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Easter Sunday 2019

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. After the service please come through to the Lounge for a cuppa and a time to talk, and join in the Easter Egg hunt!

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Anzac Day Service Thursday April 25th 9.30am. This will be a short simple service in which there will be opportunity to remember family members who have served in the armed forces. Morning tea will follow, and offers of Anzac biscuits can be left with the Office.

Thank You: $560 was raised by our special offering to the Te Raranga (all churches) gift to help victims of the massacre in Christchurch.

Pathways Group invites you to join the group for coffee/tea and reflection on Saturday 27th  April at 10am at the church.  The topic for discussion is “How do we find comfort in our faith?”  All welcome.

Men’s Group meets on Thursday 2nd May in the church lounge, beginning with a shared tea at 6pm. Rob Meier will be sharing some travel stories. Tony Blackler 332 0554.

If you notice any defects that need remedying in the building please notify the office as soon as possible so we can communicate these to the builders.  Please do not wait for someone else to report something as by then we may be out of our guarantee period.

Wednesday Walkers: 24th April Meet 9.30am at the church for a stroll around St Martins. Coffee at the church. All are welcome. Joan 337 1648.

The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday 25th April (Anzac Day).

Bacon Fundraiser: Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon. $8.00 per pack 400gm (12-14 slices). Orders close NEXT Sunday 28th  April 2019. Delivery late May (date to be advised). Joan 337 1648.

NO Crafty Crafters this week.







Managers’ Report

Council Rubbish bins… have been purchased.  The red and yellow bins need to be kept locked inside.  They are a common source of material for church arsonists.  The green bin will be kept outside.

Church cleaning… will be undertaken commercially every two weeks.  All users will need to check floors after use and use the vacuum cleaner stored in the kitchen to remove crumbs etc.

Building contract….all payments will be finalised shortly.  We anticipate all our reserve funds will be extinguished to meet final payments.

Insurance….a revaluation of the church for insurance purposes is in progress.

Insulation…..at the manse is being upgraded to meet 2008 standards.

Church piano…. has been repaired and tuned.  We still have a second piano to give away.

Security fencing…..we have 10 sections of fencing for sale.  If you know of someone seeking portable fencing please contact the office.

South Elder Care….we approved an application to the Manchester Unity Welfare Fund to running expenses of our Elder Care Programme (approx. $8,000).  We also approved including in this application funding to purchase a defibrillator for use on site.  (approx. $2,500)

Compliance….as part of Council Compliance for our building we have to have a number of regular checks of systems within the building.  Eg fire alarm.  These need to be undertaken by an Independent Qualified person (IQP).  We will engage an IQP shortly realising that this will be an added ongoing cost. (we estimate $500-1000 per annum)

Concreting around church….we are progressing well with removing old concrete and laying new concrete paths.   Bike racks are being installed.  Fencing will be installed to make the back part of the section secure, and a deck built out from the lounge sliding doors to create an indoor/outdoor space.

Spaces for hire…. We have set negotiable prices for hiring the auditorium, lounge, and meeting space.   A conditions of use contract and booking form have also been drawn up and all users (including church users will need to fill out the booking form so we can accurately maintain a booking schedule for spaces.  We need to generate income from building usage to help meet costs of maintaining and running the complex.  These spaces have also been advertised on our website.

Lockdown and security…. We do not have secure private spaces in the complex.  Our best defence is vigilance and for those who are on door duty to seek police assistance if there is any suspicious behaviour.  Security cameras are installed around the property and more will be installed.

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Good Friday 9.30am

Call to Worship:

Leader:          Today is a solemn day.
Today is a day we remember the powers of darkness
are strong and real.
Today we recall that the presence of God, seen in Jesus, was consigned to the cross to be silenced and extinguished.

ALL               We have seen these powers, we know these powers.  Here we seek another power seen in the Christ who died that we might find life.

Singing:        Go to Dark Gethsemene (Tune: Petra)

Prayer:

Reading:        Matt 26: 36-52                   The Arrest      

                                                                David Beaumont

Reflection:     Power….

