Monthly Archives: March 2016

Easter Day 27th March 9am

Mary’s great good news! (based on John 20:1-18)

 

Jesus is risen! Alleluia!

He is risen indeed!

We live in hope. We are an Easter people living in the vitality which comes from an Easter faith.

 

GREETINGS TO ONE ANOTHER. Happy Easter!

 

HYMN: Christ is Alive

Christ is alive, and the universe must celebrate, and the stars and the suns shout on this Easter Day!

Christ is alive, and his family must celebrate in a great alleluia,

a great alleluia to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

 

Here is our hope: in the mystery of suffering is the heartbeat of Love, Love that will not let go, here is our hope,

that in God we are not separate, and we sing alleluia,

we sing alleluia to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

 

Christ Spirit, dance through the dullness of humanity to the music of God, God who has set us free!

You are the pulse of the new creation’s energy; with a great alleluia,

a great alleluia we praise the power that made the stone roll away.   ©Shirley Murray (AA)

 

PRAYER OF PRAISE, CONFESSION & THANKSGIVING

 

INTRODUCTION  TO THE READING:

BIBLE READING:  Acts 10: 34-43                            Deborah Fitchett

 

REFLECTION: Come to the Easter Party!

 

 

HYMN: Resurrection’s Real (Tune: Thornbury)

Christ naming faithful Mary, forgiving Peter’s fall,

Christ showing questing Thomas, declaring peace to all.

Christ breaking bread at supper, in blessing of a meal,

so proving to disciples that Resurrection’s real.

 

Christ charging the defeated, providing them new power,

Christ sending rock-like Peter to serve his present hour;

disciples bound together in sharing of a meal,

so preaching to the nations that Resurrection’s real.

 

Church certain of the presence of Christ the Living One,

Church suffering and serving for each and every one,

church breaking bread together in Mystery of a meal,

the Church of God declaring that Resurrection’s real.

©Bernard Braley Stainer & Bell Ltd

 

OFFERING: Gracious and compassionate God we bring before you our gift of money and food. May these gifts go toward sharing your love with one another. Amen.

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

WE AFFIRM OUR FAITH:

No one is alone; all people live in God’s world. We believe in God; who has created and is creating, who has come in the true man, Jesus, to reconcile and renew. God works within us and among us by the spirit. We trust God. God calls us to be the church; to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil. We proclaim God’s kingdom, in life, in death God is with us. We are not alone. We believe in God.                                                                                                             United Church of Canada 1969.

 

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

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 forgiveness, healing and wholeness. I come knowing that in the risen Christ I am offered abundant life working always to bring about justice and peace.

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:

 

SILENCE:

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

 

HYMN: Now to Your Table Spread (Tune: Love Unknown)

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)

 

THE INSTITUTION: On the night before he died……In the bread and wine we recall your great love for us.

God of past and present, we your people remember your son; we thank you for his death on the cross and in resurrection, that he is always with us.

As the bread is broken and the cup is shared, our brokenness and the brokenness of the world are one with brokenness of Christ and one with the life of Christ.

As we remember the risen and glorious Christ this day we are thankful for the hope that is offered to us and that of the world in his resurrection. Your death in Christ we celebrate. Your resurrection we proclaim. Your presence we give thanks.

 

DISTRIBUTION:

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION:

Risen and loving Christ you have put your life in our hands. Now we put our lives in yours. Take us, mix us, knead us; that through the power of your rising in us we may be bread for the world. Amen.

 

WE OFFER EACH OTHER THE HAND OF PEACE

 

HYMN: Thine Be the Glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;

endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won;

angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave clothes, where thy body lay.

            Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

            endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.

 

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing;

for her Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

 

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;

life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;

make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:

bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

© World Student Christian Federation (WOV)

 

COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY:

As Christ’s followers we therefore claim the privilege of committing ourselves anew in service to the risen Christ. May we know the freedom to move into the unknown and untried. May we see opportunities each new day and serve our present age with compassion, imagination and courage offering hope which comes through the power of the risen Christ.

