV 676)
OFFERING
Loving God, we bring these our offerings to you,
that they may be used in your service both here and far away. May it be that through these gifts your love may be made known.
Amen.

HYMN: Songbook 24 Take My Gifts

BENEDICTION:

COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY:
We go now having committed ourselves anew
in service to the community.
May the light of Christ be our Guide.
If in some way we each can be a speck of light
Offering hope in the world,
We will feel we have played some part
in keeping the flame alive.

As the candle leads us out I invite you to offer the peace of Christ around you.

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to you all as you worship with us this morning. Please stay for a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge after the service,and have a look at the craft sales table.

Issues Group – TONIGHT at the Manse 5.30pm. Bring tea to share. The topic will be Crossing Denominational lines in the Christchurch Re-build. All Welcome.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in!

Marmalade for Missions: please support this fundraiser.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd November – meet 9.30am corner Strickland/Somerfield Streets. Coffee at Savoir in Colombo St. Allison 332 0554.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. All are welcome. Please help us!! We require kitchen hands on a roster basis for 1½ hours only once every six weeks (the days the Foot Clinic is on) to serve tea/coffee and do dishes. The more people who volunteer, the fewer times you would be needed! For details, please contact Beverley 942 7821 or text 027 787 5868.?

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 17th November – please book through the Parish Office 332 6192. Be quick – only a few spaces still available!

Working with Kids – Presbytery Resourcing Event Saturday 5th November 2011 9am – 12.30pm at St Mark’s, Withells Rd, Avonhead. See noticeboard for details.

There are copies of Chris’ study leave report on the table in the foyer. Please sign the notebook if you borrow a copy.

BIRTHDAYS this week: Tue 1st Gillian.

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Sunday 23 October 2011

WELCOME AND NOTICES
The Board of Managers Report

CALL TO WORSHIP:  Based on Psalm 57.9-11
Give thanks to the Lord among the people
Sing praises to him among the nations
For his steadfast love is high as the heavens
And his faithfulness extends to the clouds
May God be honoured above the heavens
May his glory be seen everywhere on earth.

HYMN: 93  God is Love,  Let  Heaven  Adore  Him

OPENING PRAYERS   &  THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG:  Let There Be Peace On Earth
Let there be peace on earth
and let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth,
the peace that was meant to be.
With God our Creator we’re one family.
Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me,
let this be the moment now.
With every step I take,
let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment and live each moment
in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
and let it begin with me.               ©  Jan-Lee Music (NJS)

READINGS:     from  Psalm 91 (Nan Merrill)    Ken Cree
Matthew 22.34-46            Peggy Cree
The Pharisees try to test Jesus by asking him what the most important commandment is. He replies that the first is to love the Lord and the second is to love others. He then asks them a question about the Messiah which they are unable to answer.

SERMON: Will we win?

A TIME OF QUIET
HYMN:  The Game of Life    Tune: Hymn to Joy (WOV 92)
In the game of life before us
we are called to lay aside
all that hinders our team’s progress
all that tempts our selfish pride.
We are called to train for living,
we are called to give our best,
looking ever unto Jesus
as he puts us to the test.

In the game of life before us
it is Jesus who’s the coach,
He has travelled first this journey
it is he who knows the ropes.
For the joy that lay before him
He endured both nails and cross,
till he conquered every hurdle,
making good what had seemed loss.

In the game of life before us
we are players on the field,
while the crowd in life’s arena,
waits to cheer to chant to plead.
What will be the final outcome?
That’s not ours to decide,
how we play is now what matters,
for our team, our Coach, our Guide.          © Norman E Brookes
Based on Hebrews 12

OFFERING:
Gracious God, we offer these gifts, thankful for opportunities to share, learn, and grow.  We offer ourselves, to become like your heart for the world.
Empower us to be instruments of your love, and to be a community
of welcome and compassion for all,  in the name of Jesus.  AMEN.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. ?Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. ?Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. ?Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe

(The International Prayer for Peace)

HYMN: Songbook  27  The Servant Song (1st verse repeated at the end)

THE BLESSING

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to you all as you worship with us this morning. Please stay for a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge after the service.

NEXT SUNDAY 30th October we will be celebrating Community Sunday at our 10am service. There will be a craft sales table after the service.

FIRESIDE: Tuesday 25th October 7.30pm at Joan’s home to see a documentary on Sir Paul Reeves. Supper: Fern & Barbara. Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 26th October – Ilam Gardens: Meet 9.45am at the bus stop In Ilam Rd opposite carpark by Ngaio Marsh building. This will allow Orbiter travelers to catch 9.12 bus from St Martins and en route. June 332 8874.

CARING & SHARING: Wednesday 26th October 2pm in the Lounge. The Scottish Country Dancers will be performing. All Welcome. Margaret 324 3825.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. For details, please contact Beverley 942 7821. Please help us!! We require kitchen hands on a roster basis for 1½ hours only once every six weeks (the days the Foot Clinic is on)  to serve tea/coffee and do dishes.  The more people who volunteer, the fewer times you would be needed! For details, please contact Beverley 942 7821 or text 027 787 5868.?

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 17th November – please book through the Parish Office 332 6192.

Working with Kids – Presbytery Resourcing Event Saturday 5th November 2011 9am – 12.30pm at St Mark’s, Withells Rd, Avonhead. See noticeboard for details.

There are copies of Chris’ study leave report on the table in the foyer. Please sign the notebook if you borrow a copy.

Issues Group – the first meeting will be Sunday 30th October, at the Manse, at 5.30pm. Bring tea to share. The topic that evening will be Crossing Denominational lines in the Christchurch Re-build. All Welcome.

DO YOU HAVE SPARE BEDDING? Sheena Dickson (St George’s/Iona) is having many requests for blankets, pillows, duvets etc from people whose belongings have been ruined by liquefaction in abandoned homes. If you can help, please bring items to Church and put them in the kitchen, and we will deliver them.  Many thanks for your help.

BIRTHDAYS this week: Sun 23rd Lyn; Tue 25th Warren & Jim; Thu 27th Allison & Tony

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16October

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God asks that we come away from the tasks of the week; put aside the demands of the daily round:
to gather for worship, to focus on spiritual things, to reflect and pray and share in the life of this faith community.
God also calls us to grapple with Jesus’ response to the issues
of the wider community, the questions of our day.

HYMN: Songbook 19 Praise With Joy (Tune: Praise My Soul WOV 68)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

PRACTICE FOR ADVENT / CHRISTMAS
Come and join the celebration,
it’s a very special day;
come and share our jubilation,
there’s a new King born today!

See the shepherds
hurry down to Bethlehem,
gaze in wonder
at the Son of God who lay before them. Come and join…

`God is with us’,
round the world the message sing;
he is with us,
`Welcome!’ all the bells on earth are pealing. Come and join …

Wise men journey,
led to worship by a star,
kneel in homage,
bringing precious gifts from lands afar, So, Come and join …
© High-Fye Music Ltd (CH4)
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
their old familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet the words repeat
of peace on earth, good will to all.

I thought how, as the day had come,
the belfries of all Christendom
had rolled along the unbroken song
of peace on earth, good will to all..

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“for hate is strong and mocks the song
of peace on earth, good will to all.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
the wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
with peace on earth, good will to all.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
the world revolved from night to day,
a voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
of peace on earth, good will to all! (Henry Longfellow)

INTRODUCTION AND READINGS: Exodus 33.12-23 Jill Grierson
Matthew 22.15-22 Tony Beasley

SERMON: Give God his due

HYMN: 635 First Set Your Mind on the Kingdom of God

OFFERING:
We do not bring our money alone, O God.
Nor do we offer our time, nor our talents alone, O God.
We bring all three – money, time, and talent, along with gifts of food
that we might have a worthy offering.
God, we pray that you will bless these offerings, that
all will be carefully used in your service, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: God of History – Recent, Ancient (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148ii )
God of history – recent, ancient –
God of every yesterday,
still our God in this day’s moments,
where we go and where we stay:
You have set us in this context,
time, relationship, and place,
hear our praise and glad thanksgiving
for all signs of present grace.

You have called us from division
into unity and hope.
Each and all belong together
in the world’s kaleidoscope.
Help us listen to the voices
daring us to be and do
what you plan for church and people, loving others, praising you.
How are we, then, called to answer
as we work and as we live,
called to justice, called to mission,
learning to receive and give?
Shall we build a bridge of promise?
Tear down walls that split, divide?
Fling wide doorways, open windows?
Let the spirit come inside?

God, you point us t’ward the future
where Christ leads and shows the way.
Here and now, work not yet finished
needs our strength and will today.
Thus we move into tomorrow,
called to live and work and be
reconcilers, pilgrim people,
called by Christ, by Christ set free. ? Jane Parker Huber (ASF)

THE BLESSING
NOTICES
A very warm welcome to you all as you worship with us this morning. Please stay for a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge after the service.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 19th October – Meet 9.30am on the corner of Wilsons Rd North & Charles St for a stroll around Charleston. Coffee to follow at church. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge.
Help!! No excuses please – Crafty Crafters require a kitchen hand for 1½ hours once every six weeks only to serve tea/coffee and do dishes. For details, please contact Beverley 942 7821 or text 027 787 5868.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 17th November – please book through the Parish Office 332 6192.

Working with Kids – Presbytery Resourcing Event Saturday 5th November 2011 9am – 12.30pm at St Mark’s, Withells Rd, Avonhead. See noticeboard for details.

There are copies of Chris’ study leave report on the table in the foyer. Please sign the notebook if you borrow a copy.

Issues Group – the first meeting will be Sunday 30th October, at the Manse, at 5.30pm. Bring tea to share. The topic that evening will be Crossing Denominational lines in the Christchurch Re-build. All Welcome.

DO YOU HAVE SPARE BEDDING? Sheena Dickson (St George’s/Iona) is having many requests for blankets, pillows, duvets etc from people whose belongings have been ruined by liquefaction in abandoned homes. If you can help, please bring items to Church and put them in the kitchen, and we will deliver them. Many thanks for your help.

BIRTHDAYS this week: Tue 18th Barbara; Thu 20th Fern; Sat 22nd Bruce & Lesley.

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Order of Service 9 Oct 2011

A very warm welcome to members of the St Martin’s Indoor Bowling Club. It is lovely to have you with us this morning.

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING: from the Psalm for the day Ps 106: 1-5
Praise the Lord. O give thanks for the Lord is good.
God’s love endures forever. Who can recount your mighty acts, O Lord;
or tell of all your praise?
Blessed are those who act justly: and always do what is right.
Remember me Lord, when you show favour to your people:
and come to me with your saving help.
So that I may see the prosperity of your chosen:
rejoice with the nation’s gladness,
and exult with the people you have made your own.

HYMN: Every New Morning (Tune: Bunessan WOV 91 )
Every new morning
God gives us freely
hearts that are thankful,
strength for the task,
people who love us,
joy in our service,
all we have need of
if we but ask.

God will be with us
in all our thinking,
in all our speaking,
in all we do;
and as we praise him
by all our actions,
he will be with us,
our journey through.

God in the morning,
God in the noontide,
God in the evening,
all through the day;
God is within us,
and all around us,
God goes before us,
all of the way. © Carol Dixon (CH4)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

CHILDREN’S SONG: Songbook 29 I Cannot Come verses 1-3 only

NEWS FROM THE ST MARTIN’S INDOOR BOWLING CLUB

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Philippians 4: 1, & 4-9 Hilary Moore
Luke 14: 15-24 Kelvin Turner

SERMON: Excuses, Excuses
A TIME OF QUIET
HYMN: Songbook 10 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

OFFERING:
The spirit of giving changes, O God, when we are in partnership with you. Our reluctance becomes generosity; our vision of offering widens
to encompass gifts, skills and talents; our focus changes to include needs beyond our community and city.
Transform our giving, loving God, in the way of Jesus,
in whose name we pray. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Be Thou My Vision
Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me save that thou art; thou my best thought in the day or the night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my Wisdom, be thou my true Word; I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord; thou my great Father: thine own I would be; thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise, thou mine inheritance, now and always; thou, and thou only, the first in my heart, High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of Heaven, after victory won, may I reach heaven’s joy, O bright heaven’s sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. (CH4)

THE BLESSING

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to you all as you worship with us this morning. Please stay for a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge after the service.

NEW READERS’ ROSTER – please check to see if there is a copy for you in the foyer.

Marmalade for Missions: please support this fundraiser.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 12th October – Cracroft Walk: meet 9.30am in Ashgrove Tce by the footbridge opposite PMH (between Ferniehurst Rd & Cashmere View). Coffee to follow at church. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. For details, please contact Beverley 942 7821.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 17th November – please book through the Parish Office 332 6192.

There are copies of Chris’ study leave report available to borrow and read – please speak to her if you would like a copy.

GUESS WHO IS COMING TO LUNCH Sunday 9 or 16 October:
Guests will be handed an envelope with directions to their Host’s home at the morning service on the day. Thank you to those who have offered to host a meal. Queries to Sonya 339 7038.

Make sure you have a look at the parish website: www.stmartins.org.nz

Christchurch Quilters Inc 2011 Exhibition: “Rebuilding Stitch by Stitch” 13-16 October 10.30am-4.30pm Hagley Community College Cafeteria. $5 adults, children free.

NZ Community for Christian Meditation Community Afternoon Sunday 16th October 2011 2.00 – 4.30pm at North Avon Baptist Church Lounge. See noticeboard for details or contact Ian Lothian 351 1749.

BIRTHDAYS this week: Thu 13th Jenny; Fri 14th Joan.

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