Sunday 25 May 2014

CALL TO WORSHIP: From the back
Let us come before God with thanksgiving.
We gather – a community of God’s people – to worship and to remember all that God has given us.
Here we commit to share with others the talents God gifts us with:
For we are called to be bearers of God’s blessing and love
for all people.

HYMN: Sing Praise and Thanksgiving (WOV 25)
Sing praise and thanksgiving, let all creatures living
now worship their maker with gladness and song;
all glory and honour we come to him bringing:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God!

Our lives of his making he brings to their waking;
in darkness he held us in his gracious care,
now into the light we are called from our sleeping:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God!

Lord, frame our desiring to do your requiring,
that unto your glory be all that we do;
and where we have faltered, give strength and give healing:
O praise to the Almighty,
sing praise to our God! ? C.A. Gibson & M. Barclay (WOV)



READINGS: From Exodus 18 ~ Jethro’s advice to Moses Wayne Barton
Mark 1: 16-20 ~ The call of the first four disciples Audrey Dunnachie


HYMN: Brother , Sister, Let Me Serve You (Anneke’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. © Scripture in Song

• Presentation of David Beaumont, Irene Gray and Anneke Howie by the Session Clerk.

• Introduction
There are different gifts,
but it is the same Spirit who gives them.
There are different ways of serving God,
but it is the same Lord who is served.
God works through different people in different ways,
but it is the same God whose purpose is at work in us all.
We are all given gifts by the Spirit to use for the common good.
We have the joy of using our gifts as members
of Christ’s Church, which is his body continuing his ministry
in the world today…

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God: who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us. We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. (United Church of Canada, 1968)


Do you, the members of this parish, putting your trust in Jesus Christ
as Saviour and Lord commit yourselves to love and serve the church.?
As members of this congregation will you encourage and support your elders, surround them with your love, and remember them in your prayers? WE WILL


The Lord bless you, and keep you:
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.



COMMUNION HYMN: Lord Jesus Christ (Irene’s choice)
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have come to us,
you are one with us, Mary’s son;
cleansing our souls from all their sin,
pouring your love and goodness in,
Jesus, our love for you we sing,
living Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
now and every day
teach us how to pray, Son of God.
You have commanded us to do
this, in remembrance, Lord, of you:
into our lives your power breaks through
living Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have come to us,
born as one of us, Mary’s son;
led out to die on Calvary,
risen from death to set us free,
living Lord Jesus, help us see
you are Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
I would come to you,
live my life for you, Son of God.
All your commands I know are true,
your many gifts will make me new,
into my life your power breaks through,
living Lord. © Josef Weinberger Ltd, London (WOV)

May God be with us. God is here among us.
Let us open our hearts to God.
We open them to God and to one another.
Let us give thanks to God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
God, we come to this table … prejudice and selfishness;
We come to this table, gifted, thankful.
We have come to offer back:
the gifts and skills, you God have given each of us.
We have come to celebrate the resources of this congregation,
the opportunities for new life and service.
We come to this table, hope-filled … that takes away our burdens;
We have come to this table, searching.
We have come to drink from your cup of blessing,
that breaks open the promise;
that unseals the covenant;
that offers its very self.
And so we come to this table with thanksgiving;
free to move out into the world; free to go where you call; free to eat the food of heaven and to share your love in Christ’s name…



HYMN: Make me a Channel of Your Peace (David’s choice)
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:
O Master, grant that I may never seek…

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.

Please note there will be no Communion next Sunday. Bruce Hudson will be leading the service.

FIRESIDE: Glennys has invited us to meet at her home (111 Garlands Rd) 7.30pm Tuesday 27th May. If you can, please bring something of importance to you that would “show and tell”. Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 28th May: Meet 9.30am on the corner of Centaurus Rd & Palatine Tce (by Kaizuka). We welcome others to join us for coffee at Kaizuka at 10.30am. Margaret 366 8936.

CARING & SHARING Wednesday 28th May from 2pm in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. Everyone is welcome. Dayl from Age Concern will be our speaker – on all sorts of subjects including “winter wellness”. A special afternoon tea too as we approach Queen’s Birthday weekend – please wear your best hat! Irene 332 7306.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 5th June 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, for a shared tea. David Hodder will speak about “The lives and adventures of New Zealand’s Aged Hunters” – of which he is one. All are welcome. For further details, contact Tony 332 0554.

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.

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Our 10am Combined Midwinter Services with Beckenham Methodist commence on Sunday 15th June.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.
THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL invites you to have a say on Social Housing. Come along to a drop-in session on Wednesday 11th June 4.30 – 6.30pm in the Boardroom, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham. For all details, or to have your say online, go to

RICCARTON PLAYERS present an extravaganza of singing, dancing and melodrama in the style of the Old Time Music Hall. 4-14 June 7.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, plus matinees 2pm Saturdays 7th & 14th June and 4pm Sunday 8th June. Venue: Christchurch South Intermediate School, 204 Selwyn Street. Tickets $16 waged & $13 unwaged. Cash sales and eftpos available (no credit cards). For bookings phone 338 4699 or book online at

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 26th Barbara; Tue 27th Jim (80); Thu 29th Margaret; Fri 30th Keith.

Hub Activities for the week 25th May- 1st June 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 25 May Action Church at St James with Friday Kids.
Tues 27 May Little Kids Music
7.30pm Parish Council meet
Fri 30 May Friday Kids

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 25 May 9.00am Induction & Ordination of new Elders, with Communion
Tue 27 May 7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group,111 Garlands Rd. Margaret 366 8936.
7.30pm Indooor Bowls, Salvation Army, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 28 May 9.30am Walking Group cnr Centaurus Rd & Palatine Tce. Coffee at Kaizuka. Margaret 366 8936
2.00pm Caring & Sharing. Wear your best hat! Irene 332 7306.
Thu 29 May 10am-12 noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 1 June 9.00am Morning Worship

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. 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
7.30 pm Parish Council meets in study
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact 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 in lounge. Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church in hall
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 26 May 9.15am Pre-School Music. Jane 965 2425
Wed 27 May 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 29 May 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
Fri 30 May 7.30pm Friday Flicks – film “Brassed Off”