Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sunday 26th April 2015 9am Easter 4

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Our help is in the name of the Lord
The maker of heaven and earth

God is our refuge and our stronghold
A timely help in trouble

HYMN: O Laughing Light (Tune: Christe Sanctorum WOV2)
O laughing Light, O first-born of creation,
Radiance of glory, light from light begotten,
God self-revealing, holy, bright and blessed:
You shine upon us.

Day’s light is fleeting, yours is light eternal;
We look to you, our light within the shadow.
We sing to you, Creator, Christ, and Spirit.
You shine before us.

Light of the world, O Jesus Christ, we bless you.
Giver of life and Child of God, we praise you.
Hear as the universe proclaims your glory!
You shine among us. © Sylvia G. Dunstan (CH4)

PRAYERS OF ADORATION, CONFESSION & SUPPLICATION

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

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

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

READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE:
Psalm 46 Jill Grierson
John 15: 9-17 Warren Pettigrew

SERMON: Difficult Connections Rev. Dr. John McKean

HYMN: God the Omnipotent (tune: Russia WOV89)
God the Omnipotent! King, who ordainest
Great winds thy clarions, lightnings thy sword:
Show forth thy pity on high where thou reignest;
Give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

God the All-merciful! Earth hath forsaken
Meekness and mercy, and slighted thy word;
Bid not thy wrath in its terrors awaken;
Give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

God the All-righteous One! We have defied thee;
Yet to eternity standeth thy word;
Falsehood and wrong shall not tarry beside thee;
Give to us peace in our time, O Lord.

God the All-wise! By the fire of thy chastening,
Earth shall to freedom and truth be restored;
Through the thick darkness thy Kingdom is hastening;
Thou wilt give peace in thy time, O Lord.

So shall thy children, with thankful devotion,
Praise him who saved them from peril and sword,
Singing in chorus, from ocean to ocean,
Peace to the nations, and praise to the Lord. ©CH4

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

THE PEACE

OFFERING:
God, Creator, Saviour, Spirit Holy,
We give you thanks and praise;
And dedicate to you our thoughts, our words,
Our gifts, our deeds
The workings of our hands, the thinking of our minds
The loving of our hearts.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: It is God who holds the nations (Tune: Vision WOV205i)
It is God who holds the nations in the hollow of his hand;
It is God whose light is shining in the darkness of the land;
It is God who builds the city on the rock and not on sand:
May the living God be praised!

It is God whose purpose summons us to use the present hour;
Who recalls us to our senses when a nation’s life turns sour;
In the discipline of freedom we shall know his saving power:
May the living God be praised!

When a thankful nation, looking back, has cause to celebrate
Those who win our admiration by their service to the state;
When self-giving is a measure of the greatness of the great:
May the living God be praised!

God reminds us every sunrise that the world is ours on lease –
For the sake of life tomorrow may our love for it increase;
May all people live together, share its riches, be at peace:
May the living God be praised!

BLESSING AND THREE-FOLD AMEN.

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

BECKENHAM-ST MARTINS GUESS WHO IS COMING TO LUNCH EVENT: NEXT Sunday 3 May 12.30pm Last chance to sign up today!

FIRESIDE Tuesday 28th April 7.30pm at Joan Scott’s. Please bring along any family WW1 items or stories to share. All women are very welcome. Contact Margaret 366 8936 for details.

REMINDER: Celebration of 50th anniversary of ordination of women to ministry, and 60 years of women Elders Friday 8th May, Knox Centre.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th April: Meet by the bridge in the Botanical Gardens off the carpark accessed from Rolleston Avenue, at 9.30am for a walk around the Garden. Coffee will be in the Museum Cafe. Note: Please phone Sonya 339 7038 if you are not on the Walkers email list for latest info on road closures in the area. Armagh St is closed. Gloucester St then right into Rolleston Ave, left into Gardens by Christ’s College recommended.
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CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

MEN’S GROUP Thursday 7th May 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd. Please bring a plate of food to share,and enjoy some fellowship. Our guest for the evening is our own Bob Kayes! All men welcome. Tony 374 6673.

FOOT CLINIC: Monday 4th May 1-4pm. Bookings: Judith 332 1577.

