Monthly Archives: September 2016

Sunday 2nd October 2016 10am at CMLC Hall, 110 Waltham Rd

2 October 2016 –  Pentecost 20

 

Coming Together as part of God’s Family

WELCOME:

CALL TO WORSHIP:  Gather us in, the lost and the lonely. The broken and breaking, the tired and the aching, all who long for the knowing they belong, found at your feast.

God of belonging, you call us to your feast.

The aged and the young ones,

The faithful and the doubting, the rich and the poor,

The hurting, the tired, the sad, and the joyful.

God of belonging, you call us to your feast.

 

From fears and obsession, from tears and depression,

From untold excesses, from treasured successes,

God of belonging, you call us to your feast.

 

To meet, to eat, to be called by name again,

To know we belong, and we have a place and part to play.

Here at this feast. God of belonging, gather us in,

 

We gather in the presence of our grace filled God.

 

 

HYMN: Each Breath is Borrowed Air (Tune: Diademata)

Each breath is borrowed air, not ours to keep and own,

And all our breaths as one declare what wisdom long has known:

To live is to receive and answer back with praise

To what our minds cannot conceive: the source of all our days.

 

The sea flows in our veins. The dust of stars is spun

To form the coiled, encoded skeins by which our cells are run:

 

From earth and sea and dust arise yet greater things,

The wonders born of love and trust, a grateful heart that sings:

 

And when our death draws near and tries to dim our song,

Our parting prayers will make it clear to whom we still belong:

(Thomas Troeger)

 

OPENING PRAYER:

HYMN: Loving Spirit (Tune Ellen ©David Dell)

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be –

you have drawn me to your wonder, you have set your sign on me.

 

Like a mother you enfold me, hold my life within your own,

feed me with your very body, form me of your flesh and bone.

 

Like a father you protect me, teach me the discerning eye,

hoist me up upon your shoulder, let me see the world from high.

 

Friend and lover, in your closeness I am known and held and blessed: in your promise is my comfort, in your presence I may rest.

 

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit, you have chosen me to be –

you have drawn me to your wonder, you have set your sign on me.   ©Shirley Murray (CH4 597)

 

Listening to a Word from God

READING:  Luke 14:15-24  Jesus tells a parable about an invitation to sit down together around a table for dinner.  People offer excuses saying they have more important things to do.  The response from the master is to invite others who might be considered less worthy……  Have you ever counted up the number of times Jesus uses a meal together to tell us something about the life he offers to share with us all?                                                          Gilly Penwell

 

ADDRESS:             The Table

 

Responding to God’s Word

A TIME OF QUIET:  In the stillness listen for what God is saying to you

PRAYING:                Our thanks and our concerns

OFFERING:                   

 

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

HYMN: Welcome, Welcome (Tune: Amazing Grace WOV 56)

Welcome, welcome! The door’s open,

There’s room for all who come,

The table’s laid, the meal prepared

Enough for everyone.

 

Welcome, welcome! This is God’s feast,

A meal like no other;

Where rich and poor, and great and least,

Are sister and brother.

 

Welcome, welcome! Come join the throng,

Enjoy the wine and bread;

We eat and drink as friends of Christ,

Our hearts and souls are fed.

 

This is God’s feast where we are loved,

Your fears, your sins, release;

So come and share with heads held high,

The welcome of God’s peace.

 

THE WELCOME:

This is the Lord’s Supper.  We gather here because God calls to us. As many different people, men, women and children, we come together.

We come because we believe in God’s amazing love.  God knows each of us by name, and God rejoices in each one of us.  God invites us to come ‘just as we are’.

 

GREETING EACH OTHER BY NAME:

 

THE PREPARATION:

The Living God is with us! And with all creation!

Lift up your hearts! We lift them to the Living God.  

Let us give thanks to the Creator of all who loves us with the faithful care of a father and mother.  For this reason we join with all creation to proclaim your glory:

Holy, Holy, Holy One, God of power, God of love.

Earth, sea and sky are full of your glory.

With joy we praise you!  With joy we praise you! Amen!

