Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sunday 27th September 2015 9am

Celebrating Daylight Saving – Darkness & Light

 

Tena Kotou, Katoa.

Greetings to you in the name of Christ. And also to you.

WELCOME

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

We begin in darkness ~

 

BIBLE READING: Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning… Lyndsey McKay

 

HYMN: As Earth Turns Toward Light (Tune: Hanover)

As earth turns toward light, as flowers face the sun,

from morning till night we yearn toward the One: designer and Maker of creatures and sod, of calm sea and breaker, our life giving God!

 

You call us to care for justice and peace, for new ways to dare to work and not cease, till there comes a dawning that ends the dark night of apathy’s yawning and sin’s gripping fright.

 

Unite us in prayer on this day of days, and teach us to share in un-numbered ways. Our skills, strengths, and voices no project need shirk, when each heart rejoices in worship and work.

 

O come and rejoice together in prayer. Praise God in one voice,

good news to declare, for Christ is victorious in conquering fear.

The future is glorious! Salvation is here!                     ©Jane Parker Huber

 

PRAYER:

In the stillness of the morning; as night separates from day;

dawn silently comes, bringing forth a world of awe and wonder.

A new day has begun. So we gather before you gracious God.

To give you praise and thanks.

 

In the stillness of the night you are there,

In the busyness of the day you break through

surprising us in so many ways.

Gracious God you have created all things.

You have created humankind and provided for us.

Gracious God we give you thanks and praise. Amen.

 

Darkness and light….

 

NATURAL LIGHT:     Sun moon and stars

Sunrise and sunset

Northern and Southern lights

 

STARS GIVING (an adaptation of the poem from the book Reaching for Rainbows by Ann Weems)

 

Humans were restless to lighten the darkness and thus created – firelight, candles, lanterns, lightbulbs…

Humans continued in their search for light to lengthen the day…….

 

BEHOLD Daylight Saving…

What do people do with that extra hour?

Let us create a symbol representing how people spend that one hour…

 

AFFIRMATION – JESUS LIGHT OF THE WORLD

The Christ candle is lit.

 

BIBLE READINGS:                                                   Martin Cleland

Isaiah 9:2b & 6 the people have seen a great light…

John 3: 16, 19-21 God so loved the world…

John 8:12 Jesus said ‘I am the light of the world’

 

HYMN: I am the Light of the World

‘I am the light of the world. You people come and follow me!’

If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery

of what you were meant to do and be

 

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When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and the shepherds have found their way home,

the work of Christmas is begun:

 

to find the lonely and the lost, to heal the broken souls with love,

to feed the hungry children with warmth and good food,

to feel the earth below the sky above;

 

to free the prisoners from their chains, to make the powerful care,

to re-build the nations with strength of goodwill,

to be at one with people everywhere.

 

To bring hope to every task you do, to dance at a baby’s new birth,

to make music in an old person’s heart,

and sing to the colours of the earth.                         ©Jim Strathdee (WOV669)

 

Let your light shine…

 

Darkness and Light (an adaptation from the book The Other Side of Silence by Morton Kelsey)

 

BIBLE READING: Matthew 5:14-16 Let your light shine

Gwendoline Cleland

 

HYMN: This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine x3

Let it shine, let it shine. Let it shine.

 

This light that shines is the light of love,

lights the darkness from above

It shines on me and it shines on you,

and shows what the power of love can do.

I’m gonna shine my light both far and near,

I’m gonna to shine my light both bright and clear.

Where there’s a dark corner in this land

I’m gonna to let my little light shine…                                 ©Galliard Ltd 1967

 

 

OFFERING (together): Light of all light, we come to offer the gift of money and produce to be used in your service. May our light shine where there is darkness within the world. May it be that we follow in the steps of Jesus, light of the world. Amen.

 

TIME TO GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE                          Joan Scott

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: Lord Your Almighty Word (Tune: Moscow)

Lord, your almighty word chaos and darkness heard,

and took their flight: hear us, we humbly pray,

and where the gospel day sheds not its glorious ray, let there be light.

 

Saviour, who came to give those who in darkness live

healing and sight, health to the sick in mind, sight to the inly blind,

O now to humankind let there be light.

