Sunday 12 October 2014


God, you call us to journey faithfully,
as you called the Israelite people long ago.
God, you ask us to both hear and be true to your Word,
as you have asked your people through the ages.
God, you call us to follow Jesus and serve the Gospel in your world,
In the same way Jesus called the disciples
and the early Church followers of The Way.

HYMN: Lord of All Being (WOV 626)
Lord of all being, throned afar,
thy glory flames from sun and star;
centre and light of every sphere,
yet to each loving heart how near.

Sun of our life, thy quickening ray
sheds on our path the glow of day;
star of our hope, thy softened light
cheers the long watches of the night.

Lord of all life, below, above,
whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
before thy ever-blazing throne
we ask no lustre of our own.

Grant us thy truth to make us free,
and kindling hearts that burn for thee,
till all thy living altars claim
one holy light, one heavenly flame. C/A





READING: Exodus 32: 1-14 Bob Kayes

HYMN: Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
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. © JK Manley (NJS)

REFLECTION: This golden calf thing


HYMN: Bless Now, O God the Journey (Tune: WOV 389)
Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make,
the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take.
The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round,
then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.

Bless sojourners and pilgrims who share this winding way,
whose hope burns through the terrors, whose love sustains the day.
We yearn for holy freedom while often we are bound.
Together we are seeking the road where faith is found.

Divine Eternal Lover, you meet us on the road.
We wait for lands of promise where milk and honey flow.
But waiting not for places, you meet us all around.
Our covenant is written on roads, as faith is found. © Sylvia Dunstan (VU)

THE OFFERING: God, we do not offer money alone.
Money is a universal way of helping, but it only goes so far.
God, we do not offer our time alone.
Time is a precious commodity, but it is not enough.
God, we do not offer our talent alone.
Talent is a way of giving personal gifts, but our abilities are finite.
God, we offer money, time, and talent.
O God, this is what we offer for your blessing, that we may
use all three wisely and carefully in your service. Amen.


HYMN: O Breath of Life (WOV 322)
O Breath of life, come sweeping through us,
revive your church with life and power;
O Breath of life, come cleanse, renew us,
and fit your church to meet this hour.

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us
till humbly we confess our need;
then in your tenderness remake us,
revive, restore – for this we plead.
O Breath of love, come breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive your church in every part. C/A


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

REMINDER: INTER-FAITH seminar this Saturday 18th October here. 10am-3pm.

COPY FOR NEXT ‘MESSENGER’ is now required. Email: The deadline is Thursday 13th November. Anneke 328 7459.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 15th October: Contact June 332 8874 for destination.

BOARD OF MANAGERS’ meeting this Wednesday 7.30pm.

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

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

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.
*Clothing can be dropped off at the Office (7 Wilsons Rd) Wed & Thurs mornings.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Fundraiser for the Building Fund. Saturday 22nd November 9am-12 noon at 259 Centaurus Rd. We will be selling plants, seedlings, gardening tools.

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

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

Message from Sue – many thanks for the jars you have donated, but please no more!
Donations of fruit and sugar are welcome, though.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 13th Jenny; Sat 18th Barbara.

Hub Activities for the week 12th-19th October 2014

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 12 Oct 9am Morning Worship
Tue 14 Oct 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army Hall, Southampton
St. Bruce 332 7786
Wed 15 Oct 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874 for destination.
7.30pm Board of Managers’ meeting
Thu 16 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. All welcome. Beverley 332 7786
Sat 18 Oct 10am-3pm Inter-Faith Journeying seminar/discussion (email: if you wish to attend)
Sun 19 Oct 9am Morning Worship

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
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
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
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
Mon 13 Oct 9.30am Pre-School Music. Contact Emma 332 2965
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
Wed 15 Oct 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
2.00pm Cashmere APW
Thurs 16 Oct 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
Mon 20 Oct 2.00pm Foot Clinic} phone office (332 7129)
Tues 28 Oct 9.30am Foot Clinic} for appointments