Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sunday 3rd January 2016 10am

NOTICES & WELCOME

 

GATHERING:

At this beginning of the New Year we come to enjoy the love God has for us.

We come celebrating God’s love.

We come to enjoy the love we have for one another.

We come celebrating the love we both receive and give.

We come bringing with us a spirit of thankfulness.

In wonder and in joy we worship God.

 

HYMN: Love Divine

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.

 

Jesu, thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.

 

Come, almighty, to deliver, let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return, and never, never more thy temples leave.

 

Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, pray, and praise thee, without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

 

Finish then thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be,

let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee.

 

Changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,

til we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love and praise.

©C Wesley (WOV148i)

 

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

 

HYMN: Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong.

Yes! Jesus loves me! Yes! Jesus loves me!

Yes! Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

 

Jesus loves me! This I know he loved children long ago;

He can always make me glad, even when I’m feeling sad…

 

Jesus loves me! He will stay close beside me all the way;

He will always be my friend, and his love will never end…

©Anna Bartlett Warner (CH4 564)

 

READING: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 & 14:1                 Margaret Shanks

 

MEDITATION ~ Audrey Dunnachie

 

A TIME OF QUIET

 

HYMN: Tell Me the Old, Old Story

Tell me the old, old story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
Tell me the story simply, as to a little child,
For I am weak and weary, and helpless and defiled.

Tell me the old, old story, tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the story slowly, that I may take it in,
That wonderful redemption, God’s remedy for sin.
Tell me the story often, for I forget so soon;
The early dew of morning has passed away at noon.

 

Tell me the story softly, with earnest tones and grave;
Remember I’m the sinner whom Jesus came to save.
Tell me the story always, if you would really be,
In any time of trouble, a comforter to me.

Tell me the same old story when you have cause to fear
That this world’s empty glory is costing me too dear.
Yes, and when that world’s glory is dawning on my soul,
Tell me the old, old story: “Christ Jesus makes thee whole.”         C/A

OFFERING: Gracious God, we bring the gift of money and produce to be used in your service as a sign of your love. Amen.

 

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYER

 

HYMN: Love Came Down at Christmas

Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, Love Divine;

Love was born at Christmas, star and angels gave the sign.

 

Worship we the Godhead, Love Incarnate, Love Divine;

Worship we our Jesus: but wherewith for sacred sign?

 

Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine,

Love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.

©Christina Rossetti (Oxford University Press)

 

BENEDICTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

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

 

SERVICES FOR JANUARY:

 10th, 17th & 24th January 10am     Combined Services

31st January 9am St Martin’s service 10.30am Beckenham service

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS: meeting informally in Palatine Tce by Kaizuka every week 9.30am until 3 Feb. All welcome to join us. Sonya 339 7038.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 28th January 2016.

 

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: Phone 332 6192, Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. The office will reopen 9am Friday 22nd January. Anna.

 

ST MARTINS BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH: Wed 6th Lyndsay; Fri 8th Sue; Sat 9th; Thu 14th Pauline; Wed 27th Nola & Bernie.

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Sunday 27 December 2015 10am

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

When Jesus is born to Mary and Joseph. God is there.

 

When Jesus is presented in the temple. God is there.

 

When Simeon holds Jesus in his arms. God is there.

 

When Anna recognizes Jesus in the temple. God is there.

 

This very morning God is here. In the future we cannot see, God is there. Let us worship God.

 

HYMN:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;

O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation;

Come all who hear, into his presence, draw near,

joining in glad adoration.

 

Praise to the Lord, who in all things is wondrously reigning,

Shields you from harm and is gently yet firmly sustaining.

Have you not seen how your heart’s wishes have been

granted by God’s wise ordaining?

 

Praise to the Lord, who with blessing and power will defend you;

surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you;

ponder anew what the Almighty can do:

God will for ever befriend you.

 

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!

All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him!

Let the Amen sound from God’s people again:

gladly for ever adore him.                                           ©J Neander (CH4 124)

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

 

HYMN:  Thank You for Giving Me the Morning

Children’s Song:

Thank You for giving

me the Morning

© Bosworth & Co Ltd WoV

Think Chris may have changed the word ‘family’ below??

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 family (neighbours),

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 the 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

Children’s Song:

Thank You for giving

me the Morning

© Bosworth & Co Ltd WoV

Think Chris may have changed the word ‘family’ below??

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 family (neighbours),

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 the 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 d
© Bosworth & Co Ltd WoV

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 family, 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 the 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.

©Bosworth & Co Ltd

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

Psalm 148                               Elizabeth Penwell

Colossians 3:  12-17               Gilly Penwell

 

SERMON

 

HYMN: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Hail to the Lord’s anointed, great David’s greater Son;

hail, in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun!

He comes to break oppression, to let the captive free,

to take away transgression, and rule in equity.

 

He comes with succour speedy to those who suffer wrong,

to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong,

to give them songs for sighing their darkness turn to light,

whose souls condemned and dying were precious in his sight.

 

He shall come down, like showers upon the fruitful earth,

and love, joy, hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth;

before him on the mountains shall peace the herald go,

and righteousness in fountains from hill to valley flow.

 

Kings shall fall down before him, and gold and incense bring;

all nations shall adore him, his praise all people sing;

to him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend;

his kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end.

 

O’er every foe victorious, he on his throne shall rest,

from age to age more glorious, all-blessing and all blest.

The tide of time shall never his covenant remove;

his name shall stand for ever, that name to us is Love.

©J Montgomery (WOV203i)

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE & THE LORDS PRAYER

 

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

THE OFFERING (together):

Bless these gifts, O God, and bless us as we offer ourselves to serve you in different ways and praise you 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: Take My Gifts, and Let Me Love You

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 to multiply!

Take the fruit that I have gathered from the tree your Spirit sowed,

Harvest 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 that 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)

 

SUNG BLESSING: (Tune: Eidelweiss)

May the Lord God bless and keep you for ever

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 the David Beaumont for leading our service.

 

SERVICES FOR JANUARY:

Sundays  3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th January 10am     Combined Services

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS: meeting informally in Palatine Tce by Kaizuka every week 9.30am until 3 Feb. All welcome to join us. Sonya 339 7038.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 28th January 2016.

 

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: Phone 332 6192, Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. The office will reopen 9am Friday 22nd January. Anna.

 

ST MARTIN’S BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 31st Jack; Sat 2nd Chris.

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Christmas Day 2015 9.30am

WELCOME

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: Christmas is not a holiday package wrapped with a bright ribbon and holly. It is a time for recalling that night long ago when Bethlehem cradled to its heart and gave humankind the saviour of the world.

For to us a child was born bringing love, joy, hope and peace to us all.

 

HYMN: Good Christians, All Rejoice

Good Christians, all rejoice with heart and soul and voice;

now give heed to what we say, Jesus Christ is born today,

ox and ass before him bow, and he is in the manger now;

Christ is born today! Christ is born today!

 

Good Christians, all rejoice with heart and soul and voice;

now you hear of endless bliss, Jesus Christ was born for this:

he has opened heaven’s door, and all are blessed for evermore.

Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

 

Good Christians, all rejoice with heart and soul and voice;

now you need not fear the grave, Jesus Christ was born to save,

calls you one, and calls you all, to gain his everlasting hall.

Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!         ©JM Neale (CH4 322)

 

WE PONDER: Advent – lighting the Advent candles – hope, joy, love and peace.

 

THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE IS LIT

 

PRAYER:

 

WE OFFER CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO THOSE AROUND US

CAROL: Hark the Herald (please remain seated)

Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the newborn king,

Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.

Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;

With the angelic host proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.

Hark! The herald angels sing glory to the new born King.

 

Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,

Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb!

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity!

Pleased as Man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel. Hark

 

Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!  Hail the Sun of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. Hark…

 

CAROL: Once in Royal David’s City (please remain seated)

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed

where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed:

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

 

He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all,

and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall;

With the poor and mean and lowly lived on earth our Saviour holy.

 

And through all his wondrous childhood day by day like us he grew;

He was little, weak, and helpless, tears and smiles like us he knew;

And he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness.

 

And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love,

For that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above;

And he leads his children on to the place where he is gone. C/A

 

WITH THE FAMILY – THE GIFT

 

READING TOGETHER: “The Christmas Story” (see insert)

Teasing out the story – question time.

CAROL: When the Little Baby Jesus (Tune: Away in a Manger)

When the little baby Jesus came to live here on earth

Sweetly singing, the bellbird praised the new baby’s birth.

While the fantails flew around him, while the tuis gave voice,

Tiny wax-eyes and kiwis came to look and rejoice.

 

The rata’s scarlet blossoms and the kowhai’s rich gold

Were a gift to the baby which he raised hands to hold.

In the warmth of summer sunshine smell the sweet scented brook, while the fragrance of myrtle fills the new baby’s room.

 

Will you bless us, baby Jesus, when the cows and the sheep

Come to show that they love you as you wake from your sleep.

Happy birthday little baby, we are pleased you are here,

And we’ll light you a candle for your birthday each year.      ©Marilynn Dunn

 

CAROL: Upside Down Christmas

Carol our Christmas, an upside down Christmas;

Snow is not falling and trees are not bare.

Carol the summer and welcome the Christ child,

Warm in our sunshine and sweetness of air.

 

Sing of the gold and the green and the sparkle,

Water and river and lure of the beach.

Sing in the happiness of open spaces,

Sing a nativity summer can reach!

 

Shepherds and musterers move over hillsides,

Finding not angels, but sheep to be shorn;

Wise ones make journeys, whatever the season,

Searching for signs of the truth to be born.

 

Right side up Christmas belongs to the universe.

Made in the moment a woman gives birth;

Hope is the Jesus gift, love is the offering,

Everywhere anywhere, here on the earth.                               ©Shirley Murray (AA)

 

OFFERING: Gracious God who gave us the gift of all gifts, Jesus Christ, we offer now our gifts to you. May they bring love, joy, peace and hope to someone else in your name. Amen.

 

REFLECTION: ‘Still No Room’

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

REFLECTION: ‘If Jesus was Born Today’

 

THE CHRISTMAS BAUBLE

 

CAROL: 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

 

BENEDICTION: We Sing ~

We wish you a merry Christmas x3 and a happy new year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

Good tidings for Christmas and a happy new year.

We wish you a merry Christmas x3 and a happy new year.

 

WE GO OUT LISTENING TO: ‘Hallelujah’ from The Messiah.

 

Sundays 27th December and 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th January

10am Combined Services

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Sunday 20th December 2015 Nine Lessons & Carols 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

 

Fern to light Advent Candle during singing of this carol…

CAROL: Once in Royal David’s City

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed

where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed:

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

 

He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all,

and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall;

With the poor and mean and lowly lived on earth our Saviour holy.

 

Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by,

We shall see him: but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high

When, like stars, his children crowned all in white shall wait around.

 

OPENING PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER                          John Shanks

 

1st READING: Genesis 3: 8-15                                  John

Humanity’s sinfulness moves God to anger

 

CAROL: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas day,

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth,good will to men.

 

I thought how,as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along th’un broken song

Of peace on earth,good will to men.

 

And in despair I bow’d my head;

“There is no peace on earth’,I said,

“For hate is strong,and mocks the song

Of peace on earth ,good will to men”

 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep

God is not dead,nor doth he sleep;

The wrong shall fail,the right prevail,

With peace on earth,good will to men.                             ©Henry W Longfellow.

 

2nd Reading:  Genesis 22: 1-19                                                   John

God promises Abraham & Sarah that the nations of the earth shall be blessed.

 

CAROL: Of the Father’s Love Begotten (remain seated)

Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds began to be,

he is Alpha and Omega, he the source, the ending he,

of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see evermore and evermore.

 

O that birth for ever blessed when the virgin, full of grace,

by the Holy Ghost conceiving bore the saviour of our race,

and the babe, the world’s redeemer, first revealed his sacred face, evermore and evermore.

 

In the heights of heaven adore him, angel hosts his praises sing,

all dominions bow before him and extol our God and King;

let no tongue on earth be silent, every voice in concert sing

evermore and evermore.

 

3rd READING: Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7          The people who walked in darkness                                                                                                              John

CAROL: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (remain seated)

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, 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…

 

O come, thou rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny; from depths of hell thy people save and give them victory o’er the grave…

 

4th READING: Isaiah 11:1-9                                                  Audrey

The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown

 

CAROL: Above the Peaks the Angels Sing (Tune: Sussex Carol)

Above the peaks the angels sing, across the snow their voices ring, and musterers come riding down, to find the little country town

where Christ is waiting to be born,

our summer Child, this Christmas morn.

 

Across the hills the rata spread their signal fires of smokey red;

by golden sands and whit’ning shell pohutukawa flames to tell

that  Christ is waiting to be born,

our summer Child, this Christmas morn.

 

Beneath a Southern Cross of light, led by Pointers, through the night

three travellers are hast’ning home from distant lands to find their own; for Christ is waiting to be born,

our summer Child, this Christmas morn.

 

We too would sing that ancient song and join the busy, hurrying throng, and take the road once more to find that hallowed place in heart and mind where Christ is waiting to be born,

our summer Child, this Christmas morn.                               ©Colin Gibson

 

 

5th READING: Luke 1:26-38                                                  Audrey

The Angel Gabriel Salutes the Virgin Mary

 

CAROL: Silent Night (remain seated)

Silent night, holy night: all is calm, all is bright

round yon virgin mother and child: holy infant so tender and mild,

sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

 

Silent night, holy night: shepherds quake at the sight;

glory streams  from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing “Alleluia;

Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.”

 

 

Silent night, holy night: wondrous star, lend your light;

with the angels let us sing Alleluia to our King;

Jesus, Lord, at your birth, Jesus, Lord, at your birth.                         C/A

 

6th READING: Luke 2:1-7 Luke tells of the birth of Jesus     Audrey

 

CAROL: O Little Town of Bethlehem (remain seated)

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see you lie!

Above your deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by:

yet, in your dark streets shining the everlasting light,

the hopes and fears of all the years are met in you tonight.

 

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.

No ear may hear his coming; but in this world of sin,

where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.     C/A

 

7th READING: Luke 2:8-20 The shepherds go to the manger       June

 

CAROL: O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him Born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

            O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

 

True God of true God, light of light eternal,

Lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;

Son of the Father, begotten, not created:

O come,let us adore him…

 

Sing choirs of angels, Sing in exultation,

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,

“Glory to God in the highest”:

O come, let us adore him…     

 

8th READING: Matt 2:1-11 The wise men are led by the star        June

 

 

 

CAROL: We Three Kings

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown Him again.
King for ever, ceasing never over us all to reign.
O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright,
w
estward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
Frankincense to offer have I, incense owns a deity nigh.
Prayer and praising, all men raising, worship Him, God on high.
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone cold tomb.

 

9th READING: John 1:1-14 The Mystery of the Incarnation          June

 

OFFERING

 

PRAYER ~ June Service

 

CAROL: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the newborn king,

Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.

Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;

With the angelic host proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.

Hark! The herald angels sing glory to the new born King.

 

Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,

Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb!

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity!

Pleased as Man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel. Hark

 

Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Sun of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. Hark…

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 20th Sarah Jayne; Tue 22nd Lyall; Wed 23rd Graeme; Fri 25th Isobel.

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

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

 

SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS & JANUARY:

Thursday 24th December Christmas Eve

You are invited to join Beckenham Methodist at 11.30pm, or come along to St Anne’s Anglican Church at 11pm, or attend a service near you.

 

Friday 25th December 9.30am Combined Christmas Day Celebration

 

Sundays 27th December and 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th January 10am     Combined Services

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS: meeting informally in Palatine Tce by Kaizuka every week 9.30am until 3 Feb. All welcome to join us. Sonya 339 7038.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 28th January 2016.

 

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: Phone 332 6192, Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. The office will close at 12 noon on 24th December and reopen 9am Friday 22nd January. Anna.

 

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 4: Love – Growing Good Gardens in Vanuatu.

18 year old Allick is replanting the family garden after Cyclone Pam. He will also build a new home strong enough to withstand further cyclones and collect rain water for survival. Preparing for disasters is now central to the work of ACT AlliancePlease give generously to this Appeal. Over 70 years, your gifts have helped people get through difficult times. www.christmasappeal.org.nz.

 

THE FINAL ALPINE PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER for 2015 is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

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Sunday 13th December 2015 Advent 3 9am

WELCOME & NOTICES

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

God is here. God is now.

It is time for celebration.

Let us create new songs of praise to our God.

Wherever one turns, God’s presence is apparent.

Let us celebrate God’s presence in our world today.

 

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

 

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER:  June Service

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN   ~                  Audrey

 

 

HYMN: When the Little Baby Jesus (Tune: Away in a Manger)

When the little baby Jesus came to live here on earth

Sweetly singing, the bellbird praised the new baby’s birth.

While the fantails flew around him, while the tuis gave voice,

Tiny wax-eyes and kiwis came to look and rejoice.

 

The rata’s scarlet blossoms and the kowhai’s rich gold

Were a gift to the baby which he raised hands to hold.

In the warmth of summer sunshine smell the sweet scented brook, while the fragrance of myrtle fills the new baby’s room.

 

Will you bless us, baby Jesus, when the cows and the sheep

Come to show that they love you as you wake from your sleep.

Happy birthday little baby, we are pleased you are here,

And we’ll light you a candle for your birthday each year.      ©Marilynn Dunn

 

BIBLE READING:

Luke 2: 8-20                Joan Macdonald

 

MEDITATION: New Beginnings  ~  Audrey

 

A TIME OF QUIET

 

HYMN: O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see you lie!

Above your deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by:

yet, in your dark streets shining the everlasting light,

the hopes and fears of all the years are met in you tonight.

 

For Christ is born of Mary; and, gathered all above,

while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth,

and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth.

 

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.

No ear may hear his coming; but in this world of sin,

where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.     C/A

WENDY’S GIFT

OFFERING:

OFFERTORY PRAYER: Help us who have received so freely from you, to give as freely in our turn, and so have the pleasure of giving as well as the happiness of receiving.

 

GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE:  John Shanks

 

HYMN: Still the Night (CH4)

Still the night, holy the night!

Sleeps the world; hid from sight,

Mary and Joseph in stable bare

watch o’er the Child beloved and fair,

Sleeping in heavenly rest,

sleeping in heavenly rest.

 

Still the night, holy the night!

Shepherds first saw the light,

heard resounding clear and long,

far and near, the angel-song,

Christ the Redeemer is here!

Christ the Redeemer is here!

 

Still the night, holy the night!

Son of God, O how bright

love is smiling from thy face!

Strikes for us now the hour of grace,

Saviour, since thou art born!

Saviour,since thou art born!

 

BENEDICTION

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 13th Deborah; Wed 16th Ron; Fri 18th Anne

 

SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS & BEYOND

 

Sunday 20th December 9am

Nine Lessons & Carols

 

Thursday 24th December Christmas Eve

You are invited to join Beckenham Methodist at 11.30pm, or come along to St Anne’s Anglican Church at 11pm, or attend a service near to where you live.

 

Friday 25th December 9.30am

Christmas Day Celebration ~

a combined service with Beckenham

 

Sundays 27th December and

3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th January

10am Combined Services

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Please note: this is a correction to the information published in the ‘Messenger’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

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

 

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: TODAY is your last opportunity to place gifts under the Christmas Tree. Thank you for your support.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 16th Dec: Meet 9.30am at Kaizuka, Centaurus Rd.

 

BOARD OF MANAGERS & SESSION meeting Wednesday 16th Dec 7.30pm.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 28th January 2016.

 

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.

 

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS: Perhaps this is the time to consider putting our church on your Christmas present list. A small portrait of Sir Apirana Ngata, Queen Elizabeth II,  Kate Sheppard or Sir Edmund Hillary, [or even some jingly gold coins] placed in an envelope marked “Church Christmas present” and added to the Sunday offering plate could provide another welcome contribution to the building fund. Happy Christmas everyone  – Fern [Sir Ernest Rutherford’s portrait would also be an acceptable gift]

 

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 3: Joy – Investing in women in South India

Local women’s groups are confronting violence caused by despair and the loss of cultural traditions. Indian fisherwomen have received training from Neythal which has enabled them to earn money by taking fish further inland ion their new icebox, to sell fish snacks to day workers.  Please give generously to this Appeal. Over 70 years, your gifts have helped people get through difficult times. www.christmasappeal.org.nz.

 

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY NEWSLETTER is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

COMMUNITY CAROL SINGING TODAY 6pm in Ford Rd, Opawa by the footbridge. All are welcome.

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