Sunday 27 April 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!
We, too, would take our place in the long line
of those who have celebrated the resurrection
through the centuries, and, who by their living,
have embodied its reality.
It is in the lives of those who have experienced
the power of the resurrected Christ,
setting them free to love and serve in his name,
that resurrection is made real in each new generation.
Let us live out the resurrection power!

HYMN: Christ is Alive
Christ is alive, and the universe must celebrate,
and the stars and the suns shout in this Eastertide!
Christ is alive, and his family must celebrate
in a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Here is our hope: in the mystery of suffering
is the heartbeat of Love, Love that will not let go,
here is our hope, that in God we are not separate,
and we sing alleluia,
we sing alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Christ Spirit, dance through the dullness of humanity
to the music of God, God who has set us free!
You are the pulse of the new creation’s energy;
with a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
we praise the power that made the stone roll away.
© Shirley Murray (AA)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER – SUNG
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Psalm 16 Catherine Fitchett
John 20: 19-31 Deborah Fitchett

HYMN: You Tell Me That the Lord Is Risen (Tune: Ellacombe)
You tell me that the Lord Is risen,
that you have seen his face.
Then tell me why you crouch in fear
and hide within this place.
You say that he spoke words of peace
and stood just as before.
But ‘til I touch his very flesh
I will not trust your joy.

You claim a resurrection here,
that God has broken death.
No easy words like these will soothe
the pain that tears my breath.
How well I do recall his face,
compassion, strength in fear.
How deep my grief that he should die.
Spare me your words of cheer.

“Now peace be with you. Come, my friend,
my wounded body see.
Let the rich courage of your doubt
bring you to fresh belief.
Fear not to wonder at the Word,
to search the depths of grace.
Reach out and touch, here is my hand.
Receive the gift of faith.”

“How blest are they, how fortunate
who know without the sight.
But Thomas, you are favoured too,
for searching yields its light.”
So may each pilgrim in the Way,
each road to Christ be blest,
‘til lips declare, “My Lord and God!”,
Christ’s body one at last. (Rob Johns, © Sheila Johns)
SERMON: The Gift of Thomas – Living between faith and doubt.

THE OFFERING:
God, we bring you our hope this Easter season,
that compassion will be encouraged, doubts faced,
people encouraged and supported, and the transforming work of Jesus continued. We ask that you will bless these hope-filled gifts of money and food, and deepen the spirit of our giving, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

HYMN: Jesus Christ is Alive and Lives in Me (Tune: Margaret 206)
Jesus Christ is alive and lives in me
as I touch the Christ within;
as I open my life to the pow’r of God’s love
I obey the risen Christ.
God’s love is the life within me. The hope that empowers today.

Jesus Christ is alive and lives in me
as I care for God’s good earth;
for the love of the soil and the life it sustains
draws me close to God in Christ.
God’s love is the life within me. The hope that empowers today.

Jesus Christ is alive and lives in me
as I fight oppression’s power;
as I work with the poor in the strength of God’s love
I exalt the risen Christ.
God’s love is the life within me. The hope that empowers today.

Jesus Christ is alive and lives in me
as I seek God’s living Word;
for the Scriptures of old and events of today
all reveal the Risen Word.
God’s love is the life within me. The hope that empowers today.

Jesus Christ is alive and lives in me
as I worship God with joy;
in the breaking of bread and the song of God’s love
I am one with the Christ the Life.
God’s love is the life within me. The hope that empowers today.
© Bill Wallace (STC)
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Christ Has Risen (Tune Blaenwern WOV165ii)
Christ has risen while earth slumbered,
Christ has risen where hope died,
as he said and as he promised,
as we doubted and denied.
Let the moon embrace the blessing;
let the sun sustain the cheer;
let the world confirm the rumour,
Christ is risen, God is here!

Christ has risen for the people
whom he loved and died to save;
Christ has risen for the women
bringing flowers to grace his grave.
Christ has risen for disciples
huddled in an upstairs room.
He whose word inspired creation
is not silenced by the tomb.

Christ has risen, and for ever
lives to challenge, and to change
all whose lives are messed or mangled,
all who find religion strange.
Christ is risen. Christ is present,
making us what he has been –
evidence of transformation
in which God is known and seen.
© WGRG, The Iona Community (CH4)

THE BLESSING

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

A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING has been called for Sunday 4th May following Morning Worship. A further update about the buildings and costings will be distributed prior to the meeting.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 30th April Autumn in the Gardens: Meet 9.30am by the bridge (to the old kiosk) at the carpark entrance from Armagh St for a walk around part of North Hagley Park. Coffee venue TBC. June 332 8874.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 8th May at Merchiston. Commences with a shared finger food tea at 6pm, followed by a speaker “Adventures on the High Seas”. All Welcome. Tony 332 0554.

Sue has the Court Theatre tickets and will hand them out on Sundays 4 & 11 May. If you will not be at either of those services, please phone Sue 960 7657 after 4th May and make arrangements to pick them up.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.

NEW READERS’ ROSTER out today – please check to see if there’s a copy for you.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
THERE IS NO HUB REPORT THIS WEEK.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 28th Joan; Thu 1st Margaret.

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Easter Day 2014

He is Risen ~ by Joy Cowley (from the back)

HYMN: Thine Be the Glory
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. C/A

OPENING PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Jeremiah 31:1-6 John McKean
John 20:1-18 Jeannette Beaumont

HYMN: In the Morning Mary Came (Tune: Dix WOV 239)
In the morning Mary came
to the tomb where Jesus lay.
In amazement there she saw
that the stone was rolled away.
Alleluia! Death has died.
Christ arisen! Christ alive!

Mary failed to recognize
Jesus when she saw him then,
‘till he called her by her name
and she knew he lived again.
Alleluia! Death has died.
Christ arisen! Christ alive!

John and Peter straightaway
ran to see the empty tomb.
There they saw the grave clothes lie
and the sun dispel the gloom.
Resurrection! Death has died
Christ arisen! Christ alive!

Thomas yet did not believe
‘til he saw the Lord’s own wounds.
Then his faith he did proclaim
there inside the upper room.
Resurrection! Death has died
Christ arisen! Christ alive!

We, too, meet the risen Christ
as we live in love each day.
So to God we give all praise –
every day is Easter Day!
Alleluia! Death has died.
Christ arisen! Christ alive! (© unknown)

REFLECTION: Empty tomb, empty talk

AN AFFIRMATION
We believe in an Easter God
who creates and re-creates,
who gives abundant life, and is with us
through all that life may bring.
We believe in Christ of the Resurrection
who appeared to his disciples
and became present in a new way
to those who follow him.
We believe in the Spirit foretold by Jesus
who came with power and wonders,
who gives strength and courage
and empowers us to serve in his name. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
To the words, God hear us, please respond, God hear our prayer

THE OFFERING:
God with the dawning of this new day,
may we awake to new opportunities to love and serve you
and witness to the Christ who lives.
Use us, and our gifts, to your glory….

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

HYMN: We Are Called to Tell the Story (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. © GIA Publications (DITU)

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:
It was a faint hope just three days ago.
Caught up in betrayal, condemnation and suffering we could hardly believe that today we would stand by your table celebrating new life.

It was a dark tomb they laid you in, and the stone was heavy,
yet today the rock has rolled and you live with us again.

Today we are a community planted in resurrection promise…..

COMMUNION: Please form a large circle around the church.

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION:
God, by your grace you have fed us.
By your love you have nurtured us.
By your Word you have taught us,
and by your Spirit you have empowered us.
Lead us now from here, to be your faithful people
for the sake of the risen Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

HYMN: Christ is Alive
Christ is alive, and the universe must celebrate,
and the stars and the suns shout on this Easter Day!
Christ is alive, and his family must celebrate
in a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Here is our hope: in the mystery of suffering
is the heartbeat of Love, Love that will not let go,
here is our hope, that in God we are not separate,
and we sing alleluia,
we sing alleluia
to praise the power that made the stone roll away.

Christ Spirit, dance through the dullness of humanity
to the music of God, God who has set us free!
You are the pulse of the new creation’s energy;
with a great alleluia,
a great alleluia
we praise the power that made the stone roll away.
© Shirley Murray (AA)

THE BLESSING

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

A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING has been called for Sunday 4th May following Morning Worship. A further update about the buildings and costings will be distributed prior to the meeting.

FIRESIDE will not be meeting on 22nd April. The next meeting is 27th May.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 23rd April: Meet 9.30am on corner of Rose & Lyttelton Streets. Coffee at 10.30 WET OR FINE at Apt 209 Cashmere View (new building on Rose St). We will be guests of Peggy & Ken Cree, and a koha towards church funds would be appreciated. June 332 8874.

CARING & SHARING Wednesday 23rd April 2pm in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. We will be celebrating St George’s Day with the Pearly King & Queen. All are welcome. Irene 332 7306.

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

WALTHAM COTTAGE – If you want to make a donation, brochures are available in the Church foyer. Have you made a response to Waltham Cottage’s projects? Phone Adrienne 942 2173 if you can help.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.
As the Office will be closed on Friday (Anzac Day) please ensure Anna has all notices by 9am Wednesday at the very latest.
If you require assistance with small fix-it jobs around the home, please contact the Office.

NEW READERS’ ROSTER will be available next Sunday. If you are planning to be away in May & June, please let Anna know immediately!!

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
HUB NEWS: This week’s Hub Report is on the wall in the Lounge.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 21st David; Saturday 26th Rob.

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Holy Week Meditations

HOLY MONDAY MUSIC FOR REFLECTION

CLOSING THOUGHT

HYMN: O God, You Search Me and You Know Me
O God, you search me and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down you are before me:
ever the maker and keeper of my days.

You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
and with love everlasting you besiege me:
in every moment of life, or death, you are.

Before a word is on my tongue , Lord,
you have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future too.

Although your Spirit is upon me,
still I search for shelter from your light.
There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:
even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

For you created me and shaped me,
gave me life within my mother’s womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
safe in your hands, all creation is made new.
© Bernadette Farrell (CH4)

ST. MARTINS HOLY WEEK MEDITATIONS
Monday 14 April 2014

Theme: Cleansing the Temple

MUSIC FOR QUIET REFLECTION

GATHERING
As Jesus stands above Jerusalem, the fickle crowds are waiting in the streets below; politics have chosen religion as a weapon; Rome’s might is holding its breath and soldiers are sharpening their swords; Pharisees and Sadducees are on the lookout for young upstarts;
the disciples will daily switch between longing hope
and fearful apprehension.
This is the week of danger.
Will we journey with him?
Will we watch with him?

OPENING PRAYER

SONG: Be Still My Heart My Mind My Busy World x2
Be still my heart my mind my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word.
Be still my heart my mind my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word. © John Murray (FFS)

READING: Isaiah 11:1-9 The Peaceful Kingdom
A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.

TIME FOR SILENT REFLECTION

READING: Matthew 21:12-17 Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, ‘It is written,
“My house shall be called a house of prayer”;
but you are making it a den of robbers.’
The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’, they became angry and said to him,
‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read,
“Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise for yourself”?’
He left them, went out of the city to Bethany,
and spent the night there.

A House of Prayer for all Nations

PRAYER REFLECTION (David Grant – Grant Us Your Peace)
Lord God,
unless you take a lead with us, our lives will always be the same; our view of self and world will never change; and some of us want that.
But some of us are in brokenness; we wear bruises,
carry heavy hurt, shamed by events beyond or ability to influence, or shamed by events we influenced too much. We seek a refuge, a safe place to tell the truth of our lives, truth which, when heard, will meet graciousness and not scorn. Meet trustful, kindly gentleness and not contempt.
Lord God,
rescue us to be truth tellers and truth hearers;
for unless you take a lead with us, our lives will always be the same; bruised, heavy hurted, shamed.
And rescue us from gossipy truth-pryers, or truth pryers who possess instant answers, or truth-pryers too keenly aware of appropriate correction; for unless you take a lead with them, their lives will always be the same.
For it is you, Lord, who are our hope,
and it is in you we trust –
trust learnt from our years of trading in truth with you.
So our praise is in our hearts, on our lips,
in our community, because we tell truth to one who carefully listens, taking a lead with us,
so our lives will not be the same.
In the name of the One who is the truth. AMEN.

HOLY TUESDAY GATHERING
As Jesus stands above Jerusalem, the fickle crowds are waiting in the streets below; politics have chosen religion as a weapon; Rome’s might is holding its breath and soldiers are sharpening their swords; Pharisees and Sadducees are on the lookout for young upstarts;
the disciples will daily switch between longing hope
and fearful apprehension.
This is the week of danger.
Will we journey with him?
Will we watch with him?

OPENING PRAYER

SONG: Be Still My Heart My Mind My Busy World X2
Be still my heart my mind my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word.
Be still my heart my mind my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word. © John Murray (FFS)

O.T. READING: Isaiah 49: 1-7 ~ Israel a Light to the Nations
Listen to me, distant nations,
you people who live far away!
Before I was born, the Lord chose me
and appointed me to be his servant.
He made my words as sharp as a sword.
with his own hand he protected me.
He made me like an arrow, sharp and ready for use.
He said to me, “Israel, you are my servant;
because of you, people will praise me.”

I said, “I have worked, but how hopeless it is!
I have used up my strength,
but have accomplished nothing.”
Yet I can trust the Lord to defend my cause;
he will reward me for what I do.

Before I was born, the Lord appointed me;
he made me his servant to bring back his people,
to bring back the scattered people of Israel.
The Lord gives me honour; he is the source of my strength.

The Lord said to me, “I have a greater task for you,
my servant.
Not only will you restore to greatness the people of Israel
who have survived,
but I will also make you a light to the nations –
so that all the world may be saved.”

This will happen because the Lord has chosen his servant;
the holy God of Israel keeps his promises.

TIME FOR SILENT REFLECTION

N.T. READING: Matthew 21: 18-23
~ Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
In the morning, when Jesus returned to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again!’ And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, ‘How did the fig tree wither at once?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, “Be lifted up and thrown into the sea”, it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.’
When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’

[Note: At Passover season in late March or early April, fig trees are often in leaf on the eastern side of the Mount of Olives. At this time of year, such fig trees contain only green early figs (Arabs call them taqsh), which ripen around June but often drop off before that time, leaving only green leaves on the tree. A leafy tree lacking such early figs, however, would bear no figs at all that year.]

The Tree

PRAYER REFLECTION (adapted from Grant Us Your Peace)
Lord, our God, we have come into this place of worship, and opened our hearts in thanksgiving.
We praise you, we bless your name, the name that belongs to the One we seek.

God, may this place of worship become a microcosm of earth’s possibility; may this assembly become a mini-climate for a world’s fruitfulness; may this slice of time become a model for all time.
For today we celebrate that enduring, imperishable, steadfast love towards all people of every generation.

Today we dance in the pasture of your making, knowing we are your people
- not one left out,
- each included,
- every one counted as a belonger.
Today in this reflective space, we reach beyond ourselves, and today we will carry the blessing of the hour into the week to come, that our days may be transformed because we were here.

In the name of the one whose presence transforms.
AMEN.

MUSIC FOR REFLECTION

CLOSING THOUGHT

HYMN: O God, You Search Me and You Know Me
O God, you search me and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down you are before me:
ever the maker and keeper of my days.

You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
and with love everlasting you besiege me:
in every moment of life, or death, you are.

Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
you have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future too.

Although your Spirit is upon me,
still I search for shelter from your light.
There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:
even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

For you created me and shaped me,
gave me life within my mother’s womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
safe in your hands, all creation is made new.
© Bernadette Farrell (CH4)

HOLY WEDNESDAY GATHERING
Let us gather this night to hear age old Scriptures; to hear a story that may defy reason, a story that asks questions of our hearts.
God, you have given us minds to use in serving you to the best of our ability. But, may your Spirit guide us to temper reason with love, to recognise loving acts in others, even if they appear a little unreasonable to our rational ways of thinking.

OPENING PRAYER

SONG: Be Still My Heart My Mind My Busy World X2
Be still my heart my mind my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word.
Be still my heart my mind my busy world,
that I may hear God’s word. © John Murray (FFS)

O.T. READING: Isaiah 42: 1- 9
~ God’s Servant Will Set Everything Right
Take a good look at my servant.
I’m backing him to the hilt.
He’s the one I chose,
and I couldn’t be more pleased with him.
I’ve bathed him with my Spirit, my life.
He’ll set everything right among the nations.
He won’t call attention to what he does
with loud speeches or gaudy parades.
He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt
and he won’t disregard the small and insignificant,
but he’ll steadily and firmly set things right.
He won’t tire out and quit. He won’t be stopped
until he’s finished his work – to set things right on earth. Far-flung ocean islands wait expectantly for his teaching.
God’s message, the God who created the cosmos, stretched out the skies, laid out the earth and all that grows from it, who breathes life into earth’s people,
makes them alive with his own life:
I am God. I have called you to live right and well.
I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe.
I have set you among my people to bind them to me,
and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,
to make a start at bringing people into the open, into light:
opening blind eyes, releasing prisoners from dungeons,
emptying the dark prisons.
I am God. That’s my name.
I don’t franchise my glory,
don’t endorse the no-god idols.
Take note: The earlier predictions of judgement
have been fulfilled.
I am announcing the new salvation work.
Before it bursts on the scene,
I’m telling you about it. (From, The Message)

TIME FOR SILENT REFLECTION

N.T. READING: Matthew 26: 6-13 ~ The Anointing at Bethany
Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, ‘Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.’ But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’

It Was on the Wednesday

PRAYER REFLECTION (David Grant – Grant us Your Peace

MUSIC FOR REFLECTION
CLOSING THOUGHT

HYMN: Teach Us, O Loving Heart of Christ (Tune: French WOV 21)
Teach us, O Loving heart of Christ,
what only love can say:
Father, forgive, and still forgive
the blindness of our way.

We have not healed our neighbour’s hurt
nor learned our neighbour’s tongue:
across the span of creed and race
your song is not yet sung.

We have not found your way of peace
when lack of peace is death:
we have not fed with word or bread
the hunger of the earth.

Christ in whose hands were thrust the nails
and yet for us could pray –
forgive the things we have not done,
the words we do not say. © Shirley Murray (AA)

Easter Services
7.00pm 17th April – Maundy Thursday (Combined)
10.00am 18th April – Good Friday (Combined)
7.30am 20th April – Easter Sunrise Service
Followed by Breakfast
9.00am 20th April – St Martins Easter Communion
10.30am 20th April – Beckenham Service

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Palm Sunday 13th April 2014

GATHERING: (Both inside and outside)
Humble and riding on a donkey, we greet you.
Acclaimed by crowds and carolled by children, we cheer you.
Moving from the peace of the countryside to the corridors of power,
we honour you, Christ our Lord.
You are giving the beasts of burden a new dignity;
you are giving majesty a new face;
you are giving those who long to be freed a new song to sing.
With them, with heart and voice we shout, `Hosanna!’

PROCESSION OF PALMS
During the hymn those outside move into the church, laying their palms along the front and in the centre aisle.

HYMN: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Tune: WOV 277 Ellacombe)
Hosanna, loud hosanna,
the happy children sang;
through city street and temple
their joyful welcome rang.
They shouted out their praises
to Christ, the children’s friend,
who welcomes all with blessing,
whose love will never end.

From Olivet they followed,
a large exultant crowd,
the victory palm-branch waving,
and singing clear and loud;
bright angels joined the chorus,
beyond the cloudless sky,
`Hosanna in the highest!
Glory to God on high!’
`Hosanna in the highest!’
That ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer,
earth, let your anthems ring.
Oh, may we ever praise him
with heart and life and voice,
and in his humble presence
eternally rejoice! C/A

OPENING PRAYERS

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

SONG: The Day He Came Riding into Town
The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
His people tore the branches down (hurrah! hurrah!)
They cheered his name with voices loud,
And everyone joined the chanting crowd,
“May the king be blessed: he comes in the name of God!”

The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
He threw the sellers’ tables down (hurrah! hurrah!)
“God’s house should be a place of prayer
But you’ve made a haunt of pirates there!”
And he speaks with fire who comes in the name of God!

The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
It caused the men of power to frown (hurrah! hurrah!)
“We have our laws! We have our ways!
We need no king to rule our days!
We denounce his right to come in the name of God!”

The day He came riding into town (hurrah! hurrah!)
He offered love and not a crown (hurrah! hurrah!)
His song of peace could not be heard
For they wanted a throne and not a word.
And the word was life – new life in the name of God. (Frederick A Styles)

READINGS: Allison and Tony Blackler
Zechariah 9: 9 -10 – The Future King
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 – A Joyous Celebration (yet not without shadow)
A Conversation

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Ride On, Ride On, the Time is Right (Tune: Winchester New)
Ride on, ride on, the time is right:
the roadside crowds scream with delight;
palm branches mark the pilgrim way
where beggars sit and children play.

Ride on, ride on, your critics wait,
intrigue and rumour circulate;
new lies abound in word and jest,
and truth becomes a suspect guest.

Ride on, ride on, while well aware
that those who shout and wave and stare
are mortals who, with common breath,
can crave for life, and lust for death.

Ride on, ride on, though blind with tears,
though voiceless now and deaf to jeers.
Your path is clear, though few can tell
their garments pave the road to hell.

Ride on, ride on, God’s love demands;
justice and peace lie in your hands.
Evil and angel voices rhyme;
this is the man and this the time. ? WGRG, GIA Publications (CH 4)

THE OFFERING:
God, like palms of rejoicing, like cloaks on the ground,
we bring these gifts and offer them here.
May both gifts, and givers, be lifted up, blessed,
and sent forth to love and serve the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Lift High The Cross
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his glorious name!

Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout!
If we are silent, even stones cry out.

Jesus, you wept to see our human strife,
teach us compassion for each human life.

Peace was your plea and peace your living theme
let peace be our passport, peace a living dream.

Great is the cost of walking on this road,
to follow and suffer with the Son of God.

Worlds to be born and children yet to be
come, take up this song into eternity. © Shirley Murray (AA)

THE BLESSING

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

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2014:
Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th April
7pm Holy Week Meditations
Maundy Thursday 17th April 7pm Combined Service led by Chris
Good Friday 18th April 10am Combined Service led by Mele
Easter Day 20th April 7.30am Sunrise Service and breakfast
9.00am St Martin’s Easter Communion
10.30am Beckenham Easter Service

Part Two of Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Risingholme Singers TODAY, St Andrew’s Church at Rangi Ruru, 2.30 pm. This part covers the death, resurrection and triumph of the Messiah. The music will include choir and soloists, with orchestra and real pipe organ accompaniment! Tickets from John Shanks – $10, or at the door for $12.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 13th John; Wed 16th Mavis.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 16th April: Carpool 9am from 43 St Martins Rd to meet outside Thyme Café 597 Springs Rd Prebbleton at 9.30am. Park in Springs Rd, or, if you can find the entrance, behind the café. Sue 960 7657.

BOARD OF MANAGERS meets this Wednesday 16th April at 7.30pm in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. The first part of this meeting will be combined with the Session.

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

CARING & SHARING Wednesday 23rd April 2pm in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. We will be celebrating St George’s Day with the Pearly King & Queen. All are welcome. Irene 332 7306.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH replacing smoke alarm batteries, changing light bulbs or tap washers, fixing doors that stick, gardening, small carpentry jobs?? Members of our congregation have offered their services to help with these jobs at no cost for parish folk only. If you require assistance with the above, please phone Anna in the Office 332 6192 Wednesday – Friday mornings.

WALTHAM COTTAGE – If you want to make a donation, brochures are available in the Church foyer. Have you made a response to Waltham Cottage’s projects? Phone Adrienne 942 2173 if you can help.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.
NB: The Office will be closed on Good Friday & Anzac Day.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
HUB NEWS: This week’s Hub Report is on the wall in the Lounge.

Hub Activities for the week 13th – 20th April 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Thurs 17 Apr 7.00 pm Maundy Thursday service with St Martins at Beckenham.
Fri 18 Apr 9.30 am Ecumenical Good Friday service at Sacred Heart, Addington,
Sun 20 Apr 10.00 am Rev Ivan Pierce will be preaching
Sun 29 Apr Bruce Hanson will be leading our worship.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 13 Apr 9am Palm Sunday Celebration
Mon 14 Apr 7pm Holy Week Meditation
Tue 14 Apr 7pm Holy Week Meditation
7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army Hall, Southampton St.
Wed 15 Apr 9.30am Walking Group. Thyme Cafe Prebbleton. Sue 960 7657.
7pm Holy Week Meditation
7.30pm Board of Managers meeting
Thu 17 Apr 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
7pm Maundy Service combined with Beckenham Methodist
Fri 18 Apr 10am Good Friday Service combined with Beckenham Methodist
Sun 20 Apr 7.30am Easter Sunrise Service followed by breakfast
9am Easter Day Communion

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
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 in halls – contact Shilo 338 3943
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 in lounge. 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 program in lounge. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group in lounge. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 14th April 9.15am Pre-School Music – contact Jane 96 52425
1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
Wed 16th April 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 17th April 10.30am Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive
7.30pm Maundy Thursday Service at Cashmere Presbyterian Church
Fri 18th April 10.30am Good Friday Service at St Augustine’s Anglican Church

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Sunday 6 April 2014

CALL TO WORSHIP: From the back
Faith calls us to journey along a Way that stretches into unseen distances:
to hold to a Truth that is great beyond our fullest understanding, and to embrace a Life that calls us to maturity.
Faith calls us to follow Jesus: who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

HYMN: This is God’s House
This is God’s house, let us worship together,
meeting in friendship and learning from all;
this is God’s song, let us praise him together,
singing a hymn of the love of our Lord.

This is God’s book, let us hold it together,
looking and reading and hearing it said;
this is God’s word, let’s explore it together,
seeking the Lord’s way as our thoughts are led.

This shows God’s love as we sup here together,
seeing before us the Lord’s Table spread;
this was God’s son, let’s remember together,
tasting the symbols of wine and of bread.

This is God’s path, let us travel together,
sharing the journey and spreading the word;
this is God’s world, let us serve him together,
telling his story and praying it’s heard.

We are God’s church, let us all pray together,
watching our faith grow and moving ahead;
as we’re God’s flock let’s go onward together,
showing the whole world that he is our Lord.
June Service (A Joyful Noise)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Cynthia Cross

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Psalm 130 Sue Saunders
The Valley of Dry Bones ~ David Beaumont & John Shanks

SERMON: Can these bones live?

HYMN: Lord of the Dance
I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
and I danced in the moon and the starts and the sun;
and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth,
at Bethlehem I had my birth:
Dance then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he;
and I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,
but they would not dance and they wouldn’t follow me.
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John
they came with me and the dance went on:

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame:
the holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high,
and they left me there on a cross to die:

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone;
but I am the dance and I still go on:

They cut me down and I leap up high,
I am the life that’ll never, never die;
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me:
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he:

THE OFFERING
God of life, you invite us to share life.
We offer these gifts of food and money,
and pray that they may bring life and hope,
as we work to serve you in the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Dorothy McRae-McMahon)
We believe in God,
who trusts us with the whole creation,
who calls us to honour that trust
by living in fairness, justice
generosity and grace.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
who walked the way of the cross
to honour God’s love for us,
who shared all our struggles
and lived our deepest fears.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
who is present in our inner longings,
stirring us into new things,
calling us to the risks of faith.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

HYMN: For Your Generous Providing (Blaenwern WOV 165ii)
For your generous providing
which sustains us all our days,
for your Spirit here residing,
we proclaim our heartfelt praise.
Through the depths of joy and sorrow;
though the road be smooth or rough,
fearless, we can face tomorrow
for your grace will be enough.

Round your table, through your giving,
show us how to live and pray
till your kingdom’s way of living
is the bread we share each day:
bread for us and for our neighbour,
bread for body, mind, and soul,
bread of heaven and human labour –
broken bread that makes us whole. © Church of Scotland Panel on Worship

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

COMMUNION

HYMN: God Who Sets us on a Journey (Hyfrydol WOV 148ii)
God who sets us on a journey
to discover, dream and grow,
lead us as you led your people
in the desert long ago;
journey inward, journey outward,
stir the spirit, stretch the mind,
love for God and self and neighbour
marks the way that Christ defined.

Exploration brings new insights,
changes, choices we must face;
give us wisdom in deciding,
mindful always of your grace;
should we stumble, lose our bearings,
find it hard to know what’s right,
we regain our true direction
focused on the Jesus light.

End our longing for the old days,
grant the vision that we lack –
once we’ve started on this journey
there can be no turning back.
Let us travel light, discarding
excess baggage from our past,
cherish only what’s essential,
choosing treasure that will last.

When we set up camp and settle
to avoid love’s risk and pain,
you disturb complacent comfort,
pull the tent pegs up again;
keep us travelling in the knowledge
you are always at our side;
give us courage for the journey,
Christ our goal and Christ our guide. © Joy Dine (FFS)

THE BLESSING

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

THERE WILL BE A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TODAY following Morning Worship to receive the nominations from Session of David Beaumont, Irene Gray & Anneke Howie for Eldership.
The meeting will also receive an update from the Building Work Group.

LENTEN STUDY tomorrow at the Manse. 10am for morning tea, 10.15am for the study. We will be discussing Easter Day. Chris.

READERS are required for Holy Week Reflections and the Maundy Thursday service. Please sign the clipboard in the foyer if you are available. Anna.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 9th April: Meet 9.30am at the far end of Bellevue Ave off Papanui Rd. Coffee at McCafe Merivale. June 332 8874.

CHRISTCHURCH APW meets on Wednesday 9th April 9.45am at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Barrington St. The speaker will be from St John Ambulance about personal alarms. There will be a special Sales Table with the proceeds going to the music programme at the Champion Centre, Burwood Hospital. Allison 332 0554.

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

PARISH FAIR NEXT Saturday 12th April 9am until 12 noon. We will be having the following stalls: Cakes, Preserves/Jams, White Elephant, Books, Plants & Produce. Please Note: We are unable to accept TVs, Computers, Stereos etc or household furniture. If you have items which require collecting, please phone Rob 379 1474.

PALM SUNDAY 13th April – If you wish to take part in the Palm Sunday parade from carpark to carpark, please be in the Martin Ave carpark by 8.55am. If you’re not participating, please either be seated in the church at 9.10am or standing by the Malcolm Ave doors.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Court Theatre Thursday 15th May 6.30pm. $41 each, cash payment to Sue in a named envelope by 9am next Sunday at the very latest. Phone Sue 960 7657 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

Part Two of Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Risingholme Singers as an Easter devotion on Sunday 13 April at St Andrew’s Church at Rangi Ruru at 2.30 pm. This part covers the death, resurrection and triumph of the Messiah and is very dramatic. The music will include choir and soloists, with orchestra and real pipe organ accompaniment! Tickets from John Shanks – $10, or at the church door for $12.

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH replacing smoke alarm batteries, changing light bulbs or tap washers, fixing doors that stick, gardening, small carpentry jobs?? Members of our congregation have offered their services to help with these jobs at no cost for parish folk only. If you require assistance with the above, please phone Anna in the Office 332 6192 Wednesday – Friday mornings.

WALTHAM COTTAGE – If you want to make a donation, brochures are available in the Church foyer. Have you made a response to Waltham Cottage’s projects? Phone Adrienne 942 2173 if you can help.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz
HUB NEWS: This week’s Hub Report is on the wall in the Lounge.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2014:
Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th April
7pm Holy Week Meditations

Maundy Thursday 17th April 7pm Combined Service led by Chris
Good Friday 18th April 10am Combined Service led by Mele

Easter Day 20th April 7.30am Sunrise Service followed by breakfast
9.00am Easter Communion

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 7th Rosemary; Wed 9th Samantha-Rose

Hub Activities for the week 6th – 13th April 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 6 Apr 2.00 pm We have been invited to attend the Lighthouse
Baptist church service to be held here at St
James this afternoon. This will be followed by a
BBQ and should finish about 5.00 p.m.
Tues 8 Apr 9.30 am Little Kids Music
Wed 9 Apr 9.45 am APW meet at St James. The speaker from St
Johns will be talking about personal alarms.
Fri 11 Apr 4.30 pm Friday Kids

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 6 Apr 9am Communion & Congregational meeting
Tue 8 Apr 7.30pm Indoor Bowls Salvation Army Hall, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786
Wed 9 Apr 9.30am Walking Group. Bellevue Ave, Papanui, then McCafe Merivale.
Thu 10 Apr 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786
Sat 12 Apr 9am-12noon Monster Garage Sale @ 43 St Martins Rd. Ph 332 6192 for info
Sun 13 Apri 9am Palm Sunday Service

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls in hall. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesday: 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 in lounge. 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 program in lounge. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group in lounge. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 7 Apr 9.15am Pre-School Music. Jane 965 2425
1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
Tues 8 Apr 7.00pm Cashmere Residents Association Vision & Values meeting
Wed 9 Apr 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thu 10 Apr 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

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