Monthly Archives: February 2012

Lent 1 Sunday 26 February 2012

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We welcome the Season of Lent – a time to remember and reflect on the wonders of God’s promises:
to remember God’s presence in times of difficulty;
remember God’s covenants;
to remember God’s creation;
remember God’s healing love;
to remember God’s forgiveness.
Come, let us worship the God who has promised to love us through all the turnings and seasons of our lives.

HYMN: Fill Your Hearts with Joy (Tune: Regent Square)
Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
sing and praise your God and mine!
Great the Lord in love and wisdom,
might and majesty divine!
He who framed the starry heavens
knows and names them as they shine.

Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
wounded souls his comfort know;
those who fear him find his mercies,
peace for pain and joy for woe;
humble hearts are high exalted,
human pride and power laid low.

Praise the Lord for times and season,
cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;
spring to melt the snows of winter
till the waters flow again;
grass upon the mountain pastures,
golden valleys thick with grain.

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
peace and plenty crown your days;
love his laws, declare his judgements,
walk in all his words and ways;
he the Lord and we his children –
praise the Lord, all people, praise! © Timothy Dudley-Smith (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Alice Shanks

SONG: Songbook 24 Take My Gifts

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Genesis 9: 8-17 Bernie Brettell
Mark 1: 9-15 Jenny Brettell

SERMON: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

A TIME OF QUIET

OFFERING
God of eternal love, we begin this Lenten journey ever mindful of all that you have done for us, and we re-dedicate ourselves to travel
with Jesus, to remember your promises, and to spread the good news of your never-ending, unconditional love for all people.
Accept these gifts, and accept our promise, to love, serve, and follow, in Christ’s name. Amen.

HYMN: Bless Now, O God, the Journey (Tune: Thornbury)
Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make,
the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take.
The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round,
then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.

Bless sojourners and pilgrims who share this winding way,
whose hope burns through the terrors, whose love sustains the day.
We yearn for holy freedom while often we are bound.
Together we are seeking the road where faith is found.

Divine Eternal Lover, you meet us on the road.
We wait for lands of promise where milk and honey flow.
But waiting not for places, you meet us all around.
Our covenant is written on roads, as faith is found. © GIA Publications
(VU)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: 480 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go

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.

NEIGHBOURHOOD BBQ TONIGHT 5.00 – 7.00pm. Everything provided. Just bring your neighbours! Enquiries to Sonya please 339 7038.

Next Sunday 4th March the congregation of St George’s/Iona will be joining us. Please could you all bring a plate for morning tea on this day. Thanks. Worship Committee.?

Women are invited to come to a casual meeting of the Fireside group at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th February in the church lounge. There will be no programme but we hope for a pleasant evening catching up on each others’ activities during the past three months. Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936 please.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March 10am at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, Opawa Rd (please enter off Vincent Pl). This year’s service has been prepared by the women of Malaysia. All are welcome.
CUPPA & CHAT Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th February ~ meet 9.30am by the bridge to the kiosk in the Gardens (from carpark entrance at Armagh St). See some of the Festival of Flowers exhibits. Coffee venue TBC! June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am until 12 noon. Newcomers welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: The next session is on Thursday 29th March. Please book through the Parish Office. Queries to Lyndsey 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS ~ please support this fundraiser!

An Invitation is extended to all from St Martins, St James & Hoon Hay to join Cashmere Hills for a picnic on Sunday 11th March, Halswell Quarry 12 noon until 3pm. The booked site is the Lions picnic area – enter from Kennedys Bush Rd. The site will be labelled. Bring your picnic lunch, a chair, hat and sunnies! All Welcome.

Recipes for zucchini – please collect a leaflet from the foyer if you are interested. Apologies from Lyn for inadvertently omitting this from the Messenger.

GARAGE SALE Saturday 10th March. If you can help, please let Warren know 337 1448. Items for sale can be brought to the church from the 5th March.

COMMUNITY BBQ Saturday 3rd March 1-3pm at St Martins School. Sausages provided. Bring along a picnic, games, balls and get ready for a day full of fun. If wet, on 4th March. See noticeboard for details.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 27th Elizabeth; Fri 2nd Marilyn.