Reading:        Luke 23:13-26, 32-47        The Crucifixion of Jesus

                                                                Janet Dunn

Singing:        Were you There

Reflection:     The cross…. Something is wrong

Making:         Palm Cross

Singing:        Lift High the Cross ©Shirley Murray (AA)

Prayer            with the Lord’s Prayer

Reading:        Mark 15:40-57                   The Burial

                                                                Fern Wakefield

Reflection: The Love that will not let go

Benediction:

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Sunday 14th April

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. After the service please come through to the Lounge for a cuppa and a time to talk.

Easter Services:

9.30am Good Friday 19th April – we remember the day of the Cross.

10am Easter Sunday 21st April – we celebrate the resurrection.

(after worship there will be an Easter Egg hunt!)

Can you Help: We require three readers for the Good Friday service and  volunteers to serve morning tea with Hot Cross Buns. Please see Dugald or email the Office.

Anzac Day: We are hosting an Anzac Day Service at 9.30am on Thursday April 25th. This will be a short simple service in which there will be opportunity to remember family members who have served in the armed forces. Morning tea will follow, and offers of Anzac biscuits can be left with the Office.

Pathways Group invites you to join the group for coffee/tea and reflection on Saturday 27th  April at 10am at the church.  The topic for discussion is “How do we find comfort in our faith?”  All welcome.

If you notice any defects that need remedying in the building please notify the office as soon as possible so we can communicate these to the builders.  Please do not wait for someone else to report something as by then we may be out of our guarantee period.

Wednesday Walkers: 17th April Meet 9.30am outside Terra Viva Garden Centre in Roydvale Ave for a walk around the Nunweek area. Coffee in the café, where we are able to park. Suggest car pooling. All welcome. Barbara & Alan 021 126 3801.

Board of Managers meeting this Wednesday 17th April 7.30pm in the church foyer.

The Parish Office will be closed this Friday 19th April (Good Friday).

Bacon Fundraiser: Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon. $8.00 per pack 400gm (12-14 slices). Orders close on Sunday 28th  April 2019. Delivery late May (date to be advised). Joan 337 1648.

Thank you to those who donated Easter Eggs to Waltham Cottage.

Crafty Crafters: Thursdays 10am-12 noon at 43 St Martins Rd. Bring along an unfinished craft item, or learn a new skill. Cost $3 per session. Lyndsey 388 1264.



A First Aid kit, and a blanket & pillow are available in the kitchen in case of emergencies. Please remember to fill in an Incident Report if they are used. Forms are available from the Parish Office.


“Sing for the World”: Bring your voice, your heart and your desire to sing led by John Bell (The Iona Community, Scotland) Tuesday 21st May 7-9pm at Knox Church Centre, Bealey Ave. Entry by koha.

A Rocha Christchurch networking night: Monday 15th  April, 7pm at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. Kristel vanHoute is the National Director for A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand. She is visiting Christchurch, and will be speaking about A Rocha around the country and globally. 
After the stresses and traumas of the past month it will be good to connect, and be re-energised. A great chance to catch up and feel part of the wider A Rocha movement; also to discuss planting opportunities coming up over winter. No charge. Bring a plate for supper.

St Martins Scout Group Book Fair & Table Top Sale Saturday & Sunday 27-28 April 9am-3pm. Cash only. At the Scout Den, 297 Centaurus Rd.

A fundraiser for Jamboree in Hamilton at New Year.

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Us and Them

Us and Them   Luke 7:36-50

   Simon the Pharisee was a fine righteous man with one of the best homes in town.  Only a few people lived in homes with space to have a large gathering – and Simon was one of them.  He was one of the people of the town and when Jesus visited this town the important people were invited to a special dinner at Simon’s home. What is not immediately clear to us because we live in different times, is that Simon had some ulterior motives. 

   Simon was upright and in the eyes of the town was considered to be a sort of model citizen who obeyed the laws, prayed his prayers, and kept the expected standards.  God had, it seemed, blessed him with wealth and status.  Jesus on the other hand was causing a stir, healing people in the name of God and proclaiming a new Way if Life that seemed to hang a bit loose with the established traditions.  I think Simon wanted to put Jesus in his place, to sort out this upstart preacher who was upsetting the applecart, and this shows in his poor welcome of the guest preacher.

   We’re not big on welcoming customs, but when you invite someone into your home there will be I suspect a handshake, the invitation to have a seat, the offer of a cup of tea. All these things say something about valuing your guest.  The expectations then were that Simon would kiss his guest, offer him a place of honour reclined round the dining table, and ask the servants to bring water and olive oil for the washing of hands and feet.   Only then could grace be said and the meal begin.  As we discover in this story things were different this day. There is no kiss, there is no washing, there is no welcome.  This guest is not an honoured guest. …..  He’s been invited but he’s not really welcome.

   The house is a big house, and in those days there was no fence around the property or locked doors to keep unwelcome guests out.  People knew everyone in town and there simply were no need of such things.  This day a woman entered Simon’s house.  We never know her name – she is simply a woman with a reputation.  Luke tells us she was a sinner but everyone listening to this story knows she was a prostitute.   She certainly hasn’t been invited, and when she makes an appearance at Simon’s house there are whispers.  Maybe some were uncomfortable seeing her there for other reasons.  Whatever she was there. Maybe she has heard from a client what was planned in terms of humiliating Jesus and putting him under a bit of heat.  Whatever she is there and she has made her way over to stand beside him, and heaven forbid she is weeping!  What on earth is going on?

   Maybe she is feeling for Jesus as Simon puts him down in his snub of a welcome.  She is feeling the hurt and the dishonouring of someone she respects.  You may feel deep anger if someone you care about is publically humiliated, but this woman expresses her pain in tears.  How could they treat him this way?  I think it’s clear that she knows Jesus, and of course for those looking on that was the problem.  He knew people like this and yet claimed to be a religious teacher.  But I think she has experienced something in this man Jesus.   He has met him before and he has opened her eyes to see something she hasn’t seen for a long long time. There was a day when she was someone’s little girl, when she felt cherished and enfolded in the love of a father and mother but that was a long time ago.  Maybe actually even those first years weren’t that flash, and she was abused, and rubbished as a piece of cow dung.  We don’t know, but we do know she now has taken pride of place as one of the big sinners of town.  The looks, the interactions, the mutterings, and the payments all said she was just an object.  That woman.    It was a long time since anyone has valued her as a human being.  It was a long time since someone had looked into her eyes and seen something more than a body to be used.  It was a long time since someone had looked deep into her soul and seen the sacredness and beauty of God there. It was a long time since anyone had said you belong, you are one of us.  But Jesus had.  Looking with the eyes of God, Jesus had.  And the tears came freely.  They were tears of joy with being treated as a real human being, of relief that she was valued for who she was.   They were tears of  discovery of something very very precious – unconditional love.  

   She had some special perfumed oil kept for the high paying customers, kept in an expensive alabaster jar.   If ever there was a right time to use it this was it.  So she sets about anointing Jesus feet with the perfumed oil and her tears.  Then she did something.  She let down her hair.  Respectable Jewish women  always kept their hair bound in public. As good Muslim women still do today, hair was to be covered.  To do what this woman does, to let her hair down was a divorceable offense.   You may remember a recent Prime Minister of Iran, PM Rafsanjani.  One of his quotable quotes when asked why women should cover their heads was this: “ It is the obligation of the female to cover her head because women’s hair exudes vibrations that arouse, mislead, and corrupt men.”  We may laugh but we need to understand his view is sincerely held.  What was happening here was extremely scandalous and shocking.   In traditional middle eastern society a bride on her wedding night lets down her hair and allows it to be seen by her husband for the first time.  This woman knows all this, but she is desperate to express her gratitude for what she has found in Jesus.  She is responding to Jesus with an overflowing shocking gesture of gratitude that speaks of  what she has discovered in his accepting love.

   What is happening is now of course centre stage and Simon is waiting for Jesus’ reaction. If he were truly of God he would see into her heart and he would know what sort of woman was now (heaven forbid!) touching him.  Everyone in the room would be expecting Jesus to judge her and stop the shocking proceedings with a word to Simon who would have her quickly removed from the room by a servant.  Everyone would expect Jesus to express shock and exclaim how terrible it was that this woman had disgraced herself and the gathering, and put her back into the box she belonged in  – that woman who was a disgrace to the town and not welcome here.  She was after all no saint. 

   But that never happens.  Instead she receives a cloak of praise and protection from Jesus.  He’s not offended by the shocking behavior one little bit.  It turns out he is offended by Simon’s behavior in failing to welcome him as a fellow human being.  He is offended by this invisable barrier that puts some people in the ‘not welcome’, ‘not to be engaged with’ camp.  Jesus is offended by this very common practice of labelling a fellow human being as an outsider.

  I listened to an interesting conversation the other day.  I was with a group of good Christian folk talking about the terrible tragedy in our city inflicted on the Muslim community and one of the group said, “I’m worried they are going to retaliate.”  It’s a fair question I guess, but if you know a few Muslims you’ll know they are human just like us and retaliation isn’t what’s being discussed out there.  It is the pain, the sleepless nights, the worry about how we will cope without the breadwinner.  Of course there are bad eggs in every basket and who knows.  But my question to her was “who are ‘they’”.  You see the language we use tells us something and this language was telling me there was an ‘us’ and ‘them’.  ‘They’ were not part of ‘us’.  ‘Us’ are safe and reliable, ‘they’ are unknown and dangerous.  ‘Us’ are acceptable and good, ‘they’ are dodgy.  Weren’t so many of Jesus’ stories about seeing ‘they as part of ‘us.’  ‘That woman’ in Simon’s eyes was a ‘they’.   No name, no connection, no sense she is a fellow human being.  ‘That woman’ in Jesus’ eyes was ‘us’.  Precious child of God, a real person with strengths and weaknesses like us all.  Someone who bleeds like us, someone who has feelings.  When we keep someone in the ‘they’ or ‘them’ box, we don’t make any connection.  When we include them in the ‘us’ box we listen, learn, ask questions, see the human face, share some of their tears.

In my little Christian group I asked who actually knew a Muslim person and there weren’t many hands going up.  I gently tried to suggest that it often changes everything when we put a real human face on people we talk about, they ‘theys’ of the world. 

But I also want to look at this woman.  She had put herself in the ‘them’ basket too.  It was the basket labelled no good.  She saw herself as a ‘they’ or ‘them’. But in Jesus she has met a new way of life.  Unconditional love.  She has discovered God knows her name and she is no longer that woman but ‘Mary’ a precious beloved child of God.   She is set free from her past, she is set free from the need to impress others, she is set free to be her true self.  She is in Jesus’ words forgiven.  We may hear these words in our heads, but she has somehow directly experienced these words deep in her soul.  She now sees with eyes of faith, eyes of God, and when she looks at herself she is no longer the rejected sinner but she is the one who is loved..  People often say faith is about believing in God but I would like to suggest a different take on that idea.  I think this woman found faith in the amazing discovery that God believed in her.  She discovered that despite all her sins which were many, God said ‘yes’ to her.  This is the faith that saved her……  Belief in God changes little in our lives, but knowing God believes in you changes everything.  God put us all in the ‘mine’ basket.

A couple of weeks ago I talked about Abraham and the deal or covenant God made with him.  That covenant was about God’s belief in Abraham and Sarah and the promise of a journey into a new life.  We gather around a table today.  We share bread and wine and our scriptures tell us that this is a renewal of that deal, that covenant.  At it’s heart is the affirmation that God believes in you.  It is also an affirmation that God believes in the person you sit beside.  God believes in ‘us’ and  God is leading us to a new land where ‘them’ is an empty basket. 

This woman has much to teach us, and as we gather around this table may she speak to us afresh, because even in this room there are ‘us’ and ‘thems’.  Around this table we are family, we are us.      

Dugald Wilson 7 April 2019 he is feelin

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Sunday 7th April 2019

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. After the service please come through to the Lounge for a cuppa and a time to talk.

All Ages Together…Next Sunday we will have an All Age Together service at 10am. There will be a choice of activities to participate in highlighting aspects of Easter.

If you notice any defects that need remedying in the building please notify the office as soon as possible

so we can communicate these to the builders.  Please do not wait for

someone else to report something as by then we may be out of our guarantee period.

New Sunday roster available – please check to see if there is a copy for you.

Wednesday Walkers: 10th April Meet 9.30am at the Fendalton Village Shopping Centre, 21 Memorial Ave. Meet out front on street. P120 parking available but limited so suggest car pooling if you can. Coffee at the popular Bakermans. All welcome. Marilyn 338 2453.

Bacon Fundraiser: Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon. $8.00 per pack 400gm (12-14 slices). Orders close on Sunday 28th  April 2019. Delivery late May (date to be advised). Joan 337 1648.

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage:  please pop in an extra egg or two when you do your shopping, and bring them along to church by NEXT Sunday so they can be delivered to the Cottage. Thank you for your support.

Easter Services:

9.30am Good Friday 19th April – we remember

10am Easter Sunday 21st April – we celebrate the resurrection.

Crafty Crafters: Thursdays 10am-12 noon at 43 St Martins Rd. Bring along an unfinished craft item, or learn a new skill. Cost $3 per session. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Looking Ahead: We will host an Anzac Day Service at 9.30am on April 25th. This will be a short simple service in which there will be opportunity to remember family members who have served in the armed forces. Morning tea will follow, and offers of Anzac biscuits can be left with the Office.

Parish Office telephones are now fully operational!

Pathways Group invites you to join the group for coffee/tea and reflection on Saturday 27th  April at 10am at the church.  The topic for discussion is “How do we find comfort in our faith?”  All welcome.


A First Aid kit, and a blanket & pillow are available in the kitchen in case of emergencies. Please remember to fill in an Incident Report if they are used. Forms are available from the Parish Office.


“Sing for the World”: Bring your voice, your heart and your desire to sing led by John Bell (The Iona Community, Scotland) Tuesday 21st May 7-9pm at Knox Church Centre, Bealey Ave. Entry by koha.


Dear friends at St Martins

At our St Mark’s Parish Council meeting last week we noted that your congregation is celebrating the return to your church worship space on 31st March and we extend greetings on that occasion. We understand this has been a very long and challenging journey and send sincere congratulations on reaching this great milestone. Our prayer is that your connection with your community continues to strengthen and grow. Some in our congregation have personal links with those in yours and we cannot help but feel some of the joy and relief that this weekend will bring to you. Also our past familiarity with your minister Dugald Wilson has meant that we are interested in this step of progress across the city. May God’s love and blessings surround you all as you enjoy Sunday’s celebration and the future ahead in your home church.

Warm regards and blessings

Janne Ross

Parish Clerk, St Mark’s, Avonhead.

To our brothers and sisters in Christ,

CONGRATULATIONS on the opening of your beautiful building. We know that it marks the end of a long and exhausting journey as well as the start of an exciting new chapter in ministry. You have our prayers and our love in all you do. We hope the $200 gift voucher will help with any final touches with landscaping and gardens.

Arohanui,

Reverend Canon Ben Truman

Anglican Parish of Opawa-St Martins

On behalf of the leadership and congregation of CNL (Cashmere New Life Church), we are pleased to see that you are now able to meet and worship in your repaired church building.

The earthquakes may have shaken the ground and damaged our buildings, but we know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And may he lead you as you continue to bring that message into the community as you have done for many years.

May God’s blessing always be upon you, and that His love is made known with the community in all that you do. 

Craig Wenmoth

Elder, CNL 

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