 

Spirit of truth and love, life-giving holy dove, speed forth your flight; move on the waters’ face, bearing the lamp of grace,

and in earth’s darkest place let there be light.

 

Holy and blessed Three, glorious Trinity, Wisdom, Love, Might, boundless as ocean’s tide rolling in fullest pride,

through the earth far and wide, let there be light.          John Marriott (WOV61)

 

BENEDICTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES:

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

 

Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading our worship today.

 

PLEASE NOTE: NEXT Sunday 4th October we will be joining St James’ congregation at 10am to celebrate World Communion Sunday.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 30th Sept: Meet 9.30amat Crosbie Park, Woodbury St, Avonhead. Coffee at Café Beauvais 186 Yaldhurst Rd (cnr of Nortons Rd). Everyone is very welcome.  Judith 332 1577.

 

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

 

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.

 

UPDATED PARISH PHONE LIST now available. If you require a printed copy, please contact Anna at the Parish Office 332 6192.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: If you would like to participate, please collect a box from June Service. These need to be returned by Sunday 25th October.

 

POSITIVE AGING EXPO TOMORROW 9.30am-2.30pm at Papanui High. Free admission.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 28th Hannah; Thu 1st Ken; Fri 2nd Jeremy; Sat 3rd Lyn.

 

 

 

PTO…

 

 

OCTOBER EVENTS THAT MAY INTEREST YOU:

 

“THE POWER OF SONG” The Newcastle People’s Chorus present songs of protest, peace and working life at Knox Church Hall, cnr Bealey Ave & Victoria St on Friday 2nd October at 7pm.

 

ORGAN CONCERT by John Dodgshun. Sunday 4th October 2.30pm, St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru. $5.

 

2015 QUAKER LECTURE Saturday 10th October 7.30pm at the Transitional Cathedral. Bryan Bruce, internationally acclaimed documentary maker, will speak on issues of poverty, inequality and ethical decision making in this year’s lecture entitled   “What we know, what we say and what we do”. Contact Peg Norris 337 1424 for more information. All are welcome.

 

PRESBYTERY RESOURCING NIGHT Tuesday 13th October 7.30 – 9.15pm. All are welcome. Venue to be advised. Please RSVP to Darryl Tempero 03 420 1400 or email presbytery.resource@gmail.com

 

CHRISTIAN WORLD SERVICE invite you to hear Rod Oram speak about “How small change can make big change”. Tuesday 13th October 6.30pm at the Transitional Cathedral. RSVP: cws@cws.org.nz by 9/10.

 

VSA QUIZ NIGHT FUNDRAISER: 14th October 7pm at Robbie’s, 201 Clarence St,  Riccarton.  Phone Rob & Barb 379 1474 after they return on 30 Sept if you are keen.

 

ST MARK’S ANGLICAN CHURCH FAIR Saturday 17th October 9am – 1pm onsite at 101 Opawa Rd. Rain or shine. Everyone Welcome.

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Sunday 20th September 9am

WELCOME & NOTICES

 

Call to Worship:

In Christ, the God of heaven has made his home on earth.

Christ dwells among us and is one with us.

Highest of all creation, he lives among the least.

He journeys with the rejected and welcomes the weary.

Come now, all who thirst, and drink the water of life.

Come now, all who hunger, and be filled with good things.

Come now, all who seek, and be warmed by the fire of love.

 

HYMN: Song of the Wilderness (Tune: Glenross)

When we go into the night, leave behind each friendly light,

when the shadows of the world have gathered round,

may we know there is no place separated from your grace;

for the wilderness can be your holy ground.

 

You have walked the desert sand, crossed the dry and thirsty land; cloud of fire, to bless and guard, ahead you go.

When we’re weak, for us be strong, when we’re silent, sing our song, lead us, God, through every wilderness we know.

 

Forty days you watched alone in a world of rock and stone,

while the voices of temptation filled the air.

Be the friend we cannot find, be the guardian of our mind, by our side, O desert Christ, stand ever there.

 

On your name, O Lord, we call, mighty saviour of us all,

give us courage to confront our every fear.

Christ who walked the desert ways, be companion to our days;

hold us close within the compass of your care. ©Colin Gibson, Hope Publishing

 

OPENING PRAYER:

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:

Merciful God,

you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.

We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy.

We have not loved you with a pure heart,

nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.

We have not done justice, loved kindness,

or walked humbly with you, our God.

 

Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness.

In your great compassion,

cleanse us from our sin.

Create in us a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within us.

Do not cast us from your presence,

or take your Holy Spirit from us.

Restore to us the joy of your salvation

and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit

through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. —based on Psalm 51:10-12

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN: Wayne Barton

 

HYMN: From the Waiting Comes the Sign (Tune: Signum)

From the waiting comes the sign come, Holy Spirit, come

from the Presence comes the peace come, Holy Spirit, come,

from the silence comes the song, come Holy Spirit, come,

and be to us, in truth, the sign, the peace, the song.

 

In the burning is the fire come, Holy Spirit, come

in the spending is the gift come, Holy Spirit, come

in the breaking is the life come, Holy Spirit, come

and be to us, in faith, the fire, the gift, the life.  ©Shirley Murray, Hope Publishing

 

READINGS:   Exodus 16: 9-35                      Catherine Fitchett

John 6:25-40                           Peggy Cree

 

SERMON:  Andrew Nicol

 

 

HYMN: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Tune: Cwm Rhondda)

Guide me O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand:

bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore.

 

Open now the crystal fountain whence the living waters flow;

let the fiery, cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through:

strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield.

 

When I tread the verge of Jordan bid my anxious fears subside;

death of death, and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side: songs and praises, I will ever give to thee.                         W Williams (WOV478)

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE: Irene Gray

 

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

THE OFFERING (Together):

We give in grateful thanksgiving for all that God has given us.

In the upside down world of the gospel,

we measure our wealth not by what we have,

but what we can give away.

Let us give away generously, in this offering,

To bless your church, your people, your creation.

 

HYMN: Fill Your Hearts with Joy and Gladness (Tune: Regent Square)

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,

sing and praise your God and mine!

Great the Lord in love and wisdom, might and majesty divine!

He who framed the starry heavens

knows and names them as they shine.

 

Praise the Lord for times and season,

cloud and sunshine, wind and rain;

spring to melt the snows of winter till the waters flow again;

grass upon the mountain pastures,

golden valleys thick with grain.

 

 

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness,

peace and plenty crown your days;

love his laws, declare his judgements, walk in all his words and ways;

he the Lord and we his children –

praise the Lord, all people, praise!                         © Timothy Dudley-Smith (HFTC)

 

BLESSING

NOTICES:

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

Many thanks to our Interim Moderator, Rev Dr Andrew Nicol for leading our worship.

 

Our service next Sunday will be celebrating Daylight Saving (darkness and light). What do people do with their extra hour? (Remember to alter your clocks!)

 

FIRESIDE meets this Tuesday 7.30pm at Glennys’ 111 Garlands Rd. All women are very welcome.  You are invited to share a highlight from your latest holiday.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 23rd Sept: Meet 9.30am at Crosbie Park, Woodbury St, Avonhead. Coffee at Café Beauvais 186 Yaldhurst Rd (cnr of Nortons Rd). Everyone is very welcome.  Judith 332 1577.

 

PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday 4th October we will be joining St James’ congregation at 10am to celebrate World Communion Sunday.

 

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

 

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.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

OPERATION SHOEBOX: If you would like to participate, please collect a box from June Service. These need to be returned by Sunday 25th October.

 

POSITIVE AGING EXPO Monday 28th Sept 9.30am-2.30pm at Papanui High. Free.

 

VSA QUIZ NIGHT FUNDRAISER: 14th October 7pm at Robbie’s, 201 Clarence St,  Riccarton.  Phone Rob & Barb 379 1474 after they return on 30 Sept if you are keen.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 22nd Hilary; Wed 23rd Daniel.

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Sunday 13th September 9am Spring Service

WELCOME & NOTICES

 

Call to Worship

God gave us creation to enjoy, with rolling landscapes of delight, with wonders of earth and sea and the endless discoveries of beauty.

God made us in infinite diversity, with all the vivid colours of our differences, the marvel of our gifts and skills to be explored and celebrated.

