Sunday 1st November 2015 9am

Celebrating Communion

 

Tene Kotou, Katoa.

Greetings to you in the name of Christ.

And also to you.

 

WELCOME:

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

There is nowhere and no thing in which God is not to be found.

You are there as we wake in the morning.

You are there in our day to day lives.

You are there in our sleeping.

 

Knowing God means that life can never be empty and meaningless.

God is the very ground of our being,

giving meaning to our everyday world.

God loves us just as we are and

wants us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Thanks be to God.

 

HYMN: With a Hoot and a Toot

With a hoot and a toot on a pipe or a flute we will praise,

we will worship God; with a hum or a thrum, with a roll on a drum,

we will make him a joyful noise.

Bow a cello that is mellow, sound a trumpet call, blow a horn

and a deep bassoon; every instrument is playing,

with our voices we are saying we rejoice, we are glad in God.

 

With a flat or a sharp, with a chord on a harp, we will praise,

we will worship God; with a ping on a string, with a choir that can sing, we will make him a joyful noise…

 

With the clap of a hand, or the sound of a band, we will praise,

we will worship God; with a paper and comb, on an old trombone,

we will make him a joyful noise…

 

With a peal on a bell, with a cheer or a yell, we will praise, we will worship God; with a bong on a gong, through the words of this song, we will make him a joyful noise…                                          ©Colin Gibson (AA)

 

SILENCE:

Be still, be silent.

Let God be God.

 

BIBLE READING:

Introduction to the reading:

Mark 12: 28-34           The great commandments                 Lyn Steele

 

A daughter’s grumblings and God’s reply.

 

REFLECTION

 

HYMN: Kneels at the Feet of His Friends

Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet: master who acts as a slave to them…

Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love,

show us how to serve the neighbours we have from you.

 

Neighbours are wealthy and poor, varied in colour and race, neighbours are nearby and far away…

 

These are the ones we should serve, these are the ones we should love; all these are neighbours to us and you…

 

Loving puts us on our knees, silently washing their feet: this is the way we should love with you…                                T Colvin & people of Ghana (TIS)

 

OFFERING (together): We offer to you O God ourselves; our money, food, our gifts, time and energy in your service among our community and within the world. Amen.

 

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION:

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Dorothy McRae McMahon)

The people of God have a human face, we weep, we wait in hope. We lift our eyes, and stub our toes, we love and struggle, we fail, we stand and always we stand on trembling ground. But God is God and Jesus is the Christ, and the Spirit will lift up our feet.

 

God is in the centre, God is at our endings. Nothing lies beyond the love of God in Christ.

 

The children now join us.

 

THE INVITATION: Jesus Christ invites each one of you to this family meal. In the bread and wine, the sign of Christ’s presence with us, we are united in love with God through Jesus Christ and with one another.

 

THE ACCEPTANCE:

I come to the table in response to the invitation of Jesus Christ, who came among us and was human like us. I come knowing that I am loved by God. I come seeking healing and wholeness through Jesus Christ who gave the gift of life for us all.

 

THANKSGIVING PRAYER

 

SILENCE: Be still, be silent. Remember God so loved the world…

 

HYMN: Do This In Remembrance of Me (please remain seated)

Do this in remembrance of me, do this in remembrance of me.

As you eat the bread and drink the cup, do this in remembrance of me.

 

My body broken for you, my body broken for you, and here is my cup, come now take it up and do this in remembrance of me.      ©Val Cash (AA)

 

THE INSTITUTION OF THE SACRAMENT

 

DISTRIBUTION: I invite you to come up to the front to the altar. You may kneel or stand. Remain at the altar until the last person is served, then return to your seats.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION:

 

OFFER THE PEACE OF CHRIST TO ONE ANOTHER:

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: Now Let Us From This Table Rise (Tune: Niagara)

Now let us from this table rise, renewed in body, mind and soul;

With Christ we die and live again, his selfless love has made us whole.

 

With minds alert, upheld by grace, to spread the Word in speech

and deed we follow in the steps of Christ,

at one with man in hope and need.

 

To fill each human house with love, it is the sacrament of care; the work that Christ began to do we humbly pledge ourselves to share.

 

Then give us courage, Father God, to choose again the pilgrim way, and help us to accept with joy the challenge of tomorrow’s day.

(F Kaan WOV450)

BENEDICTION:

Go now and share God’s love with those you meet.

We go having committed ourselves afresh in your service. We go knowing that the God of love 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.

 

SHARE THE GRACE WITH ONE ANOTHER:

May 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: Wed 4th Ethan; Sat 7th Audrey.

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea following the service. Thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading our worship today.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 4th Nov: Meet 9.30am at river end of South Library carpark. Coffee at Red Café. All are welcome. Lorraine 021 0450478.

 

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

 

 

TANZANIAN LUNCH Sunday 15th November. $5 a head. Venues to be confirmed. If you are unable to join us for lunch, but would still like to contribute to the work of Your Sisters Orphanage in Kisongo, Tanzania, donations are very welcome. Barbara Meier.

 

 

WINNIE BAGOES FERRYMEAD FUNDRAISER: Sunday November 22nd 5.45pm. 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. Cost is $25 pp ($15 for children under 12). See Irene 332 7306 or Anneke 328 7459 for tickets.

 

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Quality Used Clothing Sale with Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish on Saturday 30th January 2016 at St Mark’s Hall, Opawa Rd. We will also be selling jams, pickles, preserves, cakes, sweets. Your support of this fundraising event would be greatly appreciated. Irene 332 7306

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

TOMATO SEEDLINGS available now for tunnel houses (30cm tall). Orders taken for outdoor tomatoes – all shapes, colours and sizes available. Contact Peter & Sue for details and to arrange pick-up 960 7657.

 

Help is available for little fix-it jobs. Contact the Office for more information.

 

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 JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER Mon 9th Nov 12.30pm at Alan Chapman’s 7 Dellow Pl. All men welcome. Bring finger food lunch to share. We will watch a DVD of the White Pass Railway from Alaska to Yukon. Roger Allen (gr.allen46@gmail.com).

 

CONCERT TODAY 2pm at Cashmere Presbyterian Church. Join Tim Emerson and friends for a fun afternoon. $15 or $10 concession.

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