Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sunday 2 February 2014

CALL TO WORSHIP – from the rear of the church
Let us see the glow of the sunrise as a sign:
Christ’s hopeful light, ending the darkness.
Let us see the beam from a lighthouse as a sign:
Christ’s light of security in a fast changing world.
Let us see the clear guide from a flashlight as a sign:
Christ’s revealing light, exposing the ways of self absorption
and greed.
Let us see the gentle light of a candle as a sign:
and worship God in Christ, the Light of the World for his time,
for our time, and all time beyond.

HYMN: Sing Your Praise to God Eternal (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148 ii)
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)

WELCOME AND NOTICES

OPENING PRAYERS AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Alice Shanks

SONG: The Church is Wherever God’s People are Praising
The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
singing God’s goodness for joy on this day.
The Church is wherever disciples of Jesus
remember his story and walk in his way.

The Church is wherever God’s people are helping
caring for neighbours in sickness and need.
The Church is wherever God’s people are sharing
the words of the Bible in gift and in deed. © W. Jenkins
(Adapted by permission of John Knox Press (VU)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Micah 6: 1-8 Wayne Barton
Matthew 5: 1-12 from The Message June Service

SERMON: Is there a “secret to happiness?

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING:
Our gifts are blessed through your Spirit, O God.
They find sadness and bring comfort;
they find despair and bring hope;
they find people caught in a rut and bring freedom;
they find talent and uncover it for all to see;
they find seeking hearts and bring fresh insights;
the same way Jesus did!
Bless not only these gifts, but us, as we commit ourselves
to live your life in the world. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

HYMN: I Come With Joy a Child of God (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 452)
I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved, and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.
I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here.

Together met, together bound,
by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one. ? Stainer & Bell (CH 4)

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
God be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
United in his love, we give God thanks and praise.

God’s light shines … Jesus’ light shines still among us.
On Good Friday he died.
At Easter he rose again.
Today he lives forever.

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION:

HYMN: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Make me a channel of your peace:
where there is hatred let me bring your love,
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
and where there’s doubt, true faith in you:
O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
where there’s despair in life let me bring hope,
where there is darkness, only light,
and where there’s sadness, ever joy:
Make me a channel of your peace:
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
© Franciscan Communications (NJS)

THE BLESSING

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

SUMMER OF FUN Community Event Sunday 16 February 2.30 – 4.30pm. If you can help distribute fliers to local letterboxes, please collect some today.

CAN YOU HELP? We would like donations of baking and jams to sell at the Fun Day on 16th Feb if possible. If anyone has spare fresh fruit or vegetables on the day that would be great too. Please see Sue 960 7657 for details.

The bottle of Wattie’s Tomato Sauce left behind at the BBQ can be collected by its owner from the church kitchen this morning!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 5th February: Meet 9.30am at the corner of Beckford & Wilsons Rds. Coffee at Café Mint. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. New faces welcome ?. No meeting this Thursday 6th February (Waitangi Day) $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. The Office will be closed on Thursday for Waitangi Day, so this week’s notices need to be in by WEDNESDAY 9am please.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 10th March 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office 332 6192 to book.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
HUB NEWS: This week’s information is displayed on the wall in the Lounge.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 4th John; Thu 6th Rob; Fri 7th Kim.

Hub Activities for the week 2nd – 9th February 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tues 4 Feb final day for contributions to Connect newsletter
to kmitchelmore@paradise.net.nz
Fri 7 Feb 4.30pm Friday Kids starts
Sun 9 Feb 10am Church service – ‘Waitangi’

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 2 Feb 9am Communion
Wed 5 Feb 9.30am Walking Group. Phone June 332 8874 for details
Thu 6 Feb Waitangi Day. Office Closed. NO Crafty Crafters.
Sun 9 Feb 9am Morning Worship

ADVANCE NOTICE: Summer of Fun Community Event Sunday 16 February 2.30-4.30pm on our site 43 St Martins Rd. Everyone Welcome.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 3 Feb 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tue 4 Feb 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 5 Feb 9.30 am U3A in lounge. Pauline 332 0453
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thu 6 Feb 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 7 Feb 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program in lounge. Matt 027 389 0000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 2 Feb 10.00am Morning Worship
Mon 3 Feb 9.15am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
Sun 9 Feb 10.00am Family Service

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Sunday 26th January 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
In every age God has called into being a people willing to meet the challenges of life, with the certainty of his presence with them –
a people who lived out his love, even in the midst of change that threatened the warm securities of life; change that called for faithfulness in new and unfamiliar experiences.

In our time the call has come to us, as it came to those who walked the path of faith before us. God beckons us on, to become greater than we have ever dreamed of being, as we respond to the challenges before us.
May our shared life enable us to hear the call; and equip us
with vision and courage to respond with all that we are.

HYMN: Every New Morning (Tune: Bunessan WOV 91)
Every new morning God gives us freely
hearts that are thankful, strength for the task;
people who love us, joy in our service,
all we have need of, if we but ask.

God will be with us in all our thinking,
in all our speaking, in all we do;
and as we praise him by all our actions,
he will be with us, seeing us through.

God in the morning, God in the noontide,
God in the evening, all through the day;
God is within us, and all around us,
God goes before us, all of the way. © Carol Dixon

OPENING PRAYERS

STORY-TIME

SONG: And God Said Yes!
And God said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Said yes to the world once more,
Said yes with a cosmic roar
Said open that other door
Said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Friend, Yes!

