Sunday 10th February 2013

• Session Report – Fern Wakefield

As the disciples, who encountered Jesus, became acutely aware of priorities, so we come before you, God, ready to look at life differently.
As the disciples faithfully trusted and found their trust wonderfully rewarded,
so we come before you, God, prepared to put our loyalty to your Way before all else. As the disciples found that responding to Jesus’ call was the most challenging event of their life, so we come before you, God, and hear the words of Jesus: Follow me!

HYMN: All creatures of our God and King
All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
sing praises, hallelujah!
Bright burning sun with golden beam,
soft shining moon with silver gleam,
sing praises, sing praises,
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

O rushing winds and breezes soft,
O clouds that ride the winds aloft,
sing praises, hallelujah!
O rising morn, in praise rejoice;
O lights of evening, find a voice:
sing praises, hallelujah!
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Earth, ever fertile, day by day
Brings forth rich blessings on our way,
sing praises, hallelujah!
The flowers and fruits that verdant grow,
let them God’s glory also show;
O praise him, O praise him,
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!
Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness;
sing praises, hallelujah!
Praise, God eternal, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, three in One:
sing praises, hallelujah!
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! © G. Schirmer (VU)


SONG: One More Step Along the World
One more step along the world I go,
one more step a-long the world I go,
from the old things to the new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corners of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough,
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you. © Stainer & Bell Ltd (CH4)

READINGS: Isaiah 6: 1-8 Jessie Robb
Luke 5: 1-11 Bernie Brettell

SERMON: The Big Catch


HYMN: Will You Come and Follow Me
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same?
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
© WGRG, Iona Community (CH4)

We bring these gifts, O God, knowing that all we have is a gift from you. Your creative wonder surrounds us every day, and the blessings
of your world enable us to share what we have received.
As we give thanks for what we have, may we be encouraged to share these gifts, for the care and service of others, in Jesus’ name. Amen


HYMN: God Who Sets Us on a Journey (Tune: Hyfrydol)
God who sets us on a journey to discover, dream and grow,
lead us as you led your people in the desert long ago;
journey inward, journey outward, stir the spirit, stretch the mind;
love, for God and self and neighbour, marks the way that Christ

Exploration brings new insights, changes, choices we must face;
give us wisdom in deciding, mindful always of your grace;
should we stumble, lose our bearings, find it hard to know what’s right,
we regain our true directions focused on the Jesus light.

End our longing for the old days, grant the vision that we lack –
once we’ve started on this journey there can be no turning back;
let us travel light, discarding excess baggage from our past,
cherish only what’s essential, choosing treasure that will last.

When we set up camp and settle to avoid love’s risk and pain,
you disturb complacent comfort, pull the tent pegs up again,
keep us travelling with the knowledge you are always at our side,
give us courage for the journey, Christ our goal and Christ our guide.
© Joy Dine (FFS)

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Morning tea will be served after the service.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 13th February. Car pool 9.10am from St Martin’s Church or meet at St Albans Park 9.30am. Park in Edward Ave, just off Barbadoes St. Coffee to follow at Ris’tretto. June 332 8874.

LENTEN STUDIES 2013: Expressions of interest are sought for this year’s study groups. There will be two sessions (Monday morning & Tuesday evening) led by Chris Elliot & Alan Webster. They will run for four weeks and be open to both congregations. Please sign the list in the foyer if you are interested. More details later.

Chris is looking for participants for the dramatic readings during Lent. Clip Board in foyer. Please sign up for the different Sundays.

CUPPA & CHAT: EVERY Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525.

APW will meet on Wednesday 13th February at 9.45 am at St James Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street .
The speaker for the morning will be the Rev Susan Baldwin from Malvern talking about her adventures on the sailing ship Endeavour. There will be a Sales Table and we look forward to seeing you all at this meeting. Allison 332 0554.

ASH WEDNESDAY 13th February. St Martin’s members are welcome to join our Anglican neighbours. 10am at St Mark’s Church Lounge , Opawa Rd or 7pm at St Anne’s Church, Wilsons Rd. Chris.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday from 10am – 12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

DEADLINE FOR NEXT MAGAZINE is FRIDAY. Email contributions to or phone Anneke on 328 7459.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 11th March 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. More volunteers desperately required please! Enquiries and offers of help to Lyndsey 388 1264.

GARDENERS UNITE and divide your perennials. We will be having a garden stall at Cashmere Presbyterian Church’s Fair on 16th March. More details later regarding transport of plants to Cashmere. If you would like to help on the day, with setting up, pricing, selling – even for a short time – please let Anna know 332 6192. Mission Resource Committee.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 11th William; Wed 13th Margot (80); Fri 15th Alexandria, Beryl.

PARISH OFFICE hours: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Contact Anna on 332 6192 or email WEBSITE:

The 5th Christchurch Girls’ Brigade Company (part of Beckenham Methodist’s outreach) is looking for new members. Meetings are held every Wednesday during school terms at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, where the girls enjoy fun activities to educate, inspire and develop physical, social and educational skills.
5-8 years: 3.15 – 4.45pm. 9 & over: 7.00 – 8.30pm.
Please contact Dianne Claughton 332 2889 for further information.

WANTED: Large green bands for preserving jars. Please phone Sue 960 7657 if you can help.

HUB NEWS: Please see the noticeboard in the foyer for this week’s information.

Fair Weather – Trestle Fair

Saturday 13th April (if wet Saturday 20th April)

We will be having a Fair Weather – Trestle Fair on the Church site on Saturday 13th April 2013, (if wet Saturday 20th April) so start cleaning out your cupboards.
We will let you know in good time where to deliver your goods or would you like them to be collected?
We are only having the following stalls/tables:-
White Elephant
We do not want large electrical items, such as TVs, Computers,Stereos No household furniture please.

We look forward to everyone helping to make this event a success