Sunday 10 August 2014


CALL TO WORSHIP: (adapted from Seasons of the Spirit)
Voice 1: Some call you God Voice 2: some call you Lord
Voice 3: some call you Father. From many directions we greet you, O God of many names.

1: Some call you prophet 2: some call you liberator 3: some call you healer. From many directions, we greet you, O God of many names.

1: Some call you faithful
2: some call you disturbing
3: some call you compassionate.
From many directions, we greet you, O God of many names.

1, 2 & 3: No matter what we call you, no matter where we meet you along life’s journey, we know our God of many names beckons us,
and calls us by name.
Let us worship together, each part of this community; accompanied by a love too deep for words.

HYMN: God, Whose Love is Reigning (Tune: Praise My Soul WOV 68)
God, whose love is reigning o’er us, source of all, the ending true;
hear the universal chorus raised in joyful praise to you:
alleluia, alleluia, worship ancient, worship new.

Word of God from nature bringing springtime green and autumn gold;
mountain streams like children singing, ocean waves like thunder bold:
alleluia, alleluia, as creation’s tale is told.

Holy God of ancient glory, choosing man and woman too;
Abram’s faith and Sarah’s story formed a people bound to you.
Alleluia, alleluia, to your cove-nant keep us true.

Cove-nant, new again in Jesus, Star-child born to set us free;
sent to heal us, sent to teach us how love’s children we might be.
Alleluia, alleluia, risen Christ, our Saviour he!

Lift we then our human voices in the songs that faith would bring;
live we then in human choices lives that, like our music, sing:
alleluia, alleluia, joined in love our praises ring! © W.B. Grove (UMH)



CHILDREN’S SONG: My God is so Big
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
The mountains are his,
the valleys are his,
the stars are His handiwork too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
He made the trees
he made the seas
he made the elephants too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)


READINGS: Responsive Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22 (on screen only)
Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28 Bill Lloyd

Looking Back as told by one of Joseph’s Brothers
~ Gwendoline Cleland
REFLECTION: Broken Relationships

HYMN: Help us Accept Each Other (Tune: Thornbury WOV 389)
Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life
we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,
to love them as we find them, or as they may be come.

Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved
in living situations to do the truth in love;
to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart
the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.

Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need,
who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,
we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on:
renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one. © Hope Publishing (UMH)

THE OFFERING: God of endings and new beginnings, we encounter you amidst a broken world. You invite us into these spaces of brokenness – into these cracks, through which the light shines. Thank you for the gift of your presence, even through the difficulty of the unknown and uncomfortable. Now, O God, we bring offerings of money and food, along with gifts of self and service, to be blessed
that we may serve you in Jesus’ name. Amen.


HYMN: We Are Called to Tell the Story (Tune: Regent Square WOV 84) We are called to tell the story,
passing words of life along,
then to blend our voice with others,
as we sing the sacred song.
Christ be known in all our singing,
filling all with songs of love.

We are called to teach the rhythm
of the dance that never ends,
then to move within the circle,
hand in hand with strangers, friends.
Christ be known in all our dancing,
touching all with hands of love.

We are called to set the table,
blessing bread as Jesus blessed,
then to come with thirst and hunger,
needing care like all the rest,
Christ be known in all our sharing,
feeding all with signs of love.

May the One whose love is broader
than the measure of all space
give us words to sing the story,
move among us in this place.
Christ be known in all our living,
filling all with gifts of love. © Ruth Duck (CH4)


BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 10th Irene; Tue 12th Kathryn; Wed 13th Catherine; Thu 14th Thomas.

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


THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Sunday 24th August following Morning Worship. Copies of the Annual Reports are available today.

COPY IS REQUIRED NOW for the next “Messenger” issue. Deadline THIS FRIDAY 15th August. Anneke 328 7459. Email to:

ON SUNDAY 31 AUGUST our Morning Worship service will be at St James’ Presbyterian Church, cnr Bewdley & Barrington Streets at 10am.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 13th August: Meet 9.30am at Beach Cafe, 16 Beach Rd, North New Brighton for a walk along Waimairi Beach. Both the beach and cafe are dog friendly. Coffee at Beach Cafe. Rob 384 4320.

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.

COURT THEATRE Thursday 25th September: Money to Sue in a NAMED envelope please on or before Sunday 31st August. The tickets are $42 each. Sue 960 7657.


Venue: Knox Church Centre, 28 Bealey Ave at 5.30pm
Thursday 21st August: “Gross Inequality Hurts Everyone”
Thursday 28th August: “Every Child Counts”
Thursday 4th September: “Rethinking Crime & Punishment”
Entry free – koha appreciated. All are Welcome.
For further information, please see the poster or talk to John England.

APW meets this Wednesday 9.45am at St James’. Dan Spragg will be speaking about his training as a Presbyterian intern. Allison 332 0554.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th September 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

Are you interested in gardening or cooking? Well, this will appeal to you. St Martins Primary School is running a project ‘From the Garden to the Table’. They are wanting people to share their skills with the children. This project is run each Tuesday in two groups.
Group 1 begin at 9am in the garden (1/2 to ¾ hr) – if wet an indoor programme is held. Then through to the kitchen until 11.30am where you assist them with cooking.
Group 2 begin the garden at 10.45am until 11.30am then into the kitchen in the afternoon 1.15-3.00pm.
The idea is to relate what is grown in the garden to cooking in the kitchen, even in winter. You might like to assist with gardening only, or cooking only, or you might like to follow through. For more information, contact Lyndsey 388 1264.

MESSAGE FROM SCIRT: From 11th August, Norwood Street will be closed to through traffic between Fisher Ave & Sandwich Rd for three weeks.

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

Hub Activities for the week 10th – 17th August 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Aug 7.00pm Craft Group
7.00pm Men’s Muster
Wed 13 Aug 9.45am A.P.W.

Leprosy Mission: You still have time to donate to the Mission and be part of the Government 1 : 5 scheme. Envelopes are on the table in the foyer.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 10 Aug 9am Morning Worship (note time)
Tue 12 Aug 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 13 Aug 9.30am Walking Group. Meet at Beach Cafe, 16 Beach Rd
for a walk along Waimairi Beach. Dog friendly. Coffee at Beach
Cafe. Rob 384 4320.
Thu 14 Aug 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 17 Aug 9am Morning Worship.
2pm Sound of Music Sing-a-long. Gold coin entry. All Welcome.

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. 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
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
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 11 Aug 9.30am Pre-School Muisc group. Anna 331 6252
Wed 13 Aug 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 14 Aug 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive