Sunday 24 June 2012


God is the unshakeable strength of our lives.
God is like a light shining,
lighting up every shadow and fearful place.
Let us place our hope in God, who believes in us.
May we be strong because God is behind us and before us.
Let us put our hope in God and in what he is doing among us.

HYMN: God is Here (Tune: Blaenwern WOV 165(ii) )
God is here and we his people,
meet to offer praise and prayer
May we find in fuller measure
what it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us
all our varied skills and arts;
wait the coming of the Spirit
into open minds and hearts.

Here are symbols to remind us
of our lifelong need of grace.
Here are table, font and pulpit,
here the cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching,
here in silence as in speech,
here in newness and renewal,
God the Spirit comes to each.

Here our children find a welcome
in the Shepherd’s flock and fold.
Here, we come and meet in oneness,
Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant,
seek in worship to explore,
what it means in daily living,
to believe and to adore.

Lord of all, of Church and Kingdom,
in an age of change and doubt,
keep us faithful to the Gospel,
help us work your purpose out.
Here in this day’s dedication,
all we have to give receive.
We who cannot live without you.
We adore you! We believe.



READING: David takes a stand – from 1 Samuel 17
Jeannette Beaumont

REFLECTION: In the waiting time we are not alone.

BOARD OF MANAGERS’ REPORT – Buildings and Insurance
A Time of Questions and Discussion


SUNG DEDICATION (Tune: Stuttgart WOV 200)
Grant us, God, the grace of giving,
with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living
we may offer faithfully. C/A


HYMN: Take Courage and Trust (Tune: Foundation WOV 491(i))
Take courage and trust your creator and friend;
the one who has called you will guide to the end.
Remember the promise your Saviour has made;
I’ll never forsake you, when weak or afraid.

My people, I love you, I call you by name.
I am your companion through flood and through flame.
I cherish you, hold you in deepest esteem,
and help you accomplish far more than you dream.

Through deep flowing waters your pathway may cross,
but I will support you in challenge or loss.
Walk on through the fire, through the testing and strife.
My grace will sustain you, restoring your life.

The storm winds may shatter the life you have known,
yet I will be with you, for you are my own.
Great tremors may shake the foundations of earth;
through change and destruction I lead to new birth.”
© Ruth Duck (DITU)

A very warm welcome to you all as you worship with us this morning. Please stay for a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge after the service.

THANKSGIVING OFFERING: Please ensure your name or giving number is on the front of the envelope if you require a receipt.

CUPPA & CHAT Mondays 6.30 – 8.00pm with FREE soup and rolls Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525. All welcome.

FIRESIDE meets on Tuesday 26th June at 7.30pm in the church lounge. This will be a planning and “sewing bee” meeting, at which any interested women are welcome. Adult sized costumes [simple design] are needed for plays/presentations. Would those who are able to bring sewing machines please discuss that with Allison. For others needles and scissors would be helpful. Enquiries: Margaret 3668936

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 27th June: Meet 9.30am on the corner of Huxley & Ingoldsby Streets. Coffee at church. June 332 8874.

CARING & SHARING meets this Wednesday 27th June at 2pm in the Lounge, with entertainment by Vee Jay. All welcome. Barbara 942 1939.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12 noon. New faces always welcome! Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Thursday 2nd August. Lyndsey 388 1264.

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers!

FUNDS RAISED TO DATE THIS YEAR: Coffee & chat koha $249.80; Crafty Crafters $935.92; Mission Table $1314.10; Foot Clinic $932.35; Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch $265; Cake Stall $460.50 & Craft Stall $42.39 – which makes a total of $4200.06!

TANZANIAN OVERSEAS MISSION PROJECT: Check out the Orphanage’s website: and see how to donate online.

THE MISSION RESOURCE TEAM is seeking expressions of interest regarding winter board game sessions (Mon or Fri afternoon and/or weekend family night.) Please see clipboards for details or speak to Lyndsey 388 1264.

MEN’S CHRISTIAN CONVENTION at the La Vida Centre 34a Hansons Lane, Riccarton, Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th June 6.45 – 9.30pm. Speaker: Al Stewart. Registration information online at, email:, or write to Box 20154, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8053.

RISINGHOLME SINGERS present “Requiem 9/11” by Murray Lennox TODAY 2.30pm at St Michael & All Angels’ Church, cnr Durham St and Oxford Tce. $10 adults, children free.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS Wed & Thurs 9am – 12 noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 26th Christine; Wed 27th Gwendoline.