Sunday 24th July 2016 10am

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 24th JULY 2016:

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

 

10AM COMBINED SERVICES CONTINUE UNTIL SUNDAY 14th AUGUST.

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

 

FOOT CLINIC TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. New volunteers always welcome. See Lyndsey for more information.

 

FIRESIDE: Joan Scott has asked us to meet at her house at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th July.  We welcome women of the congregation to join us.  Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 27th July: Meet 9.30am in Cumnor Terrace near Garlands Road to explore the Tannery area. Coffee at Mitchelli’s Cafe Renato. Sonya 339 7038 or 027 253 3397  New walkers welcome.

 

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

 

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

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

It will begin when there are six or more participants.

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

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

 

COPY FOR THE NEXT ‘MESSENGER’ is now due. Please email any contributions to Anneke (anneke.howie@gmail.com) by 12th August.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

NB: Anna will be at Beckenham Methodist on Thursday from 10am.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

PTO>>>

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

 

 

 

AN INVITATION:

As you may be aware, St James’ will end their ministry in Spreydon with a church service to be held at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 11th September 2016.

 

As they will only be inviting two representatives from each parish to this final service, they would like the opportunity to share with their neighbouring Presbyterian churches, whose fellowship and friendship they have enjoyed over many years.

An invitation is extended to the St Martin’s congregation to come and join them on Sunday 21 August at 10 am.

 

Their Lay Preacher, Ken Shields is leading the service. He is also a member of the Accord Harmony Chorus, so we are hopeful they are able to come and share their beautiful singing with us.

 

Irene Gray

Session Clerk.

 

 

 

PRAYER WALK: Join with others all over New Zealand and pray for our schools – children, young people, teachers, parents, boards and anyone else involved.

When? Friday 5th August 9.30am

Where? Meet at the West Bridge, Botanic Gardens, opposite the tennis courts. Coffee to follow at Ilex Cafe. See Irene for more information.

 

 

BIRTHDAY  THIS WEEK: Sun 24th Aubrey; Tues 26th Rachael; Thu 28th Wayne; Sat 30th Fay, Drew.

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Sunday 17th July 2016 Pentecost 9 10am

NOTICES

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;

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

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

 

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

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

the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;

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

 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

 

OFFERING

 

OFFERTORY PRAYER

 

LEARNING FOR ALL


SONG: My God is So Big

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

there’s nothing my God cannot do     x2

The mountains are His. The rivers are His.

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

 

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

there’s nothing my God cannot do.

The cities are his. The streets are all his.

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

 

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

there’s nothing my God cannot do.

The future is His. The present is His

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

 

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

Yet nearer to me than my breath

All heartbeats are his. All breathing is his

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

 

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

That sometimes he’s quite hard to see

But Jesus is his. Yes Jesus is his

Yes Jesus shows God’s love for me x2

 

My God is so big, So awesome and lovely

There’s nothing my God cannot do x2

 

PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN

 

MISSION MOMENT: Lyndsey McKay on ‘Family Violence’

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & SUNG LORD’S PRAYER

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have heard you calling in the night.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.

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

 

READINGS:   Psalm 54                                             Irene Gray

Colossians 1:11-28 (on screen)

 

MESSAGE

 

HYMN: Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God

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

holding the world forever.

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

but is counted and told in God’s story.

 

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

holding the world forever.

No journey too far, no distance too great,

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

 

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

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

 

SUNG BENEDICTION: Godspeed Song               ©Shirley Murray (FFS)

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 17th JULY 2016

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

 

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

 

10AM COMBINED SERVICES CONTINUE UNTIL SUNDAY 14th AUGUST.

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

 

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

 

SESSION MEETING Wednesday 20th July 7.30pm at Merchiston.

 

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

 

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

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

It will begin when there are six or more participants.

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

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

 

ATTENTION ALL CONVENORS OF PARISH GROUPS/COMMITTEES:

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

 

COPY FOR THE NEXT ‘MESSENGER’ is now due. Please email any contributions to Anneke (anneke.howie@gmail.com) by 12th August.

PTO…

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

NO ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter this week.

 

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

 

 

BIRTHDAY  THIS WEEK: Mon 18th Peggy.

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Sunday 10th July 2016 10am

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

Further information from Lyndsey McKay or Alice Shanks.

 

10AM WINTER COMBINED SERVICES CONTINUE UNTIL

SUNDAY 14th AUGUST.

If you prefer, please bring your own mug from home each week

for morning tea.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 6th July: Meet 9.30am in Avonside Dr (north end Porritt end) for an amble in Avondale. Coffee at Jirrah Café. All are welcome. Trevor & Heather 942 4384.

 

NO CRAFTY CRAFTERS this week.

 

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

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

It will begin when there are six or more participants.

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

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

 

ATTENTION ALL CONVENORS OF PARISH GROUPS/COMMITTEES:

Annual Reports are now required. Please make sure they are received by the Parish Office no later than 20th JulyJ. I have 3 so far…

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

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Refugee Sunday 3rd July 2016 9am

 

St Martin’s Presbyterian Parish

3 July 2016 ~ Refugee Sunday & Communion

 

To Receive the Life of Jesus-with-others to be our Life

N.B: This Service will follow the basic order (Approach, Listen/Reflect, Respond/Share, & Go). It will need your full participation in saying YES (Amen), or OFFERING song, silence, self…

 

 

 

 

 

CWS Responds to Syria

CWS is appealing for funds to help long term partner the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) respond to the needs of growing numbers of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. They have rapidly expanded services to the new refugee communities. Funds raised in this appeal will help provide essential food, rent subsidies, school costs, hygiene and clothing supplies, and programmes like the children’s forums and Mother Support Groups. ACT Alliance members are giving practical help in Syria.

Please give generously using the envelope enclosed.

WELCOME & NOTICES

 

  1. Approach:  We’ll start as we would in any gathering of friends with GREETING EACH OTHER

 

We sing our opening hymn and begin with one central act of trust – the Life-of-Jesus-with-others:

 

HYMN: O Son of Man (Tune: Highwood)

O Son of Man, our hero strong and tender, whose servants are the brave in all the earth, our living sacrifice to you we render who share

in all our sorrows, all our mirth.

 

Your feet were strong to climb the path of duty, your lips divine taught us the words of truth, your kind eyes marked the lilies in their beauty,

your heart was kindled at the zeal of youth.

 

Lover of children and their inspiration, of all mankind the servant

and the king; O Lord of joy and hope and consolation,

to you our fears and joys and hopes we bring.

 

Not in our failures only and our sadness we seek your presence, comforter and friend; our gracious guest be with us in our gladness, companion true our lowliest tasks attend.                       F Fletcher (WOV175)

 

 

  PAUSE  – quieten – slow breathing – relax body & mind – think why

we’re here …Let’s think in silence of what we are most thankful for today … [Silence]                               … For all Your gifts –

Dear  Lord we give our thanks…

Sometimes  we realise we should acknowledge ways we ‘miss the

mark’ – let’s think in silence of ways we fall short of Jesus’ example … [Silence]

Looking at Your life with others –                                          

Dear Lord we admit we’ve failed to follow  you in our daily lives…     Receive again the warm welcome & acceptance of God, the call to follow Jesus

Dear Lord, we acknowledge your call to us that comes already in our desire to love you; and your companionship that comes already in our continuing search for you. Strengthen our desire we pray, that we may join you by our actions to build true community, to work for justice and for genuine peace.        

  1. Listening …Reflecting… on the Story Told:

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS:

Psalm 31:1-5   Sue  Saunders

Luke 15:1-6     Deborah Fitchett

 

We sing – to think where people, and our Lord, might be:

HYMN: Where cross the crowded ways (Tune: Fulda)

Where cross the crowded ways of life, where sound the cries

of race and clan, above the noise of selfish strife we hear your voice,

O Son of Man.

 

In haunts of wretchedness and need, on shadowed thresholds

dark with fears, from paths where hide the lures of greed

we catch the vision of your tears.

 

The cup of water given for you still holds the freshness of your grace; yet long these multitudes to see the sweet compassion of your face.

 

Till everyone shall learn your love and follow where your feet have trod till glorious from your heaven above shall come the city of our God.

F M North (WOV532)

POWERPOINT: Refugee Sunday  … … [Silence]

 

HYMN:  Let Justice Roll Down  – a prayer and affirmation

Let justice roll down like a river, let justice flow down to the sea,

Let justice roll down like a river, let justice begin through me.

 

Justice for all who go hungry, crying to God to be fed,

left in a world of abundance to beg for a morsel of bread…

 

Justice for those are homeless, victims of war or of need,

trapped on the borders of nowhere, lost in the canyons of greed…

Justice for all who are powerless, yearning for freedom in vain, plundered and robbed of their birth-right, silently bearing their pain…

©Colin Gibson (AA)

 

  1. Acting out the Story:
  2. i) Can we respond by affirming our commitment?:

        We set our hearts on Your coming Common-wealth Dear God, and affirm our desire to love and serve you. We commit ourselves to follow in Jesus’ steps, befriending and serving others, whoever they may be. We wish to open our lives to the coming of your Good Spirit, that she may be our strength as we journey on in the world-wide company of all who act out Your Compassion, Justice and Peace. May this be so.

 

  1. ii) a Simple Meal:                                                                      

We respond with the OFFERING – of money, work, fuller trust, our daily work…and now we give Thanks, a ‘grace before a meal’:

We remember Your life, dear Lord, accepting and serving all women and men           without distinction;

Your caring and your befriending, your teaching and prophetic protests…We remember you were killed because of that life …   

 

Therefore remembering your life…your death…and that you have since showed yourself alive in sharing meals, and work, struggles and delights with your friends and others,

Grant, dear Friend, that all our work may be part of your work; all our meals a celebration of your presence; may all our community life demonstrate your justice, compassion, and  peace.    

Grant us, Everlasting God, your Spirit of life and love, in this fellowship of pilgrims, and in this food and drink, that to us they may be the life of Jesus-with-others given to be our life.

You come, Lord of life; we would now receive Your life-with-others, to be our life;  offering ourselves, to live your new life. Live in us, we pray, that we may live in you.

[To begin the meal]

The Life, and death, and life again of Jesus Christ given to be our life.

Amen: May this be so.

[Food & drink are shared, passed to each other].

            [Silent Prayer]          

Open our eyes, Lord, to see you present in each other, in the companionship of this ‘food for the road’, and in all who work for the Common Good.…

 

  1. The Scattering: CONCERN & PRAYER FOR OTHERS

Let us pray.   Let us be silent in God’s presence.

Great Spirit of all, teach us how to pray —

For so many who are in constant danger, having lost their communities, their families, and who lack food, water and shelter.

Lord, help us to stand in solidarity with these, especially with mothers in Syria and elsewhere, whose food supplies are low and whose debts are mounting…

For those having difficulties with travel;  locked borders, no resources, great distances.

Lord, help us to be understanding & feel deeply for their distress…

Grant a spirit of encouragement & strength to all those who are making provision available day by day: Churches, the Act Alliance, Christian World Service, others…

Lord, prompt us to wholeheartedly support those who work for us…

In the name of Jesus, we pray

Amen.

 

PRAYER OF PILGRIMAGE as we Leave  … … …

In our pilgrimage towards you and our neighbour,

Strengthen us dear God, that we receive the life-of-Jesus-with-others to be our life;

In your work of loving service, nurture and protest, for the transformation of our    society and culture, and the renewal of human lives …

Join us to yourself, through Jesus Christ who lives.

           

HYMN: Where the Road Runs Out to think of where we are heading…

Where the road runs out and the signposts end,

where we come to the edge of today,

be the God of Abraham for us; send us out upon our way.

Lord, you were our beginning, the faith that gave us birth. We look to you, our ending, our hope for heaven and earth.

 

When the coast is left and we journey on to the rim

of the sky and the sea, be the sailor’s friend,

be the dolphin Christ; lead us on to eternity…

 

When the clouds are low and the wind is strong,

when tomorrow’s storm draws near, be the spirit bird hov’ring overhead who will take away our fear…                                         ©Colin Gibson (WOV672)

 

As you go

We will be on the road to the Just City and we shall travel light.  We will welcome companions and look for the signposts of God’s Common-wealth on the Way. We shall listen to others carefully, and find delight, and courage, in the quest for just and creative communities.   

The Great Friend of the Way goes with us….  Amen: May this be so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev Dr John England for leading our worship today.

 

PLEASE NOTE: 10AM WINTER COMBINED SERVICES BEGIN NEXT SUNDAY 10th JULY

Morning tea will follow. Currently, disposable cups are being used. If you prefer, please bring your own mug from home each week.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 6th July: Meet 9.30am at the Bus Exchange, cnr Colombo & Lichfield Streets. Coffee downstairs at Ballantyne’s. All are welcome. Sue 960 7657.

 

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

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.
MEN’S GROUP will meet at Merchiston at 6pm for a shared tea this Thursday 7th July– the speaker will be John Wylie from New Zealand Rowing.  All men most welcome – contact Tony 332 0554 if you have any queries.

 

ATTENTION ALL CONVENORS OF PARISH GROUPS/COMMITTEES:

Annual Reports are now required. Please make sure they are received by the Parish Office no later than 20th JulyJ.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

The Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board invites you to the Older People’s Winter Warmer at the Cashmere Club on Thursday 14th July 1pm – 3pm.

This event is an opportunity for older people of the Spreydon/Heathcote ward to come together, connect and be warmed with a lovely and FREE afternoon tea and entertainment. Please bring a friend or friends. As Bastille Day is observed on this day, we invite you to wear French themed fashion if you wish to. Please RSVP by Friday 8th July to Annette.wilson@ccc.govt.nz or call 941 5106.

