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Sunday 30 March 2014 Harvest Thanksgiving

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God gave us the creation to enjoy,
with rolling landscapes of delight,
with wonders of earth and sea
and endless discoveries of beauty.
God made us in infinite diversity,
with all the vivid colours of our differences,
the marvel of our gifts and skills
to be explored and celebrated.

Let us come in praise and thanksgiving

HYMN: Praise God for the Harvest (Tune: St Denio WOV 80)
Praise God for the harvest of orchard and field,
praise God for the people who gather their yield,
the long hours of labour, the skills of a team,
the patience of science, the power of machine.

Praise God for the harvest that comes from afar,
from market and harbour, the sea and the shore:
foods packed and transported, and gathered and grown
by God-given neighbours, unseen and unknown.

Praise God for the harvest that’s quarried and mined,
then sifted, and smelted, or shaped and refined:
for oil and for iron, for copper and coal,
praise God, who in love has provided them all.

Praise God for the harvest of science and skill,
the urge to discover, create and fulfil:
for dreams and inventions that promise to gain
a future more hopeful, a world more humane.
Praise God for the harvest of mercy and love
from leaders and peoples who struggle and serve
for patience and kindness, that all may be led
to freedom and justice, and all may be fed. © Hope Publishing (CH 4)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Hilary Moore

SONG: We Plough the Fields With Tractors (Tune: WOV 59)
We plough the fields with tractors,
with drills we sow the land;
but growth is still the wondrous gift
of God’s almighty hand.
We add the fertilizers
to help the growing grain,
but for its full fruition
it needs God’s sun and rain
All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love

It is our God who gives us
inventive skills and drive;
which lighten daily labour
and gives us fuller lives!
With many new machines now
we do the work each day,
we reap the fields with combines,
we bale the new mown hay.

Then why are people starving
when we have life so good?
And some in crowded cities
search dustbins for their food.
And even some go hungry
who farm in distant lands;
Lord, help us learn more swiftly
to share with open hands. (Author unknown)

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS – Martin Cleland

POEM: This Thread I Weave (Shirley Murray, adapted)

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS – Jill Grierson

READING AND COMMENT: John 6: 1-11 Lindsay Day
The hospitality of one small boy

HYMN: Take My Gifts
Take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me,
gave me light and food and shelter,
gave me life and set me free.
Now, because your love has touched me,
I have love to give away;
now the bread of love is rising,
loaves of love to multiply!

Take the fruit that I have gathered
from the tree your Spirit sowed,
harvest of your own compassion,
juice that makes the wine of God;
spiced with humour, laced with laughter-
flavour of the Jesus life,
tang of risk and new adventure,
taste and zest beyond belief.

Take whatever I can offer-
gifts that I have yet to find,
skills that I am slow to sharpen,
talents of the hand and mind,
things made beautiful for others
in the place where I must be:
take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me. © Shirley Murray (AA)

OFFERING
O God, your gifts are many, diverse, and so graciously given,
that our hearts are filled with thanksgiving once more
at this season of the harvest.
What we offer in return seems so small, such a simple token;
but we ask you to bless these gifts, and to bless their use,
that those close at hand and those far away
will feel your compassionate and hopeful presence,
in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: With Thankfulness We Offer (Tune: Ellacombe)
With thankfulness we offer
our talents given by you:
the gifts of art and music
crafts, hobbies, writing too,
our keen appreciation
of colours, textures, sounds,
the overwhelming beauty
with which this world abounds.

We bring you from our gardens
the flowers and food we’ve grown,
rejoicing in the pleasure
that all of us have known
of watching what we’ve planted
sprout, flourish and mature,
with gifts of rain and sunshine
that make a harvest sure.

In this green land of plenty
of rivers, bushland, fields,
help us to guard its beauty
and treasure what it yields.
O may we not abuse it
by greed or lack of thought;
may we, like stewards, tend it,
respect it as we ought.

So may we use our talents
to educate, conserve,
that leading by example,
this planet we preserve
from selfish exploitation
of forests, oceans, lands;
the world be healed, replenished
by your restoring hands. ? Jocelyn Marshall Hamilton

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tues 1st Aileen; Fri 4th Rosalie.

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

HARVEST THANKSGIVING TODAY – CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS. A special welcome our friends from St James’ who are worshipping with us this morning.
Thank you to everyone who has brought items for Waltham Community Cottage.

THERE WILL BE A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on Sunday 6th April following Morning Worship to receive the nominations from Session of David Beaumont, Irene Gray & Anneke Howie for Eldership.
The meeting will also receive an update from the Building Work Group.

LENTEN STUDY tomorrow at the Manse. 10am for morning tea, 10.15am for the study.

THE POSTPONED FIRESIDE meeting will be a social evening at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st April at Sonya’s 408b Barrington St. Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd April: Meet 9.30am in Hoon Hay Rd near the corner of Cashmere Rd. Sonya will lead a walk in the area followed by coffee at Silverbacks Café. If weather is doubtful please check for an email at 9am.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOUR IS A PIECE OF CAKE: It’s not too late – bake a cake for your neighbours this afternoon!
THE COMBINED APW/MWF COMMUNION SERVICE will be held on Wednesday 2nd April at St James Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street. A shared tea will be held at 6 pm and the communion service led by Rev Chris Elliot will commence at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Allison 332 0554 for further details.
PARISH FAIR Saturday 12th April 9am until 12 noon. Time to start cleaning out those cupboards! We will be having the following stalls: Cakes, Preserves/Jams, White Elephant, Books, Plants & Produce. Please Note: We are unable to accept TVs, Computers, Stereos etc or household furniture.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Court Theatre Thursday 15th May 6.30pm. $41 each, cash payment in a named envelope to Sue on Sunday 6th April or by 9am on the 13th please. A great idea for Mothers’ Day presents. We need to sell a minimum of 20 seats – please add your name to the list in the lounge. Sue 960 7657

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

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.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
HUB NEWS: This week’s Hub Report is on the wall in the Lounge.
REMINDER: Daylight Saving ends next Sunday – put your clocks back an hour!!

Hub Activities for the week 30th March – 6th April 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 30th 9.00 a.mService with St Martins @ Beckenham Methodist. No service at St James!
12.00 noon LA LA LAC’s meet at Oderings for lunch
Tues 1st 9.30 a.m Little Kids Music
Wed 2nd Combined APW/MWF Communion Service. Shared tea at 6pm. Service 7pm led by Rev Chris Elliot. All welcome.
Fri 4th 4.30 pm Friday Kids

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 30th 9am Harvest Thanksgiving
Tues 1st 7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group meeting at Sonya’s 339 7038.
Wed 2nd 9.30am Walking Group. Contact Sonya 339 7038
Thu 3rd 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 6th 9am Communion & Congregational Meeting
{end of Daylight Saving – remember to change your clocks back!!}

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
9.30 am U3A. Pauline 332 0453
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre.Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program in lounge. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 31st 9.15am Pre-School Music. Jane 965 2425
Wed 2nd 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thu 3rd 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aitken Drive

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Sunday 23 March 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Session Report

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We come to worship God.
We are people of faith, but sometimes
have more questions than answers.
We come seeking God’s strength for life.
Sometimes we run out of energy and fear the future.
We come seeking deeper understanding.
Sometimes we are sure of our call, but unsure of our destination.
We come open to new life in the Spirit;
and so we come just as we are.

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,
force of greatness without cease.
Celebrate the Maker’s glory,
power to rescue and release.

Praise the Son 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, Son and Spirit,
one God in community,
calling Christians to embody
oneness and diversity.
Thus the world shall yet believe,
when shown Christ’s vibrant unity. © WGRG, GIA Publications (VU)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

CHILDREN’S SONG: One More Step Along the World I Go
One more step along the world I go,
one more step a-long 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 travelling 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:
And it’s from the old…

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:
And it’s from the old…

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:
And it’s from the old… © Stainer & Bell Ltd (VU)

MISSION MOMENT: It’s a piece of cake to be a good neighbour

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Genesis 12: 1-4a Bill Lloyd
Nicodemus’ Long, Long Night (John 3: 1-17)
SERMON

HYMN: Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness
calling and free.
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
wind, wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters,
you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains
from the valleys of sleep;
and over the ages
you called to each thing,
wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.

You swept through the desert,
you stung with the sand,
and you goaded your people
with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded
with their idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.

You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence
when the whole world was still;
and down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people in the rush of the wind.

You call from tomorrow,
you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow
the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions,
our men clear their eyes
with bold new decisions your people arise. © Jim Manley (NJS)

THE OFFERING (Prayer on the screen)

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose (Tune: Austria WOV 577 )
Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
hidden now in mystery;
nature bursts with joyful promise,
ripe with what is yet to be.
In a wealth of rich invention,
still the work of art unfolds –
barely have we seen, and faintly,
what God’s great salvation holds.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
making Jesus seen and heard.
Every age of God’s creation
grasps new meanings from the Word.
Show us, Holy Spirit, show us
your new work begun today;
eyes and ears and hearts are open,
teach us what to do and say.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
all God’s children brought to birth,
freed from hunger, fear and evil
every corner of the earth.
And a million million voices
speak with joy the Saviour’s name;
every face reflects his image,
never any two the same.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
nothing shall be left to chance.
All that lives will be united
in the everlasting dance.
All fulfilled and all perfected,
each uniquely loved and known,
Christ in glory unimagined
once for all receives his own. © Marnie Barrell (AA)

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

THE SESSION HAS CALLED A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING for TODAY following Morning Worship to consider the plans for application to the Presbytery for permission to proceed and uplift the insurance money.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING – CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS NEXT Sunday 30th March.
Please bring a symbol of your gifts/skills for the display.
Our gifts will be given to Waltham Community Cottage. There is a special need for dry goods (packets and tinned) to help with their cooking classes. Pasta and lentils are always acceptable. And think about those wee extras like biscuits, snax, coffee, tea, shampoo (toiletries), sugar, flour, loo paper etc. Also cans of fish, salmon and chicken and tins of hearty beef stews and the like so that they can open a can and put it on toast. Gifts of fresh vegetables and fruit also very welcome. Worship Committee.

The Lenten Study tomorrow at the Manse will look at Nicodemus & Jesus. 10am for morning tea, 10.15am for the study. Chris.

THE FIRESIDE meeting has been postponed from 25th March until Tuesday 1st April. Margaret.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 26th March: Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd by the carpark entrance to the medical centre. Fay will lead a walk in the area with coffee to follow at Opawa Bakery. If weather is doubtful, please phone Fern 332 4725 to check if walk is “on”.

‘CARING AND SHARING’ – what’s in a name?
Wednesday 26th March – do join us in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge at 2pm.
So – ‘what’s in a name?’ – your chance to come along and find out. Bring yourself, bring a friend. As well as a lot a laughs there will be a fabulous afternoon tea to share after.
We look forward to welcoming everyone. Irene 332 7306.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOUR IS A PIECE OF CAKE 29th – 30th March.
A combined churches of Christchurch initiative, supported by the City Council. The idea is to help people know their neighbours and create stronger community connections. If you wish to participate, bake a cake and give it to your neighbours next weekend, or invite them over for afternoon tea. See Lyndsey McKay for more information.

THE COMBINED APW/MWF COMMUNION SERVICE will be held on Wednesday 2nd April at St James Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street. A shared tea will be held at 6 pm and the communion service led by Rev Chris Elliot will commence at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Allison 332 0554 for further details.

NAMETAGS: Please wear your Church nametag. See Sonya if you require a new one.

PARISH FAIR Saturday 12th April 9am until 12 noon. Time to start cleaning out those cupboards! We will be having the following stalls: Cakes, Preserves/Jams, White Elephant, Books, Plants & Produce. Please Note: We are unable to accept TVs, Computers, Stereos etc or household furniture.

CHURCH A5 DIRECTORY WITH PHOTOS: Session seeks permission to print the Church Directory with a photo beside each family/person to help everyone put names with faces. Sonya has undertaken to take photos, so simply tell her if you are not agreeable, or advise Anna.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Court Theatre Thursday 15th May 6.30pm. $41 each, cash payment to Sue on or before Sunday 13th April please. A great idea for Mothers’ Day presents. We need to sell a minimum of 20 seats – please add your name to the list in the lounge. Phone Sue 960 7657 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office to book.

ORGAN RECITAL by John Dodgshun on TODAY 2.30pm, St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru. Proceeds to Neil Stocker Memorial Fund. All Welcome.

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.

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 23rd Eian; Mon 24th Maurice, Karlene; Tue 25th Georgia, Oliver; Wed 26th Liam.

Hub Activities for the week 23rd – 30th March 2014

St James Presbyterian Church

Very Important:
Lets get Charlie McLaren to St Louis, USA for life changing surgery. Charlie suffers from Cerebral Palsy and this surgery will enable him to walk. Charlie McLaren is nine years old and lives in Lincoln with his parent’s Mandy and Todd and elder brother George. Charlie attends Addington School and one of his current aspirations is to be a professional tennis player. This surgery will provide him with the opportunity to realise his dreams and potential. Goal = $100,000.00 NZD for the surgery alone. Raised = $1,820.00 NZD Donate online at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/newlegsforcharlie or see Amanda Wallis and be sure to write in the card for Charlie too.

Tues 25th Mar 9.30am Little Kids music
7.30pm Parish Council meet
Fri 28th Mar 4.30pm Friday Kids meet
Sun 30th Mar 9.00am Service with St Martins at Beckenham Methodist

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 23 March 9am Morning Worship & Congregational Meeting
Wed 26 March 9.30am Walking Group. Phone June 332 8874
2pm Caring & Sharing. Irene 332 7306
Thu 27 March 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 30 March 9am Morning Worship. Harvest Thanksgiving. A Celebration of our Gifts

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Halswell Friendship Club –4th Monday of
month in lounge – contact Jean 338 2317
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre programme
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Contact Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay contact Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 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. Contact David 3227954
7.30 pm Parish Council meets 4th Wednesday in study
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre programme
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Contact Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program in lounge –weekly. Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church -last Friday of month

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 23 March 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Mon 24 March 9.15am Pre-School Music – contact Jane 965 2425
Wed 26 March 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 27 March 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

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Sunday 16 March 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP
As God’s people we are called to the building of community,
breaking down barriers that separate people from one another,
in order to create newness of life.
This morning as we gather in worship may we experience the opportunity to be truly in touch with one another:
sharing the joys and hopes, sorrows and pain that are a part of belonging together; that we might go out from here,
in touch with the needs of the world around us, and beyond us.

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

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

Among these friends of mine
I taste the company divine.

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

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

SONG: If I Were a Butterfly
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)

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Introduction

An Affirmation of Faith (together)
We believe in God:
source of all life, source of all love
ever creating, our past and our future
father and mother of all that is to be.
We believe in God:
Christ of our history, link with eternity,
one with our humanness, revealing life’s hopefulness;
traveller before us, the Sign of the Way.
We believe in God:
Spirit of newness, Spirit of power,
wisdom and wonder, mystery and miracle
moving in freedom, transforming the earth
We believe in the Church:
born amidst struggle, open to changes,
centred in loving and sharing,
moving and growing
heart of community turned to the world.

A Story – Megan

The Baptism

Sung Blessing: The Lord Bless You and Keep You
The Lord bless you, and keep you:
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. C/A

The Baptismal Vows
Family

Congregation: (congregation stands)
And you, the people of St Martins, representing the world-wide Church, do you receive Isobel in the name of Christ?
Yes, we do.

