Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sunday 29 September 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
The call of God does not come to superhuman beings,
but to people like ourselves;
to those who hear the call and respond with all of themselves;
often to find that the task makes of them
more than they have ever been before.
This is our call as followers of Jesus Christ:
not to easy tasks within our grasp, but to the tasks at hand,
in which God promises to be with us,
enabling us to meet exciting and formidable challenges.
May we be open to that call.

HYMN: O God, Whom We Praise (Tune: Hanover WOV 67)
O God, whom we praise from morning till night,
your grace fills our days as lustrous as light.
In joy or in sorrow we call on your name,
today and tomorrow, as always the same.

We know without you our living is vain.
You give us a view of life that’s humane,
of growing and learning that never should cease,
of working and yearning for justice and peace.

Our knowledge is frail. Your wisdom is pure.
Our scheming may fail. Your actions are sure.
Our striving can never our full hopes attain,
your truth lasts forever, eternal your reign.

Now fit us for life in this time and place.
Calm all fear and strife and grant us the grace
to stand with our Saviour, proclaiming to all,
by faith and behaviour, response to your call. © JP Huber (ASF)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER
STORY-TIME

C READING: Footprints Marilyn Tait

HYMN: In the Quiet Curve of Evening
In the quiet curve of evening,
in the sinking of the days,
in the silky void of darkness, you are there.
In the lapses of my breathing,
in the space between my ways,
in the crater carved by sadness, you are there.
You are there, you are there, you are there.

In the rests between the phrases,
in the cracks between the stars,
in the gaps between the meaning, you are there.
In the melting down of endings,
in the cooling of the sun,
in the solstice of the winter, you are there.
You are there, you are there, you are there.

In the mystery of my hungers,
in the silence of my rooms,
in the cloud of my unknowing, you are there.
In the empty cave of grieving,
in the desert of my dreams,
in the tunnel of my sorrow, you are there.
You are there, you are there, you are there. © Order of St Benedict (VU)

READING: Luke 10: 25-37: The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Bruce Hudson

FAITH AND LIFE ~ with Bill Lloyd

HYMN: O Jesus I Have Promised ~ Bill’s choice
O Jesus, I have promised
to serve you to the end;
Lord, be for ever near me,
my Saviour and my friend:
I shall not fear the journey
if you are by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if you will be my guide.

O let me feel you near me:
the world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but, Jesus, draw me nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear you speaking
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will;
Lord, speak to reassure me,
to chasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
true guardian of my soul.

Lord, let me see your footmarks,
and in them plant my own;
that I may follow boldly
and in your strength alone;
O guide me, call me, draw me,
uphold me to the end;
now give me grace to follow,
my Saviour and my friend. C/A

THE OFFERING

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You ~ Bill’s choice
Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you,
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are travellers 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 you 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 may have the grace
to let you be my servant too. © Scripture in Song (CH 4)

THE BLESSING

STOP PRESS: KNOX CAFÉ EVENING 28 Bealey Ave, TONIGHT 7pm. Jean & John Brouwer will give an informal presentation about their recent travels in China, including a glimpse of earlier Presbyterian connections there. BYO drinks & nibbles. Tea & coffee provided. All Welcome.

Does anyone know of a house or flat to rent? Carol needs a place to live – please contact her on 332 2838 (evenings) if you can help.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 1st Ken; Wed 2nd Jeremy; Thu 3rd Lyn (70); Sat 5th David H & David B.

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd October: Meet 9.30am in Southampton Street, Sydenham near the corner of Longfellow Street. Fundraising morning tea at Sue’s 10.30am (wet or fine) for some of Peter’s famous cheese scones. Sue 960 7657.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am -12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.

VSA is having a Quiz Night on Thursday 3rd October, 7pm at the Cashmere Bowling Club in Crichton Tce. See the noticeboard for further details, or talk to Rob & Barb.

BACON FUNDRAISER: Fireside is again offering Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon 400 gm (12-14 slices) at $8 per pack. People who ordered this previously were very pleased with the bacon and found that it freezes well. Order by Sunday 27th October (money with order please) and it would help increase funds for the church if anyone who is able could take orders from friends. Estimated delivery date is Tuesday 5th November, ready for Show Weekend visitors! Order forms will be available next Sunday. Joan Mac 337 1648.

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).
Website: www.stmartins.org.nz
PLEASE NOTE: THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED from 2 – 4 October. Please send any notices for next Sunday to Sonya (s.d.hodder@xtra.co.nz).