 

BOOK SALE St Anne’s Church Hall Thursday 7th July 10am-2pm. Great bargains!

 

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Fri 8th Adam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A refugee is a person who ‘owing to a wellfounded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.’ United Nations Convention on Refugees, 1951

 

‘Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized state border.’ UNHCR

 

 

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Sunday 26th June 2016 Pentecost 6 9am

WELCOME, MEETING REPORT & NOTICES

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 100 (NIV)

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his,we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

HYMN: All People that on Earth do Dwell (Tune: Old 100th)

All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice, Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell, come ye before him and rejoice.

 

Know that the Lord is God indeed; without our aid he did us make;

we are his folk, he doth us feed, and for his sheep he doth us take.

 

O enter then his gates with praise, approach with joy his courts unto: praise, laud, and bless his name always, for it is seemly so to do.

 

For why? The Lord our God is good, his mercy is for ever sure;

his truth at all times firmly stood, and shall from age to age endure.

W Kethe (WOV10)

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION, PRAISE & THANKSGIVING

 

BIBLE READINGS:

Acts 2: 42-47                                                   Tony Beasley

Philippians 3: 7-11 & 1 John 1: 1-7                 Warren Pettigrew

 

HYMN: Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God (Tune: Richmond)

Fill thou my life, O Lord my God, in every part with praise,

that my whole being may proclaim thy being and thy ways.

 

Not for the lip of praise alone nor ev’n the praising heart I ask,

but for a life made up of praise in every part:

 

Praise in the common things of life, its goings out and in;

praise in each duty and each deed, however small and mean.

 

Fill every part of me with praise: let all my being speak of thee

and of thy love, O Lord, poor though I be and weak.

 

So shalt thou, Lord, receive from me the praise and glory due;

and so shall I begin on earth the song for ever new.

 

So shall no part of day and night from sacredness be free;

but all my life, in every step, be fellowship with thee. H Bonar (WOV515)

 

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO MESSAGE

 

HYMN: The Church’s One Foundation (Tune: Aurelia)

The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord:

She is his new creation by water and the word;

from heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;

with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

 

Called forth from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth,

her charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth.

One holy name she blesses, and shares one holy food,

as to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.

 

In toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,

she waits the consummation of peace for evermore,

till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,

and the great Church victorious shall be the Church at rest.

 

Yet she on earth has union with God the Three in One,

and mystical communion with those whose rest is one.

O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we, like them,

the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee. SJ Stone (CH4 739)

 

MESSAGE: Fellowship – the things we share in common

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

OFFERING:

 

HYMN: Blest be the Tie that Binds Our Hearts (Tune: Dennis)

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred hearts Is like to that above.

 

Before the Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.

 

We share our mutual woes, our mutual burdens bear,

And often for each other flows the sympathising tear.

 

When for awhile we part, this thought will sooth our pain,

That we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

 

This glorious hope revives our courage by the way,

While each in expectation lives, and longs to see the day.

 

From sorrow, toil, and pain, and sin we shall be free;

And perfect love and friendship reign through all eternity.

(Baptist Hymn Book 355)

 

BENEDICTION: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all, now and forever. Amen.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 26th Christine; Mon 27th Gwendoline.

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev John Ward for leading our worship today.

 

**10AM WINTER COMBINED SERVICES BEGIN 10th JULY**

Questions to consider for July 3 – Refugee Sunday & Communion         

What comes first to mind for you at Communion Service?

What main question do you have on Refugee Crisis?

What do you think are the main causes?

FIRESIDE: Tuesday 28th June 7.30pm at Joan M’s house.  We welcome other women to join us.  Enquiries to Joan 337 1648  or Margaret 366 8936

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th June: Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd by Opawa Mall carpark. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café. All are welcome. Sonya 027 253 3397.

 

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

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.
MEN’S GROUP will meet at Merchiston at 6 pm for a shared tea on Thursday 7th July– the speaker will be John Wylie from New Zealand Rowing.  All men most welcome – contact Tony 332 0554 if you have any queries.

 

ATTENTION ALL CONVENORS OF PARISH GROUPS/COMMITTEES:

Annual Reports are now required. Please make sure they are received by the Parish Office no later than 20th July.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email:stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

The Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board invites you to the Older People’s Winter Warmer at the Cashmere Club on Thursday 14th July 1pm – 3pm.

This event is an opportunity for older people of the Spreydon/Heathcote ward to come together, connect and be warmed with a lovely and FREE afternoon tea and entertainment. Please bring a friend or friends. As Bastille Day is observed on this day, we invite you to wear French themed fashion if you wish to. Please RSVP by Friday 8th July to Annette.wilson@ccc.govt.nz or call 941 5106.

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