Bible Sunday 15 July 2012


We gather this morning to worship God.
We come, open to the power of God’s presence in our midst.
We come to listen for the living Word:
This is the Word we can trust; the Word of Life.
The Word that endures forever.

HYMN: Thanks to God Whose Word Was Spoken
Thanks to God whose word was spoken
in the making of the earth.
His the voice that called a nation,
fired her vision, tried her worth.
God has spoken, God has spoken:
praise him for his open word!

Thanks to God whose word incarnate
heights and depths of life did share.
Deeds and words and death and rising
grace in human form declare.
God has spoken, God has spoken:
praise him for his open word!

Thanks to God whose word was written
in the Bible’s sacred page,
record of the revelation
showing God to every age.
God has spoken, God has spoken:
praise him for his open word!

Thanks to God whose word is published
in the tongues of every race.
See its glory undiminished
by the change of time or place.
God is speaking, God is speaking:
praise him for his open word! © Hope Publishing (HFTC)




SONG: Songbook 20 With a Hoot and a Toot

READINGS: Isaiah 11: 1-6 ~ Hope as a visible, public, shared yearning.
Peggy Cree

Luke 4: 14-21 ~ Jesus’ Manifesto Ken Cree

HYMN: Spirit of God, Unseen as the Wind (Tune: Skye Boat Song)
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove,
teach us the truth and help us believe,
show us the Saviour’s love.

You spoke to us long, long ago,
gave us the written word;
we read it still, needing its truth,
through it God’s voice is heard.

Without your help we fail our Lord,
we cannot live his way;
we need your power, we need your strength,
following Christ each day. © Scripture Union (CH4)



HYMN: We Remember With Thanksgiving (Tune: Hymn to Joy WOV 92)
We remember with thanksgiving
those who dared frontiers of old.
Speaking words of faithful living,
they in truth the gospel told.
They believed the church’s story
that in Christ all folk are one.
Both the mission and the glory
were that God’s good will be done.

We rejoice to see the Spirit
working here and now as then,
claiming lives of those who hear it –
good news told by tongue and pen.
Reconciling, teaching, healing,
saving body, mind and soul;
peace with justice, love revealing
God’s desire to make us whole.

Into future generations
may the Word go out abroad,
so all people, lands and nations
join to praise our gracious God.
Then, in gratitude for vision,
Reaffirm, recall, rejoice,
recommit ourselves to mission,
still the church’s clearest voice. © Jane Parker Huber (SiC)

We celebrate the ability to give for our church,
and to care for others.
Receive these offerings, O God, and bless them.
Give us joy in our giving, quiet satisfaction as we see our
gifts go to work, and a reminder of all you have given us
in Jesus Christ. Amen.



HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose (Tune: Austria WOV 577 )
Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
hidden now in mystery;
nature bursts with joyful promise,
ripe with what is yet to be.
In a wealth of rich invention,
still the work of art unfolds –
barely have we seen, and faintly,
what God’s great salvation holds.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
making Jesus seen and heard.
Every age of God’s creation
grasps new meanings from the Word.
Show us, Holy Spirit, show us
your new work begun today;
eyes and ears and hearts are open,
teach us what to do and say.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
all God’s children brought to birth,
freed from hunger, fear and evil
every corner of the earth.
And a million million voices
speak with joy the Saviour’s name;
every face reflects his image,
never any two the same.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
nothing shall be left to chance.
All that lives will be united
in the everlasting dance.
All fulfilled and all perfected,
each uniquely loved and known,
Christ in glory unimagined
once for all receives his own. © Marnie Barrell (AA)

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.

A NEW PARISH PHONE LIST is now available – please contact the Office if you would like a copy, or pop your name on the clipboard in the foyer.

CUPPA & CHAT: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon. Do pop in! For details, please contact Aubrey 930 2525. All welcome.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 18th July: Meet 9.30am in Opawa Mall at Hawford Rd end. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café. Joan 338 8700.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 18th July at 7.30pm.

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

FIRESIDE FUNDRAISER: Fresh Cheese Rolls for Sale. $5 per dozen or $13 for 3 dozen. Order forms are available in the foyer. Pick up Sunday 29th July. Queries to Judith 332 1577 please.

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

MARMALADE FOR MISSIONS & BOOK EXCHANGE: Please support these fundraisers! Please note that some of the books are now in the Office.

Fundraiser for St Giles’ Papanui: All are invited to a ceilidh at St Giles on Saturday 21 July at 7.30pm. Tickets $10 per person (available from Music Works, Colombo Street) or speak to Irene Gray for more details.

Richmond Handbell Choir presents a Midwinter Musical on Sunday 22 July 2pm at Blue Skies Youth Lodge, Kaiapoi. $5 entry fee. Phone Clare 360 3831 for more information.

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wednesday 18th Peggy & Fiona.