Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sunday 28 October 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING: (Together)
We are here to meet each other by conversation and friendship,
and within the mystery of worship.
We are here to meet people of our community through others’ experience and stories, and within the mystery of prayer.
We are here to meet the world by remembering its needs and opportunities, and within the mystery of being one humanity.
We are here to meet our God or rather, to know that God is meeting us.

HYMN: Fill Your Hearts with Joy and Gladness
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)

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

CHILDREN’S SONG: There’s a Song of Love in My Heart
There’s a song of love in my heart;
love is a gift from Jesus.
There’s a song of love in my heart;
love is a gift from God.
Alleluia! Love in my heart is singing praises.
Alleluia! Love is a gift from God.

There’s a song of hope in my heart;
hope is a gift from Jesus.
There’s a song of hope in my heart;
hope is a gift from God.
Alleluia! Hope in my heart is singing praises.
Alleluia! Hope is a gift from God.

There’s a song of joy in my heart;
joy is a gift from Jesus.
There’s a song of joy in my heart;
joy is a gift from God.
Alleluia! Joy in my heart is singing praises.
Alleluia! Joy is a gift from God. ©Norman Habel (SoS)

READING: Luke 10: 25-37 Anneke Howie

The Cottage in the lives of the local people

HYMN: Here I am, Lord
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:
God, we bring an offering of money and food, along with the offering of ourselves in your service. Our prayer is that this offering may be used for good: to continue the ministry of St Martin’s, to reach out into the wider community and world, to bring new life, hope and opportunity,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: As a Fire is Meant For Burning
As a fire is meant for burning with a bright and warming flame,
so the church is meant for mission, giving, glory to God’s name.
Not to preach our creeds or customs, but to build a bridge of care,
we join hands across the nations, finding neighbours everywhere.

We are learners, we are teachers, we are pilgrims on the way.
We are seekers, we are givers, we are vessels made of clay.
By our gentle, loving actions, we would show that Christ is light.
In a humble, listening Spirit, we would live to God’s delight.

As a green bud in the springtime is a sign of life renewed,
so may we be signs of oneness mid earth’s peoples, many hued.
As a rainbow lights the heavens when a storm is past and gone,
may our lives reflect the radiance of God’s new and glorious dawn.
© Ruth Duck (VU)
THE BLESSING
NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Morning tea will be served after the service.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 31st October: Meet 9.30am at the corner of Rolleston Ave & Cashel Street for a walk around the city, followed by coffee. Allison 332 0554.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Lyndsey 388 1264.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 1st Nov Gillian.

HUB PROGRAM October 29th – November 4th
committed to sharing and mutual support

St James Spreydon
Sun 28th 12pm LA LA LAC [Ladies Alone, Living Alone, Lunching
AfterChurch] gathering at Oderings.
Tues 30th 9.30am Little Kidz Music in Hall Lounge (Kay 339-2370)
Fri 2nd 4.30pm Friday Kids in Kids Room (Stephanie 337 9871)

Cashmere
Mon 29th 9.15am Pre-School Music – contact Heidi 332 8460
2pm Foot Clinic
Tues 30th 9.30am Foot Clinic – phone the office (332 7129) to book an
appointment
Tues 30th 7pm Cashmere Residents Association AGM
Wed 31st 10.00 am Forum – to discuss last week’s readings & Sermon.

Thurs 1st Nov 10.45 am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive 7.30pm Choir Rehearsal in Church

Relief Cleaner wanted: Our regular cleaner will be taking two weeks’ leave towards the end of November. The person who usually covers for her is not available, so we are looking for someone else to do the cleaning whilst she is away. If you are able to help, or can recommend someone, please contact Richard (981 7381)

Hoon Hay
Tues 30th 10.00 am Mainly music – 0 – 5 years Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 31st 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls – Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing – David 322 7954
Thurs 1st 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge: Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat 353 0265
Fri 2nd 5.00 pm Messy Church – a new way of experiencing church with craft activities, story and a shared meal
7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program. Matt 027 389 0000

A KEEP FIT CLASS from your chair: “Sit and Stay Fit”. Every Thursday 1.15-2.30pm at the St Peter’s Church Hall, Fisher Ave, Beckenham. $4 pp. and a cuppa to follow. It is lots of fun, good music we all know and led by an enthusiastic instructor. Anneke 328 7459.

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Sunday 21 October 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Sing to the Lord a new song
Sing to the Lord all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise His name
Proclaim His salvation day after day.
Declare His glory among the nations.
His marvellous deeds among the people.
For great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise.

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)

PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: Jesus Loves the Little Children (x2)
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world.
Every colour, every race, all are covered by his grace.
Jesus loves the little children of the world. C/A

READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 104: verses 1-9 Sue Saunders
Mark 10: 35-45 Jeannette Beaumont
SERMON: True Greatness

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Here I Am, Lord
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?

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 be satisfied,
I will give my life to them, whom shall I send?
©Oregon Catholic Press (VU)

OFFERING:
Gracious and Loving God;
Your hand supplies all our needs; so now from our hands we bring these our offering to be used as needed within the church and the wider community.
Bless these gifts we pray, and bless our lives as we offer them anew that we may be living offerings in your service in this place we and to all we meet.
This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

WE GREET EACH OTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Servant Song
Brother, sister, let me serve You
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I might have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey
All together on the road
We are here to help each other,
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ light for you,
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping
When we laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow,
Till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven
We shall find such harmony.
Born of all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve You
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I might have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.

BLESSING AND THREE-FOLD AMEN (SUNG).

City Care wishes to advise that the St Martins Rebuild drop in centre in Wades Avenue (opposite New World entrance) is open to the public on Tuesdays from 2.00-4.00pm and Fridays 9.00-11.00am. All residents are welcome to drop in during these times if you wish to discuss the roadworks with the team from City Care.

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.

There is a letter from Chris on our noticeboard in the church foyer.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 24th October: Meet 9.30am for a stroll around Linwood. Coffee to follow at Under the Red Verandah. Phone Anneke 328 7459 for details.

CARING & SHARING Wednesday 24th October 2pm in the Beckenham Methodist Church Lounge. Jill Grierson, story-teller extraordinaire will be our guest. EVERYONE is very welcome to join us. Free afternoon tea! 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. Please phone or email Anna to book.

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

A KEEP FIT CLASS from your chair: “Sit and Stay Fit”. Every Thursday 1.15-2.30pm at the St Peter’s Church Hall, Fisher Ave, Beckenham. $4 pp. and a cuppa to follow. It is lots of fun, good music we all know and led by an enthusiastic instructor. Anneke 328 7459.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 22nd Bruce, Lesley; Tue 23rd Lyn; Thu 25th Warren, Jim; Sat 27th Allison, Tony.

HUB PROGRAM October 21st – October 28th
committed to sharing and mutual support

St James Spreydon

Tues 23rd 9.30am Little Kidz Music in Hall Lounge (Kay 339-2370)
Tues 23rd 6.15pm Shared Tea for Parish Council & Pastoral Visitors. Short discussion about pastoral work, then non-Parish Council members leave.
Fri 26th 4.30pm Friday Kids in Kids Room (Stephanie 337 9871)
Sun 28th 12pm LA LA LAC [Ladies Alone, Living Alone, Lunching
AfterChurch] gathering at Oderings. (Contact Frances 339-0332 or Janet 027-213-4138 to book)

Cashmere
Tues 23rd 7pm Cashmere Residents Association AGM in Church Lounge
Wed 24th 10.00 am Forum – to discuss last Sunday’s readings and Sermon.
Thurs 25th 10.45 am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
Mon 29th 2pm Foot Clinic
Tues 30th 9.30am Foot Clinic – phone the office (332 7129) to book an appointment

Relief Cleaner wanted: Our regular cleaner will be taking 2 weeks leave towards the end of November. The person who usually covers for her is not available, so we are looking for someone else to do the cleaning whilst she is away. If you are able to help, or can recommend someone, please contact Richard (981 7381)

Hoon Hay No programme received
Mon 15th 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge: Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls: Pat 353 0265
Tues 16th 10.00 am Mainly music – 0 – 5 years Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 17th 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls – Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing – David 322 7954
Thurs 18th 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge: Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat Simpson 353 0265
Fri 19th 5.00 pm Messy Church – craft activities, story and a shared meal
7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program Matt 027 389 0000

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Sunday 14 October 2012

CALL TO WORSHIP:
If we belong to Christ, it is all God’s doing; it is God also who has set his seal upon us and give the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, for God’s love endures for ever.

HYMN: Sing, all creation (Tune: Christe Sanctorum)
Sing all creation, sing to God in gladness: joyously serve him, singing hymns of homage, chanting his praises, come before his presence: praise the Almighty!

Know that our God is Lord of all the ages; he is our maker: we are all his creatures, people he fashioned, sheep he leads to pasture: praise the Almighty!

Enter his temple, ringing out his praises; sing in thanksgiving as you come before him; blessing his bounty, glorify his greatness: praise the Almighty!

Great in his goodness is the Lord we worship; steadfast in his kindness, love that knows no ending; faithful his word is, changeless, everlasting:
praise the Almighty! ©James Quinn (CH4)

PRAYERS OF ADORATION, CONFESSION & SUPPLICATION

HYMN: I Sing a Song of the Saints of God (Tune:Grand Isle)
I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew. And one was a doctor, and one was a queen, and one was a shepherdess on the green; they were all of them saints of God, and I mean, God helping, to be one too.

They loved their Lord so dear, so dear, and his love made them strong; and they followed the right for Jesus’ sake the whole of their good lives long. And one was a soldier, and one was a priest, and was slain by a fierce wild beast; and there’s not any reason, no, not the least, why I shouldn’t be one too.

They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of thousands still. The world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will. You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store, in church, by the sea, in the house next door; they are saints of God, whether rich or poor, and I mean to be one too. © L. Scott (CH4)

READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE:

Job 23: 1-9; 16-17 Bob Cathro
St Mark: 10: 17-31 Deborah Fitchett

SERMON

HYMN: O God, we bear the imprint of your face (Tune: Song 1) O God, we bear the imprint of your face:
the colors of our skin are your design,
and what we have of beauty in our race
as man or woman, you alone define,
who stretched a living fabric on our frame
and gave to each a language and a name.

Where we are torn and pulled apart by hate because our race, our skin is not the same, while we are judged unequal by the state and victims made because we own our name, humanity reduced to little worth, dishonored is your living face on earth.

O God, we share the image of your Son whose flesh and blood are ours, whatever skin, in humanity we find our own, and in his family our proper kin: Christ is the brother we still crucify, his love the language we must learn, or die. ©Shirley Murray (CH4)

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING & INTERCESSION

THE PEACE

OFFERING

PRAYER OF DEDICATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Come and Find the Quiet Centre (Lewis Folk Melody arr J Bell)
Come and find the quiet centre in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.
Silence is a friend who claims us,
cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us,
knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking,
lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking,
finding scope for faith begun.
In the Spirit let us travel,
open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming,
there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming
there is always room to spare! ©Shirley Murray WGRG/Iona (CH4)

BLESSING AND THREE-FOLD AMEN (SUNG).

City Care wishes to advise that the St Martins Rebuild drop in centre in Wades Avenue (opposite New World entrance) is open to the public on Tuesdays from 2.00-4.00pm and Fridays 9.00-11.00am. All residents are welcome to drop in during these times if you wish to discuss the roadworks with the team from City Care.

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. Our worship next Sunday will be led by Bruce.

HUB LUNCHEON St James’ Church Hall TODAY at 12.30pm. $5 per person. Please pay Fern to receive your ticket(s).

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 17th October: Meet 9.30am at Centaurus Road end of Bowenvale Ave. Coffee at Cuppa & Chat, Beckenham Methodist. June 332 8874.

BOARD OF MANAGERS’ meeting Wednesday 17th October 7.30pm at the Blacklers’ 5 Clouston Street. Please note venue.

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

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.

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

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

A KEEP FIT CLASS from your chair: “Sit and Stay Fit”. Every Thursday 1.15-2.30pm at the St Peter’s Church Hall, Fisher Ave, Beckenham. $4 pp. and a cuppa to follow. It is lots of fun, good music we all know and led by an enthusiastic instructor. Anneke 328 7459.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 18th Barbara; Sat 20th Fern.

