Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sunday 30 September Celebrating Volunteers

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
In this complex and demanding world, we recognise and honour those who give of themselves to strengthen and enhance community life.
In worship, we focus on the love of God, as it is shown in such people. We give thanks for their gift of themselves, sometimes given at great personal cost; and we hear the voice of God challenging us all with the task of making his love a tangible reality in our city.

Let us worship God.

HYMN: Praise the Lord (tune Austria: WOV58)
Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him
praise him angels in the height
sun and moon, rejoice before him,
praise him all you stars and light.
Praise the Lord for he has spoken,
worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
laws , which never shall be broken,
for their guidance he has made.

Praise the Lord, for he is glorious;
never shall his promise fail:
God has made his saints victorious;
sin and death shall not prevail.
Praise the God of our salvation ;
host on high his power proclaim :
heaven and earth, and all creation,
laud and magnify his name.

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

STORY-TIME

SONG: One More Step Along the World I Go
One more step along the world I go,
one more step a-long the world I go,
from the old things to the new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough,
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

You are older than the world can be,
you are younger than the life in me,
ever old and ever new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

READINGS: Psalm 112 – Leslie Brandt Sonya Hodder
Matthew 5: 13-16 David Hodder

We hear from some of our Volunteers

HYMN: I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night;
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain;
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my Word to them.
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord….

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts are satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord… © Oregon Catholic Press (VU)

THE OFFERING

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE BLESSING OF THE SHOE BOXES ~ June Service

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 1st Ken; Tue 2nd Jeremy; Wed 3rd Lyn; Fri 5th David.

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Morning tea will be served after the service.

Chris is away on holiday. For any pastoral matters please contact your Elder, or phone Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk on 332 7786.

Next Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Rev Lyndsey McKay will be leading our worship.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 3rd October: carpool 9am from St Martin’s Church, or meet 9.30am by Nunweek Park in Wooldridge Rd, just off far end of Harewood Rd. Coffee at Terra Viva. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

PRAYER ROSTER: If you would like to be part of a prayer roster, please email Anna THIS WEEK. The aim is to begin in November. Thank you to those who have already volunteered.

FUNDRAISER: A record of the demolition of our beloved Hall is available on DVD. $20. Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you wish to purchase a copy, or see Aubrey 930 2525.

THE PARISH OFFICE is CLOSED. Anna can be contacted as usual on Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz

EMAIL ADDRESSES: Please make sure Anna has your CORRECT email address so we can keep you informed about what is happening.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

HUB LUNCHEON St James’ Church Hall on Sunday 14th October at 12.30pm $5 per person. Please sign the list in the foyer if you wish to attend. Sonya 339 7038 & Judith 332 1577.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 29th October 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Lyndsey 388 1264. Please phone or email Anna to book.

ST MARTINS THEATRE GROUP Christmas Celebration Theatre in Hagley Park. Roger Hall’s “Taking Off” is about four Kiwi women who decide it’s never too late to do their big OE. Suggested date: Friday 23 November. $39 for earlybird special. If interested, please contact Lyn 338 0840 by 7 October at the latest.

HUB PROGRAM September 30th – October 7th
St Martins, St James, Cashmere & Hoon Hay:
Committed to sharing and mutual support

St James Spreydon

We 3rd – Mon 7th Stephanie away at General Assembly

Cashmere

Mon 1st 9.15am School holidays – No Pre School Music
1.45 p.m. Cashmere Garden Club

Wed 3rd 10am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s readings and Sermon.
Thurs 4th 10.45am-12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aitken Drive

Foot Clinic Advance bookings essential. September Foot Clinic dates are Monday 24th from 2pm, and Tuesday 25th from 9.30am. Phone Gail in the Church Office (332 7129) to make an appointment

Hoon Hay No programme received

Mon 1 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat 353 0265
Tues 2 10.00 am NO mainly music
Wed 3 1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing David 322 7954
Thurs 4 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat 353 0265
Fri 5th 5.00 pm Messy Church – new way of experiencing church with craft activities, story and a shared meal
7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program in lounge Matt 027 389 0000

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Celebrating St Francis 23 September 2012

WELCOME & NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: This is the day which the Lord has made
Response: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

SONG: This is the Day
This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it,
And be glad in it
This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.

This is the day, this is the day, when He rose again …..

This is the day, this is the day,
when the Spirit came ….

INTRODUCTION TO THE THEME

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER: Gilly/Lauren

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Hilary Moore

SONG: Butterfly Song
If I were a butterfly,
I’d thank you, Lord, for giving me wings;
and if I were a robin in a tree,
I’d thank you, Lord, that I could sing;
and if I were a fish in the sea,
I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.

