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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