Yearly Archives: 2014

Sunday 23rd November 2014 9am

Celebrating our Volunteers

WELCOME AND NOTICES: Session Report

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Today we come to recognise and honour those who give of themselves, that our neighbourhoods and city (and world), may be enriched and strengthened.
In worship, we focus on God’s love shown through people,
as they serve their communities; and we give thanks for their
gift of themselves. May we hear the voice of God, challenging
us all with the task of making his love a tangible reality.

HYMN: Take Up The Song (Tune: Chilton Foliat WOV 530)
Take up the song, and sing the praise of God,
who gave the world its skies and lands and seas,
then formed the fish and creatures of the earth;
our God be praised for wondrous gifts like these!

Take up the song, and sing the praise of God,
who gave the power of choice to humankind,
that we might heal the earth through servanthood,
and so find joy in all that God designed.

Take up the song, and sing the praise of God;
with music make both earth and heaven ring,
for God is good and loves all he has made;
so now to him all thanks and praises bring! © Selak Publishing (CH 4)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

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

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

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Psalm 100 June Service
Matthew 25: 31-46 Warren Pettigrew

Introduction and Volunteers’ Reflections

HYMN: Christ be our Light
Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.
Christ, be our light…

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

THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Tanzanian Lunch for ‘Your Sisters’ Orphanage last week. We have raised $400!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 26th November: Ph Joan 338 8700 for destination.

CARING & SHARING: ‘The dancers are ready – as is the piper and a good Ceilidh will be had on WEDNESDAY 26th November 2014 – 2pm in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. Wear your tartan, bring some ‘Scottish fare’ to enjoy with your cup of tea – let’s celebrate St Andrew’s Day (officially on the 30th November) in style. Bring your friends, family – whoever – you’re all welcome.’ Irene 332 7306.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.

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.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Monday 8th December 1-4pm. Volunteers to assist are always welcome. On the job training provided. Lyndsey 388 1264.

FESTIVAL 200 Sunday 7th December 6pm in the Horncastle Arena. Christians from all over the city are gathering to worship and give thanks for the 200th anniversary of the gospel in our nation. Tickets $6 adults, $4 children from Ticketek.

HORSE MANURE available now – $3 a bag. Lindsay 981 1587.

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

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

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE

We will be once again collecting gifts for Waltham Cottage – for men, women, boys, girls and teenagers. All the gifts that you would like to receive. There will be a box at the Church from Advent Sunday (30th November) through until 14th December for you to put your gifts in.

Please DO NOT wrap the gifts as the staff at the Cottage like to choose appropriate gifts for each person. Gifts of wrapping paper are also acceptable along with Christmas baking.

Thank you for helping to make someone else’s Christmas a happy one.

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

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 23 Nov 9am Morning Worship
Wed 26 Nov 9.30am Walking Group. Call Joan 338 8700 for destination
2pm Caring & Sharing – a ceilidh for St Andrew’s Day. Irene 332 7306.
Thu 27 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 30 Nov 9am Morning Worship.

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tue 25 Nov Little Kids music in hall lounge
7.30pm Parish Council meets.
Fri 28 Nov Friday Kids
Sun 30 Nov 5.30pm Ecumenical Advent Service at Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Sat 6th Dec 7.30pm Christmas with the Plainsmen – Transitional Cathedral.

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
7.30 pm Parish Council meets
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls in hall. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church in hall
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 23 Nov 11.30am Healing Service
Mon 24 Nov 9.30am Pre-School Music Group. Emma 332 2965
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
Wed 26 Nov 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
7pm Choir Practice
Thurs 27 Nov 10.30am Prayer Group. Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
Fri 28 Nov 3-7pm CALICO CHRISTMAS FARE

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Sunday 16 November 2014 10am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
As communities of faith, we gather to worship.
We come with our differences, but with Christ as our common ground.
We gather to worship and to be reminded of our connection to each other.
So we come together here, joining hearts and hands in the great quest: to love God, to love one another, and to serve God’s world.

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)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER – sung

STORY-TIME
INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS
READINGS: Psalm 123 Martin Cleland
Two Perspectives on Matthew 25: 14-30

HYMN: Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God (Tune:WOV 635)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
and God’s righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Allelu, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, allelu, alleluia

Ask and it shall be given unto you,
seek and you shall find,
knock and the door shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, alleluia.

