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Christmas Eve 2014

GREETINGS:

A CHILD IS BORN TO US; A SON IS GIVEN TO US. HE WILL BE CALLED ‘WONDERFUL’, ‘COUNSELLOR’, PRINCE OF PEACE.’
(Isaiah 9:6)

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLES:

CAROL: Carol of Dreams (remain seated)
Dream a dream, a hopeful dream
As children do on Christmas Eve,
Imaginings, surprising things to hold and to believe.

Dream a time this Christmas time
When no-one’s hungry or afraid;
That weapons go and harvests grow,
That friends are met and made.

Dream a peace, our planet’s peace,
The greening of the earth at play,
The holy ground where life is found,
Where God has touched the clay.

Dream a gift, the Christmas gift
That changes everything we see:
The shimmering of angel wing,
The Child, the Mystery. ©Shirley Murray (FFS)

CHRISTMAS THEN – BETHLEHEM
The first Christmas – the story from the Gospel of Luke.
Who received word of the birth?
Who gave the word?
What was the response?

CAROL: Silent Night (WOV 236)
Silent night, holy night: all is calm, all is bright
round the virgin mother and child, holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night: shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing, ‘Alleluia;
Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.’

Silent night, holy night: wondrous star, lend your light;
with the angels let us sing Alleluia to our King;
Christ our Saviour is born, Christ our Saviour is born. C/A

BIBLE READING: Luke 2: 1-7

CAROL: Away in a Manger (WOV 242)
Away in a manger no crib for a bed the little Lord Jesus lays down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing the baby awakes but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes. I love thee Lord Jesus look down from the sky and stay by my side till morning is nigh.

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

BIBLE READING: Luke 2: 8-14

CAROL: While Shepherds Watched their Flocks (WOV 223(i)) (remain seated)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
the angel of the Lord came down
and glory shone around.

‘Fear not’, said he (for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind),
‘glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and humankind.

‘To you in David’s town this day
is born of David’s line
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;
and this shall be the sign:

‘the heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swaddling clothes
and in a manger laid’. C/A

BIBLE READING: Luke 2: 15-20

CAROL: O Little Town of Bethlehem (WOV 240)
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth! For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

CHRISTMAS NOW – CHRISTCHURCH, NZ
What is the city like at Christmas?
How do we celebrate Christmas?
How do we make meaning of the story today?

CAROL: Upside down Christmas (remain seated)
Carol our Christmas, an upside down Christmas;
Snow is not falling and trees are not bare.
Carol the summer and welcome the Christ child,
Warm in our sunshine and sweetness of air.

Sing of the gold and the green and the sparkle,
Water and river and lure of the beach.
Sing in the happiness of open spaces,
Sing a nativity summer can reach!

Shepherds and musterers move over hillsides,
Finding not angels, but sheep to be shorn;
Wise ones make journeys, whatever the season,
Searching for signs of the truth to be born.

Right side up Christmas belongs to the universe.
Made in the moment a woman gives birth;
Hope is the Jesus gift, love is the offering,
Everywhere anywhere, here on the earth. © Shirley Murray (CoC)

CAROL: No Snow is on the Mountain Tune WOV 250 (remain seated)
No snow is on the mountains,
The grass is gold and dry.
The sheep and cattle grazing
Beneath the North West sky.
Waimakariri flowing
Rakaia running low.
In paddocks Shepherds hasten
To greet the child they know.

The wise people of Christchurch
Follow the Southern Star.
Worship the holy Christ child
In townships near and far.
Waimakariri flowing
Rakaia running low.
Love is restored at Christmas
Our joy will overflow. © Mary Helson

Anticipation, excitement, awe and wonder, hope and peace.

OUR PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS (sung): (remain seated)
Come now Lord Jesus, enter our Christmas
Be to us no stranger in this new-made manger.

Come, small and human, born of a woman,
Yet a Son much greater of our own Creator.

Come,cold and crying, comfort denying,
No place to receive you, few yet to believe you.

Come, poor and simple, our flesh your temple,
In your body feeling hurt as well as healing.

Come, gift and token, bread to be broken –
Star and sign still point you, myrrh will yet anoint you.
Shirley Murray (CoC)

CHRISTMAS BLESSING:

CAROL: Joy to the World (WOV 224)
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

WE SING:
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year C/A

24th Dec 11.30pm Beckenham Christmas Eve Service
25th Dec 9.30am Combined Christmas Day Celebration

Please note that our combined Sunday Services on 28th December and for all of January will be 10am.

We wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas

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Sunday 21 December 2014 10am

CAROLS THROUGH THE AGES –

WELCOME AND NOTICES

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

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

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES
(The first three candles are lit.)
We have lit the candle of Hope, a sign that God is with us, encouraging us along our way. We have lit the candle of Peace,
a reminder that Jesus came to share God’s peace.
We have lit the candle of Joy, a sign that God has promised life in all its fullness. Today we light the candle of Love,
a sign of God’s generous care and concern for all people.

CHOIR: A Candle’s Light

GATHERING PRAYER

NARRATOR…

READER: (From Isaiah 42: 5 – 10)

NARRATOR and a ROMAN

CAROL: Earth Has Many a Noble City (WOV 216) seated
Earth has many a noble city;
Bethlehem, thou dost all excel:
out of thee the Lord from heaven
came to rule his Israel.

Eastern sages at his cradle
make oblations rich and rare;
see them give, in deep devotion,
gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Jesus, whom the Gentiles worshipped
at thy glad epiphany,
unto thee, with God the Father
and the Spirit, glory be. C/A

READER: (From Isaiah 9: 2-7)

NARRATOR… and mime during, Unto Us a Boy is Born.

CAROL: Unto Us a Boy is Born (WOV 218) seated
Unto us a boy is born!
King of all creation,
came he to a world forlorn,
the Lord of every nation.

Cradled in a stall was he
with sleepy cows and asses;
but the very beasts could see
that he us all surpasses.

Herod then with fear was filled:
“A prince”, he said, “in Jewry!”
All the little boys he killed
at Bethlem in his fury.

Now may Mary’s son, who came
so long ago to love us,
lead us all with hearts aflame
unto the joys above us.

Omega and Alpha he!
Let the organ thunder,
while the choir with peals of glee
now rends the air asunder. © Oxford University Press (WOV)

READER: (Matthew 1: 18 – 25)

CAROL: O Little Town of Bethlehem (WOV 240)
O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see you lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by:
yet, in your dark streets shining
the everlasting light,
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in you tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary;
and, gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to all on earth. C/A

READER: (Luke 2: 8-20)

CHOIR: Did You Hear What I Hear?
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

NARRATOR and POET

CAROL: The First Nowell (seated)

The first Nowell the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star,
shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night. C/A

NARRATOR…

READING: Psalm 98

NARRATOR…

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

THE OFFERING

READER: (From Romans 5: 1-11)

CHOIR: Mary Did You Know?

NARRATOR…

CAROL: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Hark! the herald angels sing,
glory to the newborn King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful all you nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim,
`Christ is born in Bethlehem’:
Hark! the herald angels sing,
glory to the newborn King.

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

READER: (Philippians 2: 5-11)

JOSEPH MOHER AND FRANZ GRUBER

CAROL: Still the Night ~ Accompanied by Siu (remain seated)
Still the night, Holy the night,
Sleeps the world, hid from sight,
Mary and Joseph in stable bare,
Watch o’er the child, beloved and fair,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Still the night, Holy the night,
Shepherds first saw the light,
Heard resounding clear and strong,
Far and near, the Angels song,
Christ the Redeemer is here,
Christ the Redeemer is here.

Still the night, Holy the night,
Son of God, love’s pure light,
Love is smiling from thy face,
Strikes for us now the hour of grace,
Saviour since thou art born,
Saviour since thou art born. C/A

NARRATOR…

CAROL: Once in Royal David’s City – first verse solo
Once in royal David’s city…

He came down to earth from heaven
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor and mean and lowly
lived on earth our Saviour holy.

And through all his wondrous childhood,
day by day like us he grew;
he was little, weak, and helpless,
tears and smiles like us he knew;
and he feeleth for our sadness,
and he shareth in our gladness. C/A

SANTA and a YOUNG PERSON

NARRATOR…

CAROL: Carol our Christmas
Carol our Christmas, an upside down Christmas;
snow is not falling and trees are not bare.
Carol the summer, and welcome the Christ Child,
warm in our sunshine and sweetness of air.

Sing of the gold and the green and the sparkle,
water and river and lure of the beach.
Sing in the happiness of open spaces,
sing a nativity summer can reach!

Shepherds and musterers move over hillsides,
finding, not angels, but sheep to be shorn;
wise ones make journeys whatever the season,
searching for signs of the truth to be born.

Right side up Christmas belongs to the universe,
made in the moment a woman gives birth;
hope is the Jesus gift, love is the offering,
everywhere, anywhere, here on the earth. © Shirley Murray (CoC)

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE & CANDLE – LIGHTING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

NARRATOR…

CAROL: Come to this Christmas Singing (Tune: WOV 245)
Come to this Christmas singing!
Come to a birthday, bringing
gifts from our country’s treasure,
beauty of shell and stone:
wisdom the old have taught us,
laughter the young have brought us,
love to surround a manger,
making this Child our own.

Wealth of our land and water,
riches of race and culture –
these be our gold and incense
offered for Christmas Day:
where we make peace, declare it,
where we have much, let’s share it,
aroha warm our hearts,
and aroha be our way.

Here where the sheep are grazing,
where summer sun is blazing
harvests for others ripen –
food for the world can grow:
Christ of a cold December,
quicken us to remember
poverty in a stable
need, like the sting of snow. © Shirley Murray (CoC)

A BLESSING
May you have joy this Christmas –
The joy of celebrating Christ’s birth.
May you have hope this Christmas –
The hope of a world renewed.
May you have peace this Christmas –
The peace which all people can share.
May you know love this Christmas –
The love which is fulfilled in God’s gift to you –
The gift of Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE GRACE

Acknowledgement: Re-written from Peta Sherlock’s, Carols Tell the Story.

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Sunday 14th December 2014 9am – Celebrating 200 years of the Gospel in NZ

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Let us celebrate 200 years since the arrival of the gospel in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy… for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.
Let us celebrate the friendship of Maori Chief Ruatara and Samuel Marsden, a friendship that paved the way for the words of joy to The People of the Land.

The opening hymn on Christmas Day 1814

HYMN: All People That on Earth Do Dwell
All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell,
come ye before him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto:
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

For why the Lord our God is good,
his mercy is for ever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure. C/A

ADVENT CANDLE-LIGHTING
(The first two candles are lit.)
We have relit the Candle of Hope: a sign that God is with us, encouraging us along our way.
We have relit the Candle of Peace: a reminder that Jesus
came to share God’s peace with all people.
Today we light the candle of Joy: a sign that God has promised
life in all its fullness.

(The third candle is lit)

Sung Response (seated) © Sandra Dean (VU)
A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright,
a candle of hope in December’s dark night.
While angels sing blessings from heaven’s starry sky,
our hearts we prepare now for Jesus is nigh.

A candle is burning, a candle of peace,
a candle to signal that conflict must cease:
for Jesus is coming to show us the way;
a message of peace humbly laid in the hay.

A candle is burning, a candle of joy,
a candle to welcome brave Mary’s new boy.
Our hearts fill with wonder, and eyes light and glow
as joy lights the ocean, when summer winds blow.

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 David Beaumont

John 1: 6-14, & v16 Peggy Cree
How The Gospel Arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand

CAROL: Te Harinui © Willow Macky (AA)
Not on a snowy night by star or candle light,
nor by an angel band there came to our dear land,
Te Harinui, Te Harinui, Te Harinui
glad tidings of great joy!

But on a summer day within a quiet bay,
the Maori people heard the great and glorious word,

The people gathered round upon the grassy ground,
and heard the preacher, say “I bring to you this day …”

Now in this blessed land united heart and hand,
we praise the glorious birth, and sing to all the earth,

…and The Gospel Spread

THE OFFERING:
God, on this day of thanksgiving, we bring these gifts to share,
turning the gratitude of our hearts into giving; that the good news
of great joy for all people may continue to resound through our living, and our serving, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Women of the Gospel
HYMN: Pohutukawa Tribute
‘Twas in Bethlehem that the Christ had birth,
that the shepherds learned of God’s gift to earth.
There in rosy dawn angels sang his worth:
And the glory shone all bright around;
heavenly glory shone around.

Full three thousand leagues from the manger bed,
a New Zealand tree decked itself in red.
“Tis to honour him I do this”, it said:
And the glory shone all bright around;
crimson glory shone around.
Called Pohutukawa – its Maori name,
still at every Christmas it does the same:
So that cliff and headland are all aflame:
And the glory shines all bright around;
crimson glory shines around.

Thus New Zealand knows when it’s Christmastide
by the beauty splashed o’er the countryside.
May Pohutukawa long flourish wide,
and the glory shine all bright around;
crimson glory shine around. © H W Hitchcock

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Spirit God of All Creation (Tune: Cwm Rhondda WOV 478)
Spirit God of all creation, Te Wairua welcome here.
We, your people of the mountains, rivers, forests, and the air;
gather now to sing in honour; in God’s presence make us one;
In God’s presence make us one.

Here we gather in thanksgiving for God-with-us in our lives.
One in joy for all you bring us; one in hope for all the world.
Holy Spirit searching fire, lead us in our song of praise;
Lead us in our song of praise.

Te Wairua, gentle wisdom, you who know the depths of God.
Having guided those before us, lead us now to know the Way.
Make us open to the Gospel, living witness to the Word;
Living witness to the Word.

Holy Trinity we call you; mighty God and source of all.
Here redeemed is your creation, Jesus Christ our saving Lord.
Te Wairua, Holy Spirit, fill us with your loving power;
Fill us with your loving power. Text: Joe Grayland (used with permission)

THE BLESSING

NOTICES:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

PICNIC AT MERCHISTON TODAY. Everyone welcome. Bring your own lunch and your own ‘camp’ chair. Drinks and icecreams will be provided.

FLIERS: Please take a bundle to deliver this week. Your help is greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU to all those who donated Christmas Gifts for Waltham Cottage.

PLEASE SUPPORT the 69th CWS Christmas Appeal. “Build Hope for Tomorrow”.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 17th December: Meet 10.30am at The Colombo for a stroll around Sydenham, followed by lunch 11.30am at ‘Just Desserts’, 33 Wordsworth St. RSVP to Sue 960 7657 by Tuesday please.

BOARD OF MANAGERS meeting Wednesday 17th December, 7.30pm at McKeans.

OPEN HOUSE at the Manse Sunday 21st December from 2pm. Come for a chat and a cuppa as you are able. All welcome. Chris.

Christmas 2014 and beyond for St Martin’s & Beckenham
CAROL SERVICE & ACT of REMEMBRANCE: Sun 21st Dec10am
CHRISTMAS EVE: Wednesday 24th December 7.30pm & 11.30pm
CHRISTMAS DAY: Thursday 25th December 9.30am
Please note that from Sunday 21st December until 25th January all Sunday services will be at 10am.

JANUARY NOTICES: if you have a notice for 11th or 18th January, please email it to Anna by Wednesday 17th December ?.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz.
NB: The Office will close on Wednesday 24th December and re-open on 22nd January.

THE LAST HUB REPORT for the year is displayed on the wall in the Lounge.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 22nd January 2015. Beverley 332 7786.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 16th Ron; Thu 18th Anne; Sat 20th Sarah Jayne.

Hub Activities for the week 14-21 December2014

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 14th Dec 9am Celebrating 200 years of the Gospel in NZ
Noon Picnic at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd (weather permitting)
Wed 17th Dec 10.30am Walking Group to meet at The Colombo, followed
by lunch at Just Desserts.
7.30pm Board of Managers’ meeting
Sun 21st Dec 10am Carol Service & act of remembrance
Wed 24th Dec 7.30pm Christmas Eve Service
Thu 25th Dec 9.30am Christmas Day celebration

On Sunday 28th December, and for all of January, there will be a combined service with Beckenham Methodist at 10am.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
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
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
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

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 14 Dec 10.00am Christmas Family Service, with BBQ to follow
Mon 15 Dec 9.30am Pre-School Music Group. Emma: 3322965
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
Wed 17 Dec 3.30pm Youth Choir rehearsals
Thurs 18 Dec 7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
7.00pm Choir Practice
Sun 21 Dec 10.00am A Service of Christmas Music with the Choir
6.00pm Carols on the Green – with sausage sizzle. In the
hall if wet

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Sunday 7th December 9am

Children’s Christmas Service
Christmas Star

WELCOME AND NOTICES

ADVENT CANDLE-LIGHTING:

(The candle of hope is relit.)

We have relit the Candle of Hope: a sign that God is with us, encouraging us along our way.
In a world where many are affected by violence, we are called to be people who are caring; people who work to make a difference to others’ lives.
We light the Candle of Peace: a reminder that Jesus came to share God’s peace with all people.

THE CANDLE OF PEACE IS LIT

SUNG RESPONSE: (Tune: Away in a Manger) Remain seated
A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright,
a candle of hope in December’s dark night.
While angels sing blessings from heaven’s starry sky,
our hearts we prepare now for Jesus is nigh.

A candle is burning, a candle of peace,
a candle to signal that conflict must cease:
for Jesus is coming to show us the way;
a message of peace humbly laid in the hay. © Sandra Dean (VU)

OPENING PRAYER

Christmas Star

CAROL: And Did You See Him, Little Star
And did you see Him little star,
long, long ago?
and was it you, I wonder, shone
on manger low?
And did you see the shepherd men,
when angels sang?
‘Peace on the earth, goodwill to all,’
the message rang.

And did you guide the three wise kings
with shining light?
and bring them to the holy Child
on that great night?
And will you still shine down on earth,
though from afar,
and lead us back to Bethlehem,
O little star? © The estate of Helen Clyde (CoC)

Christmas Star

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

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

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

Christmas Star

CAROL: The First Nowell

The first Nowell the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star,
shining in the east, beyond them far;
and to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night.

And by the light of that same star
three wise men came from the country far;
to seek for a King was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went. C/A

Christmas Star

CAROL: We Three Kings of Orient Are Remain seated
We three kings of orient are,
bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain
moor and mountain,
following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of night,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
gold I bring to crown Him again.
King for ever, ceasing never
over us all to reign.

Frankincense to offer have I,
incense owns a deity nigh.
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
worship Him, God on high.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in the stone cold tomb.

Christmas Star

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

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

Yea, Lord, we greet you
born for our salvation;
Jesus, to you be glory given:
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him… C/A

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

PRESENTATIONS

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

CAROL: Not on a Snowy Night
Not on a snowy night by star or candle light,
nor by an angel band there came to our dear land,
Te Harinui, Te Harinui, Te Harinui
glad tidings of great joy!

But on a summer day within a quiet bay,
the Maori people heard the great and glorious word,

The people gathered round upon the grassy ground,
and heard the preacher, say “I bring to you this day …”

Now in this blessed land united heart and hand,
we praise the glorious birth, and sing to all the earth,
© Willow Macky (AA)
THE BLESSING

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 7th Florence; Mon 8th Eleanor; Fri 12th Richard; Sat 13th Deborah.

NOTICES:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 10th December: Meet 9.30am at Helios House, Fifield Tce. Coffee at Willows. Barbara & Allan 337 6202.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: TOMORROW 1-4pm. Volunteers to assist are always welcome. On the job training provided. Lyndsey 388 1264.

PICNIC AT MERCHISTON next Sunday 14th December. Everyone welcome. Bring your own lunch and your own ‘camp’ chair. Drinks and icecreams will be provided. Hope for a fine day and come and enjoy! Any volunteers to organize carol singing?

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: There will be a box at the Church until next Sunday for you to put your gifts in. Please DO NOT wrap them. Gifts of wrapping paper are also acceptable along with Christmas baking. Worship committee.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS finishes for the year on 11th December and will resume on Thursday 22nd January 2015. Beverley 332 7786.

WALKING GROUP lunch 11.30am Wednesday 17th December at ‘Just Desserts’, 33 Wordsworth St. RSVP to Sue 960 7657 (leave a message with your name and the number attending) if are coming by 16/12 at the latest please.

OPEN HOUSE at the Manse Sunday 21st December from 2pm. Come for a chat and a cuppa as you are able. All welcome. Chris.

TANZANIAN BAGS: Lyndsey has 24 more to sell this morning. Cost: $20.

FUN DAY 28th February 2015: Volunteers required. Lyndsey will be coming round with a clipboard today. Please have a look and offer to help – we need you!

Christmas 2014 and beyond for St Martin’s & Beckenham
CAROL SERVICE & ACT of REMEMBRANCE: Sunday 21st December 10am
CHRISTMAS EVE: Wednesday 24th December 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS DAY: Thursday 25th December 9.30am
Please note that from Sunday 21st December until 25th January all Sunday services will be at 10am.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed on the wall in the Lounge.

Hub Activities for the week 7 – 14th December2014

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 7 Dec 9am Children’s Presentation: “Christmas Star”
7pm Festival 200, Horncastle Arena
Mon 8 Dec 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Lyndsey 388 1264
Wed 10 Dec 9.30am Walking Group. Helios House, Fifield Tce. Coffee at Willows.
Thu 11 Dec 10am-12noon Final Crafty Crafters for 2014. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 14 Dec 9am Celebrating 200 years of the Gospel in NZ
12noon Picnic at ‘Merchiston’,75 St Martins Rd

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tue 9th Dec Little Kids music in hall lounge.
Fri 12th Dec Friday Kids at the church hall

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
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
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
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

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 7 Dec 10.00am Christmas Communion
Mon 8 Dec 9.30am Pre-School Music Group. Emma: 332 2965
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
Mon 8 Dec 2.30pm } Foot Clinic. Phone office on 332 7129
Tues 9 Dec 9.30am } for appointments
Wed 10 Dec 3.30pm Youth Choir rehearsals
7.00pm Choir Practice
Thurs 11 Dec 10.30am Prayer Group. Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
Sun 14 Dec 10.00am Christmas Family Service, with BBQ to follow

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