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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Sunday 30 March 2014 Harvest Thanksgiving

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God gave us the creation to enjoy,
with rolling landscapes of delight,
with wonders of earth and sea
and endless discoveries of beauty.
God made us in infinite diversity,
with all the vivid colours of our differences,
the marvel of our gifts and skills
to be explored and celebrated.

Let us come in praise and thanksgiving

HYMN: Praise God for the Harvest (Tune: St Denio WOV 80)
Praise God for the harvest of orchard and field,
praise God for the people who gather their yield,
the long hours of labour, the skills of a team,
the patience of science, the power of machine.

Praise God for the harvest that comes from afar,
from market and harbour, the sea and the shore:
foods packed and transported, and gathered and grown
by God-given neighbours, unseen and unknown.

Praise God for the harvest that’s quarried and mined,
then sifted, and smelted, or shaped and refined:
for oil and for iron, for copper and coal,
praise God, who in love has provided them all.

Praise God for the harvest of science and skill,
the urge to discover, create and fulfil:
for dreams and inventions that promise to gain
a future more hopeful, a world more humane.
Praise God for the harvest of mercy and love
from leaders and peoples who struggle and serve
for patience and kindness, that all may be led
to freedom and justice, and all may be fed. © Hope Publishing (CH 4)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Hilary Moore

SONG: We Plough the Fields With Tractors (Tune: WOV 59)
We plough the fields with tractors,
with drills we sow the land;
but growth is still the wondrous gift
of God’s almighty hand.
We add the fertilizers
to help the growing grain,
but for its full fruition
it needs God’s sun and rain
All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love

It is our God who gives us
inventive skills and drive;
which lighten daily labour
and gives us fuller lives!
With many new machines now
we do the work each day,
we reap the fields with combines,
we bale the new mown hay.

Then why are people starving
when we have life so good?
And some in crowded cities
search dustbins for their food.
And even some go hungry
who farm in distant lands;
Lord, help us learn more swiftly
to share with open hands. (Author unknown)

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS – Martin Cleland

POEM: This Thread I Weave (Shirley Murray, adapted)

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS – Jill Grierson

READING AND COMMENT: John 6: 1-11 Lindsay Day
The hospitality of one small boy

HYMN: Take My Gifts
Take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me,
gave me light and food and shelter,
gave me life and set me free.
Now, because your love has touched me,
I have love to give away;
now the bread of love is rising,
loaves of love to multiply!

Take the fruit that I have gathered
from the tree your Spirit sowed,
harvest of your own compassion,
juice that makes the wine of God;
spiced with humour, laced with laughter-
flavour of the Jesus life,
tang of risk and new adventure,
taste and zest beyond belief.

Take whatever I can offer-
gifts that I have yet to find,
skills that I am slow to sharpen,
talents of the hand and mind,
things made beautiful for others
in the place where I must be:
take my gifts and let me love you,
God who first of all loved me. © Shirley Murray (AA)

OFFERING
O God, your gifts are many, diverse, and so graciously given,
that our hearts are filled with thanksgiving once more
at this season of the harvest.
What we offer in return seems so small, such a simple token;
but we ask you to bless these gifts, and to bless their use,
that those close at hand and those far away
will feel your compassionate and hopeful presence,
in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: With Thankfulness We Offer (Tune: Ellacombe)
With thankfulness we offer
our talents given by you:
the gifts of art and music
crafts, hobbies, writing too,
our keen appreciation
of colours, textures, sounds,
the overwhelming beauty
with which this world abounds.

We bring you from our gardens
the flowers and food we’ve grown,
rejoicing in the pleasure
that all of us have known
of watching what we’ve planted
sprout, flourish and mature,
with gifts of rain and sunshine
that make a harvest sure.

In this green land of plenty
of rivers, bushland, fields,
help us to guard its beauty
and treasure what it yields.
O may we not abuse it
by greed or lack of thought;
may we, like stewards, tend it,
respect it as we ought.

So may we use our talents
to educate, conserve,
that leading by example,
this planet we preserve
from selfish exploitation
of forests, oceans, lands;
the world be healed, replenished
by your restoring hands. ? Jocelyn Marshall Hamilton

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tues 1st Aileen; Fri 4th Rosalie.

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

HARVEST THANKSGIVING TODAY – CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS. A special welcome our friends from St James’ who are worshipping with us this morning.
Thank you to everyone who has brought items for Waltham Community Cottage.

THERE WILL BE A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on Sunday 6th April 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.

