Lent 5 Sunday 17 March 2013


CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Philippians 3: 12-14):
God, go with us on our journey,
God, stay with us through these days of Lent.
Not that we have already reached the goal,
not that we have fully arrived,
but laying aside what lies behind,
and stretching forward to what lies ahead,
we press on toward the goal of God’s call in Christ Jesus;
but we know we will never run this race alone.

HYMN: Sing Your Praise to God Eternal
Sing your praise to God eternal, sing your praise to God the Son,
sing your praise to God the Spirit, living and forever One.
God has made us, God has blessed us, God has called us to be true.
God rules over all creation, daily making all things new.

Join the praise of every creature, sing with singing birds at dawn;
when the stars shine forth at nightfall, hear their heavenly antiphon.
Praise God for the light of summer, autumn glories, winter snows,
for the coming of the springtime and the life of all that grows.

Praise God on our days of gladness for the summons to rejoice;
praise God in our times of sadness for the calm, consoling voice.
God our Maker, strong and loving, Christ our Saviour, Leader, Lord,
living God, Creator Spirit, be your holy name adored!
© Emmanuel College, Toronto (VU)


TIME WITH THE CHILDREN – Cynthia & Jamie Cross

SONG: How is Jesus Present?
How is Jesus present? How is Jesus present?
How is Jesus present today?
Tell me how he’s present. Tell me how he’s present.
Tell me how he’s present today.

He’s present in the children, present in the family,
present in the meal that you share.
He’s present when you’re laughing, present when you’re giving,
present when you listen and care.

But I cannot see him, but I cannot see him,
but I cannot see him today.
Are you just pretending? How can it be real?
I would like to see him today.

Every time you listen, every time you’re sorry,
every time you care for a friend,
that is when he’s present, though you do not see him,
“I am with you always”, he said.

Now I understand. Now I understand.
Let us celebrate today!
He’s present in the Word, present in the people,
present in the breaking of bread. © Cecily Sheehy (AA)


READINGS: Isaiah 43:16-21 John McKean

John 12:1-8 ~ Jessie Robb and others

SUNG RESPONSE: Be Still My Heart, My Mind, My Busy World
Be still my heart, my mind, my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word.
Be still my heart, my mind, my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word. © John Murray (FFS)

SERMON: Waste not want not?


HYMN: We Sing a Love That Sets All People Free (Tune: Woodlands)
We sing a love that sets all people free,
that blows like wind, that burns like scorching flame,
enfolds like earth, springs up like water clear:
come, living love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love that seeks another’s good,
that longs to serve and not to count the cost,
a love that, yielding, finds itself made new:
come, caring love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love, unflinching, unafraid
to be itself, despite another’s wrath,
a love that stands alone and undismayed:
come, strengthening love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love, that, wandering, will not rest
until it finds its way, its home, its source,
through joy and sadness pressing on refreshed:
come, pilgrim love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a burning, fiery, Holy Ghost
that seeks out shades of ancient bitterness,
transfiguring these, as Christ in every heart:
come joyful love, live in our hearts today. © Stainer & Bell (CH 4)

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 touch the sad, the lonely, and the needs
of our communities; in Jesus’ name. Amen.



HYMN: Be Thou My Vision
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art,
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, my calm in all strife;
I ever with thee, and thou in my life;
thou loving parent: thy child may I be;
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor earth’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, the first in my heart,
great God of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

Great God of Heaven, after victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O ruler of all. C/A


BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 17th Marie; Tue 19th Rosalie; Fri 22nd Audrey; Sat 23rd Eian.

Burnbrae Street will be closed from Monday 18 March to mid May for traffic going down to the river from St Martins Rd – open to one way traffic from river up to St Martins Rd. SCIRT recommends using Eastern Tce – EXCEPT THIS IS CLOSED NEXT SUNDAY 23 MARCH FOR CITY2SURF.
Plan your route to Beckenham Methodist with care and allow extra time!

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

READERS are still required for Good Friday. Please sign the list on the clipboard in the foyer if you are available. Thank You.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 20th March: A Morning at Diamond Harbour. Gold Card Special. Catch No 28 bus which goes along Opawa Rd to Lyttelton at 9.20am (park in Hawford Rd). This bus links with the 9.50 ferry to Diamond Harbour. “Energetic” walk up to the Country Store, then undulating meander round to the church and a conducted tour of the Goddard Reserve. Coffee at The Country Store for “brunch”. June 332 8874.

COMBINED Session & Board of Managers’ meeting Wednesday 20th March 7.30pm.

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.

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

The information presented to the parish on 3 March regarding the future of the church buildings is available on the website: www.stmartins.org.nz

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 22nd April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Enquiries and offers of help to Lyndsey 388 1264.

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.