Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sunday 1 June 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We join to praise and give glory to the risen Christ our Lord.
We lift our voices in unison to give praise to the Lord, as part of God’s family of believers in this place.
With joyful hearts we give thanks for God’s grace and love to each one of us.
Let us celebrate together that the resurrected Jesus is our Lord and we are His blessed people.

HYMN: Stand Up and Bless the Lord (Tune: Carlisle WOV 383 (i))
Stand up and bless the Lord, you people of his choice;
Stand up and bless the Lord your God,
with heart, and soul, and voice.

Though high above all praise, above all blessing high,
Who would not fear his holy name,
and laud and magnify?

O, for the living flame from his own altar brought,
To touch our lips, our minds inspire,
and wing to heaven our thought!

God is our strength and song, and his salvation ours;
Then be his love in Christ proclaimed
with all our ransomed powers.

Stand up and bless the Lord, the Lord your God adore;
Stand up and bless his glorious name,
henceforth for evermore.

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER
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READINGS: Acts 1: 6-14 Hilary Moore
John 17: 1-11 Barry Moore

HYMN: Christians are all kinds of people
Christians are all kinds of people,
They’re average, they’re short, and they’re tall,
From all kinds of backgrounds,
with all kinds of outlooks,
Our gracious God uses them all.
Christians are all kinds of people,
Not even especially good,
But God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts,
With mercy as wide as the sea;
It reaches to you and to me.

Christians are all kinds of people.
They’re smilers, they’re grouchers, they’re clowns.
In all kinds of weather, wherever they gather,
You’ll find every kind of them round.
Christians are all kinds of people,
And sometimes all kinds are in me.

God uses all kinds of people,
The black, and the pale and the tan,
New Born and the aged, the fit and disabled,
They all have a part in the plan.
God uses all kinds of people,
With problems, with hang-ups, with scars.
©Stan and Pauline Stewart.

SERMON: We are His.

THE OFFERING:

HYMN: Here I Am, Lord
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 to 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 be satisfied,
I will give my life to them, whom shall I send?
©Dan Shutte – SJ.

WE GREET EACH OTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: All Praise to our Redeeming Lord (Tune NewingtonWOV367(i))
All praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by his grace,
And bids us, each to each restored, together seek his face.

He bids us build each other up; and, gathered into one,
To our high calling’s glorious hope we hand in hand go in.

The gift which he on one bestows, we all delight to prove;
The grace through every vessel flows, in purest streams of love.

Even now we think and speak the same, and cordially agree;
Concentrated all, through Jesus’ name, in perfect harmony.

We all partake the joy of one, the common peace we feel,
A peace to sensual minds unknown, a joy unspeakable.

And if our fellowship below In Jesus be so sweet,
What heights of rapture shall we know when round his throne we meet.

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 1st Madg; Mon 2nd Rose; Tue 3rd Joan; Fri 6th Jessie.

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

NEXT SUNDAY we will be celebrating Pentecost. The service will be led by Audrey Dunnachie & the Worship committee.

PLEASE NOTE: Our 10am Combined Midwinter Services with Beckenham Methodist commence on Sunday 15th June.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 4th June: Meet 9.30am on the corner of Centaurus & Ramahana Roads for an uphill walk. Coffee at Fava. June 332 8874.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 5th June 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, for a shared tea. David Hodder will speak about “The lives and adventures of New Zealand’s Aged Hunters” – of which he is one. All are welcome. For further details, contact Tony 332 0554.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th June 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. Anna will be at Beckenham Methodist this Thursday 5th June.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.
THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL invites you to have a say on Social Housing. Come along to a drop-in session on Wednesday 11th June 4.30 – 6.30pm in the Boardroom, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham. For all details, or to have your say online, go to www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

COURT THEATRE presents Roger Hall’s “You Can Always Hand Them Back” Thursday 25th September 6.30pm. Tickets $42. A list will go up in June; payment required by the end of August. Queries to Sue 960 7657.

Do you need help with any small fix-it jobs around your home or property? Please contact the Office 332 6192 for assistance.

Hub Activities for the week 1st – 8th June 2014

St James Presbyterian Church
Tues 3 June Little Kids Music
Fri 6 June Friday Kids
Sun 8 June Ivan Pierce will be leading our worship and offering his
book “Read Mark and think about it” for sale at $20. This is
a Communion service followed by Congregational
Meeting at 11.15 a.m. with lunch to follow. All members of
the Presbytery Commission will be in attendance and would
like to hear your views on the future of the parish. This is
your chance to have your views heard.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Tue 3 June 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army Hall, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 4 June 9.30am Walking Gp meet cnr Centaurus & Ramahana Rds. Coffee at Fava.
Thu 5 June 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
6pm Men’s Group @ Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd.
Shared tea. Speaker. All welcome. Tony 3320554
Sun 8June 9am Pentecost Celebration

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls in hall – Contact Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays:8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op in halls – contact 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. David322 7954
Thursdays:9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading guild -1st Thursday – contact Gayle 322 6073
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls in hall. 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
Wed 4 June 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 5 June 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

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Sunday 25 May 2014

CALL TO WORSHIP: From the back
Let us come before God with thanksgiving.
We gather – a community of God’s people – to worship and to remember all that God has given us.
Here we commit to share with others the talents God gifts us with:
For we are called to be bearers of God’s blessing and love
for all people.

HYMN: Sing Praise and Thanksgiving (WOV 25)
Sing praise and thanksgiving, let all creatures living
now worship their maker with gladness and song;
all glory and honour we come to him bringing:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God!

Our lives of his making he brings to their waking;
in darkness he held us in his gracious care,
now into the light we are called from our sleeping:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God!

Lord, frame our desiring to do your requiring,
that unto your glory be all that we do;
and where we have faltered, give strength and give healing:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God! ? C.A. Gibson & M. Barclay (WOV)

WELCOME AND NOTICES

OPENING PRAYERS
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TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Alice Shanks

READINGS: From Exodus 18 ~ Jethro’s advice to Moses Wayne Barton
Mark 1: 16-20 ~ The call of the first four disciples Audrey Dunnachie

REFLECTION

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

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are travellers on the road,
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear,
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you,
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through. © Scripture in Song

THE ORDINATION OF NEW ELDERS
• Presentation of David Beaumont, Irene Gray and Anneke Howie by the Session Clerk.

• Introduction
There are different gifts,
but it is the same Spirit who gives them.
There are different ways of serving God,
but it is the same Lord who is served.
God works through different people in different ways,
but it is the same God whose purpose is at work in us all.
We are all given gifts by the Spirit to use for the common good.
We have the joy of using our gifts as members
of Christ’s Church, which is his body continuing his ministry
in the world today…

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us. We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. (United Church of Canada, 1968)

VOWS

CONGREGATIONAL VOWS
Do you, the members of this parish, putting your trust in Jesus Christ
as Saviour and Lord commit yourselves to love and serve the church.?
WE DO
As members of this congregation will you encourage and support your elders, surround them with your love, and remember them in your prayers? WE WILL

SIGNING OF THE FORMULA and PRAYER

AARONIC BLESSING (WOV 572)
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.

THE OFFERING & THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

COMMUNION HYMN: Lord Jesus Christ (Irene’s choice)
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
May God be with us. God is here among us.
Let us open our hearts to God.
We open them to God and to one another.
Let us give thanks to God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
God, we come to this table … prejudice and selfishness;
We come to this table, gifted, thankful.
We have come to offer back:
the gifts and skills, you God have given each of us.
We have come to celebrate the resources of this congregation,
the opportunities for new life and service.
We come to this table, hope-filled … that takes away our burdens;
We have come to this table, searching.
We have come to drink from your cup of blessing,
that breaks open the promise;
that unseals the covenant;
that offers its very self.
And so we come to this table with thanksgiving;
free to move out into the world; free to go where you call; free to eat the food of heaven and to share your love in Christ’s name…

COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN: Make me a Channel of Your Peace (David’s choice)
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:
O Master, grant that I may never seek…

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.

Please note there will be no Communion next Sunday. Bruce Hudson will be leading the service.

FIRESIDE: Glennys has invited us to meet at her home (111 Garlands Rd) 7.30pm Tuesday 27th May. If you can, please bring something of importance to you that would “show and tell”. Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 28th May: Meet 9.30am on the corner of Centaurus Rd & Palatine Tce (by Kaizuka). We welcome others to join us for coffee at Kaizuka at 10.30am. Margaret 366 8936.

CARING & SHARING Wednesday 28th May from 2pm in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. Everyone is welcome. Dayl from Age Concern will be our speaker – on all sorts of subjects including “winter wellness”. A special afternoon tea too as we approach Queen’s Birthday weekend – please wear your best hat! Irene 332 7306.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 5th June 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, for a shared tea. David Hodder will speak about “The lives and adventures of New Zealand’s Aged Hunters” – of which he is one. All are welcome. For further details, contact Tony 332 0554.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th June 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.

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Our 10am Combined Midwinter Services with Beckenham Methodist commence on Sunday 15th June.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.
THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL invites you to have a say on Social Housing. Come along to a drop-in session on Wednesday 11th June 4.30 – 6.30pm in the Boardroom, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham. For all details, or to have your say online, go to www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

RICCARTON PLAYERS present an extravaganza of singing, dancing and melodrama in the style of the Old Time Music Hall. 4-14 June 7.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, plus matinees 2pm Saturdays 7th & 14th June and 4pm Sunday 8th June. Venue: Christchurch South Intermediate School, 204 Selwyn Street. Tickets $16 waged & $13 unwaged. Cash sales and eftpos available (no credit cards). For bookings phone 338 4699 or book online at www.riccartonplayers.co.nz

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 26th Barbara; Tue 27th Jim (80); Thu 29th Margaret; Fri 30th Keith.

Hub Activities for the week 25th May- 1st June 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 25 May Action Church at St James with Friday Kids.
Tues 27 May Little Kids Music
7.30pm Parish Council meet
Fri 30 May Friday Kids

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 25 May 9.00am Induction & Ordination of new Elders, with Communion
Tue 27 May 7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group,111 Garlands Rd. Margaret 366 8936.
7.30pm Indooor Bowls, Salvation Army, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 28 May 9.30am Walking Group cnr Centaurus Rd & Palatine Tce. Coffee at Kaizuka. Margaret 366 8936
2.00pm Caring & Sharing. Wear your best hat! Irene 332 7306.
Thu 29 May 10am-12 noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 1 June 9.00am Morning Worship

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact 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
10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
7.30 pm Parish Council meets in study
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
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
5.00 pm Messy Church in hall
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 26 May 9.15am Pre-School Music. Jane 965 2425
Wed 27 May 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 29 May 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
Fri 30 May 7.30pm Friday Flicks – film “Brassed Off”

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Sunday 18 May 2014

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Like the multi-hued pebbles gathered onto a beach,
so we come from many places.
Like river stones, smooth from life’s surges or
chipped in the world’s torrents, so we come worn and wounded.
Like precious stones, chosen, crafted and valued,
so we come, cared about and loved by God.
Like the stones of a building, so God brings us together.
Let us come, as living stones, into God’s presence!
We come to worship God.

HYMN: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (Tune: WOV 343(ii))
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ, our head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion’s help forever
and our confidence alone.

We as living stones implore you:
Come among us, Lord, today!
with your gracious loving-kindness
hear your children as we pray;
and the fullness of your blessing
in our fellowship display.

Here entrust to all your servants
what we long from you to gain –
that on earth and in the heavens
we one people shall remain,
till united in your glory
evermore with you we reign. ? This version Jubilate Hymns (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Cynthia Cross

CHILDREN’S SONG: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the rivers and the mountains in His hands,
He’s got the oceans and the seas in His hands,
He’s got you and he’s got me in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got everybody here in His hands,
He’s got everybody there in His hands,
He’s got everybody everywhere in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands. (author unknown)

MISSION MOMENT: Rob Meier

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: 1 Peter 2: 2-10 Margaret Shanks

Psalm 31: 1-5, 14-16
Left: In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.

Right: Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.

Left: You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,

Right: take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.

Left: Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

Right: My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

All: Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.

HYMN: In Suffering Love (Tune: Belmont WOV 435) – Remain Seated
In suffering love the thread of life
is woven through our care,
for God is with us, not alone
our pain and toil we bear.

There is a rock, a place secure
within the storm’s cold blast;
concealed within the suffering night
God’s covenant stands fast. © Elinor Johns (VU)

The Younger Saul and Older Paul (Based on Acts 7: 55-60)
~ John Shanks
SERMON: Courageous Faith

HYMN: Song of Faith That Sings Forever
Song of faith that sings forever
through God’s people, ages long,
Word that holds the world together
when our hearts take up the song,
always, always somewhere sounding,
though the source we do not see,
counterpoint to all despairing,
it is hope that sets the key.

And when life would overwhelm us,
when there seems no song to sing,
hear the constant voice of courage
out of fear and suffering:
all who’ve loved and trusted Jesus,
all who lift us to be strong,
endless, endless are the voices
of the faith that makes the song. © Shirley Murray (FFS)

THE OFFERING:
Gracious God, we give of our time, our talent, and our financial resources to help in the transformation of the world to a place where stories of death and despair are replaced by stories of new life and hope, as people face the challenges that lie before them.
This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

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
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 18th Margaret; Thu 22nd Jennifer, Judith; Sat 24th Hadley.

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

NEXT SUNDAY is the Induction & Ordination of the three new Elders: David Beaumont, Irene Gray & Anneke Howie. There will also be Communion. Please note there will be no Communion on 1st June.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 21st May: Carpool from 43 St Martins Rd at 9.05am or assemble 9.30am in Riccarton at the corner of Rata & Rimu Streets. There is plenty of 120 minute parking in that area. Walk through the Riccarton House grounds, bush and nearby streets. Coffee at Riccarton McCafe on Matipo Street corner. June 332 8874.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 21st May at 7.30pm.

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

CARING & SHARING is on Wednesday 28th May from 2pm in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. Everyone is welcome. This is the last time it will be known as “Caring & Sharing” – look out for a new name in June! Irene 332 7306.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th June 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. Due to never-ending roadworks in Wilsons Rd, the best way to access the Office at the moment is to use the backdoor of St Anne’s (opposite Fava in Centaurus Rd) and come through the kitchen and the hall.

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Our 10am Combined Midwinter Services with Beckenham Methodist commence on Sunday 15th June.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.

Hub Activities for the week 18th – 25th May 2014

St James Presbyterian Church
Tues 20 May Little Kids Music
Fri 23 May Friday Kids
Sun. 8 June Communion then Congregational Meeting at 11.15 a.m. with lunch

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Tue 20 May 7.30pm Indoor Bowls at Salvation Army. Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 21 May 9.30am Walking Group, Riccarton Bush. June 332 8874.
7.30pm Session meeting.
Thu 22 May 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 25 May 9am Induction & Ordination of three new Elders, with Communion.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls in hall. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor. 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op in halls. Shilo 338 3943
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. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. 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 19 May 9.15am Pre-School Music. Jane 965 2425
Wed 21 May 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
2pm Cashmere APW meet at 47 Birdwood Avenue
Thurs 22 May 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th May
Crime, Punishment, and Restorative Justice Seminar.
With speakers Professor Chris Marshall, and Kim Workman.
See website for more details: www.cashmerechurch.org.nz/specialevents.html

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Sunday 11 May 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING:
We gather this morning to meet each other with conversation and friendship, and within the mystery of worship.
We gather to dream our dreams for the future,
hoping that God will turn dreams into vision,
all within the mystery of prayer.
We gather this morning to remember the needs and opportunities of our communities and world,
within the mystery of being one humanity.

HYMN: God is Here (Tune: Austria WOV 577)
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)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

RUN THROUGH OF HYMN
The Lord is my Shepherd and I want to follow
wherever he leads me, wherever he goes.
Over the mountains, the waters and by ways,
valleys and highways he’s waiting for me.
I want to go to meet him there,
to lay myself down in his love.
The Lord is my Shepherd and I want to follow,
wherever he leads me, wherever he goes.