We praise you holy and gracious Creator, source of life…with one another, and with all your creatures.

But we have so often turned from your love and wisdom.  The song we sing is often out of tune with you, with our neighbours and fellow creatures. Now all around we see the tragic harvest of the selfish seeds we have sown.

Yet through it all, you remain faithful to us…Jesus, our light and our teacher.

Living among us he proclaimed a new Way.  He broke bread with outcasts and those who knew failure.  He taught us to love neighbour, stranger, outsider, and enemy.  He shone the light that leads us from violence to peace, from fear to faith, from rivalry to mutual service, and from worry and greed to generosity and joy. 

On the night before he died…that as disciples of Jesus we may bring this healing and enlightenment into the world.

 

THE SHARING OF THE MEAL:  You are invited to come forward and share this meal by taking bread and dipping it into the wine.

The body of Christ is broken for you…. The blood of Christ is given for you….

 

Going Out to Reshape the World

As we have been fed around God’s table of grace, let us go forth in grace and hospitality to others.

 

THE DEDICATION:  

Christ our life: You are alive in the beauty of the earth, in the wonder of spring’s abundant new life.

 

Christ our life: You are alive in the tenderness of touch, in the heart-beat of intimacy, in the insights of solitude.

 

Christ our life: You are alive in the creative possibility of the dullest conversation, and the most awesome of happenings.

 

Christ our life: You are alive to offer re-creation to every unhealed hurt, every damaged heart, and to every deadened place.

 

The dance of your Spirit soars and surges throughout the whole of creation. So we go from here with renewed courage to be your people, your body, to bring life into our world and community!

 

SAYING TOGETHER:  The Lord’s Prayer

 

HYMN: Christ be Our Light © Bernadette Farrell (CH4 543)

Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light, Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light, shine in your church gathered today.

 

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.                                                Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow’r to save us. Make us your living voice…

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.                                                Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others, walls made of living stone…

Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another, making your kingdom come…

BENEDICTION:

SINGING: Joy Be In Thy Heart (sung through twice)

Joy be in thy heart, Peace be in thy spirit,

Compassion be thy journey, Love be in thee.

 

Joy be in my heart, Peace be in my spirit,

Compassion be my journey, Love be in me.

 

NEXT SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER 10am: We will be at Beckenham Methodist. Please bring a plate for morning tea as we say thank you to our brothers and sisters in Christ for their gifts of generosity and hospitality.

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

 

2017 FUNDRAISING CALENDARS still available. $20. Please see Charlotte Houston or Judith Mackay.

 

PARISH BREAKFAST Sunday 30th October 8.30am. All are welcome.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 5th October: Meet 9.30am at Oderings, near the main entrance, for a walk around Spreydon/Addington.  Coffee at  Oderings.

All welcome.  Sonya 027 253 3397.

 

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Garage Sale on site at 43 St Martins Rd Saturday 10th December.  Details to follow.

 

NO CRAFTY CRAFTERS this Thursday.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes need to be returned by Sunday 16th October please.

 

Reverse Greed…Heal the Earth seminar at Knox Centre, 28 Bealey Ave, 5.30 – 7pm Thursday 6th October: Reverse Greed in Energy & Transport.

 

INDUCTION of Rev Silvia Purdie at Cashmere Presbyterian Church on Sunday 9th October at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

 

SOUTH BRIGHTON CHORAL SOCIETY with Chillingham Voices (NSW) present “Notes Across the Tasman” Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm at The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh St. Tickets $15 adults and $5 for children available from Lyndsey McKay.

 

OPAWA ST MARTINS ANGLICAN PARISH SPRING CARNIVAL Saturday 15th October 8.30am – 12 noon at St Mark’s 101 Opawa Rd. All are welcome.

 

ORGAN CONCERT AT ST ANDREW’S AT RANGI RURU Sunday 9th October, 2.30pm. John Dodgson at the organ, featuring Sibelius’ FINLANDIA. Entry $12.00

 

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.

INTERIM MINISTER: Rev Dugald Wilson 380 5024; dugaldwil@gmail.com

 

BIRTHDAYS  THIS WEEK: Sun 2nd Jeremy; Mon 3rd Lyn S; Wed 5th David H, David B

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Sunday 25th September 10am at Beckenham Methodist

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 25th SEPTEMBER 2016:

2017 FUNDRAISING CALENDARS still available. $20. An excellent Christmas gift and perfect for posting overseas. Please see Charlotte Houston or Judith Mackay.

 

NOTES FROM SESSION…

  1. We are looking at options for placing an relocatable office on our church site at St Martins Road to provide a living presence with both church administrator and minister working from the site.  Tea/coffee facilities would be available for people to pop in.
  2. Church breakfast…. we will have a church breakfast in October.  We believe we need regular activities that will help us connect as a community of God’s people.
  3. Church Fair…. we hope to have a fair to clear out goods that are stored at the church site on Saturday 10th December.
  4. Final Service with Beckenham Methodist…our trial period of worship at the Mineral and Lapidary Club has worked well and we have booked the facility every Sunday from October 16th.  This means our final service with Beckenham Methodist will be on Sunday October 9th, and a presentation will be made at this service.  We will provide morning tea on that day.  We note the amazing generosity of our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Beckenham Parish.
  5. Insurance Assessment…. we have received advice from the Presbytery Earthquake Steering Committee that our insurance assessment to pay for earthquake damage and strengthening has been increased by $150,000.  This money will be available to help meet the cost of strengthening our church building.

 

FIRESIDE meets this Tuesday 27th September 7.30pm at Judith’s. Sue Saunders will be speaking about her Northern Territory trip. All women are very welcome. Please contact Margaret 366 8936 for more information.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 28th September: Meet 9.30am at the Halswell Domain carpark for a walk around Halswell area. Coffee at the Old Vicarage. Hope to see you there – all welcome. Joan 338 8700

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am-12noon. $3 per session at Beckenham Methodist. To find out more, speak to Lyndsey 388 1264. New faces always welcome.

 

BUILDING REPORT….The Building team has asked the architect to move ahead to the next stage of developing more detailed working drawings which can be more accurately costed.  This will involve obtaining detailed structural plans, a fire engineers report, and a detailed kitchen plan.  Once these plans are obtained a Quantity Surveyor will make an accurate budget estimate which will need to be approved by the congregation, the Presbytery, and the Church Property Trustees.   If it is agreed to proceed, a contract will then be signed with a construction company, and work will begin, hopefully early in the new year.                                                                PTO>>>

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes now available from June Service. Have fun filling a box for a needy child. Must be returned by Sunday 16th October please.

 

CHURCH FINANCIAL WORKSHOP Monday 3 October, 12noon-3pm, Cashmere Presbyterian Church. This FREE workshop is aimed at updating church administrators, treasurers, and anyone in management of finances and buildings, on issues and possibilities in the new environment we are now in.  Some of the important issues covered are:

An overview of church financial reporting requirements under the new Charities reporting standards, including practical examples of financial and non-financial reports and disclosures.

Practical examples of churches integrating ministry and investment. This will explore churches that have successfully boosted outreach and cash flow by operating day-care centres, affordable housing and/or op shops.

Strategic planning: long term maintenance plans 101. Learn the best way to plan and budget for maintenance.

Christian Savings: options available for churches and Christian ministry for loans and deposits.

A small team from St Martin’s will be attending.  Speak to Joan Macdonald if you would like to join them.

 

WALTHAM COTTAGE: Adrienne Carmichael reports that our regular donations of food are much appreciated.  The cottage continues to do great work assisting people in the local community in many ways.  We note that Lyndsey McKay has been elected as chair of the Trust that is responsible for the oversight of this important mission work.  Note also that on Sunday October 30th we will celebrate this work with “Uncanny Sunday”.  You are invited to bring lots of cans of food!

 

REVERSE GREED…HEAL THE EARTH

Series of four seminars at Knox Centre, 28 Bealey Ave, 5.30 – 7pm each Thursday in October. Tea and coffee from 5pm. Organised by EcuAction and Inner-City Churches. All welcome.

6 October: Reverse Greed in Energy & Transport – Simon Kingham & Steve Muir

13 October: Reverse Greed in Banking & Finance – Sheena Dickson & Ekant Veer

20 October: Our Water – Reverse Greed – Rhys Taylor & Tim Davie

27 October: Our Food – Reverse Greed – Chris Horne & Chloe Waretini

 

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.

INTERIM MINISTER: Rev Dugald Wilson 380 5024; dugaldwil@gmail.com

 

BIRTHDAYS  THIS WEEK: Wed 28th Hannah; Sat 1st Ken.

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Sunday 18th September 2016 10am at CMLC Hall 110 Waltham Rd

Coming Together as part of God’s Family

 

WELCOME:

CALL TO WORSHIP:  (from Psalm113)

How great and generous is our God                                      From hour to hour our lives should overflow with praise and gratitude

It is amazing how God permeates every facet of our lives                And works out the divine purpose despite our human faults and failings

God creates beauty out of dust                                                           Out of the ashes of our failure God brings forth meaning and purpose

From our weakness and emptiness                                                   God makes stepping stones to a new future

How great and generous is our God

 

HYMN: Each Breath is Borrowed Air (Tune: Diademata)

Each breath is borrowed air, not ours to keep and own,

And all our breaths as one declare what wisdom long has known:

To live is to receive and answer back with praise

To what our minds cannot conceive: the source of all our days.

 

The sea flows in our veins. The dust of stars is spun

To form the coiled, encoded skeins by which our cells are run:

 

From earth and sea and dust arise yet greater things,

The wonders born of love and trust, a grateful heart that sings:

 

And when our death draws near and tries to dim our song,

Our parting prayers will make it clear to whom we still belong:

(Thomas Troeger)

OPENING PRAYER:

TIME WITH OUR YOUNGER MEMBERS: Wayne Barton

 

HYMN: Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

 

Spirit of the living God, move among us all;

Make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love:

Humble, caring, selfless, sharing.

Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love!

©Daniel Iverson & Michael Baughen

 

MISSION MOMENT ~ Lyndsey McKay

 

Listening to a Word from God

READING:  Luke 16:1-9, 14,15 (Jesus tells a rather remarkable story about a dishonest manager to emphasise the values of grace and generosity which are sadly lacking in the Pharisees, the good religious people of the day.)                          Jeannette Beaumont

 

ADDRESS:             Grace and Generosity

 

Responding to God’s Word

A TIME OF QUIET:  In the stillness listen for what God is saying to you

HYMN: Amazing Grace (WOV56)

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now found, was blind, but now I see.

 

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

 

Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;

‘tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

 

The Lord has promised good to me, his word my hope secures;

he will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.        John Newton.

 

PRAYING:                      Our thanks and our concerns

OFFERING:                   

 

Going Out to Reshape the World

 

THE DEDICATION:  

Look at your hands. See the touch and the tenderness,

God’s own for the world.

Look at your feet. See a path and a way towards life

God’s own for the world.

Look at your heart. See the fire and the passion and the love,

God’s own for the world.

Look at Christ our life. See God’s Son and our Saviour,

God’s own for the world.

This is God’s world.

And we will serve God in it.

May God bless you. May God keep you with great care and lead your lives with love.

May God’s grace and generosity shine in our lives and the Spirit’s peace in heart and home prevail through everyday

 

HYMN: Every Day I Will Offer You

Every day I will offer you, loving God my heart and mind

Every way I discover you, in the work your hand has signed;

Help me see I’m your image, and You have dreamed what I might be –

Every day – in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!

 

Every day I will look to Christ and give thanks for wine and bread.

Through the pain and the emptiness where your world cries to be fed;

Help me see I can work for change, and wherever I might be.

Every day in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!

 

Every day I will take your word, answer your compassion’s claim,

Celebrate every sign of hope, every deed done in your name;

Help me see you are always there,

and your light can shine through me,

Every day in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!     ©Shirley Murray (AA)

 

BENEDICTION:

SINGING: Joy Be In Thy Heart (sung through twice)

Joy be in thy heart, Peace be in thy spirit,

Compassion be thy journey, Love be in thee.

 

Joy be in my heart, Peace be in my spirit,

Compassion be my journey, Love be in me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT SUNDAY 25th September we will be at Beckenham Methodist at 10am for a combined service.

PLEASE NOTE: Daylight Saving begins that day

so don’t forget to turn your clocks forward!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea and the AGM following the service.

 

2017 FUNDRAISING CALENDARS now available. $20. An excellent Christmas gift and perfect for posting overseas. Please see Charlotte Houston or Judith Mackay.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 21st September: Meet 9.30am in Mona Vale Avenue – outside Mona Vale for a walk around the area and through Mona Vale.  We will have coffee at Dux Dine.  All welcome to join us on the walk or just for coffee. Judith  332 1577.

 

SESSION meets this Wednesday 21st September 7.30pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am-12noon. $3 per session at Beckenham Methodist. To find out more, speak to Lyndsey 388 1264. New faces always welcome.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes now available from June Service. Have fun filling a box for a needy child. Must be returned by Sunday 16th October please.

 

BUILDING REPORT….The Building team has asked the architect to move ahead to the next stage of developing more detailed working drawings which can be more accurately costed.  This will involve obtaining detailed structural plans, a fire engineers report, and a detailed kitchen plan.  Once these plans are obtained a Quantity Surveyor will make an accurate budget estimate which will need to be approved by the congregation, the Presbytery, and the Church Property Trustees.   If it is agreed to proceed, a contract will then be signed with a construction company, and work will begin, hopefully early in the new year.

 

 

Rod Oram spoke last Monday about climate change…..  He believes we are about to witness the 6th Great Extinction in earth’s history as many species will be unable to adapt quickly enough to the rising temperatures that will affect us all in the next 50 years.  He urged us all to reduce carbon emissions, saying that the only way we can turn things around is through everyone doing something.  Churches including our own have been at the forefront of campaigns to divest investments in oil and coal mining operations.  More needs to be done to challenge the big banks to divest such investments.  Investing with smaller banks (eg SBS, Heartland, TSB) can be something we all can do.   Rod, as an important part of his Christian faith, has committed to living a carbon neutral lifestyle.  As part of a group of Christians in Auckland he has worked to reduce carbon emissions from church complexes.  See www.cherished-earth.org.nz

 

 

Reverse Greed…Heal the Earth

Series of four seminars at Knox Centre, 28 Bealey Ave, 5.30 – 7pm each Thursday in October. Tea and coffee from 5pm. Organised by EcuAction and Inner-City Churches. All welcome.

6 October: Reverse Greed in Energy & Transport –

Prof Simon Kingham & Steve Muir;

13 October: Reverse Greed in Banking & Finance –

Sheena Dickson & Dr Ekant Veer;

20 October: Our Water – Reverse Greed –

Rhys Taylor & Tim Davie;

27 October: Our Food – Reverse Greed –

Dr Chris Horne & Chloe Waretini.

 

SOUTH BRIGHTON CHORAL SOCIETY with Chillingham Voices (NSW) present “Notes Across the Tasman” Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm at The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh St. Tickets $15 adults and $5 for children available from Lyndsey McKay.

 

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.

INTERIM MINISTER: Rev Dugald Wilson 380 5024; dugaldwil@gmail.com

 

BIRTHDAYS  THIS WEEK: Sun 18th Gilly, Benjamin; Thu 22nd Hilary; Fri 23rd Daniel.

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Spring Service Sunday 11 September 2016 10am CMLC Hall, 110 Waltham Rd

WELCOME & NOTICES

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

When we love one another. God is with us.

When we sing and pray, God rejoices through us.

When our spirits are renewed. God is at work in us.

God is present in love, in song, in renewal.

God is present in all things.

 

HYMN: These Hills (Tune: Kaikoura)

These hills where the hawk flies lonely,

beaches where the long surf rolls,

mountains where the snows meet heaven, these are our care. Pastures where the sheep graze calmly, orchards where the apples grow, gardens where the roses cluster, these are our prayer.

