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Midwinter Celebration 29 July 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING:
When winter is around us, we cannot see the spring;
but still we know, despite the snow, that spring will come one day.
With night-time’s darkness round us, we cannot see the sun;
but still we know, as shadows go, that dawn will break next day.
Though God is all around us, we cannot see his face;
but still we know; our faith says so!
God lives in every day.

HYMN: Songbook 65 ‘Tis Winter Now the Fallen Snow

OPENING PRAYERS

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

HYMN: Praise the Lord Our God (Tune: Kum Ba Yah)
Praise the Lord our God, praise the Lord!
Praise him from the heights, praise the Lord!
Praise him, angel throngs, praise the Lord;
praise God, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon and the stars!
Praise him, sky and clouds and the rain!
Let them praise his name, works of God!
All creatures–praise the Lord!

Praise him, wind and storm, mountains steep!
Praise him, fruitful trees, cedars tall!
Sheep and cattle herds, birds that fly!
All creatures–praise the Lord! © Hope Publishing Co (TH)

Reflection: Memories of Winter

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
HYMN: Songbook 64 Throughout This Winter Season

READINGS: Genesis 18: 1-8: Abraham and Sarah host three men
Bernie Brettell
Mark 6: 30-42: Jesus hosts 5000 Jenny Brettell

Reflection: Eating With Jesus

THE OFFERING
Hospitable God, we bring these offerings for your blessing,
conscious of the opportunities they make possible.
We pray that in our fellowship and in our actions:
we may learn to welcome the stranger, to respect differences,
to make all who come, all we meet, feel at home with us;
and so create community.
May our being and our action together, in your name,
become a sign of your love for all people. AMEN.

HYMN: I Come With Joy a Child of God (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 452)
I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved, and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here.

Together met, together bound,
by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one. ? Stainer & Bell (CH 4)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Fill Your Hearts With Joy (Tune: Regent Square WOV 84)
Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
sing and praise your God and mine!
Great the Lord in love and wisdom,
might and majesty divine!
He who framed the starry heavens
knows and names them as they shine.

Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
wounded souls his comfort know;
those who fear him find his mercies,
peace for pain and joy for woe;
humble hearts are high exalted,
human pride and power laid low.

Praise the Lord for times and season,
cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;
spring to melt the snows of winter
till the waters flow again;
grass upon the mountain pastures,
golden valleys thick with grain.

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
peace and plenty crown your days;
love his laws, declare his judgements,
walk in all his words and ways;
he the Lord and we his children –
praise the Lord, all people, praise! © Timothy Dudley-Smith (HFTC)

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.

Over the coming weeks there will be a suggestion box in the Church foyer. Parishioners are invited to place their ideas, dreams and suggestions for the future of St Martin’s Parish in this box. Suggestions for the Mission of St Martin’s, for the building of our new Hall and church buildings, how to involve the community in our worship and the activities we can offer, your dreams for our future and any other ideas you may have. The Session and Board of Managers look forward to receiving your thoughts.

CHEESE ROLLS are available for pick up and payment following worship if you have ordered them. Thank you.

Annual Reports are now required. Please email these to the Office as soon as possible. Deadline is 9am Thursday 9th August.

AUGUST NEWSLETTER: We are planning the next issue to fit in with delivery of annual reports. All sorts of news – family highlights, holidays, great photographs, your thoughts about life in general – what scope there is, and how I am depending on you!!! Deadline August 10. I am looking forward to my inbox at l.mck@xtra.co.nz bursting at the seams with wonderful items. Thanks so much! Lyn 338 0840.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Please use kitchen entrance again this week. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 1st August: Carpool 9.10am from church for a walk around St Albans. Coffee at Ris’tretto, top end of Barbadoes Street.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon. Beverley 332 7786.

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

MEN’S GROUP will meet on Thursday 2nd August at 5.45 pm for a Shared Tea.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME. The members will then Car pool at 6.30 pm for a visit to Air New Zealand Engineering at Christchurch Airport. See you all there – contact Tony 3320 554 for any queries.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers! Please note that some of the books are now in the Office.
Hornby Presbyterian Church, 27 Amyes Road, is hosting a U2achrist again! A church service to the music of the band U2, on Sunday 5th August at 6.30pm. Theme is ‘Surrender’. People from churches in the Presbytery and from the community are welcome to join us.

