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Easter Day 31 March 2013

CALL TO WORSHIP: from the back
It is the Christ, in the dawning;
in the renewal, in the arrival, in the new day.
It is the Christ, risen and returned,
alive for evermore, giving us new life,
saving us in strife.
It is the Christ. For Christ is risen, risen indeed.

HYMN: Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

Hymns of joy then let us sing Alleluia!
praising Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the anguish he endured Alleluia!
our salvation has procured; Alleluia!
now exalted he is king, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing: Alleluia! C/A

OPENING PRAYERS

STORY-TIME

READINGS: Isaiah 65: 17-25 Barbara Meier
A new heaven and a new earth; the wolf and the lamb together

Luke 24: 1-12 Rob Meier
The women report that the tomb is empty

SERMON: Good Friday really happened, BUT…

HYMN: Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing (Tune: Truro )
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
The cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring;
Love, drowned in death, shall never die.

Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
but saving, healing, here and now,
and touching every place and time.

In every insult, rift and war,
where colour, scorn or wealth divide,
Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,
and lives, where even hope has died.

Women and men, in age and youth
can feel the Spirit, hear the call,
and find the way, the life, the truth,
revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

Christ is alive, and comes to bring
good news to this and every age,
till earth and sky and ocean ring
with joy, with justice, love and praise. © Stainer & Bell (CH4)

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe in a world meant for everyone to live together happily in. We believe in living a life of love, sharing with friend and neighbour alike. We believe this is the way of Jesus, who enables us to see and acknowledge our faults, and to experience new beginnings.
We believe he died for us and rose again for us, and for the whole world; and calls us to join with the people who follow him now.
And, I believe he can use even me to carry on his work in the world.

OFFERING
Loving God, our Creator, who gives us life and meaning,
our Saviour, who gives us wholeness and hope,
our Comforter, who gives us peace and joy, use us, and our gifts, to your glory, we pray, in the name of Jesus, the Christ. AMEN.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION AND THE PEACE

COMMUNION HYMN: Lord Jesus Christ
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have come to us,
you are one with us, Mary’s son;
cleansing our souls from all their sin,
pouring your love and goodness in,
Jesus, our love for you we sing,
living Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
now and every day
teach us how to pray, Son of God.
You have commanded us to do
this, in remembrance, Lord, of you:
into our lives your power breaks through
living Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have come to us,
born as one of us, Mary’s son;
led out to die on Calvary,
risen from death to set us free,
living Lord Jesus, help us see
you are Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
I would come to you,
live my life for you, Son of God.
All your commands I know are true,
your many gifts will make me new,
into my life your power breaks through,
living Lord. © Josef Weinberger Ltd (WOV)

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING – incl The Prayers of the People
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Jesus – companion and Saviour…we proclaim with joy,
Holy, holy, holy God of new and transforming life
heaven and earth are full of your glory
hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in your name,
hosanna in the highest… as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

On Good Friday he died.
On Easter he rose again.
Today he lives forever. ..

COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN: Christ is Alive
Christ is alive, and the universe must celebrate,
and the stars and the suns shout on this Easter Day!
Christ is alive, and his family must celebrate
in a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Here is our hope: in the mystery of suffering
is the heartbeat of Love, Love that will not let go,
here is our hope, that in God we are not separate,
and we sing alleluia,
we sing alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Christ Spirit, dance through the dullness of humanity
to the music of God, God who has set us free!
You are the pulse of the new creation’s energy;
with a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
we praise the power that made the stone roll away.
? Shirley Murray (AA)

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 1st Aileen, Grace; Thu 4th Rosalie.

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

Chris will be away from Tuesday this week. Bruce will lead the service on 7 April.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 3rd April: Carpool from St Martin’s church 9.10am or meet at 101 Rannoch Drive 9.30am for a walk around Kintyre Estate and Delamain subdivisions. (Travel west along motorway, R along Curletts Rd, L into Yaldhurst Rd, L into Masham Rd, 2nd R onto Kintyre Drive, go to the end then L onto Rannoch Drive. We are 1st house on R which is corner of Glen Kerran Close. Our house is cream and grey.) Look forward to seeing you! Rosalie 332 5489.

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.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE: Sunday 14th April.
All goods and produce will be given to Waltham Community Cottage. They have a special need for dry goods – packets and tinned – to help with the cooking classes. Pasta, lentils, canned tomatoes and all beans are always acceptable along with any other food that is given. Fresh produce will also be welcome and we ask that you bring your contribution along to this special service. Worship Committee.

PARISH OFFICE hours: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Contact Anna on 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.

The information presented to the parish on 3 March regarding the future of the church buildings is available on the website: www.stmartins.org.nz

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 22nd April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Enquiries and offers of help to Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

Fair Weather – Trestle Fair

Saturday 13th April (if wet Saturday 20th April)
9.00am – 12 noon
on the St Martin’s Church site

A simple trestle fair this year, but we will need lots of helpers on the day and lots of goods to sell, so start cleaning out your cupboards.
We will be able to accept goods after Easter – please contact a member of the Fair committee to arrange to have the church open.
Remember, we are only having the following stalls/tables:-
White Elephant
Cakes
Preserves/Jam
Books

NO household furniture, TVs, stereos or computers please

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Good Friday 2013

OPENING REFLECTION – from the back

HYMN: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See! from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all. C/A

OPENING PRAYER

READING 1: John 18: 1-14 Ken Cree

Time for reflection (Shadows Gather, Deep and Cold)

READING 2: John 18: 19-24 Ken Cree

Time for reflection (Shadows Gather, Deep and Cold)

READING 3: John 18: 28-38 Ken Cree

The Nails Speak

(Adapted from Lament, written by Karen MacNeill)

Introduction

Betrayal ~ Tony Blackler

Love Denied ~ Audrey Dunnachie

Injustice ~ Aubrey McLeod

Complicity ~ Judith Mackay

Ridicule ~ June Service

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile (remain seated)
O come and mourn with me awhile;
O come now to the Saviour’s side;
O come, together let us mourn:
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified

Have we no tears to shed for him,
while soldiers scoff and foes deride?
Ah! Look how patiently he hangs:
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified.

Seven times he spake, seven words of love;
and all three hours his silence cried
for mercy on the souls of all:
Jesus, our Lord, is crucified. C/A
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
What part of ourselves is found in the ones who walk over others’ dreams….and so we pray:
God, forgive us when we are guilty of silence;
when we misuse power;
when we behave like cowards;
when, we too, deny you.

READING: Isaiah 53: 1-3 Alan Webster

HYMN: Where You There? (remain seated)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they led him to the trial?
Were you there when they led him to the trial?
O…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they led him to the trial.

Were you there when they mocked and hurt our Lord?
Were you there when they mocked and hurt our Lord?
O…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they mocked and hurt our Lord?

Were you there when they handed him the cross?
Were you there when they handed him the cross?
O…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they handed him the cross?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
O…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they gambled for his robe?
Were you there when they gambled for his robe?
O…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they gambled for his robe?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
O…sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
(This version C/A)
A LITANY OF BELIEF
We will not go from here believing this is all there is.
We will believe through the days ahead.
and we will believe into the dawn.
We will not go from here believing this is all there is.
We will believe beyond abandonment and torture,
and we will believe into freedom.
We will not go from here believing this is all there is.
We will believe against the darkness,
and we will believe into the light.
We will not go from here believing this is all there is.
We will believe beyond tombs,
and we will believe in stones rolling.
We will not go from here believing this is all there is.
We will believe beyond the cross,
and we will believe through to resurrection.

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Palm Sunday 24 March 2013

CALL TO WORSHIP: From the back
Steadfast God, it has been a long journey.
We have been with ancestors in the desert
and sought you in unexpected places.
We have left footprints in the sand
and our souls in the wilderness.
The pilgrimage has been long
but the promise remains within us.
Now the long shadow of the cross
and the footsteps of Jesus find us waiting
at the gates of Jerusalem. We have arrived.
Yet it seems the journey is still not complete;
there is a deeper journey still to make.
This Lenten wandering has been just the beginning.
The greatest story is still to be told.

HYMN: All Glory, Praise and Honour (WOV 250 St Theodulph)
All glory, praise and honour,
to you, redeemer, king,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.
You are the king of Israel,
and David’s royal son;
you ride in lowly triumph,
the Lord’s anointed one!

The multitude of pilgrims
with palms before you went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before you we present.

To you before your passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to you, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.

Their praises you accepted;
accept the prayers we bring,
great author of all goodness,
O good and gracious king! C/A

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: The Day He Came Riding into Town
(Tune: When Johnny Comes Marching Home)
The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
His people tore the branches down (hurrah! hurrah!)
They cheered his name with voices loud,
and everyone joined the chanting crowd,
“May the king be blessed: he comes in the name of God!”

