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Sunday 15th April 2018

While our Church Building is Repaired we are meeting each Sunday at The Mineral & Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Rd (next to Waltham School) at 10am.

We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you.

Third Sunday of Easter 15th April 2018


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

Working Bee….to remove ivy and other vegetation from the rear of the church section and do some tidying up. Handsaws and loppers needed. Wednesday 2nd May at 1.00pm.

Euthanasia is a contentious issue that is currently in front of our parliament.  On Sunday 29th April we’ll look at this issue bearing in mind there is real diversity in our Christian thinking.  There will therefore be an opportunity for discussion and debate.

Wednesday Walkers: 18th April. Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd by Opawa Mall carpark. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café. Joan Mac 022 081 4088.

Board of Managers meets this Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm.

Can You Help? Recently, Waltham Cottage has given out high numbers of food parcels, so stock is low. When you are shopping this week and in the weeks ahead, perhaps add an extra one or two items to contribute to the food bank at Waltham Cottage.

See their website for other ways you can contribute:

Volunteers Required!

Foot Pampering need more volunteers to assist with foot soaking. Training on the job provided. The next Foot Clinic is on Monday 23rd April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Come along and have a look!

Homeshare Plus needs some more help on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Tuesday of each month. Venue: Sydenham Community Centre every Tuesday 10am – 2.30pm, or just help in the morning. Please come and see what we do and be part of a service combatting loneliness in our community. See the latest “Messenger” for more details, or talk to Lyndsey McKay 388 1268.

Crafty Crafters meets on Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. Cost: $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for more details.

Fundraiser for St Martins:

Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund.

Men’s Group commences for the year on Thursday 3rd May 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, starting with a shared tea. James Wakefield will be speaking about their adventures in South America. All men welcome. Contact Tony Blackler 332 0554 for more details.

From the Archives team in Dunedin…

Although we hold many thousands of photos, it has become apparent that we don’t have a visual record of every church, past or present. We are therefore planning to create a database of church photographs to ensure that our visual record is complete.

As a first step we are asking people and parishes from throughout New Zealand to send both historical and/or current photos of their churches (and manses and church halls).

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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

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)


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


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…

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)

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…



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)


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Christmas Day 2012

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

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…

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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