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Advent Sunday 29th November 2015 9am

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Around us the signs of Christmas have reappeared

Tinsel, fake holly berries, artificial snow, enticements to buy, all the trappings that we love to despise every Christmas

 

Around us are all the signs of cheap sentiment and shallow spiritual cliché, watered-down commonality, easily-won conclusions about what it’s really all about

 

Around us is plenty that’s not right:

 

But Lord we would come afresh to this your season

With hearts expectant

With eyes attuned to the possibility of surprise

With lives ready to resonate again to the gentle persistence of your spirit

Calling us to see signs of the Kingdom

to be agents of transformation even as we are transformed daily

birthed anew into the reality of this new Christmas season

 

We come, in gratitude, to celebrate and to love.

 

HYMN: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here  until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, O come, thou Lord of might who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times didst give the law in cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, thou key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, thou dayspring come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

 

OFFERING

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

HYMN: Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God

Nothing is lost on the breath of God, nothing is lost forever

God’s heart is love, and that love will remain

Holding the world forever.

No feather too light, no hair too fine, no flower too brief in its glory

No drop in the ocean, no dust in the air

But is counted and told in God’s story.

 

Nothing is lost to the eyes of God, nothing is lost forever

God sees with love, and that love will remain

Holding the world forever.

No journey too far, no distance too great,

no valley of darkness too blinding, no creature too humble,

No child too small for God to be seeking and finding.

 

Nothing is lost to the heart of God, nothing is lost forever

God’s heart is love, and that love will remain

Holding the world forever.

No impulse of love, no office of care, no moment of life in its fullness.

No beginning too late, no ending too soon

But is gathered and known in its goodness.                     ©Colin Gibson (FFS)

 

READINGS:

Psalm 25                                 Barry Moore

Luke 21: 25-36                        Hilary Moore

 

MESSAGE

 

 

HYMN: Now to Your Table Spread

Now to your table spread, we come each one in faith

That you alone provide the words of life and death.

In wine and bread, in promised food,

We find your loving heart, O God.

 

Hands of the world stretch out. Your mystery to touch

In longing to believe a truth beyond our reach.

To sing in joy, to cry in grief,

To know your meaning for our life.

 

Here is our common wealth, in sharing what is good

As though all humankind around one table stood

This bread to break: This wine to taste

One people in the name of Christ.                              ©Shirley Murray (AA)

 

 

AN ADVENT COMMUNION

 

We come to worship.  We come to sit quietly alongside an old tradition

We are shaped and defined by the witness though the years:

the means of grace offered to gathered groups of believers down through the centuries.

And in common with those who have gone before us, we prepare our hearts by pausing; by recognising that we have fallen short.

Acknowledging that we are not what we want to be.

Not what you call us to be.

And that in our falling short, there is space for regret

Forgive us, Lord: we ask you to entrust to us again your grace.

 

[PAUSE]

We receive in this moment, for this time and beyond your grace. Grace that sees us as we are,

loves us and calls us to be more than we could dare hope or imagine through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

We would hear from your word:

Isaiah 11:1-10                                Barry Moore

Matthew 3:1-12                              Hilary Moore

This is the word of the Lord.

The familiar words, the familiar story, the familiar call

Help us to hear it with our lives attuned to hope, to mercy, to eternal grace for we believe that here we are in the presence of your Spirit

 

And we allow the words of the church to speak to us, to our spirits, in words of affirmation:

You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life. Your purpose overarches everything we do.

You have always been with us. You are God.

 

You, O God are infinitely generous, Good beyond all measure.

You came to us before we came to you

You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus Christ,

Who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now.

You are God.

 

You, O God, are Holy Spirit.

You empower us to be your gospel in the world.

You reconcile and heal: you overcome death.

 

You are our God. We worship you.

 

We stand here as part of a wounded world and we recognise the need for your healing love

In the families grieving in Paris. In the people bewildered and angry, facing terrorism

Refugees, orphans, widows, idealists, unwilling soldiers, conscripts and cowards

In those grieving after the helicopter crash in Fox Glacier

In those we know who are facing hard times:

Financially, with health issues, with family problems, with things we know only a little of

And those whom we name in the gentle quiet privacy of our hearts

for whom Christmas may be a time of worry, of impending crisis, of significant changes

 

We also pray for those places where decisions are made that will affect our neighbourhood, our city, our country, our world..that you would grant wisdom to those men and women charged with heavy responsibilities this Christmas.

 

We will celebrate this Christmas with food, by eating together with family and friends, perhaps with stranger and visitor, with foreigner and those battered by things we can only guess at:

we remember those times in our lives when eating with someone has carried significance far beyond the banquet, the feast, the anniversary meal and we come to celebrate now:

alert to significance, open to challenge, awake to meaning, embracing as a gathered people all you have for us in this Advent Communion.

 

On the night in which he was betrayed The Lord Jesus took bread as part of the Passover feast

In continuum with Passover feasts stretching back to the founding of a nation

In the context of the city celebrating an anniversary

In obedience to the commands of Moses

In witness to the tradition of citizenship, of belonging, of including, of embracing.

 

And broke it: Broke it to begin a new feast, A new meaning, A new context.

In the same way Jesus took the cup after supper: and said

“This is new: This is my life poured out for you. This is hope: the entry into a new way of life.

 

Jesus said: This is my body: given for you. This is my lifeblood: poured out for you

 

And so we join in communion with the ages

In communion with our brothers and sisters all over the world

In communion with our brothers and sisters here in Christchurch

In communion with one another

 

We come: for all is now ready

 

AFTER COMMUNION:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

HYMN: Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;

let earth receive its king;

let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

 

Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns;

let us our songs employ;

while fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains

repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

 

He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness

and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love,

and wonders, wonders of his love.                             C/A

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

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

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd Dec: Christmas Lunch at Barbara & Alan’s bach in Glentunnel. For a map and to arrange car pooling, contact Sonya.

 

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

 

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: please bring these along from 29 November, until 13 December, and place under the Christmas Tree. Gifts are required for men, women, teenagers & children. PLEASE DO NOT WRAP YOUR GIFTS. Edible items acceptable (preferably on 13 Dec). Boxes of chocolates are especially handy. Donations of wrapping paper also very welcome. Thank you for your support.

 

QUALITY USED CLOTHING SALE Saturday 30th January 2016 9am at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd. We will also be selling jams, pickles, preserves, cakes, sweets etc… All donations gratefully received.

 

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesdays & Thursdays 9am – 12noon, and Fridays 9-11am. Phone 332 6192, Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Any notices to Anna by 9am every Thursday please.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

Chris sends greetings to you all – see the letter on the noticeboard.

 

2015 CWS CHRISTMAS APPEAL: At the heart of the Appeal are stories of determination and courage that give a glimpse of the work of CWS partners helping to rebuild people’s lives one by one.

Advent 1: Hope – Restoring health to the traumatised children in Gaza. The Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) in Gaza is providing medical and psychological help to families in need. For Gaza’s residents surrounded by rubble and locked onto a small piece of land, DSPR is a living sign of hope.

Please give generously to this Appeal. Over 70 years, your gifts have helped people get through difficult times. www.christmasappeal.org.nz.

 

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Sun 29th Judith.

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Sunday 22 November 2015 9am

COMMUNITY SUNDAY ~ Celebrating Waltham Cottage

AN UNCANNY DAY

 

Tena Koutou, Katoa. Tena Koe.

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

 

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: We gather together this day to celebrate the community outside our doors.

We care about the community outside our doors. We want to share God’s unconditional love with them, but sometimes we don’t know how.

 

Engaging with our Community asks of us vulnerability, trust, openness, acceptance, risking ourselves.

We sometimes separate ourselves from the community for we are afraid of what it may ask of us. We are afraid of moving out to the challenges we may meet.

Yet, Christ calls us to move outside these doors. To share his love. Remember we are not alone, God is with us.

 

HYMN: Community of Christ

Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own,

Live out your creed and risk your life for God alone:

The God who wears your face, to whom all worlds belong,

Whose children are of every race and every song.

 

Community of Christ look past the Church’s door

And see the refugee, the hungry and the poor.

Take hands with the oppressed, the jobless in your street,

Take towel and water, that you wash your neighbour’s feet.

 

 

Community of Christ, through whom the word must sound –

Cry out for justice and for peace the whole world round:

Disarm the powers that war and all that can destroy,

Turn bombs to bread, and tears of anguish into joy.

 

When menace melts away, so shall God’s will be done,

The climate of the world be peace and Christ its Sun;

Our currency be love and kindliness our law,

Our food and faith be shared as one forever more. ©Shirley Murray

 

PRAYER:

 

WITH THE CHILDREN   ~                Gillian Cree

 

HYMN: How Much Am I Worth?

How much am I worth? What value’s in me?

Do I count, if I stand or I fall?

If I’m weak or I’m strong, if I win or I lose,

Am I someone, or no one at all?

I am worth everything, everything, everything,

I am worth everything in the eyes of God;

You are worth everything, everything, everything,

We are worth everything in the eyes of God.

 

I am that bird that dropped to the ground,

That tiniest bird of them all,

And nobody knew, and nobody cared

But our Father, who cares for us all.

We are worth everything, everything, everything,

We are worth everything in the eyes of God;

We are worth everything, everything, everything,

We are worth everything in the eyes of God.

 

I am that stone that fell from a ring,

That was precious beyond all compare;

And they hunted the house, till they cried out with joy

When they saw it, still gleaming, down there.

                                                                                              

I am worth everything, everything, everything,

I am worth everything in the eyes of God;

You are worth everything, everything, everything,

We are worth everything in the eyes of God.

 

I am that child who felt lost and afraid,

When she saw just how far she had roamed;

But they scoured the hills till they found her again,

And rejoicing, they brought him safe home.

We are worth everything, everything, everything,

We are worth everything in the eyes of God;

We are worth everything, everything, everything,

We are worth everything in the eyes of God.

 

How much am I worth? Do I matter at all?

When I’m thinking it through may I see

That I’m worth all the love of the Son of God,

Who laid down his life just for me.                                    ©Colin Gibson

 

BIBLE READING:

John 13: 4-5, 12-17     Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Jill Grierson

 

CELEBRATING WALTHAM COTTAGE

FILLING THE CUPBOARD ~ you are invited to put your tins in the cupboard.

 

WE WELCOME Adrienne Carmichael, Community Development Worker and Jillie Toogood, Community Wellbeing Facilitator – sharing the life of Waltham Cottage with us.

 

COMMUNITY AFFIRMATION (please stand):

We are a community, a source of love, laughter and sharer of tears. We are a people prepared to take risks, working together, that one day this world will be a place where people can live in peace, justice and freedom. 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.                                                          ©Iona Community

OFFERING (together): Gracious God, we bring before you gifts of money and food to be used in your service. With these gifts we have given tins of food to be given to Waltham Cottage for distribution within the community. Bless those who give and those who receive them. Amen.

 

TIME TO GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS  & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: Every Day I Will Offer You

Every day I will offer you, loving God my heart and mind

Every way I discover you, in the work your hand has signed;

Help me see I’m your image, and You have dreamed what I might be –

Every day – in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!

 

Every day I will look to Christ and give thanks for wine and bread.

Through the pain and the emptiness where your world cries to be fed; Help me see I can work for change, and wherever I might be.

Every day in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!

 

Every day I will take your word, Answer your compassion’s claim,

Celebrate every sign of hope, Every deed done in your name;

Help me see you are always there,

And your light can shine through me,

Every day in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!           ©Shirley Murray

 

BLESSING:

Go now into God’s world in peace and love. May the breath of God bring life to all we do, the grace of Christ be clear within our humanness and the Spirit lighten our hearts with delight.

THREEFOLD AMEN.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 24th Deirdre; Wed 25th Aescleah; Fri 27th Tony; Sat 28th Martin.

