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Sunday 1st April 2012 Palm Sunday

READING: Mark 11: 1-6 Judith Mackay

THE GATHERING
Reader 1: We join with the crowd that eagerly awaited
the coming of Jesus.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!
Hosanna in the highest!
Reader 2: Fulfilling prophecy, Jesus entered the city
riding humbly on a donkey.
(louder) Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!
Hosanna in the highest!
Reader 3: Jesus’ followers were excited, filled with anticipation.
Yet, within a few short days ,they were scattered, disillusioned,
and frightened, unwilling to follow as far as Christ would have them go.
(softer) Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!
Hosanna in the highest!
Reader 1: We, too, long to join the triumphal procession,
only to find ourselves burdened by the past, fearful of the future,
reluctant to accept the way of the cross.
(softer) Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!
Hosanna in the highest!
Reader 2: Yet this Palm Sunday, we receive palm branches,
a reminder of the welcome offered to Jesus
as he travelled toward the cross.
(louder) Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!
Hosanna in the highest!
Reader 3: Like the crowd in Jerusalem 2000 years ago,
we take our palm branches and greet Jesus, shouting:
(very loud) Blessed is the One who comes in the name of God!
Hosanna in the highest!

HYMN: 250 All Glory, Praise and Honour (omit verse 4)
OPENING PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: Come, Children, Join to Sing (Tune: WOV 162)
Come, children, join to sing: Hallelujah! Amen!
Praise to our Servant King: Hallelujah! Amen!
Let all with heart and voice, saved by God’s gracious choice,
now in this place rejoice: Hallelujah! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high: Hallelujah! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky: Hallelujah! Amen!
Christ calls his people friends, the helpless he defends,
a love that never ends: Hallelujah! Amen! (C/A)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

INTRODUCTION

FILM CLIP: JESUS BEFORE PILATE

READING: Philippians 2: 5-11 Joan Scott

REFLECTION: Which is it? Palm or Passion?

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: 261 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
(omit final verse)
THE OFFERING
Holy God, you come to us in Jesus,
a poor man, riding a donkey;
we thank you for this witness of the power of love,
despite the powers of this world.
We thank you for all who have withstood evil,
who have suffered the jeers, and worse, of the crowds,
who have been tormented, even put to death,
and still refused to use the weapons of hatred.
We thank you for the times we have been able
to let go our defences, give up control,
and live with open hands and hearts.
We bring these offerings with hosannas! and joy in our hearts,
in the name of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Ride On, Ride On (Tune: Winchester New WOV 264)
Ride on, ride on, the time is right:
the roadside crowds scream with delight;
palm branches mark the pilgrim way
where beggars sit and children play.

Ride on, ride on, your critics wait,
intrigue and rumour circulate;
new lies abound in word and jest,
and truth becomes a suspect guest.

Ride on, ride on, while well aware
that those who shout and wave and stare
are mortals who, with common breath,
can crave for life, and lust for death.

Ride on, ride on, though blind with tears,
though dumb to speak and deaf to jeers.
Your path is clear, though few can tell
their garments pave the road to hell.

Ride on, ride on, God’s love demands;
justice and peace lie in your hands.
Evil and angel voices rhyme;
this is the man and this the time. ? John Bell and Graham Maule (CH4)

CLOSING PRAYER

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.

A Congregational Meeting will be held this morning regarding insurance matters. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 4th April: Meet 9.30am outside The Brewery Café, Garlands Rd (eastern end). Rosalie 332 5489.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Seeking volunteers please to train up to cut nails, assist with the footspas and massage. This clinic happens every six weeks. The next session is on Thursday 10th May. Offers of help to Lyndsey please 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS ~ please support this fundraiser!

Pioneers Bible Study Group is seeking more participants. Please contact Bruce or Beverley Hudson 332 7786.

ST MARTINS THEATRE GROUP: Lyn Madgwick is organising a group Monday May 7, 11am to Operatunity’s The Best of British at the La Vida Centre. $30, $27 for a group of 10+, $26 if 20 or more. Have a look at the programme on internet – it includes lunch with the artists.
Much Ado About Nothing: Monday May 21, 6.30 pm, Court. Please let Lyn know by mid-April. $41. l.mck@xtra.co.nz, ph 338 0840.

CELEBRATION OF AUTUMN Sunday 15th April
We would ask that the congregation please bring a tin or a packet for us to stock up the Waltham Community Cottage pantry. This will take the place of our normal Harvest Thanksgiving Service. Worship Committee.

TAX RECEIPTS and new giving envelopes are now available. If you would like to join the envelope scheme please contact Lyn Steele 332 0865. To set up an automatic payment, please contact Joan Macdonald 337 1648.

The new readers’ roster is available – please check for your copy TODAY.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 1st Aileen, Grace; Wed 4th Rosalie; Sat 7th Rosemary

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Holy Week & Easter Services

Holy Week & Easter Services 2012
Mon 2nd, Tue 3rd & Wed 4th April 7.00pm
Holy Week Reflections

Maundy Thursday 5th April 7.00pm
Combined Service at Beckenham Methodist

Good Friday 6th April 10.00am
Combined Service at St Martin’s

Easter Day 8th April 10.00am
Easter Communion followed by morning tea.
(please note that this is instead of Communion on the 1st April)

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Sunday 25 March 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Session Report ~ Fern Wakefield

CALL TO WORSHIP:
The Season of Lent is a time for self-examination:
A time for taking the measure of ourselves against the faithfulness of Jesus, for recognising the challenge to grow to be more than we are, for preparing ourselves to participate in the experience of the Easter event. May our worship this day enable that preparation to continue within us, that the real meaning of Easter may take life in us.

HYMN: 115 Let us sing to the God of Salvation

OPENING PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN Alice Shanks

SONG: Songbook 2 Christians Are All Kinds of People

O.T.READING: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 Hilary Moore

PSALM: From Psalm 51: 1-12 (Nan Merrill)
Have mercy on me … guide my steps on paths of peace.
Teach me, that I may know my weaknesses, the shortcomings that bind me, the unloving ways that separate me from recognising your life in me. For, I keep company with fear, and dwell in the house of ignorance. Yet I was brought forth in love, and love is my birthright
You have placed your truth … but on the aspirations of my heart
Create in me a clean heart, O Gracious God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Enfold me in the arms of Love, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Restore in me the joy of your saving grace,
and encourage me with a new spirit.

HYMN: Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness (remain seated)
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness
calling and free.
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
wind, wind on the sea.
You moved on the waters,
you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains
from the valleys of sleep;
and over the ages you called to each thing,
wake from your slumbers
and rise on your wings.

You swept through the desert,
you stung with the sand,
and you goaded your people
with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded
with their idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets
to open their eyes.

You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence
when the whole world was still;
and down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people
in the rush of the wind.

You call from tomorrow,
you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow
the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions,
our men clear their eyes
with bold new decisions
your people arise. © Jim Manley (NJS)
N.T.READING: John 12: 20-26 Barry Moore

SERMON: Deal, or no deal?

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Songbook 28 Will You Come and Follow Me

OFFERING
Although these are our gifts that we bring for blessing ~
Generous God, they were first your gifts.
With gratitude we return a portion of what we enjoy.
If these gifts bring comfort, if they bring friendship,
if they bring hope, then Jesus’ example will have been followed,
and your name honoured. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE ….
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 the 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 that 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 forever. Amen. © Jim Cotter

HYMN: 478 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

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.

A Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday 1st April following morning worship regarding insurance maters. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.

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

Women are invited to come to an informal meeting of the Fireside group at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th March in the church lounge. “The mother of the bride” will report on THE wedding, and others are welcome to share reminiscences or photos of family weddings. Also there will be planning for next month’s meeting. Enquiries: Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 28th March: Meet 9.30am at Hastings Street entrance of Waltham School for a walk around the area. Coffee at coffee shop in Waltham Rd. Allison 332 0554.

CARING & SHARING meets on Wednesday 28th March at 2pm. Entertainment provided by the Pearly King & Queen. Please contact Margaret 324 3825 if you require transport. All are welcome.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: The next session this Thursday is fully booked. Queries to Lyndsey 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS ~ please support this fundraiser!

READERS are required for Palm Sunday, the Holy Week Reflections and Good Friday. Please sign the clipboard in the foyer if you can help. Chris.

WALTHAM COTTAGE requires two volunteers to assist with a monthly Seniors Group on the 1st Tuesday of each month 2.00-3.30pm at the Cottage. You will need to make sandwiches, assist with transport to and from the meeting and stay for the duration.
Please contact Lyndsey 388 1264 if you are interested.

Pioneers Bible Study Group is seeking more participants. Please contact Bruce or Beverley Hudson 332 7786.

PLEASE NOTE: City Care has advised that the wastewater main replacement work in a section of Wilsons Rd Sth & St Martins Rd is progressing as planned with completion still scheduled for mid-April. The final part of the job will be connecting to a manhole at the intersection of these two roads. While this takes place, they plan to have the roundabout completely controlled by traffic controllers. If you can avoid this intersection at this time, then please find an alternative route. Any questions? Please contact City Care on 0800 632 889.