And while on the journey to where we are going
he promised to be there to help us along and
over the mountains we’ll walk on together
to know all the wonders he’s given to me.
I want to go to meet him there,
to lay myself down in his love
The Lord is my Shepherd and I want to follow,
wherever he leads me, wherever he goes. © Brian Boniwell (TLD) LORD DELIGHTS
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

A MOTHERS’ DAY PRAYER

CHILDREN’S SONG: The Church is Wherever God’s People
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))

READINGS: Acts 2: 42-47 Life Among the Believers Judith Mackay

HYMN: The Lord is My Shepherd and I Want to Follow

John 10: 1-10 Jesus the Good Shepherd Bob Kayes

SERMON

THE OFFERING
God our creator, your welcome to us is warm and your provision generous; your goodness and mercy overflow. We bring these gifts today: money we have earned or saved, food we have prepared
or chosen. Use them so that your abundant life is shared
with those who need it most, in Jesus’ name. Amen

HYMN: Who Is My Mother
Who is my mother, who is my brother?
All those gathered round Jesus Christ:
Spirit blown people born from the Gospel
sit at the table, round Jesus Christ.

Differently abled, differently labelled,
widen the circle round Jesus Christ:
crutches and stigmas, culture’s enigmas,
all come together round Jesus Christ.

Love will relate us — colour or status
can’t segregate us round Jesus Christ:
family failings, human derailings
all accepted round Jesus Christ.

Bound by one vision, met for one mission
we claim each other round Jesus Christ:
here is my mother, here is my brother,
kindred in Spirit, through Jesus Christ. © Shirley Murray (AA)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Filled With the Spirit’s Power (Tune: Woodlands WOV 328)
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord
the infant church confessed its risen Lord.
O Holy Spirit, in the church today
no less your power of fellowship display.

Now with the mind of Christ set us on fire,
that unity may be our great desire.
Give joy and peace, give faith to hear your call,
and readiness in each to work for all.

Widen our love, good Spirit, to embrace
with your compassion all the human race.
Like wind and fire with life among us move,
till we are known as Christ’s, and Christian prove.
© Hope Publishing (WOV & VU)

THE BLESSING

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

Chris is looking for a person to play the parts of the younger Saul and an older Paul in next week’s reading. Please see her TODAY if you can help.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Induction & Ordination of the three new Elders will be held on Sunday 25th May.

COPY IS NOW REQUIRED FOR THE NEXT “MESSENGER”. Please send all contributions to Anneke at 5 Simeon Quay Lyttelton or email: anneke.howie@gmail.com. Deadline is next Sunday, 18th May.

APW meets this Wednesday 14th May 9.45am at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street. The speaker is Julie Collins from the Open Home Foundation, and we invite you to bring small gifts to go into the welcome packs for the children (see your April newsletter for details). There will be a Sales Table. Allison 332 0554.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 14th May: Meet 9.30am at the corner of Centaurus Road & Palatine Tce. Others are welcome to join us at 10.30 for coffee at “Kaizuka”. Margaret 366 8936.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th June 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.
NB: Anna will be in the Office after 10.30am this Friday (16th May).

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.
GARAGE SALE St Mark’s Church Opawa Rd Sat 17th May 9am-12pm

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Fri 16th Kim.

Activities for the week 11th – 18th May 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Wed 14 May 9.45am A.P.W. meet at St James.
Thurs 15 May 7.30pm Women’s Journeying meet at Shona & Ken’s 66 Frankleigh Street

SUNDAY 25 MAY at 10am at St Andrews at Rangi Ruru:
Invitation to members of St James to celebrate Tom Campbell’s ministry. Invitation is to attend the service and a catered lunch, or lunch only, or service only. There is a sheet in the foyer to reply to this invitation. Numbers required by Sunday 18 May.

