Easter Day 5th April 2015 9am

A Poem for Easter – (Adapted from R.Preston Price)

HYMN: Thine Be the Glory (WOV 303)
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 her 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.
© World Student Christian Federation (WOV)
OPENING PRAYER

WELCOME AND NOTICES

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

READINGS: Acts 10: 34 – 43 Sonya Hodder
Mark 16: 1-8 David Hodder

HYMN: Was it the Shaking Ground (Tune: Fulda WOV 137)
Was it the shaking ground that moved
the stone, that freed the resting Word,
that called the Christ to life again:
God’s Spirit, breathing, moved and stirred?

Whatever cause, we may not know,
but Mary heard a calming voice,
that turned her life around again,
that gave her reason to rejoice.

The world still spinning, recollects
that God survived all human scorn;
that lives were changed for ever more
in meeting love alive, re-born.

This is the Voice that turns us round,
that calmly offers grace to cope;
that gives us strength to live again,
that gives us cause to sing our hope. © Andrew Pratt

REFLECTION: What Mark has to say

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:
We believe in God, who made the sun and the sky,
the stars and the sea; who calls us to live responsibly.
We believe in Jesus Christ, who became human
who healed the sick who talked to children
who made friends with sinners.
He burned brightly and offended many.
His journey was one of life and death and resurrection.
His light continues to shine in darkness.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who inspires the scriptures and whose breath we breathe.
We believe that God calls us to be a community,
committed to one another, offering a welcome to everyone:
old and young, rich and poor, strong and weak.
We believe that God calls us to be peacemakers:
workers for justice, brothers and sisters
a light for the world. Amen.

THE OFFERING:
We give thanks for our life and the courage we are given to live it.
May our gratitude for life be expressed in our generosity.
May our faith be expressed through love in action.
May our belief in the future find full expression
in our daily attitude to life, in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION & THE PEACE

HYMN: I Come With Joy a Child of God (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 186)
I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved, and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
That love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here.

Together met, together bound,
by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one. © Stainer & Bell (CH 4)

THE THANKSGIVING
…. Here in this sacred space, we are lifted into
the awesome mystery of life.

Here in this sacred space we give words
to our inner sense of gratitude and hope.
We pause in gratitude for all that has been given;
in hope for all that yet will be.
And so we take these gifts of bread and wine,
such ordinary things of life,
to lift us into the mystery of God’s
acceptance and grace…

THE COMMUNION: The bread and wine will be served by intinction
as you gather in one large circle around the worship space.
If you need to be served in your seat we will come to you.

HYMN: Christ is Alive and the Universe Must Celebrate
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 this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

THE SESSION calls a Congregational Meeting for Sunday 19th April after Morning Worship to receive the nominations of Barry Moore and Hilary Moore for election as Elders.
The second business of the meeting is in regard to the election of four members to the Ministry Settlement Board. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.
The congregation is invited to make written nominations for the election of four congregational members to the Ministry Settlement Board. Nomination forms are available, along with accompanying information, at the front of the church. These need to be placed in a sealed envelope and put in the box or dropped off to Anna at the Office. If you wish to receive the nomination form and information by email, please contact Anna after 8th April. Nominations need to be in by Wednesday 15th April.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY meets Friday 8th & Saturday 9th May. On Friday evening the 50th anniversary of the Ordination of women to ministry will be celebrated, along with 60 years of women ordained as Elders. Women Elders are warmly invited to attend. More information later.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 8th April: Meet at 9.30am. Contact Judith 332 1577 for this week’s destination.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon; Fri 9-11am. Pop in and visit at 7 Wilsons Rd. Phone 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Notices MUST be sent in by 9am Thursday.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 4th May 1-4pm. Lyndsey 388 1264.

