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
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
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)
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.