Will you continue to surround all children in our midst, and their families, with love and support?
Yes, we will. We welcome Isobel into the wider family
of God, and commit ourselves to deeper love and service
for the sake of all people.

Presentation of Isobel to the Congregation

A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES

HYMN: All Things Bright and Beautiful (Megan & Jeremy’s choice)
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful
the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings –
he made their glowing colours,
he made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountain,
the river running by,
the sunset and the morning
that brightens up the sky,
The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden –
he made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well. C/A

READINGS: From Psalm 139 Elizabeth Penwell
From Luke 3 – Jesus’ Baptism Warren Pettigrew

REFLECTION

THE OFFERING:
God’s great love for us is expressed in many ways,
and especially in the gift of Jesus Christ.
Our love for God, and for each other, is expressed in tangible ways,
and so we bring our gifts in response to God’s love for us.
God, accept these gifts and our lives,
the work of care that they represent,
and our hope for a fuller life for others, that all may know
the reality of your great love for us. AMEN.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Celebrate Each Generation (Tune: Stuttgart WOV 200)
Celebrate each generation
celebrate around the earth!
In this Church make dedication
of the miracle of birth.

Every new-born son and daughter
is the Church’s loving claim,
marked by touch of living water
now to take the Christian name.

Be the Christ in those we christen:
body, spirit, both must thrive.
Be the Christ in us who promise
new-born faith to keep alive.

So another generation
may discover truth and good,
flower within the certain future,
bud of hope within the wood. © Shirley Murray (AA)

THE BLESSING

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

THE SESSION HAS CALLED A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING for Sunday 23 March following Morning Worship to consider the plans for application to the Presbytery for permission to proceed and uplift the insurance money.

LENTEN STUDIES: Monday mornings March 17th, 24th, 31st and April 7th, at the Manse. Come at 10.00 am if you’d like to share in morning tea. Study 10.15 – 11.45 (at the latest). These will be based on Sunday sermon topics. 17th March – Genesis 3, Temptation in the Garden of Eden; 24th March – John 3:1-17, Nicodemus visits Jesus.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 19th March: Meet 9.30am in St Andrews Square off Normans Rd by the entrance to Elmwood Park, at the back of St Andrew’s College. Then by car to Merivale Mall and coffee at McCafe. June 332 8874.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 19th March at 7.30pm.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

CHURCH A5 DIRECTORY WITH PHOTOS: Session seeks permission to print the Church Directory with a photo beside each family/person to help everyone put names with faces. Sonya has undertaken to take photos, so simply tell her if you are not agreeable, or advise Anna.

‘CARING AND SHARING’ – what’s in a name?
Wednesday 26th March – do join us in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge at 2pm.
So – ‘what’s in a name?’ – your chance to come along and find out. Bring yourself, bring a friend. As well as a lot a laughs there will be a fabulous afternoon tea to share after.
We look forward to welcoming everyone. Irene 332 7306.

NAMETAGS: Please wear your Church nametag. See Sonya if you require a new one.

PARISH FAIR Saturday 12th April. Time to start cleaning out those cupboards! We will be having the following stalls: Cakes, Preserves/Jams, White Elephant, Books, Plants & Produce. Please Note: We are unable to accept TVs, Computers, Stereos etc or household furniture. More details next week.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING – CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS Sunday 30th March. Our gifts will be given to Waltham Community Cottage. There is a special need for dry goods (packets and tinned) to help with their cooking classes. Pasta, lentils and canned goods are always acceptable. Gifts of fresh vegetables and fruit also very welcome. Worship Committee.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Court Theatre Thursday 15th May 6.30pm. $41 each, cash payment to Sue on or before Sunday 13th April please. A great idea for Mothers’ Day presents. We need to sell a minimum of 20 seats – please add your name to the list in the lounge. Phone Sue 960 7657 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office to book.

ORGAN RECITAL by John Dodgshun on Sunday 23rd March 2.30pm, St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru. Proceeds to Neil Stocker Memorial Fund. All Welcome.

