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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