Good Shepherd Sunday 29 April 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Board of Managers Report
• Website Update – Deborah Fitchett
GATHERING:
With Mary we have sensed a Presence beyond our explanation,
then left the garden for a less disturbing place.
With two travellers we have walked the Emmaus road –
hope fading – but struggled to walk the path of trust.
With Thomas we have pleaded for certainty,
then not welcomed the inner sight of faith.
We, too, have seen a distant figure on the seashore
but have not let hope leap beyond reason.

As we gather this morning to worship among these friends:
break into the shadows in our lives
with radiant resurrection truth.
Come, risen Lord, come.

HYMN: 10 All People That on Earth Do Dwell

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Alice Shanks

CHILDREN’S SONG: 70 All Things Bright and Beautiful

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Acts 4: 5-12 Jill Grierson

HYMN: 81(ii) The King of Love My Shepherd is

John 10:11-18 Herb Madgwick
REFLECTIONS: A flock of sheep without a shepherd…

HYMN: The Lord’s My Shepherd (remain seated)
The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want
He makes me lie in pastures green
He leads me by the still, still waters
His goodness restores my soul
And I will trust in You alone
And I will trust in You alone
For your endless mercy follows me
Your goodness will lead me home

He guides my way in righteousness
And He anoints my head with oil
And my cup it overflows with joy
I feast on His pure delights
And I will trust in You alone…

And though I walk the darkest path
I will not fear the world’s wrongs
For You are with me and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know
And I will trust in You alone… © Stuart Townend

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING
Our Lord and God, so often we seem to be replacing things:
televisions, computers, washing machines…
They all cost so much money,
but simply don’t last as they once did,
nor can we have them repaired as we once did;
and when they don’t break down, the technology becomes obsolete.
We have become a society of waste makers.
So we thank you for the joy and privilege
of being able to put our money towards something that lasts.
Take these gifts, O God, and us with them. Use them, and us,
for your work in the world, in Jesus name. Amen

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose ( Austria WOV 577)
Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose,
hidden now in mystery,
nature bursts with joyful promise,
ripe with what has yet to be.
In a wealth of rich invention,
still the work of art unfolds:
barely have we seen, and faintly,
what God’s great salvation holds.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose,
making Jesus seen and heard.
Every age of God’s creation
grasps new meaning from the Word.
Show us, Holy Spirit, show us
your new work begun today:
eyes and ears and hearts are open,
teach us what to do and say.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose:
all God’s children brought to birth,
freed from hunger, fear and evil
every corner of the earth,
and a million million voices
speak with joy the Saviour’s name;
every face reflects his image,
never any two the same.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose,
nothing shall be left to chance.
All that lives will be united
in the everlasting dance.
All fulfilled and all perfected,
each uniquely loved and known,
Christ in glory unimagined
once for all receives his own. © Marnie Barrell (AA)

THE BLESSING

PARISH BREAKFAST NEXT SUNDAY 8.30am – please sign the list in the foyer if you are able to come. All are welcome.

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.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL petition – today is your last chance to sign.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd May: Meet 9.30am at Ferry Rd end of Charlesworth St. Coffee at Mudfish. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon. New faces always welcome! Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

MEN’S GROUP will commence on Thursday 3rd May at 6pm in the church lounge. Bring a plate for a shared tea when we can share some bloke talk, followed by our speaker for the evening, Jamie Cross. All men are welcome. For details, contact Tony 332 0554.

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. Lyndsey 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 Messenger: The next newsletter will come out at the end of May. Since the decision to go out quarterly there’s been a big gap, so that must mean there is plenty of news to catch up on. You are all co-opted onto the newsletter committee! Please please please send your contributions to Lyn (Madgwick) at l.mck@xtra.co.nz. News, photos, jokes, whatever interesting stuff you pick up over the next few weeks. Thanks.

St Martins Theatre Group: Please phone Lyn (same one) 3380840 if you are interested in Operatunity’s Best of British on May 7 at 11am or Much Ado About Nothing at The Court Monday May 21, 6.30pm.

WANTED: Kites for Pentecost Sunday 27th May. More details to follow.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 1st Margaret, Betty.

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