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 14th October 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. More helpers always welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

A CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL is planned this year by Fireside instead of a Christmas baking sale. This will be after the Communion Service on 1st December. As well as Christmas baking we plan to sell other things suitable for Christmas eg decorations and gifts. We would be very grateful for any contributions from the congregation because money raised will go toward fundraising for the church.

Hub Activities for the week 29th September – 6th October 2013

St James Presbyterian Church
Sun 29 September Noon LA LA Lacs

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Tue 1 Oct 10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey 930 2525
Wed 2 Oct 9.30am Walking Group Southampton St. Coffee at Sue’s 960 7657
10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey
Thu 3 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 6 Oct 9am Communion Service celebrating World Communion Sunday

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 9 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi.Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Wed 11 Sept 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 12 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Contact Pat 353 0265
Fri 13 Sept 7.00pm Lift Youth Group – contact Matt 027 3890000
Sat 14 Sept 1.30pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church: no report

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Sunday 22 September 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Session Report (Wayne Barton)

CALL TO WORSHIP:
In different times and situations God calls us to encounter
different experiences of his Word:
Right: Sometimes comfort in our grief or despair,
Left: Sometimes challenge in our complacency,
Right: Sometimes assurance of our worth
when life has left us bruised and vulnerable,
Left: Sometimes blunt reassessment of ourselves
when we have lost our vision.
All: But always God calls us to take stock of the many blessings
we have gained in life; to see ourselves realistically against
the backdrop of a world in need, and to care about others for whom Jesus had compassion and concern – and to take action.

HYMN: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life thou givest – to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree,
then wither and perish – but naught changeth thee.

Thou reignest, in glory, though rulest in light;
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all praise we would render: O help us to see
‘tis only the splendour of light hideth thee. C/A
OPENING PRAYERS

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

SONG: Sent By the Lord Am I
Sent by the Lord am I;
my hands are ready now
to make the earth the place
in which the kingdom comes.
Sent by the Lord am I;
my hands are ready now
to make the earth the place
in which the kingdom comes.

The angels cannot change
a world of hurt and pain
into a world of love,
of justice and of peace.
The task is mine to do,
to set it really free.
Oh, help me to obey;
help me to do your will. © Iona Community (CH 4)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: 1 Timothy 6: 6–19 Elizabeth Penwell
Luke 16: 19-31 Warren Pettigrew
SERMON

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING & BLESSING OF THE SHOE BOXES
Compassionate and gracious God, we who have received your gifts
pray you will bless this offering, given in response to your generosity.
May these gifts nurture the ministries of your church and foster goodwill among all 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 food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed…

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone…

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come. © Bernadette Farrell (CH4)

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

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:

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;

To free the prisoners from all chains,
to make the powerful care,
to re-build the nations
with strength of goodwill,
to be at one with people everywhere;

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. © Desert Flower Music (WOV669)

THE BLESSING

FUNDRAISING
Year ending 30/6/2013 July 2013
Coffee Koha 165.20
Crafty Crafters 1515.90
Foot Clinic 1000.61 160.87
Mission Table 638.50 13.00
DVD’s 208.70
Fun Night 17.39
Cake Stall 561.00
Walking Group 80.00
Bacon 349.56
Presbytery Tea 101.00
Plant Stall 500.00 ______
5137.86 173.87

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service, which will be immediately followed by the AGM.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 25th September: Meet 9.30am in Beckenham Methodist carpark, Martin Ave. Morning tea at Cuppa & Chat (proceeds to church funds). June 332 8874.

FIRESIDE: For the meeting on Tuesday 24th September, Lyn has invited us to her home for coffee & dessert, which she will provide. Barbara will tell us about their recent trip to Vietnam. Enquiries: Lyn 332 0865 or Margaret 366 8936.

CARING & SHARING meets on Wednesday 25th September 2pm at Beckenham Methodist. All are welcome. For further details, please contact Fern 332 4725.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am -12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

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).
Website: www.stmartins.org.nz
PLEASE NOTE: THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED from 2 – 4 October.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 14th October 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office to book.

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

Spring Carnival Saturday 28th September 9am-1pm St Mark’s Anglican Church, Opawa Road. All welcome.

DAYLIGHT SAVING begins next Sunday. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward an hour?!

MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ Q & A SESSION: Thursday 26th September 7pm at Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church. All Welcome. Hosted by the Cashmere Residents’ Association.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sunday 22nd Hilary; Mon 23rd Daniel; Sat 28th Hannah.

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Sunday 15th September 2013: Lay Preachers’ Sunday

WORSHIP LEADER: Trevor Crew,
assisted by the St Martin’s Walking Group.
THEME: Right Relationships

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER: We gather together greeting one another, enjoying and meditating on the music of the St Martin’s Instrumental Group and organist Bill Irvine.

WELCOME, NOTICES & CELEBRATIONS:

CALL TO WORSHIP:
This is the place and this is the time.
Here and now God waits to break into our experience.
To change our minds, to change our lives, to change our ways.

To make us see the world and the whole of life in a new light.
To fill us with hope, joy and certainty for the future.

This is the place as are all places. This is the time as are all times.

O God of this place and every place. God of this time and all time,
Here and now we praise you.

HYMN: Joyful, Joyful We Adore You (Tune: “Hymn to Joy” WOV 92)
Joyful, joyful we adore you,
God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flowers before you,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of tears and sadness,
drive the mists of doubt away.
Giver of abounding gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

All your works with joy surround you,
Earth and heaven reflect your rays.
Stars and planets sing around you,
Centre of unbroken praise:
Field and forest, plain and mountain,
flower filled garden, gleaming dew,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
Call us to rejoice in you!

People join the mighty chorus
which the love of Christ began.
God our life is stirring in us,
Christ-like love binds us as one.
Ever singing we go forward
servants of the risen Christ.
Joyful music leads us onward
in the triumph song of life. ©Larry van Dyke

PRAYER: “The Good Gardener” Sue Saunders

SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 Fern Wakefield

C.H. SPURGEON ~ Introduction June Service

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY: “Growing Things”

HYMN: Spring Song (Tune: “Puer Nobis” WOV 218)
In the garden, on the farms
Signs of life are showing.
Lambs and buds, the calves and trees
Praise the God of growing.

Kowhai gild the native bush,
Alpine meadows blossom.
Ferns unfold and mosses fruit.
Signs of God’s great kingdom.

Help us care much more, O Lord
For the unprotected,
For the young, the old, the poor,
All who are neglected.

Then God’s fragile plant will bloom
In our selfish nation.
People will respect the work,
Honour God’s creation. © Bill Wallace

HONOURING ONE ANOTHER: Romans 12: 10
FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER: Luke 6: 36

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER: (Tune Kum Ba Yah AA 31).
Father God in heav’n, Lord most high:
Hear your children’s prayer, Lord most high:
Hallowed be your name, Lord most high –
O Lord, hear our prayer.

May your kingdom come here on earth;
May your will be done here on earth,
As it is in heaven so on earth –
O Lord, hear our prayer

Give us daily bread day by day,
And forgive our sins day by day,
As we too forgive day by day,
O Lord, hear our prayer.

Lead us in your way, make us strong;
When temptations come make us strong;
Save us all from sin, keep us strong –
O Lord, hear our prayer.

All things come from you, all are yours –
Kingdom, glory, power, all are yours;
Take our lives and gifts, all are yours –
O lord, hear our prayer. © Mrs M Seddon

THE OFFERING: Music for Reflection played whilst this is collected.

DEDICATORY PRAYER: Joan Scott

ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER: 1 Thessalonians 5: 11
ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER: Romans 15: 7
THE LISTS: Margaret Shanks

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

We are pilgrims on a journey,
And companions 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 you 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 may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too. © Richard Gillard

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

THE BENEDICTION

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 16th Gowan, Bob; Wed 18th Gilly, Benjamin; Sat 21st Beverley.
NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Parishioners will be held on Sunday 22nd September following Morning Worship.

The Craft Group is having a display of work in the middle lounge this morning.

Please return your Operation Christmas Child shoebox next Sunday.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 18th September: Meet 9.30am at the river end of South Library carpark for a Spring walk. Coffee at Red 10.30 when we welcome non-walkers to join us. Margaret 366 8936.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 18th September at 7.30pm.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am -12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

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).
Website: www.stmartins.org.nz

CARING & SHARING meets on Wednesday 25th September 2pm at Beckenham Methodist. All are welcome. For further details, please contact Fern 332 4725.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 14th October 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office to book.

Rustle of Spring Concert TODAY 2.30pm Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church with Tim Emerson (Piano), David M?ller-Cajar (French Horn), and featuring a display of Flamenco Dancing. Door sales only – $14 Adults; $10 unwaged.

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

Spring Carnival Saturday 28th September 9am-1pm St Mark’s Anglican Church, Opawa Road. All welcome.

Hub Activities for the week 15th – 22nd September 2013

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tues 17 Sept 9.30am Tuesday Kidz in Hall Lounge
Thurs 19 Sept 7.30pm Women Journeying at Janette’s, 62 Frankleigh
Street. Bring something that has meaning to you
to share, eg. poem, quote, letter, etc
Fri 20 Sept 4.30pm Friday Kidz in Kidz Live Room
Sat 21 Sept St James Indoor Bowling Club 50th Celebrations.
Sun 22 Sept 4:00pm GalovicExhibition
Sacred Heart Parish Hall
5:00pm Shared Meal at Sacred Heart.
6:00pm Taize Ecumenical Service – Sacred Heart Church

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Tue 17 Sept 10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey 930 2525
Wed 18 Sept 9.30am Walking Group. June 332 8874
10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey 930 2525
7.30pm Session meeting
Thu 19 Sept 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 22 Sept 9.00am Morning Worship. Parish AGM.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 16 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tues 17 Sept 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Weds 18 Sept 10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 19 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 20 Sept 7.00pm Lift Youth Group. Matt 027 3890000
Sat 21 Sept 1.30pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sunday 15 Sept 2.30pm Rustle of Spring Concert, with Tim Emerson and
David M?ller-Cajar. Door sales only $14 Adults; $10 unwaged
Mon 16 Sept 9.30am Pre-School Music
Wed 17 Sep 10.00am Forum – a group to discuss and reflect on the
previous Sunday’s Readings and Sermon. All Welcome
Thurs 18 Sep 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
Sun 22 Sep 11.30am Healing Service
5.00pm Sunday Night Lights

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Celebrating Spring 8 September 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING:
We gather this morning in praise and thanksgiving.
Warming earth, late spring frosts, blossoming fruit trees,
kowhai in bloom, new green grass, young animals being born; paddocks under plough, disc and roller, sowing of crops;
and a sense of optimism and expectation as all things burst into life.
So much to look forward to.
God of new beginnings, you bless each day, making your love eternal spring. Fill our hearts that we may praise you,
the Lord of every season.

HYMN: Lord of the Changing Year (Tune: Little Cornard WOV 107)
Lord of the changing year,
patterns and colours bright;
all that we see and hear,
sunrise and starlit night:
the seasons, Lord, in splendour shine,
your never-failing wise design.

Lord of the winter scene,
hard-frozen ice and snow;
death where once life has been,
nothing is seen to grow;
few creatures roam, few birds will fly
across the clouded wintery sky.

Lord of unfolding spring,
promise of life to come;
nature begins to sing
where once her tongue was dumb;
the crocus blooms, the hedgerows wake,
and Advent day is soon to break.

Lord of the summer days,
spreading and green the trees;
song thrush lifts high your praise,
gulls light on deep-blue seas;
the warmth and welcome of the sun
brings happiness to everyone.

Lord of the autumn gold,
reaping and harvest home,
sheep safely in the fold,
turn of the year has come.
The seasons, Lord, in splendour shine,
your never-failing wise design. © David Mowbray (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

SONG: (Tune: Old McDonald Had a Farm)
We are celebrating Spring t-o-d-a-y
Because we’re happy let’s all sing t-o-d-a-y
With a blossom here and a daffy there,
here a leaf there a bud, everywhere a new flower,
Let’s embrace then all new things t-o-d-a-y.

Lambs are jumping high with glee t-o-d-a-y
Enjoying life while young and free t-o-d-a-y
With a gambol here and a gambol there
here a bound there a bound, everywhere a fast run
Tails wiggling full of fun t-o-d-a-y.

Caterpillars on our greens m-u-n-c-h
They’re all part of God’s great schemes m-u-n-c-h
Don’t knock them off here or hose them off there
here no squish there no spray, everywhere let bugs stay
Please be kind when pests are found t-o-d-a-y.

Baby birds are everywhere n-e-s-t-s
We’ve got chickens in our hair n-e-s-t-s
With a cluck cluck here and a cheep cheep there
here a quack there a quack, everywhere a chirp chirp,
Feathered friends are in the air t-o-d-a-y.
There’s lots about all fresh and young t-o-d-a-y
We love it now that spring has sprung t-o-d-a-y
With a puppy here and a kitten there
here a calf there a foal, everywhere a new soul,
Thank you Lord for this display t-o-d-a-y. (With thanks to June Service)

READING: Psalm 104 selections Cynthia Cross

REFLECTION 1

READING: Luke 12: 22-31 John McKean

HYMN: We Plough the Fields and Scatter (Remain seated)
We plough the fields, and scatter
the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered
by your almighty hand;
you send the snow 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;
We thank you God, O thank you God,
for all your love.