THE OFFERING – you will be aware that the tax year ends on 31st March. After this date annual receipts will be issued to those of you who contribute through the envelope system or have set up automatic payments to St Martin’s Church. If there is anyone in the congregation who would like to be part of either of these systems for the new tax year, contacts are as follows:
Envelope System Lyn 332 0865
Automatic Payments Joan 337 1648

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 25th Georgia & Oliver; Mon 26th Liam.

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Sunday 18th March 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Presbytery Report

CALL TO WORSHIP:
In this season of Lent we remember Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem.
We follow him. We follow the stories of Mark and John.
We remember the passion of Christ
and we follow, through recommitment
to justice and reconciliation.
We remember our call to listen, to reflect, to pray and to grow.
We follow with open hearts and minds ~ in the Way of Jesus.

HYMN: 65(i) Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty – omit verse 2

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: There’s a Song of Love in My Heart
There’s a song of love in my heart;
love is a gift from Jesus.
There’s a song of love in my heart;
love is a gift from God.
Alleluia! Love in my heart is singing praises.
Alleluia! Love is a gift from God.

There’s a song of peace in my heart;
peace is a gift from Jesus.
There’s a song of peace in my heart;
peace is a gift from God.
Alleluia! Peace in my heart is singing praises.
Alleluia! Peace is a gift from God.

There’s a song of hope in my heart;
hope is a gift from Jesus.
There’s a song of hope in my heart;
hope is a gift from God.
Alleluia! Hope in my heart is singing praises.
Alleluia! Hope is a gift from God.

There’s a song of joy in my heart;
joy is a gift from Jesus.
There’s a song of joy in my heart;
joy is a gift from God.
Alleluia! Joy in my heart is singing praises.
Alleluia! Joy is a gift from God. © Handt Hanson (S of the S)

MISSION MOMENT ~ Lyndsey McKay

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Exodus 20: 1 – 17 Anneke Howie
John 2: 13 – 22 Lindsay Day

SERMON: To Be, or Not to Be

A TIME OF QUIET

OFFERING
For the gospel of new life and on-going challenge,
for the company of supportive friends,
for satisfaction of healthy appetite,
for love which has its source in you,
and for every good gift of the earth,
we give thanks, O God.
Receive these offerings, as a sign of our thankfulness
and of our commitment to serve your will for our world.
AMEN.

HYMN: Lift High The Cross
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his glorious name!

Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout!
If we are silent, even stones cry out.

Jesus, you wept to see our human strife,
teach us compassion for each human life.

Peace was your plea and peace your living theme
let peace be our passport, peace a living dream.

Great is the cost of walking on this road,
to follow and suffer with the Son of God.

Worlds to be born and children yet to be
come, take up this song into eternity. © Shirley Murray (AA)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: 465 All My Hope on God is Founded (Tune: Groeswen)

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.

A Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday 1st April following morning worship regarding insurance maters. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 21st March: Meet 9.30am at Halswell Quarry in the carpark opposite the information site (entrance off Kennedys Bush Rd). Picnic morning tea. June 332 8874.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 21st March 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 Thursday 29th March is fully booked. Queries to Lyndsey 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS ~ please support this fundraiser!

WALTHAM COTTAGE requires two volunteers to assist with a monthly Seniors Group on the 1st Tuesday of each month 2.00-3.30pm at the Cottage. You will need to make sandwiches, assist with transport to and from the meeting and stay for the duration.
Please contact Lyndsey 388 1264 if you are interested.

Pioneers Bible Study Group is seeking more participants. Please contact Bruce or Beverley Hudson 332 7786.

THE OFFERING – you will be aware that the tax year ends on 31st March. After this date annual receipts will be issued to those of you who contribute through the envelope system or have set up automatic payments to St Martin’s Church. If there is anyone in the congregation who would like to be part of either of these systems for the new tax year, contacts are as follows:
Envelope System Lyn Steele 332 0865
Automatic Payments Joan Macdonald 337 1648

ST MARTINS THEATRE GROUP:
Calendar Girls at the Court Theatre: We are looking at the 6.30 session on Thursday April 29. Those on the list so far: John and Deidre, Sue, Joan Mac, Joan S, Lyn and Madg. Cost (seniors) $41. Group of 20 – $39. Please email Lyn at l.mck@xtra.co.nz by Tues 20th if you would like to join this group.
Also, by popular request: (Don’t blame me!) A group will be organised to Menopause, The Musical: CBS Arena May 8. It is very expensive – early bird prices until March 30: tickets from $59.90. Please let me know by Tues 20th if you are interested.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 19th Rosalie; Thu 22nd Audrey; Fri 23rd Eian; Sat 24th Bob, Maurice, Karlene.

