Sunday 10 November 2013

THE GATHERING (rf Psalm 98 ~ The Message)
Let us sing to God a brand-new song. He’s made a world of wonders! He rolled up his sleeves, he set things right.
He showed the world what he could do. He remembered to love us. Shout your praises to God, everybody! Let loose and sing! Strike up the band! Round up an orchestra to play for God,
Add on a hundred-voice choir. Feature trumpets and big trombones, Fill the air with praises to the Lord God.
Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause, With everything living on earth joining in. Let ocean breakers call out, “Encore!”
And mountains harmonize the finale – A tribute to God when he comes, when he comes to set the earth right.

HYMN: For the Music of Creation (Tune: Austria WOV 577)
For the music of creation,
for the song your Spirit sings,
for your sound’s divine expression,
burst of joy in living things:
God, our God, the world’s composer,
hear us, echoes of your voice:
music is your art, your glory,
let the human heart rejoice!

Psalms and symphonies exalt you,
drum and trumpet, string and reed,
simple melodies acclaim you,
tunes that rise from deepest need,
hymns of longing and belonging,
carols from a cheerful throat,
lilt of lullaby and love song
catching heaven in a note.

All the voices of the ages
in transcendent chorus meet,
worship lifting up the senses,
hands that praise and dancing feet;
over discord and division
music speaks your joy and peace,
harmony of earth and heaven,
song of God that cannot cease! © Shirley Murray (AA)



SONG: Butterfly Song
If I were a butterfly,
I’d thank you, Lord, for giving me wings;
and if I were a robin in a tree,
I’d thank you, Lord, that I could sing;
and if I were a fish in the sea,
I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.
For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile,
you gave me Jesus and you made me your child,
and I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.

If I were an elephant,
I’d thank you, Lord, by raising my trunk;
and if I were a kangaroo,
you know I’d hop right up to you;
and if I were an octopus,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fine looks,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”.

If I were a wiggly worm,
I’d thank you, Lord that I could squirm;
and if I were a crocodile,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my big smile;
and if I were a fuzzy-wuzzy bear,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fuzzy-wuzzy hair,
but I just thank you, God, for making me “me.” ?Brian Howard (NJS)
READINGS: Haggai 1:12 – 2:9 Joan Macdonald
Luke 20: 27- 40 Deborah Fitchett


Creator God, we see your hand open wide to satisfy the need of every living creature. May we have thankful hearts, for all your loving care and kindness. Help us to be faithful stewards of the gifts you have given us, to care for the world around us, and to share your love with all people.
Bless these gifts we bring, in Jesus name. Amen.

HYMN: God of History – Recent, Ancient (Tune:Hyfrydol WOV148ii)
God of history – recent, ancient –
God of every yesterday,
still our God in this day’s moments,
where we go and where we stay:
You have set us in this context,
time, relationship, and place,
hear our praise and glad thanksgiving
for all signs of present grace.

You have called us from division
into unity and hope.
Each and all belong together
in the world’s kaleidoscope.
Help us listen to the voices
daring us to be and do
what you plan for church and people,
loving others, praising you.

How are we, then, called to answer
as we work and as we live,
called to justice, called to mission,
learning to receive and give?
Shall we build a bridge of promise?
Tear down walls that split, divide?
Fling wide doorways, open windows?
Let the spirit come inside?
God, you point us toward the future
where Christ leads and shows the way.
Here and now, work not yet finished
needs our strength and will today.
Thus we move into tomorrow,
called to live and work and be
reconcilers, pilgrim people,
called by Christ, by Christ set free. ? JP Huber (ASF)


HYMN: There’s a Spirit in the Air (Tune: Lauds)
There’s a Spirit in the air,
telling Christians everywhere:
“Praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.”

Lose your shyness, find your tongue
tell the world what God has done:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When believers break the bread,
when a hungry child is fed,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.

Still the Spirit gives us light,
seeing wrong and setting right:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When a stranger’s not alone,
where the homeless find a home,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working in our world.

May the Spirit fill our praise,
guide our thoughts and change our ways.
God in Christ has come to stay,
live tomorrow’s life today! © Brian Wren (VU)

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.
TANZANIAN LUNCH: The annual lunches to raise funds for the Orphanage we support in Tanzania will be held next Sunday 17th November. Put your names down TODAY for one of the venues: Sonya & David; Lyndsey McKay; Aubrey & Rachel; Rob & Barb. $5 for a simple lunch. Please support us if you can. Barb 379 1474.
FIREWOOD FOR SALE: $100 a low-sided trailer load. Please contact Barry 338 4622 or David 339 7038 if you would like a load (or two!)
BECKENHAM METHODIST Midweek Meal Tuesday 12th November 6pm. All are welcome. Contact Graham 332 2889 for more information.
THE CHRISTCHURCH APW will meet on Wednesday 13th November 9.45am at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Barrington St. This will be our final meeting for the year and will be a Christmas service led by the Rev Anne Stewart. We will be blessing the Christmas hampers for Pillars and finishing with a festive morning tea. All are welcome to attend. Allison 332 0554.
WEDNESDAY WALKERS 13th November: Please meet at the bus stop by the Ferrymead shops on Ferry Rd to catch the bus to Sumner at 9.08am. Further details at the beginning of the walk. Anneke 328 7459. Email
CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. New faces are always welcome ?. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon and Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email The Office will be closed this Friday (Show Day). Please ensure Anna has any notices by 8pm on TUESDAY. There are internet connection difficulties in the Office currently, so emails need to be sent in plenty of time to be accessed from the web offsite. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
HUB NEWS: This week’s information is displayed in the Lounge.
FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th December 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please book through the Parish Office.
FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL Sunday 1st December. We will be having our usual Christmas baking, but would be very grateful for any contributions from the congregation eg Christmas decorations, novelties, new gifts that you think may be suitable for Christmas. For more information, please speak to Judith 332 1577 or Allison 332 0554.
PLANT & QUALITY PRE-LOVED CLOTHING SALE: Saturday 23rd November 10am-1pm at St Anne’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Wilsons & Centaurus Roads. There will also be a sausage sizzle. Everyone welcome.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 10th Denise; Mon 11th Barbara; Thu 14th Berta, Ruby (90).

Hub Activities for the week 10th- 17th November

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Nov 7.00pm Craft Group
7.00pm Men’s Muster
Tues 12 Nov 9.30am Tuesday Kidz in Hall Lounge
Wed 13 Nov 9.45am Christchurch APW. Rev Anne Stewart will be leading a
Christmas Service and blessing the Christmas
Hampers for Pillars.
10.00am Foot Clinic in Hall Lounge
2.00pm Mid-week Communion, Whareora, Athelstan St
Thurs 14 Nov 9.30am Foot Clinic in Hall Lounge
Fri 15 Nov 4.30pm Friday Kidz in Kidz Live Room

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Wed 13 Nov 9.30am Walking Group-phone Office 332 6192 for details
Thu 14 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3 per session. New faces
always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Fri 15 Nov SHOW Day. Office closed.
Sun 17 Nov 9am Morning Worship
12 noon Tanzanian Lunch

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Nov 9.30am & 10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tues 12 Nov 10.00am Mainly Music. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 13 Nov 10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thurs 14 Nov 9.30am &10.40am Tai Chi for seniors in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 15 Nov 7.00pm Lift Youth Group. Matt 027 3890000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Nov 9.30am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
2.00pm Foot Clinic – phone office for appointments
Tues 12 Nov 7.30pm Cashmere Residents Association AGM (drinks &
nibbles from 7pm), with speakers: Prof. Bryan
Jenkins – Lower Avon Heritage Trail Project;
Margaret Sweet – Friends of Ngaio Marsh
House; an update on CREST followed by an
open community forum.
Wed 13 Nov 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 14 Nov 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
7.30pm Choir Practice