We do not live by bread alone,
but by every word
that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Allelu, alleluia. © Maranatha Music / Copycare Ltd (VU)

SERMON

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: For the Healing of the Nations (Tune: WOV 343ii)
For the healing of the nations,
God, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word.

Lead us forward into freedom,
from despair your world release;
that, redeemed from war and hatred all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase.

All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow life’s brief span.

You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind,
for our growing in your likeness
bring the life of Christ to mind;
that, by our response and service,
earth its destiny may find. © Hope Publishing (VU)

THE OFFERING:
Generous God, we bring these gifts of money and food for your blessing. You give us opportunities and gifts of time,
patience and care.
May we use the gifts from you to encourage others,
to share with others, and to work with others, as we seek to be part
of your reign of justice, peace, and love. Amen.

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. © Colin Gibson (AA)

THE BLESSING

FUNDRAISER – GARAGE SALE: NEXT Saturday 22nd November
9am-12 noon at 259 Centaurus Rd.
Along with plants, seedlings, gardening tools and edible goodies we are asking folk to look out knick-knacks (ie SMALL items) and bring them along ON THE DAY from 8am. Please no furniture, electronics or electrical items and nothing big! Donations of items to sell (cakes, jams, lemon honey, sweets, fresh vegetables etc…) will also be required.
Cash donations also welcome! This is a fundraiser for the Link building.
For details, contact Sue 960 7657 or Lindsay 981 1587.
NOTICES:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

ANNUAL TANZANIAN LUNCH TODAY. Many thanks to those who have offered to host a lunch. Money raised supports “Your Sisters” Orphanage in Tanzania. This is a mission outreach project of this parish. Donations are very welcome – place money in an envelope marked “Your Sisters” and pop it in the offertory plate.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 19th November: Meet 9.30am at 315 Eastern Tce (halfway between Tennyson St & Waltham Rd) for a stroll around the river. Coffee at my place, fundraising for our church. Judith 332 1577.

SESSION meeting Wednesday 19th November 7.30pm.

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

CARING & SHARING are having a ceilidh on Wednesday 26th November from 2pm in honour of St Andrew’s Day. All are welcome. Irene 332 7306.

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.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th December 1-4pm.

FESTIVAL 200 Sunday 7th December 6pm in the Horncastle Arena. Christians from all over the city are gathering to worship and give thanks for the 200th anniversary of the gospel in our nation. Tickets $6 adults, $4 children from Ticketek.

HORSE MANURE available now – $3 a bag. Lindsay 981 1587.

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 19th Thomas.

Hub Activities for the week 16th – 23rd November 2014

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 16 Nov 10am Combined Morning Worship with Beckenham
Methodist, followed by Tanzanian Lunch
Wed 19 Nov 9.30am Walking Group. Contact Joan 338 8700 for destination.
7.30pm Session meeting
Thu 20 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. All welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sat 22 Nov 9am-12noon Garage Sale at 259 Centaurus Rd.
Sun 23 Nov 9am Morning Worship

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tue 18th Last day for Connect items to be handed to Dorothy
Little Kids music in hall lounge
Fri 21st Friday Kids
Sun 23rd Ken Shields will be preaching

A book has been written to mark the Hokitika 150 year gold rush celebrations. Four faith stories from Hokitika. Allan Davidson, Richard Waugh, Ted Schroder, and Steve Lowe share their faith journeys in God Knows where they come from! The book, available in November will be launched in Hokitika during the celebrations.
Price $29.90 plus postage. Brochure and order forms available from Heather. The other book (on the order form) by Rev Dr Richard Waugh is about growing up in the 1960’s in Hokitika.

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 in lounge. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 17 Nov 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/
Tue 18 Nov 12.30pm Ministers Association meet in lounge
Wed 19 Nov 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
2.00pm Cashmere APW
Thurs 20 Nov 10.30am Prayer Group. Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
7.00pm Choir Practice for Christmas Music – in the Church

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Sunday 9 November 2014 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING:
We begin this time of worship with a moment of silence:
for a moment is the least we can do as we come
as a family of God’s people. [pause]
We begin this time with praise and thanksgiving:
as we gather to worship God in word and song.
We begin this time of worship with a moment of remembrance:
remembering the week past, the people we have met,
the times we enjoyed, the work done.
And this week we remember all who have made sacrifices,
that we might have peace, that we may worship without fear.

OPENING PRAYERS

JIM COTTER’S PRAYER
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
loving God, in whom is heaven.
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe.
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world.
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings.
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
Now and forever. Amen.

HYMN: Lord For the Years
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the Word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,
Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.

Lord, for our land, in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign. © Hope Publishing (CH 4)

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Alice Shanks

CHILDREN’S SONG: Give Me Oil in My Lamp (Tune: WOV 115)
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray.
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
Keep me burning ’til the break of day.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna!
Sing hosanna to the King of kings
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna! Sing hosanna to the King.

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Give me joy in my heart, I pray.
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Keep me praising ’til the break of day.

Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Give me love in my heart, I pray.
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Keep me serving ’til the break of day.

Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting.
Give me peace in my heart, I pray.
Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting.
Keep me resting ’til the break of day. C/A

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Psalm 78: 1-7 Wayne Barton
Matthew 25: 1-13 Jeannette Beaumont

SERMON: Is today’s reading really about end times?

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING:
The spirit of giving changes, O God, when we are in partnership
with you. Our reluctance becomes generosity; our vision of offering widens to encompass gifts, skills and talents; our focus changes
to include needs beyond our community and city.
Transform our giving, loving God, in the way of Jesus,
in whose name we pray. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

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

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

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

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

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: To Abraham and Sarah (Tune: Thornbury WOV 389)
To Abraham and Sarah
the call of God was clear:
“go forth and I will show you
a country rich and fair.
You need not fear the journey
for I have pledged my word:
that you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

From Abraham and Sarah
arose a pilgrim race,
dependent for their journey
on God’s abundant grace;
and in their heart was written
by God this saving word:
“that you shall be my people and I will be your God.”

We of this generation
on whom God’s hand is laid,
can journey to the future
secure and unafraid,
rejoicing in God’s goodness
and trusting in this word:
“that you shall be my people and I will be your God.” © Judith Fetter (VU)

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

**REMINDER: NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICE IS AT 10AM**

COPY DEADLINE FOR ‘MESSENGER’ is this Thursday 13th November. Anneke 328 7459 or email: anneke.howie@gmail.com.

ANNUAL TANZANIAN LUNCH next Sunday 16th November. $5 per person.
Money raised supports “Your Sisters” Orphanage in Tanzania. This is a mission outreach project of this parish. If you are unable to attend, donations are very welcome – place money in an envelope marked “Your Sisters” and pop it in the offertory plate. Please sign the list in the Lounge TODAY if you wish to attend. Lyndsey 388 1264; Barb & Rob 379 1474.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 12th November go looking for Giraffes in the City. Meet near the Bus Depot Lichfield St/Ballantynes carpark 9.30am. Café to be confirmed – Duo’s in Rolleston Ave or C1 Espresso. Sonya 027 253 3397.

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

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.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th December 1-4pm.

FESTIVAL 200 Sunday 7th December 6pm in the Horncastle Arena. Christians from all over the city are gathering to worship and give thanks for the 200th anniversary of the gospel in our nation. Tickets $6 adults, $4 children from Ticketek.

GLOBAL VOICES present a capella music from around the world TONIGHT 6pm at Elmwood Theatre. Tickets $20 at the door.

MANY THANKS to all those who supported yesterday’s Clothing Sale.

HORSE MANURE available now – $3 a bag. Lindsay 981 1587.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 9th Chris; Mon 10th Denise; Tue 11th Barbara; Fri 14th Berta, Ruby.

FUNDRAISER – GARAGE SALE
Saturday 22nd November
9am-12 noon
at 259 Centaurus Rd.

So along with plants, seedlings, gardening tools and edible goodies we are asking folk to look out knick-knacks (ie SMALL items) and bring them along ON THE DAY from 8am.
Please no furniture, electronics or electrical items and nothing big!
Donations of items to sell (cakes, jams, lemon honey, sweets, fresh vegetables etc…) will also be required.
Cash donations to purchase sausages and bread would be welcome.

This is a fundraiser for the Link building.
For details, contact Sue 960 7657 or Lindsay 981 1587.

