Yearly Archives: 2013

Sunday 8 December 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES

ADVENT CANDLE-LIGHTING:
A week ago we began our Advent journey by lighting
the Candle of Hope; a hope expressed by the prophets
and continued in the hearts of God’ s people.
We light the Candle of Hope again this morning
as we too wait in hope.

Today we also light the Candle of Peace,
as our world longs for justice and peace.

God, you call us to live in loving relationship
with the world and all who share it with us.
We pray for peace and happiness for all people
wherever they may be.

THE CANDLE OF PEACE IS LIT

OPENING PRAYER

CAROL: Once in Royal David’s City
Once in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle shed
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven
who, with God, is over all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall;
There among the poor and lowly
lived on earth our Saviour holy. C/A

JESUS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY

CAROL: Away in a Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes,
I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from on high,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
close by me for ever, and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

JESUS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY

CAROL: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new born King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King.

Hail, the heaven born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die;
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth:
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King.

JESUS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY

CAROL: O Come all Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
“Glory to God in the highest”:
O come, let us adore him… C/A

THE OFFERING
Gift giving, God, we thank you for all your gifts
And especially for the gift of Jesus.
May these gifts we bring
help make his love known in the world. Amen

PRESENTATIONS

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

CAROL: Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent night, holy night:
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child:
holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night:
shepherds quake at the sight;
glory streams from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing “Alleluia;
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.”

Silent night, holy night:
wondrous star, lend your light;
with the angels let us sing
Alleluia to our King;
Jesus, Lord, at your birth,
Jesus, Lord, at your birth. C/A

THE BLESSING:
May the God of the stable
help us to see the wonder of Christmas:
the wonder of children who can hardly wait,
the wonder of Mary and Joseph who feel
the power of God’s love,
the wonder of the shepherds who hear the Good News,
the wonder of Magi who kneel and offer their gifts,
the wonder of the ages
that God would come in such a simple birth. Amen.

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PLEASE NOTE: Next Sunday’s service is at 10am, followed by a shared lunch.
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BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 8th Eleanor; Thu 12th Richard; Fri 13th Deborah.

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

FIRESIDE wishes to thank all parishioners who helped make last week’s stall so successful with their contributions, and also a big thank you to all the purchasers! We raised $860 on the day.

CWS Appeal Week 2: Peace. In Palestine, water is only part of the long and disputed history of a land where peace is but an echo. In the dry summer months when Israel turns off the taps, water is delivered by tankers that navigate the military checkpoints which hinder daily life. Without peace and control over the West Bank’s own water there is only one alternative – water tanks. The Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees is helping families build water tanks and share the possibility of peace.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Helpers always welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

READERS REQUIRED FOR CAROL SERVICE 22nd December 9am. Please sign up today.

OPEN HOUSE AT THE MANSE: Sunday 15th December from 2pm. Please pop in and enjoy a chat as you are able. All are welcome. Chris.

GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: Next Sunday is your last opportunity to bring along gifts. Please DO NOT wrap them. Gifts are required for men, women, teenagers and younger children. Baking is also very welcome. Thank you for your support.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 11th December: Meet at The Store, Tai Tapu at 10.30am (note time). End of Year brunch at 11.30am. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. New faces welcome ?. $3 per session. This week is the final session for 2013. Craft will resume on Thursday 16th January. Beverley 332 7786.

On Sunday 15th December there will be a basket in the entrance to the Church with Christmas symbols in it. You are invited to take one away and write a short prayer or the names of friends and loved ones who have passed away. We ask you to bring them with you to Church on the 22nd and you will be given an opportunity to hang them on the tree and light a candle in remembrance during the service. Worship Committee.

Christmas Event at Beckenham Primary School, Sandwich Rd on Wednesday 11th December 5.30 – 7.00pm. Carols, a Christmas Play & BBQ. Input from lots of different churches as well as Beckenham & Thorrington Schools. Everyone Welcome.

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

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Please ensure Anna has any notices by 8am Thursday.
The Office will close on Friday 20th December, and re-open on 23rd January 2014.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

FROM CASSIE: The community development focus group has been having some exciting conversations and developments, particularly around creative ways of brightening up the St Martin’s site to be more engaged with the local community. There are many other ideas to develop still though! Coming in to the new year, if you are at all interested in learning more about community development and contributing to the discussions and process we’ve started on – we’d love to hear from you!
We meet fortnightly at the moment.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested or have any questions at: cassie.w@mmsi.org.nz or 022 0797528

Christmas & Beyond:
22 December 9.00 am Carol Service (includes
an Act of Remembrance and opportunity to light a
candle in memory of family members or friends)
24 December 7.30 pm Christmas Eve Service
(Beckenham Methodist Service at 11.30 pm)
25 December 9.30 am Combined Christmas Service

10.00 am Combined Services on:
29th Dec, 5th , 12th , & 19th January

26 January 9.00 am Morning Worship

Please note the changes in service times during December/January
Services return to normal on the 26th January.

Hub Activities for the week 8th – 15th December

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 8 Dec 10am Celebration service for 50th anniversary of the opening of the new church building. Communion and lunch.
Mon 9 Dec 7pm Craft Group in church lounge
7pm Men’s Muster in hall lounge
Tues 10 Dec Last Little Kidz Music for year
Wed 11 Dec 2pm Midweek Communion at Whareora, Athelston St
Fri 13 Dec 4.30pm Friday Kidz

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 8 Dec 9am Morning Worship & Children’s Play and congregational meeting
Mon 9 Dec 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Lyndsey 388 1264
Wed 11 Dec 10.30am Walking Group last meeting for year. Note time.
5.30-7.00pm Christmas Event at Beckenham School. All welcome.
Thu 12 Dec 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters’ last session for 2013. Resumes 16th January.
Sun 15 10am (note time) Combined Service with Beckenham Methodist: “I’m Dreaming of a Hot Christmas” followed by a shared lunch.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 9 Dec 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tue 10 Dec 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 11 Dec 10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thur 12 Dec 9.30am &10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 13 Dec 7.00pm Lift Youth Group. Matt 027 3890000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 8 Dec 10.00am Family Christmas Service, followed by BBQ
Mon 9 Dec 9.30am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
Thur 12 Dec 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
7.30pm Choir Practice
Sun 15 Dec 10.00am Service of Christmas Music with the Choir
6.00pm Carols in the Garden – 1 Macmillan Avenue, commencing with a sausage sizzle. In Church if wet.
Mon 16 Dec 2.00pm Foot Clinic
Tues 17 Dec 9.30am Foot Clinic – phone office for appointments

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Sunday 1 December 2013

This morning a Christian World Service Christmas Appeal
power point will run prior to the service.

CALL TO WORSHIP – From the back of the church
Advent begins, but… do angels still sing?
Do shepherds still journey? Do wise men watch stars?
After all this time could there still be songs left unsung ~
strength unspent ~ gifts to give.
Every year, every day the mystery still unfolds anew.
Still in the Word ~ Still in the Church ~ Still in this weary
world God whispers, See what my love can do?
See what my love can do.

HYMN: Look toward Christmas!
Look toward Christmas!
Advent is here:
welcome December, changing the year.
Whistle up, shepherds!
Saddle up, kings!
Chorus up, angels, flexing your wings.
Sing, sing alleluia! Sing, sing alleluia!
Sing, sing out the story,
sing about hope and peace.

Set the world singing,
make the world glad;
now is good reason not to feel sad!
Hear John the Baptist
shout to prepare:
Good News is coming, earth be aware…

Mary and Joseph,
soon is the day:
ready the donkey, start on your way.
You are the chosen,
willing to trust,
joyful your burden, carrying Christ… © Shirley Murray (CoC)
ADVENT CANDLE-LIGHTING
One candle to honour the prophets, who believed in God during dark days, and looked forward with hope to the coming Messiah.
A candle to remind us of John the Baptist, who called people to change their way of living, to prepare for the coming of the Christ.

PRAYER

SUNG RESPONSE: (Tune: Silent Night WOV 236)
Candle light, sacred light, mystery flames, burning bright, we are waiting for Jesus’ new birth. Shine his hope over all of the earth. Thanks for the gift of hope, thanks for the gift of hope.
© 2006 Catherine MacDonald, Gathering

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

READINGS: Isaiah 2: 1-5
Mark 1: 1-7a

REFLECTION: The Advent of a New World

AN ADVENT CREED
I believe in the promise of Christmas, in the God
at the centre of Christmas, whose hope for the world was proclaimed by the prophets. I believe in Mary, who sang of turning the world upside down who allowed her life to be disrupted by God. I believe in Joseph, whose broken heart broke the rules to do the right thing. I believe in the smell of the stable – for there is no place
God will not go. I believe in the shepherds, those simple ones open to hear
the angels’ song. I believe in the Magi, the ones outside the faith, outside the community, who searched out the Holy.
I believe in Jesus, born in poverty, soon a refugee, raised in a faith, lived seeking justice, died speaking forgiveness, rose with a love that could not be stopped. I open myself to an Advent journey that will change my life;
a journey of joy and of challenge.
Inspired by “I believe in Jesus Christ” by Walter Russell Bowie

THE OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

COMMUNION HYMN: Lord Jesus Christ (WOV 451)
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, London (WOV)

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Come with thanksgiving and hope …
of those who trust in Jesus Christ.
Gracious God, our hearts rejoice, for you have come to us
as you promised long ago, but not as your people predicted.
We thank you for entering our life completely.
We thank you 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,
We thank you for choosing Bethlehem …
the place of travellers and seekers.
We thank you that the Advent and Christmas Seasons
give opportunity to prepare, and to retell the story,
time for worship and song, for giving and receiving,
for hope and renewal…

COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN: Tell Out My Soul
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy Name – the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children’s children and for evermore! © Hope Publishing (HFTC)

BLESSING

Hub Activities for the week 1st – 8th December

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 1 Dec 7pm Ecumenical Advent Service at St Martins, Lincoln Rd.
Tues 3 Dec 9.30am Little Kidz Music in Hall Lounge
Fri 6 Dec 4.30pm Friday Kidz meet in Kidz Live room
Sun 8 Dec 10am 50th anniversary Celebration Communion & Lunch.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 1 Dec 9.00am Advent Communion Service and Christmas Market Stall
Wed 4 Dec 9.30am Walking Group: Malvern Park & Meshino’s. Judith 332 1577
2.00pm Caring & Sharing Christmas Concert at St Anne’s
Thu 5 Dec 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. New faces always
welcome. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 8 Dec 9.00am Morning Worship and Congregational Meeting

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 2 Dec 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tues 3 Dec 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 4 Dec 9.30 am U3A in lounge. Pauline 332 0453
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 5 Dec 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228 7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 6 Dec 5.00 pm Messy Church. Contact Office 338 8901 for details.
7.00pm Lift Youth Group. Matt 027 3890000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 2 Dec 9.30am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
Thurs 5 Dec 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
7.30pm Choir Practice
Sun 8 Dec 10.00am Family Christmas Service, followed by BBQ

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Sunday 24 November 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES
CALL TO WORSHIP
Jesus, the Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
His birth in Bethlehem did not change him,
but we could see him in human likeness;
his life with his family in Nazareth did not change him,
but we saw him grow in wisdom and understanding.
His ministry on the road did not change him,
but we saw him gathering others, accepting, healing, teaching. His death, resurrection and ascension did not change him,
but we saw the power of God in action
and the eternal Lord revealed.

HYMN: Praise with Joy the World’s Creator (Tune: Praise My Soul)
Praise with joy the world’s Creator,
God of justice, love and peace,
source and end of human knowledge,
God whose grace shall never cease.
Celebrate the Maker’s glory,
power to rescue and release.

Praise the Christ who feeds the hungry,
frees the captive, finds the lost,
heals the sick, upsets religion,
fearless both of fate and cost.
Celebrate Christ’s constant presence –
friend and stranger, guest and host.

Praise the Spirit sent among us,
liberating truth from pride,
forging bonds where race or gender,
age or nation dare divide.
Celebrate the Spirit’s treasure –
foolishness none dare deride.

Praise the Maker, Christ and Spirit,
one God in community,
calling Christians to embody
oneness and diversity.
This the world shall see reflected:
God is One and One in Three. © Iona Community alt. (VU)

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree & Wayne Barton

A PRACTICE FOR ADVENT (WOV 246)
The North Wind is tossing the leaves,
the red dust is over the town,
the sparrows are under the eaves,
and the grass in the paddock is brown;
as we lift up our voices and sing
to the Christ-Child the heavenly King.

The tree-ferns in green gullies sway;
the cool stream flows silently by;
the joy bells are greeting the day,
and the chimes are adrift in the sky,
as we lift up our voices and sing
to the Christ-Child the Heavenly King. © Chappell & Co Ltd (WOV)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Jeremiah 23: 1-6 Joan Scott

Luke 1: 68-79 – responsive
Blessed be the God of Israel,
who has come to the people and set them free,
who has raised up a mighty Saviour for us
born of the house of the servant David,
Through the holy prophets of old,
God promised to save us from our enemies from the hands of all who hate us.
to show the mercy promised to our ancestors,
to remember the holy covenant,
the oath God swore to our ancestors Abraham and Sarah,
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to serve God without fear, holy and righteous in God’s presence, all the days of our life.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
to give the people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God,
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who sit in darkness, in the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Colossians 1: 11-20 Bill Lloyd

A SERMON TIME TOGETHER: Images of God

HYMN: God is Here (Tune: Blaenwern WOV 165ii)
God is here! As 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 His 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.

Lord 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)

THE OFFERING
Transform our gifts, O God. May they preach the good news.
May they comfort the distressed. May they stand alongside the bereaved. May they provide water in the desert, and light in the dark places. Transform our gifts, O God, and bless those who bring them to life. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Jesus Shall Reign Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and realms of every tongue
declare his love in sweetest song;
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where Jesus reigns:
the prisoners leap to lose their chains,
the weary find eternal rest,
and all who suffer want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring
the highest honours to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud Amen. C/A

THE BLESSING

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.
FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL NEXT Sunday 1st December. We will be having our usual Christmas baking, but would be very grateful for any contributions from the congregation eg Christmas decorations, novelties, new gifts that you think may be suitable for Christmas. Judith 332 1577 or Allison 332 0554.
NOTICE OF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: A congregational meeting will be held following Morning Worship and morning tea on Sunday 8th December to consider the building plan from the architect.
The theme for the service on December 15th is “I’m Dreaming of a Hot Christmas”. Chris is looking for people who have experienced Christmas in the Pacific Islands, Indonesia/Malaysia, Equatorial Africa, or South America, who would be willing to briefly share something of that, in a similar vein to last year (when it was winter Christmases).
WEDNESDAY WALKERS 27th November: Meet 9.30am at Malvern Park. Coffee at Meshino’s. Judith 332 1577.
NEW ZEALAND’S Burial & Cremation law is under review. The Law Commission is holding a public consultation session in Christchurch on Wednesday 27th November in the Transitional Cathedral, 234 Hereford Street, from 9 – 11am. All are welcome. For more information please go to www.lawcom.govt.nz
CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. New faces welcome ?. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
CARING & SHARING – a special Christmas gathering at St Anne’s Anglican Church (cnr Wilsons/Centaurus Roads) 2pm Wednesday 4th December. Enjoy the music and entertainment from members of the Canterbury Theatre Workshop. Afternoon tea to follow. Do bring along your friends and family for a wonderful pre-Christmas celebration. Irene 332 7306.
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED to deliver fliers to local letterboxes in our community next week. Please put your name on the list if you can help.
SINGLE ROOM available in Sandown Crescent home. $160 per week covers rent, power, gas hot water, phone and WiFi. Off-street parking available. Very quiet and private back section with gates, near shops and bus stops. House is well insulated with HRV system and heat pump; currently being re-decorated and re-carpeted. Text Peter 022 039 9291 or email reallytalldrummer@yahoo.co.nz to discuss. Room is available from 1 December at the earliest.
HUB NEWS: This week’s information is displayed in the Lounge.
FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th December 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please book through the Parish Office.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Please ensure Anna has any notices by 8am on Thursdays due to internet connection difficulties in the Office. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
Saturday 30th November
Calico Christmas Fare
9am – 12noon
at Cashmere Presbyterian Church
Festive gifts; clever cups; cakes for Christmas & special occasions; jams, chutneys & pickles; scrumptious homemade pies; fudge & more; sausage sizzle; raffles

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 24th Deirdre; Mon 25th Aescleah; Tue 26th Pat; Wed 27th Tony; Thu 28th Martin; Sat 30th Judith.