 

BENEDICTION:

 

 

NOTICES

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

 

EASTER MESSAGE from the Moderator of the General Assembly is on the noticeboard for those who wish to read it.

 

HARVEST THANKSGIVING – SUNDAY 10 APRIL.

All our goods will once again go to stock the pantry at Waltham Cottage.

Fresh garden produce fruit and vegetables, packets of dried food, cereals and cans are all very welcome. We will be decorating the Church from 3 pm Saturday 9th so if you have produce or goods you might like to drop off please let us know. Allison 332 0554 & Bill 338 1651.

 

FIRESIDE meets on Tuesday 29th March 7.30pm at Joan Mac’s. All women are welcome.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 30th March: Meet 9.30am in Caulfield Avenue, Longhurst.  From Halswell Junction Road turn left into Murphys Road, then second right into Caulfield Ave.  There is parking on the left past Gosling Crescent, before the Medical Centre. Please consider car pooling.

Coffee at Verge Cafe. All are welcome. Sonya 339 7038.

 

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

 

NEW READERS’ ROSTER available today – please check to see if there is one for you. Anna.

 

WALTHAM COTTAGE INVITES YOU TO JOIN IN:

Steady As You Go – falls prevention and general fitness class.

Starts Wednesday 20th April 9.30 – 10.30am. Free.

Organised by Age Concern Canterbury. Ph 366 0903 to register.

 

Community Lunch at the Cottage every Wednesday 12 –1 pm.

All Welcome. No charge.

 

Compassionate Communication Class – learn how to communicate in a way that avoids conflict and encourages clarity. Ph Jillie 942 2173.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

ANZAC DAY SERVICE: Monday 25th April 10am at St Anne’s Anglican Church. All are welcome.

 

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED ~ ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP?

Shortly the Christchurch Community Response Volunteers team (CCR) will be doorknocking in the St Martins area at the request of the Spreydon Heathcote Community Board. Our purpose is to connect with the people of St Martins to ensure they are not isolated and are connected to events going on in the community. We will also be asking them if they have any outstanding earthquake related issues.

The dates we will be in the area are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5-7th April and 12-14th April, between 9.30am – 1.00pm.

The more people we have the better as we don’t want to wear people out. Everyone will be teamed up with a person from St Christopher’s and you will be provided with all the questions etc to ask those that are called on.

It’s a really worthwhile mission project to be involved in and the more people we have on board (alongside everyone else in the area that is helping) the sooner it is completed.

Please see Irene TODAY if you would like to be involved.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.

 

COURT THEATRE “Educating Rita” Thursday 16th June 6.30pm. $45. Sign the clipboard if you would like to go. Payment to Sue by 8th May please.

 

FOR SALE: Homemade jams, sauces, pickles. Please support this fundraising venture for St Martin’s – much better than buying from  the supermarket!

 

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Spreydon/Heathcote Older Adults Winter Warmer event. Thursday 14th  July, 1.30 – 3.30pm Cashmere Club, Sydenham Room

The event will have a French theme seeing it is Bastille Day, and will feature entertainment and a French-themed menu.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:  Fri 1st Aileen; Sat 2nd Anna.

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Good Friday 25th March 2016 10am

WELCOME:

Good Friday, a day when our focus is on the crucifixion of Jesus; the pain, the suffering, the humiliation, the mocking. So greater love……

Good Friday that God should love us so much!

It is the cross that calls us on more deeply into the costly journey towards life.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

In the shadow of our suffering is the suffering of Jesus.

In the shadow of our pain is the God who cried out.

We are never alone. God is with us.

 

PRAYER:

 

HYMN: When I survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

 

See from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down; did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

 

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small:

love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all. (WOV258)

 

THE CROSS is brought in during the hymn and placed against the table.