The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
He threw the sellers’ tables down (hurrah! hurrah!)
“God’s house should be a place of prayer
but you’ve made a haunt of pirates there!”
And he speaks with fire who comes in the name of God!

The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
It caused the men of power to frown (hurrah! hurrah!)
“We have our laws! We have our ways!
We need no king to rule our days!
We denounce his right to come in the name of God!”

The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
He offered love and not a crown (hurrah! hurrah!)
His song of peace could not be heard
for they wanted a throne and not a word.
And the Word was life – new life in the name of God. ? Frederick Styles

READINGS: From Psalm 118: 1-2; 19-29 Elizabeth Penwell

Welcome to Jerusalem based on Luke 19:28–40
~ Judith Mackay and the congregation. Responses on screen.
REFLECTION: Welcome to Jerusalem

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Ride On, Ride On (Tune: WOV 264 Winchester New)
Ride on, ride on, the time is right:
the roadside crowds scream with delight;
palm branches mark the pilgrim way
where beggars sit and children play.

Ride on, ride on, your critics wait,
intrigue and rumour circulate;
new lies abound in word and jest,
and truth becomes a suspect guest.

Ride on, ride on, while well aware
that those who shout and wave and stare
are mortals who, with common breath,
can crave for life, and lust for death.

Ride on, ride on, though blind with tears,
though voiceless now and deaf to jeers.
Your path is clear, though few can tell
their garments pave the road to hell.

Ride on, ride on, God’s love demands;
justice and peace lie in your hands.
Evil and angel voices rhyme;
this is the man and this the time. ? WGRG, GIA Publications (VU)

THE OFFERING Gifts of the past; clothes strewn in his path; a carpet of palm branches;
token of loyalty; tokens of enthusiasm.
Our gifts; tokens of thanksgiving, symbols of commitment,
instruments of compassion and service.
God, as you blessed Jesus, the anointed one, bless these gifts now,
for they are given in remembrance and in service of Jesus. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Lift High The Cross (Tune: WOV 271 Crucifer)
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his glorious name!

Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout!
If we are silent, even stones cry out.

Jesus, you wept to see our human strife,
teach us compassion for each human life.

Peace was your plea and peace your living theme
let peace be our passport, peace a living dream.

Great is the cost of walking on this road,
to follow and suffer with the Son of God.

Worlds to be born and children yet to be
come, take up this song into eternity. © Shirley Murray (AA)

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 24th Bob, Maurice (80), Karlene; Mon 25th Georgia, Oliver; Tue 26th Liam.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2013
Mon 25th, Tue 26th & Wed 27th March
7pm Holy Week Reflections

Maundy Thursday 28th March
7pm Combined Service with Beckenham Methodist

Good Friday 29th March
10am Combined Service with Beckenham (NOTE TIME)

Sunday 31st March
9am Easter Day Celebration & Communion

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

THANK YOU to all those who helped with last weekend’s plant stall at Cashmere’s Fair, which raised $500. Well done!

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

FIRESIDE: Tuesday 26th March – an informal gathering at Joan S’s, with a flexible start time from 7.30pm, as some may wish to attend the Holy Week service first. Supper: Lesley & Allison. Enquiries to Joan 338 8700 or Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 27th March: Meet 9.30am outside Silverbacks Cafe in the Cracroft Shops (please park in Worsleys Rd). Coffee afterwards at Silverbacks. June 332 8874.

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.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE: Sunday 14th April.
All goods and produce will be given to Waltham Community Cottage. They have a special need for dry goods – packets and tinned – to help with the cooking classes. Pasta, lentils, canned tomatoes and all beans are always acceptable along with any other food that is given. Fresh produce will also be welcome and we ask that you bring your contribution along to this special service. Worship Committee.

PARISH OFFICE hours: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Contact Anna on 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.

The information presented to the parish on 3 March regarding the future of the church buildings is available on the website: www.stmartins.org.nz

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 22nd April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Enquiries and offers of help to Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

Fair Weather – Trestle Fair

Saturday 13th April (if wet Saturday 20th April)
9.00am – 12 noon
on the St Martin’s Church site

A simple trestle fair this year, but we will need lots of helpers on the day and lots of goods to sell, so start cleaning out your cupboards.
We will be able to accept goods after Easter – please contact a member of the Fair committee to arrange to have the church open.
Remember, we are only having the following stalls/tables:-
White Elephant
Cakes
Preserves/Jam
Books

NO household furniture, TVs, stereos or computers please

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Lent 5 Sunday 17 March 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Philippians 3: 12-14):
God, go with us on our journey,
God, stay with us through these days of Lent.
Not that we have already reached the goal,
not that we have fully arrived,
but laying aside what lies behind,
and stretching forward to what lies ahead,
we press on toward the goal of God’s call in Christ Jesus;
but we know we will never run this race alone.

HYMN: Sing Your Praise to God Eternal
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

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN – Cynthia & Jamie Cross

SONG: How is Jesus Present?
How is Jesus present? How is Jesus present?
How is Jesus present today?
Tell me how he’s present. Tell me how he’s present.
Tell me how he’s present today.

He’s present in the children, present in the family,
present in the meal that you share.
He’s present when you’re laughing, present when you’re giving,
present when you listen and care.

But I cannot see him, but I cannot see him,
but I cannot see him today.
Are you just pretending? How can it be real?
I would like to see him today.

Every time you listen, every time you’re sorry,
every time you care for a friend,
that is when he’s present, though you do not see him,
“I am with you always”, he said.

Now I understand. Now I understand.
Let us celebrate today!
He’s present in the Word, present in the people,
present in the breaking of bread. © Cecily Sheehy (AA)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Isaiah 43:16-21 John McKean

John 12:1-8 ~ Jessie Robb and others

SUNG RESPONSE: Be Still My Heart, My Mind, My Busy World
Be still my heart, my mind, my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word.
Be still my heart, my mind, my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word. © John Murray (FFS)

SERMON: Waste not want not?

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: We Sing a Love That Sets All People Free (Tune: Woodlands)
We sing a love that sets all people free,
that blows like wind, that burns like scorching flame,
enfolds like earth, springs up like water clear:
come, living love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love that seeks another’s good,
that longs to serve and not to count the cost,
a love that, yielding, finds itself made new:
come, caring love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love, unflinching, unafraid
to be itself, despite another’s wrath,
a love that stands alone and undismayed:
come, strengthening love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love, that, wandering, will not rest
until it finds its way, its home, its source,
through joy and sadness pressing on refreshed:
come, pilgrim love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a burning, fiery, Holy Ghost
that seeks out shades of ancient bitterness,
transfiguring these, as Christ in every heart:
come joyful love, live in our hearts today. © Stainer & Bell (CH 4)

OFFERING: God, we bring this offering to you, mindful of all the gifts you give. Touch our gifts with Mary’s generosity of spirit, that they may touch the sad, the lonely, and the needs
of our communities; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Be Thou My Vision
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art,
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, my calm in all strife;
I ever with thee, and thou in my life;
thou loving parent: thy child may I be;
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, the first in my heart,
great God of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

Great God of Heaven, after victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O ruler of all. C/A

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 17th Marie; Tue 19th Rosalie; Fri 22nd Audrey; Sat 23rd Eian.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM SCIRT:
Burnbrae Street will be closed from Monday 18 March to mid May for traffic going down to the river from St Martins Rd – open to one way traffic from river up to St Martins Rd. SCIRT recommends using Eastern Tce – EXCEPT THIS IS CLOSED NEXT SUNDAY 23 MARCH FOR CITY2SURF.
Plan your route to Beckenham Methodist with care and allow extra time!

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

READERS are still required for Good Friday. Please sign the list on the clipboard in the foyer if you are available. Thank You.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 20th March: A Morning at Diamond Harbour. Gold Card Special. Catch No 28 bus which goes along Opawa Rd to Lyttelton at 9.20am (park in Hawford Rd). This bus links with the 9.50 ferry to Diamond Harbour. “Energetic” walk up to the Country Store, then undulating meander round to the church and a conducted tour of the Goddard Reserve. Coffee at The Country Store for “brunch”. June 332 8874.

COMBINED Session & Board of Managers’ meeting Wednesday 20th March 7.30pm.

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.

PARISH OFFICE hours: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Contact Anna on 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.

The information presented to the parish on 3 March regarding the future of the church buildings is available on the website: www.stmartins.org.nz

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 22nd April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Enquiries and offers of help to Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

Fair Weather – Trestle Fair

Saturday 13th April (if wet Saturday 20th April)

We will be having a Fair Weather – Trestle Fair on the Church site on Saturday 13th April 2013, (if wet Saturday 20th April) so start cleaning out your cupboards.
We will let you know in good time where to deliver your goods or would you like them to be collected?
We are only having the following stalls/tables:-
White Elephant
Cakes
Preserves/Jam
Books
We do not want large electrical items, such as TVs, Computers,Stereos No household furniture please.

