Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sunday July 1 2012

GATHERING: (from the rear of the church)
We gather here in your presence, God,
in our need, and bringing with us the needs of the world.
We come to you, for you come to us in Jesus,
and know by experience what human life is like.
We come with our hopes and with our fears.
We come as we are, because you invite us to come.

HYMN: 109 Tell Out My Soul

OPENING PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER – SUNG

STORY TIME

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Genesis 32:22-31 Fern Wakefield
Mark 5.21-43 John McKean

SUNG RESPONSE (seated)
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord who saves and heals.
I am the Lord who saves and heals.
I am the Lord who saves and heals.

In you, Lord God, I put my trust.
In you, Lord God, I put my trust.
In you, Lord God, I put my trust. © Arrangement CH Trust (CH4)

SERMON: Dare to Touch

A TIME OF QUIET

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe in God who called the world into being, who created men and women and set them free to live in love, obedience and community.
We believe in God, who because of love for his creation, entered the world in Jesus, to share our humanity: to rejoice and to despair;
to set before us the way of life and wholeness;
to be rejected, to die, but to finally conquer death.

We believe in God who invites us into the community of the church,
that through a journey of faith we may experience God’s sustaining grace; that we may fulfil our human responsibility and reach out to our neighbour; that we may work to bring healing and wholeness to an uncertain world; that we may rejoice in God’s faithfulness and in the joy of life itself.

We believe in God, who through his Spirit, is present and working in the world. We see God’s purposes in a spark of light here and there; as we watch children at play and know hope born anew in each generation…perhaps to continue to burn brightly.
For that hope we give thanks. AMEN.

THE OFFERING
In faith, we dare to venture forth. In faith, we dare to claim God’s promises. In faith, we dare to give.
God, as you have been with us on our journeys, as you have gifted us with healing beyond our dreams, as you have transformed us into new people, so we give back to you. Bless these offerings, bless our discipleship, and commission us afresh to your work in your world; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION AND THE PEACE

HYMN: Now To Your Table Spread
Now to your table spread we come, each one, in faith
that you alone provide the words of life and death:
in wine and bread, in promised food
we find your loving heart, O God.
Hands of the world stretch out, your mystery to touch
in longing to believe a truth beyond our reach,
to sing in joy, to cry in grief,
to know your meaning for our life.

Here is our common wealth in sharing what is good,
as though all humankind around one table stood,
this bread to break, this wine to taste –
one people in the name of Christ. © Shirley Murray (AA)

A GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord is here God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts We lift them to God.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Creator God … we praise you saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might;
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in your name,
Hosanna in the highest.
Then, God, you sent yourself to us…
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We who are many are one body
for we all share the one bread.

COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN: Songbook 30 These Hills Where the Hawk Flies Lonely

THE BLESSING

NOTICE OF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:
following the service next Sunday 8th July. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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.

CUPPA & CHAT Mondays 6.30 – 8.00pm with FREE soup and rolls; Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525. All welcome.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 4th July: Carpool 9.10am at church for a walk around St Albans. Coffee at Ris’tretto, Barbadoes Street. Allison 332 0554.

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

MEN’S GROUP meets in the Lounge this Thursday 5th July at 6pm for a shared tea. The speaker for the evening will be Anne Johns, who will talk about the Adventures of a Photographer and some of the amazing places she has visited. All Welcome. Tony 332 0554.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Thursday 2nd August. Lyndsey 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers!

ST MARTINS THEATRE GROUP: re “The Motor Camp”, now playing at Court Theatre. Madg and I have previewed this show. On this occasion we ask those interested to make their own arrangements. It is very funny, and was well received by a largely elderly audience, but the language and some content will offend many. As one critic said, it strays into the risque, rude and even obscene. We are happy to talk about the play with anyone who is concerned, and will keep in touch about further theatre options. Lyn and Madg.

FIRESIDE FUNDRAISER: Fresh Cheese Rolls for Sale. $5 per dozen or $13 for 3 dozen. Order forms are available in the foyer. Pick up Sunday 29th July. Queries to Judith 332 1577 please.

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Sunday 24 June 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God is the unshakeable strength of our lives.
God is like a light shining,
lighting up every shadow and fearful place.
Let us place our hope in God, who believes in us.
May we be strong because God is behind us and before us.
Let us put our hope in God and in what he is doing among us.

HYMN: God is Here (Tune: Blaenwern WOV 165(ii) )
God is here and we his people,
meet to offer praise and prayer
May we find in fuller measure
what it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us
all our varied skills and arts;
wait the coming of the Spirit
into open minds and hearts.

Here are symbols to remind us
of our lifelong need of grace.
Here are table, font and pulpit,
here the cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching,
here in silence as in speech,
here in newness and renewal,
God the Spirit comes to each.

Here our children find a welcome
in the Shepherd’s flock and fold.
Here, we come and meet in oneness,
Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant,
seek in worship to explore,
what it means in daily living,
to believe and to adore.

Lord of all, of Church and Kingdom,
in an age of change and doubt,
keep us faithful to the Gospel,
help us work your purpose out.
Here in this day’s dedication,
all we have to give receive.
We who cannot live without you.
We adore you! We believe.

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN: Elizabeth Penwell

READING: David takes a stand – from 1 Samuel 17
Jeannette Beaumont

REFLECTION: In the waiting time we are not alone.

BOARD OF MANAGERS’ REPORT – Buildings and Insurance
A Time of Questions and Discussion

THE OFFERING

SUNG DEDICATION (Tune: Stuttgart WOV 200)
Grant us, God, the grace of giving,
with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living
we may offer faithfully. C/A

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Take Courage and Trust (Tune: Foundation WOV 491(i))
Take courage and trust your creator and friend;
the one who has called you will guide to the end.
Remember the promise your Saviour has made;
I’ll never forsake you, when weak or afraid.

My people, I love you, I call you by name.
I am your companion through flood and through flame.
I cherish you, hold you in deepest esteem,
and help you accomplish far more than you dream.

Through deep flowing waters your pathway may cross,
but I will support you in challenge or loss.
Walk on through the fire, through the testing and strife.
My grace will sustain you, restoring your life.

The storm winds may shatter the life you have known,
yet I will be with you, for you are my own.
Great tremors may shake the foundations of earth;
through change and destruction I lead to new birth.”
© Ruth Duck (DITU)
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.

THANKSGIVING OFFERING: Please ensure your name or giving number is on the front of the envelope if you require a receipt.

CUPPA & CHAT Mondays 6.30 – 8.00pm with FREE soup and rolls Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525. All welcome.

FIRESIDE meets on Tuesday 26th June at 7.30pm in the church lounge. This will be a planning and “sewing bee” meeting, at which any interested women are welcome. Adult sized costumes [simple design] are needed for plays/presentations. Would those who are able to bring sewing machines please discuss that with Allison. For others needles and scissors would be helpful. Enquiries: Margaret 3668936

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 27th June: Meet 9.30am on the corner of Huxley & Ingoldsby Streets. Coffee at church. June 332 8874.

CARING & SHARING meets this Wednesday 27th June at 2pm in the Lounge, with entertainment by Vee Jay. All welcome. Barbara 942 1939.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 2nd August. Lyndsey 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers!

FUNDS RAISED TO DATE THIS YEAR: Coffee & chat koha $249.80; Crafty Crafters $935.92; Mission Table $1314.10; Foot Clinic $932.35; Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch $265; Cake Stall $460.50 & Craft Stall $42.39 – which makes a total of $4200.06!

TANZANIAN OVERSEAS MISSION PROJECT: Check out the Orphanage’s website: yoursisters.org and see how to donate online.

THE MISSION RESOURCE TEAM is seeking expressions of interest regarding winter board game sessions (Mon or Fri afternoon and/or weekend family night.) Please see clipboards for details or speak to Lyndsey 388 1264.

MEN’S CHRISTIAN CONVENTION at the La Vida Centre 34a Hansons Lane, Riccarton, Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th June 6.45 – 9.30pm. Speaker: Al Stewart. Registration information online at www.mcc-nz.org.nz, email: info@mcc-nz.org.nz, or write to Box 20154, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8053.

RISINGHOLME SINGERS present “Requiem 9/11” by Murray Lennox TODAY 2.30pm at St Michael & All Angels’ Church, cnr Durham St and Oxford Tce. $10 adults, children free.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 26th Christine; Wed 27th Gwendoline.

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Sunday 17 June 2012

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.

TODAY we welcome Bridie Patricia Beasley and her family as they join us for Bridie’s baptism. Please sign the Baptismal Book.

THANKSGIVING OFFERING: Please ensure your name or giving number is on the front of the envelope if you require a receipt.

CUPPA & CHAT Mondays 6.30 – 8.00pm with FREE soup and rolls Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525. All welcome.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 20th June: see noticeboard for details.

BOARD OF MANAGERS’ meeting Wednesday 20th June 7.30pm.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC THIS Thursday 21st June. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Winter Study: Based on the DVD “The King’s Speech”. Please sign the clipboard in the foyer if you are interested. This will be on Monday evenings. Chris.

TANZANIAN OVERSEAS MISSION PROJECT: Check out the Orphanage’s website: yoursisters.org and see how to donate online.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers!

THE MISSION RESOURCE TEAM is seeking expressions of interest regarding winter board game sessions (Mon or Fri afternoon and/or weekend family night.) Please see clipboards for details or speak to Lyndsey 388 1264.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 18th Julian; Tue 19th June & James; Sat 23rd Betty.

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Like life itself, faith is a journey,
a pilgrimage whose purpose is a constant walk with God.
When we participate in the Sacrament of Baptism,
we recall our growth in faith,
we look again at our pilgrimage experience,
and renew our commitment to following Jesus Christ.
Let us come now to worship, in word, song and Sacrament.

OPENING PRAYERS

HYMN: Amazing Grace (chosen by Jenny & Andrew)
Amazing Grace! how sweet the sound,
that saved someone like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

As grace first taught my heart to fear,
so grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear,
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
God’s grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures. Arrangement © L F Bartlett (TIS)

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Hilary Moore

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

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
Congregational Vows: (congregation stands)
Will you, as the family and friends of children in our congregation, and beyond, endeavour to support all 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 ~ Kirsty Frew

HYMN: Celebrate Each Generation (Tune: Stuttgart WOV 200)
Celebrate each generation Every new-born son & daughter
celebrate around the earth! is the Church’s loving claim,
In this church make dedication marked by touch of living water
of the miracle of birth. now to take the Christian name.
Be the Christ in those we christen: So another generation
body , spirit, both must thrive may discover truth and good,
be the Christ in us who promise flower within the certain future,
new-born faith to keep alive. bud of hope within the wood
© Shirley Murray (AA)
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

MISSION MOMENT Lindsay Day

INTRODUCTION & READINGS: 1 Samuel 15: 34 – 16:13 Cynthia
Mark 4: 26-34 Tony Beasley
REFLECTION
A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING & SUNG DEDICATION (Tune: Austria)
For the life that you have given,
for the love in Christ made known,
with these fruits of time and labour,
with these gifts that are your own:
here we offer, Lord, our praises;
heart and mind and strength we bring;
give us grace to love and serve you,
living what we pray and sing. © Hope Publishing (TIS)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Eternal, Unchanging, We Sing (Tune: St Denio WOV 80)
Eternal, unchanging, we sing to your praise:
your mercies are endless, and righteous your ways;
your servants proclaim the renown of your name
who rules over all and is ever the same.

Again we rejoice in the world you have made,
your mighty creation in beauty arrayed,
we thank you for life, and we praise you for joy,
for love and for hope that no power can destroy.

We praise you for Jesus, our Saviour and Lord,
the might of his Spirit, the truth of his word,
his comfort in sorrow, compassion in pain,
the faith sure and steadfast that Jesus shall reign. © Emmanuel College(VU)

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Sunday 10 June 2012

WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

We come from our scattered lives to this sanctuary
to seek our unity in the Spirit
To seek the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
to seek the peace of God the Father

God’s people have gathered
let us worship the Lord together.

OPENING HYMN: 65 Holy, Holy, Holy

PRAYERS OF ADORATION & CONFESSION

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Alice Shanks

SONG: Songbook 31 This is the Day

READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE:
1 Samuel 8: 4-11; 16-20 Catherine Fitchett
2 Corinthians 4: 13 – 5: 1 Margaret Shanks

SERMON:
The text under the flag (Proverbs 14:34)

HYMN: 665 We Turn to You, O God of every nation (omit v2)

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING & INTERCESSION
In the life of our land
Let Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, O Lord.

THE PEACE

OFFERING & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: How good it is, to thank you Lord (Tune: St Fulbert)
How good it is to thank you, Lord,
Proclaim your name most high;
To praise your faithfulness at dawn,
Your love when night is nigh;

And on a ten-stringed instrument,
And with a harp’s sweet sound,
And with the music of the lute
To make your praise abound.

For all your actions make me glad,
Your works inspire my praise;
I sing for joy with my whole heart
Today, and all my days. ©CH4

BLESSING & SUNG THREEFOLD AMEN

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 we have the baptism of Bridie Patricia Beasley.

THANKSGIVING OFFERING Sunday 17th June. Please make sure your name or giving number is on the front of the envelope if you require a receipt, which will be issued at the end of this financial year (31 March 2013). Receipts are also available for those not on the envelope system. If you won’t be at church next Sunday, please bring your envelope the following week. Thank You. Joan Macdonald, Treasurer.

CUPPA & CHAT Mondays 6.30 – 8.00pm with FREE soup and rolls Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525. All welcome.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 13th June: Meet 9.30am in Stourbridge St, at Lyttelton St end for a saunter around Spreydon. Coffee at Oderings. June 332 8874.

Christchurch APW will meet on Wednesday 13th June at 9.45 at St Martins Church. The speaker will be Pauline Marshall from the Hearing Association. All welcome and there will be a Sales Table. Allison 332 0554.

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

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

KING’S SPEECH Study: Please sign the clipboard in the foyer if you are interested. Chris.

BIRTHDAYS – We do not have a complete list of parishioners’ birthdays. If you would like your name included, please contact the Parish Office with the details. You are not required to divulge the year you were born! Thanks, Anna.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS: Please support this fundraiser!

BOOK EXCHANGE – Looking for something to read on these cold winter nights? Have a look on the shelf in the Lounge. Buy a book for $1 or swap a book for only 50 cents.

NEW READERS’ ROSTER is available today – please check to see if there is a copy for you. Thank You. Anna.

An Invitation to the people of St Martin’s Presbyterian Parish ~ you are warmly invited to join with the Anglican community of Opawa-St Martins at St Anne’s Church, cnr Wilsons & Centaurus Roads for evening prayer in the style of Taize worship TONIGHT at 5pm followed by soup & rolls. A gold coin donation to support Church Missionary Society partner Stephen Coulthard who is teaching in Dodoma, Tanzania, would be appreciated. All are welcome.

THE PARISH OFFICE is open Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 13th Marette (80); Thu 14th John.

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