Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sunday 26th June 2016 Pentecost 6 9am




Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his,we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.


HYMN: All People that on Earth do Dwell (Tune: Old 100th)

All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice, Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell, come ye before him and rejoice.


Know that the Lord is God indeed; without our aid he did us make;

we are his folk, he doth us feed, and for his sheep he doth us take.


O enter then his gates with praise, approach with joy his courts unto: praise, laud, and bless his name always, for it is seemly so to do.


For why? The Lord our God is good, his mercy is for ever sure;

his truth at all times firmly stood, and shall from age to age endure.

W Kethe (WOV10)





Acts 2: 42-47                                                   Tony Beasley

Philippians 3: 7-11 & 1 John 1: 1-7                 Warren Pettigrew


HYMN: Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God (Tune: Richmond)

Fill thou my life, O Lord my God, in every part with praise,

that my whole being may proclaim thy being and thy ways.


Not for the lip of praise alone nor ev’n the praising heart I ask,

but for a life made up of praise in every part:


Praise in the common things of life, its goings out and in;

praise in each duty and each deed, however small and mean.


Fill every part of me with praise: let all my being speak of thee

and of thy love, O Lord, poor though I be and weak.


So shalt thou, Lord, receive from me the praise and glory due;

and so shall I begin on earth the song for ever new.


So shall no part of day and night from sacredness be free;

but all my life, in every step, be fellowship with thee. H Bonar (WOV515)




HYMN: The Church’s One Foundation (Tune: Aurelia)

The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord:

She is his new creation by water and the word;

from heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;

with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.


Called forth from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth,

her charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth.

One holy name she blesses, and shares one holy food,

as to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.


In toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,

she waits the consummation of peace for evermore,

till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,

and the great Church victorious shall be the Church at rest.


Yet she on earth has union with God the Three in One,

and mystical communion with those whose rest is one.

O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we, like them,

the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee. SJ Stone (CH4 739)


MESSAGE: Fellowship – the things we share in common






HYMN: Blest be the Tie that Binds Our Hearts (Tune: Dennis)

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred hearts Is like to that above.


Before the Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.


We share our mutual woes, our mutual burdens bear,

And often for each other flows the sympathising tear.


When for awhile we part, this thought will sooth our pain,

That we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.


This glorious hope revives our courage by the way,

While each in expectation lives, and longs to see the day.


From sorrow, toil, and pain, and sin we shall be free;

And perfect love and friendship reign through all eternity.

(Baptist Hymn Book 355)


BENEDICTION: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all, now and forever. Amen.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 26th Christine; Mon 27th Gwendoline.


A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev John Ward for leading our worship today.



Questions to consider for July 3 – Refugee Sunday & Communion         

What comes first to mind for you at Communion Service?

What main question do you have on Refugee Crisis?

What do you think are the main causes?

FIRESIDE: Tuesday 28th June 7.30pm at Joan M’s house.  We welcome other women to join us.  Enquiries to Joan 337 1648  or Margaret 366 8936


WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th June: Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd by Opawa Mall carpark. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café. All are welcome. Sonya 027 253 3397.


CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12noon. $3 per session.


ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.
MEN’S GROUP will meet at Merchiston at 6 pm for a shared tea on Thursday 7th July– the speaker will be John Wylie from New Zealand Rowing.  All men most welcome – contact Tony 332 0554 if you have any queries.



Annual Reports are now required. Please make sure they are received by the Parish Office no later than 20th July.


PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192.

Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.


The Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board invites you to the Older People’s Winter Warmer at the Cashmere Club on Thursday 14th July 1pm – 3pm.

This event is an opportunity for older people of the Spreydon/Heathcote ward to come together, connect and be warmed with a lovely and FREE afternoon tea and entertainment. Please bring a friend or friends. As Bastille Day is observed on this day, we invite you to wear French themed fashion if you wish to. Please RSVP by Friday 8th July to or call 941 5106.

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Sunday 19th June 2016 Pentecost 5 9am

Theme: Army Chaplaincy and Mission




HYMN: Rejoice the Lord is King  (Tune: Darwall) verses 1-3

Rejoice, the Lord is King; your Lord and King adore;

mortals, give thanks, and sing, and triumph evermore:

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice. Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!


Jesus the Saviour reigns, the God of truth and love;

when he had purged our stains, he took his seat above:


His kingdom cannot fail, he rules o’er earth and heaven;

the keys of death and hell are to our Jesus given:     ©C Wesley wov147(ii)


OPENING PRAYER: (based on 1 Kings 19:11-13)

Lord of all, we come to worship seeking your presence.

We come to worship seeking your peace.

Life gets busy, life gets loud.

Like Elijah in the cave up the mountain,

we often feel battered by strong winds.

We often feel broken and shaken.

We often feel bruised and burned.

Come, living God.

Still small voice, speak to us.

Like Elijah we look for somewhere to run and hide.

We confess to you that we retreat from the truth,

we hide from the needs of others

when the demands of the world overwhelm us.

We confess to you that we easily jump to blame others

instead of facing our own failures.

Come, living God.

Still small voice, speak to us.

Speak to us, like you did to Elijah;

call us out of our cave, out of our comfort zone,

into the world, into risk and adventure.

Go with us, God of the wind, the earthquake and the fire.

Stay with us, God of the silence.

Come, living God.

Still small voice, speak to us. Amen.


MISSION MOMENT: Adrienne Carmichael on ‘Child Poverty’




SONG: 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 (AA59)






HYMN: Love Divine, all Loves Excelling (Tune: Hyfrydol)

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,

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

©C Wesley (WOV148ii)


1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a              Martin Cleland
Galatians 3: 23-29                   Gwendoline Cleland


SERMON: Army Chaplaincy and Mission





God is good –  All the time!

All the time – God is good!

Your goodness we celebrate. Your gifts we honour.

Bless our lives to your service. Bless our gifts to your glory. Amen.


HYMN: Give Thanks for Life (Tune: Sine Nomine)

Give thanks for life, the measure of our days,

mortal, we pass through beauty that decays,

yet sing to God our hope, our love, our praise, Alleluia! Alleluia!


Give thanks for those who made their life a light

caught from the Christ-flame, bursting through the night,

who touched the truth, who burned for what is right, Alleluia! Alleluia!


And for our own, our living and our dead,

thanks for the love by which our life is fed,

a love not changed by time or death or dread, Alleluia! Alleluia!


Give thanks for hope, that like the wheat, the grain

lying in darkness does its life retain,

in resurrection to grow green again. Alleluia! Alleluia! ©Shirley Murray (AA45)




A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev Chris Purdie for leading our worship today.




Please register with Sharyn 338 0218 if you intend to come.


WEDNESDAY WALKERS 22nd June: Meet 9.30am at St Albans Park in Edward St, (runs between Edgeware Road  and Barbadoes Street)  for a walk around the Flockton/St Albans  area.. Coffee at Ristretto. All are welcome. Judith 332 1577.


RISINGHOLME SINGERS CONCERT TODAY:  “Our 70s Show: Flower Power’’  Capturing the flavour of the rock and roll and hippie era.  Wonderful sound – accompanied by the St Peter’s Anglican Church Youth Orchestra. at the Heaton Intermediate Performing Arts Centre, Heaton Street, at 3pm.  Tickets $15 from John Shanks.


PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192.

Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.


ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.
From Bryan & Marie Dobson, New Plymouth:

For those of you who remember our family we are now living in our daughter Anna’s house. 

Anna works at the hospital in the Radiology Dept and now lives with her partner so we are her tenants.  Our youngest daughter Steph and her husband Madison and their two children Wilson 6yrs and Zoe 3 1/2 yrs live a 5 minute walk around the road from here so we feel we are fortunate to have our family close. Sometimes they call in on the way home from school.  Presently I take Zoe to ballet on a Wednesday morning and I bring her home for lunch afterwards.  That may not last much longer as she has told her Mum she would like to go back to swimming classes!!

 (Her Dad was a very good swimmer in the United States.) 

Bryan goes along and watches Wilson play soccer early on a Saturday morning.

Our house in Christchurch is plodding on with being repaired.  The retaining walls were repaired last year and the new bricks are ready there ready to be put on.  There has been lengthy delays dealing with electrical wiring but I think that is now almost completed.

We have joined the tennis Club, the Jazz Club (as spectators) go to yoga and met some friendly people.  Our latest venture last year was to learn to play the ukulele and we continue to go to Ukestra once a week and entertain with other members, at Rest Homes, Respite days and other social events.

**The Dobsons have a new address – please contact the Office for details.


BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 19th June, James, Ellen; Thu 23rd Betty C.

