Sunday 11 May 2014


We gather this morning to meet each other with conversation and friendship, and within the mystery of worship.
We gather to dream our dreams for the future,
hoping that God will turn dreams into vision,
all within the mystery of prayer.
We gather this morning to remember the needs and opportunities of our communities and world,
within the mystery of being one humanity.

HYMN: God is Here (Tune: Austria WOV 577)
God is here! As we his people
meet to offer praise and prayer,
may we find in fuller measure
what it is in Christ we share:
Here, as in the world around us,
all our varied skills and arts
wait the coming of His Spirit
into open minds and hearts

Here are symbols to remind us
of our lifelong need of grace;
here are table, font and pulpit,
here the cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching,
here in silence, as in speech,
here in newness and renewal
God the Spirit comes to each.

Here our children find a welcome
in the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
here as bread and wine are taken,
Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant
seek in worship to explore
what it means in daily living
to believe and to adore.

Lord of all, of Church and Kingdom,
in an age of change and doubt,
keep us faithful to the gospel,
help us work your purpose out.
Here, in this day’s dedication,
all we have to give, receive;
we who cannot live without you,
we adore you! We believe. © Hope Publishing (VU)


The Lord is my Shepherd and I want to follow
wherever he leads me, wherever he goes.
Over the mountains, the waters and by ways,
valleys and highways he’s waiting for me.
I want to go to meet him there,
to lay myself down in his love.
The Lord is my Shepherd and I want to follow,
wherever he leads me, wherever he goes.

And while on the journey to where we are going
he promised to be there to help us along and
over the mountains we’ll walk on together
to know all the wonders he’s given to me.
I want to go to meet him there,
to lay myself down in his love
The Lord is my Shepherd and I want to follow,
wherever he leads me, wherever he goes. © Brian Boniwell (TLD) LORD DELIGHTS


CHILDREN’S SONG: The Church is Wherever God’s People
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: Acts 2: 42-47 Life Among the Believers Judith Mackay

HYMN: The Lord is My Shepherd and I Want to Follow

John 10: 1-10 Jesus the Good Shepherd Bob Kayes


God our creator, your welcome to us is warm and your provision generous; your goodness and mercy overflow. We bring these gifts today: money we have earned or saved, food we have prepared
or chosen. Use them so that your abundant life is shared
with those who need it most, in Jesus’ name. Amen

HYMN: Who Is My Mother
Who is my mother, who is my brother?
All those gathered 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, culture’s 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 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, through Jesus Christ. © Shirley Murray (AA)



HYMN: Filled With the Spirit’s Power (Tune: Woodlands WOV 328)
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord
the infant church confessed its risen Lord.
O Holy Spirit, in the church today
no less your power of fellowship display.

Now with the mind of Christ set us on fire,
that unity may be our great desire.
Give joy and peace, give faith to hear your call,
and readiness in each to work for all.

Widen our love, good Spirit, to embrace
with your compassion all the human race.
Like wind and fire with life among us move,
till we are known as Christ’s, and Christian prove.
© Hope Publishing (WOV & VU)


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

Chris is looking for a person to play the parts of the younger Saul and an older Paul in next week’s reading. Please see her TODAY if you can help.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The Induction & Ordination of the three new Elders will be held on Sunday 25th May.

COPY IS NOW REQUIRED FOR THE NEXT “MESSENGER”. Please send all contributions to Anneke at 5 Simeon Quay Lyttelton or email: Deadline is next Sunday, 18th May.

APW meets this Wednesday 14th May 9.45am at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street. The speaker is Julie Collins from the Open Home Foundation, and we invite you to bring small gifts to go into the welcome packs for the children (see your April newsletter for details). There will be a Sales Table. Allison 332 0554.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 14th May: Meet 9.30am at the corner of Centaurus Road & Palatine Tce. Others are welcome to join us at 10.30 for coffee at “Kaizuka”. Margaret 366 8936.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 9th June 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.
NB: Anna will be in the Office after 10.30am this Friday (16th May).

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.
GARAGE SALE St Mark’s Church Opawa Rd Sat 17th May 9am-12pm


Activities for the week 11th – 18th May 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Wed 14 May 9.45am A.P.W. meet at St James.
Thurs 15 May 7.30pm Women’s Journeying meet at Shona & Ken’s 66 Frankleigh Street

SUNDAY 25 MAY at 10am at St Andrews at Rangi Ruru:
Invitation to members of St James to celebrate Tom Campbell’s ministry. Invitation is to attend the service and a catered lunch, or lunch only, or service only. There is a sheet in the foyer to reply to this invitation. Numbers required by Sunday 18 May.

4th – 5th October
50th Reunion for residents of Fergusson Hall, Palmerston North.
See notice board for more details.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 11 May 9am Morning Worship
Tue 13 May 7.30pm Indoor Bowls at Salvation Army. Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 14 May 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874 for this week’s destination.
Thu 15 May 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 18 May 9am Morning Worship

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls in hall. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op in halls. Shilo 338 3943
10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 12th May 9.15am Pre-School Music – contact Jane 9652425
Wed 14th May 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome.
Thurs 15th May 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th May
Crime, Punishment, and Restorative Justice Seminar.
With speakers Professor Chris Marshall, and Kim Workman.
See website for more details: