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Sunday 21st August 2016 10am

This Sunday we will be joining the St James’ congregation at 10am.

Next week (28th Aug) we will be at Cashmere Presbyterian, and from the 4th September we will be worshipping at the Canterbury Mineral & Lapidiary Club Hall, 110 Waltham Rd.

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Super Garage Sale

At St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
43 St Martins Road
Saturday 14th March 2015
From 10.00am

Baking, Jams, Pickles, Preserves, Books, Plants and Produce, Children’s Toys, Jewellery, Sausage Sizzle.
Bargains for everyone.

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Epiphany – Sunday 6 January 2013

three kings and camel approaching a starWELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Radiant God, light for all people and all places,
by the guidance of a star you led the Magi to worship the Christ Child.
By the light of faith lead us to worship you in peace
and love, and guide us in your way.

HYMN:Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Angels, from the realms of glory,
wing your flight through all the earth;
heralds of creation’s story,
now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
come and worship
Christ, the new-born King,
come and worship,
worship Christ, the new-born King.

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
watching by your flocks at night,
God with us is now residing;
see, there shines the infant Light:
come and worship …

Wise men, leave your contemplations,
brighter visions shine afar;
seek in him the hope of nations,
you have seen his rising star:
come and worship …

Though an infant now we view him,
he will share his Father’s throne,
gather all the nations to him:
every knee shall then bow down:
come and worship … © In this version Jubilate Hymns (HFTC)
OPENING PRAYERS

STORY-TIME

O.T. READING: Isaiah 60: 1-6Bruce Hudson
The image of light as a show of God’s glory

INTRODUCTION TO THE N.T READING

READING: Matthew 2: 1-12 Rob & Barbara Meier

HYMN: Wise Men Came Journeying (Tune: Slane WOV455)
Wise men came journeying, once long ago,
camel hooves swirling the sun dune and snow,
gold in the saddle-bag, myrrh in the jar,
incense to honour the Child of the star.

Wise are the travellers led to move on,
following signs where the Christ light has shone,
facing the deserts and crossing the lines,
heeding no limits that culture defines.

Wise are each one of us looking for change,
stargazer people, respecting the strange,
inner and outer worlds open to light,
centred on seeing the real and the right.

Wise ones keep journeying all through their days,
bringing their gifts to the source of their praise,
risking the Promise with all they hold dear,
seeking God’s grace at the door of the year. © Hope Publishing (CoC)

REFLECTION: If we could see the whole journey…

THE OFFERING
As the magi brought gold, so we bring these gifts.
As the magi brought frankincense, so we bring our prayers.
As the magi brought myrrh, so we bring our lives to you, O God;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers of the people & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: I Come With Joy, a Child of God (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 186)
I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

The Spirit of the Living Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here.

Together met, together bound,
by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one. © Steiner and Bell (CH 4)

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Come with thanksgiving and hopebut not as we had predicted.
We thank you for entering our life; for coming as a child, reminding us that each human life is precious;
that we depend totally on your goodness,
that we rely on each other to live and survive,
that we are to grow in your love and wisdom…

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Now that the mad rush is over… which keep us from fullness of life.

As we face the year ahead, we thank you for one another and for your grace. Help us individually, and as congregations, to be signs of your compassion, hope, joy, and unity in this world you love. Amen.

HYMN: I Am the Light of the World
I am the light of the world.
You people come and follow me!”
If you follow and love
you’ll learn the mystery
of what you were meant to do and be.

When the song of the angel is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and the shepherds
have found their way home,
the work of Christmas is begun:
“I am the light of the world…

to find the lonely and the lost,
to heal their broken souls with love,
to feed the hungry children
with warmth and good food,
to feel the earth below, the sky above;
“I am the light of the world…

to free the prisoners from their chains,
to make the powerful care,
to re-build the nations
with strength of goodwill,
to be at one with people everywhere;
“I am the light of the world…

to bring hope to every task you do,
to dance at a baby’s new birth,
to make music in
an old man’s heart,
and sing to the colours of the earth.
“I am the light of the world… © Desert Flower Music (VU)

THE BLESSING

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Christmas Day 2012

9:30am – St Martin’s Presbyterian and Beckenham Methodist combined parishes

angel
O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
“Glory to God in the highest”:
O come, let us adore him…

Yea, Lord, we greet you
born to be our Saviour;
Jesus, to you be glory given:
Word of the Fathernow in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him…
C/A

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Tune Forest Green WOV240)
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Joy to the World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
let earth receive its 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 earth! The Saviour reigns;
let us our songs employ;
while fields and streams, 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. C/A

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
we wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Oh bring us some figgy pudding
Oh, bring us some figgy pudding
And a cup of good cheer
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring some out here
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

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Christmas Light 24 December 2012

candle and hollyThe Service this evening will proceed unannounced

CALL TO WORSHIP: O Come All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
“Glory to God in the highest”:
O come, let us adore him…

Yea, Lord, we greet you
born to be our Saviour;
Jesus, to you be glory given:
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him… C/A

GATHERING PRAYER

READING 1: Isaiah 9: 2-7 John Shanks

Light of Hope: On unknown paths we wait for birth…

1st Candle Lit

We light this candle as a sign of God’s hope in a hope famished world.

Prayer

Hymn: Hark the Glad Sound
Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long;
let every heart prepare a throne
and every voice be song.

He comes the broken heart to bind,
the wounded soul to cure;
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
your welcome shall proclaim,
and heaven’s eternal arches ring
with your beloved name. C/A

Light of Preparation: Dawn gives birth to light; peace is born…

2nd Candle Lit

We light this second candle as a reminder that God prepared, is preparing and will prepare ways for us to encounter the Christ Child.

Prayer

Light of Praise: We lift our hearts in thanksgiving…

3rd Candle Lit

We light this third candle, the light of praise, in response to God’s grace, and renewing love.

Prayer

READING 2: Selections from Luke 1: 46-54 Tony Blackler

Light of Justice: May the flames of justice illuminate the dark…

4th Candle Lit

We light this fourth candle, waiting and preparing for the one
with whom we can stand with the hungry, the outcasts, the strangers.
Prayer

RESPONSIVE LITANY: Come to us once more © Jim Magaw
In the hopeful light of morning,
sunrise overcoming the darkness of light:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In the mysterious beauty of a splendid sunset
surrounding our hearts with peace:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In sunlight after dreary, rain-soaked days,
bringing renewal to our spirits:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In affirmations of peace, borne on wings of love
when newscasts seem only to shout hatred and violence:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In the birth of a holy Child,
bearing the promise of new life for all the world.
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
Set our lives aglow with Love,
the reality that remains when nothing else is secure. Amen.

READING 3: Luke 2: 1-7 Jesus’ birth John Shanks

CAROL: Born in the Night, Mary’s Child (Remain seated)
Born in the night, Mary’s Child
a long way from your home:
coming in need, Mary’s Child,
born in a borrowed room.

Clear shining light, Mary’s Child,
your face lights up our way:
Light of the world, Mary’s Child,
dawn on our darkened day.

Truth of our life, Mary’s Child,
you tell us God is good:
yes, it is true, Mary’s Child,
shown on your cross of wood.

Hope of the world, Mary’s Child,
you’re coming soon to reign:
Saviour of all, Mary’s Child,
walk in our streets again. © Stainer & Bell (VU)
READING 4: Luke 2: 8-14 Tony Blackler

CAROL: The First Nowell verses 1-4
The first Nowell the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star,
shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell…

And by the light of that same star,
three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell …

This star drew nigh to the north-west,
o’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay
right over the place where Jesus lay.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell … C/A

The Light is Come : The Light is Come…

POEM: That Light ~ Eleanor Cowles

The Final Candle is lit

We light this candle to symbolise that the Light of the World has come.

SUNG RESPONSE (Tune: Silent Night) Remain seated.
Candle light, sacred light, mystery flames, burning bright, Hope, joy and peace are the gifts of this night. Love poured out over all within sight, Shine your light in our world; shine your light in our world.
© 2006 Catherine MacDonald, Gathering
CANDLE-LIGHTING
An opportunity to bring your candle forward and light it.
If you would prefer to take it home please feel free to do so.

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

BLESSING
May God who leads by the light of a Star,
show us the direction to Bethlehem;
lead us to the place where love is to be born in our lives.
May Jesus, born long ago in a stable,
be born anew in our hearts this night.
May his birth bring to our world the gifts of his life,
and justice, peace and hope for all. Amen.

CAROL: Still the Night (remain seated)
Still the night, Holy the night,
sleeps the world, hid from sight,
Mary and Joseph in stable bare,
watch o’er the child, beloved and fair,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.
Still the night, Holy the night,
shepherds first saw the light,
heard resounding clear and strong,
far and near, the Angels song,
Christ the Redeemer is here,
Christ the Redeemer is here.
Still the night, Holy the night,
Son of God, love’s pure light,
love is smiling from thy face,
strikes for us now the hour of grace,
Saviour since thou art born,
Saviour since thou art born. © Compliers Church Hymnary (CH 2)

The Christmas Day Service is a combined service at 9.30 am.

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