Sunday 28 September 2014

Hymns through the Ages, Part 2


Let us make music to our God; our voices sing his praises,
our hearts vibrate with love, our minds resound to his call,
our being beat in rhythm with his heart.
We will make music to our God.
Let the whole earth respond to his glory,
as the heavens acclaim him.
Let the sea and all that is in it rejoice,
and with all beings praise our Creator.
Come let us join together to make music, to exalt, glory, and rejoice in his presence.

HYMN: O For a Thousand Tongues (Tune: Lyngham)
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.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
and leap, ye lame, for joy!

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)



An Affirmation of Faith (together)
We believe in God:
source of all life, source of all love
ever creating, our past and our future
father and mother of all that is to be.
We believe in God:
Christ of our history, link with eternity
one with our humanness, revealing life’s hopefulness;
traveller before us, the Sign of the Way.
We believe in God:
Spirit of newness, Spirit of power,
wisdom and wonder, mystery and miracle
moving in freedom, transforming the earth
We believe in the Church:
born amidst struggle, open to changes
centred in loving and sharing
moving and growing
heart of community turned to the world.

The Baptism of Neve Ella Gaffaney

The Baptismal Vows

Congregational Vows: (congregation stands)
And you, the people of St Martin’s, representing the world-wide Church, do you receive Neve in the name of Christ?
Yes, we do.

Will you continue to surround all children in our midst, and their families, with love and support? Yes, we will.
We welcome Neve into the wider family
of God, and commit ourselves to deeper love and service
for the sake of all people.

Presentation to the Congregation

Sung Blessing: (Tune: Eidelweiss)
May the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you forever;
grant you peace, perfect peace,
courage in every endeavour.
Lift up your eyes and see his face
and his grace forever;
may the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you forever. (author unknown)

Presentation of Baptismal Certificate

Hymns through the Ages Part 2


READING: From Psalm 98 Tony Blackler

COMMENTARY ~ Hymns Come of Age

READING: Five of John Wesley’s Directions for Hymn Singing
Allison Blackler

HYMN: Love Divine (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148 ii )
Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
never more thy temples leave:
thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love. (Charles Wesley 1747)

COMMENTARY ~ Beyond the Wesleys

COMMENTARY ~ Gospel Songs

HYMN: It is Well With My Soul (Horatio Spafford, 1873)
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Refrain:It is well (it is well) with my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul.

COMMENTARY ~ The Afro-American Spirituals

There is a Balm in Gilead – spoken with music underneath

COMMENTARY ~ The Billy Graham Crusades

HYMN: To God be the Glory (Fanny Crosby, 1875)
To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life in atonement for sin
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory! Great things he has done!

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.


COMMENTARY ~ The 20th Century and Beyond

HYMN: Ours is a Singing Faith (Diademata WOV 163) Ours is a singing faith! Now here the hymns we raise. Resounding, strong, the years a long and echoing our praise. Ours is a singing faith! In confidence we sing: Creation’s throne is God’s alone, so joyous voices ring.
Ours is a singing faith! Through all the ebb and flow of youth and age, on history’s page we see saints come and go. Ours is a singing faith! The melody rolls on, sustained by those whose voices rose in praise in times long gone.
Ours is a singing faith! Upheld by work and prayer
that justice, peace and hope not cease but flourish everywhere.
Ours is a singing faith! Though grief or pain hold sway,
Christ still shall dwell, Emmanuel! God with us all the way.

Ours is a singing faith! All thanks to God be sung
by people here both far and near in every land and tongue.
Ours is a singing faith! Let psalms and anthems rise
from sun and moon and stars in tune till music fills the skies!
© Jane Parker Huber (ASF)


NEXT SUNDAY is World Communion Sunday.
It is a Combined Service at 10am. Chris will be at General Assembly and Lyndsey McKay will be leading our worship.

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. We welcome Neve Gaffaney and her family.

GUESS WHO IS COMING TO LUNCH 12.30pm TODAY: See Sonya for guest list or destination.

Hospital Chaplaincy week ends today. Donation slips are available for anyone who would like to make a donation. Your money will be used locally.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 1st October: Meet 9.30am in the carpark over the road from Princess Margaret Hospital. Coffee in hospital café. Jeanette Morris.

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

A FUNDRAISER: Horse manure for sale. $2 for a 15-20 kg bag. Wanted! Plastic bags which held compost or potting mix for putting the horse manure in to sell. Contact Lindsay Day 981 1587.

Here’s your chance to encourage children in healthy eating habits. We need volunteers to assist on Tuesdays 10 – 11.30am in Term 4 with the Garden to Table Project at St Martin’s School. Help is required in the kitchen. Lyndsey 388 1264.

INTER-FAITH JOURNEYING seminar Saturday 18th October: please sign the list if you are interested in attending.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 20th October 1-4pm.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email 7 Wilsons Rd.

We are combining with the Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish for a Used Clothing Rummage Sale on Saturday 8th November at St Anne’s Hall, Wilsons Rd. As well, we will also be selling jams and chutneys. Contributions of marmalade, jam, lemon honey etc… required please. Lyn 332 0865.

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

Large “Early Girl” tomato seedlings for sale $2 each, to go into tunnel or glasshouses. Phone Peter 960 7657.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 28th Hannah; Wed 1st Ken; Thu 2nd Jeremy; Fri 3rd Lyn.

Hub Activities for the week 28th September – 5th October 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Fri 3 Oct 10.00 – 2.00 p.m. Children’s Holiday Programme in the Hall. Email Dorothy for enrolment Programme also on 10th October.

Friday Kids still need an adult to set out food each Friday during term time. Please talk to Dorothy or Amanda.

Bus trip to the Iris Gardens: leaves Whareora 10.00 a.m. $25 includes morning tea. Bring a picnic lunch to eat among the irises. Returns to Whareora 3.00p.m.ish

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 28 Sept 9am Morning Worship & Baptism
12.30pm Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch?
Tue 30 Sept 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army Hall, Southampton
St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 1 Oct 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874 for details.
Thu 2 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 5 Oct 10am World Communion Sunday – combined service
with Beckenham Methodist. NOTE TIME!!

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 p m Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
9.30 am U3A. Pauline 332 0453
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
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

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 28 Sept 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Mon 29 Sept 7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
Wed 1 Oct 10.00am Forum – discuss and reflect last Sunday’s Readings,
Thurs 2 Oct 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –