CALL TO WORSHIP:
HYMN: Praise our God the Great Creator (Tune: Marching)
Praise our God, the great creator, world evolving through his might, darkness shattered by explosion, filled his world with life and light.
Great inventors splitting atoms energy and power extend, firing rockets, space exploring, search his light which has no end.
King of kings beyond our vision, none could tell what he might be; in the image of his Father Jesus came, and we can see.
When he calls the strong will follow, dare to travel by his side, facing danger, find adventure, take his light to be their guide.
Poet, artist, composer capture colour all ablaze,
words of splendour tell the story,
Light of all the world we praise. ©W & I Bulman (WOV 110)
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree
HYMN: Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands (Tune: Au Clair de la Lune)
Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all,
healing pain and sickness, blessing children small;
Washing tired feet, and saving those who fall;
Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all.
Take my hands, Lord Jesus, let them work for you,
make them strong and gentle, kind in all I do; l
et me watch you, Jesus, till I’m gentle too,
till my hands are kind hands, quick to work for you. ©M B Cropper (CH4 351)
READING: Luke 15:1-3; 11b-32 Jessie Robb
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION Irene Gray
HYMN: Lord Jesus Christ
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us, you are one with us,
Mary’s son; cleansing our souls from all their sin,
pouring your love and goodness in,
Jesus, our love for you we sing, living Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, now and every day teach us how to pray,
Son of God. You have commanded us to do this,
in remembrance, Lord of you:
into our lives your power breaks through, living Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us, born as one of us,
Mary’s son; led out to die on Calvary,
risen from death to set us free, living Lord Jesus,
help us see you are Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, I would come to you, live my life for you,
Son of God. All your commands I know are true,
your many gifts will make me new,
into my life your power breaks through, living Lord. ©P Appleford (WOV 451)
COMMUNION (on screen)
HYMN: Now Let Us From This Table Rise (Tune: Niagara)
Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul;
with Christ we die and rise again,
his selfless love has made us whole.
With minds alert, upheld by grace, to spread the Word in speech
and deed we follow in the steps of Christ,
at one with all in hope and need.
To fill each human house with love, it is the sacrament of care;
the work that Christ began to do we humbly pledge ourselves to share.
Then grant us grace, Companion-God,
to choose again the pilgrim way,
and help us to accept with joy the challenge of tomorrow’s day.
©Fred Kaan (CH4 675)
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. Many thanks to Rev Andrew Nicol for leading our worship today.
LENTEN STUDIES continue with Mele on Wednesdays 9 & 16 March at 10am in the Church.
WEDNESDAY WALKERS 9th March: We are going to the Groynes. There is a new drive (from Johns Rd) into the Groynes. Where the drive divides, go left and meet at the first car park by the lake. This is the car park by the old suspension bridge which is no longer used. As it is a 30 mins car drive there we will meet at 8.50 am at our church in St Martins Rd for those that would like to car pool. Coffee is at Coffee Culture Redwood, 286 Main North Rd at the Redwood shops. There is parking behind the shops, which is easiest to get to – if coming from the Groynes, turn left into Daniels Rd and then immediately turn left into the parking area. For details please contact Rob on 384 4320. All Welcome.
SESSION MEETING: Wednesday 9th March 7.30pm in the Lounge.
CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge. $3.
FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 14th March 1-4pm in the Lounge. New helpers are always very welcome. See Lyndsey 388 1264 for details.
ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.
FUNDRAISER: Daffodil Bulbs
20 beautiful bulbs – 8 or 9 varieties – $10. Payment with the order please. See Barbara 379 1474 or Margaret 366 8936.
ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER: This group will meet in the St James Church Lounge on Monday 14th March at 7 pm. Alan Chapman will speak about his recent trip to Wellington and show a short power point presentation.
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.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 6th Errol; Tue 8th Anne; Wed 9th Sharyn.