Sunday service

Sunday service
10:00 am 10 April 2011
St Martins Church, 43 St Martins Road

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP: (John van de Laar – adapted)
It is good news, this Gospel:
the message of God’s reign among us;
the reality of God’s presence with us;
the challenge of God’s justice calling us.
It is good news: a call to celebration,
a reason to bring out our best,
and offer it to God in extravagant thanksgiving
and reckless devotion;
an excuse for shouting it to the world,
and letting our passion for this Saviour be seen.

Whatever we may face:
whatever wrong we might encounter;
whatever injustice we might resist,
we refuse to forget the life, the celebration,
that this Good News offers;
because it is truly good and liberating news
and neither cynicism or disbelief
are capable of stealing our joy.

HYMN: 68 Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

OPENING PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

CHILDREN’S HYMN: Songbook 26 The Church is Wherever

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Isaiah 43:16-21 Sue
John 12:1-8 Deborah

HYMN: 109 Tell Out My Soul

SERMON: Extravagant giving…taking risks for others

A TIME OF QUIET

OFFERING:
God, we bring this offering to you
mindful of all the gifts you give.
Touch our gifts with Mary’s generosity of spirit,
that they may in turn touch the sad, the lonely,
the powerless, and the suffering,
in the name of Jesus. Amen.

HYMN: Songbook 10 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Song of Faith That Sings Forever
© Shirley Murray (FFS)

THE BLESSING

Followed by –

May the Lord, Mighty God (Tune: Eidelweiss)

May the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you for ever;
grant you peace, perfect peace,
courage in every endeavour.

Lift up your eyes and see his face
and his grace for ever;
may the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you for ever.