THE CROSS                                                                    Lorraine Goffin

Jesus went out, carrying his cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull”, as it is called, or in Hebrew “Golgotha”.                               John 19:17

 

A nice piece of wood, although maybe a bit rough to touch – such a waste. It could have been carved, or used in the building of a house. It took years to grow green and majestic amongst other trees. When it was cut down, it took time to season……but I guess this man took time too. Time to grow, to come to fruition. Wasted years now. Maybe something is being built by the cross – a signpost to life, a door to new opportunities, a bridge between God and us.

 

SING: My Song is Love Unknown (please remain seated)

My song is love unknown, my Saviour’s love to me, love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be. O who am I that for my sake my Lord should take frail flesh and die?

 

THE HAMMER AND NAILS are brought forward                   Martin Cleland

Three nails are hammered into the cross.

There they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus between them.                                 John 19:18

 

These nails are crude – but efficient. Only three will do the trick. They pin him on the cross, man on wood. They stretch him out to full length. They are made to pierce wood, not a man’s flesh. The people responsible for this must be as hard as nails. They are real nails that pin Jesus to the cross.

 

SING: Sometimes they strew his way and his sweet praises sing, resounding all the day hosannas to their King. Then ‘Crucify!’ is all their breath, and for his death they thirst and die.

 

THE INDICTMENT is placed at the top of the cross       Ros Jackson

Pilate wrote a notice and had it put on the cross. “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews,” is what he wrote.                                    John 19:19

Who on earth does Pilate think he is? This man is not ‘our’ king. We haven’t had anything to do with him. We want him out of the way. He’s some sort of troublemaker. You know I wouldn’t put it past Pilate. The next thing he’ll be saying that this fellow is more than the King of the Jews, that he is the son of God, or something like that. To put it in a nutshell – the whole thing is bad business. It’s blasphemy.

 

SING: Why, what has my Lord done? What makes this rage and spite? He made the lame to run, he gave the blind their sight. Sweet injuries! Yet they at these themselves displease, and ‘gainst him rise.

 

THE ROBE is draped across the cross                        Judith Mackay

Pilate’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s palace, and the while company gathered round him. They stripped off his clothes and put a scarlet robe on him.                                                                         Matt 27:27-28

He did it for a joke. Someone said he was a king! He didn’t look like the kind of king we’re used to. Not like Herod in all his finery. So we dressed him up. We made him ‘look’ like a king.

His own robe – well, it was quite a simple one woven without a seam. I guess we’ll cast lots for it. It’s hardly the kind of robe a king would even be seen dead in. What a joke!

 

SING: They rise, and needs will have my dear Lord made away; a murderer they save; the Prince of Peace they slay. Yet cheerful he, to suffering goes, that he his foes from thence might free.

 

THE CROWN OF THORNS is place at the top of the cross        Mele

Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on his head, and they put a stick in his right hand; then they knelt before him and mocked him. “Long live the King of the Jews!” they said.  Matt 27:29

These long sharp thorns. They pierce us. They wound us. We try to avoid them – lest we be entangled and torn. This is the price, this crown of thorns, that Jesus paid. He was snared, pierced and wounded. He didn’t try to avoid our human problems. They placed this crown of thorns upon his head – the wounded head – the priceless crown.

 

SING: Here might I stay and sing, no story so divine; never was love, dear King, never was grief like thine! This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise I all my days would gladly spend.

 

THE SPEAR is placed across the cross.                        June Service

So the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out.                             John 19:32-34

This is the end of it all.

The proof of death…………and I should know, I’ve seen it many times before.

This man was well and truly dead.

 

SILENT REFLECTION: Be still, be quiet, look toward the cross.

A time to construct your cross.

 

HYMN: Lift High the Cross

Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ proclaim

Till all the world adore his sacred name!

 

Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout!

If we are silent, even stones cry out …

 

Jesus, you wept to see our human strife,

Teach us compassion for each human life …

 

Peace was your plea and peace your loving theme

Let peace be our passport a living dream …

 

Great is the cost of walking on this road,

To follow and suffer with the Son of God …

 

Worlds to be born and children yet to be

Come, take up this song into eternity …                         ©Shirley Murray (AA)

 

 

 

It is time to leave; listen again to those last words Jesus uttered from the cross.

‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’

‘My God, why have you forsaken me!’

‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’

 

PRAYER:

Loving and compassionate God, into your hands we place our spirits, that the Spirit of Jesus we have met today might dwell in us. Enable us to take the love that has enveloped us into our everyday lives that others may experience that love too. Amen.

 

SILENCE

 

You may stay as long as you please.

 

EASTER DAY SERVICES:

27th March         9.00am             St Martin’s Easter  Communion

10.30am            Beckenham Easter Celebration

All Welcome.  Please join us.

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Maundy Thursday 25th March 2016 7pm

THE WOMEN AT THE CROSS

A candle is lit ~

Will you not watch a while, here at the foot of the cross.

Where so greater love was shown toward you and me?

Will you not walk with Jesus on that last night when it began with Jesus gathering his disciples for their last supper together and ended in his arrest?

Will you not listen and share in the stories of the women gathered at the foot of the cross?

Maundy – command – when during supper Jesus gave a new commandment to ‘love one another as I have loved you.’

 

HYMN: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

 

See from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down; did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

or thorns compose so rich a crown?

 

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were a present far too small:

love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all. (WOV258)

 

PRAYER:

Jesus was captured at night, stripped of his garments, interrogated, tortured, crowned with thorns and finally condemned to death on a cross by Pontius Pilate, the representative of Roman imperial authority.

Jesus was led away and carrying the cross by himself ne was sent out to what is called the Place of the Skull – Golgotha.

There he was nailed to a cross.

 

The candle is extinguished.

There is wounding, there is weeping, there is darkness.

God is not separated from that.

So greater love shown that we might love.

 

HYMN: Were You There? (please remain seated)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble:

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

 

There was a group of women gathered there.

Some women were there, looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joseph, and Salome.                                                                            Mark 15:40

A large crowd of people followed him; among them were some women who were weeping and wailing and said, “Women of Jerusalem! Don’t cry for me, but for yourselves and your children.”                       Luke 23:27-28

The women stood and watched Jesus die. There was nothing they could do.

The soldiers ignored them, so did the priests. A handful of women were no threat to anyone.

Jesus knew they were there – and that’s what mattered to the women.

All they could offer him was their love and grief.

 

SING:

Were you there when the women watched and wept?

Were you there when the women watched and wept?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble:

Were you there when the women watched and wept?

 

READING: John 19:25-27 Jesus sees his mother there       Mele

 

Yes I was there. I am Mary, mother of Jesus…

 

SING:

Were you there when Mary watched and wept?

Were you there when Mary watched and wept?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble:

 

Were you there when Mary watched and wept?

 

Yes I was there. My name is Joanna.

 

Yes I was there. My name is Mary Magdalene.

 

SING:

Were you there when the women watched and wept?

Were you there when the women watched and wept?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble:

Were you there when the women watched and wept?

 

Yes we were all there at the foot of the cross.

Each influenced by Jesus’ life; his death.

Each expressing our love for Jesus in our own way.

We were there when the women watched and wept.

 

SILENT REFLECTION

 

HYMN: He Came Singing Love

He came singing love and he lived singing love; he died, singing love. He arose in silence. For the love to go on we must make it our song: you and I be the singers.

 

He came singing faith…

 

He came singing hope…

 

He came singing peace…                                           ©Colin Gibson (WOV 636)

 

 

 

 

I invite you now to come up and take some rose petals and scatter them at the foot of the cross.

Stay as long as you like.

I send you out knowing that you are loved by God.

I send you out to walk through darkness and uncertainty until the joy of Easter day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES:

25th March           10.00am    Good Friday Combined Service

27th March           9.00am      St Martin’s Easter  Communion

10.30am    Beckenham Easter Celebration

All Welcome.  Please join us.

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Palm Sunday20th March 2016 9am

Tena Kotou Katoa –

Greetings, greetings in the name of Christ.

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.                                           (Ps 118:26)

Rejoice, rejoice, people of Zion.