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Sunday 12th June 2016 9am Pentecost 4



CALL TO WORSHIP (together):

Lord, as Winter makes its presence felt we come to worship

revelling in the beauty each season brings.

Give us insight this morning into how the work of your hands

should always be as part of the work of our hands.

In this hour give us provision for our journey.

Courage and faith and compassion and endurance

to face any hardship. Fill us with the joy of service.

We pray all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.


HYMN: For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies,

for the love which from our birth over and around us lies,

Christ our God to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.


For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,

hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light,


For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,

for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight,


For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,

friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild,


For each perfect gift of thine to our race so freely given,

graces human and divine, flowers of earth and buds of heaven,


For the church that evermore lifteth holy hands above,

offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love,

©FS Pierpoint (WOV77)






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. Is it 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…

©Daniel L. Schutte (OCP, CH4 251)



Psalm 5: 1-8                            Jill Grierson

Matthew 13: 18-23                  Lyn Steele




HYMN: Joy to the World!

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her 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 world! The Saviour reigns; let all their songs employ;

while fields and floods, 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.

©Isaac Watts (WOV224)





THE OFFERING (together):

We dedicate these gifts freely given and gratefully received to the work of the congregation building honest caring relationships across all line of difference, promoting religious freedom, practising compassion

and working for justice.

May these gifts and work of our hands and hearts give power to all we stand for as a community of faith.




HYMN: Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God    ©Shirley Murray (FFS)

Nothing is lost on the breath of God, nothing is lost forever;
God’s breath 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 fulness,
no beginning too late, no ending too soon,
but is gathered and known in its goodness.                 ©Shirley Murray (FFS)







A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to David Beaumont for leading our worship today.


FOOT CLINIC TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. New helpers always welcome. See Lyndsey 388 1264.


WEDNESDAY WALKERS 15th June: Meet 9.30am at venue to be advised. Check with Sonya 339 7038 for details.


COMBINED MEETING OF BOARD OF MANAGERS & SESSION Wednesday 15th June 7.30pm at Joan’s 15 Locarno St.


QUIZ THIS Saturday 18th June, Cashmere Presbyterian Church Centre Rata Lounge at 5pm for 5.30pm start. $10 per person. Bring some cash for a raffle ticket. Irene Gray & Judith Mackay have tickets.


PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192.

Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.


ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.


BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 14th John; Wed 15th Julian.

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Sacrament of Holy Communion


WELCOME: Tena Koutou Katoa. Welcome.




CALL TO WORSHIP (©Dorothy McRae-McMahon):

The transforming winds of creative life

are but the breath of God.

The presence of flames of justice and love

are the graceful signs of Christ.

The flights of freedom in movements of truth

are the joyful life in the Spirit.

We celebrate this day and the signs of God in our midst.


HYMN: God Who Sets Us on a Journey (Tune: Hyfrydol)

God who sets us on a journey to discover, dream and grow.

Lead us as you led your people in the desert long ago.

Journey inward, journey outward, stir the spirit, stretch the mind;

Love, for God and self and neighbour,

marks the way that Christ defined.


Exploration brings new insights, changes, choices we must face;

Give us wisdom in deciding, mindful always of your grace;

Should we stumble, lose our bearings, find it hard to know what’s right, we regain our true direction focused on the Jesus light.


End our longing for the old days. Grant the vision that we lack –

once we’ve started on this journey there can be no turning back;

let us travel light, discarding excess baggage from our past.

Cherish only what’s essential, choosing treasure that will last.




When we set up camp and settle to avoid love’s risk and pain,

you disturb complacent comfort, pull the tent pegs up again;

keep us travelling in the knowledge you are always at our side.

Give us courage for the journey, Christ our goal and Christ our guide.

©Joy Dine




1 Kings 17: 8-16                                                          Audrey Dunnachie

Elijah miraculously provides a meal for a poor widow and then goes on to raise her son to life.


Luke 7:11-17   Jesus raises a widow’s son                               Anneke Howie


CONVERSATION: Elijah & Jesus


REFLECTION: Signs and Wonders


HYMN: Your Hand O God Has Guided (Tune: Thornbury)

Your hand O God has guided your flock from age to age;

the wondrous tale is written full clear on every page;

our fathers owned your goodness and we their deeds record;

and both of this bear witness, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.


Your heralds brought glad tidings to greatest as to least;

they bade them rise and hasten to share the great King’s feast;

and this was all their teaching, in every deed and word.

To all alike proclaiming, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.


Through many a day of darkness, through many a scene of strife,

the faithful few fought bravely to guard the nation’s life.

Their gospel of redemption, sin pardoned, man restored,

was all in this enfolded, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.


Your mercy will not fail us, nor leave your work undone;

with your right hand to help us, the victory shall be won;

and then, by men and angels, your name shall be adored,

and this shall be our anthem, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

©EH Plumptre (WOV 389)


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






HYMN: An Upper Room (Tune: O Waly, Waly)

An upper room did our Lord prepare for those he loved until the end: and his disciples still gather there to celebrate their risen friend.


A lasting gift Jesus gave his own: to share his bread, his loving cup. Whatever burdens may bow us down, he by his cross shall lift us up.


And after supper he washed their feet, for service, too, is sacrament.

In him our joy shall be made complete – sent out to serve,

as he was sent.                                                         ©F Pratt Green (WOV 453)



I celebrate the church of Jesus Christ, where two or three or thousands can gather together in Christ’s name and touch this world with the amazing good news that somebody cares, that God joins us in community so that someday this world will be loved to wholeness.

I celebrate the church, where you and I and all Christ’s disciples are called upon to follow even when it costs us something; something precious.

I celebrate the church where every child of God is hailed as unique and valuable.

I celebrate injustices righted; where there is an awakening to humanity’s suffering; the pain alleviated, the scars erased.

I celebrate this way of life that takes me and mine from the centre of things and focuses on ours and theirs.

I celebrate that love lives among us, that God’s spirit pervades our being, our community.

I celebrate the unconditional love of Christ – the cross. That Christ hung there loving the unlovable. For God so loved the world… that God should love us so much, surely we should celebrate together around the table.                                                       ©Ann Weems (Reaching for Rainbows)

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


ACCEPTANCE: I come to the table in response to the invitation of Jesus Christ, who walked among us and was human like us. I come knowing that I am freed from those things that separate me from God and one another. I come seeking healing and wholeness through Jesus Christ who gave the gift of life for us all.


SILENCE: Be still, be silent. Let God be God.












HYMN: Let us Talents and Tongues Employ (Tune: Linstead)

Let us talents and tongues employ, reaching out with a shout of joy; bread is broken, the wine is poured,

Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,

pass the Word around: loaves abound!


Christ is able to make us one; at his table he sets the tone,

teaching people to live to bless, love in word and in deed express…


Jesus calls us, sends us out bearing fruit in a world of doubt,

gives us love to tell, bread to share: God-Immanuel everywhere!…                                            © F Kaan (WOV 658)




We go now, having committed ourselves afresh to serve Christ. We go now knowing that God goes with us, Jesus Christ being our guide and the spirit of God will empower us. May we know the freedom to seek opportunities each new day and serve with compassion, imagination and courage.


BENEDICTION: Go in peace and carry this sacrament with you into your everyday life.


SUNG GRACE (together):

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father,  and the fellowship, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you for evermore and evermore, for evermore. Amen.

©St Aidan’s Parish, Tasmania 1973 (New Harvest)

























A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading our worship today.


WEDNESDAY WALKERS 8th June: Meet 9.30am at Cracroft shops corner with coffee at Silverbacks. Marilyn  338 2453.  All welcome.


ST JAMES’ WOMEN JOURNEYING EVENING with Helen Mulder presenting The Yellow Handbag Thursday 9th June 7.30pm.

Please phone  Sonya 339 7038 if you are interested in joining the Fireside ladies attending this evening.  Tickets $20.00


ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.


PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:

Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.


QUIZ AT CASHMERE Saturday 18th June, Cashmere Presbyterian Church Centre Rata Lounge at 5pm for 5.30pm start. Pizza tea at 6.30pm followed by more quiz! $10 per person. Book a table of 6 for $55. Bring some cash for a Raffle ticket. Our Church would like to have 2 Teams – it should be a fun night. Irene Gray & Judith Mackay have tickets.


GARAGE SALE Saturday 11th June 8.30am – 12.30pm at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, Opawa Rd. Donations of goods to sell gratefully received (anything except electrical goods). Drop off at St Mark’s on Friday 10th between 9am & 4pm.



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