Monthly Archives: November 2011

Christian World Service Christmas Appeal

This year is CWS’s 66th Christmas Appeal. CWS provides help where it is needed – regardless of race or religion – by

  • Funding groups tackling poverty and helping people build decent livelihoods in their own communities
  • Responding to humanitarian emergencies
  • Raising awareness of development issues within Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Campaigning against the causes of global poverty and injustice.

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Advent Sunday 2011

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Leader: A letter from a saint. (based on 1 Corinthians 1:3–9)
My sisters and brothers in Christ… to unfold in your lives.
Voice 1: We wait?
Voice 2: Yes, we wait.
Voice 1: What are we waiting for?
All: We wait for a world filled with God’s love.
Voice 2: We are longing.
Voice 1: Longing?
Voice 2: Yes, longing.
All: Hoping with trust in God that Love will reign in the world…

HYMN: 200 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
WELCOME & NOTICES

ADVENT CANDLE-LIGHTING:
Leader: Advent is a season of waiting… the candle of hope.
Voice 2: We wait… to bring the change for which we long.

First Advent Candle lit

Voice 1: As we light the candle of hope… born, anew, in us.

SUNG RESPONSE: A Candle is Burning (Tune: Away in a Manger)
A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright,
a candle of hope in December’s dark night.
While angels sing blessings from heaven’s starry sky,
our hearts we prepare now for Jesus is nigh. © Sandra Dean (VU)

CONFESSION AND WORDS OF ASSURANCE

CHRISTIAN WORLD SERVICE

HYMN: 669 I Am the Light of the World

READINGS: Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19 Joan
Isaiah 64:1–9¬ John
The story of Isaiah 64:1–9¬ invites the listener to imagine a potter holding, moulding, and shaping clay.

REFLECTION: High Hopes

A TIME OF QUIET

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe in God the Creator who created and is creating;
who goes on bringing to birth new things beyond our imagining.
We believe in Jesus Christ who entered our journey
as a fragile babe, who experienced all our living
and gave his life for us; who can still be discovered in our midst.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who calls us on into all truth
in light beyond our seeing,
who stirs within our being new possibilities,
who draws us onward into the very life of God.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
During the prayer candles will be lit. After each candle is lit,
you are invited to join in the response:
We wait, watching for a way we can shine the light
of your hope in the world.

OFFERING:
In this season of waiting and lighting candles, loving God,
we offer these gifts of money, of creation, of wondering,
and we offer ourselves as bearers of the light of your hope
in the world. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

HYMN: Where is the Room
Where is the room,
where is the house of Christmas?
Where shall we welcome Jesus,
where are the signs of home?
Where are the signs of home?
Let Christ have space,
place at the heart of living,
centre for birth’s new breathing,
cradle for hope and peace,
cradle for hope and peace.

Let there be room,
room for the friend and stranger,
room without hurt or anger,
room for whoever come,
room for whoever come.

Let love be here,
love from the Christmas stable,
love at our open table,
love to be shared all year,
love to be shared all year.

A GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR ADVENT
May God be with you and also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
We praise you, Eternal God… your people down through the ages; saying: Holy, holy, holy God of power and might;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed is he who comes in your name.
Hosanna in the highest. [pause]
Holy are you; blessed is your Son, Jesus Christ
who, long ago came in the humble birth of a child,
a child of your amazing love, a child of Mary’s ‘yes’ to you,
a child of Joseph’s acceptance.
The child of our salvation…

COMMUNION & PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN: 109 Tell Out My Soul

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. There will also be a Christmas Cake stall run by the Fireside Group.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 30th November ~ Richmond: Meet 9.30am in London St just off Stanmore Rd. Coffee at Ma & Pa’s. June 332 8874.

NEWSLETTER: It’s been some time coming, but the Christmas Newsletter will be distributed by your Elders after the service on Dec 4. If your Elder isn’t at Church that day, please ask Lyn or Madg. Remaining newsletters will be delivered.

ROSTERS FOR 2012: We are still looking for more names to add to our rosters for 2012. This is for serving morning tea after worship, church cleaning and flowers. If you can help, please contact Joan 338 8700 or Allison 332 0554.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in!
CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. All are welcome. For details, please contact Beverley 942 7821.
FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 15th December – please book through the Parish Office 332 6192.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS for Waltham Community Cottage: Once again, we will be collecting gifts for the Cottage. Gifts for men, women, teenagers, boys and girls are required and can be brought to Church and placed under the Tree today, and the 4th & 11th of December. Thank you for your support.

Marmalade for Missions: please support this fundraiser.

Extra copies of the December & January Services brochure are available in the foyer for you to give away to friends and neighbours.

UPDATED PARISH PHONE LISTS are now available. Please contact the Office if you would like a copy.

BIRTHDAYS this week: Sun 27th Tony; Mon 28th Martin; Wed 30th Judith.

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Sunday 20 November 2011

WELCOME & NOTICES
? Session Report

CALL TO WORSHIP
You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord,
according to Your word;
Teach me good judgment and knowledge
for I believe in Your commandments,
Before I was humbled I went astray
but now I keep Your commandments.
You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.

HYMN: Now let God’s people, let God’s Israel
Now let God’s people, let God’s Israel
witness the truth and gratefully proclaim:
when evil folk against us made their claim,
we would have drowned beneath their violent tide
if God the Lord had not been on our side.

If God the Lord had not been on our side,
and thus maintained the justice of our cause,
we would have died, devoured by evil jaws,
where kindled anger lusted after blood
while vicious torrents raged beneath the flood.

Blest be the Lord both now and evermore
who did not grieve us on the evil day,
who did not leave us as an easy prey
destined to be so mercilessly torn
by savage teeth and unrelenting scorn.
Just as a bird escapes the fowler’s snare,
we leave our broken trap and are set free.
Now we are saved and now, as one, agree
our help is in the name of God our Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth, eternal Word.
©John L Bell (CH4)

PRAYERS OF ADORATION, CONFESSION & SUPPLICATION

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us to day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the test, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours in the kingdom, power and glory for ever.
Amen.

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)

READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE
2 Timothy 3: 10-17 Aubrey
Luke 2: 41-46 Judith

SERMON: Celebrating the Authorized Version: 1611 – 2011

HYMN: WOV 105 The great love of God

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

THE PEACE

OFFERING

HYMN: Songbook 46 This is God’s House

BLESSING & THREE-FOLD AMEN (sung).

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.

An Advent & Christmas Services brochure is included with your Order of Service today for you to give away. Extra copies are available in the foyer.
The NZ Church Life Survey – if you didn’t fill this in last week, please do so today after the service. Completed forms are to be placed in the box in the foyer. Thank you.

NEXT SUNDAY 27th November is Advent Sunday and we will be celebrating Communion.
There will also be a Christmas Cake stall run by the Fireside Group.

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

Marmalade for Missions: please support this fundraiser.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 23rd November – meet 9.30am in Smith St outside Portstone, We will be walking around the Edmonds Gardens. Coffee at Portstone Café. All welcome. Judith 332 1577.

CARING & SHARING meets on Wednesday 23rd November at 2pm in the Church. The Orchestra will be performing. All are welcome. Margaret 324 3825.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 15th December – please book through the Parish Office 332 6192.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS for Waltham Community Cottage: Once again, we will be collecting gifts for the Cottage. Gifts for men, women, teenagers, boys and girls are required and can be brought to Church and placed under the Tree on 27th November, 4th & 11th December. Thank you for your support.

MORE HELPERS are still required for the duty rosters please!!

BIRTHDAYS this week: Thu 24th Deirdre; Fri 25th Aescleah; Sat 26th Pat

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Sunday Nov 13 2011

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We have encountered the Word, calling us into communion with God and with one another;
calling us into discipleship to use our gifts to carry on
Christ’s work in our world.
So we come together here, joining hearts and hands in the great quest:
to worship God, to love one another, and to serve God’s world.

HYMN: 11 Let us With a Gladsome Mind

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: Take My Life, Lord, Let it Be (Tune: Nottingham)
Take my life, Lord, let it be
consecrated, glad and free;
take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
at the impulse of your love;
take my feet, that I may run
bearing news of Christ your Son.

Take my voice, and let me sing
always, only, for my King;
take my intellect and use
every power as you shall choose.

