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Sunday 2 August 2015 10am

St Martin’s Presbyterian &
Beckenham Methodist Parishes
2 August 2015 ~ Pentecost 10

Tene Kotou, Katoa.
Talofa Lava.
Greetings to you in the name of Christ.
And also to you.

WELCOME & NOTICES
BIRTHDAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP:
The cross…. We shall take it
The bread we shall break it. Nourishing, life giving bread
The pain we shall bear it. The joy we shall share it.
The cup we shall drink from it. New beginnings await.
The gospel. We shall live it
The love. We shall share it.

HYMN: God is Here (Tune: Abbot’s Leigh)
God is here! As we his people
meet to offer praise and prayer,
may we find in fuller measure
what it is in Christ we share:
Here, as in the world around us,
all our varied skills and arts
wait the coming of His Spirit
into open minds and hearts

Here are symbols to remind us
of our lifelong need of grace;
here are table, font and pulpit,
here the cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching,
here in silence, as in speech,
here in newness and renewal
God the Spirit comes to each.

Here our children find a welcome
in the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
here as bread and wine are taken,
Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant
seek in worship to explore
what it means in daily living
to believe and to adore.

Lord of all, of Church and Kingdom,
in an age of change and doubt,
keep us faithful to the gospel,
help us work your purpose out.
Here, in this day’s dedication,
all we have to give, receive;
we who cannot live without you,
we adore you! We believe. © Hope Publishing (VU)

PRAYER

BIBLE READINGS:
Ephesians 4: 1-16 How you shall live Joan Scott
John 6: 24-35 ‘I am the bread of Life’ Joan Macdonald

REFLECTION ON COMMUNION:

OFFERING:
Gracious God, we bring the gift of money and produce to be used in your service as a sign of you love. 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)

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION: Let us again affirm our faith in God.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH together:
We believe in God, the source of life who created human beings to be different and to get on with each other.
We believe in Jesus Christ, who calls us to a life which is absurd by the standards of the world.
We believe in the spirit of God within and around us, and you and me.
We believe the times when the church is the church when we are a community, a source of love, laughter and the sharer of tears. A people prepared to take risks, working together, that one day this world may be a place where people can live in justice, freedom and peace.
This is our hope, this is our faith, that we dare to believe, always and in spite of everything, in God’s power to transform. (source unknown)

THE INVITATION:
Jesus Christ invites each one of you to this family meal.
In the bread and the wine, the sign of Christ’s presence, we are united in love with God, through Jesus Christ and with one another.
ACCEPTANCE: I come to the table in response to the invitation of Jesus Christ, who walked among us and was human like us. I come knowing that I am freed from those things that separate me from God and one another. I come seeking healing and wholeness through Jesus Christ who gave the gift of life for us all.

The children now join us
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

SILENCE:
Be still, be silent.
Let God be God.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

INSTITUTION OF THE SACRAMENT
DISTRIBUTION
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

OFFER THE PEACE OF CHRIST TO ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Let us Talents and Tongues Employ
Let us talents and tongues employ,
reaching out with a shout of joy:
bread is broken, the wine is poured,
Christ is spoken and seen and heard.
Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
pass the word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one.
at his table he sets the tone,
teaching people to live to bless,
love in word and in deed express.

Jesus calls us in, sends us out
bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share.
God (Immanuel) everywhere! © Stainer & Bell Ltd (CH 4)

COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY:
We go now, having committed ourselves afresh to serve Christ. We go now knowing that God goes with us, Jesus Christ being our guide and the spirit of God will empower us. May we know the freedom to seek opportunities each new day and serve with compassion, imagination and courage.

BENEDICTION: Go in peace and carry this sacrament with you into your everyday life. We share the Grace with one another:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.

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A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. Our thanks to Rev. Lyndsey McKay for leading our
worship today.
Next Sunday our preacher is Rev Prince Devananand from Auckland who leads the Methodist Mission and Ecumenical team.
He will share news of his recent visits to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
There will be a retiring offering for Missionary outreach.

Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August.
ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 2nd AUGUST 2015:
COPY REQUIRED now for ‘Messenger’ please. Deadline 16th August. Anneke 328 7459 or email anneke.howie@gmail.com

WALNUTS for sale today – $4 a bag. Be in quick!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS Meet 9.30am cnr Neville/Lyttelton Sts. Coffee at Garden Gallery 291 Lyttelton St. All welcome. Sonya 339 7038 or 025 273 3397.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am -12noon in the Lounge. $3. All Welcome.

MEN’S GROUP will meet at Merchiston, St Martins Rd on THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST AT 6 PM. There will be a shared tea and then Mike Bruce will talk about his work on the Lyttelton Tug. All men welcome. Tony 332 0554.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Any notices to Anna by 9am each Thursday please.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. Contact the Office .

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

Visit the Garden Gallery – a new art venue at 291 Lyttelton St, Spreydon. The opening exhibition “People and Places” features Mike Glover, John Boyd & Maxine Burney. On now until 23 Aug. Hours: 1-4pm Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue & Thu. 338 1571.

Opawa St Martins Anglican Parish presents “New Zealand Families at War” – local people sharing stories of New Zealanders at war 100 years ago. Sunday 16th August 3pm at St Mark’s Church Hall, Opawa Rd. Entry by koha. All Welcome.

AFTERNOON FUNDRAISING CONCERT for Beckenham Methodist on Sunday 23rd August at 2pm in the Church. $10.00; children under 10 free. Bring family and friends and enjoy our musical talents. If you are interested in performing an item, contact Jean Morris 332 1814.

FIX-IT Jobs – We have people who can help you with small jobs around your property. Contact the Office 332 6192 for details.

ST JAMES’ MENS MUSTER at Peter Mechaelis’ home 34 Meadowville Ave (entrance off Cheviot St ) Monday 10th August 12.30 pm. Please bring a plate. Iain Lynn will present a movie and relate his experiences staying on Campbell Island in 1968. It is a rare and fascinating in sight to this remote island. Roger Allen.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 3rd Meg.

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Sunday 26th July 2015 10am

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 26th JULY 2015:
A very 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.

FOOT CLINIC TOMORROW 1-4pm. Helpers welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

FIRESIDE meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th July at Lesley’s to shell and bag walnuts to sell. Please bring nutcrackers and aprons. Lesley 332 3773 or Margaret 027 228 3386. All women are very welcome.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th July: Meet 9.30am cnr Lichfield/Colombo Streets (outside Bus Exchange). Coffee downstairs at Ballantynes. All are welcome to join us. Joan 338 8700.

NO CRAFTY CRAFTERS THIS WEEK!

WALTHAM COTTAGE NEWS:
? AGM Monday 27th July 6.30pm at the Cottage.
? Midwinter Lunch & Bric-a-Brac/Jewellery Stall Wednesday 29th July. Stall from 10.30am. Lunch at 12 noon. Open to anyone who would like to come along.
? 2nd Hand Goods – the Cottage would appreciate donations of warm clothing and bedding at this time.
? WANTED: one driver for Senior Group on 1st Tuesday each month 1.30 – 3.30pm. Contact Adrienne 942 2173 if you can help.

A LOVELY THANK YOU:
A bit more “gratitude and love” to all at St Martin’s for the moving farewell, as I retired as Minister and from fulltime active ministry. My thanks and appreciation to the congregation for the gifts – the Weber Baby Q that I knew about, but also the monetary gift to spend in England, and the Ballantyne’s voucher. I have been rather overwhelmed by people’s generosity and love.
It was a privilege to serve the parish and its people – it is the people I will miss and you’ll remain in my heart in a special way. My best wishes to you all. May the future unfold with renewed hope and encouragement. Love, Chris.

THE RISINGHOLME SINGERS are presenting a semi-staged version of ‘The Mikado’ on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August at the Heaton Street Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre at 3pm. Great soloists, great acting and lots of laughs! Tickets from John Shanks.

AFTERNOON FUNDRAISING CONCERT for Beckenham Methodist on Sunday 23rd August at 2pm in the Church. $10.00; children under 10 free. Bring family and friends and enjoy our musical talents. If you are interested in performing an item, contact Jean Morris 332 1814.

INSPIRING MISSION Saturday 1st August Hope Church, Hornby. Workshops 10am – 4pm, followed by an evening of inspiration and encouragement (7pm start). The workshops offer a rare opportunity to share in a high quality resourcing event and involve some very gifted leaders. The evening event includes an opportunity to hear from our Moderator, Rt Rev Andrew Norton. See the poster in the Lounge for details. To register, email alpinepresoffice@gmail.com asap, or phone 420 1400. All are welcome. Rev Barry Ayres, Executive Officer, Alpine Presbytery.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. See Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am each Thursday.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

ORGAN RECITAL Sunday 2nd August 2pm at St Michael & All Angels, Oxford Tce. Jeremy Woodside, Organ Scholar, Westminster Abbey will perform works by Bach, Elgar, Widor and the NZ premiere of Fractures: In Memoriam by Matthew Everingham. Door sales $20.

THANK YOU to everyone who has submitted Annual Reports?. Anna.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 26th Rachael; Tue 28th Wayne; Wed 29th Sylvia; Thu 30th Fay, Drew.

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Sunday 19th July 2015 10am

Tena Katou Katoa.
Talova Lava.
Greetings to you all.
May God’s grace and peace be with you.
And also with you.

Let us extend the hand of friendship to those around you.

WELCOME, NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Come, let us live the covenant of God’s people united in love.
We come as covenant people, receivers and givers of the unfailing love, aware of our responsibilities under the covenant.
We seek to be a compassionate people, who strive for God’s justice.

HYMN: Your Hand O God Has Guided (WOV 389)
Your hand O God has guided your flock from age to age;
The wondrous tale is written full clear on every page;
Our fathers owned your goodness, and we their deeds record;
And both of this bear witness, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your heralds brought glad tidings to greatest as to least;
They bade them rise and hasten to share the great King’s feast;
And this was all their teaching, in every deed and word,
To all alike proclaiming, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness, through many a scene of strife,
The faithful few fought bravely to guard the nation’s life.
Their gospel of redemption, sin pardoned, folk restored,
Was all in this enfolded, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your mercy will not fail us, nor leave your work undone;
With your right hand to help us, the victory shall be won;
And then by all and angels, you name shall be adored,
And this shall be our anthem, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

SILENCE:
Be still, be silent before God.
Ask nothing, say nothing.
Be still, be silent.
Leave space for God to be God.
God loves you.
God is there beside you in the stillness,
in the silence.
Let God be God.
Give space, be silent, be still.

CHRISTIANS ARE ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE – let’s explore!

SONG: Christians are all kinds of people (please remain seated)
Christians are all kinds of people,
They’re average, they’re short, and they’re tall,
From all kinds of backgrounds, with all kinds of outlooks,
Our gracious God uses them all.
Christians are all kinds of people, Not even especially good,
But God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts,
With mercy as wide as the sea;
It reaches to you and to me.

Christians are all kinds of people.
They’re smilers, they’re grouchers, they’re clowns.
In all kinds of weather, wherever they gather,
You’ll find every kind of them round.
Christians are all kinds of people,
And sometimes all kinds are in me.

God uses all kinds of people,
The black, and the pale and the tan,
New Born and the aged, the fit and disabled,
They all have a part in the plan.
God uses all kinds of people,
With problems, with hang-ups, with scars. ©Stan and Pauline Stewart.

BIBLE READINGS:
2 Samuel 7: 1-14a God makes an everlasting covenant with David
Allison Blackler

Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 (modern translation by Dr James Veitch, Wellington)
The return of the disciples having been sent out.
The popularity of Jesus.
Audrey Dunnachie
I’M NOT ONE TO GOSSIP – BUT!

REFLECTION:

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.

OFFERING:
Gracious God, we bring the gift of money and produce to be used in your service as a sign of our love.
We offer ourselves; our time, energy and giftedness in service to you as we go about our daily lives, in the hope that we might make a difference within the world. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER (WOV 676)

HYMN: He Came Singing Love (WOV 636)
He came singing love and he lived singing love;
He died singing love. He arose in silence.
For the love to go on we must make it our song:
You and I be the singers.

He came singing faith…

He came singing hope…

He came singing peace… ©Colin Gibson.

BENEDICTION:
God is a God who takes infinite risks with people like us.
Go in faith and hope sharing God’s love with those who you meet, be it on the streets, in your home, at work and play.

Offer the Grace to one another ~
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. Our thanks to Rev. Lyndsey McKay for leading our
worship today.
Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August.
ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 19th JULY 2015:

ANNUAL REPORTS NOW DUE: If you convene a Parish Group or committee, please submit an Annual Report to the Office by THURSDAY. Thank to those people who have already done so!

SOME GOOD NEWS: ‘At a recent joint meeting of Session and the Board of Managers, John McKean gave a full update on progress regarding the strengthening of the Church in St Martins Road, the land, and the proposed changes and alterations to kitchen, toilet facilities etc – e.g. the new Link building.
The financial implications re all of this work were discussed in full. Whilst it is recognised that some fundraising will be required, we are waiting confirmation of ‘a gift’ that will add substantially to the monies currently available for the project and will enable the plans to proceed. We’ll keep you posted regarding this.
In the meantime, we wait; we give thanks to the Beckenham Methodist folk who have graciously shared their spiritual home with us, and we especially thank John and his team who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our return to St Martins Road comes as soon as is possible and with all the legal and council requirements fulfilled.’ Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 22nd July: Meet 9.30am near Westpac ATM in eastern carpark of Barrington Mall. Coffee at Café Mosaic. All are welcome. Sue 960 7657.

NO CRAFTY CRAFTERS this week.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Any notices to Anna by 9am each Thursday please.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. See Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

AFTERNOON FUNDRAISING CONCERT for Beckenham Methodist on Sunday 23rd August at 2pm in the Church. $10.00; children under 10 free. Bring family and friends and enjoy our musical talents. If you are interested in performing an item, contact Jean Morris 332 1814.

OPAWA ANGLICAN PARISH Fundraiser at Winnie Bagoes Ferrymead Sunday 26th July 5pm. Tickets $25. Contact Anna 332 6192 for details.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Fri 24th Aubrey.

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Sunday 12th July 10am

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

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

Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 15th July: Meet 9.30am in carpark on McCormacks Bay Rd at beginning of causeway. Coffee in Ferry Rd. All are welcome. Anneke 328 7459.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 a session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.
NB: There will be no Craft on 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. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am each Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: The Office is closed on Wed 15th July.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. Please support this opportunity to contribute to the Link Building fundraising. Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

INSPIRING MISSION Saturday 1st August Hope Church, Hornby. Workshops 10am – 4pm, followed by an evening of inspiration and encouragement (7pm start). See the poster in the Lounge for details. To register, email alpinepresoffice@gmail.com. All are welcome.

AFTERNOON FUNDRAISING CONCERT for Beckenham Methodist on Sunday 23rd August at 2pm in the Church. $10.00; children under 10 free. Bring family and friends and enjoy our musical talents. If you are interested in performing an item, contact Jean Morris 332 1814.

AN INVITATION: Rev David Coster is retiring from Parish Ministry on Sunday 2nd August. Cashmere Presbyterian Church extends an invitation to attend his final service at 10am followed by a farewell lunch. Please RSVP for catering purposes to cashmere.church@xtra.co.nz or phone 332 7129.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sat 18th Peggy, Fiona.

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Sunday 5 July 10am

A very 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.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 8th July: Meet 9.30am at the Wigram Air Force Museum Carpark, Harvard Ave for a walk around some of the new housing area. Coffee will be at The 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.

MINISTRY SETTLEMENT BOARD PROGRESS REPORT:
The Ministry Settlement Board, made up of three members from Presbytery and six from the congregation, is given the task to discern the type of leadership and ministry appropriate for a congregation in the event of a ministerial vacancy and to make appropriate recommendations to the Session, congregation and the Presbytery. There are a range of options: Nationally Ordained Minister, Local ordained, Local ministry team, Amorangi, Stated supply, Transition ministry or KCML intern (ministry student under supervision).
The MSB has met twice and discussed at length the unique situation and characteristics of the St Martin’s parish. A significant amount of good work is conducted in this community in the name of Christ, and this in spite of being ‘homeless’. We are keen to see this continue and built upon so that a thriving faith community be maintained in this part of Christchurch.
I am very aware of the anxiety a ministry vacancy can produce in a congregation and want to assure you that we are working diligently through the required process to ensure the best possible outcome for St Martin’s and its future mission. Many will want to know when this will be completed. That is impossible to say as it is determined by so many factors. I would simply ask that you be patient and pray for us.
Yours in Christ’s service,
Rev Brent Richardson, Ministry Settlement Board Convener.

Alpine Presbytery newsletter is on the board in the Lounge.

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

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

FIX-IT JOBS: If you need assistance with any little jobs around your home or property, please contact the Office (332 6192). We have people who can help.

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

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. Please support this opportunity to contribute to the Link Building fundraising. Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

INSPIRING MISSION Saturday 1st August Hope Church, Hornby. Workshops 10am – 4pm, followed by an evening of inspiration and encouragement (7pm start). See the poster in the Lounge for details. To register, email alpinepresoffice@gmail.com. All are welcome.

AN INVITATION: Rev David Coster is retiring from Parish Ministry on Sunday 2nd August. Cashmere Presbyterian Church extends an invitation to attend his final service at 10am followed by a farewell lunch. Please RSVP for catering purposes to cashmere.church@xtra.co.nz or phone 332 7129.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Wed 8th Adam.

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