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Lent 4 Sunday 10th March 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING (together):
As we gather may the peace of Christ rest upon our busy lives
that we may be quieted into prayer.
May the love of God flow through this time of reflection and fellowship, seeking out our every need.
May the Spirit of God then stir our hearts
to be open to opportunities for service.

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

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

Here our children find a welcome in the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
here, as bread and wine are taken, Christ sustains us, as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant seek in worship to explore
what it means in daily living, to believe and to adore.

God of all, of church and kingdom, in an age of change and doubt
keep us faithful to the gospel, help us work your purpose out.
Here, in this day’s dedication, all we have to give, receive.
We, who cannot live without you, we adore you! We believe!
© Hope Publishing (VU)

OPENING PRAYERS
Lord of earth and sky….we are tempted to do nothing in response to need.
When we are too busy to spend time in prayer, to listen
for your Word in our lives, forgive us, God.
When we are too busy to notice the needs of others and to seek ways
to be present with them, forgive us, God.
When we are too preoccupied with what we want, rather than helping one another, taking time to talk and to laugh with one another; or simply even noticing one another, forgive us, God.
When life becomes overwhelming, and we do not even take time for our own needs: help us to listen to your voice within our hearts, calling us back to centre our lives with you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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;

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 and Pauline Stewart)

READINGS: Psalm 15 (from Psalms for Praying: Nan Merrill)
David Hodder

Dramatic presentation from Luke 10: 38-42 Fern Wakefield,
Audrey Dunnachie, Wayne Barton, Carol Sheldon

SERMON: Martha or Mary?

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Take My Gifts and Let Me Love You
Take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me,
gave me light and food and shelter,
gave me life and set me free.
Now, because your love has touched me,
I have love to give away;
now the bread of love is rising,
loaves of love to multiply!

Take the fruit that I have gathered
from the tree your Spirit sowed,
harvest of your own compassion,
juice that makes the wine of God;
spiced with humour, laced with laughter-
flavour of the Jesus life,
tang of risk and new adventure,
taste and zest beyond belief.

Take whatever I can offer-
gifts that I have yet to find,
skills that I am slow to sharpen,
talents of the hand and mind,
things made beautiful for others
in the place where I must be:
take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me. © Shirley Murray (AA)

THE OFFERING
Life-giving God, you are the source of change and renewal.
Through these gifts, may new possibilities open up for us
and for the communities around us.
Through our listening and prayer, our words and actions,
may others be encouraged and hope brought alive.
Bless these gifts, and us, as your love goes to work, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

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
with your compassion all the human race.
Like wind and fire with life among us move,
till we are known as Christ’s, and Christian prove. © Hope Publishing

THE BLESSING

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

READERS are required for the Holy Week Reflections and Good Friday. Please sign the list on the clipboard in the foyer if you are available. Thank You.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. More volunteers desperately required please! Enquiries and offers of help to Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 13th March A Morning at Diamond Harbour. Gold Card Special. Catch No 28 bus which goes along Opawa Rd to Lyttelton at 9.20am (park in Hawford Rd). This bus links with the 9.50 ferry to Diamond Harbour. “Energetic” walk up to the Country Store, then round the road to the Church and back. Coffee/light lunch at the Store; probably return on 12pm ferry. June 332 8874.

THE CHRISTCHURCH APW will meet on Wednesday 13th March at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Barrington St at 9.45am. The speaker for the morning will be Frances from Lifeline. You are all welcome and there will be a Sales Table. Allison 332 0554.

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.

PLANTS for Cashmere Fair will be collected from Beckenham Methodist on Friday at 3.30pm. Volunteers required please to transport plants up the hill. Spare supermarket bags also needed! Please phone Lyndsey 388 1264 if you require plants to be picked up.

CASHMERE HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FAIR Saturday 16th March 9am until 12 noon. All are welcome.

PARISH OFFICE hours: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Contact Anna on 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

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

Fair Weather – Trestle Fair

Saturday 13th April (if wet Saturday 20th April)

We will be having a Fair Weather – Trestle Fair on the Church site on Saturday 13th April 2013, (if wet Saturday 20th April) so start cleaning out your cupboards.
We will let you know in good time where to deliver your goods or would you like them to be collected?
We are only having the following stalls/tables:-
White Elephant
Cakes
Preserves/Jam
Books
We do not want large electrical items, such as TVs, Computers,Stereos No household furniture please.

We look forward to everyone helping to make this event a success.

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