FIX-IT JOBS: Now is the time to tidy things up around your property before winter. Leaking taps? Draughts that need blocking? Smoke alarm batteries that need checking or replacing? We have people who can help with these tasks. Contact the Office for more details.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 7th Rosemary; Thu 9th Samantha-Rose

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Easter Sunrise Service 7.30am 5 Apr 2015

GATHERING:
The long day stretched into night
and time crept onward towards a new day.
With the first gold of dawn came a resurrection,
a new hope that grew with the rising sun,
and went out to a waiting world.
We seek life’s meaning in the wonder of this morning.
Yet still we hope for something more,
a break in the ordinary,
an infusion of the unexpected,
an explosion of glory,
a miracle, revealing more
than we could ever hope to understand.

RECOGNISING THE SACRED
As we gather together in this season of Autumn and change,
let us also recognise that we gather
in the presence of the Spirit and Source of Life.
We look to the south, the direction of winter
and the element of earth, for blessing.
The gift of the south is mystery,
for it speaks of the unknown, the unseen.
We look to the east, the direction of the rising sun,
the season of spring and the element of air, for blessing.
The gift of the east is truth,
for it speaks of the breath of new life on earth.
We look to the north, the season of summer
and the element of water, for blessing.
The gift of the north is love,
speaking of the power of strength in adversity.
We look to the west, the place of the setting sun,
the season of autumn and the element of fire, for blessing.
The gift of the west is both beauty and awe,
bringing peace and serenity, reaching into the soul.

The Candle is lit

PRAYER: Today we celebrate: new life, new joy…

SUNG RESPONSE: Refrain of WOV 674(ii)
Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

READING: From Luke 24:1-12, and Symbols of Resurrection

SUNG RESPONSE: Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

PRAYER – POEM: Easter is Breaking

SUNG RESPONSE: Alleluia Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord, alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his name.

Please share in the muffins, toast, and tea/coffee

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Good Friday 3rd April 2015 10am

The service will proceed unannounced

WELCOME

GATHERING PRAYER

“Friday”

HYMN: Ride On, Ride On (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. © WGRG, GIA Pub.(CH 4)

“Friday” [cont]

READING: Isaiah 52: 13 – 53: 12

HYMN: Where You There? (remain seated)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;
were you there when the sun refused to shine? © Melva Costen (VU)

“Friday” [cont]

PRAYER (Based on Psalm 22, Grant us your Peace, David Grant)

HYMN: O Sacred Head Surrounded (remain seated)
O sacred head, surrounded,
by crown of piercing thorn,
O royal head so wounded,
reviled and put to scorn:
death’s shadows rise before you,
the glow of life decays,
yet angel hosts adore you
and tremble as they gaze!

Your youthfulness and vigour
are spent, your strength is gone,
and in your tortured figure
I see death drawing on:
what agony of dying,
what love, to sinners free!
My Lord, all grace supplying,
O turn your face on me!

What language shall I borrow
to thank you, dearest friend,
for this your dying sorrow,
your mercy without end?
Lord, make me your for ever,
your servant let me be;
and may I never, never
betray your love for me. © Jubilate Hymns (HFTC)

“Friday” [cont]

HYMN: My Song is Love Unknown
My song is love unknown,
my Saviour’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown
that they might lovely be.
O who am I that for my sake
my Lord should take frail flesh, and die?

Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
and for his death they thirst and cry.

Why, what has my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
themselves displease and ‘gainst him rise. © Jubilate Hymns (HFTC)

“Friday” [cont]

Silence

Please leave quietly when you are ready

CELEBRATE EASTER WITH US:
Sunday 5th April 7.30am Easter Sunrise Service & breakfast
9.00am St Martin’s Easter Communion
10.30am Beckenham Easter Celebration

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Palm Sunday 29th March 2015 10am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

READER ~ John Shanks ~ The City in an Uproar Part I
(Part I also read outside)

[During the `first’ verse of the song those outside move into the church. When the verse ends the procession stops for the second part of the reading, then resumes as the song resumes.]

SONG: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna verse 2 (Tune: WOV 277 Ellacombe)
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!’