 

 

NOTICES

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

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 25th Nov: Meet 9.30am cnr Ilam Rd & Memorial Ave. Parking restricted, suggest catching the Orbiter (9.06 PMH/9.12 Barrington – alight two stops past the University). Coffee at LB & Co. June 332 8874.

 

NEW ROSTER available – please check to see if there is a copy for you.

 

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

 

WINNIE BAGOES FERRYMEAD FUNDRAISER: TODAY at 5.45pm.

 

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: please bring these along from 29 November, until 13 December, and place under the Christmas Tree. Gifts are required for men, women, teenagers & children. PLEASE DO NOT WRAP YOUR GIFTS. Edible items acceptable (preferably on 13 Dec). Boxes of chocolates are especially handy. Donations of wrapping paper also very welcome. Thank you for your support.

 

DEADLINE FOR ‘MESSENGER’ articles is TODAY. Anneke 328 7459.

 

QUALITY USED CLOTHING SALE Saturday 30th January 2016 9am at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd. We will also be selling jams, pickles, preserves, cakes, sweets etc… All donations gratefully received.

 

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesdays & Thursdays 9am – 12noon, and Fridays 9-11am. Phone 332 6192, Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Any notices to Anna by 9am every Thursday please.

 

RISINGHOLME SINGERS: The final concert for the year will be held today, Sunday 22 November, at the Heaton Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre, commencing at 2.30 pm.  The programme includes a range of works, some audience participation, a Christmas music bracket and a bracket of songs from Fiddler on the Roof.

Tickets ($15) available at the door for.  Any enquiries to John Shanks.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

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Sunday 15th November 2015 10am

MISSION: Your Sisters’ Orphanage, Tanzania

Tena Kotou, Katoa.

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

 

WELCOME

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: Jesus said, “Go into the world”, share God’s love with all people everywhere.

Who? Me? But there are people with different skin colour, different customs, different languages, different values.

The world is waiting for us to emerge; to let go of our prejudices and go with courage along the costly path of Christ.

With God’s help we will go.

 

HYMN: Christians Are All Kinds of People           ©Stan & Pauline Stewart

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.

 

PRAYER

 

WITH THE CHILDREN   ~                Rob Meier

The children at the Orphanage in Tanzania.

 

CHILDREN’S HYMN: One, two, three, alleluia!

One, two, three (clap, clap) alleluia, One, two, three (clap, clap) alleluia, One, two, three (clap, clap) alleluia! Praise to you, our God.

 

Our God lives with us, alleluia, making all things new, alleluia,

Sharing in our lives, alleluia! Praise to you, our God. (boom, boom, boom) One…

 

Gifts of love God brings, alleluia, filling us with joy, alleluia, peace and goodness too, alleluia! Praise to you, our God.(boom,boom,boom)One.

 

By our love we show alleluia how we live and grow alleluia caring for each one alleluia! Praise to you, our God. (boom, boom, boom) One…

©Cecily Sheehy (AA)

BIBLE READING:

Introduction to the Reading

Matthew 7: 1-5 Judge not that you be not judged      Anneke Howie

 

CONVERSATION ~ Barbara & Lyndsey

 

YOUR SISTERS’ ORPHANAGE – the children, the women’s group and tourism.                                                                         Barbara Meier

 

INVITATION TO SHARE IN A TANZANIAN LUNCH (as authentic as can be here in the West).

 

HYMN: Feed Us Now

Feed us now, O Son of God, as you fed them long ago.

The people came to hear you, the poor, the lame, the blind;

they asked for food to save them, and you fed them, body and mind.

 

 

Feed us now, O Son of God, as you fed them long ago.

The ones who didn’t listen, the rich, the safe, the sure,

they didn’t think they needed the offering of a cure.

 

Feed us now, O Son of God, as you fed them long ago.

It’s hard for us to listen, things haven’t changed at all;

we’ve got the things we wanted, we don’t want to hear your call.

 

Feed us now, O Son of God, as you fed them long ago.

Yet millions still have hunger, disease, no homes, and fear;

we offer them so little, and it costs them very dear.

Feed us now, O Son of God, as you fed them long ago. ©PJD Allen (WOV)

 

OFFERING: God of all people of the world, rich and poor, free and oppressed, we come now with our offering. We offer to you ourselves; money; food; our gifts, time and energy in your service. Amen.

 

TIME TO GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: Here I Am Lord

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.

I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear My light to them?  Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord, It is I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, If you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

I the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them, they turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone,

I will speak my word to them, whom shall I send? Here I am…

I the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame,

I will set a feast for them.  My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied,

I will give my life to them, whom shall I send? Here I am… ©Dan Shutte  SJ.

 

BLESSING:

Go in peace and love to serve the God whom you love. May the creator God go on creating within us, May Jesus Christ be in our midst and the Spirit lead us in the dance of life.

 

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.

 

NOTICES

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

 

A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED FOR SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER following Morning Worship. All are encouraged to attend. Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 18th Nov: Meet 9.30am at Barrington St end of Neville St. Coffee at Sonya’s 408B Barrington St. All Welcome. Sonya 027 253 3397.

 

SESSION MEETING Wednesday 18th November 7.30pm.

 

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

 

WINNIE BAGOES FERRYMEAD FUNDRAISER: NEXT 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). Get your tickets now from Irene or Anneke.

 

UNCANNY DAY NEXT Sunday 22nd November: Recognising Waltham Cottage and the work they do in the community. We would like to fill their cupboards with tinned food for Christmas. Bring as many cans as you like – these will be brought up during the service. Lyndsey  388 1264.

 

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: please bring these along from 29 November. Details next week.

 

COPY REQUIRED FOR ‘MESSENGER’. Deadline 22nd November. Please send Anneke (anneke.howie@gmail.com)  your articles now!

 

LIVESTREAM OF MELE’S ORDINATION: Today 1.30pm HERE. All Welcome.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER is on the noticeboard in the Lounge. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Thu 19th Thomas

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Sunday 8th November 2015 9am

Tena Kotou, Katoa.

 

WELCOME

Today’s service is being taken by the Pathways Study Group with help from other people.

 

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

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: Immortal Invisible God Only Wise (Tune: St Denio)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

 

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting,

thou rulest in might; thy justice like mountains high soaring above,

thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

 

To all life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest,

the true life of all; we blossom and flourish as leaves on a tree,

and wither and perish: but nought changeth thee.

 

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, thine angels adore thee,

all veiling their sight; of all the rich graces this grace, Lord, impart – take the veil from our faces, the veil from our heart.

 

All laud we would render: O help us to see, tis only the splendor of light hideth thee; and so let thy glory, Almighty, impart through Christ in the story, thy Christ to the heart.                                                   W Smith (WOV80)

 

PRAYER:

What is the church? A place of Love and Kindness

Why do we meet? To seek the common Good.

Who are we? We are the Dreamers. We are the sad.

We are the joyous.

What do we do? We try to make the world a better place.

We know success. We know failure.

What is this church? A source of strength and renewal.

Why do we meet? To celebrate the best within us.

Who are we? The growing. The creative. The questioning.

What is this church? A place to see the light that shines forever

through the darkest night.

Our Father, you come to us with gracious and gentle touch.

To reveal and remove that which separates us from you.

Grant forgiveness for those things that spoil our being

and destroy our wholeness of spirit.

Grant us, that during the uncertain times we now face as a congregation we both know and accept the blessing of your “Shalom” your peace. In Jesus’ name we come.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

 

HYMN: Thank You for Giving Me the Morning (MG Schneider  WOV 114)

Thank you for giving me the morning, thank you for every day that’s new, thank you for new things in store for me and for work to do.

 

Thank you for all my friends and brothers, thank you for everyone

that lives, thank you that even greatest enemies I can forgive.

 

Thank you for many little sorrows, thank you for every kindly word, thank you that in the midst of trouble sympathy is stirred.

 

Thank you, I see your word has meaning, thank you, I know your Spirit here, thank you, because you love all people, those both far and near.

 

Thank you, O Lord, for speaking to us, thank you for telling us you care, thank you, O Lord, you came among us bread and wine to share.

