Sunday 17th July 2016 Pentecost 9 10am





HYMN: Now Thank We All Our God (Tune: Nun Danket)

Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices,

who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mother’s arms hath blest us on our way

with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.


O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;

and keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills in this world and the next.


All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,

the Son, and Holy Ghost, one Lord in highest heaven:

the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;

for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.          M Rinkart (WOV14)









SONG: My God is So Big

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty,

there’s nothing my God cannot do     x2

The mountains are His. The rivers are His.

The stars are His handiwork too…My God is so big…x2


My God is so close, so warm and so tender,

there’s nothing my God cannot do.

The cities are his. The streets are all his.

The homes are his handiwork too. My God is so close…


My God is so close, He knows how my heart beats,

there’s nothing my God cannot do.

The future is His. The present is His

The future’s His handiwork too. My God is so close…


My God is so wide, so deep and so awesome,

Yet nearer to me than my breath

All heartbeats are his. All breathing is his

All artwork his handiwork too. My God is so wide…


My God is so big, so strong and so mighty,

That sometimes he’s quite hard to see

But Jesus is his. Yes Jesus is his

Yes Jesus shows God’s love for me x2


My God is so big, So awesome and lovely

There’s nothing my God cannot do x2




MISSION MOMENT: Lyndsey McKay on ‘Family Violence’




HYMN: Here I Am Lord                               ©Daniel L. Schutte (OCP, CH4 251)

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.

All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.


I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them. They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my Word to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am…


I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them. My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am…


READINGS:   Psalm 54                                             Irene Gray

Colossians 1:11-28 (on screen)




HYMN: Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God

Nothing is lost on the breath of God, nothing is lost forever;
God’s breath is love, and that love will remain,

holding the world forever.

No feather too light, no hair too fine, no flower too brief in its glory,
no drop in the ocean, no dust in the air,

but is counted and told in God’s story.


Nothing is lost to the eyes of God, nothing is lost forever;
God sees with love, and that love will remain,

holding the world forever.

No journey too far, no distance too great,

no valley of darkness too blinding,
no creature too humble, no child too small
for God to be seeking and finding.


Nothing is lost to the heart of God, nothing is lost forever;
God’s heart is love, and that love will remain,
holding the world forever.

No impulse of love, no office of care, no moment of life in its fulness,
no beginning too late, no ending too soon,
but is gathered and known in its goodness.                ©Shirley Murray (FFS)


SUNG BENEDICTION: Godspeed Song               ©Shirley Murray (FFS)

God speed you on your way, safe keep you every day,

give you wing, cause to sing, all this we wish and pray.


God give you space to thrive, all senses kept alive,

health and hope, means to cope, joyfully to arrive.


God lead you to the new, places and points of view,

roads to take, friends to make, more life to travel through!






















A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. Many thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading our worship today.


FISH N CHIPS NITE – BOARD GAMES & CONVERSATION: THIS Friday 22nd July 5.00-7.30pm in Methodist Church Lounge. For children, young people and grandparents. BYO tea (fish n chips or similar). Tea/coffee & fruit juice provided. Please also bring your favourite board game for a competition – parents v the young people. Join in the conversation: ‘where to from here?’ – children’s, young people and families ministry for the future! See Lyndsey McKay or Alice Shanks for details.



If you prefer, please bring your own mug from home each week for morning tea.


WEDNESDAY WALKERS 20th July: Meet 9.30am cnr Cashmere/Hoon Hay Roads for a walk around Cracroft. Coffee at Silverbacks. All are welcome. Judith 332 1577.


SESSION MEETING Wednesday 20th July 7.30pm at Merchiston.


CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am-12noon. $3 per session.


I’m offering a course that might interest you – it’s all action and reflection:

‘ON HUMAN WORTH – made in God’s image’. 10am-12noon each Monday for six weeks in the Methodist Church Lounge, followed by a shared lunch.

It will begin when there are six or more participants.

The course will explore from a Christian perspective – looking at oneself, developing relationships, listening skills, compassion, empathy, barriers to relationship building and finally suffering.

If this course interests you, please see me for a course list. Lyndsey McKay.



Annual Reports are now required. Please make sure they are received by the Parish Office no later than 20th JulyJ. I’m still waiting for seven….


COPY FOR THE NEXT ‘MESSENGER’ is now due. Please email any contributions to Anneke ( by 12th August.


PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192.

Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.


NO ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter this week.


ANGLICAN PARISH OF OPAWA-ST MARTINS is holding a Quiz Night at the Speights Ale House Ferrymead Sunday 28th August 5.30pm. Contact Anna at the Office for tickets ($10 pp or $2 for children).



BIRTHDAY  THIS WEEK: Mon 18th Peggy.