Pentecost Sunday 8 June 2014


We come to worship God.
We are the people of faith, but sometimes have more questions than answers.
We come seeking God’s strength for life.
Sometimes we run out of energy and fear the future.
We come seeking deeper understanding.
Sometimes we are sure of our call, but unsure of our destination.
We come open to new life in the Spirit.
And so we come just as we are.

HYMN: Praise with Joy the World’s Creator (Tune WOV68)
Praise with joy the world’s Creator,
God of justice, love and peace,
source and end of human knowledge,
force of greatness without cease.
Celebrate the Maker’s glory,
power to rescue and release.

Praise the Son who feeds the hungry,
frees the captive, finds the lost,
heals the sick, upsets religion,
fearless both of fate and cost.
Celebrate Christ’s constant presence –
Friend and Stranger, Guest and Host.

Praise the Spirit sent among us,
liberating truth from pride,
forging bonds where race or gender,
age or nation dare divide.
Celebrate the Spirit’s treasure –
foolishness none dare deride.

Praise the Maker, Son and Spirit,
one God in community,
calling Christians to embody
oneness and diversity.
Thus the world shall yet believe,
when shown Christ’s vibrant unity. © Iona Community (VU)



CHILDREN’S SONG: Christians are all kinds of people
Christians are all kinds of people,
They’re average, they’re short, and they’re tall,
From all kinds of backgrounds,
with all kinds of outlooks,
Our gracious God uses them all.
Christians are all kinds of people,
Not even especially good,
But God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts,
With mercy as wide as the sea;
It reaches to you and to me.

Christians are all kinds of people.
They’re smilers, they’re grouchers, they’re clowns.
In all kinds of weather, wherever they gather,
You’ll find every kind of them round.
Christians are all kinds of people,
And sometimes all kinds are in me.

God uses all kinds of people,
The black, and the pale and the tan,
New Born and the aged, the fit and disabled,
They all have a part in the plan.
God uses all kinds of people,
With problems, with hang-ups, with scars.
©Stan and Pauline Stewart.

Psalm 104: 24-34 & 35b Fern Wakefield
Acts 2: 1-21 Joan Macdonald

HYMN: Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness (remain seated)
Spirit, Spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness
calling and free.
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
wind, wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters,
you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains
from the valleys of sleep;
and over the ages
you called to each thing,
wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.

You swept through the desert,
you stung with the sand,
and you goaded your people
with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded
with their idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.

You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence
when the whole world was still;
and down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people in the rush of the wind.

You call from tomorrow,
you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow
the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions,
our men clear their eyes
with bold new decisions your people arise. © Jim Manley (NJS)

Sue Saunders & John Shanks
ADDRESS: Things are not always what we expect. Audrey Dunnachie

HYMN: Christ be our Light
Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.
Christ, be our light…

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.
Christ, be our light…

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.
Christ, be our light…

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.
Christ, be our light… © Bernadette Farrell (CH4)





HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose (Tune Austria WOV577)
Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
hidden now in mystery;
nature bursts with joyful promise,
ripe with what is yet to be.
In a wealth of rich invention,
still the work of art unfolds –
barely have we seen, and faintly,
what God’s great salvation holds.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
making Jesus seen and heard.
Every age of God’s creation
grasps new meanings from the Word.
Show us, Holy Spirit, show us
your new work begun today;
eyes and ears and hearts are open,
teach us what to do and say.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
all God’s children brought to birth,
freed from hunger, fear and evil
every corner of the earth.
And a million million voices
speak with joy the Saviour’s name;
every face reflects his image,
never any two the same.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
nothing shall be left to chance.
All that lives will be united
in the everlasting dance.
All fulfilled and all perfected,
each uniquely loved and known,
Christ in glory unimagined
once for all receives his own. © Marnie Barrell (AA)


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

The Beckenham Methodist/St Martins Combined Committee met and confirmed the following arrangements for the combined services 15 June – 3 August:
Door duty, organist/musicians, data projector slides and service sheet are the responsibility of congregation supplying preacher/worship leader. (Flower roster has recently been arranged). Our weeks are 15 & 29 June; 6 & 20 July.
Each congregation to provide notices as insert for service sheet.
Offering to be taken up as usual – envelopes will be handed to respective congregation; cash offering to be divided 50:50.
FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 9th June 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 11th June: Meet 9.30am by Portstone Cafe, Smith Street, off Ferry Rd. This walk will be of interest to people of Scottish heritage. Coffee at Portstone 10.30am. Rob 384 4320.

BACON FUNDRAISER: $8 per pack. Order by 29th June. Delivered second week of July (TBC). See Joan Mac for more information 337 1648.

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

PARISH MIDWINTER LUNCHEON Sunday 29th June 12 noon at the Cashmere Club. Please sign the list in the foyer if you wish to attend. Cost $24.50 per person, payable on the day. Allison 332 0554.

COURT THEATRE presents Roger Hall’s “You Can Always Hand Them Back” Thursday 25th September 6.30pm. Tickets $42. A list will go up this month; payment required by the end of August. Queries to Sue 960 7657.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.

Hub Activities for the week 8th – 15th June 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 9 June 7pm Craft Group.
7pm Men’s Muster. Enquiries to Roger 337-0611
Tue 10 June Little Kids Music
Wed 11 June 9.45am Christchurch A.P.W. meet at St James 9.45 a.m. Nadine
Dalziel will speak about adopting a Russian orphan. A
welcome to all interested.
Fri 13 June Friday Kids
Sat 14 June St Albans Baptist Church is running an afternoon entitled
“Helping Internationals Fit into our Church Communities”
See notice board for more details

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 8 June 9am Pentecost Celebration
Mon 9 June 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Judith 332 1577
Tue 10 June 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army Hall, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 11 June 9.30am Walking Group.Meet at Portstone Cafe,Smith St. Rob 384 4320.
Thu 12 June 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 15 June 10am Combined Service with Beckenham Methodist (please note time)

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 in hall – Contact Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op in halls – contact 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 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
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group in lounge contact Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 9 June 9.30am Pre-School Music
1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
Wed 11 June 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 12 June 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive