Sunday 20 July 2014

Music Through the Ages Pt 1

A hymn is the praise of God with song; a song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.
(Thomas Aquinas 13th Century)


Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before his presence with thanksgiving.
Know ye that the Lord, he is God;
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise;
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations. (Based on Ps 100)

HYMN: All Creatures of Our God and King
All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia;
O burning sun with golden beam,
and silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfolds God’s blessings on our way,
alleluia, alleluia;
All flowers and fruits that in you grow,
let them his glory also show:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness,
alleluia, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
(Paraphrase of The Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi, 1225)



COMMENTARY~ From earliest times…

RESPONSIVE READING: Canticle of the Holy Trinity led by Lyn Steele
We praise you, O God.
We acclaim you as Lord;
All creation worships you, Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise;
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
Your glorious, true and only Son,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became incarnate to set us free
you humbly accepted the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting. (4th / 5th Century)

COMMENTARY ~ To the monastries and Gregorian Chant…
Music ~ a Gregorian Chant

COMMENTARY ~ And then came The Reformation…

HYMN: A Mighty Fortress is Our God
A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our faithful helper in all need,
no matter what may happen.
The old evil foe
now means deadly woe;
deep guile and great might
are his dread arms in fight;
on earth he has no equal.

With our own might is nothing done;
we’d soon be lost, rejected.
But for us fights the very one
whom God himself elected.
And who may this be? may be?
Christ Jesus is he.
He is our great Lord,
there is no other God;
and he has won the battle. (Martin Luther, Words and Music, 1529)


Come My Way, My Truth, My Life (spoken) Deborah Fitchett
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
such a way as gives us breath;
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as conquers death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
such a light as shows a feast;
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes a guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
such a joy as none can move;
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love. (George Herbert, 1633)

OFFERING: Ye Gates Lift up Your Heads sung as offering brought forward.

HYMN: Ye Gates Lift Up Your Heads
Ye gates, lift up your heads on high;
ye doors that last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.
But who of glory is the King?
The mighty Lord is this;
ev’n that same Lord that great in might
and strong in battle is. (Repeat the last two lines)

Ye gates, lift up your heads; ye doors,
doors that do last for aye,
be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.
But who is he that is the King,
the King of glory? who is this?
The Lord of hosts, and none but he,
the King of glory is. (Repeat the last two lines)
Alleluia! alleluia!
alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
Amen, amen, amen. (Scottish Psalter 1650)


COMMENTARY ~ The father of English hymn writing…

HYMN: Jesus Shall Reign
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and realms of every tongue
declare his love in sweetest song;
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where Jesus reigns:
the prisoners leap to lose their chains,
the weary find eternal rest,
and all who suffer want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring
the highest honours to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud Amen. (Isaac Watts 1719)

COMMENTARY ~ The Wesleys…

HYMN: O For a Thousand Tongues
O for a thousand tongues, to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of our God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
‘tis music in the sinner’s ears,
‘tis life, and health, and peace.

He speaks, and, listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive,
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honours of your name. (Charles Wesley 1739)


THE DOXOLOGY: Old 100th ~ unaccompanied
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise Him, all creatures here below;
praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. (Thomas Ken 1674)

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service. Thank you at all who have supported the Cake Stall.

ANNUAL REPORTS ARE NOW DUE: Please ensure Anna has received these by Thursday 31st July at the very latest.


FIRESIDE meets this Tuesday 22nd July 7.30pm at Joan S’s home. If you are willing and able to bring a photo of yourself at less than 3 years of age please do; if not, come anyway – all are welcome. Contact Joan 338 8700 or Margaret 366 8936 for details.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 23rd July: Meet 9.30am at Blighs Rd end of Condell Ave, Papanui. Coffee at McCafe Merivale. June 332 8874.

CARING & SHARING meets on Wednesday 23rd July 2pm at Beckenham Methodist. Mele will be our guest speaker. All are welcome. Irene 332 7306.

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

SOUND OF MUSIC Sing-a-long and dress up on Sunday 17th August 2pm at Beckenham Methodist, who invite us to join them for a fun afternoon. Entry by gold coin donation to boost church funds. All Welcome.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th July 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

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

COURT THEATRE presents Roger Hall’s “You Can Always Hand Them Back” Thursday 25th September 6.30pm. Tickets $42. Sign the list if you are interested; payment required by the end of August. Queries to Sue 960 7657.

THE FIFTH CHRISTCHURCH GIRLS’ BRIGADE celebrates 50 years in 2014 with a dinner at the Cashmere Club on Saturday 11th October and a Garden Party at Merchiston on Sunday 12th October in the afternoon. Spread the word! Further details will be available next month.

RISINGHOLME SINGERS’ CONCERT: A concert version of Pirates of Penzance with limited movement but lots of fun and laughs will be given on Sunday 3 August at the Heaton Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre, commencing at 3pm. Tickets – $12 at the door or $10 from John Shanks.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 24th Aubrey; Sat 26th Rachael.

Hub Activities for the week 13th – 20th July 2014

St James Presbyterian Church
Sun 20 July 11am “Lateshift” and “Pastime” barbershop recital.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 20 July 10am Combined Service with Beckenham Methodist. Cake Stall.
Tue 22 July 7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group at 2 Pentonville Cl. Margaret 366 8936. 7..30pm Indoor Bowls. Salvation Army Hall ,Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786
Wed 23 July 9.30am Walking Group. Meet Blighs Rd end of Condell Ave. Coffee at McCafe in Merivale. Contact June 332 8874.
2pm Caring & Sharing. All welcome. Irene 332 7306.
Thu 24 July 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Everyone welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 27 July 10am Combined Service with Beckenham Methodist.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. 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
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. 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 programme. 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
Wed 23 July 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 24 July 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive
Sun 27 July 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Mon 28 July 2.00pm Foot Clinic} – phone office for appointments
Tues 29th July 9.30am Foot Clinic}