THE POSTPONED FIRESIDE meeting will be a social evening at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st April at Sonya’s 408b Barrington St. Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd April: Meet 9.30am in Hoon Hay Rd near the corner of Cashmere Rd. Sonya will lead a walk in the area followed by coffee at Silverbacks Café. If weather is doubtful please check for an email at 9am.

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

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOUR IS A PIECE OF CAKE: It’s not too late – bake a cake for your neighbours this afternoon!
THE COMBINED APW/MWF COMMUNION SERVICE will be held on Wednesday 2nd April at St James Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street. A shared tea will be held at 6 pm and the communion service led by Rev Chris Elliot will commence at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Allison 332 0554 for further details.
PARISH FAIR Saturday 12th April 9am until 12 noon. Time to start cleaning out those cupboards! 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.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Court Theatre Thursday 15th May 6.30pm. $41 each, cash payment in a named envelope to Sue on Sunday 6th April or by 9am on the 13th please. A great idea for Mothers’ Day presents. We need to sell a minimum of 20 seats – please add your name to the list in the lounge. Sue 960 7657

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

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.
REMINDER: Daylight Saving ends next Sunday – put your clocks back an hour!!

Hub Activities for the week 30th March – 6th April 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 30th 9.00 a.mService with St Martins @ Beckenham Methodist. No service at St James!
12.00 noon LA LA LAC’s meet at Oderings for lunch
Tues 1st 9.30 a.m Little Kids Music
Wed 2nd Combined APW/MWF Communion Service. Shared tea at 6pm. Service 7pm led by Rev Chris Elliot. All welcome.
Fri 4th 4.30 pm Friday Kids

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 30th 9am Harvest Thanksgiving
Tues 1st 7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group meeting at Sonya’s 339 7038.
Wed 2nd 9.30am Walking Group. Contact Sonya 339 7038
Thu 3rd 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 6th 9am Communion & Congregational Meeting
{end of Daylight Saving – remember to change your clocks back!!}

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. Shilo 338 3943
9.30 am U3A. Pauline 332 0453
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 contact Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
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. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 31st 9.15am Pre-School Music. Jane 965 2425
Wed 2nd 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thu 3rd 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aitken Drive

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Sunday 23 March 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Session Report

CALL TO WORSHIP:
We come to worship God.
We are people of faith, but sometimes
have more questions than answers.
We come seeking God’s strength for life.
Sometimes we run out of energy and fear the future.
We come seeking deeper understanding.
Sometimes we are sure of our call, but unsure of our destination.
We come open to new life in the Spirit;
and so we come just as we are.

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)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

CHILDREN’S SONG: One More Step Along the World I Go
One more step along the world I go,
one more step a-long the world I go,
from the old things to the new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me:
And it’s from the old…

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know:
And it’s from the old…

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough,
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old… © Stainer & Bell Ltd (VU)

MISSION MOMENT: It’s a piece of cake to be a good neighbour

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Genesis 12: 1-4a Bill Lloyd
Nicodemus’ Long, Long Night (John 3: 1-17)
SERMON

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.

You sang in a stable,
you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence
when the whole world was still;
and down in the city
you called once again,
when you blew through your people in the rush of the wind.

You call from tomorrow,
you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow
the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions,
our men clear their eyes
with bold new decisions your people arise. © Jim Manley (NJS)

THE OFFERING (Prayer on the screen)

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose (Tune: Austria WOV 577 )
Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
hidden now in mystery;
nature bursts with joyful promise,
ripe with what is yet to be.
In a wealth of rich invention,
still the work of art unfolds -
barely have we seen, and faintly,
what God’s great salvation holds.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
making Jesus seen and heard.
Every age of God’s creation
grasps new meanings from the Word.
Show us, Holy Spirit, show us
your new work begun today;
eyes and ears and hearts are open,
teach us what to do and say.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
all God’s children brought to birth,
freed from hunger, fear and evil
every corner of the earth.
And a million million voices
speak with joy the Saviour’s name;
every face reflects his image,
never any two the same.

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose
nothing shall be left to chance.
All that lives will be united
in the everlasting dance.
All fulfilled and all perfected,
each uniquely loved and known,
Christ in glory unimagined
once for all receives his own. © Marnie Barrell (AA)

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

THE SESSION HAS CALLED A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING for TODAY following Morning Worship to consider the plans for application to the Presbytery for permission to proceed and uplift the insurance money.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING – CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS NEXT Sunday 30th March.
Please bring a symbol of your gifts/skills for the display.
Our gifts will be given to Waltham Community Cottage. There is a special need for dry goods (packets and tinned) to help with their cooking classes. Pasta and lentils are always acceptable. And think about those wee extras like biscuits, snax, coffee, tea, shampoo (toiletries), sugar, flour, loo paper etc. Also cans of fish, salmon and chicken and tins of hearty beef stews and the like so that they can open a can and put it on toast. Gifts of fresh vegetables and fruit also very welcome. Worship Committee.

The Lenten Study tomorrow at the Manse will look at Nicodemus & Jesus. 10am for morning tea, 10.15am for the study. Chris.

THE FIRESIDE meeting has been postponed from 25th March until Tuesday 1st April. Margaret.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 26th March: Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd by the carpark entrance to the medical centre. Fay will lead a walk in the area with coffee to follow at Opawa Bakery. If weather is doubtful, please phone Fern 332 4725 to check if walk is “on”.

‘CARING AND SHARING’ – what’s in a name?
Wednesday 26th March – do join us in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge at 2pm.
So – ‘what’s in a name?’ – your chance to come along and find out. Bring yourself, bring a friend. As well as a lot a laughs there will be a fabulous afternoon tea to share after.
We look forward to welcoming everyone. Irene 332 7306.

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

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOUR IS A PIECE OF CAKE 29th – 30th March.
A combined churches of Christchurch initiative, supported by the City Council. The idea is to help people know their neighbours and create stronger community connections. If you wish to participate, bake a cake and give it to your neighbours next weekend, or invite them over for afternoon tea. See Lyndsey McKay for more information.

THE COMBINED APW/MWF COMMUNION SERVICE will be held on Wednesday 2nd April at St James Presbyterian Church, Barrington Street. A shared tea will be held at 6 pm and the communion service led by Rev Chris Elliot will commence at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Allison 332 0554 for further details.

NAMETAGS: Please wear your Church nametag. See Sonya if you require a new one.

PARISH FAIR Saturday 12th April 9am until 12 noon. Time to start cleaning out those cupboards! 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.

CHURCH A5 DIRECTORY WITH PHOTOS: Session seeks permission to print the Church Directory with a photo beside each family/person to help everyone put names with faces. Sonya has undertaken to take photos, so simply tell her if you are not agreeable, or advise Anna.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Court Theatre Thursday 15th May 6.30pm. $41 each, cash payment to Sue on or before Sunday 13th April please. A great idea for Mothers’ Day presents. We need to sell a minimum of 20 seats – please add your name to the list in the lounge. Phone Sue 960 7657 for more information.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 28th April 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. Please phone the Parish Office to book.

ORGAN RECITAL by John Dodgshun on TODAY 2.30pm, St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru. Proceeds to Neil Stocker Memorial Fund. All Welcome.

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.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 23rd Eian; Mon 24th Maurice, Karlene; Tue 25th Georgia, Oliver; Wed 26th Liam.

Hub Activities for the week 23rd – 30th March 2014

St James Presbyterian Church

Very Important:
Lets get Charlie McLaren to St Louis, USA for life changing surgery. Charlie suffers from Cerebral Palsy and this surgery will enable him to walk. Charlie McLaren is nine years old and lives in Lincoln with his parent’s Mandy and Todd and elder brother George. Charlie attends Addington School and one of his current aspirations is to be a professional tennis player. This surgery will provide him with the opportunity to realise his dreams and potential. Goal = $100,000.00 NZD for the surgery alone. Raised = $1,820.00 NZD Donate online at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/newlegsforcharlie or see Amanda Wallis and be sure to write in the card for Charlie too.

Tues 25th Mar 9.30am Little Kids music
7.30pm Parish Council meet
Fri 28th Mar 4.30pm Friday Kids meet
Sun 30th Mar 9.00am Service with St Martins at Beckenham Methodist

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 23 March 9am Morning Worship & Congregational Meeting
Wed 26 March 9.30am Walking Group. Phone June 332 8874
2pm Caring & Sharing. Irene 332 7306
Thu 27 March 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 30 March 9am Morning Worship. Harvest Thanksgiving. A Celebration of our Gifts

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Halswell Friendship Club –4th Monday of
month in lounge – contact Jean 338 2317
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre programme
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Contact Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay contact Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 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. Contact David 3227954
7.30 pm Parish Council meets 4th Wednesday in study
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre programme
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Contact Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth program in lounge –weekly. Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church -last Friday of month

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 23 March 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Mon 24 March 9.15am Pre-School Music – contact Jane 965 2425
Wed 26 March 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 27 March 10.30am – 12 noon Prayer Group at 20 Major Aiken Drive

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