WELCOME AND NOTICES
CALL TO WORSHIP:
God the Maker: just and creative, strong and loving.
God the Storyteller: joyful and honest, vulnerable and questioning.
God the Holy Spirit: wise and comforting, wild and challenging.
Through our God, Creator, Saviour, Spirit,
we will walk in wonder, justice, wisdom and joy.
HYMN: Praise With Joy (Tune: Praise My Soul WOV 68)
Praise with joy the world’s Creator,
God of justice, love and peace,
source and end of human knowledge,
God whose grace shall never cease.
Celebrate the Maker’s glory,
power to rescue and release.
Praise the Christ 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, Christ 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. © Iona Community (VU)
OPENING PRAYER & 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.
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN
INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS
READINGS: Isaiah 6: 1-8 Audrey Dunnachie
John 3: 1-17 John McKean
HYMN: I The Lord of Sea and Sky
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night;
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain;
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word of them.
Whom shall I send?
I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame;
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts are satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send? © Daniel Schutte & New Dawn Music (VU)
SERMON: God in Relationship
OFFERING: God, you call us to be care-givers of this earth; you call us to care for all people, in the way of Jesus; you call us to find your Spirit at work in the world. God, we bring these gifts of money and produce, along with the offering of ourselves so that we may fulfil our calling, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
HYMN: Source and Sovereign (Tune: St George’s Windsor WOV 290i)
Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud,
Fortress, Fountain, Shelter, Light,
Judge, Defender, Mercy, Might,
Life whose life all life endowed:
May the Church at prayer recall
that no single holy name
but the truth that feeds them all
is the God whom we proclaim.
Word and Wisdom, Root and Vine,
Shepherd, Saviour, Servant, Lamb,
Well and Water, Bread and Wine,
Way who leads us to I AM. May the Church at prayer recall…
Storm and Stillness, Breath and Dove,
Thunder, Tempest, Whirlwind, Fire,
Comfort, Counsellor, Presence, Love,
Energies that never tire: May the Church at prayer recall…
© Oxford University Press (CH 4)
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
HYMN: God of Unexplored Tomorrows (Tune: Marching WOV 110)
God of unexplored tomorrows,
of today and yesterday,
God of rock and flowing river,
be our refuge, be our way.
Guardian rock above, before us,
strong foundation where we build,
landmark through the haze of doubting,
shelter where our fears are stilled.
Be the cleansing, quenching water,
irrigate, disturb and move,
stir us from our easy shallows,
current of refreshing love.
God of rock and flowing river
now and ever with us stand,
to transform our land of promise
into each one’s promised land. © Beverley Jones (FFS)
NEXT SUNDAY: 9.00am St Martin’s & 10.30am Beckenham.
PLEASE NOTE: FROM SUNDAY 14th JUNE until 16th August we will have our Winter Combined services at 10.00am each week.
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.
CEILIDH: NEXT Saturday 6th June
St Martins School Hall 7.00 – 10.30pm.
Everyone is welcome. Spread the word. Bring your family and friends, and cash to purchase jams and pickles for your pantry.
A fundraiser for the Link Building. Tickets $15 each or $40 a family.
See Anneke or Irene TODAY.
NO Singing Group today. Next rehearsal Sunday 7th June at 4pm in the Church. Bill 338 1651.
WEDNESDAY WALKERS 3rd June: Meet 9.30am in the Air Force Museum carpark, Harvard Ave, for a walk around some of the new housing area. Coffee at Air Force Museum Café. All welcome. Judith 332 1577.
CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 a session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.
MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 4th June 6pm Merchiston. Rev Chris Elliot will be sharing some thoughts about her time at St Martin’s. Tony 332 0554.
Beckenham Methodist is hosting a Red Cross Essential First Aid course on Saturday 13th June 8.30am-5.30pm. Cost $85 (usually $150). Please contact Stephen Gregory 337 2296 to book asap.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email email@example.com. Please ensure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday each week.
Keep an eye on the website: www.stmartins.org.nz
ST MARTIN’S BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 1st Madg; Tue 2nd Rose; Wed 3rd Joan; Sat 6th Jessie.