READER ~ John Shanks ~The City in an Uproar Part II

SONG: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna verse 3 (Tune: WOV 277 Ellacombe)
`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 PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Mele

SONG: The Day He Came Riding (Tune: When Johnny Came Marching In)
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)

Channel 9 Jerusalem

READING: Mark 14: 1-2, 10-16 ~ John Shanks

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)

Great Day

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING:
Loving God, this is the time when we offer up what matters.
This is the time for good gifts of love.
This is the time for giving of ourselves.
This is the time for the healing of the nations.
Bless, O God, all that we offer this day; and send us to
love and serve the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THE 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

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2015 please note the times of these services:

Monday 30th March 7.00pm Holy Week Meditation

Tuesday 31st March 7.00pm Holy Week Meditation

Wednesday 1st April 7.00pm Holy Week Meditation

Thursday 2nd April 7.30pm Combined Maundy Thursday Service

Friday 3rd April 10.00am Combined Good Friday Service

Sunday 5th April 7.30am Easter Sunrise Service followed by breakfast
9.00am St Martin’s Easter Day Communion
10.30am Beckenham Easter Day Celebration

IMPORTANT: Daylight Saving finishes on 5th April – remember to turn your clocks back one hour!!

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

REMINDER: Holy Week meditations this Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 7pm. The theme is “Brokenness”. All are welcome.

Pacific Vision Appeal TODAY. Please ensure Vanuatu Appeal is written on the envelope.

THE SESSION calls a Congregational Meeting for Sunday 19th April after Morning Worship to receive the nominations of Barry Moore and Hilary Moore for election as Elders.
The second business of the meeting is in regard to the election of four members to the Ministry Settlement Board. Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 1st April: Meet at 9.30am St Albans Park, Edward St, Coffee will be at Ristretto Café, 670 Barbadoes St. To car pool, meet either at St Martin’s Presbyterian Church, 43 St Martins Road, or St James’ Church, Barrington Street. All welcome to join us. Judith 332 1577.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOUR IS A PIECE OF CAKE Neighbourhood Project will be celebrated by the community this weekend., but we have chosen to celebrate it on the weekend of 23-24 May away from Easter and the school holidays. More information will be available nearer the time. Watch this space! Mission Resource committee.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon; Fri 9-11am. Pop in and visit at 7 Wilsons Rd. Phone 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Notices to Anna by 9am WEDNESDAY this week. The Office will be closed on Good Friday (3rd April).

PALM SUNDAY DEVOTION: Risingholme Singers present Part 2 of Handel’s Messiah TODAY in St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru, 2.30 pm. Door sales: $15.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 4th May 1-4pm. Lyndsey 388 1264.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 1st Aileen; Sat 4th Rosalie B.

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Sunday 22nd March 2015 9am Harvest Thanksgiving

WELCOME AND NOTICES:
* Session report

GATHERING:
From the ear the seed, from the seed the shoot,
from the shoot the stem, from the stem the leaves,
from the leaves the flower, from the flower the seed.

God of every season, from seed time to harvest,
from us to you, we come to give our thanks and praise.

HYMN: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Tune: WOV 28)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is our health and salvation.
Come, all who hear:
brothers and sisters draw near,
joining in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, above all things so mightily reigning,
keeping us safe at his side, and so gently sustaining.
Have you not seen
how all you needed has been
met by God’s gracious ordaining?

Praise to the Lord, who will prosper our work and defend us;
surely his goodness and mercy will daily attend us;
ponder anew
what the Almighty can do,
who out of love will befriend us.

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath come now with praises before him!
Let the Amen
sound from God’s people again:
gladly with praise we adore him. C/A

OPENING PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SONG: Pear and Apples, Wheat and Grapes (Tune: Monkland WOV 11ii)
Pear and apples, wheat and grapes
many textures, many shapes;
greening leaves and blossom drifts,
thank you, God, for all your gifts.

Flashing shoals of silver fish,
every colour you could wish;
fishing boats, for you and me
reap the harvest of the sea.