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.

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

BECKENHAM METHODIST is having its Fun Day / Fair on Saturday 22nd March from 9am. We would be very grateful for donations of baking, preserves, plants, books, or white elephant items. We can collect any donated item during the week; alternatively it can be left at the church on Friday 21st. Any help on the day would be much appreciated.
For any offers, please phone Kirsty on 337 9784. Thank you so much!

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 17th Marie; Wed 19th Rosalie; Sat 22nd Audrey.

  • Hub Activities for the week 16th – 23rd March 2014

    St James’ Presbyterian Church
    Tues 18 March 9.30am Little Kids music
    Thurs 20 March 7.30pm Women’s Journeying at Marilyn’s home
    Fri 21 March 4.30pm Friday Kids

    St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
    NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
    Sun 16 March 9am Morning Worship & Baptism
    12.30pm Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch?
    Wed 19 March 9.30am Walking Group.
    7.30pm Session meeting
    Thu 20 March 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces welcome
    Sun 23 March 9am Morning Worship followed by Congregational Meeting

    Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
    Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
    6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre programme
    7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Contact Pat 353 0265
    Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
    Wednesdays: 1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
    7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
    Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
    6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre programme
    7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
    Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program in lounge. Matt 027 389 0000

    Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
    Mon 17 March 9.15am Pre-School Music. Jane 965 2425
    1.00pm Cashmere Garden Club Workshop
    Tues 18 March 9.30am Foot Clinic
    Wed 19 March 10.00am Forum – discuss and reflect last Sunday’s readings
    2.00pm Cashmere APW
    Thurs 20 March 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

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    Sunday 9 March 2014

    WELCOME AND NOTICES

    CALL TO WORSHIP
    Gather us in, Holy God. Gather us in, our Creator.
    Gather us in, in your name.
    Gather us this Lenten season to hear the old, old stories;
    to hear the stories of Jesus.
    Gather us for worship, God, for there is no better place to be.
    Gather us to learn, to grow, to seek your ways,
    and to be renewed.

    HYMN: Fill Your Hearts with Joy and Gladness
    Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
    sing and praise your God and mine!
    Great the Lord in love and wisdom,
    might and majesty divine!
    He who framed the starry heavens
    knows and names them as they shine.

    Praise the Lord, his people, praise him!
    wounded souls his comfort know;
    those who fear him find his mercies,
    peace for pain and joy for woe;
    humble hearts are high exalted,
    human pride and power laid low.

    Praise the Lord for times and season,
    cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;
    spring to melt the snows of winter
    till the waters flow again;
    grass upon the mountain pastures,
    golden valleys thick with grain.

    Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,
    peace and plenty crown your days;
    love his laws, declare his judgements,
    walk in all his words and ways;
    he the Lord and we his children –
    praise the Lord, all people, praise! © Hope Publishing (HFTC)

    OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

    TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Cynthia Cross

    CHILDREN’S SONG: The Church is Wherever
    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 (VU)

    READINGS: From Psalm 51 – Leslie Brandt David Hodder
    Genesis 2: 15-17 and: A Dramatic reading from Genesis 3: 1-14

    HYMN: Jesus tempted in the Desert (Tune: Blaenwern WOV 165ii )
    Jesus tempted in the desert,
    lonely, hungry, tired and worn:
    “Use your power,” the tempter tells him;
    “turn these barren rocks to bread.”
    “Not alone by bread,” he answers,
    “can the human heart be filled.
    Only by the Word that calls us
    Is our deepest hunger stilled.”

    Jesus tempted at the temple,
    high above its ancient wall:
    “throw yourself from lofty turret;
    angels wait to break your fall!”
    Jesus shuns such empty marvels,
    feats that fickle crowds request:
    “God whose grace protects, preserves us,
    we must never vainly test.”

    Jesus, tempted on the mountain
    by the lure of vast domain:
    fall before me! Be my servant!
    Glory, fame, you’re sure to gain!”
    Jesus sees the dazzling vision,
    turns his eyes another way:
    “God alone deserves our homage!
    God alone will I obey! ©GIA Publications, Inc (VU)

    SERMON: That Fateful Apple!

    A TIME OF QUIET

    HYMN: O God, You Search Me and You Know Me
    O God, you search me and you know me.
    All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
    When I walk or lie down you are before me:
    ever the maker and keeper of my days.

    You know my resting and my rising.
    You discern my purpose from afar,
    and with love everlasting you besiege me:
    in every moment of life, or death, you are.

    Before a word is on my tongue , Lord,
    you have known its meaning through and through.
    You are with me beyond my understanding:
    God of my present, my past and future too.

    Although your Spirit is upon me,
    still I search for shelter from your light.
    There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:
    even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

    For you created me and shaped me,
    gave me life within my mother’s womb.
    For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
    safe in your hands, all creation is made new. ©Bernadette Farrell (CH4)

    THE OFFERING:

    You have blessed us with great abundance, O God.
    You have called us to be a blessing to others.
    May the giving of these gifts
    and the sharing of hearts and lives
    show that your covenant promises
    are living among us. Amen.

    WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

    THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

    HYMN: God Gives us a Future (Tune: Camberwell WOV 170ii)
    God gives us a future, daring us to go
    into dreams and dangers on a path unknown.
    We will face tomorrow in the Spirit’s power,
    we will let God change us,
    for new life starts now.

    We must leave behind us sins of yesterday,
    for God’s new beginning is a better way.
    Fear and doubt and habit must not hold us back:
    God gives hope, and insight,
    and the strength we lack.

    Holy Spirit, teach us how to read the signs,
    how to meet the challenge of our troubled times.
    Love us into action, stir us into prayer,
    till we choose God’s life,
    and find our future there. © E J Smith (TIS)

    THE BLESSING

    THE SESSION HAS CALLED A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING for Sunday 23 March following Morning Worship to consider the plans for application to the Presbytery for permission to proceed and uplift the insurance money.

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

    LENTEN STUDIES: Anyone interested in a four week study please speak to Chris.

    GUESS WHO IS COMING TO LUNCH? Next Sunday 16th March 12.30pm
    Lists are in the foyer – today is your last chance to sign up. Sonya 339 7038.

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

    WEDNESDAY WALKERS 12th March: Meet 9.30am Café Jireh, 81 Bickerton St (or carpool from 43 St Martins Rd 9.10am). Long streets, but non-walkers are welcome to join us for coffee afterwards – plenty of carparking. Fern 332 4725.

    CHRISTCHURCH APW meets on Wednesday 12 March 9.45am at St James’ Church, Barrington Street. Speakers for the morning are from the Neurological Foundation. There will be a Sales Table. Allison 332 0554.

    CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

    CHURCH A5 DIRECTORY WITH PHOTOS: Session seeks permission to print the Church Directory with a photo beside each family/person to help everyone put names with faces. Sonya has undertaken to take photos, so simply tell her if you are not agreeable, or advise Anna.

    NAMETAGS: Please wear your Church nametag. See Sonya if you require a new one.

    HARVEST THANKSGIVING – CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS Sunday 30th March. Our gifts will be given to Waltham Community Cottage and there is a list of things they need for their pantry, which helps with their cooking classes. Gifts of fresh vegetables and fruit also very welcome. Worship Committee.

    HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Court Theatre Thursday 15th May 6.30pm. $41 each, cash payment to Sue on or before Sunday 13th April please. A great idea for Mothers’ Day presents. We need to sell a minimum of 20 seats – please add your name to the list in the lounge. Phone Sue 960 7657 for more information.

    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.

    KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
    NO HUB NEWS WAS RECEIVED THIS WEEK.

    PHONE LIST UPDATE: Please note Ken & Peggy’s address should be Apartment 209 Cashmere View and they have a new phone number: 337 5128.

    BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Sun 9th Sharyn.

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