For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile,
you gave me Jesus and you made me your child,
and I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.

If I were an elephant,
I’d thank you, Lord, by raising my trunk;
and if I were a kangaroo,
you know I’d hop right up to you;
and if I were an octopus,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fine looks,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.

If I were a wiggly worm,
I’d thank you, Lord that I could squirm;
and if I were a crocodile,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my big smile;
and if I were a fuzzy-wuzzy bear,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fuzzy-wuzzy hair,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”. ©Brian Howard (NJS)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS:
Reading 1 – Genesis 6: 19-22 Lydia Cross
Reading 2 – Matthew 18: 12-14 Jessie Robb

REFLECTION

SONG: Christians Are All Kinds of People
Christians are all kinds of people,
They’re average, they’re short, and they’re tall,
From all kinds of backgrounds,
with all kinds of outlooks,
Our gracious God uses them all.
Christians are all kinds of people,
Not even especially good,

But God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts,
With mercy as wide as the sea; It reaches to you and to me.

Christians are all kinds of people.
They’re smilers, they’re grouchers, they’re clowns.
In all kinds of weather, wherever they gather,
You’ll find every kind of them round.
Christians are all kinds of people,
And sometimes all kinds are in me.

God uses all kinds of people,
The black, and the pale and the tan,
New Born and the aged, the fit and disabled,
They all have a part in the plan.
God uses all kinds of people,
With problems, with hang-ups, with scars. ©Stan & Pauline Stewart.

OFFERING

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS William Penwell

ST. FRANCIS: Putting it all into context! Wayne Barton

SONG: Make Me a Channel of your Peace
Make me a channel of your peace:
where there is hatred let me bring your love,
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
and where there’s doubt, true faith in you:
O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
where there’s despair in life let me bring hope,
where there is darkness, only light,
and where there’s sadness, ever joy:
Make me a channel of your peace:
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life. © Franciscans Communications(NJS)

SHARE THE GRACE WITH EACH OTHER

AMEN

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Morning tea will be served after the service.

Chris is away on holiday from this week. For any pastoral matters please contact your Elder, or phone Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk on 332 7786.

REMINDER: Daylight Saving starts next Sunday – don’t forget to alter your clocks!

Next Sunday we are Celebrating our Volunteers, led by Audrey Dunnachie and others. Please bring back your Operation Christmas Child shoebox to be blessed.

PRAYER ROSTER: If you would like to be part of a prayer roster, please email Anna (stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz). This would begin in November. Thank you to those who have already volunteered.

FUNDRAISER: A record of the demolition of our beloved Hall is available on DVD. $20. Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you wish to purchase a copy, or see Aubrey 930 2525.

EMAIL ADDRESSES: Please make sure Anna has your CORRECT email address so we can keep you informed about what is happening.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

HUB LUNCHEON St James’ Church Hall Sunday 14th October at 12.30pm
Cashmere Hills are assisting St James in hosting St Martins & Hoon Hay parishes. $5 per person. Numbers are limited to 25 per parish. Preference will be given to those who didn’t attend the Progressive Dinner. Please sign the list in the foyer if you wish to attend. Sonya 339 7038 & Judith 332 1577.
NOTICES continued…
CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

FIRESIDE plans to meet on Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm at Judith’s home for “company and chat” and to hear about THE wedding. Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 26 September Meet 9.30am in Merchiston carpark, 75 St Martins Rd. Non walkers welcome to join us at 10.30. Fern 332 4725.

CARING & SHARING meets on Wednesday 26th September at 2pm at Beckenham Methodist. The Richmond Methodist bellringers will be performing. All members of the congregation are welcome. Fern 332 4725.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 29th October 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Lyndsey 388 1264.

THE PARISH OFFICE is CLOSED. Anna can be contacted as usual on Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz

ST MARTINS THEATRE GROUP Christmas Celebration Theatre in Hagley Park. Roger Hall’s “Taking Off” is about four Kiwi women who decide it’s never too late to do their big OE. Suggested date: Friday 23 November. $39 for earlybird special. If interested, please contact Lyn 338 0840.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 23rd Daniel; Fri 28th Hannah.

