Sunday 21 July 2013

• Session Report

All people are welcome in this community, this family of God’s people.
It is a day to rejoice, to celebrate the whole family of God.
It is a day to celebrate God’s gifts to us;
the gift of each one of us, together the body of Christ.
As God’s people, our baptism prepares us for the journey of faith.
Come, let us celebrate! Let us worship God.

HYMN: All People That on Earth Do Dwell
All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell,
come ye before him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto:
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

For why the Lord our God is good,
his mercy is for ever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure. C/A



The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth,

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he arose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father;
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Aaronic Blessing: The Lord Bless You and Keep You
The Lord bless you, and keep you:
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

Presentation of the Baptismal Certificate


HYMN: O Jesus I Have Promised
O Jesus, I have promised
to serve you to the end;
Lord, be for ever near me,
my Saviour and my friend:
I shall not fear the journey
if you are by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if you will be my guide.

O let me feel you near me:
the world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but, Jesus, draw me nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear you speaking
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will;
Lord, speak to reassure me,
to chasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
true guardian of my soul.

Lord, let me see your footmarks,
and in them plant my own;
that I may follow boldly
and in your strength alone;
O guide me, call me, draw me,
uphold me to the end;
now give me grace to follow,
my Saviour and my friend. C/A

READINGS: Deuteronomy 6: 1-9 Bill Lloyd
From Psalm 139; and Mark 10:13-16 Audrey Dunnachie

SERMON: Baptism as Belonging

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)

God, we thank you for your generosity and grace.
Once more we have celebrated your promises that bind us together as your people.
Bless these gifts we bring, that they may be used to pass on the story we have received, that women, men and children might know your love and be nurtured in faith, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


HYMN: As a Fire is Meant for Burning
As a fire is meant for burning with a bright and warming flame,
so the church is meant for mission, giving, glory to God’s name.
Not to preach our creeds or customs, but to build a bridge of care,
we join hands across the nations, finding neighbours everywhere.

We are learners, we are teachers, we are pilgrims on the way.
We are seekers, we are givers, we are vessels made of clay.
By our gentle, loving actions, we would show that Christ is light.
In a humble, listening Spirit, we would live to God’s delight.

As a green bud in the springtime is a sign of life renewed,
so may we be signs of oneness mid earth’s peoples, many hued.
As a rainbow lights the heavens when a storm is past and gone,
may our lives reflect the radiance of God’s new and glorious dawn.
© Ruth Duck (VU)


A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Morning tea will be served after the service.
We welcome Daniel Luke Alexander McKean who is to be baptised, and his family. All are invited to sign the baptismal book.

Sunday Services: The worship time for Sunday 28th July & Sunday 4th August is 10am.

ANNUAL REPORTS DUE NOW: You have 10 days left! Please give them to Anna or email them to the Office as soon as possible, and by WEDNESDAY 31st JULY at the very latest. Chris.

If you would be willing to take part in a Faith and Life series on Sunday morning, please see Chris for more details.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

FIRESIDE: Jill has invited us to her home at 7.30pm for our meeting on Tuesday 23rd July. She will tell us about her time as “Mrs Plunket”, and suggests bringing any Plunket books that people still have. Others welcome. Jill 332 2022. Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 24th July: Please meet 9.30am in Stourbridge St near the entrance to Oderings for a walk around “Upper/Lower Cashmere”. Coffee at Oderings. All Welcome. Joan 338 8700.

CARING & SHARING: Wednesday 24th July 2pm in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. All are welcome to join us for friendship and a cuppa. Fern 332 4725.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS is not meeting on Thursday 25th July.
A group from Crafty Crafters is teaching knitting at Beckenham School in the 3rd term. We need 5mm needles (preferably short) for the children. Alternatively, donations of $3 would be appreciated so we can purchase them from Spotlight. Donations of double knitting wool would also be very welcome. Please see Beverley 332 7786 if you can help.

COPY for next Magazine wanted please. Deadline NEXT Sunday 28th July. Any contributions gratefully received. Anneke 328 7459 or email:

Anne & Doug Johns send their very best wishes to everyone at St Martins. They are holidaying in Europe and enjoying the hot weather. Check the screen for pictures during the Offering!


NOTICES need to be received by 9am Thursday please. Anna.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email Location: St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Rd (at the rear of the site near the sandpit).

HUB NEWS: This week’s information is now displayed in the Lounge.

An invitation from the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch to attend a free public lecture by Denis McNamara on church architecture and the tradition of buildings from an architectural theological perspective. Thursday 1st August 7pm at the Air Force Museum. An indication of numbers is appreciated. Email:

A free Archaeological Exhibit will be on display at Westfield Riccarton from 22 July to 4 August. This collection of ancient near eastern and Egyptian artefacts and replicas is in New Zealand for the first time to promote a half day seminar “Ancient Mysteries Reveal the Future”. Information about the exhibit and registration for the free seminar can be found at

STOP PRESS: On Sunday 4th August after Morning Worship there will be a combined light lunch with the Beckenham Methodist congregation. More details next week. Chris.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 24th Aubrey; Fri 26th Rachael.