Please ensure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday each week. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz

INVITATION TO A FAMILY GAMES NIGHT Sunday 17th May 5 – 7.30 p.m.
Beckenham Church Lounge. Bring your own tea and a favourite game. Drinks provided. THIS EVENING IS FOR EVERYONE.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 26th Rob M;Tue 28th Joan; Fri 1st Margaret.

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Sunday 19th April 2015 Celebrating Those Who Serve 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES: The Board of Managers’ Report

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We come this morning to celebrate the outreach of our congregation:
to recognise men and women of the parish who have taken up the challenge. In worship, we focus on God’s love in action, shown through God’s people. May we hear the voice of the Spirit encouraging us in the task of making God’s love visible in the community.

HYMN: Every Day I will Offer You
Every day I will offer you,
loving God, my heart and mind,
every way I discover you
in the work your hand has signed;
help me see I’m your image, and
you have dreamed what I might be,
every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy!

Every day I will look to Christ,
and give thanks for wine and bread
through the pain and the emptiness
where your world cries to be fed;
help me see I can work for change,
and wherever I might be,
every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy!

Every day I will take your word,
answer your compassion’s claim,
celebrate every sign of hope,
every deed done in your name;
help me see you are always there,
and your light can shine through me,
every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy! © Shirley Murray (AA)
OPENING PRAYERS

STORY TIME: The Giving Tree

INTRODUCTION TO and THE READINGS
Exodus 3: 1-12 Irene Gray
Acts 16: 1-3a; 11-15 Lindsay Day
HYMN: Will You Come and Follow me © WGRG, The Iona Community (VU)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

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

Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same?
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
this I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

Volunteers’ Reflections:
Sarah-Jayne Hawkins
Lindsay Day

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)

Fern Wakefield

Awards for Those Who Serve

THE OFFERING:
Gracious God, we give you thanks for the many gifts you give; and for the many people who touch our lives.
Today as we celebrate those who give their time and skills to serve the outreach of this congregation, we bring this food and money for your blessing. May these gifts be used, not only to build us up, but to show your love in action to others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

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

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

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: We Sing a Love (Tune: Woodlands WOV 109)
We sing a love that sets all people free,
that blows like wind, that burns like scorching flame,
enfolds like earth, springs up like water clear:
come, living love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love that seeks another’s good,
that longs to serve and not to count the cost,
a love that, yielding, finds itself made new:
come, caring love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love, unflinching, unafraid
to be itself, despite another’s scorn,
a love that stands alone and undismayed:
come strengthening love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love that, wandering, will not rest
until it finds its way, its home, its source,
through joy and sadness pressing on refreshed:
come, pilgrim love, live in our hearts today. © Stainer & Bell (CH4)

THE BLESSING

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

Congregational Meeting TODAY after Morning Worship to receive the nominations of Barry Moore and Hilary Moore for election as Elders; and to elect four members to the Ministry Settlement Board. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY meets Friday 8th & Saturday 9th May. On Friday evening the 50th anniversary of the Ordination of women to ministry will be celebrated, along with 60 years of women ordained as Elders. Women Elders are warmly invited to attend.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 22nd April: Meet 9.30am in the main Riccarton Bush car park off Kahu Road. Coffee at Riccarton House. If you have any queries please phone Barbara and Alan 337 6202.
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CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

FIRESIDE Tuesday 28th April 7.30pm at Joan’s. More information next week.

MEN’S GROUP Thursday 7th May 6pm at Merchiston. Details next week!

ANZAC Day Service: An invitation has been extended by the Vicar and Churchwardens of the Anglican Parish of Opawa-St Martins to join them at St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Rd, on Saturday 25th April at 10am. Morning tea will follow the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

FOOT CLINIC: Next session Monday 4th May 1-4pm. Ph Judith 332 1577 to book.

Please ensure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday each week.

Beckenham-St Martins Guess Who is Coming to Lunch Event
Sunday 3 May 12.30pm
Hope you will join us for this opportunity to get to know each other better.
Guests pay $5 to the Host to cover expenses. Hosts are asked to provide a simple lunch and can indicate how many Guests they would like.
Feel free to put your name on both the Host and the Guest list if you are happy to be either. Lists will be in the Lounge.
Guests will be handed an envelope with directions to their Host’s home at the morning service on 3 May.

