Sunday 28 July 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Holy God, we come to worship you.
We come to ask for bread that can nourish our spirits.
We come to ask for ease from those things that trouble or tempt us.
We come to offer our weakness, knowing you can turn it to strength. We come to celebrate your love for us, and to celebrate our love for you.

HYMN: In This Familiar Place
In this familiar place
I know the mystery of your grace.
For the love that I receive, for the truth that I believe,
I praise and thank you for this here and now.

In halting song and word
the music of your voice is heard.

Among these friends of mine
I taste the company divine.

Within this narrow sphere
I learn that you are everywhere. © Colin Gibson (AA)

OPENING PRAYERS

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: I am the Church
I am the church! You are the church!
We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus,
all around the world!
Yes, we’re the church together!

The church is not a building;
the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place;
the church is a people.

We’re many kinds of people,
with many kinds of faces,
all colours and all ages, too
from all times and places.

Sometimes the church is marching;
sometimes it’s bravely burning,
sometimes it’s riding, sometimes hiding;
always it’s learning.

And when the people gather,
there’s singing and there’s praying;
there’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes,
all of it saying:

At Pentecost some people
received the Holy Spirit
and told the Good News through the world
to all who would hear it. © Hope Publishing (UMH)

READINGS: Psalm 85 Bob Kayes
Luke 11: 1- 13 Lyn Steele

A LITANY FOR TWO VOICES

THE LORD’S PRAYER – SUNG

SERMON: The Disciples’ Prayer

THE OFFERING
God, for the abundance of gifts that are ours, we give you thanks.
For the chance to send them out into the world and build your reign, we give you praise. For the mystery of how all of our gifts – whether time, love, effort, or treasure – make a difference to you and to this world, we say hallelujah! Amen.
HYMN: Every Day 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 (AA)

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: O God of Bethel (Tune: WOV 49)
O God of Bethel, by whose hand
your people still are fed,
who through this earthly pilgrimage
have all your servants led.

Our vows, our prayers, we now present
before your throne of grace;
God of past ages, be the God
of each succeeding race.
Through each perplexing path of life
our wandering footsteps guide;
give us each day our daily bread,
and shelter fit provide.

O spread your covering wings around,
till all our wanderings cease,
and at our God’s beloved abode
our souls arrive in peace. (C/A)

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

Sunday Services: The worship time for next Sunday 4th August is 10am, and this will be followed by a catered shared lunch for both congregations.
From 11th August, the services return to 9am.

Thank you to all those who have already submitted Annual Reports. Remember this Wednesday is the deadline!

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 31st July: Contact June 332 8874 for details.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Location: St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Rd (at the rear of the site near the sandpit).

HUB NEWS: This week’s information is now displayed in the Lounge.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 2nd September 1-4pm. Phone the Office to book.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 28th Wayne; Mon 29th Sylvia; Tue 30th Faye, Drew; Sat 3rd Meg.

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