Shout for joy, you people of Jerusalem!

Look, your King is coming to you! He comes triumphant and victorious, but humble and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.                                (Zech 9:9)

 

HYMN: Ride on, ride on in Majesty (Tune: Winchester New)

Ride on! ride on in majesty! Hark all the tribes Hosanna cry

O Saviour meek, pursue thy road with palms

and scattered garments strowed.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die;

O Christ, your triumphs now begin o’er captive death

and conquered sin.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty! The winged squadrons of the sky

look down with sad and wondering eyes to see the

approaching sacrifice.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty! Your last and fiercest strife is nigh;

the Father on his sapphire throne awaits his own anointed Son.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die;

Bow your meek head to mortal pain, then take, O God,

thy power and reign.                                                   ©HH Milman (WOV264)

 

PRAYER:

 

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY~

Jesus’ journey toward the cross begins in triumph…

The triumphal entry drama and play reading based on Luke 19: 28-40

Who would be present? What would their reactions be? The crowd – supporters of Jesus, bystanders, the soldiers, the Pharisees, the disciples, Jesus.

 

HYMN: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Tune: Ellacombe)

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;

through city street and temple their joyful anthem rang;                                 they shouted out their praises to Christ the children’s friend,

who welcomes all with blessing, whose love will never end.

 

From Olivet they followed, a large  exultant crowd,

the victor palm-branch  waving, and singing  clear and loud;

bright  angels joined the chorus, beyond  the cloudless sky,

`Hosanna in the highest! Glory  to God on high!’

 

`Hosanna in the highest!’ That ancient song we sing,

for  Christ is our Redeemer, earth, let your anthems ring.

Oh,  may we ever praise him with  heart and life and voice,

and  in  his humble presence eternally  rejoice!      J Threlfall (CH4 367)

 

BIBLE READING: Philippians 2: 5-11           Gwendoline Cleland

 

We are each on a journey – beginnings/endings; joy/sorrow; love/despair; challenge/risk; letting go/taking hold……………..

 

HYMN: The Journey of Life

The journey of life may be easy, may be hard,

there’ll be dangers on the way; with Christ at my side

I’ll take courage as I ride ‘gainst the foe that would lead me astray.

Will you ride, ride, ride with the King of kings,

will you follow my leader true; will you shout hosanna!

to the lowly Son of God, who died for me and you?

 

My burden is light and a song is in my heart, as I travel on life’s way, for Christ is my Lord, and he’s given me his word that by my side

he’ll stay. Will you…

 

I’ll follow my leader wherever he may go, for Jesus is my friend;

he’ll lead me on to the place where he has gone,

when I come to my journey’s end. Will you…             ©V Collison (WOV 670)

 

OFFERING

 

PRAYER FOR OTHER PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: At the Name of Jesus (Tune: Camberwell WOV 170ii)

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess him King of Glory now: ‘tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

 

Humbled for a season to receive a name from the lips of sinners

unto whom he came, faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,

brought it back victorious when from death he passed.

 

Name him, brothers, name him with love as strong as death,

but with awe and wonder and with bated breath: he is God the Saviour, he is Christ the Lord, ever to be worshipped, trusted and adored.

©CM Noel

BENEDICTION:

Go now into God’s world remembering the passion of Jesus.

In our hearts we will remember.

Go now remembering how Jesus’ passion is replayed over and over again in our daily lives. In our hearts we will remember.

Go now knowing that the God of love is with you, that Jesus Christ has journeyed before you and the Spirit of God seeks to challenge and encourage you always. Amen.

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 22nd Audrey H; Wed 23rd Eian; Thu 24th Maurice, Karlene; Fri 25th

Oliver; Sat 26th Liam.

NOTICES

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

 

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES please note times:

24th March         7pm      Maundy Thursday Combined Service

25th March         10am    Good Friday Combined Service

27th March         9am      Easter Day Communion for St Martin’s

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 23rd March: Meet 9.30am by Domain opposite 37 William Brittan Ave, Halswell. Morning tea at Helen’s, 134 William Brittan Ave. Suggested koha $10 for Leprosy Mission. Janette & Cyril 332 1240.

 

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

 

FIRESIDE meets this month on Tuesday 29th March 7.30pm at Joan Mac’s. All women are welcome.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Wednesday this week.

***THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY 25th March***

 

WALTHAM COTTAGE INVITES YOU TO JOIN IN:

Steady As You Go – falls prevention and general fitness class.

Starts Wednesday 20th April 9.30 – 10.30am. Free.

Organised by Age Concern Canterbury. Ph 366 0903 to register.

 

Community Lunch at the Cottage every Wednesday 12 –1 pm.

All Welcome. No charge.

 

Compassionate Communication Class – learn how to communicate in a way that avoids conflict and encourages clarity. Ph Jillie 942 2173.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

ANZAC DAY SERVICE: Monday 25th April 10am at St Anne’s Anglican Church. All are welcome.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED ~ ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP?

 

Shortly the Christchurch Community Response Volunteers team (CCR) will be doorknocking in the St Martins area at the request of the Spreydon Heathcote Community Board. Our purpose is to connect with the people of St Martins to ensure they are not isolated and are connected to events going on in the community. We will also be asking them if they have any outstanding earthquake related issues.

 

To date this team of volunteers have visited over 63,000 homes around the city since the 2011 earthquakes. We are based out of St Christopher’s Anglican Church in Avonhead and are currently funded by NZ Red Cross.

 

The dates we will be in the area are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5-7th April and 12-14th April, between 9.30am – 1.00pm.

 

The more people we have the better as we don’t want to wear people out. Everyone will be teamed up with a person from St Christopher’s and you will be provided with all the questions etc to ask those that are called on.

It’s a really worthwhile mission project to be involved in and the more people we have on board (alongside everyone else in the area that is helping) the sooner it is completed.

 

Please see Irene TODAY if you would like to be involved.

 

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM:

 

CROWD: He’s coming! He’s coming! Jesus is coming!

Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

 

BYSTANDERS: Such a crowd! Such a noise! Who is this man Jesus?

 

CROWD: Jesus! Jesus! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna! Hosanna! Let’s honour him, by throwing our cloaks and palm branches before our King. Our King is here!

 

SOLDIERS: This crowd is causing a bit of a riot, all this shouting and throwing their cloaks about as if a King is coming.

We’ve got to put a stop to this. And at the time of the feast of the Passover too! If it’s not busy enough with all the people descending on the temple here in Jerusalem.

 

CROWD: Jesus! Jesus! God bless the King. You come in God’s name.

 

PHARISEES: Please stop all this noise. Remember the Passover. This is the man who broke Sabbath laws. You call him a king and here he comes riding on a donkey? He is abusing our power! What will happen next?

 

CROWD: Ah! The word of scriptures. The Messiah would enter the city on a donkey!

 

BYSTANDERS: This man seems to be a creating a stir. Seems strange the crowd call him their king and yet he rides on a humble little donkey! They say it’s mentioned in scriptures!

 

PHARISEES: Everyone seems to be following him – what can we do?

 

SOLDIERS: This man seems to have upset the Pharisees, this could become out of control, even inciting a riot. We must disperse the crowd.

 

CROWD: Jesus we follow you – you are the greatest who comes in the name of the Lord. Jesus! Jesus!

 

DISCIPLES: The crowd seems to welcome Jesus. They recognize him as their King, but there is an undercurrent. It’s such a risk at this time of the Passover.

 

PHARISEES: There is only one thing for it but to charge this Jesus for inciting a riot, for breaking the Sabbath laws. A crucifixion will put an end to him. Let’s treat him like a common thief. We can turn the crowd around! Let’s take him before Pilate now!

 

CROWD: Crucify! No! You are the greatest! Jesus!

 

PHARISEES: Five days… you’ll all be tested!

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Sunday 13th March 2016 Lent 5 9am

WELCOME & NOTICES

 

A LENTEN REFLECTION

 

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Leader and congregation together:

Christ Jesus, child of Mary

King and suffering servant, High Priest and Lamb of God

Teacher and word, living, suffering, dying and rising again

you challenge, redeem and restore us

 

Holy Spirit, Breath of life

Counsellor and Comforter, Fire of God

you inspire, sustain and purify us

 

Forming us in the nature of Christ transforming us with your gifts

you bind us together in one body, your church

God of all creation

your boundless love exposes our rebellion and greed

 

Like a mother who will not abandon her child

Like a father who welcomes the prodigal home

you forgive, accept and embrace us

and call us into  loving communion for ever

In life and death we belong to you Heavenly Father

 

HYMN: Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,

bow down before him, his glory proclaim;

gold of obedience and incense of lowliness

bring, and adore him: the Lord is his name.

 

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,

high on his heart he will bear it for thee,

comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,

guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

 

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness

of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:

truth in its beauty and love in its tenderness,

these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

 

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,

he will accept for the name that is dear,

mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,

trust for our trembling and hope, and hope for our fear.

 

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,

bow down before him, his glory proclaim;

gold of obedience and incense of lowliness

bring, and adore him: the Lord is his name.               ©JSB Monsell (WOV382)

 

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THOSE YOUNG AT HEART ~ Wayne Barton

 

HYMN: Thank you for giving me the morning

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 126                                                       Lyn Steele

Philippians 3:4b-14                                          Deborah Fitchett

 

MESSAGE:  Defiance

 

HYMN: Be Still my Soul

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;

bear patiently the cross of grief and pain;

leave to your God to order and provide,

in every change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend

through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

 

Be still, my soul: your God will undertake

to guide the future as he has the past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake,

all now mysterious shall be clear at last.

Be still my soul: the tempests still obey

his voice, who ruled them once on Galilee.

 

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart

and all is darkened in the vale of tears,

then you shall better know his love, his heart,

who comes to soothe your sorrow, calm your fears.

Be still, my soul: for Jesus can repay

from his own fullness all he takes away.

 

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

when we shall be for ever with the Lord,

when disappointment, grief and fear are gone,

sorrow forgotten, love’s pure joy restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.      ©K von Schlegel (WOV48)

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE

 

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER

 

THE OFFERING Leader and congregation together:

We have the means to give. We have the reason to give

There are so many waiting to be given

Our offering and all others given this day

Is blessed by you for their needs

 

Stepping out in faith, down the road of faith

We do this united, as your people

Called and sent to be a blessing for all the world

In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

 

GREET AND BLESS ONE ANOTHER

 

HYMN: Will You Come and Follow Me © WGRG, The Iona Community (VU)

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

 

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

 

Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same?

In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.

this I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

 

BLESSING Leader and congregation together:

Fortify us with the grace of your Holy Spirit

Give your peace to our souls

That we may be free from all needless, anxiety, concern and worry

Assist us to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to you

So that your will, Heavenly Father, may be our will also

Amen.

 

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.

 

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES:

24th March         7pm      Maundy Thursday Combined Service

25th March         10am    Good Friday Combined Service

27th March         9am      Easter Day Communion for St Martin’s

All of these services will be led by Rev Lyndsey McKay. Please join us.

 

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm in the Lounge. New helpers are always very welcome. See Lyndsey 388 1264 for details.

 

LENTEN STUDIES conclude with Mele on Wednesday16 March at 10am in the Church.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 16th March: Meet at 9.30 at main entrance South Library for a walk in lower Cashmere.  Coffee at Red Cafe at the Library.   All welcome on walk and/or coffee. Joan 338 8700.

 

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

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.

 

NO ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter this week.

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER: This group will meet in the St James Church Lounge TOMORROW at 7 pm. Alan Chapman will speak about his recent trip to Wellington and show a short power point presentation.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The City to Surf Fun Run is on next Sunday. This may impact on your travel plans to/from Church.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 17th Marie; Sat 19th Rosalie S.

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