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Sunday 11 March 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING:
We feel your welcome, gracious God, in this time of worship.
You welcome us all: young – middle aged – mature in years:
those brimming over with energy
those with responsibilites of family and work
those enjoying retirement and leisure activites
those seeking strength and peace.
You welcome friends and strangers;
those who come from closeby, and those from far away,
those familiar with this gathering place,
those whose roots are elsewhere.
You welcome us all; and so we come,
different people from different places,
seeking to make meaning of our lives and our experience;
seeking you – in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

HYMN: O God, Whom We Praise (Tune: Hanover WOV 67)
O God, whom we praise from morning till night,
your grace fills our days as lustrous as light.
In joy or in sorrow we call on your name,
today and tomorrow, as always the same.

We know without you our living is vain.
You give us a view of life that’s humane,
of growing and learning that never should cease,
of working and yearning for justice and peace.

Our knowledge is frail. Your wisdom is pure.
Our scheming may fail. Your actions are sure.
Our striving can never our full hopes attain,
your truth lasts forever, eternal your reign.

Now fit us for life in this time and place.
Calm all fear and strife and grant us the grace
to stand with our Saviour, proclaiming to all,
by faith and behaviour, response to your call. © J P Huber (ASF)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Cynthia Cross

SONG: Songbook 31 This is the Day

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Introduction
An Affirmation of Faith
We are not alone, We live in God’s world.
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God. AMEN.

The Baptismal Vows
Parents

Baptism

Congregational Vows: (congregation stands)
Will you, as the family and friends of children in our congregation endeavour to support all our children with Christian love and understanding. Yes we will.
Will you surround parents with love, and support them as they seek to provide loving Christian homes in which their children will grow and thrive. Yes we will.

Presentation to the Congregation

Aaronic Blessing WOV 572

A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES

HYMN: Child of Blessing (Tune: Omni Die WOV 5)
Child of blessing, child of promise,
baptized with the Spirit’s sign,
with this water God has sealed you
unto love and grace divine.

Child of love, our love’s expression,
love’s creation, loved indeed!
fresh from God, refresh our spirits,
into joy and laughter lead.

Child of joy, our dearest treasure
God’s you are, from God you came.
Back to God we humbly give you;
live as one who bears Christ’s name.

Child of God, your loving Parent,
learn to listen for God’s call,
grow to laugh and sing and worship,
trust and love God more than all. © Ronald Cole-Turner (AA)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

READING: Psalm 19 (selections) from Leslie Brandt
Barbara Meier

INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL READING

READING: John 3: 1-12 Rob Meier

REFLECTION

HYMN: 451 Lord Jesus Christ

THE OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: There’s a Spirit in the Air (Tune: Monkland WOV 11ii)
There’s a Spirit in the air,
telling Christians everywhere:
“Praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.”

Lose your shyness, find your tongue
tell the world what God has done:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When believers break the bread,
when a hungry child is fed,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.

Still the Spirit gives us light,
seeing wrong and setting right:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When a stranger’s not alone,
where the homeless find a home,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.

May the Spirit fill our praise,
guide our thoughts and change our ways.
God in Christ has come to stay,
live tomorrow’s life today! © Hope Publishing (VU)

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.

We welcome Alana Davies Sankey and her family as they join us for her baptism today. An invitation is extended to all people present to sign the baptismal book.

THANK YOU to everyone who assisted with the Garage Sale yesterday.

Picnic TODAY for all from St Martins, St James, Hoon Hay and Cashmere Hills parishes at 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.

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

APW meets on Wednesday 14th March at 9.45am in our Church. Our speaker will be Randall Law from John Rhind Funeral Directors. There will be a Sales Table, and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Allison 332 0554.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 14th March: Another Spreydon Stroll~ meet in Stourbridge St over the road from the Oderings entrance at 9.30am. Coffee will be at Oderings for anyone who would like to join us for coffee. Judith 332 1577.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: The next session on Thursday 29th March is fully booked. Queries to Lyndsey 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS ~ please support this fundraiser!

WALTHAM COTTAGE requires two volunteers to assist with a monthly Seniors Group on the 1st Tuesday of each month 2.00-3.30pm at the Cottage. You will need to make sandwiches, assist with transport to and from the meeting and stay for the duration.
Please contact Lyndsey 388 1264 if you are interested.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Saturday 17th Marie.

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