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Sunday 2 November 2014 9am

“Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

CALL TO WORSHIP:
From the first days of creation,
God’s presence has been in every action.

May we be open to all things through God,
recognising God in all our achievements.

In our steps together as a community,
and the steps we take where we feel alone,
may we be open to all things through God.

May we follow a path of looking forward;
not dwelling on past actions – great or small.
May we be open to all things through God,
and reveal God, in all that we do.

HYMN: Sing Your Praise to God Eternal (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148 ii )
Sing your praise to God eternal, sing your praise to God the Son,
sing your praise to God the Spirit, living and forever One.
God has made us, God has blessed us, God has called us to be true.
God rules over all creation, daily making all things new.

Join the praise of every creature, sing with singing birds at dawn;
when the stars shine forth at nightfall, hear their heavenly antiphon.
Praise God for the light of summer, autumn glories, winter snows,
for the coming of the springtime and the life of all that grows.

Praise God on our days of gladness for the summons to rejoice;
praise God in our times of sadness for the calm, consoling voice.
God our Maker, strong and loving, Christ our Saviour, Leader, Lord,
living God, Creator Spirit, be your holy name adored!
©Emmanuel College, Toronto (VU)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree
CHILDREN’S SONG: 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 and Song (AA)

READINGS: Joshua 3: 7-17 John McKean
Matthew 23: 1-12 Elizabeth Penwell

SERMON: God-Revealing Lives

AN AFFIRMATION
We believe in God whose creativity is not defeated
by concrete or traffic, but shines forth in the centre of our life.
We believe in Jesus Christ who lived as friend and Saviour
to the people of both city and countryside:
who ate and laughed, wept and celebrated
with everyday people like us.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who moves through the city
as truth and moments of love,
who goes between us with threads of community
and never leaves us without hope;
and, we believe in the church which is real
when it stands open to the life of the city
bearing witness to the love and justice of God.

OFFERING & THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (remain seated)
God, as we bring our offering of money, food, and ourselves, may we be mindful in the things that we say, may we be mindful in the actions we do. Help us to recognise you, through, with, and in people.
In remembering, recognising, and mindfulness, we will serve you God, through our words and our actions, in Jesus’ name…

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

HYMN: I Come With Joy to Meet My Lord (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 186)
I come with joy to meet my Lord, I come with Christians far and near
forgiven, loved, and free, to find, as all are fed,
in awe and wonder to recall the new community of love
his life laid down for me. in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread and bids us share
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

And thus with joy we meet our Lord, Together met, together bound,
his presence, always near, we’ll go our different ways,
is in such friendship better known: and as his people in the world
we see, and praise him here. we’ll live and speak his praise.
© Brian Wren (VU)

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 one another.
Let us give thanks to God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
God, we come to this table… 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… 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…

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN: For All Christ’s Friends (Sine Nomine WOV 384)
For all Christ’s friends whose lives this world have blessed,
who by their faith and actions Christ confessed,
we praise you Lord, their source of graciousness.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

You were their hope, their comfort, their delight;
you helped them grow in wisdom and in might;
in joy and pain you were their one true light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Like them may we have Christ-like caring ways,
lives lived with wonder, tenderness and praise,
that we may live for others all our days.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O great Communion spanning time and space,
beyond our wealth, our learning or our race,
we can be one in Jesus and his grace.
Alleluia! Alleluia! © Bill Wallace (Something to Sing About)
NOTICES:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

**ADVANCE NOTICE: The service on Sunday 16th November is at 10am**

COPY FOR NEXT ‘MESSENGER’ is now required. Email: anneke.howie@gmail.com The deadline is Thursday 13th November. Anneke 328 7459.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 5th November: Meet 9.30am cnr Mona Vale Ave & Kilmarnock St for a walk around Mona Vale area. Non walkers welcome to join us for coffee at Dux Dine, Riccarton Rd 10.30am. Joan 338 8700.

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

Quality Used Clothing Rummage Sale THIS Saturday 8th November 9am-1pm at St Anne’s Hall, 7 Wilsons Rd. As well, we will also be selling jams and chutneys. Contributions of marmalade, jam, lemon honey etc… required please. Many thanks to those who have offered to help. Everyone is encouraged to come along and support this fundraising venture! Lyn 332 0865.