4th – 5th October
50th Reunion for residents of Fergusson Hall, Palmerston North.
See notice board for more details.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 11 May 9am Morning Worship
Tue 13 May 7.30pm Indoor Bowls at Salvation Army. Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 14 May 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874 for this week’s destination.
Thu 15 May 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 18 May 9am Morning Worship

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 in hall. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op in halls. Shilo 338 3943
10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 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
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program. 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 12th May 9.15am Pre-School Music – contact Jane 9652425
Wed 14th May 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome.
Thurs 15th May 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th May
Crime, Punishment, and Restorative Justice Seminar.
With speakers Professor Chris Marshall, and Kim Workman.
See website for more details: www.cashmerechurch.org.nz/specialevents.html

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Sunday 4 May 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Jesus of the Emmaus Road,
Come as we walk the lonely path, and be our companion.
Come when life mystifies and perplexes.
Come into our disappointments and unease.
Come at the table where we share bread and hope;
and in coming, open our eyes to recognise you with us.

HYMN: Come Walk This Lonely Road (Tune: Winscott)
Come walk this lonely road with me,
dust on your feet, with weary eyes;
come share the stones as we trudge along,
we have to leave, the dream has died.

Come talk with me of things unseen,
visions of old, and kingdoms new;
hear what I’ve done and where I’ve been;
how can it all be so untrue?

Come break the bread with me tonight.
The road is long and night is near.
Stranger, come in, our tables bless;
We’ll eat and laugh and shed a tear.

O Lord, how slow I am to see.
How dull my ears that could not hear.
You’ve walked my road and wept with me,
you’ve come and gone, and now you’re near!

Burn in my heart, thou living fire.
Kindle your kingdom spark in me.
Teach me to watch as I walk along
your face in every face to see! © D. Norris (source unknown)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

STORY-TIME

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Aubrey McLeod
At Emmaus (The story of Luke 24: 13-35) Marilyn Tait

HYMN: We Are an Easter People
We are an Easter people,
ours is an Easter faith,
the yeast is rising in our hearts,
our wine has vintage taste.
Christ is risen,
Christ is risen,
risen in our lives.

We are an Easter people,
ours is an Easter faith,
our tears are freed to flow and heal
our shattered hopes and hearts

We are an Easter people,
ours is an Easter faith,
our fears have died, we rise to dream,
to love, to dance, to live. © Bill Wallace (AA)

SERMON: Musings on the Journey to Emmaus

OFFERING
A presence in the midst of doubt.
A familiar action at a shared meal.
A familiar figure on a distant shore.
O risen Christ, you come to surprise us and delight us.
God of our journey, empower us to be a community of invitation, of welcome, and of hospitality. May we be a people of generosity of heart giving to ensure, that that your work in the world around us may both continue and flourish, in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are travellers on the road,
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear,
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you,
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love, and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you,
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too. © Scripture in Song

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: These Hills Where the Hawk Flies Lonely
These hills where the hawk flies lonely,
beaches where the long surf rolls,
mountains where the snows meet heaven,
these are our care.
Pastures where the sheep graze calmly,
orchards where the apples grow,
gardens where the roses cluster,
these are our prayer.
Forests where the tree ferns tower,
rivers running strong and clear,
oceans where the great whales wander,
these are our care.
Race meeting race as equals,
justice for age-old wrong,
worth for every man and woman,
these are our prayer.

Cities where the young roam restless,
lives brought to deep despair,
homeless and powerless people,
these are our care.
Places where the Word is spoken,
hands held in serving love,
faiths of our many cultures,
these are our prayer.

All that the old world gave us,
all that the new world brings,
language, ideas and customs,
these are our care.
Life finding joy and value,
faith seeking truth and light,
God heard and seen in all things,
this be our prayer. © Hope Publishing (SFRP)

THE BLESSING

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

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Induction & Ordination of the three new Elders will be held on Sunday 25th May.

COPY IS NOW REQUIRED FOR THE NEXT “MESSENGER”. Please send all contributions to Anneke at 5 Simeon Quay Lyttelton or email: anneke.howie@gmail.com. Deadline is 18th May.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 7th May: Meet 9.30am at the Beckenham Service Centre, Colombo St for a stroll around Beckenham through the autumn leaves. Coffee at Red Café. Judith 332 1577.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 8th May at Merchiston. Commences with a shared finger food tea at 6pm, followed by a speaker “Adventures on the High Seas”. All Welcome. Tony 332 0554.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th June 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.

FIX-IT JOBS: If you need help with any small jobs around the home or garden, please contact the Office.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 7th Lucy; Sat 10th Jill.

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