HUB PROGRAMME: September 23-30 committed to sharing & mutual support

St James Spreydon
Sun 23 6pm Toastie Café at Halswell Anglican followed by a Youth service at 7pm
Tues 25 9.30am Little Kids Music . Kay 339-2370
7.30pm Parish Council Meeting in Hall Lounge
Wed 26 9.26am ‘Get Ready to Shake Out’
7.30pm Indoor Bowls in Church Hall. Roger 337 0611
Fri 28 4.30pm Friday Kids Programme, Hall. Dorothy 338-5142

Cashmere
Mon 24 9.15am Pre School Music in the Lounge
Wed 26 10am Forum – to discuss last Sunday’s readings and Sermon.
Thurs 27 10.45am-12 noon (approx) Prayer Group at 20 Major Aitken Drive

Foot Clinic Advance bookings essential. September Foot Clinic dates are Monday 24th from 2pm, and Tuesday 25th from 9.30am. Phone Gail in the Church Office (332 7129) to make an appointment

Hoon Hay
Mon 24 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge: Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat 353 0265
Tues 25 10.00 am Mainly music for 0 – 5s Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 26 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing 322 7954
Thurs 27 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge: Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat 353 0265
Fri 28 5.00 pm Messy Church – new way of experiencing church with craft activities, story and a shared meal
7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program Matt 027 389 0000

Sunday 23 2pm “Spring Fling” a Musical Matinee featuring piano, harp, accordion, flute, guitar, organ, and voice. Tickets $10 adults; $5 children, available from the Cashmere Hills and Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church Offices. Proceeds from this concert will be shared between Cashmere Hills and Hoon Hay Presbyterian Churches

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Spring Sunday 16 September 2012

We celebrate Spring Sunday with a fishing theme.
When we think of the myriad of species of fish, we also remember all the other water- living creatures, and we remember our rivers, streams that fertilize our land, the sea and the sea shore.
Through the symbolism of water we also remember
Christ as the water of life.

GATHERING:
We invite the rivers to worship with us:
the Avon, the Heathcote, Waimakariri, Rangitata and Rakaia,
and all the streams that flow to the sea.
We invite the sea and the shore to worship with us:
the crashing pacific waves, calmer bays, the sands
and the rock pools.
We invite all the sea creatures to praise God with us:
the fish and sea birds, crabs and anemone,
the mysterious creatures of the deep.
We celebrate the song of the waters that surround us
and the waters that bring life to the land.

HYMN: Roar the Waves (Tune: Praise My Soul WOV 68)
Roar the waves, the waters praising
God who saves; and from beneath
creatures rise in shapes amazing
to our eyes – he gives them breath:
God who set the planets blazing
holds us yet in life or death.

Cries a bird at break of morning –
music heard when life began;
Christ was there at day’s first dawning,
son to share a father’s plan:
Jesus born our hope and warning,
still with us – the Son of Man.

Sound the praise of God, Creator,
voices raise to Christ the Son;
in the Spirit Christians gather –
speak his merit everyone:
not in vain words glory – rather
tell again what God has done! © Michael Perry (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Hilary Moore
HYMN: All Things Bright and Beautiful (A New Zealand version)
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful –
the Lord God made them all.
The wild flowers in their beauty,
the mountain ranges tall,
the deep lakes and the rivers,
and friendly birds that call.
The cold wind in the winter,
the bright life-giving sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden –
he made them every one.

The coloured walls of gorges,
the pine trees green and tall,
the rocks, and pools and palm trees,
the sparkling waterfall.

The many-coloured corals,
the creatures of the sea
of forest, field or valley,
on farms or roaming free.

He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well. ? Together in Song

MISSION MOMENT ~ Aubrey McLeod

READINGS: Psalm 104: 24-30 Margaret Shanks
Luke 5: 1-11 John Shanks

REFLECTION

A Time of Quiet

HYMN: We Praise You Creator (Tune: St Denio WOV 80)
We praise you, Creator, in earth, sea and sky:
our Ruler, our Maker, our Sovereign most high.
Each new generation lifts voices in praise;
how good your creation, how gracious your ways!

Each springtime the blossoms bloom fragrant once more;
each summer and autumn brings forth its rich store.
With witness compelling our praise and our prayer,
creation is telling of your faithful care.

Your wondrous works teach us, Creator, to trace
the limitless reaches of your love and grace.
Your grace dwells among us, your love goes before:
from eldest to youngest we praise and adore. © A. Donaldson (VU)

THE OFFERING

HYMN: We Plough the Fields (as re-written for World Food Sunday)
We plough the fields, and scatter
the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered
by God’s almighty hand;
he sends the cold in winter,
the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine
and soft refreshing rain.
All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
for such abounding love.

We glorify the Maker
of everything that is,
who gives to us to care for
the earth, the air, the seas,
who wills that all the peoples
might have their daily bread,
that we might share our plenty
as channels of God’s love.
All good gifts around us… C/A

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: God of Unexplored Tomorrows (Tune: Marching WOV 110)
God of unexplored tomorrows,
of today and yesterday,
God of rock and flowing river,
be our refuge, be our way.

