St Martin’s Presbyterian &
Beckenham Methodist Parishes
2 August 2015 ~ Pentecost 10
Tene Kotou, Katoa.
Greetings to you in the name of Christ.
And also to you.
WELCOME & NOTICES
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)
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:
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)
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
Be still, be silent.
Let God be God.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
INSTITUTION OF THE SACRAMENT
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.