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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