Family Nite – Board Games Sunday 12th August 5.30 – 7.30pm in the lounge. BYO fish n chips or pizza to start the evening. Tea/coffee/cordial provided. Please also bring NAMED board games to play. Koha appreciated. All are welcome!

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 29th Sylvia; Mon 30th Faye, Drew; Fri 3rd Meg.

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Sunday 22 July 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Session Report
• Chit and Chat

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus,
God called into being a new temple,
a church without walls or boundaries;
called to share God’s love and purposes with all people.
This day he calls us, as he calls the body of Christ
in every generation, to be a part of this temple;
to be the church, in and for the world.

HYMN: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (Tune: WOV 343(ii))
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ, our head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion’s help forever
and our confidence alone.

All within that holy city
dearly loved of God on high,
in exultant jubilation
sing in perfect harmony;
God the One-in-Three adoring
in glad hymns eternally.

We as living stones implore you:
Come among us, Lord, today!
with your gracious loving-kindness
hear your children as we pray;
and the fullness of your blessing
in our fellowship display.

Here entrust to all your servants
what we long from you to gain –
that on earth and in the heavens
we one people shall remain,
till united in your glory
evermore with you we reign.

Praise and honour to the Father,
praise and honour to the Son,
praise and honour to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One:
one in power and one in glory
while eternal ages run! ? This version Jubilate Hymns (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

HYMN: The Church is Wherever People are Praising
The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
knowing they’re wanted and loved by their Lord.
The Church is wherever Christ’s followers are trying
to live and to share out the good news of God.

the Church is wherever God’s people are loving,
where all are forgiven and start once again,
where all are accepted, whatever their background,
whatever their past and whatever their pain.

The Church is wherever God’s people are seeking
to reach out and touch folk wherever they are –
conveying the Gospel, its joy and its comfort,
to challenge, refresh, and excite and inspire.

The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
knowing we’re wanted and loved by our Lord.
The Church is where we as Christ’s followers are trying
to live and to share out the good news of God. © W. Jenkins (CH4)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: 2 Samuel 7: 1-14a Barry Moore
Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 Hilary Moore

SERMON

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Songbook 51 Church of the Living Christ

OFFERING:
Take the gifts we offer, O God.
Use them to pass on the story that we have received.
Use them to further the faith that has nurtured us
and brought us to this place.
We also re-dedicate ourselves as a people of action.
Re-kindle the gifts you have placed within us,
that we might serve you in all things, big and small,
each and every day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

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.

MID WINTER CELEBRATION – Next Sunday. Come dressed in your Winter woollies, hats, scarves etc and then share in a Hot Soup and Roll lunch to follow worship.

Over the coming weeks there will be a suggestion box in the Church foyer. Parishioners are invited to place their ideas, dreams and suggestions for the future of St Martin’s Parish in this box. Suggestions for the Mission of St Martin’s, for the building of our new Hall and church buildings, how to involve the community in our worship and the activities we can offer, your dreams for our future and any other ideas you may have. The Session and Board of Managers look forward to receiving your thoughts.

Annual Reports are now required. Please email these to the Office as soon as possible. Deadline is 9am Thursday 9th August.

A NEW PARISH PHONE LIST is now available – please contact the Office if you would like a copy, or pop your name on the clipboard in the foyer.

AUGUST NEWSLETTER: We are planning the next issue to fit in with delivery of annual reports. That means it would be very helpful if you could get your contributions to me as soon as possible. All sorts of news – family highlights, holidays, great photographs, your thoughts about life in general – what scope there is, and how I am depending on you!!! Deadline August 10. I am looking forward to my inbox at l.mck@xtra.co.nz bursting at the seams with wonderful items. Thanks so much! Lyn Madgwick 338 0840.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Please use kitchen entrance for the next two weeks. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 25th July: Meet 9.30am in Smith St off Ferry Rd for a stroll around Woolston & Linwood. Coffee at Portstone Café. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS will not meet this week due to hall demolition.

FIRESIDE FUNDRAISER: Last chance for ordering Cheese Rolls today. If you haven’t already done so please place your order on the form in the foyer. These will be available for collection and payment next Sunday 29th July. Thank you.
No Fireside meeting this week. Please would members and anyone interested in helping make the cheese rolls on Saturday 28th meet briefly after church today to plan this. Thanks. Margaret 366 8936.