RECOGNISING OUR VOLUNTEERS 19th April 2015

CARING & SHARING Wednesday once a month
Irene Gray, Joan Scott, Barbara Simmonds, Fern Wakefield.

COFFEE & CHAT Tuesday/Wednesday weekly
Aubrey McLeod, Audrey Dunnachie.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursday weekly
Beverley Hudson, Audrey Dunnachie, Lyndsey McKay.

FOOT PAMPERING Monday every 6th week
Joan Averis, Allison Blackler, Sarah-Jayne Hawkins, Anneke Howie, Beverley & Bruce Hudson, Audrey Dunnachie, Judith Mackay, Sonya & David Hodder, Jim Maunsell, Lyndsey McKay.

WALKING GROUP Wednesday weekly
June Service, Judith Mackay, Sonya Hodder.

KNITTING GROUP (Beckenham Primary School) 2nd/3rd term Wednesdays
Beverley Hudson, Lyn Steele, Deirdre McKean, Jill Grierson, Elizabeth Penwell, Lyndsey McKay.
Crafty Crafters: Joy Rajma, Jessie Tilbury, Vicky Fraser.

GARDEN TO THE PLATE (St Martins Primary School) Tuesdays
Beverley Hudson, Lyndsey McKay, Lindsay Day.

FUN DAY & NEIGHBOURHOOD BBQs
Elizabeth & Gilly Penwell, Sonya & David Hodder, Barbara & Rob Meier, Hilary & Barry Moore, Alice Shanks, Warren Pettigrew, Bruce Hudson, Aubrey McLeod, Lyndsey McKay.

READING RECOVERY PROGRAMME (Phillipstown School & Glenelg)
Allison Blackler, Margaret Shanks, Fern Wakefield, Joan Scott, Beryl Prentice.

SIT AND BE FIT Thursday weekly: Anneke Howie

WALTHAM COMMUNITY COTTAGE: Fern Wakefield

INDOOR BOWLS Tuesday weekly: Bruce Hudson

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Sunday 12th April 2015 Easter 2 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES
CALL TO WORSHIP:
The Easter resurrection is a sign
that the love of God is stronger than death,
that Christ’s power is never diminished.
The Easter resurrection is a sign
that our hope in him can take us to the end of life
and in a mysterious way beyond.

Come, let us praise the risen Christ.

HYMN: Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing (Tune: Truro WOV 33)
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
The cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
Love, drowned in death, shall never die.

Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
but saving, healing, here and now,
and touching every place and time.

In every insult, rift, and war,
where colour, scorn or wealth divide,
Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,
and lives, where even hope has died.

Women and men, in age and youth,
can feel the Spirit, hear the call,
and find the way, the life, the truth,
revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

Christ is alive, and comes to bring
good news to this and every age,
till earth and sky and ocean ring
with joy, with justice, love, and praise. © Hope Publishing (CH 4)
OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER – SUNG

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Acts 4: 32-35 Gwendoline Cleland
Psalm 133 Gwendoline Cleland
John 20: 19-31 Martin Cleland

HYMN: As We Walked Home at Close of Day (Tune: Angelus WOV 169)
As we walked home at close of day,
a stranger joined us on our way.
He heard us speak of one who’d gone,
and when we stopped, he carried on.

“Why wander further without light?
Please stay with us this troubled night.
We’ve shared the truth of how we feel
and now would like to share a meal.”

We sat to eat our simple spread,
then watched the stranger take the bread;
and, as he said the blessing prayer,
we knew that someone else was there.

No stranger he; it was our eyes
which failed to see, in stranger’s guise,
the Lord who, risen from the dead,
met us when ready to be fed. © WGRG Iona Community (VU)

SERMON: Easter, an open-ended future

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING:
God, here is the work of our hands and minds.
Here is the love of our hearts.
Here is our desire to make a better world.
Bless this offering of money, of food, of ourselves,
that our gifts might join the gifts of all your Church,
to help show your love in action in your world. Amen.

HYMN: Christ Has Risen (Tune: Blaenwern WOV 165ii)
Christ has risen while earth slumbered,
Christ has risen where hope died,
as he said and as he promised,
as we doubted and denied.
Let the moon embrace the blessing;
let the sun sustain the cheer;
let the world confirm the rumour,
Christ is risen, God is here!

Christ has risen for the people
whom he loved and died to save;
Christ has risen for the women
bringing flowers to grace his grave.
Christ has risen for disciples
huddled in an upstairs room.
He whose word inspired creation
is not silenced by the tomb.

Christ has risen, and for ever
lives to challenge, and to change
all whose lives are messed or mangled,
all who find religion strange.
Christ is risen. Christ is present,
making us what he has been –
evidence of transformation
in which God is known and seen. © WGRG, The Iona Community (CH4)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
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)

THE BLESSING

Beckenham-St Martins Guess Who is Coming to Lunch Event
Sunday 3 May 12.30pm
Hope you will join us for this opportunity to get to know each other better.
Guests pay $5 to the Host to cover expenses. Hosts are asked to provide a simple lunch and can indicate how many Guests they would like.
Feel free to put your name on both the Host and the Guest list if you are happy to be either. Lists will be in the Lounge.
Guests will be handed an envelope with directions to their Host’s home at the morning service on 3 May.

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

Congregational Meeting NEXT Sunday 19th April after Morning Worship to receive the nominations of Barry Moore and Hilary Moore for election as Elders. The second business of the meeting is in regard to the election of four members to the Ministry Settlement Board. You must be present to vote. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.
The congregation is invited to make written nominations for the election of four congregational members to the Ministry Settlement Board. Nomination forms and accompanying information are available at the front of the church. Place in a sealed envelope and put in the box or deliver to Anna at the Office. Nominations close Wednesday 15th April.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY meets Friday 8th & Saturday 9th May. On Friday evening the 50th anniversary of the Ordination of women to ministry will be celebrated, along with 60 years of women ordained as Elders. Women Elders are warmly invited to attend.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 15th April: Meet 9.30am Opawa Mall carpark, Hawford Rd. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Cafe. Leader: Fay.

BOARD OF MANAGERS meeting Wednesday 15th April 7.30pm.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

ANZAC Day Service: An invitation has been extended by the Vicar and Churchwardens of the Anglican Parish of Opawa-St Martins to join them at St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Rd, on Saturday 25th April at 10am. Morning tea will follow the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please ensure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday each week.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 13th John E; Thu 16th Mavis.

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Easter Day 5th April 2015 9am

A Poem for Easter – (Adapted from R.Preston Price)

HYMN: Thine Be the Glory (WOV 303)
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes, where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.
© World Student Christian Federation (WOV)
OPENING PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

READINGS: Acts 10: 34 – 43 Sonya Hodder
Mark 16: 1-8 David Hodder

HYMN: Was it the Shaking Ground (Tune: Fulda WOV 137)
Was it the shaking ground that moved
the stone, that freed the resting Word,
that called the Christ to life again:
God’s Spirit, breathing, moved and stirred?

Whatever cause, we may not know,
but Mary heard a calming voice,
that turned her life around again,
that gave her reason to rejoice.

The world still spinning, recollects
that God survived all human scorn;
that lives were changed for ever more
in meeting love alive, re-born.

This is the Voice that turns us round,
that calmly offers grace to cope;
that gives us strength to live again,
that gives us cause to sing our hope. © Andrew Pratt

REFLECTION: What Mark has to say

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:
We believe in God, who made the sun and the sky,
the stars and the sea; who calls us to live responsibly.
We believe in Jesus Christ, who became human
who healed the sick who talked to children
who made friends with sinners.
He burned brightly and offended many.
His journey was one of life and death and resurrection.
His light continues to shine in darkness.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who inspires the scriptures and whose breath we breathe.
We believe that God calls us to be a community,
committed to one another, offering a welcome to everyone:
old and young, rich and poor, strong and weak.
We believe that God calls us to be peacemakers:
workers for justice, brothers and sisters
a light for the world. Amen.

THE OFFERING:
We give thanks for our life and the courage we are given to live it.
May our gratitude for life be expressed in our generosity.
May our faith be expressed through love in action.
May our belief in the future find full expression
in our daily attitude to life, in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

HYMN: I Come With Joy a Child of God (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 186)
I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved, and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

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

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

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

THE THANKSGIVING
…. Here in this sacred space, we are lifted into
the awesome mystery of life.

