Sunday 18th October 2015 9am

WELCOME

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

We are here to worship our heavenly Father

The love of God welcomes us

The grace of Christ awaits us   

The joy of the spirit enfolds us

 

Don’t come as slaves, come as the truly free

Don’ come as petitioners, come as those who are already heard

Don’t come as interlopers, come as invited guests

Don’t come as outsiders, come as much wanted children

The love of God emboldens us

The grace of Christ redeems us

The joy of the spirit uplifts us

 

Come as the joyful, come as the eager, come as the thankful

come as the recipients of amazing grace

The love of God overflows our hearts

The grace of Christ liberates our spirits

The joy of the Spirit sings in our minds

 

HYMN: In Heavenly Love Abiding

In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear;

and safe is such confiding, for nothing changes here:

the storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid;

But God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

 

Wherever he may guide me no want shall turn me back,

my shepherd is beside me and nothing can I lack:

his wisdom ever waketh, his sight is never dim,

he knows the way he taketh and I will walk with him.

 

 

Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen;

bright skies will soon be o’er me where the dark clouds have been:

my hope I cannot measure, my path to life is free;

my Saviour has my treasure, and he will walk with me.

Anna Laetitia Waring (WOV504)

OPENING PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

 

HYMN: I’ve got rhythm for Jesus

I’ve got a rhythm for Jesus, I’ve got a rhythm for him.

I’ve got a rhythm for Jesus, I’ve got a rhythm for him.

Sweet Spirit, make my life to shine with the glory of the Lord.

O Spirit, make my face to glow with the joy that I feel,

for I know that he’s real.

I’ve got a rhythm for Jesus, I’ve got a rhythm for him.

I’ve got a rhythm for Jesus, I’ve got a rhythm for him.

I’ve got a rhythm for him. I’ve got a rhythm for him. ©Heather Campbell

 

READINGS:

Psalm 104: 1-9, 24-35                        Jeannette Beaumont

1st Corinthians 2:  9-16                       Fern Wakefield

 

SERMON:  The mind of Christ

 

HYMN: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does his successive journeys run;

His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

till moons shall wax and wane no more.

 

For him shall endless prayer be made,

and praises throng to crown his head; his name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice.

 

People and realms of every tongue

dwell on his love with sweetest song; and infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on his name.

 

Blessings abound where’er he reigns:

the prisoner leaps to lose his chains: the weary find eternal rest:

And all the sons of want are blest.

 

Where he displays his healing power,

death and the curse are known no more;

in him the tribes of Adam boast more blessings than their father lost.

 

Let every creature rise and bring peculiar honours to our King,

angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the long amen.                                                                          Isaac Watts (WOV136)

THE OFFERING:

Bless these gifts, O God, and bless us as we offer ourselves to serve you in different ways and to praise you in in many voices.

Send your Spirit upon us, so that when we speak the words of your love, people will hear and understand, as they did on that Pentecost day so long ago.

This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord Amen

 

HYMN: To God Be the Glory

To God be the glory, great things he has done!

So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,

Who yielded his life an atonement for sin

And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear his voice!

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give him the glory! Great things he has done!

 

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God!

And every offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

 

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.          F J van Alstyne (WOV85)

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE

 

THE LORDS PRAYER

 

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

HYMN: Soldiers of Christ Arise

Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armour on,

strong in the strength which God supplies through his eternal Son;

strong in the Lord of Hosts, and in his mighty power,

who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.

 

Stand then in his great might, with all his strength endued;

but take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;

that, having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,

you may o’ercome through Christ alone, and stand entire at last.

 

Stand then against your foes, in close and firm array;

legions of wily fiends oppose throughout the evil day:

but meet the sons of night, and mock their vain design,

armed in the arms of heavenly light, of righteousness divine.

 

Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul;

take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole:

in him for ever joined, to battle all proceed;

but arm yourselves with all the mind that was in Christ, your Head.

Charles Wesley (WOV481)

BLESSING:

God is a God who takes infinite risks with people like us

Go in faith and hope sharing God’s love with those 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.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 18th Barbara; Tue 20th Fern; Thu 22nd Lesley, Cynthia; Fri 23rd Lyn M.

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. Many thanks to David Beaumont for leading our worship today.

 

PLEASE NOTE: NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICE IS AT 10am, and we will celebrate the baptism of Simon John Guthrie McKean.

 

AN INVITATION to all women in the congregation to the Fireside visitors’ evening.  We have invited those from St James’ and Beckenham Methodist Churches to join us to hear Georgina Ennor speak about her work at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.  This will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th October at Beckenham Methodist Church.  We’d love to see you there.

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 21st Oct: Meet 9.30am at Ilam Gardens. Details from Rosalie 332 5489.

 

BOARD OF MANAGERS’ meeting this Wednesday 21st October 7.30pm.

 

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

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD boxes: please return next Sunday.

 

WINNIE BAGOES FUNDRAISER Sunday November 22nd.The money raised will go towards the building fund. We invite everyone to come along for a fun night.  Any special dietary needs can be catered for.  The start time is 5.45 pm at Winnie Bagoes in Ferrymead.  Cost is $25 pp. and  $15 for children under 12 years old. Tickets available from Irene 332 7306 and Anneke 328 7459.

 

ARE YOU CLEANING OUT YOUR WARDROBE THIS SPRING? If so, please put aside the clothes  for a sale scheduled to be held jointly with Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish on Saturday 30th January 2016. Your support of this fundraising event would be greatly appreciated. Irene 332 7306

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

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.

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