Let us come in praise in thanksgiving.

 

HYMN: For the Music of Creation (Tune: Austria)

For the music of creation, for the song your Spirit sings,

for the sound’s divine expression, burst of joy in living things.

God, our God, the world’s composer, hear us, echoes of your voice. Music is your art, your glory, let the human heart rejoice.

 

Psalms and symphonies exalt you, drum and trumpet, string and reed, simple melodies acclaim you, tunes that rise from deepest need, hymns of longing and belonging, carols from a cheerful throat,

lilt of lullaby and love song catching heaven in a note.

 

All the voices of the ages, in transcendent chorus meet.

Worship lifting up the senses, hands that praise and dancing feet.

Over discord and division, music speaks your joy and peace,

harmony of earth and heaven, song of God that cannot cease.

 

OPENING PRAYER: John Shanks

 

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER

 

PIANO RECITAL ~ Ethan Doughty

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ ???

 

HYMN: All Things Bright and Beautiful

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful – the Lord God made them all.

 

Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings –

He made their glowing colours, he made their tiny wings.

 

The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun,

The ripe fruits in the garden – he made them every one.

 

The purple-headed mountain, the river running by,

the sunset and the morning that brightens up the sky,

 

He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell

How great is God Almighty, who has made all things well.

©CF Alexander (WOV70)

 

READINGS:

Ephesians 4: 1-7 & Psalm 29 (Leslie Brandt)             Joan Macdonald

REFLECTION: Audrey Dunnachie

 

A TIME OF QUIET

 

THE OFFERING (together):

You have gifted each one of us, living God. Some with spontaneous friendship, some with ability to plan, some with an observant eye, some with a generous nature, some with warm compassion.

Bless our gifts of personality, the gifts that make us who we are.

Bless these gifts of money and food, that together all these things may advance the way of Jesus, in our church family and in this city. Amen.

 

HYMN: In the bulb there is a flower

In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed, an apple tree;

In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody,

there’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future: what it holds a mystery,

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity;

in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

©Hope Publishing (VU)

 

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE: June Service

 

HYMN: For the Beauty of the Earth (Tune: Lucerna Laudoniae)

For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies,

for the love which from our birth over and around us lies,

Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.

 

For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,

hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light,

 

For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,

for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight,

 

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,

friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild,

 

For each perfect gift of thine to our race so freely given,

graces human and divine, flowers of earth and buds of heaven,

 

 

BLESSING

 

 

 

 

NOTICES:

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

 

Many thanks to the Worship committee for leading our worship this morning.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the Annual General Meeting of parishioners on Sunday 20th September 2015 following Morning Worship. All are encouraged to attend.  Please send any items for General Business or apologies to me by Thursday.

Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 16th Sept: Meet 9.30am at South Library for a river walk led by Lorraine. Coffee at Red Café.  All are welcome.  Sonya 339 7038.

 

SESSION meets on Wednesday 16th September at 7.30pm in the Lounge.

 

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

 

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.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

NEW READERS’ ROSTER available today – check to see if there’s one for you.

 

Please accept this as a personal thank you for all the wonderful Get well cards and messages sent to Tony, Gill and myself following my recent by-pass surgery.  Your messages, your prayers and concern have meant a great deal to us following the unexpected ‘blip’ in my life.

I am making really good progress, a strict regime of walking, resting and gentle household chores seem to fill my day.  Hopefully I will be back at worship in the next few weeks.    Thank you – Allison.

 

OPERATION SHOEBOX: If you would like to participate, please collect a box from June Service. These need to be returned by Sunday 25th October.

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER meets tomorrow 134 William Brittan Ave, Halswell for a shared lunch at 12.30pm. Bruce McKessar will be speaking about his experience white water rafting on the Zambesi. All men welcome.

 

A letter has been received from the Acting Moderator regarding the Presbyterian Church’s response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis – see the noticeboard for details.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 13th Peter; Wed 16th Bob; Fri 18th Gilly, Benjamin.

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Sunday 6th September 9am

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord
All your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
And tell of your power
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
And your dominion endures throughout all generations.

HYMN: All creatures of our God and King (WOV 3)
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing alleluia,alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam, O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along, O praise him, alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, ye lights of evening find a voice;
O praise him…

Thou flowing water, pure and clear, make music for thy Lord to hear, alleluia alleluia! Thou fire so masterful and bright that givest us both warmth and light, O praise him…

Dear mother earth, who day by day unfoldest blessings on our way, O praise him, alleluia! The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show; O praise him…

And thou, most kind and gentle death, waiting to hush our latest breath, O praise him alleluia! Thou leadest home the child of God, and Christ our Lord the way hath trod; O praise him…

Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness;
O praise him, alleluia! Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, Three in One; O praise him…

PRAYERS OF ADORATION, CONFESSION AND SUPPLICATION

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

HYMN: Christians are all kinds of people
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.

READINGS:
James 2: 1-10; 14-17 Bob Kayes
St Mark 7: 24-37 Deborah Fitchett

SERMON: Three names, one sacrament

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

SHARING THE PEACE
OFFERING:
Each thing we have received came from you;
Each thing for which we hope will come from you;
Each thing we enjoy is of your giving
Each thing for which we ask comes from your disposing, Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

HYMN: Father Most Loving (Tune: Christe Sanctorum)
Father most loving, listen to your children who as your family gladly come together, singing the praises of your Son, our Brother,
Jesus beloved.

We stand attentive, listening to God’s Gospel, welcoming Jesus as he speaks among us, mind and heart open, ready to receive him,
lips to proclaim him.

Father in heaven, bless the gifts we offer, signs of our true love,
hearts in homage given! Make them the one gift that is wholly worthy, Christ, spotless victim.

Father, we thank you for your Son’s dear presence,
coming to feed us as the Bread of heaven, making us one with him in true communion, one with each other.

Praised be our Father, lovingly inviting guests to his banquet, praised the Son who feeds us, praised too the Spirit, sent by Son and Father, making us Christ-like. ©James Quinn (CH4)

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you. And also with you
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Living God, we acclaim you…Therefore with all your people, and with the whole company of heaven, we praise you in the angels’ hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest.
THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE
Jesus, Lamb of God Have mercy on us
Jesus, bearer of our sins Have mercy on us
Jesus, redeemer of the work Grant us your peace

COMMUNION

HYMN: Great God of Every Shining Constellation (Tune: Highwood)
Great God of every shining constellation
that wheels in splendour through the midnight sky;
grant us your Spirit’s true illumination
to read the secrets of your work on high.

You, Lord, have made the atom’s hidden forces;
your laws its mighty energies fulfil:
teach us, to whom you give such rich resources,
in all we use, to serve your holy will.

True Life, awaking life in cell and tissue,
from flower to bird, from beast to humankind;
help us to trace, from birth to final issue,
the sure unfolding purpose of your mind.

You, Lord, have stamped your image on your creatures,
and though we mar that image, love us still;
lift up our eyes to Christ, that in his features
we may discern the beauty of your will.

Lord of creation, shaping and renewing,
at work in nature and humanity;
help us to tread, with grace our souls enduing,
the road to life and immortality. ©Albert Frederick Bayly (CH4)

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.

Many thanks to Rev Dr John McKean for leading our worship this morning.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the Annual General Meeting of parishioners on Sunday 20th September 2015 following Morning Worship. All are encouraged to attend. Please send any items for General Business or apologies to me. Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

FOOT CLINIC TOMORROW: 1-4pm in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. More helpers are always welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 9th Sept: Meet 9.30am near the Botanic Gardens Bridge by the Car Park for a walk through the Gardens to see the daffodils. Coffee at the Visitor Centre Ilex Cafe. Note the Armagh Street Bridge is open again. All are welcome. Sonya 339 7038.

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

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.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

NEED HELP WITH ANY LITTLE FIX-IT JOBS around your home and/or property? Contact the Office 332 6192 for more information.

A BIG THANK YOU to all who performed and came along to the Beckenham Methodist fundraising concert. We appreciate your support, and $1215 was raised! Dianne Claughton.

Christchurch Special Needs Library Market Day Saturday 19th September 9.30-11.30am at 109 Huxley Street. All Welcome.

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