HUB PROGRAM October 14th – October 21st: committed to sharing and mutual support

St James Spreydon
Tues 16th 9.30am Little Kidz Music in Hall Lounge (Kay 339-2370)
Thurs 18th 7.30pm Women Journeying meeting. Topic – ‘Restorative Justice’. Speaker is allergic to chemicals so please come not wearing perfume, deodorant, etc (Kay 339-2370 or Eunice 9424880)
Fri 19th 4.30pm Friday Kids in Kids Room (Dorothy 338-5142)

Cashmere
Mon 15th 9.15 am Pre School Music in the Lounge
Mon 15th: 1.30 pm Cashmere Garden Club – Workshop
Wed 17th 10.00 am Forum – to discuss last Sunday’s readings & Sermon.
Wed 17th 2.00 pm Cashmere APW meet in the Lounge. The speaker will be
Helen Wells who will tell us about her time in Thailand. There will be a sales table. Contributions of suitable items for the Christmas hamper which will be given to “Pillars” will be welcomed
Thurs 18th 10.45 am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

Hoon Hay No programme received
Mon 15th 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge: Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls: Pat 353 0265
Tues 16th 10.00 am Mainly music – 0 – 5 years Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 17th 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls – Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing – David 322 7954
Thurs 18th 9.30-10.40 am Tai Chi in lounge: Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Pat Simpson 353 0265
Fri 19th 5.00 pm Messy Church – craft activities, story and a shared meal
7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program Matt 027 389 0000

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Hub Program October 7-14

St James Spreydon
Sun 14 Oct 12.30pm Hub Lunch at St James. Tickets $5.

Cashmere
Mon 8 9.15am School holidays – No Pre School Music
Wed 10 10am Forum – a group to discuss the previous Sunday’s readings and Sermon.
Thurs 11 10.45am-12 noon (approx) Prayer Group at 20 Major Aitken Drive

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 Eleanor.School term only
Wed 3 1.00 pm 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. Matt 027 389 0000

A KEEP FIT CLASS from your chair: “Sit and Stay Fit”. Every Thursday 1.15-2.30pm at the St Peter’s Church Hall, Fisher Ave, Beckenham. $4 pp. and a cuppa to follow. It is lots of fun, good music we all know and led by an enthusiastic instructor. Anneke 328 7459.

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World Communion Sunday 7 October 2012

GREETINGS:
Tena koutou katoa
Tena koe.

NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP: (excerpts Ps 96 W. Brandt)
God is here; God is now
It is time for celebration.
Let us create new songs of praise to our God.
Wherever one turns, God’s presence is apparent.
Let us celebrate God’s presence in our world today.

HYMN: God is Truly Present
God is truly present,
Let us come expectant,
Reverently through Christ approaching.
God has come among us,
So we bring our worship,
Waiting here in awe and stillness.
God we own: God alone –
In the Son revealing
Mercy, truth and healing.

Jesus dwell within me,
Let my mind and spirit
Be the place where you are living.
Loving Lord, draw nearer,
Bringing light and wholeness,
So may I reflect your glory.
Let your will guide me still,
As I bow before you,
Always longing for you.

Come in power and wisdom,
Let your presence fill me;
Take away all things that bind me.
As the warmth of sunshine
Brings the bud to flower,
Let your beauty grow within me.
Lead me on, where you’ve gone,
Jesus friend and leader,
Constant interceder. ©Gerhard Tersteegen

MEDITATION
Be still, be silent before your God.
Say nothing, ask nothing, be still, listen.
God is there beside, within. Give God space.
Be still, be silent.

PRAYER:
THE PROPHET JEREMIAH
PLAY: More Than Words by Ken Russell
References: Jeremiah chapter 1 – the call, the boiling pot;
chapter 18 – the potter & the clay; chapter 19 – the broken earthenware jug;
chapter 24 – the good and bad figs; chapter 27 – the sign of the yoke;
chapter 29 – the letter.