Here in this sacred space we give words
to our inner sense of gratitude and hope.
We pause in gratitude for all that has been given;
in hope for all that yet will be.
And so we take these gifts of bread and wine,
such ordinary things of life,
to lift us into the mystery of God’s
acceptance and grace…

THE COMMUNION: The bread and wine will be served by intinction
as you gather in one large circle around the worship space.
If you need to be served in your seat we will come to you.

HYMN: Christ is Alive and the Universe Must Celebrate
Christ is alive, and the universe must celebrate,
and the stars and the suns shout on this Easter Day!
Christ is alive, and his family must celebrate
in a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Here is our hope: in the mystery of suffering
is the heartbeat of Love, Love that will not let go,
here is our hope, that in God we are not separate,
and we sing alleluia,
we sing alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Christ Spirit, dance through the dullness of humanity
to the music of God, God who has set us free!
You are the pulse of the new creation’s energy;
with a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
we praise the power that made the stone roll away.
© Shirley Murray (AA)

THE BLESSING

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

THE SESSION calls a Congregational Meeting for Sunday 19th April after Morning Worship to receive the nominations of Barry Moore and Hilary Moore for election as Elders.
The second business of the meeting is in regard to the election of four members to the Ministry Settlement Board. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.
The congregation is invited to make written nominations for the election of four congregational members to the Ministry Settlement Board. Nomination forms are available, along with accompanying information, at the front of the church. These need to be placed in a sealed envelope and put in the box or dropped off to Anna at the Office. If you wish to receive the nomination form and information by email, please contact Anna after 8th April. Nominations need to be in by Wednesday 15th April.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY meets Friday 8th & Saturday 9th May. On Friday evening the 50th anniversary of the Ordination of women to ministry will be celebrated, along with 60 years of women ordained as Elders. Women Elders are warmly invited to attend. More information later.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 8th April: Meet at 9.30am. Contact Judith 332 1577 for this week’s destination.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon; Fri 9-11am. Pop in and visit at 7 Wilsons Rd. Phone 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Notices MUST be sent in by 9am Thursday.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 4th May 1-4pm. Lyndsey 388 1264.

FIX-IT JOBS: Now is the time to tidy things up around your property before winter. Leaking taps? Draughts that need blocking? Smoke alarm batteries that need checking or replacing? We have people who can help with these tasks. Contact the Office for more details.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 7th Rosemary; Thu 9th Samantha-Rose

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Easter Sunrise Service 7.30am 5 Apr 2015

GATHERING:
The long day stretched into night
and time crept onward towards a new day.
With the first gold of dawn came a resurrection,
a new hope that grew with the rising sun,
and went out to a waiting world.
We seek life’s meaning in the wonder of this morning.
Yet still we hope for something more,
a break in the ordinary,
an infusion of the unexpected,
an explosion of glory,
a miracle, revealing more
than we could ever hope to understand.

RECOGNISING THE SACRED
As we gather together in this season of Autumn and change,
let us also recognise that we gather
in the presence of the Spirit and Source of Life.
We look to the south, the direction of winter
and the element of earth, for blessing.
The gift of the south is mystery,
for it speaks of the unknown, the unseen.
We look to the east, the direction of the rising sun,
the season of spring and the element of air, for blessing.
The gift of the east is truth,
for it speaks of the breath of new life on earth.
We look to the north, the season of summer
and the element of water, for blessing.
The gift of the north is love,
speaking of the power of strength in adversity.
We look to the west, the place of the setting sun,
the season of autumn and the element of fire, for blessing.
The gift of the west is both beauty and awe,
bringing peace and serenity, reaching into the soul.

The Candle is lit

PRAYER: Today we celebrate: new life, new joy…

SUNG RESPONSE: Refrain of WOV 674(ii)
Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

READING: From Luke 24:1-12, and Symbols of Resurrection

SUNG RESPONSE: Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

PRAYER – POEM: Easter is Breaking

SUNG RESPONSE: Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

Please share in the muffins, toast, and tea/coffee

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