 

Thank you, O Lord, your love is boundless, thank you that I am full of you, thank you, you make me feel so glad and thankful as I do.

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING:  Ruth 3: 1-5 & 4: 13-17   Aubrey McLeod

REFLECTION:   Alice Shanks

 

HYMN: Loving Spirit                                                     ©Shirley Murray (AA)

Loving Spirit, Loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be –

You have drawn me to your wonder, you have set your sign on me.

 

Like a mother, you enfold me, hold my life within your own,

Feed me with your very body, form me of your flesh and bone.

 

Like a father, you protect me, teach me the discerning eye,

Hoist me up upon your shoulder, let me see the world from high.

 

Friend and lover, in your closeness I am known and held and blessed;

In your promise is my comfort, in your presence I may rest.

 

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be

You have drawn me to your wonder, you have set your sign on me.

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Mark 12: 41-44            Gilly Penwell

REFLECTION:  Peggy Cree

 

HYMN: Take My Gifts                                                   ©Shirley Murray (AA)

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.

 

REFLECTIONS:  Alice and Peggy

 

OFFERING

 

PRAYER:

God of widows and strangers you protect the oppressed and forgotten and feed the hungry with good things.

You stand among us in Christ, offering life to all.

Give us open hearts and minds to respond with love to the world,

Caring for those for whom you care. Amen

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE:   Sue Saunders

 

HYMN: Tell My People (verses 1,4 & 5)

Tell my people I love them; tell my people that I care.

When they feel far away from me, tell my people I am there.

 

Tell my people I came and died to give them liberty.

As they abide in me, they will be really free!

 

Tell my people to share their wealth and fight the sin of greed,

Care for the refugee, the hungry they’re to feed.

 

Tell my people throughout the world to strive for peace today.

Show love for enemies, be servants of the Way.      ©L Barlotti/G Jansen (AA)

 

SUNG BLESSING:  (Tune: Eidelweiss)

May the Lord Mighty God bless and keep you forever

Grant you peace, perfect peace, courage in every endeavour

Lift up your eyes and see his face and his grace forever

May the Lord, Mighty God bless and keep you forever. AMEN.

 

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea following the service. Thanks to Pathways Study Group for leading our service.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Next Sunday’s Service is at 10am, combined with Beckenham, and will be followed by the TANZANIAN LUNCH. $5 a head. See Barbara Meier for venues. 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.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 11th Nov: Meet 9.30am at the Kaiapoi Visitor Information Centre, 57 Charles St (first turn right over bridge). Coffee will be at Coffee Culture, Raven Quay, next to Blackwell’s Department Store. All welcome. Sue 960 7657.

 

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

 

2nd HAND BOOK SALE: Thursday 12th November 10am-2pm at St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Rd. All Welcome.

 

 

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). Tickets available now from Irene 332 7306 or Anneke 328 7459.

 

UNCANNY DAY Sunday 22nd November: Recognising Waltham Cottage and the work they do in the community. We would like to fill their cupboards with tinned food for Christmas. Bring as many cans as you like – these will be brought up during the service. Lyndsey  388 1264.

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.

 

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 this Wednesday please. The Office will be closed on Friday 13th November (Show Day).

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER TOMORROW 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).

 

PRESCARE JUSTION & ACTION INITIATIVE LAUNCH: Tuesday 17th November at Presbyterian Support, 44 Bealey Ave 12 noon – 2pm. Join the Rt Rev Andrew Norton, members of the Alpine Presbytery, and Presbyterian Support staff and Board members. RSVP by 12/11 if you would like to attend.

 

FROM CHURCH & SOCIETY: JOIN US ON THE ROAD TO PARIS From 30 Nov – 11 Dec Paris will host the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference. At this summit 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement. What does climate change mean to us as a people of faith? On Saturday 28th November, there is a Climate Change March, leaving from Victoria Square at 12.30pm. All are welcome to participate.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 8th Sonya; Tue 10th Denise; Wed 11th Barbara; Sat 14th Berta (80); Ruby.

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