Sunday 28th June 2015 10am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God of the past, we give you thanks for yesterday; our yesterday,
and the yesterday of long ago. You gave your people
all they needed, and they gave you thanks and praise.
God of the present time, we give you thanks for today; this day which is our own, and the today that belongs to all people under the sun.
You give us what we need; and we give you thanks and praise.
God of the future, we give you thanks for tomorrow. It hasn’t yet come, but it will be our day, and yours.
You will continue to give us what we need,
and we will always give you thanks and praise.

HYMN: Tell Out My Soul
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy Name – the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children’s children and for evermore! © Hope Publishing (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

CHILDREN’S SONG: One More Step Along the World I Go
One more step along the world I go,
one more step a-long the world I go,
from the old things to the new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough,
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: From Isaiah 43: 1-5a June Service
From Psalm 27: 1-4, 13 & 14 John Shanks
Matthew 5: 1-9 from the Message Rev. Chris Elliot

HYMN: All the Wonder That Surrounds Us (Tune: All Through the Night)
All the wonder that surrounds us
springs from God’s care:
all that marvels or confounds us,
raw, rich or rare;
touch and texture, sights and voices,
nature’s countless forms and choices:
all for which the heart rejoices
springs from God’s care.

Every creature, every human
lives by God’s grace:
every family, man and woman,
culture and race;
those whom fortune seems to favour,
those exploited for their labour,
those who need to know a neighbour
live by God’s grace.

God has willed that peace and justice
walk hand in hand.
These, with love, shall build foundations
on which we’ll stand:
love for lover, friend and stranger,
love defying death and danger,
love as first born in a manger –
heaven close at hand. © 2002 WGRG, Iona Community, (4451767)

REFLECTION: The Carnival is Over…

HYMN: All My Hope on God is Founded (Tune: Groeswen)
All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown, he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s power, hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

Daily doth the almighty giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our soul delighteth,
pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand at his hand;
joy doth wait on his command.

God’s great goodness ay endureth,
deep his wisdom passing thought:
splendour, light and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore from his store
new-born worlds rise and adore. C/A

THE OFFERING:
In faith, we dare to venture forth. In faith, we dare to claim your promises, O God. In faith, we dare to give.
As you have been with us on our journeys, as you have gifted us with healing beyond our dreams, as you have transformed us into new people, so we give back to you. Bless these offerings, bless the work of our congregations, and challenge us afresh to new directions and new ventures, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE RETURN OF THE SYMBOLS OF MINISTRY

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

Song of faith in exultation,
rising through the vaults of prayer,
tune of simple celebration
offered up in open air,
song in chapel and cathedral,
descant to our daily tone,
song from sickbed or in prison:
faith must often sing alone.

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

THE BLESSING

At the end of the service, there will be a farewell to Chris.

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

Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August

The stunning St Martin’s Calendars are available today. $20 each. Please support this opportunity to contribute to the Link Building fundraising. Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 1st July: Meet 9.30am in Hoon Hay Rd near Cashmere Rd for a walk around Lower Cashmere. Coffee at Silverbacks Café. All welcome. Sonya 339 7038.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 2nd July 6pm at Merchiston. A representative from St James’ will be sharing part of their story with us. All men welcome. Contact Tony 332 0554 for further information.

The Alpine Presbytery newsletter is on the board in the Lounge for those who wish to read it.

The latest issue of Spanz is now available – please take a copy.

ANNUAL REPORTS NOW DUE: If you convene a Parish Group or committee, please submit an Annual Report to the Office by 23rd July.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Please ensure Notices in by 9am Thursday each week. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz
Anna will be on leave from 9 – 15 July. Any notices for Sunday 12th July need to be sent to the Office by 9am Wednesday 8th please.

‘TALK WITH TIM’: Come and chat with Tim Scandrett, Spreydon Heathcote City Councillor at his Community Clinic Wednesday 1st July 4.30 – 6.00pm at Beckenham Service Centre.

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