Earth and ocean, plant and beast,
altogether make the feast;
all who long to share your grace
at your table have their place.

Loving Lord, we know you care;
let the world your goodness share;
save us from our selfish greed,
finding you in those in need. © Paul Booth (Admin. CopyCare Ltd) (CH 4)

READINGS: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11 June Service
Luke 6: 1- 5 Bob Kayes

Our Staple Foods

HYMN: From Harvest Field and Factory (Tune: WOV 59)
From harvest field and factory
come products of the land,
the fruit of human labour,
the work of mind and hand;
but God provides the energy
by which these things take place.
Sing praise to God Creator,
the source of life and grace.
In the world around us
God’s loving care we trace;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his grace.

Yes, God is the creator
of all things near and far;
his power moves very atom
and reaches every star.
His love is for each person –
the living and the dead.
Sing praise to God provider,
who gives us daily bread.

But there are other countries,
less favoured than our own
where people die of hunger
or live as skin and bone.
Lord stir us into sharing
the sacrament of bread,
that through our acts of caring
the hungry may be fed. © Bill Wallace (STSA)

The Potato Story

THE OFFERING
We bring this offering to lay alongside our gifts of food –
given in thanksgiving and love.
Bless our gift of money, that it may be used wisely and well.
Bless these gifts of food, that they may not only give nourishment,
but also be a sign of our love for you and for others, in Jesus name. Amen.
WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: Praise God for the Harvest (Tune: St Denio)
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 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)

THE BLESSING
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2015
Sunday 29th March 10am Combined Palm Sunday Service

Monday 30th March 7pm Holy Week Meditation

Tuesday 31st March 7pm Holy Week Meditation

Wednesday 1st April 7pm Holy Week Meditation

Thursday 2nd April 7.30pm Combined Maundy Thursday Service

Friday 3rd April 10am Combined Good Friday Service

Sunday 5th April 7.30am Easter Sunrise Service followed by breakfast
9am Easter Day Communion

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

THE SESSION calls a Congregational Meeting for Sunday 19th April after Morning Worship to receive the nominations of Barry Moore and Hilary Moore for election as Elders.
The second business of the meeting is in regard to the election of four members to the Ministry Settlement Board.
Bruce Hudson, Session Clerk.

PALM SUNDAY STREET PARADE: Those taking part in the parade should gather in the back carpark at 9.45am. The service itself is at 10am.

FIRESIDE Tuesday 24th March at 7.30pm. Lyn has invited us to meet at her home at 43 Prossers Rd. Those who would like to prove that they had impeccable taste in their youth are asked to bring clothing, dressmaking patterns, photos etc. Women of the congregation are welcome to join us. Margaret 366 8936.

Chris requires one reader for Mon 30th & Tue 31st and two readers for Wed 1st Holy Week meditations 7pm. Please speak to her TODAY if you can help.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 25th March: Meet 9.30am. Check with Sonya 339 7038 for details.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon; Fri 9-11am. Pop in and visit at 7 Wilsons Rd. Phone 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Notices to Anna by 9am Thursday please.

The Moderator of our Church has launched an appeal for the people of Vanuatu which has been devastated by Cyclone Pam.
The Session agreed to a special offering for the appeal named Pacific Vision Vanuatu Appeal. This offering will be on Sunday 29th March.
Please put your donation in an envelope with Vanuatu Appeal on the outside. Our support will enable our Pacific neighbour and partner church to help their communities in their recovery from this cataclysmic event.

PALM SUNDAY DEVOTION: The Risingholme Singers are presenting Part 2 of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 29th March in St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru, 2.30 pm. Brilliant soloists, string accompaniment, and a choir gaining in confidence! Tickets $15 from John Shanks or at the door.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 4th May 1-4pm. Lyndsey 388 1264.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 22nd Audrey H (90); Mon 23rd Eian; Tue 24th Maurice, Karlene; Wed 25th Georgia, Oliver; Thu 26th Liam.

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