Sunday 2 February 2014

CALL TO WORSHIP – from the rear of the church
Let us see the glow of the sunrise as a sign:
Christ’s hopeful light, ending the darkness.
Let us see the beam from a lighthouse as a sign:
Christ’s light of security in a fast changing world.
Let us see the clear guide from a flashlight as a sign:
Christ’s revealing light, exposing the ways of self absorption
and greed.
Let us see the gentle light of a candle as a sign:
and worship God in Christ, the Light of the World for his time,
for our time, and all time beyond.

HYMN: Sing Your Praise to God Eternal (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148 ii)
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)




SONG: The Church is Wherever God’s People are Praising
The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
singing God’s goodness for joy on this day.
The Church is wherever disciples of Jesus
remember his story and walk in his way.

The Church is wherever God’s people are helping
caring for neighbours in sickness and need.
The Church is wherever God’s people are sharing
the words of the Bible in gift and in deed. © W. Jenkins
(Adapted by permission of John Knox Press (VU)


READINGS: Micah 6: 1-8 Wayne Barton
Matthew 5: 1-12 from The Message June Service

SERMON: Is there a “secret to happiness?


Our gifts are blessed through your Spirit, O God.
They find sadness and bring comfort;
they find despair and bring hope;
they find people caught in a rut and bring freedom;
they find talent and uncover it for all to see;
they find seeking hearts and bring fresh insights;
the same way Jesus did!
Bless not only these gifts, but us, as we commit ourselves
to live your life in the world. Amen.



HYMN: I Come With Joy a Child of God (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 452)
I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved, and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.
I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here.

Together met, together bound,
by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one. ? Stainer & Bell (CH 4)

God be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
United in his love, we give God thanks and praise.

God’s light shines … Jesus’ light shines still among us.
On Good Friday he died.
At Easter he rose again.
Today he lives forever.



HYMN: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Make me a channel of your peace:
where there is hatred let me bring your love,
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
and where there’s doubt, true faith in you:
O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
where there’s despair in life let me bring hope,
where there is darkness, only light,
and where there’s sadness, ever joy:
Make me a channel of your peace:
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
© Franciscan Communications (NJS)


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

SUMMER OF FUN Community Event Sunday 16 February 2.30 – 4.30pm. If you can help distribute fliers to local letterboxes, please collect some today.

CAN YOU HELP? We would like donations of baking and jams to sell at the Fun Day on 16th Feb if possible. If anyone has spare fresh fruit or vegetables on the day that would be great too. Please see Sue 960 7657 for details.

The bottle of Wattie’s Tomato Sauce left behind at the BBQ can be collected by its owner from the church kitchen this morning!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 5th February: Meet 9.30am at the corner of Beckford & Wilsons Rds. Coffee at Café Mint. June 332 8874.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. New faces welcome ?. No meeting this Thursday 6th February (Waitangi Day) $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. The Office will be closed on Thursday for Waitangi Day, so this week’s notices need to be in by WEDNESDAY 9am please.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 10th March 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office 332 6192 to book.

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 4th John; Thu 6th Rob; Fri 7th Kim.

Hub Activities for the week 2nd – 9th February 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tues 4 Feb final day for contributions to Connect newsletter
Fri 7 Feb 4.30pm Friday Kids starts
Sun 9 Feb 10am Church service – ‘Waitangi’

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 2 Feb 9am Communion
Wed 5 Feb 9.30am Walking Group. Phone June 332 8874 for details
Thu 6 Feb Waitangi Day. Office Closed. NO Crafty Crafters.
Sun 9 Feb 9am Morning Worship

ADVANCE NOTICE: Summer of Fun Community Event Sunday 16 February 2.30-4.30pm on our site 43 St Martins Rd. Everyone Welcome.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mon 3 Feb 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tue 4 Feb 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wed 5 Feb 9.30 am U3A in lounge. Pauline 332 0453
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thu 6 Feb 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fri 7 Feb 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program in lounge. Matt 027 389 0000

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 2 Feb 10.00am Morning Worship
Mon 3 Feb 9.15am Pre-School Music. Anna 331 6252
1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
Sun 9 Feb 10.00am Family Service