Sunday 20th May 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES ~ website update from Deborah

CALL TO WORSHIP: (adapted from Asia Sunday Liturgy)
Across the world, we call ourselves to worship by the ringing of the bells, the gong, music, or by a call to prayer.
Across the world, we prepare ourselves for worship with the lighting of a candle, incense, silence.
Across the world, we come together to worship God, bringing concerns from our individual lives, communities, region
and the world. Across the world we come in adoration and praise.

HYMN: 141 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (omit verse 3)

OPENING PRAYERS:

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Jamie Cross

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 sun and the rain in His hands,
He’s got the moon and the stars in His hands,
He’s got the wind and the clouds 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. C/A

MISSION MOMENT Beverley Hudson

INTRODUCTION & THE READINGS: Psalm 1 Responsively –
on screen only
1 John 5: 9-13 Tony Beasley
John 17:6-19 Sue Saunders

SERMON: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

HYMN: In Christ there is No East or West
In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one great family of love
throughout the whole wide earth.
Join hands, then, people of the faith,
whate’er your race may be;
all children of the living God
are surely kin to me.
In Christ shall true hearts
everywhere
their high communion find,
his service is the golden cord
close-binding humankind.
In Christ now meet both east and
west,
in him meet south and north,
all Christ-like souls are one in him
throughout the whole wide earth. C/A
OFFERING: (Prayer from Asia Sunday Liturgy)
O God, make us your instruments of peace and reconciliation.
Where there is hatred, may we bring love.
Where there is wrong, may we bring pardon.
Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.
To those cut off from what they believe
to those who are tortured, and those whose lives are threatened,
may we be instruments of your justice and your freedom.
Where there is despair may we bring hope
Where there is darkness may we bring light
Where there is sadness, may we bring joy
Where there is pain and suffering, where there is oppression and inhumanity may we bring your loving presence.
Fill us with your spirit of peace. Help us to hunger and thirst for justice.
Along with these gifts we give ourselves in service to your world. Amen.
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Christ be our Light
Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.
Christ, be our light…

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.
Christ, be our light…

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.
Christ, be our light…

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.
Christ, be our light… Bernadette Farrell (CH4)

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.

PENTECOST SUNDAY 27th May 10am – come and join the celebrations!

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

FIRESIDE: We are very pleased that Peggy has agreed to share some of her experiences in India & Dubai and invite you to join us at 7.30pm in the church lounge on Tuesday 22nd May. Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 23rd May: Meet 9.30am outside Waltham School in Hastings St East for a walk around Waltham & Opawa, ending up at the coffee house in Waltham Rd. June 332 8874.

CARING & SHARING meets at 2pm on Wednesday 23rd May in the Lounge. Bob Salton will be entertaining us. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Barbara 942 1939 or Joan 338 8700.

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

CHRISTCHURCH PRESBYTERY is offering a workshop entitled “Is there a New Zealand identity?” St George’s Hall, Gloucester St, Linwood on Saturday 26th May at 2pm. See noticeboard for details. All Welcome.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER with Cashmere, St James & Hoon Hay Churches:
Saturday 16th June starting 4.30pm at St James’. Mark your calendar now. Please sign the sheet in the foyer if you can come. Further details later. Queries to Fern 332 4725 or Judith 332 1577 please.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: The next session is on Thursday 21st June. Offers of help to Lyndsey please 388 1264.

JARS: URGENTLY REQUIRED – small and medium sized jam jars for Marmalade for Missions – please leave in the church kitchen. Thank you.

THANK YOU to everyone for your love, care and prayers following my dad’s sudden death. Your support of our family is greatly appreciated. Anna.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tues 22nd Jennifer (80), Judith; Thurs 24th Hadley; Sat 26th Barbara.

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