Take my will – your will be done,
may my will and yours be one;
take my heart – it is your own,
it shall be your royal throne.

Take my love – my Lord, I pour
at your feet its treasure-store.;
take myself, and I will be
all for you, eternally.

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS
READINGS: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 Gwendoline
Matthew 25: 14-30 Martin
SERMON

A TIME OF QUIET
HYMN: There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
there’s a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty.
There’s no place where human sorrows are more deeply felt than heav’n.
There’s no place where human failings have such kindly judgements giv’n.

For the love of God is broader than the measure of our mind
and the heart of the eternal is most wonderfully kind.
But we make that love too narrow by the limits of our own;
and we magnify God’s strictness with a zeal love will not own.

There is grace enough for thousands of new worlds as great as this;
there is room for fresh creations in that end less world of bliss.
If our love were but more simple we would trust the living Word;
and our lives would fill with gladness in the joy of Christ our Lord.
© Words: Frederick Faber , CA alt Colin Gibson

OFFERING:
O God, you call us to appreciate and to use the talents you equip us with; that combined with our time and resources they may be used for the good of church, wider community and world.
Bless these offerings and us as we seek to serve you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Songbook 24 Take My Gifts
Take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me,
gave me light and food and shelter,
gave me life and set me free.
Now, because your love has touched me,
I have love to give away;
now the bread of love is rising,
loaves of love to multiply!

Take the fruit that I have gathered
from the tree your Spirit sowed,
harvest of your own compassion,
juice that makes the wine of God;
spiced with humour, laced with laughter-
flavour of the Jesus life,
tang of risk and new adventure,
taste and zest beyond belief.

Take whatever I can offer-
gifts that I have yet to find,
skills that I am slow to sharpen,
talents of the hand and mind,
things made beautiful for others
in the place where I must be:
take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me. © Shirley Murray (AA)

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS this week: Mon 14th Berta & Ruby; Wed 16th Olwen; Sat 19th Thomas.

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

The NZ Church Life Survey will be filled out at the end of the service over the next two Sundays. Please place completed forms in the box in the foyer.

Session meets Wednesday 16th November 7.30pm.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 16th November ~ Charleston: Meet 9.30am on the corner of Wilsons Road North & Charles Street for a walk around Charleston. Coffee at church. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. Please help!! We require a person to help us out this Thursday as Audrey has Foot Clinic in the afternoon. We will require another helper on 15th December. Please contact Beverley 942 7821 or text 027 787 5868. ?

ROSTERS FOR 2012
We are looking for more names to add to our rosters for 2012. This is for:
*Serving morning tea after worship
*Church cleaning
*Flowers
If you can help with any/all of these we would be very grateful. The more people we have sharing in this makes it lighter for everyone.
Please contact Joan 338 8700 or Allison 332 0554.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Thursday’s session is fully booked.

City Care has advised us that the sewer mains and lateral connections in Gamblins Rd, St Martins Rd & Wilsons Rd Sth will be replaced over the next 20 weeks. Please be aware that parking near the church during the week may be restricted.

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Sunday Nov 6 2011 – Order of service and news

CALL TO WORSHIP – from the back of the church
Our worship on this Sunday following All Saint’s Day gives us opportunity to celebrate and remember those in our community who have gone before us.
Their presence in our community has contributed and shaped
our work, and life, character, and story.
We remember those whose faithful lives proclaimed  the gospel
of Jesus Christ in words loud and soft, in actions great and small.
We gather before  God, and remember the saints who have told the stories of God’s people, who  witnessed to their faith
in times past.

HYMN:  Ours is a Singing Faith   (Tune:  WOV 163 Diademata)
Ours is a singing faith!
Now here the hymns we raise.
Resounding, strong, the years a long
and echoing our praise.
Ours is a singing faith!
In confidence we sing:
Creation’s throne is God’s alone,
so joyous voices ring.

Ours is a singing faith!
Through all the ebb and flow
of youth and age, on history’s page
we see saints come and go.
Ours is a singing faith!
The melody rolls on,
sustained by those whose voices rose
in praise in times long gone.