REFLECTION:

OFFERING:
Gracious God, with these gifts of money and food as a sign of love, we offer you our love, our time, energy and skills to be used within our everyday. Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE WORLD & SUNG LORD’S PRAYER

INVITATION TO COMMUNION: on screen

THE ACCEPTANCE:
We come to the table in response to the invitation of Jesus Christ, who loved, suffered and died for all people. We come seeking renewal and hope that is offered through the risen Christ. We come to show our solidarity with all people of the world in their search for peace and justice.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:
The people of God have a human face. We laugh, we weep, we wait in hope. We lift our eyes and stub our toes, we love and struggle, we fail, we stand and always we stand on trembling ground. But God is God and Jesus is the Christ and the Spirit will lift our feet. God is at the centre, God is at our endings. Nothing lies beyond the love of God in Christ. (from Echoes of our Journey. McRae-McMahon)

HYMN: Everyday I Will Offer You
Every day I will offer you,
Loving God my heart and mind
Every way I discover you,
In the work your hand has signed;
Help me see I’m your image, and
You have dreamed what I might be –
Every day – in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy!

Every day I will look to Christ
And give thanks for wine and bread.
Through the pain and the emptiness
Where your world cries to be fed;
Help me see I can work for change,
And wherever I might be.
Every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy!

Every day I will take your word,
Answer your compassion’s claim,
Celebrate every sign of hope,
Every deed done in your name;
Help me see you are always there,
And your light can shine through me,
Every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy! ©Shirley Murray

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

DISTRIBUTION OF ELEMENTS: to the four corners of the world.

OFFER THE PEACE OF CHRIST TO THOSE AROUND YOU.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

BIBLE READING: Matthew 28: 16-20 Joan Macdonald

HYMN: WOV 450 Let us from this Table Rise
Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul;
with Christ we die and live again, his selfless love has made us whole.

With minds alert, upheld by grace, to spread the Word in speech and deed, we follow in the steps of Christ, at one with man in hope and need.

To fill each human house with love, it is the sacrament of care;
the work that Christ began to do we humbly pledge ourselves to share.

Then give us courage, Father God, to choose again the pilgrim way,
and help us to accept with joy the challenge of tomorrow’s day. F Kaan.

THE COMMITMENT TO GOD’S WORLD:
We go now, having committed ourselves anew to respond in love in service. May we know the freedom to move into the unknown and untried, see opportunities each new day to serve with love, compassion, imagination and courage. We go, knowing that God will be with us, Jesus Christ will guide us and the spirit of God will lead us along the way. Amen.

BENEDICTION
SUNG BLESSING: E Te Atua (tune Kum Ba Yah)
E te Atua aroha mai (x3) O God loves us
Ake ake tonu e forever and ever.

E te Atua manaaki mai… O God bless us

E te Atua awhina mai… O God help us (AA)

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. Our worship next Sunday will be led by Rev John McKean.

HUB LUNCHEON St James’ Church Hall on Sunday 14th October at 12.30pm $5 per person. Please pay Fern to receive your ticket(s). There are still a few places available if you wish to attend. Sonya 339 7038 & Judith 332 1577.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 10th October: Meet 9.30am at Opawa Mall, cnr Opawa & Hawford Roads. Coffee at Opawa Bakery. Judith 332 1577.

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

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.

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

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

ST MARTINS THEATRE GROUP: 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 let Lyn know TODAY 338 0840!

APW will meet at Cust Union Church, Earlys Road, on Wednesday 10th October commencing with morning tea from 9.30am. Bring your lunch and enjoy Country Day. Allison 332 0554.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sat 13th Jenny.

HUB PROGRAM October 7-14– committed to sharing and mutual support

St James Spreydon
Sun 14 Oct 12.30pm Hub Lunch at St James. Tickets $5.

Cashmere
Mon 8 9.15am School holidays – No Pre School Music
Wed 10 10am Forum – a group to discuss the previous Sunday’s readings and Sermon.
Thurs 11 10.45am-12 noon (approx) Prayer Group at 20 Major Aitken Drive

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 Eleanor.School term only
Wed 3 1.00 pm 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. Matt 027 389 0000

A KEEP FIT CLASS from your chair: “Sit and Stay Fit”. Every Thursday 1.15-2.30pm at the St Peter’s Church Hall, Fisher Ave, Beckenham. $4 pp. and a cuppa to follow. It is lots of fun, good music we all know and led by an enthusiastic instructor. Anneke 328 7459.

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