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

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers! Please note that some of the books are now in the Office.
Hornby Presbyterian Church, 27 Amyes Road, is hosting a U2achrist again! A church service to the music of the band U2, on Sunday 5th August at 6.30pm. Theme is ‘Surrender’. People from churches in the Presbytery and from the community are welcome to join us.
CARING & SHARING has been cancelled this month.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz *Office Closed Friday 27th.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tues 24th Aubrey; Thu 26th Rachael; Sat 28th Wayne.
Family Nite – Board Games
Sunday 12th August
5.30 – 7.30pm
In the Church Lounge

Bring along your parents, children, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends/neighbours for a fun night out.

BYO fish n chips or pizza to start the evening.

Tea/coffee/cordial provided

Please also bring your NAMED board games to play
Koha appreciated
See you there!

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Bible Sunday 15 July 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We gather this morning to worship God.
We come, open to the power of God’s presence in our midst.
We come to listen for the living Word:
This is the Word we can trust; the Word of Life.
The Word that endures forever.

HYMN: Thanks to God Whose Word Was Spoken
Thanks to God whose word was spoken
in the making of the earth.
His the voice that called a nation,
fired her vision, tried her worth.
God has spoken, God has spoken:
praise him for his open word!

Thanks to God whose word incarnate
heights and depths of life did share.
Deeds and words and death and rising
grace in human form declare.
God has spoken, God has spoken:
praise him for his open word!

Thanks to God whose word was written
in the Bible’s sacred page,
record of the revelation
showing God to every age.
God has spoken, God has spoken:
praise him for his open word!

Thanks to God whose word is published
in the tongues of every race.
See its glory undiminished
by the change of time or place.
God is speaking, God is speaking:
praise him for his open word! © Hope Publishing (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

MISSION MOMENT – John England

A SKETCH FOR BIBLE SUNDAY

SONG: Songbook 20 With a Hoot and a Toot

READINGS: Isaiah 11: 1-6 ~ Hope as a visible, public, shared yearning.
Peggy Cree

Luke 4: 14-21 ~ Jesus’ Manifesto Ken Cree

HYMN: Spirit of God, Unseen as the Wind (Tune: Skye Boat Song)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove,
teach us the truth and help us believe,
show us the Saviour’s love.

You spoke to us long, long ago,
gave us the written word;
we read it still, needing its truth,
through it God’s voice is heard.

Without your help we fail our Lord,
we cannot live his way;
we need your power, we need your strength,
following Christ each day. © Scripture Union (CH4)

REFLECTION

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: We Remember With Thanksgiving (Tune: Hymn to Joy WOV 92)
We remember with thanksgiving
those who dared frontiers of old.
Speaking words of faithful living,
they in truth the gospel told.
They believed the church’s story
that in Christ all folk are one.
Both the mission and the glory
were that God’s good will be done.

We rejoice to see the Spirit
working here and now as then,
claiming lives of those who hear it –
good news told by tongue and pen.
Reconciling, teaching, healing,
saving body, mind and soul;
peace with justice, love revealing
God’s desire to make us whole.

Into future generations
may the Word go out abroad,
so all people, lands and nations
join to praise our gracious God.
Then, in gratitude for vision,
Reaffirm, recall, rejoice,
recommit ourselves to mission,
still the church’s clearest voice. © Jane Parker Huber (SiC)

THE OFFERING:
We celebrate the ability to give for our church,
and to care for others.
Receive these offerings, O God, and bless them.
Give us joy in our giving, quiet satisfaction as we see our
gifts go to work, and a reminder of all you have given us
in Jesus Christ. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose (Tune: Austria WOV 577 )
Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
hidden now in mystery;
nature bursts with joyful promise,
ripe with what is 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 meanings 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
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 NEW PARISH PHONE LIST is now available – please contact the Office if you would like a copy, or pop your name on the clipboard in the foyer.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 18th July: Meet 9.30am in Opawa Mall at Hawford Rd end. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café. Joan 338 8700.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 18th July at 7.30pm.

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

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.

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

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers! Please note that some of the books are now in the Office.

Fundraiser for St Giles’ Papanui: All are invited to a ceilidh at St Giles on Saturday 21 July at 7.30pm. Tickets $10 per person (available from Music Works, Colombo Street) or speak to Irene Gray for more details.

Richmond Handbell Choir presents a Midwinter Musical on Sunday 22 July 2pm at Blue Skies Youth Lodge, Kaiapoi. $5 entry fee. Phone Clare 360 3831 for more information.

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wednesday 18th Peggy & Fiona.

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July 8 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Jesus was rejected
by his hometown, by his own people, by his friends.
But Jesus created trust
for his disciples, for the community, for the world.
In the midst of rejection, let us build acceptance:
for our children, for our community, for ourselves.
Come, let us worship God.

HYMN: Sing Your Praise to God Eternal (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148(ii))
Sing your praise to God eternal, sing your praise to God the Son,
sing your praise to God the Spirit, living and forever One.
God has made us, God has blessed us, God has called us to be true.
God rules over all creation, daily making all things new.

Join the praise of every creature, sing with singing birds at dawn;
when the stars shine forth at nightfall, hear their heavenly antiphon.
Praise God for the light of summer, autumn glories, winter snows,
for the coming of the springtime and the life of all that grows.

Praise God on our days of gladness for the summons to rejoice;
praise God in our times of sadness for the calm, consoling voice.
God our Maker, strong and loving, Christ our Saviour, Leader, Lord,
living God, Creator Spirit, be your holy name adored!
? Emmanuel College, Toronto (VU)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

STORY TIME

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: 2 Samuel 5: 1 – 5, 9 – 10 Aubrey McLeod
Mark 6: 1 – 13 Judith Mackay

HYMN: In Loving Partnership (Tune: Church Triumphant WOV 1)
In Loving partnership we come,
seeking, O God, your will to do.
Our prayers and actions new receive;
we freely offer them to you.

We are the hands and feet of Christ,
serving by grace each other’s need.
We dare to risk and sacrifice
with truthful word and faithful deed.

Loving community we seek;
your hope and strength within us move.
The poor and rich, the strong and weak
are brought together in your love.

In loving partnership, O God,
help us your future to proclaim.
Justice and peace be our desire,
we humbly pray in Jesus’ name. © Desert Flower Music (VU)

SERMON: Partnership
A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Great Creator God (Tune: Regent Square WOV 84)
Great Creator God, you call us
through the church to do your will.
Stewards of both past and promise,
may we each our work fulfil,
building up in faith and nurture
Christ’s own mission, lively still.

Out of all our varied stories
may we weave a single tale,
here confessing sin and discord,
times we stumble, times we fail.
Yet forgiven, cleansed, refashioned,
in Christ’s strength shall we prevail.

Christ still calls to peace and justice,
health and wholeness, love and grace.
We are partners in that mission
for this time and in this place.
O God, grant us sense and courage
in the daily tasks we face.

Without vision, people perish,
without challenge, drift and die.
Give us then the tools of daring
and the clarity of eye
for creating in the present
visions far and wide and high. © JP Huber (ASF)

THE OFFERING
God of grace, receive these gifts we bring.
May we use them to break down walls of misunderstanding
and open wide doors that tell everyone: You are loved,
and you are welcome in God’s sight. Always. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Filled With the Spirit’s Power (WOV 328)
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord
the infant church confessed its risen Lord.
O Holy Spirit, in the church today
no less your power of fellowship display.

Now with the mind of Christ set us on fire,
that unity may be our great desire.
Give joy and peace, give faith to hear your call,
and readiness in each to work for all.

Widen our love, good Spirit, to embrace
the people of all lands and every race.
Like wind and fire with life among us move,
till we are known as Christ’s, and Christian prove.
© Hope Publishing (HFTC)
BLESSING

BIBLE SUNDAY NEXT SUNDAY 15 JULY
Please bring old & unusual bibles for the display.

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: Please note that the soup & rolls on Monday evenings is no longer happening due to lack of support.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays however continue as usual 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525. All welcome.

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.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 11th July: Meet 9.30am in Hoon Hay Rd near Cashmere Rd corner. Coffee at Silverbacks. June 332 8874.

Christchurch APW meets on Wednesday 11th July 9.45am at St Martin’s. There will be a Sales Table. All are welcome. Allison 332 0554.

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!

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.

FUNDRAISER FOR ST GILES’ PAPANUI: All are invited to a ceilidh at St Giles on Saturday 21 July at 7.30pm. Tickets $10 per person (available from Music Works, Colombo Street) or speak to Irene Gray for more details.

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sunday 8th July Adam & Carol.

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