Ours is a singing faith!
All thanks to God be sung
by people here both far and near
in every land and tongue.
Ours is a singing faith!
Let psalms and anthems rise
from sun and moon and stars in tune
till music fills the skies!              ©Jane Parker Huber (ASF)

OPENING PRAYERS  and  THE LORD’S PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: He’s got the whole world in his hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands,?He’s got the whole world in His hands,?He’s got the whole world in His hands,?He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,?He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,?He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,?He’s got the whole world in His hands.??He’s got the rivers and the mountains in His hands,?He’s got the oceans and the seas in His hands,?He’s got you and he’s got me in His hands,?He’s got the whole world in His hands.??He’s got everybody here in His hands,?He’s got everybody there in His hands,?He’s got everybody everywhere in His hands,?He’s got the whole world in His hands.               (author unknown)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS:  Revelation 7: 9-17            Bob  Cathro
From  Matthew 5  (The Message)    Joan Scott

SERMON:  Wounded Healers

A TIME OF QUIET

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  – together
We believe in God who created and who goes on creating in us.
We believe that God so loved the world that he came to us
in Jesus Christ, living  life with us, preaching, teaching and healing.
We believe that God remains with us through the Spirit,
to be our strength and guide.
We believe that God has called his people  through the ages to be peacemakers,  to hunger and thirst for what is right, and to show mercy to others.
Along with the people of God around the world, and in company with the other churches in this city, we name ourselves
as those called to do the task in this time and this place.
We too have heard the call of Christ to follow in the way of the cross.
In faith we lay down our fear, our weakness and our lack of worth,
and announce  again,  with those who have gone before us,
the Good News of God’s love for us in  Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

OFFERING
God of us all, you love us and give us so much.
We pray that our daily giving and receiving, may be like this offertory, not tired habit or empty duty alone, but prompted and steered
by celebration of your love shown in Jesus. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE  PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION  & THE PEACE

COMMUNION HYMN:  656  Take our Bread

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
God be with you.  And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to God.
Let us give thanks to God.  It is good to give God thanks and praise.
It is always good … have joined together to praise you saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of  power and might;
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in your name,
Hosanna in the highest…

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
God you feed us that we might go out from here to be
your people in the world.  Strengthen and empower us.
Bless us and send us into the world you love; the world that needs your love and your healing, transforming power.
May we be bearers of  your love;  awed but not overwhelmed by the task you call us to,  in the name of Christ.  Amen.

HYMN:  We Shall Go Out With Hope           (Tune: Londonderry Air)
We shall go out with hope of resurrection;
we shall go out, from strength to strength go on,
we shall go out and tell our stories boldly;
tales of a love that will not let us go.
We’ll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted;
we’ll dream our dreams of hurts that can be healed;
we’ll weave a cloth of all the world united
within the vision of a Christ who sets us free.

We’ll give a voice to those who have not spoken,
we’ll find the words for those whose lips are sealed;
we’ll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,
expressing love alive in every heart.
We’ll share God’s  care  with those who still are weeping,
raise  hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief,
we’ll leap and dance the resurrection story,
including all within the circles of our love.
© June Boyce-Tillman (VU)

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.

Thank you to those who helped with last weekend’s Garage Sale. We raised $400, which is a good result.

Marmalade for Missions: please support this fundraiser.

 

NOTICES
The Christchurch APW will meet at St Martins on Wednesday 9th November at 9.45am. This will be our final meeting of the year and we will be entertained by the junior pupils of Hillview Christian School. Please remember to bring your grocery items for the hampers for Pillars. There will be a Sales Table. Look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Allison 332 0554.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 9th November – Ilam Gardens: Meet 9.45am at the bus stop In Ilam Rd opposite carpark by Ngaio Marsh building. This will allow Orbiter travellers to catch 9.12 bus from St Martins and en route. Fern 332 4725.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. Please help!! We require a person to help us out on the days Audrey has Foot Clinic in the afternoon (once every six weeks). Please contact Beverley 942 7821 or text 027 787 5868. ?

ROSTERS FOR 2012
We are looking for more names to add to our rosters for 2012. This is for:
*Serving morning tea after worship
*Church cleaning
*Flowers
If you can help with any/all of these we would be very grateful. The more people we have sharing in this makes it lighter for everyone.
Please contact Joan 338 8700 or Allison 332 0554.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: the next session on Thursday 17th November is fully booked.

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

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