 

Forests where the tree ferns tower, rivers running strong and clear, oceans where the great whales wander, these are our care.

Race meeting race as equals, justice for age-old wrong,

worth for every man and woman, these are our prayer.

 

Cities where the young roam restless, lives brought to deep despair, homeless and powerless people, these are our care.

Places where the Word is spoken, hands held in serving love,

faiths of our many cultures, these are our prayer.

 

All that the old world gave us, all that the new world brings,

language, ideas and customs, these are our care.

Life finding joy and value, faith seeking truth and light,

God heard and seen in all things, this be our prayer.      ©Colin Gibson (FFS)

 

OPENING PRAYERS:                                  Allison Blackler

 

 

TIME WITH THE YOUNG AT HEART ~ Fern Wakefield

 

HYMN: If I Were a Butterfly by Brian M Howard

If I were a butterfly I’d thank you Lord for giving me wings
If I were a robin in a tree I’d thank you Lord that I could sing
If I were a fish in the sea I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee
But I just thank you Father for making me, me
For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile
You gave me Jesus and you made me your child
And I just thank you Father for making me, me

If I were an elephant I’d thank you Lord by raising my trunk
If I were a kangaroo you know I’d hop right up to you
If I were an octopus I’d thank you Lord for my fine looks
But I just thank you Father for making me, me. For you gave me…

If I were a wiggly worm I’d thank you Lord that I could squirm
If I were a fuzzy, wuzzy bear I’d thank you Lord for my fuzzy, wuzzy hair
If I were a crocodile I’d thank you Lord for my great smile
But I just thank you Father for making me, me. For you gave me…
© Mission Hills Music

 

BIBLE READING: Psalm 104 (Leslie Brandt)          Fern Wakefield

 

REFLECTION: Audrey Dunnachie

 

A TIME OF QUIET

 

OFFERING (Together): You have gifted each one of us, living God. Some with an observant eye, some with a generous nature, some with warm compassion. Bless our gifts of personality, the gifts that make us who we are. Bless these gifts of money and food, that together all these things may advance the way of Jesus, in our church family and in this city. Amen.

 

HYMN: Blest Be the Tie that Binds (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)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE:                   John Shanks

 

HYMN: In the Bulb There is a Flower

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;

in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold of snow and winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody.

There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future, what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;

in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ©Natalie Sleeth

BLESSING:

May your roots go deep into God’s marvellous love: may you grow day by day in his blessing. For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son to show us his Father’s love. How long, how wide, how deep, how high, how steadfast, enduring His love really is.

O may Christ dwell in you so you may know His love and the fullness of God be yours.

 

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 Audrey Dunnachie and the Worship committee for leading our worship today.

 

2017 FUNDRAISING CALENDARS now available. $20. An excellent Christmas gift and perfect for posting overseas. Please see Charlotte Houston or Judith Mackay.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be on Sunday 18th September following worship.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 14th September Blossoms in Hagley Park:  Meet 9.30am by Armagh Street Bridge near Park Tce. Suggest parking  in area nearest the Hagley Tennis Courts and walk back to the road bridge. Barbara and Rob will host you for Coffee as a Mission fundraiser.  All welcome. Barbara 379 1474.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am-12noon. $3 per session at Beckenham Methodist. To find out more, speak to Lyndsey 388 1264. New faces always welcome.

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes now available from June Service. Have fun filling a box for a needy child. Must be returned by Sunday 16th October please.

 

RISINGHOLME SINGERS CONCERT  “SPRING IS IN THE AIR”: TODAY Rudolf Steiner School Hall, 19 Ombersley Tce at 3pm.  Tickets $15 at the door.  Enquiries to John Shanks.

 

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.

INTERIM MINISTER: Rev Dugald Wilson 380 5024; dugaldwil@gmail.com

 

BIRTHDAYS  THIS WEEK: Tue 13th Peter; Fri 16th Bob (80!)

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Sunday 4th September 10am at CMLC Hall 110 Waltham Rd

St Martin’s Presbyterian Parish

4 September 2016 –  Pentecost 16

Coming Together as part of God’s Family

WELCOME:

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

Gather us in, the lost and the lonely

The broken and breaking, the tired and the aching

Who long for the knowing they belong, found at your feast.

God of belonging, gather us in,

The aged and the young’uns, the puzzled and the pondering,

The faithful and the doubting, the rich and the poor,

All who long for the company found at your feast.

God of belonging, gather us in,

from back row or limelight, from mansion or hovel,

From fears and obsession, from tears and depression,

From untold excesses, from treasured successes,

To meet, to eat, be given a seat,

Be joined to the vine, be offered new wine,

Be offered a place and see God’s love face to face,

Here we are found at the feast.

God of belonging, gather us in,

We gather in the presence of our grace filled God.

 

HYMN: Sing to God as Sings the Ocean (Tune: Converse)

Sing to God as sings the ocean, sing as birds that greet the dawn,

sing as windswept trees in motion, sing and let your song be drawn

from God’s vast and whole creation,

from your faith and doubt and fears,

from rebirth and re-creation, from life’s wealth of joy and tears.

 

Sing the heart’s deep sighing sorrow to the Lord who hears lament,

who at midnight sees tomorrow when the dark at last is spent.

Sing to God who in our sadness brings the news of coming light,

ample hope to waken gladness and sustain us through the night.

 

 

Sing the great, glad joy of Jesus! Sing the gospel that Christ brings.

Sing the way Christ heals and feeds us,

Sing the song that Easter sings:

Christ is risen, Christ is living, Christ among us, Christ within,

Christ the spring of endless giving where new songs of faith begin.      (Thomas Troeger)

 

OPENING PRAYER:

TIME WITH OUR YOUNGER MEMBERS ~ Gillian Cree

 

SONG: 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;

let 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)

 

Listening to a Word from God

READING:  Luke 10:1-9  Jesus sends his disciples out into a world that is often hostile.  They are sent with nothing – there are no experts and no programmes, just a simple trust in God’s provision.  They are to simply engage with people they meet and talk about what makes for peace in our hearts and lives….                                                                            June Service

 

ADDRESS:             The Future

 

Responding to God’s Word

A TIME OF QUIET:  In the stillness listen for what God is saying to you

PRAYING: Our thanks and our concerns

OFFERING:                   

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

 

HYMN: Welcome, Welcome (Tune: Amazing Grace WOV 56)

Welcome, welcome! The door’s open, there’s room for all who come,

The table’s laid, the meal prepared enough for everyone.

 

Welcome, welcome! This is God’s feast, a meal like no other;

Where rich and poor, and great and least, are sister and brother.

 

Welcome, welcome! Come join the throng, enjoy the wine and bread;

We eat and drink as friends of Christ, our hearts and souls are fed.

 

This is God’s feast where we are loved, your fears, your sins, release;

So come and share with heads held high,the welcome of God’s peace.

 

THE WELCOME:

This is the Lord’s Supper.  We gather here because God calls to us. As many different people, men, women and children, we come together.

We come because we believe in God’s amazing love.  God knows each of us by name and God rejoices in each one of us.  God has a place for all people and invites us to come ‘just as we are’.

 

GREETING EACH OTHER BY NAME:

 

THE PREPARATION:

This is a special meal given to us by Jesus…in tune with God.

We human beings are often small minded and blind to God’s way, but the good news of Jesus is that God will not give up on us.

Jesus was killed on the cross …seen in Jesus.

We are here because we want to be followers of Jesus. We want God’s life to touch all people and fill the earth.   In our lives we believe that goodness is stronger than evil, that light is stronger than darkness, that truth is stronger than lies, and love is stronger than hate.

So we share this meal together…that heaven and earth will be one.

 

THE THANKSGIVING:

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Creator God, thank you for creating this amazing earth, our home;

Thank you for good food, clean water, the sight and smell of the new life springing forth around us.  

Thank you for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Saviour,

who lived to show us the Way of true life, and died that we might know your eternal love.

Thank you for the gift of the Spirit,

the gentle encourager, the flame of truth, the wind of freedom, the song of hope in every age.

Thank you for the gift of our own lives, for your love for us, for the Spirit alive within us.

Thank you for calling us to be your people and for your invitation to work together to shape a new earth.

With those who have gone before us and those who will come after us, we worship you in songs of never-ending praise:

Wondrous God, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Praise be to you, holy God.  Come fill us with your life.

 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

THE SHARING OF THE MEAL:  You are invited to come forward and share this meal by taking bread and dipping it into the wine.

 

Going Out to Reshape the World

 

THE DEDICATION:  

Christ our life: You are alive in the beauty of the earth, in the wonder of spring’s abundant new life.

Christ our life: You are alive in the tenderness of touch, in the heart-beat of intimacy, in the insights of solitude.

Christ our life: You are alive in the creative possibility of the dullest conversations, the dreariest of tasks, and the most threatening event.

Christ our life: You are alive to offer re-creation to every unhealed hurt, every damaged heart, and to every deadened place.

The dance of your Spirit soars and surges throughout the whole of creation.

So we go from here as your people, your body to truly live!

 

SAYING TOGETHER:  The Lord’s Prayer

 

HYMN: Let us Talents and Tongues Employ

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)

 

BENEDICTION:

WE SING: Joy Be In Thy Heart (sung through twice)

Joy be in thy heart, Peace be in thy spirit,

Compassion be thy journey, Love be in thee.

 

Joy be in my heart, Peace be in my spirit,

Compassion be my journey, Love be in me.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES THIS MONTH (ALL 10AM)

11th & 18th Sept Mineral & Lapidiary Club Hall 110 Waltham Rd

25th Sept Combined Service at Beckenham Methodist

 

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for a cuppa following the service. It would be helpful if everyone could wear their nametags too!

 

FOOT CLINIC TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

 

2017 FUNDRAISING CALENDARS now available. $20. An excellent Christmas gift and perfect for posting overseas. Please see Charlotte Houston or Judith Mackay.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be on Sunday 18th September following worship.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 31st August: Meet in the car park of the Wigram Airforce Museum 9.30am, 45 Harvard Avenue. Coffee will be in their cafe.

Queries: Barbara and Alan 021 126 3801 or Sonya 027 253 3397. All welcome

 

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

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes now available from June Service. Have fun filling a box for a needy child. Must be returned by Sunday 16th October please.

 

RISINGHOLME SINGERS CONCERT  “SPRING IS IN THE AIR”: Sunday 11th September, Rudolf Steiner School Hall, 19 Ombersley Tce at 3pm.  This will be a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and fun, with everything from Bach to Pocahontas!  Tickets $15 at the door.  Enquiries to John Shanks.

 

REPORT FROM PRESBYTERY….

  • Rev Sylvia Purdie’s call to the Cashmere Parish was sustained by the Presbytery recently.  Silvia will be inducted at Cashmere on Sunday 9th October at 7pm.
  • Trustees for the new Alpine Mission Fund were appointed with the appointments to be ratified by the full Presbytery by email vote.  The Alpine Mission Fund will be available to all parishes to fund mission work.
  • “Sandpit Ministries” are a new venture that we are currently discussing with Principal Steve Taylor from KCML.  These will be new ministry initiatives and experiments as we look to create new expressions of church.  We are looking to have one new sandpit ministry in Christchurch next year. 
  • Presbytery has approved a new position offering pastoral care to members of St James Parish Christchurch after their closure on September 11th. The Very Rev Bruce Hansen will provide this pastoral support.
  • Rev Dr Blair Stirling was approved as the Presbytery nomination to the Presbyterian Support Upper South Island (PSUSI) Board, to take effect from October this year.

 

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.

INTERIM MINISTER: Rev Dugald Wilson 380 5024; dugaldwil@gmail.com

 

BIRTHDAYS  THIS WEEK: Mon 5th Anneke; Lyndsey.

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