You only are the Maker
of all things near and far;
you paint the wayside flower,
you light the evening star;
the winds and waves obey you,
by you the birds are fed;
much more to us, your children,
you give us daily bread. C/A

REFLECTION 2

THE OFFERING & PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Slides accompany the prayer

HYMN: Touch the Earth Lightly (Tune: Bunessan WOV 91)
Touch the earth lightly,
use the earth gently,
nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder,
ours to surrender,
trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

We who endanger,
who create hunger,
agents of death for all creatures that live,
we who would foster
clouds of disaster,
God of our planet, forestall and forgive!

Let there be greening,
birth from the burning,
water that blesses and air that is sweet,
health in God’s garden,
hope in God’s children,
regeneration that peace will complete.

God of all living,
God of all loving,
God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
teach us, deflect us,
Christ re-connect us,
using us gently and making us one. © Shirley Murray (AA)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: In the Bulb There is a Flower
In the bulb there is a flower,
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise:
butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence,
seeking word and melody,
there’s a dawn in every darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning,
in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see. © Hope Publishing (VU)

THE BLESSING
NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

REMINDER: Sunday Worship is at 9am each week.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Parishioners will be held on Sunday 22nd September following Morning Worship. A copy of the proposed budget is included with this bulletin.

AN INVITATION: “Spring at Strathfield” TODAY 12-3pm. 1¼ acres on several levels is still pretty untidy but improving. Bulbs, blossoms and rockeries don’t know about earthquakes! Bring your lunch and a drink. Enter at 74 Aynsley Tce by the river (balloons will mark the entrance). All are welcome. Jill 332 2022.

Next Sunday the Craft Group is having a display of work which has been made over our 2 ½ years in the middle lounge. A must see. Beverley 332 7786.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Please remember to fill and return your shoebox on Sunday 22nd September.

PRESBYTERY MEETING Tuesday 10th September 7pm at the Knox Centre, Bealey Ave, is open to all who wish to attend. Rev Darryl Tempero and his team will be presenting information about the new Alpine Presbytery.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 11th September: Meet 9.30am in the Botanic Gardens by the footbridge in carpark off Armagh St. Barb has kindly offered to host a ‘fundraising’ morning tea, to be held wet or fine. 10.30am at 5 Kilmore Street. June 332 8874.

CHRISTCHURCH APW will meet on Wednesday 11th September at 9.45am at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street. The speaker will be Mollie Wood, speaking about her life as a Justice of the Peace. There will be a Sales Table and all are welcome to attend. Allison 332 0554.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am -12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

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). Website: www.stmartins.org.nz

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 14th October 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office to book.

Global Voices & Wososi singing a World of A Capella, TODAY 2.30pm at St Michael’s School Hall, 247 Durham St. Tickets $10 at the door.

Rustle of Spring Concert Sunday 15th September 2.30pm Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church with Tim Emerson (Piano), David M?ller-Cajar (French Horn), and featuring a display of Flamenco Dancing. Door sales only – $14 Adults; $10 unwaged.

HUB NEWS: This week’s information is displayed in the Lounge.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Friday 13th Peter.

Hub Activities for the week 8th – 15th September 2013

St James Presbyterian Church
Sun 8 Sept 12pm Shared Lunch.
Mon 9 Sept 7pm Men’s Muster in Hall Lounge. Speaker – Aged
Concern ‘Being in the Community’
7pm Craft Group in Church Lounge
Tues 10 Sept 9.30am Tuesday Kidz in Hall Lounge
7pm Christchurch Presbytery – forming the Alpine
Presbytery in 2014. All welcome
Wed 11 Sept 9.45am Christchurch APW. Speaker – Mollie Wood on being a JP.
2pm Mid-Week Communion, Whareora, Athelstan St
Fri 13 Sept 4.30pm Friday Kidz in Kidz Live Room

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Tue 10 Sept 10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey 930 2525
Wed 11 Sept 9.30am Walking Group at Botanic Gardens. Fundraising
morning tea after at 5 Kilmore St. June 332 8874
10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey
Thu 12 Sept 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 15 Sept 9am Morning Worship. Craft Group display.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 9 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tues 10 Sept 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 11 Sept 10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 12 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Contact Pat 353 0265
Fri 13 Sept 7.00pm Lift Youth Group – contact Matt 027 3890000
Sat 14 Sept 1.30pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 9 Sept 9.30am Pre-School Music
Wed 11 Sep 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings and Sermon.
Thurs 12 Sep 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
Sun 15 Sep 2.30pm Rustle of Spring Concert, with Tim Emerson and
David M?ller-Cajar. Door sales only
$14 Adults; $10 unwaged.

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