Sunday 29 September 2013


The call of God does not come to superhuman beings,
but to people like ourselves;
to those who hear the call and respond with all of themselves;
often to find that the task makes of them
more than they have ever been before.
This is our call as followers of Jesus Christ:
not to easy tasks within our grasp, but to the tasks at hand,
in which God promises to be with us,
enabling us to meet exciting and formidable challenges.
May we be open to that call.

HYMN: O God, Whom We Praise (Tune: Hanover WOV 67)
O God, whom we praise from morning till night,
your grace fills our days as lustrous as light.
In joy or in sorrow we call on your name,
today and tomorrow, as always the same.

We know without you our living is vain.
You give us a view of life that’s humane,
of growing and learning that never should cease,
of working and yearning for justice and peace.

Our knowledge is frail. Your wisdom is pure.
Our scheming may fail. Your actions are sure.
Our striving can never our full hopes attain,
your truth lasts forever, eternal your reign.

Now fit us for life in this time and place.
Calm all fear and strife and grant us the grace
to stand with our Saviour, proclaiming to all,
by faith and behaviour, response to your call. © JP Huber (ASF)


C READING: Footprints Marilyn Tait

HYMN: In the Quiet Curve of Evening
In the quiet curve of evening,
in the sinking of the days,
in the silky void of darkness, you are there.
In the lapses of my breathing,
in the space between my ways,
in the crater carved by sadness, you are there.
You are there, you are there, you are there.

In the rests between the phrases,
in the cracks between the stars,
in the gaps between the meaning, you are there.
In the melting down of endings,
in the cooling of the sun,
in the solstice of the winter, you are there.
You are there, you are there, you are there.

In the mystery of my hungers,
in the silence of my rooms,
in the cloud of my unknowing, you are there.
In the empty cave of grieving,
in the desert of my dreams,
in the tunnel of my sorrow, you are there.
You are there, you are there, you are there. © Order of St Benedict (VU)

READING: Luke 10: 25-37: The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Bruce Hudson

FAITH AND LIFE ~ with Bill Lloyd

HYMN: O Jesus I Have Promised ~ Bill’s choice
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




HYMN: Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You ~ Bill’s choice
Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you,
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are travellers on the road,
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear,
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you,
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love, and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you,
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too. © Scripture in Song (CH 4)


STOP PRESS: KNOX CAFÉ EVENING 28 Bealey Ave, TONIGHT 7pm. Jean & John Brouwer will give an informal presentation about their recent travels in China, including a glimpse of earlier Presbyterian connections there. BYO drinks & nibbles. Tea & coffee provided. All Welcome.

Does anyone know of a house or flat to rent? Carol needs a place to live – please contact her on 332 2838 (evenings) if you can help.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 1st Ken; Wed 2nd Jeremy; Thu 3rd Lyn (70); Sat 5th David H & David B.

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd October: Meet 9.30am in Southampton Street, Sydenham near the corner of Longfellow Street. Fundraising morning tea at Sue’s 10.30am (wet or fine) for some of Peter’s famous cheese scones. Sue 960 7657.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am -12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.

VSA is having a Quiz Night on Thursday 3rd October, 7pm at the Cashmere Bowling Club in Crichton Tce. See the noticeboard for further details, or talk to Rob & Barb.

BACON FUNDRAISER: Fireside is again offering Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon 400 gm (12-14 slices) at $8 per pack. People who ordered this previously were very pleased with the bacon and found that it freezes well. Order by Sunday 27th October (money with order please) and it would help increase funds for the church if anyone who is able could take orders from friends. Estimated delivery date is Tuesday 5th November, ready for Show Weekend visitors! Order forms will be available next Sunday. Joan Mac 337 1648.

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).
PLEASE NOTE: THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED from 2 – 4 October. Please send any notices for next Sunday to Sonya (

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 14th October 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. More helpers always welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

A CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL is planned this year by Fireside instead of a Christmas baking sale. This will be after the Communion Service on 1st December. As well as Christmas baking we plan to sell other things suitable for Christmas eg decorations and gifts. We would be very grateful for any contributions from the congregation because money raised will go toward fundraising for the church.

Hub Activities for the week 29th September – 6th October 2013

St James Presbyterian Church
Sun 29 September Noon LA LA Lacs

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Tue 1 Oct 10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey 930 2525
Wed 2 Oct 9.30am Walking Group Southampton St. Coffee at Sue’s 960 7657
10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey
Thu 3 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 6 Oct 9am Communion Service celebrating World Communion Sunday

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 9 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi.Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Wed 11 Sept 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 12 Sept 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Contact Pat 353 0265
Fri 13 Sept 7.00pm Lift Youth Group – contact Matt 027 3890000
Sat 14 Sept 1.30pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church: no report