FUNDRAISER: Saturday 22nd November 9am-12 noon at 259 Centaurus Rd. We will be selling plants, seedlings, gardening tools and edible goodies! Donations of items to sell (cakes, jams sweets, fresh vegetables etc…) will be required. Cash donations to purchase sausages and bread would be welcome. For details, contact Sue 960 7657 or Lindsay 981 1587.

GROW A POTATO FOR HARVEST THANKSGIVING: Seed potatoes available today.

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.

NEW READERS’ ROSTER available today – please check to see if there’s a copy for you.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th December 1-4pm.

FESTIVAL 200 Sunday 7th December 6pm in the Horncastle Arena. Christians from all over the city are gathering to worship and give thanks for the 200th anniversary of the gospel in our nation. Tickets $6. Contact the Office for details.

FIX-IT JOBS: If you require assistance with small jobs around your house or property, we can help. Contact the Office 332 6192 for further information.

GLOBAL VOICES present a capella music from around the world. Sunday 9th November 6pm at Elmwood Theatre. Tickets $20. Contact Anna for details.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 4th Ethan; Fri 7th Audrey; Sat 8th Sonya.

Annual Tanzanian Lunch
Sunday 16th November (Show Weekend)
Cost $5 per person

Money raised supports “Your Sisters” Orphanage in Tanzania.
This is a mission outreach project of this parish.

If you are unable to attend, donations are very welcome – place money in an envelope marked “Your Sisters” and pop it in the offertory plate.

Please sign the list in the Lounge if you wish to attend.

For more information, please contact Lyndsey 388 1264 or Barb & Rob 379 1474

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

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 2 Nov 9am Communion
Wed 5 Nov 9.30am Walking Group. Meet cnr Mona Vale Ave & Kilmarnock St. Coffee at Dux Dine, Riccarton Rd. Joan 338 8700
Thu 6 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. All welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sat 8 Nov 9am-1pm Used Clothing, Plants,Jams Sale. St Anne’s Hall, 7 Wilsons Rd.
Sun 9 Nov 9am Morning Worship.

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tue 4th Nov Little Kids music in Hall Lounge
Fri 7th Nov Friday Kids
Sun 9th Nov 5.00 pm Ecumenical Service at Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church.

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
9.30 am U3A. Pauline 332 0453
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
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 2 Nov 10.00am Family Service
Mon 3 Nov 9.30am Pre-School Music Group – Emma: 332 2965
1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
Tues 4 Nov 7.00pm Elders Meeting
Wed 5 Nov 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 6 Nov 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
7.00pm Choir Practice for Service of Christmas Music – in the Church

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Sunday 26th October 2014 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING:
Worker God, whose `hands’ built the earth, moulded our bodies,
and spread the stars across the sky; we gather in your presence
with praise and thanksgiving for your creating power.

Worker God, we seek your presence in our everyday living. Strengthen our hearts and our hands to work with you, in the building of a world where the earth is valued and its people
live with justice and peace.

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

STORY TIME

READINGS: Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11 ~ Irene Gray
Luke 13: 10-17

HYMN: Sing to Celebrate the City (Tune: Bithynia WOV 363)
Sing to celebrate the city!
Sing the lives of people there,
sing the work of skill and beauty,
all who serve and all who care.
In the dictates of the dollar,
in the systems where we live,
find the currency of kindness,
eyes to smile and hearts to give.

We who are the city’s traffic,
driving, driven, keeping pace,
name the God who makes us neighbours,
give our faith a human face;
in the workplace of God’s people,
in the high rise and the home
our agenda is for justice –
changing lives for good to come.

Celebrate the art of living!
Every colour, every sport,
every cultures dance and music,
every truth that that love has taught –
be for God within the city,
life and loving are not priced:
light the lights of joyful worship,
set the table for the Christ! © Shirley Murray (AA)

SERMON: Work is Also God’s Gift

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING: O God, we know that there are things we can do and bring and say and sing. We can faithfully carry out our daily work, we can offer our gifts with love, we can encourage and affirm others in their work, and we can sing our thanksgiving. As we present our offering for your blessing, we do so with gratitude, praying that it may be used for your purposes in our congregation, in the wider church, in our neighbourhoods and world, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN: For the Fruit of All Creation(Tune:AR HYD Y NOS- All Through the Night)
For the fruit of all creation,
thanks be to God.
For the gifts to every nation,
thanks be to God.
For the ploughing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,
thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labour,
God’s will is done.
In the help we give our neighbour,
God’s will is done.
In our world-wide task of caring
for the thirsty and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God’s will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit,
thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit,
thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us,
thanks be to God. © Stainer & Co (CH4)
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: God Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
God, who stretched the spangled heavens, (Tune: Austria WOV 577)
infinite in time and place,
flung the suns in burning radiance
through the silent fields of space.
we your children, in your likeness,
share inventive powers with you:
great Creator, still creating,
show us all we yet may do.

