Sunday 26th October 2014 9am


Worker God, whose `hands’ built the earth, moulded our bodies,
and spread the stars across the sky; we gather in your presence
with praise and thanksgiving for your creating power.

Worker God, we seek your presence in our everyday living. Strengthen our hearts and our hands to work with you, in the building of a world where the earth is valued and its people
live with justice and peace.

HYMN: Praise with Joy the World’s Creator (Tune: Praise My Soul)
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. © WGRG, GIA Publications (VU)



READINGS: Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11 ~ Irene Gray
Luke 13: 10-17

HYMN: Sing to Celebrate the City (Tune: Bithynia WOV 363)
Sing to celebrate the city!
Sing the lives of people there,
sing the work of skill and beauty,
all who serve and all who care.
In the dictates of the dollar,
in the systems where we live,
find the currency of kindness,
eyes to smile and hearts to give.

We who are the city’s traffic,
driving, driven, keeping pace,
name the God who makes us neighbours,
give our faith a human face;
in the workplace of God’s people,
in the high rise and the home
our agenda is for justice –
changing lives for good to come.

Celebrate the art of living!
Every colour, every sport,
every cultures dance and music,
every truth that that love has taught –
be for God within the city,
life and loving are not priced:
light the lights of joyful worship,
set the table for the Christ! © Shirley Murray (AA)

SERMON: Work is Also God’s Gift


THE OFFERING: O God, we know that there are things we can do and bring and say and sing. We can faithfully carry out our daily work, we can offer our gifts with love, we can encourage and affirm others in their work, and we can sing our thanksgiving. As we present our offering for your blessing, we do so with gratitude, praying that it may be used for your purposes in our congregation, in the wider church, in our neighbourhoods and world, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN: For the Fruit of All Creation(Tune:AR HYD Y NOS- All Through the Night)
For the fruit of all creation,
thanks be to God.
For the gifts to every nation,
thanks be to God.
For the ploughing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,
thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labour,
God’s will is done.
In the help we give our neighbour,
God’s will is done.
In our world-wide task of caring
for the thirsty and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God’s will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit,
thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit,
thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us,
thanks be to God. © Stainer & Co (CH4)


HYMN: God Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
God, who stretched the spangled heavens, (Tune: Austria WOV 577)
infinite in time and place,
flung the suns in burning radiance
through the silent fields of space.
we your children, in your likeness,
share inventive powers with you:
great Creator, still creating,
show us all we yet may do.

We have ventured worlds undreamed of
since the childhood of our race;
known the ecstasy of winging
through untravelled realms of space;
probed the secrets of the atom,
yielding unimagined power,
facing us with life’s destruction
or our most triumphant hour.

As each far horizon beckons,
may it challenge us anew:
children of creative purpose,
serving others, honouring you.
May our dreams prove rich with promise,
each endeavour well begun:
great Creator, give us guidance
till our goals and yours are one. © Hope Publishing (TIS)
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

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

FIRESIDE will meet this Tuesday 28th October 7.30pm at Jill’s, 38 McMillan Ave. All women are very welcome. Jill has a friend coming along to talk about her Christmas shop and give us some ideas. Please contact Margaret 366 8936 for more information.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th October: Meet 9.30am at Opawa Mall carpark, Hawford Rd for a stroll around Opawa/St Martins. Non walkers welcome to join us for coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café, Opawa Mall at 10.30am. Fay leading the walk, enquiries to Joan 338 8700.

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

Quality 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. Helpers also required – speak to Lyn 332 0865.
*Clothing can be dropped off at the Office (7 Wilsons Rd) Wed & Thurs mornings.

Fundraiser for the Building Fund. Saturday 22nd November 9am-12 noon at 259 Centaurus Rd. We will be selling plants, seedlings, gardening tools and edible goodies! Donations of items to sell (cakes, jams sweets, fresh vegetables etc…) will be required. Cash donations to purchase sausages and bread would be welcome. For more information, contact Sue 960 7657 or Lindsay 981 1587.

GROW A POTATO FOR HARVEST THANKSGIVING: Harvest Thanksgiving is set down for Sunday 22nd March 2015. We would like parishioners to “Grow a Potato in a Bucket”, nurture it throughout the summer and then harvest it just prior to our service. Seed potatoes will be available next Sunday 2nd November. Start sorting out a bucket and fill it with soil! Worship Committee.

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.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th December 1-4pm.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 27th Allison, Tony.

Annual Tanzanian Lunch
Sunday 16th November (Show Weekend)
Cost $5 per person

Money raised supports “Your Sisters” Orphanage in Tanzania.
This is a mission outreach project of this parish.

If you are unable to attend, donations are very welcome – place money in an envelope marked “Your Sisters” and pop it in the offertory plate.
Please sign the list in the Lounge if you wish to attend.
For more information, please contact Lyndsey 388 1264 or Barb & Rob 379 1474

Hub Activities for the week 26th October – 2nd November 2014

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 26 Oct 9am Morning Worship
Tue 28 Oct 7.30pm Final Indoor Bowls for the year. Salvation
Army Hall, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group at Jill’s – 38
Macmillan Ave. Ph Margaret 366 8936 for details.
Wed 29 Oct 9.30am Walking Group. Contact Judith 332 1577 for destination.
Thu 30 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 2 Nov 9am Communion

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. Contact Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church in hall – last Friday of month
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 26 Oct 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Tues 28 Oct 9.30am Foot Clinic – phone office for appointments
7.30pm Parents Centre talk from the Brainwave Trust.
Contact Parents Centre for details:
Wed 29 Oct 10.00am Forum – a group to discuss and reflect on the
previous Sunday’s Readings and Sermon.
All Welcome.
Thurs 30 Oct 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara (332 8668)
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website: