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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