We have ventured worlds undreamed of
since the childhood of our race;
known the ecstasy of winging
through untravelled realms of space;
probed the secrets of the atom,
yielding unimagined power,
facing us with life’s destruction
or our most triumphant hour.

As each far horizon beckons,
may it challenge us anew:
children of creative purpose,
serving others, honouring you.
May our dreams prove rich with promise,
each endeavour well begun:
great Creator, give us guidance
till our goals and yours are one. © Hope Publishing (TIS)
THE BLESSING
NOTICES:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

COPY FOR NEXT ‘MESSENGER’ is now required. Email: anneke.howie@gmail.com The deadline is Thursday 13th November. Anneke 328 7459.

FIRESIDE will meet this Tuesday 28th October 7.30pm at Jill’s, 38 McMillan Ave. All women are very welcome. Jill has a friend coming along to talk about her Christmas shop and give us some ideas. Please contact Margaret 366 8936 for more information.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th October: Meet 9.30am at Opawa Mall carpark, Hawford Rd for a stroll around Opawa/St Martins. Non walkers welcome to join us for coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café, Opawa Mall at 10.30am. Fay leading the walk, enquiries to Joan 338 8700.

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

Quality Used Clothing Rummage Sale on Saturday 8th November at St Anne’s Hall, Wilsons Rd. As well, we will also be selling jams and chutneys. Contributions of marmalade, jam, lemon honey etc… required please. Helpers also required – speak to Lyn 332 0865.
*Clothing can be dropped off at the Office (7 Wilsons Rd) Wed & Thurs mornings.

Fundraiser for the Building Fund. Saturday 22nd November 9am-12 noon at 259 Centaurus Rd. We will be selling plants, seedlings, gardening tools and edible goodies! Donations of items to sell (cakes, jams sweets, fresh vegetables etc…) will be required. Cash donations to purchase sausages and bread would be welcome. For more information, contact Sue 960 7657 or Lindsay 981 1587.

GROW A POTATO FOR HARVEST THANKSGIVING: Harvest Thanksgiving is set down for Sunday 22nd March 2015. We would like parishioners to “Grow a Potato in a Bucket”, nurture it throughout the summer and then harvest it just prior to our service. Seed potatoes will be available next Sunday 2nd November. Start sorting out a bucket and fill it with soil! Worship Committee.

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.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th December 1-4pm.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 27th Allison, Tony.

Annual Tanzanian Lunch
Sunday 16th November (Show Weekend)
Cost $5 per person

Money raised supports “Your Sisters” Orphanage in Tanzania.
This is a mission outreach project of this parish.

If you are unable to attend, donations are very welcome – place money in an envelope marked “Your Sisters” and pop it in the offertory plate.
Please sign the list in the Lounge if you wish to attend.
For more information, please contact Lyndsey 388 1264 or Barb & Rob 379 1474

Hub Activities for the week 26th October – 2nd November 2014

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 26 Oct 9am Morning Worship
Tue 28 Oct 7.30pm Final Indoor Bowls for the year. Salvation
Army Hall, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group at Jill’s – 38
Macmillan Ave. Ph Margaret 366 8936 for details.
Wed 29 Oct 9.30am Walking Group. Contact Judith 332 1577 for destination.
Thu 30 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 2 Nov 9am Communion

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. Contact Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church in hall – last Friday of month
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 26 Oct 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Tues 28 Oct 9.30am Foot Clinic – phone office for appointments
7.30pm Parents Centre talk from the Brainwave Trust.
Contact Parents Centre for details: www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
Wed 29 Oct 10.00am Forum – a group to discuss and reflect on the
previous Sunday’s Readings and Sermon.
All Welcome.
Thurs 30 Oct 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara (332 8668)
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/

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