Sunday 13 October 2013


CALL TO WORSHIP: (adapted from Psalm 66)
Praise God, with shouts of joy, all people.
Sing about the glory of his name!
Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!
Tell the world how glorious he is.
Praise God, whose presence has been with the faithful in times past.
With the people of Israel when they escaped from Egypt,
with the immigrants and refugees coming into the land of promise.
Praise God, whose care is for each person, struggling or free.

HYMN: O Worship the King
O Worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing God’s power and God’s love,
our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendour, and girded with praise.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, your power has founded of old,
has stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it has cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail.
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail;
your mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend! (C/A)



READINGS: Jeremiah 29: 1, 4–7 Herb Madgwick
Luke 17: 11–19 Catherine Fitchett

HYMN: Who is my mother?
Who is my brother?
All those who gather round Jesus Christ:
Spirit-blown people
born from the Gospel
sit at the table, round Jesus Christ.

Differently abled,
differently labelled
widen the circle round Jesus Christ,
crutches and stigmas,
cultures’ enigmas
all come together round Jesus Christ.

Love will relate us –
colour or status
can’t segregate us round Jesus Christ:
family failings,
human derailings,
all are accepted, round Jesus Christ.

Bound by one vision,
met for one mission
we claim each other, round Jesus Christ.
Here is my mother,
here is my brother,
kindred in Spirit, round Jesus Christ. © Shirley Murray (AA)

SERMON: Jesus in the Borderlands – again!

God, we bring our gifts with thanksgiving; we bring our gifts seeking wholeness and healing – for the earth and all its creatures.
May these gifts go to work in the homes of our church community.
May these gifts go to work in our communities and in places far from here; among those we know and those whose names we will never know.
Bless these gifts, as we dedicate ourselves to the healing, reconciling work of Jesus Christ. Amen.

HYMN: Every Day I Will Offer You
Every day I will offer you,
loving God, my heart and mind,
every way I discover you
in the work your hand has signed;
help me see I’m your image, and
you have dreamed what I might be,
every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy!

Every day I will look to Christ,
and give thanks for wine and bread
through the pain and the emptiness
where your world cries to be fed;
help me see I can work for change,
and wherever I might be,
every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy!

Every day I will take your word,
answer your compassion’s claim,
celebrate every sign of hope,
every deed done in your name;
help me see you are always there,
and your light can shine through me,
every day in your Spirit,
I’ll find the love and energy! © Shirley Murray (AA)



Eternal Spirit, Earth-Maker, Pain-Bearer, Life-Giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven.
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice and peace be followed by the peoples of the world! Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory and power that is love,
now and forever. Amen.

HYMN: All the Wonder That Surrounds Us
All the wonder that surrounds us
springs from God’s care:
all that marvels or confounds us,
raw, rich or rare;
touch and texture, sights and voices,
nature’s countless forms and choices:
all for which the heart rejoices
springs from God’s care.

Every creature, every human
lives by God’s grace:
every family, man and woman,
culture and race;
those whom fortune seems to favour,
those exploited for their labour,
those who need to know a neighbour
live by God’s grace.

God has willed that peace and justice
walk hand in hand.
These, with love, shall build foundations
on which we’ll stand:
love for lover, friend and stranger,
love defying death and danger,
love as first born in a manger –
heaven close at hand. © WGRG, The Iona Community(GIA Publications)


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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please contact Lyndsey 388 1264 if you would like to help.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 16th October: Ilam Gardens Gold Card Special. Catch the Orbiter departing St Martins at 9.08am (parking near the University is very limited, though is a Pay Park by Ngaio Marsh Theatre). Meet at the bus shelter by the Garden entrance in Ilam Rd. June 332 8874.

COMBINED MEETING of Session & Board of Managers on Wednesday 16th October at 7.30pm.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS meets every Thursday 10am -12 noon in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome. Please contact Beverley 332 7786 for more information.

BACON FUNDRAISER: Fireside is again offering Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon 400 gm (12-14 slices) at $8 per pack. 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. Delivery: first week in November. Order forms are available from Joan Mac 337 1648.

DEADLINE FOR ARTICLES FOR NEXT MAGAZINE is Sunday 10th November. Anneke is looking for contributions NOW. Please email them to: or post to 5 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton 8082. Queries? Phone Anneke on 328 7459.

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 displayed in the Lounge.

CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL Sunday 1st December. Fireside would be very grateful for any contributions from the congregation.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sunday 13th Jenny; Friday 18th Barbara.

Hub Activities for the week 13th – 20th October 2013

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 14 Oct 7.30pm Men’s Muster in Hall Lounge
7.30pm Craft Group in Church Lounge
Tues 15 Oct 9.30am Tuesday Kidz in Hall Lounge
Thurs 17 Oct 8.30am-4.30pm ‘The Temptations of Christ’ at Westside Apostolic Church, 13 Watts Rd, Sockburn
9.45am Discussion Group
7.30pm Women Journeying at Helen’s,134 William Brittan Ave. Ann Brown speaking about her time in a Vietnam orphanage earlier this year.
Fri 18 Oct 9.30am-1.30pm followed by lunch, Kiwi Christianity Hui at North City Church, 95A Sawyers Arms Rd, Papanui. $20/day. Register on website (talk to Stephanie)
4.30pm Friday Kidz in Kidz Live Room
Sat 19 Oct 10.30-3.30pm Kiwi Christianity Hui – as above
Sun 20 Oct 12 noon We are invited to a BBQ at Cashmere Presbyterian. You may like to bring a contribution to the meal.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Mon 14 Oct 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Lyndsey 388 1264
Tue 15 Oct 10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey 930 2525
Wed 16 Oct 9.30am Walking Group at Ilam Gardens. June 332 8874
10am-12noon Cuppa & Chat. Aubrey 930 2525
7.30pm Combined meeting of Session & Board of Managers.
Thu 17 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 20 Oct 9am Morning Worship

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 14 Oct 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Wed 16 Oct 1.00 pm Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 17 Oct 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls Contact Pat 353 0265
Fri 18 Oct 7.00pm Lift Youth Group – contact Matt 027 3890000
Sat 19 Oct 1.30pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Wed 16 Oct 2pm Cashmere APW in Lounge