Hub Activities for the week 24th November – 1st December

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 24 Nov 7pm-8.30pm Choral Festival at CBS Arena.
Tues 26 Nov 9.30am Little Kidz Music in Hall Lounge
7.30pm Parish Council meeting in Hall Lounge
Fri 29 Nov 12noon Community lunch at Whareora
4.30pm Friday Kidz meet in Kidz Live room
Sat 30 Nov 9.30am Working bee at church
7.30pm Canterbury Plainsmen Barbershop Chorus & Friends – A Joyous Christmas Concert at the Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square. $15-20. Tickets from Alan & Ken

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 24 Nov 9am Morning Worship
Wed 27 Nov 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874
for this week’s destination
Thu 28 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. New faces
always welcome. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 1 Dec 9am Advent Sunday Communion

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 25 Nov 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Halswell Friendship Club. Jean 338 2317
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tues 26 Nov 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 27 Nov 10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thu 28 Nov 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228 7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 29 Nov 5.00 pm Messy Church. Contact Office 338 8901 for details
7.00pm Lift Youth Group – Matt 027 3890000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 24 Nov 11.30am Healing Service with Communion
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Mon 25 Nov 9.30am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
Wed 27 Nov 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings . All Welcome.
Thu 28 Nov 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
7.30pm Choir Practice

Saturday 30th November
Calico Christmas Fare
9am – 12noon
at Cashmere Presbyterian Church
Festive gifts; clever cups; cakes for Christmas & special occasions;
jams, chutneys & pickles; scrumptious homemade pies; fudge & more; sausage sizzle; raffles

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Sunday 17 November 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God calls each of us to be faithful to all that we are as individuals, but also to take up the task of responsible involvement in bringing
life and vitality to the Body of Christ in this place.
In our worship and life together, we share the vision
of where the Body of Christ most needs to be involved
in our world; we open our hearts and minds to hear God’s personal challenge to us, and we ready our lives to be caught up in the response to that challenge.

HYMN: Ours is a Singing Faith (Diademata WOV 163)
Ours is a singing faith! Now here the hymns we raise.
Resounding, strong, the years a long and echoing our praise.
Ours is a singing faith! In confidence we sing:
Creation’s throne is God’s alone, so joyous voices ring.

Ours is a singing faith! Through all the ebb and flow
of youth and age, on history’s page we see saints come and go.
Ours is a singing faith! The melody rolls on,
sustained by those whose voices rose in praise in times long gone.

Ours is a singing faith! Upheld by work and prayer
that justice, peace and hope not cease but flourish everywhere.
Ours is a singing faith! Though grief or pain hold sway,
Christ still shall dwell, Emmanuel! God with us all the way.

Ours is a singing faith! All thanks to God be sung
by people here both far and near in every land and tongue.
Ours is a singing faith! Let psalms and anthems rise
from sun and moon and stars in tune till music fills the skies!
© Jane Parker Huber (ASF)

OPENING PRAYERS

STORY-TIME

SONG: Hope is a Star (Tune: Away in a Manger)
Hope is a star that shines in the night,
leading us on till the morning is bright.
When God is a child there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong.

Peace is a ribbon that circles the earth,
giving a promise of safety and worth.

Joy is a song that welcomes the dawn,
telling the world that the Saviour is born.

Love is a flame that burns in our heart,
Jesus has come and will never depart. © Hope Publishing (VU)

News from Your Sisters in Tanzania

READINGS: A Dream for the Future based on Isaiah 65: 17-25
Allison Blackler

Responsive Reading from Isaiah 12 ~ led by Tony Blackler
I will praise you, O God,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away, and you comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation.
I will trust and not be afraid,
for you, God, are my strength and might;
you show yourself my savior.
With joy we draw water from the wells of salvation.
Give thanks and call on God’s name.
Make known God’s deeds among the nations;
proclaim that God’s name is exalted.
Sing praises to God, whose work is glorious,
let it be known in all the earth.

Acts 4: 32-37 The Post-Resurrection People of The Way
HYMN: Spirit of God, Unseen as the Wind (Tune: Skye Boat Song)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove,
teach us the truth and help us believe,
show us the Saviour’s love.

You spoke to us long, long ago,
gave us the written word;
we read it still, needing its truth,
through it God’s voice is heard.

Without your help we fail our Lord,
we cannot live his way;
we need your power, we need your strength,
following Christ each day. © Scripture Union (CH4)

REFLECTION

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING dedicated with In Loving Partnership
(Tune: Church Triumphant WOV 1)
In Loving partnership we come,
seeking, O God, your will to do.
Our prayers and actions now receive;
we freely offer them to you.

We are the hands and feet of Christ,
serving by grace each other’s need.
We dare to risk and sacrifice
with truthful word and faithful deed.

Loving community we seek;
your hope and strength within us move.
The poor and rich, the strong and weak
are brought together in your love.

In loving partnership, O God,
help us your future to proclaim.
Justice and peace be our desire,
we humbly pray in Jesus’ name. © Desert Flower Music (VU)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night;
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain;
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word of them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame;
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts are satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send? © Daniel Schutte & New Dawn Music (NJS)

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tues 19th Thomas.
NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.
FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL Sunday 1st December. We will be having our usual Christmas baking, but would be very grateful for any contributions from the congregation eg Christmas decorations, novelties, new gifts that you think may be suitable for Christmas. Judith 332 1577 or Allison 332 0554.
The theme for the service on December 15th is “I’m Dreaming of a Hot Christmas”. Chris is looking for people who have experienced Christmas in the Pacific Islands, Indonesia/Malaysia, Equatorial Africa, or South America, who would be willing to briefly share something of that, in a similar vein to last year (when it was winter Christmases).
A message from Sue: We have an excess of tomato & capsicum seedlings to go to a good home. Folk should phone Peter 960 7657.
WEDNESDAY WALKERS 20th November: Meet 9.30am outside “Cup” 127 Hackthorne Rd (park in Hackthorne Rd either above or below Dyers Pass Rd). Coffee at the Cup. NB: A HILLY WALK! June 332 8874.
CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. New faces welcome ?. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Please ensure Anna has any notices by 8am on Thursdays due to internet connection difficulties in the Office. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
HUB NEWS: This week’s information is displayed in the Lounge.
FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th December 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please book through the Parish Office.
FIREWOOD FOR SALE: $100 a low-sided trailer load. Please contact Barry 338 4622 or David 339 7038 if you would like a load (or two!)
PLANT & QUALITY PRE-LOVED CLOTHING SALE: Saturday 23rd November 10am-1pm at St Anne’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Wilsons & Centaurus Roads. There will also be a sausage sizzle. Everyone welcome.

Hub Activities for the week 17th – 24th November

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tues 19 Nov 9.30am Little Kidz Music meet in Hall Lounge
Thurs 21 Nov 11.30am Pot-luck lunch at Whareora
7.30pm Women Journeying at Gaynor’s.
Fri 22 Nov 4.30pm Friday Kids in Kids Alive room
Sat 23 Nov 9am-4pm ‘Rethinking Retirement’ Workshop. WEA. $30
2-4pm ‘Old Time Christmas Singalong’ at South West
Baptist. Free.
Sun 24 Nov 7pm-8.30pm Choral Festival at CBS Arena.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 17 Nov 12 noon Tanzanian Lunch
Wed 20 Nov 9.30am Walking Group. Meet at “Cup”. June 332 8874
7.30pm Session meeting
Thu 21 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. New faces always
welcome. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 24 Nov 9am Morning Worship

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 18 Nov 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tues 19 Nov 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 20 Nov 7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 21 Nov 9.30am &10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading guild. Contact Gayle 322 6073
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 22 Nov 7.00pm Lift Youth Group – contact Matt 027 3890000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 18 Nov 9.30am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
Wed 20 Nov 10.00am Forum on last week’s readings
Thurs 21 Nov 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
7.30pm Choir Practice
Fri 22 Nov 7.30pm Tango weekend – see website for details:
www.tangovibe.co.nz
Sun 24 Nov 11.30am Healing Service with Communion
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights

Saturday 30th November
Calico Christmas Fare
9am – 12noon
at Cashmere Presbyterian Church
Festive gifts; clever cups; cakes for Christmas & special occasions;
jams, chutneys & pickles; scrumptious homemade pies; fudge & more; sausage sizzle; raffles

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Sunday 10 November 2013

WELCOME AND NOTICES
THE GATHERING (rf Psalm 98 ~ The Message)
Let us sing to God a brand-new song. He’s made a world of wonders! He rolled up his sleeves, he set things right.
He showed the world what he could do. He remembered to love us. Shout your praises to God, everybody! Let loose and sing! Strike up the band! Round up an orchestra to play for God,
Add on a hundred-voice choir. Feature trumpets and big trombones, Fill the air with praises to the Lord God.
Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause, With everything living on earth joining in. Let ocean breakers call out, “Encore!”
And mountains harmonize the finale – A tribute to God when he comes, when he comes to set the earth right.

HYMN: For the Music of Creation (Tune: Austria WOV 577)
For the music of creation,
for the song your Spirit sings,
for your sound’s divine expression,
burst of joy in living things:
God, our God, the world’s composer,
hear us, echoes of your voice:
music is your art, your glory,
let the human heart rejoice!

Psalms and symphonies exalt you,
drum and trumpet, string and reed,
simple melodies acclaim you,
tunes that rise from deepest need,
hymns of longing and belonging,
carols from a cheerful throat,
lilt of lullaby and love song
catching heaven in a note.

All the voices of the ages
in transcendent chorus meet,
worship lifting up the senses,
hands that praise and dancing feet;
over discord and division
music speaks your joy and peace,
harmony of earth and heaven,
song of God that cannot cease! © Shirley Murray (AA)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER – SUNG

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Hilary Moore

SONG: Butterfly Song
If I were a butterfly,
I’d thank you, Lord, for giving me wings;
and if I were a robin in a tree,
I’d thank you, Lord, that I could sing;
and if I were a fish in the sea,
I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.
For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile,
you gave me Jesus and you made me your child,
and I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.

If I were an elephant,
I’d thank you, Lord, by raising my trunk;
and if I were a kangaroo,
you know I’d hop right up to you;
and if I were an octopus,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fine looks,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.

If I were a wiggly worm,
I’d thank you, Lord that I could squirm;
and if I were a crocodile,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my big smile;
and if I were a fuzzy-wuzzy bear,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fuzzy-wuzzy hair,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me.” ?Brian Howard (NJS)
READINGS: Haggai 1:12 – 2:9 Joan Macdonald
Luke 20: 27- 40 Deborah Fitchett

SERMON
A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING
Creator God, we see your hand open wide to satisfy the need of every living creature. May we have thankful hearts, for all your loving care and kindness. Help us to be faithful stewards of the gifts you have given us, to care for the world around us, and to share your love with all people.
Bless these gifts we bring, in Jesus name. Amen.

HYMN: God of History – Recent, Ancient (Tune:Hyfrydol WOV148ii)
God of history – recent, ancient –
God of every yesterday,
still our God in this day’s moments,
where we go and where we stay:
You have set us in this context,
time, relationship, and place,
hear our praise and glad thanksgiving
for all signs of present grace.

You have called us from division
into unity and hope.
Each and all belong together
in the world’s kaleidoscope.
Help us listen to the voices
daring us to be and do
what you plan for church and people,
loving others, praising you.

How are we, then, called to answer
as we work and as we live,
called to justice, called to mission,
learning to receive and give?
Shall we build a bridge of promise?
Tear down walls that split, divide?
Fling wide doorways, open windows?
Let the spirit come inside?
God, you point us toward the future
where Christ leads and shows the way.
Here and now, work not yet finished
needs our strength and will today.
Thus we move into tomorrow,
called to live and work and be
reconcilers, pilgrim people,
called by Christ, by Christ set free. ? JP Huber (ASF)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER & THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: There’s a Spirit in the Air (Tune: Lauds)
There’s a Spirit in the air,
telling Christians everywhere:
“Praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.”