For God said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Let’s splash the sky with light,
Let’s float the earth in space,
Let’s dance away the night
Said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Friend, Yes!

And God said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Let’s make a people free,
Complete the mystery,
and loving Earth with me
Said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Friend, Yes!

And God said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Let Jesus Christ be born!
Let’s find him in the straw!
Let’s blast the shepherd’s horn!
Said, Yes! Yes! Yes!
Friend, Yes! © Norman Habel (SotS)

READINGS: Psalm 27: 1, 4- 9 Bob Kayes

A Day by the Sea (Based on Matthew 4: 12- 23)

SERMON: Gift and Challenge

HYMN: Into These Hills and Valleys (Tune: Song 1 WOV 513)
Into these hills and valleys long ago
came pioneers of faith with vision clear
of farms and towns and neighbours living so
that village, home, and church might flourish here.
God grant such vision now to us, we pray,
to make their dreams our own in this new day.
Today we pray for ministries of caring:
for teaching children gracious words of truth;
for helping all to know the joy of sharing
time talents, all; for work with age and youth;
for worship binding all the church in one;
for deeds and smiles that help God’s will be done.

Move us with confidence toward tomorrow
for which we dare to hope through Christ the Lord,
when peace and joy shall conquer human sorrow
and ploughshares vanquish gun and bomb and sword.
So make us one humanity, and then
teach us to sing a grand and sure “Amen!” © JP Huber (ASF)

THE OFFERING
Gracious God, in gratitude and thanksgiving we bring these gifts.
The gift of ourselves and the gifts of money and produce. May we and they be a part of Christ’s work within our congregation, within our neighbourhood, within our world, at this time. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: All My Hope on God is Founded (Tune: Groeswen)
All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s power,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

Daily doth the almighty giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our soul delighteth,
pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand
at his hand;
joy doth wait on his command.

God’s great goodness ay endureth,
deep his wisdom passing thought:
splendour, light and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore
from his store
new-born worlds rise and adore. C/A

THE BLESSING

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

REMINDER: SUNDAY WORSHIP is at 9am again.

ST MARTIN’S CHURCH FAMILY BBQ TODAY 12 noon at Sue & Peter’s, 106 Southampton Street. Please bring a salad and meat to share (the bbq and chef are provided!) plus a hat, seat/rug, plates and cutlery. Tea & coffee will be available. All are welcome.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th January: Catch #28 9.10am bus to Lyttelton from Opawa Rd. Go through tunnel and up hill on Dublin St. Ring bell before Winchester St corner to ensure bus will stop at the first stop. Coffee at SAMO. Anneke 328 7459.

SESSION MEETING Wednesday 29th January 7.30pm in the Church.

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

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Please ensure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday each week. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 27th Nola, Bernie; Fri 31st Bryan, Adrienne; Sat 1st Alice.

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Sunday 12 January 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
The Spirit of God is calling in wind and whimsy.
The Spirit of Christ is calling in challenge and by example.
The Spirit calls, insistently and persistently, urging change
and transformation.
Despite any feelings of uncertainty even fear, we come to worship in hope and trust. We come, seeking, wondering,
hoping God will gift us with new life.

HYMN: Come in, Come in New Year Tune: Darwall WOV 147(ii)
Come in, come in New Year
with shining summer day!
Your promise calls us here
to celebrate and pray,
through Janu-ary’s open door
to stride with hopeful step once more.

Come in, New Year, and sell
your wares of chance and change:
engage us with your spell
to risk and re-arrange,
to feel the Spirit’s impulse beat,
to follow down a different street.

The calendar of Christ
will mark the seasons’ turn,
his story claim our trust,
his love be ours to learn.
For all the world, for young and old, we pray a year of peace unfold. ? Shirley Murray (CoC)
OPENING PRAYERS

STORYTIME

SONG: One More Step along the World I Go
One more step along the world I go,
one more step along the world I go;
from the old things to the new
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me traveling along with you.

Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me:

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know:

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough;
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you: © Hope Publishing (VU)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Isaiah 42: 1-9 Jenny Brettell

Matthew 3: 13-17 Bernie Brettell

CAROL: Joy to the World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
let earth receive its king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns;
let us our songs employ;
while fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love. C/A

SERMON: Hinge Events…

HYMN: Will You Come and Follow Me
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same?
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
this I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
© Iona Community (CH4)
THE OFFERING
O God, we look at our feet and see the unfolding possibilities.
May we move in the direction of service.
We look at our hands and see a future of compassion.
May we seek to do the work of justice.
We look into our hearts and see love and the connection.
In this new year may we be shaped as a beloved
and loving community, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

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? © OCP Publications (CH4)

THE BLESSING

ST MARTIN’S PARISH NOTICES for 12th January
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

SUNDAY WORSHIP: Next Sunday 10am. From Sunday 26th January, the services will be at 9am again.

ST MARTIN’S CHURCH FAMILY BBQ Sunday 26th January 12 noon at Sue & Peter’s, 106 Southampton Street. Please bring a salad and meat to share (the bbq and chef are provided!) plus a hat, seat/rug, plates and cutlery. Tea & coffee will be available. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 15th January: An “unofficial” stroll – meet 9.30am in the carpark of South Library, Hunter Tce end. Coffee at ‘Red’. June 332 8874.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 27th January 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone Joan 980 7467 to book.

THE PARISH OFFICE re-opens on Thursday 23rd January 2014.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
BIRTHDAYS: Wed 8th Sue; Thu 9th Barry; Tues 14th Pauline

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