Guardian rock above, before us,
strong foundation where we build,
landmark through the haze of doubting,
shelter where our fears are stilled.

Be the cleansing, quenching water,
irrigate, disturb and move,
stir us from our easy shallows,
current of refreshing love.

God of rock and flowing river
now and ever with us stand,
to transform our land of promise
into each one’s promised land. © Beverley Jones (FFS)

THE BLESSING
HUB LUNCHEON St James’ Church Hall Sunday 14th October at 12.30pm
Cashmere Hills are assisting St James in hosting St Martins & Hoon Hay parishes. $5 per person. Numbers are limited to 25 per parish. Preference will be given to those who didn’t attend the Progressive Dinner. Please sign the list in the foyer if you wish to attend. Sonya 339 7038 & Judith 332 1577.
NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Morning tea will be served after the service.

Chris would like to have another go at having the Prayers of the People written and led by members of the congregation. If you would like to be part of a prayer roster, please email Anna who prepares the rosters (stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz). This would begin in November.

NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICE will be led by some of the young people and their leaders. It will also be a Pet Service. So feel free to bring along your pets (real or otherwise) to add to the occasion. Wayne.

FUNDRAISER: A record of the demolition of our beloved Hall is available on DVD. $20. Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you wish to purchase a copy, or see Aubrey 930 2525.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 19th Sept.2nd attempt: Meet 9.30am in Gardens carpark (off Armagh St) by the footbridge to the kiosk. Coffee at Robert Harris, YMCA, 12 Hereford Street. All Welcome. June 332 8874.

SESSION meets Wednesday 19th September 7.30pm at Beckenham Methodist IN THE CHURCH.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

THE PARISH OFFICE is CLOSED. Anna can be contacted as usual on Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.

EMAIL ADDRESSES: Please make sure Anna has your CORRECT email address so we can keep you informed about what is happening.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 16th Gowan, Bob; Tue 18th Gilly, Benjamin; Fri 21st Beverley; Sat 22nd Hilary

HUB PROGRAM September 16 – 23rd committed to sharing & mutual support
St James’ Spreydon

Sun 16 10am Rev. Ruth Caughley preaching
5pm Ecumenical Celtic Service at St Mary’s Anglican – (Take a plate – with food on it ?)
Tues 18 9.30am Little Kids Music (Kay Ph. 339-2370)
7.30pm Hub meeting at St James
Wed 19 10am Foot Clinic in Hall Lounge (Bookings: Shona 337-1025)
7.30pm Indoor Bowls in Church Hall (Roger Ph. 337-0611)
Thurs 20 10am Foot Clinic in Hall Lounge (Bookings Gaynor 337-0611)
7.30pm Women Journeying (Kay 337-2370 or Eunice 942-4880)
Fri 21 4.30pm Programme in Friday Kids Room(Dorothy Ph. 338-5142)
World Day of Prayer for Peace (ideas to Stephanie)
Sun 23 10am Family Church Service – ‘Spring’
6pm Toasties at Halswell Anglican & Youth service at 7pm

Cashmere

Mon 17 9.15am Pre School Music in the Lounge
Wed 19 10am Forum – discusses last Sunday’s readings and Sermon.
Wed 19 2pm Cashmere APW meets at 47 Birdwood Ave. Wendy Paris will speak about ‘A Day in the Life of a Hospital Chaplain’
Wed 19 5pm-8pm Christchurch West Rotary– contact Rev David Coster
Thurs 20 10.45am-noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aitken Drive

Sunday 23 2pm “Spring Fling” a Musical Matinee featuring piano, harp, accordion, flute, guitar, organ, and voice. Tickets $10 adults; $5 children, available from the Cashmere Hills and Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church Offices. Proceeds from this concert will be shared between Cashmere Hills and Hoon Hay Presbyterian Churches

Hoon Hay

Mon 17 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat 353 0265
Tues 18 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay Eleanor 9604824
6.00 pm Zumba Akaea 339 2013
Wed 19 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing David 322 7954
Thu 20 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat 353 0265
Fri 21 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme Matt 027 389 0000
Sat 22 1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls Brian 338 4488

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Sunday 9 September 2012

NWELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP
The story of creation has not ended, but continues through
God’s goal of wholeness; wholeness to be realised in the world around us, and in our personal lives.
God continues to create, calling us onwards in the journey towards fullness of life; calling us to be co-creators, guided by the Spirit moving within us.

HYMN: Sing Praise and Thanksgiving
Sing praise and thanksgiving, let all creatures living
now worship their maker with gladness and song;
all glory and honour we come to him bringing:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God!

Our lives of his making he brings to their waking;
in darkness he held us in his gracious care,
now into the light we are called from our sleeping:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God!

Lord, frame our desiring to do your requiring,
that unto your glory be all that we do;
and where we have faltered, give strength and give healing:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God! ? C.A. Gibson & M. Barclay (WOV)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Alice Shanks

SONG: Christians Are All Kinds of People
Christians are all kinds of people, They’re average, they’re short, and they’re tall, From all kinds of backgrounds, with all kinds of outlooks, Our gracious God uses them all. Christians are all kinds of people, Not even especially good, but God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts, with mercy as wide as the sea; it reaches to you and to me.

Christians are all kinds of people. They’re smilers, they’re grouchers, they’re clowns. In all kinds of weather, wherever they gather, You’ll find every kind of them round. Christians are all kinds of people, And sometimes all kinds are in me.
but God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts, with mercy as wide as the sea; it reaches to you and to me.

God uses all kinds of people, The black and the pale and the tan, New Born and the aged, the fit and disabled, They all have a part in the plan. God uses all kinds of people, With problems, with hang-ups, with scars,
but God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts, with mercy as wide as the sea; it reaches to you and to me. ©Stan & Pauline Stewart

READINGS: Psalm 8 Warren Pettigrew
Mark 7: 24-37 Audrey Dunnachie

SERMON: Crossing boundaries – challenging assumptions

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Who is My Mother, Who is My Brother?
Who is my mother?
Who is my brother?
All those who gather round Jesus Christ:
Spirit-blown people
born from the Gospel
sit at the table, round Jesus Christ.

Differently abled,
differently labelled
widen the circle round Jesus Christ,
crutches and stigmas,
cultures’ enigmas
all come together round Jesus Christ.

Love will relate us –
colour or status
can’t segregate us round Jesus Christ:
family failings,
human derailings,
all are accepted, round Jesus Christ.

Bound by one vision,
met for one mission
we claim each other, round Jesus Christ.
Here is my mother,
here is my brother,
kindred in Spirit, round Jesus Christ. © Shirley Murray (AA)

OFFERING

You have gifted each one of us, living God:
some with spontaneous friendship, some with the ability to plan,
some with an observant eye, some with a generous nature,
some with warm compassion.
Bless our gifts of personality, the gifts that make us who we are.
Bless these gifts of money and food, that together all these things may advance the Way of Jesus, in our church family and this city. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Jesus Shall Reign
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and realms of every tongue
declare his love in sweetest song;
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where Jesus reigns:
the prisoners leap to lose their chains,
the weary find eternal rest,
and all who suffer want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring
the highest honours to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud Amen. C/A

THE BLESSING

HUB LUNCHEON
St James’ Church Hall
Sunday 14th October at 12.30pm
Cashmere Hills are assisting St James in hosting St Martins & Hoon Hay parishes. $5 per person. Numbers are limited to 25 per parish. Preference will be given to those who didn’t attend the Progressive Dinner. Please sign the list in the foyer if you wish to attend. Sonya 339 7038 & Judith 332 1577.
OTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Morning tea will be served after the service, followed by the Annual Meeting.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist – please note change of date. Lyndsey 388 1264.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 12th Sept. Meet 9.30am in Gardens carpark (off Armagh St) by the footbridge to the kiosk. If wet, walk postponed to next week. If weather is doubtful, phone for a decision after 8.30am. Coffee at Robert Harris, YMCA, 12 Hereford Street. All Welcome. June 332 8874.

CHRISTCHURCH APW Wednesday 12th September at Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church 9.45am. The Rev Dugald Wilson from the presbytery will give up to date information regarding the earthquake damage to church buildings in the city and what they think will be happening to many of them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and hopefully to receive some answers. There will be a Sales Table. Allison 332 0554.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

THE PARISH OFFICE is CLOSED. Anna can be contacted as usual on Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.

EMAIL ADDRESSES: Please make sure Anna has your CORRECT email address so we can keep you informed about what is happening.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

“Unite & Celebrate” Youth Service Sunday 23rd September 7pm at St Mary’s Halswell. Come early for toasties at 6pm. Gold coin donation. Worship led by St Aug’s Youth Band. Speaker: Christoph Zintl. Ph Paddy 332 2725 for more information.

Chris would like to have another go at having the Prayers of the People written and led by members of the congregation. If you would like to be part of a prayer roster, please email Anna who prepares the rosters (stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz). This would begin in November.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 12th Allan; Thu 13th Peter.

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