Lose your shyness, find your tongue
tell the world what God has done:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When believers break the bread,
when a hungry child is fed,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.

Still the Spirit gives us light,
seeing wrong and setting right:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When a stranger’s not alone,
where the homeless find a home,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.

May the Spirit fill our praise,
guide our thoughts and change our ways.
God in Christ has come to stay,
live tomorrow’s life today! © Brian Wren (VU)
THE BLESSING

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.
TANZANIAN LUNCH: The annual lunches to raise funds for the Orphanage we support in Tanzania will be held next Sunday 17th November. Put your names down TODAY for one of the venues: Sonya & David; Lyndsey McKay; Aubrey & Rachel; Rob & Barb. $5 for a simple lunch. Please support us if you can. Barb 379 1474.
FIREWOOD FOR SALE: $100 a low-sided trailer load. Please contact Barry 338 4622 or David 339 7038 if you would like a load (or two!)
BECKENHAM METHODIST Midweek Meal Tuesday 12th November 6pm. All are welcome. Contact Graham 332 2889 for more information.
THE CHRISTCHURCH APW will meet on Wednesday 13th November 9.45am at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Barrington St. This will be our final meeting for the year and will be a Christmas service led by the Rev Anne Stewart. We will be blessing the Christmas hampers for Pillars and finishing with a festive morning tea. All are welcome to attend. Allison 332 0554.
WEDNESDAY WALKERS 13th November: Please meet at the bus stop by the Ferrymead shops on Ferry Rd to catch the bus to Sumner at 9.08am. Further details at the beginning of the walk. Anneke 328 7459. Email anneke.howie@gmail.com.
CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. New faces are always welcome ?. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. The Office will be closed this Friday (Show Day). Please ensure Anna has any notices by 8pm on TUESDAY. There are internet connection difficulties in the Office currently, so emails need to be sent in plenty of time to be accessed from the web offsite. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
HUB NEWS: This week’s information is displayed in the Lounge.
FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th December 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please book through the Parish Office.
FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL Sunday 1st December. We will be having our usual Christmas baking, but would be very grateful for any contributions from the congregation eg Christmas decorations, novelties, new gifts that you think may be suitable for Christmas. For more information, please speak to Judith 332 1577 or Allison 332 0554.
PLANT & QUALITY PRE-LOVED CLOTHING SALE: Saturday 23rd November 10am-1pm at St Anne’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Wilsons & Centaurus Roads. There will also be a sausage sizzle. Everyone welcome.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 10th Denise; Mon 11th Barbara; Thu 14th Berta, Ruby (90).

Hub Activities for the week 10th- 17th November

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Nov 7.00pm Craft Group
7.00pm Men’s Muster
Tues 12 Nov 9.30am Tuesday Kidz in Hall Lounge
Wed 13 Nov 9.45am Christchurch APW. Rev Anne Stewart will be leading a
Christmas Service and blessing the Christmas
Hampers for Pillars.
10.00am Foot Clinic in Hall Lounge
2.00pm Mid-week Communion, Whareora, Athelstan St
Thurs 14 Nov 9.30am Foot Clinic in Hall Lounge
Fri 15 Nov 4.30pm Friday Kidz in Kidz Live Room

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Wed 13 Nov 9.30am Walking Group-phone Office 332 6192 for details
Thu 14 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. New faces
always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Fri 15 Nov SHOW Day. Office closed.
Sun 17 Nov 9am Morning Worship
12 noon Tanzanian Lunch

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Nov 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tues 12 Nov 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 13 Nov 10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 14 Nov 9.30am &10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 15 Nov 7.00pm Lift Youth Group. Matt 027 3890000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Nov 9.30am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
2.00pm Foot Clinic – phone office for appointments
Tues 12 Nov 7.30pm Cashmere Residents Association AGM (drinks &
nibbles from 7pm), with speakers: Prof. Bryan
Jenkins – Lower Avon Heritage Trail Project;
Margaret Sweet – Friends of Ngaio Marsh
House; an update on CREST followed by an
open community forum.
Wed 13 Nov 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 14 Nov 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
7.30pm Choir Practice

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