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Sunday 19th February 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Board of Managers and Fair Committee Reports

THE GATHERING
To make an act of worship, we bring ourselves:
perhaps a little tired; perhaps a little pre-occupied;
expecting much, expecting little.
And we bring our thoughts: some thankful and joyful;
some worried and anxious; some trivial, some deep.
And we bring our words: the unexceptional language of everyday;
the complex language of belief;
the expressions of faith and doubt, of fear and hope.
All the ordinariness of our daily lives
we bring to this act of worship;
that with Christ we might climb
towards the mountain top to meet God
and find our human offerings transfigured
by the glory of his divine love.

HYMN: God Whose Love is Everywhere
God whose love is everywhere
made our earth and all things fair,
ever keeps them in his care;
praise the God of love!
He who hung the stars in space
holds the spinning world in place;
praise the God of love!

Come with thankfulness to sing
of the gifts the seasons bring,
summer, winter, autumn, spring;
praise the God of love!
He who gave us breath and birth
gives us all the fruitful earth;
praise the God of love!

See the sign of love appear,
flame of glory, bright and clear,
light for all the world is here;
praise the God of love!
Gloom and darkness, get you gone!
Christ the Light of life has shone;
praise the God of love! © Timothy Dudley-Smith

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton
SONG: Songbook 20 With a Hoot and a Toot

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS
READINGS: 2 Kings 2: 1-11 Martin Cleland
Mark 9: 2-8 Gwendoline Cleland

SERMON

A TIME OF QUIET

OFFERING

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

HYMN: Will You Come and See the Light (Tune: Kelvingrove)
Will you come and see the light from the stable door?
It is shining newly bright, though it shone before.
It will be your guiding star, it will show you who you are;
will you hide, or decide to meet the light?

Will you step into the light that can free the slave? It will stand for what is right, it will heal and save.
By the pyramids of greed there’s a longing to be freed;
will you hide, or decide to meet the light?

Will you join the hope, a-light in the young girl’s eyes,
of the mighty put to flight by a baby’s cries?
When the lowest and the least are the foremost at the feast, will you hide, or decide to meet the light?

Will you travel by the light of the babe newborn?
In the candle lit at night there’s a gleam of dawn,
and the darkness all about is too dim to put it out:
will you hide, or decide to meet the light? © Hope Publishing (VU)

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Come, Praise The Name Of Jesus (Tune: Morning Light)
Come, praise the name of Jesus
for all his gracious powers,
our only God and Saviour
who makes his goodness ours;
he calls us to his kingdom,
the Lord of life and death,
to see his face in glory
and know him now by faith

We see his shining splendour
in every sunless place
where Christ, the light of nations,
appears in truth and grace.
Transfigured by his likeness
we make the vision known,
reflecting in our faces
the radiance of his own.

The king of grace inspires us
to love him more and more,
to grasp our hope more firmly
and make our calling sure.
Christ Jesus, Lord and Saviour,
to this dark world you came;
and for the dawn of heaven,
we praise your holy name. © Christopher Idle (HFTC)

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.

ASH WEDNESDAY COMMUNION & REMEMBRANCE SERVICE On Wednesday 22nd February at 7pm the Association of Presbyterian Women and the Methodist Women’s Fellowship will be holding an Ash Wednesday Communion Service at St Martin’s. The service is open to everyone in the congregation to attend and will also include a Remembrance for 22/2/11. We look forward to seeing you all at this service. Allison 332 0554.

NEIGHBOURHOOD BBQ: NEXT Sunday 26th February 5.00 – 7.00pm. Everything provided. Just bring your neighbours! Enquiries to Sonya please 339 7038.

CUPPA & CHAT Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 22nd February ~ meet 9.30am in Stourbridge St (by Oderings). Coffee at Oderings after our Spreydon saunter! June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am until 12 noon. Newcomers welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: The next session is on Thursday 29th March. Please book through the Parish Office. Queries to Lyndsey 388 1264.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March 10am at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, Opawa Rd (please enter off Vincent Pl). This year’s service has been prepared by the women of Malaysia. All are welcome.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS ~ please support this fundraiser!

An Invitation is extended to all from St Martins, St James & Hoon Hay to join Cashmere Hills for a picnic on Sunday 11th March, Halswell Quarry at midday. The booked site is the Lions picnic area – enter from Kennedys Bush Rd. The site will be labelled. All Welcome.

On Sunday 4th March the congregation of St George’s/Iona will be joining us. Please could you all bring a plate for morning tea on this day. Thanks. Worship Committee.

Recipes for zucchini – please collect a leaflet from the foyer if you are interested. Apologies from Lyn for inadvertently omitting this from the Messenger.

PLEASE NOTE: Bruce & Beverley’s phone number is 332 7786. Please update your lists.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 22nd Lindsay, Ross; Thu 23rd Bessie; Sat 25th Bill.

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Sunday 12 February 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Session report ~ Wayne Barton

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We come seeking God’s grace, that we may become healthy and whole.
As Jesus Christ has shared the life of the earth,
through Christ we may share the life of God,
in growing maturity, justice and love.
In awe, faith, and thanksgiving, we rejoice in God’s presence
and share God’s life!

HYMN: Great Creator God, You Call Us (Tune: Regent Square)
Great Creator God, you call us
through the church to do your will.
Stewards of both past and promise,
may we each our work fulfil,
building up in faith and nurture
Christ’s own mission, lively still.

Out of all our varied stories
may we weave a single tale,
here confessing sin and discord,
times we stumble, times we fail.
Yet forgiven, cleansed, refashioned,
in Christ’s strength shall we prevail.

Christ still calls to peace and justice,
health and wholeness, love and grace.
We are partners in that mission
for this time and in this place.
O God, grant us sense and courage
in the daily tasks we face.

Without vision, people perish,
without challenge, drift and die.
Give us then the tools of daring
and the clarity of eye
for creating in the present
visions far and wide and high. © JP Huber (ASF)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN Wayne Barton

A “NEW YEAR” PRAYER
God, we pray this day for our children and young people and all who care for them and nurture them. As the new year opens out in school, church and community, we give thanks for them in all their diversity and uniqueness; we give thanks for them as a sign of hope – hope in the present and in the future.
Bless them, and bless leaders and all involved in the work of Christian Education in our Parish.
As we recall the work of the year past, we pray that 2012 may be a year of new opportunity, achievement, joy and fulfilment; in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

SONG: Songbook 2 Christians Are All Kinds of People

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: 2 Kings 5: 1-14 Audrey Dunnachie
Mark 1: 40-45 Bob Kayes

SERMON: God in the Surprising & Unexpected

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Songbook 10 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

OFFERING
God, we bring this offering as an act of commitment;
as a pledge that our discipleship is for real.
Receive our offerings and bless them,
that these gifts might grow ministry and mission
within this church family and the wider world.
O God, enable us to know the Source and the Love
that makes all things possible. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Songbook 47 That Christ May be Known

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 19th February: Pancake Sunday – there will be pancake races and yummy pikelets and cream for morning tea.

CUPPA & CHAT Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 15th February ~ meet 9.30am on corner of Somerfield & Strickland Streets for a walk around Somerfield, followed by coffee at Savoire in Colombo St. Allison 332 0554.

BOARD OF MANAGERS meets Wednesday 15th February at 7.30pm.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am until 12 noon. Newcomers welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: The next session on this Thursday is fully booked. For more information about the clinic, please contact Lyndsey 388 1264.

NEIGHBOURHOOD BBQ Sunday 26th February 5.00 – 7.00pm. Everything provided. Enquiries to Sonya please 339 7038.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS ~ please support this fundraiser!

SENIORS’ DAY TRIP Archer is running its next day trip for Seniors on Thursday 16th February. We are travelling to a farm near Springfield, and having a farm tour and shearing exhibition.
After lunch there is an optional jet boat ride up the Waimak Canyon, where there are historic sites to view and you can look at where the Coast to Coast competition takes place.
Archer tour of $45 includes travel, farm tour and exhibition, morning tea, BBQ lunch. The optional jet boat ride is discounted to $40 (normally $90!). For inquiries and bookings, please contact Archer on 943-6006.

ASH WEDNESDAY COMMUNION & REMEMBRANCE SERVICE On Wednesday 22nd February at 7pm the Association of Presbyterian Women and the Methodist Women’s Fellowship will be holding an Ash Wednesday Communion Service at St Martin’s. The service is open to everyone in the congregation to attend and will also include a Remembrance for 22/2/11. We look forward to seeing you all at this service. Allison 332 0554.

