Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sunday 27 January 2013


OPENING HYMN: Let us Sing to the God of Salvation
Let us sing to the God of salvation,
let us sing to the Lord our rock!
Let us come to his house with thanksgiving,
let us come before the Lord and sing!
Praise our Maker,
praise our Saviour,
praise the Lord our everlasting King.
Every throne must bow before him,
God is Lord of everything!

In his hands are the earth’s deep places
and the strength of the hills is his;
all the sea is the Lord’s, for he made it,
by his hands the dry land was formed.

Let us worship the Lord our Maker,
let us kneel to the Lord our God;
for we all are the sheep of his pasture,
he will guide us by his powerful hand.

Let today be the time when you hear him!
May our hearts not be hard or cold,
lest we stray from the Lord in rebellion,
as his people did in time of old. © R.T Bewes (WOV)


As the deer pants for the water,
so my soul longs after you.
You alone are my heart’s desire
and I long to worship You.
You alone are my strength, my shield,
to you alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart’s desire
and I long to worship you.

I want you more than gold or silver,
only you can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy-giver
and the apple of my eye.

You’re my friend and you are my brother,
even though you are a king.
I love you more than any other,
so much more than anything. © Restoration Music (CH 4)

Light of the World,
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore you
Hope of a life spent with you
So here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that
You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly you came to this world you created
All for love’s sake became poor
So here I am…

And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross © Tim Hughes MP 1086


Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ his son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ his son

And now let the weak say “I am strong”
Let the poor say “I am rich”
Because of what the Lord has done for us
And now let the weak say “I am strong”
Let the poor say “I am rich”
Because of what the Lord has done for us…
Give thanks. © Henry Smith MP 170

THE OFFERING – Beckenham Music Group
All heaven declares
The glory of the risen Lord
Who can compare
With the beauty of the Lord?
For ever he will be
The Lamb upon the throne
I gladly bow the knee
And worship him alone

I will proclaim
The glory of the risen Lord
Who once was slain
To reconcile us to God
For ever you will be’
The Lamb upon the Throne
I gladly bow my knee
To worship you alone © Tricia Richards MP14

Loving God, we bring these gifts of money and food for blessing, along with ourselves. From within our congregations come many gifts, so others might be fed, cared for, reconciled, renewed.
From many gifts come one hope: that good news might be lived and shared with people who have none; that people who cannot see a future might touch and know its reality; that people who are burdened by the events of life might feel the weight lifted; that all might know themselves to be loved by God,
in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

READINGS: Psalm 133 Beckenham
Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-16 St Martins

HYMN: All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord
All praise to our redeeming Lord,
who joins us by his grace,
and bids us, each to each restored,
together seek his face.

The gift which he on one bestows,
we all delight to prove;
the grace through every vessel flows,
in purest streams of love.

He bids us build each other up;
and gathered into one,
to our high calling’s glorious hope
we hand in hand go on.

We all partake the joy of one,
the common peace we feel,
a peace to sensual minds unknown,
a joy unspeakable.

And if our fellowship below
in Jesus be so sweet,
what heights of rapture shall we know
when round his throne we meet! C/A

Methodist Presbyterian Musings
HYMN: All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord (see above for words)

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

NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICE is at 9am. There will be Communion. Please note time.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. We would love to have some more volunteers for this clinic. It’s not just feet! We require welcomers and tea makers as well as people to massage feet and cut toenails. If you want to see what’s involved, please come along tomorrow and have a look. Enquiries and offers of help to Lyndsey 388 1264.

CUPPA & CHAT: EVERY Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 30th January: Meet 9.30am in South Library carpark (Hunter Tce end). Coffee at Red. June 332 8874.

SESSION meets on Wednesday 30th January at 7.30pm in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday from 10am – 12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

DEADLINE FOR NEXT MAGAZINE is 15-17 February. Please forward information to our new Editor, Anneke Howie 5 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton or email Phone 328 7459. She is looking forward to receiving any news people wish to share with the members.

WALTHAM COMMUNITY COTTAGE would love some contributions of food suitable for making a meal. Some suggestions are: cans of lentils, chickpeas, every type of tomato, kidney beans, butter beans; rice; packets of tortillas; salsa.
All the above are very much needed and every contribution is greatly appreciated. For more details, please contact Fern 332 4725.

THE PARISH OFFICE hours are Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. To have information included in the weekly notices email or phone Anna on 332 6192 by 9am Thursday please.


HUB NEWS: Please see the noticeboard in the foyer for this week’s information.

Community Fun Day Saturday 1st February 5-7pm at St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Road. Free sausage sizzle and lots of family activities. Everyone welcome.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 27th Nola, Bernie; Thu 31st Bryan, Adrienne; Fri 1st Alice.

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Epiphany – Sunday 6 January 2013

three kings and camel approaching a starWELCOME AND NOTICES

Radiant God, light for all people and all places,
by the guidance of a star you led the Magi to worship the Christ Child.
By the light of faith lead us to worship you in peace
and love, and guide us in your way.

HYMN:Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Angels, from the realms of glory,
wing your flight through all the earth;
heralds of creation’s story,
now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
come and worship
Christ, the new-born King,
come and worship,
worship Christ, the new-born King.

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
watching by your flocks at night,
God with us is now residing;
see, there shines the infant Light:
come and worship …

Wise men, leave your contemplations,
brighter visions shine afar;
seek in him the hope of nations,
you have seen his rising star:
come and worship …

Though an infant now we view him,
he will share his Father’s throne,
gather all the nations to him:
every knee shall then bow down:
come and worship … © In this version Jubilate Hymns (HFTC)


O.T. READING: Isaiah 60: 1-6Bruce Hudson
The image of light as a show of God’s glory


READING: Matthew 2: 1-12 Rob & Barbara Meier

HYMN: Wise Men Came Journeying (Tune: Slane WOV455)
Wise men came journeying, once long ago,
camel hooves swirling the sun dune and snow,
gold in the saddle-bag, myrrh in the jar,
incense to honour the Child of the star.

Wise are the travellers led to move on,
following signs where the Christ light has shone,
facing the deserts and crossing the lines,
heeding no limits that culture defines.

Wise are each one of us looking for change,
stargazer people, respecting the strange,
inner and outer worlds open to light,
centred on seeing the real and the right.

Wise ones keep journeying all through their days,
bringing their gifts to the source of their praise,
risking the Promise with all they hold dear,
seeking God’s grace at the door of the year. © Hope Publishing (CoC)

REFLECTION: If we could see the whole journey…

As the magi brought gold, so we bring these gifts.
As the magi brought frankincense, so we bring our prayers.
As the magi brought myrrh, so we bring our lives to you, O God;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers of the people & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: I Come With Joy, a Child of God (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 186)
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.

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

The Spirit of the Living 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. © Steiner and Bell (CH 4)

Come with thanksgiving and hopebut not as we had predicted.
We thank you for entering our life; for coming as a child, reminding us that each human life is precious;
that we depend totally on your goodness,
that we rely on each other to live and survive,
that we are to grow in your love and wisdom…



Now that the mad rush is over… which keep us from fullness of life.

As we face the year ahead, we thank you for one another and for your grace. Help us individually, and as congregations, to be signs of your compassion, hope, joy, and unity in this world you love. Amen.

HYMN: I Am the Light of the World
I am the light of the world.
You people come and follow me!”
If you follow and love
you’ll learn the mystery
of what you were meant to do and be.

When the song of the angel is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and the shepherds
have found their way home,
the work of Christmas is begun:
“I am the light of the world…

to find the lonely and the lost,
to heal their broken souls with love,
to feed the hungry children
with warmth and good food,
to feel the earth below, the sky above;
“I am the light of the world…

to free the prisoners from their chains,
to make the powerful care,
to re-build the nations
with strength of goodwill,
to be at one with people everywhere;
“I am the light of the world…

to bring hope to every task you do,
to dance at a baby’s new birth,
to make music in
an old man’s heart,
and sing to the colours of the earth.
“I am the light of the world… © Desert Flower Music (VU)


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