A LENTEN STUDY is planned for four weeks in March, based on the film The King’s Speech. The studies will be held in the evening, probably Thursdays (8, 15, 22 & 29). If you are interested, please sign the clipboard in the foyer. Chris Elliot.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March 10am at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, Opawa Rd. Details to follow.

An Invitation is extended to all from St Martins, St James & Hoon Hay to join Cashmere Hills for a picnic on Sunday 11th March, Halswell Quarry at midday. The booked site is the Lions picnic area – enter from Kennedys Bush Rd. The site will be labelled. All Welcome.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 13th Margot; Wed 15th Alexandria, Beryl; Fri 17th Joan, Peter.

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Sunday 5 February 2012

CALL TO WORSHIP (from the back of the church)
We have come to praise God, who has done wonderful things among us.
In Jesus, the Christ, God has shown us love, giving light for our darkness, and strength for all our days.
Let us sing praise to God’s name and come before God with open hearts and minds.

HYMN: 28 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (omit verse 4)

OPENING PRAYERS and THE LORD’S PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: Songbook 17 One More Step Along the World I Go

READINGS: Isaiah 40.21-31 Herb
Mark 1.29-39 Lyn

SERMON: The Whole Town at the Door

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING
These are gifts of love that we bring to you, O God:
gifts to grow in compassion, that those who are ill, those who are bereaved will find comfort and the wholeness they need;
gifts to uncover injustice, that the oppressed may be freed and the refugee find a home.
Bless them, that they may be gifts that offer your newness and life,
in the name of Jesus Christ, who was your perfect gift of love. AMEN.

A PRAYER FOR WAITANGI WEEKEND

INVITATION TO COMMUNION and THE PEACE

COMMUNION HYMN: I Come With Joy (Tune: Kilmarnock, WOV 186)
I come with joy to meet my Lord,
forgiven, loved, and free,
in awe and wonder to recall
his life laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread and bids us share
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

And thus with joy we meet our Lord,
his presence, always near,
is in such friendship better known:
we see, and praise him here.

Together met, together bound,
we’ll go our different ways,
and as his people in the world
we’ll live and speak his praise. © Hope Publishing (TIS)

A GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
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 our thanks and praise.

From the rising of the sun … your people past as well as present saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, 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….

COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION
Generous giver of life, you supply us with all good things.
May this bread and wine be the nourishment we seek, and may it transform us into disciples who serve your creation and your people.
in Christ’s name. AMEN.

HYMN: God Who Carved This Timeless Landscape
God who carved this timeless landscape, (Tune:Hyfrydol WOV 148)
Snow-clad ridge to valley plain,
power of surging race and river,
limestone crag and scarred terrain;
Maker still of earth, fire, water,
artistry of sight and sound,
Southern lights and sunset splendour,
raise our eyes and you are found.

Calendar of nature’s balance,
rhythms of the farming year,
shearing, milking, ploughing, pruning,
Manger setting ever near!
Lonely struggles in the byways,
nor’west dust or snow and flood,
fellowship of tears and laughter:
Lord, with you, we’re understood.

Giving thanks for those before us,
village life and tussock track,
as we turn to face the future,
history’s wind upon our back;
scattered are our congregations,
each now shares in ministry,
bonding strength of work together:
spirit of community. © Doug Grierson (FFS)

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.

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

CUPPA & CHAT Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 8th February ~ please check the noticeboard in the lounge for details. Judith 332 1577.

APW meets this Wednesday 8th February at St Martin’s 9.45am. The speaker is Linda Cowen, Youth Worker at St Stephen’s Parish for a number of years. There will be a Sales Table and all are welcome. Allison 332 0554.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am until 12 noon. Newcomers welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: The next session on Thursday 16th February is fully booked. For more information about the clinic, please contact Lyndsey 388 1264.

NEIGHBOURHOOD BBQ Sunday 26th February 5.00 – 7.00pm. Please note this date in your diaries. More details soon. Enquiries to Sonya 339 7038.

NEW CONTACT DETAILS for Bruce & Beverley Hudson: their new address is 2-174 Wilsons Rd. Phone 332 7786. Email hudsonba@actrix.co.nz. Please update your phone lists.

THE HALL is out of bounds and no access is permitted at this stage. We are awaiting a detailed engineers’ report and will update the parish when the information is available. John McKean.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 6th Rob; Tue 7th Jean, Kim; Sat 11th William.

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