Sunday 7 February 2016 9am

WELCOME, NOTICES & CELEBRATIONS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

HYMN: Great is Your Faithfulness

Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning from me;
You do not change: your compassions, they fail not;
as you have been you forever will be.

Great is your faithfulness!

Great is your faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed your hand has provided.
Great is your faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

 

Summer and winter, and spring time and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
to your great faithfulness, mercy and love…

 

Pardon for sin and a peace all enduring,
Your own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!… ©T Chisholm Hope Publishing

 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

 

OFFERING

 

LEARNING FOR ALL

 

SONG: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

He’s got the whole world in his hands (x4)

 

He’s got the the itsy tiny baby in his hands…(x3)
He’s got the whole world in his hands

 

He’s got you and me, brother in his hands
He’s got you and me sister in his hands
He’s got you and me cuzzie in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

He’s got the mommas and the poppas in his hands
He’s got the grandpas and the grandmas in his hands
He’s got the aunties and the uncles in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

He’s got the movers and the shakers in his hands
He’s got the thinkers and the workers in his hands
He’s got the singers and the musos in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

READINGS:               Psalm 15         Judith Mackay

Matt 5: 1-13     Wayne Barton

 

MESSAGE

 

HYMN: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.

 

Jesu, thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.

 

Come, almighty, to deliver, let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return, and never, never more thy temples leave.

 

Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, pray, and praise thee, without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

 

Finish then thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be,

let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee.

 

Changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,

til we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love and praise.

©C Wesley (WOV148i)

 

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION (on screen):

 

HYMN: Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God          ©Shirley Murray (FFS)

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

 

CONFESSION

 

PEACE

 

GREAT THANKSGIVING

 

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER:

 

COMMUNION is served

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of our faith:

Christ has come among us. Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ abides with us. Christ will come again.

Abba, Father! Let your kingdom come!
We glorify your name! We glorify your name!

Come, Lord Jesus! Be our daily bread. We glorify your name!
We glorify your name! Holy Spirit! Send us to the world.
We glorify your name! We glorify your name!

Lord, you now have set your servants free

to go in peace as you have promised.
For these eyes of ours have seen the Saviour
whom you have prepared for all the world to see!

Blessing and honour and glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

HYMN: In this Familiar Place                                  ©Colin Gibson (AA)

In this familiar place I know the mystery of your grace.

For the love that I receive, for the truth that I believe,
I praise and thank you for this here and now.

 

In halting song and word the music of your voice is heard. For…

 

Among these friends of mine I taste the company divine. For…

 

Within this narrow sphere I learn that you are everywhere. For…

 

SENDING FORTH: You have seen the Saviour. Go now in peace. And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One in Three and Three in One, go with you.

 

 

NOTICES

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

 

FROM THE SESSION CLERK:

‘To answer many of your questions – ‘No’ – we still have not heard from Presbytery re finance for our church’s building project. However, now that the year is finally getting underway, we envisage a decision will be made very soon. Session appreciate it has been a long wait, but knowing the very thorough approach that St Martin’s took to completing forms and ensuring that all the ‘i’s were dotted and the ‘t’s crossed, we are maintaining our positive stance that ‘good news’ will not be too far away. We’ll keep you posted.’

 

FROM THE TREASURER: Total raised at last week’s clothing and bake sale was $890.50. Well Done!!

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 10th February: Meet outside the Bus Exchange (cnr Colombo/Lichfield Sts) at 9.30am. We will explore the Margaret Mahy playground and the reopened Art Gallery. Coffee at The Villas, Montreal St. All welcome. Sorry, not a dog friendly walk. Sue 960 7657.

 

APW meets at St James’ Barrington St on Wednesday 10th February at 9.45am. There will be a speaker from Christchurch City Library, and a Sales Table. All welcome. Allison 332 0554.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge. $3.

 

ARTICLES for next ‘Messenger’ are now required. Please make sure Anneke has any contributions by 19th Feb.

 

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.

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER: Meet 15th February 6.30pm at St James’ to carpool for a visit to Theophany Loudspeakers. Roger Allen.

 

“BLOOM” Exhibition 1-28 Feb: Visitor Lounge, Canterbury Museum. Free. Poetry, stories, flowers – marking the 5th anniversary of the 22 Feb quake.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

FLORAL PASSION: Floral costumes by Jenny Gillies and floral installations by Patricia Proctor 5-15 February at the Transitional Cathedral. Tickets available from www.eventfinda.co.nz; 0800 289 849 or from the Cathedral.

 

14th CHCH Boys’ Brigade is starting in the second week of February. BB is a fun filled Christian based programme for boys aged 5-19 yrs old. We operate in three sections, Anchor 5-7 years, Team Adventure 8-10 years and Company Xtreme 11-19 years old.  It is an action packed programme geared for Young Kiwi guys. Anchor and Team meet on a Thursday night and Company on a Friday night at Beckenham Methodist. Stephen Gregory 337 2296, info@14thbb.org.nz or visit www.14thbb.org.nz  Accept the Challenge!

 

SUMMER OF FUN DAY @ St Mark’s Anglican Church, 101 Opawa Rd,  Saturday 13th February 10am-1pm. All are welcome.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 7th Kim; Thu 11th William; Sat 13th Margot.

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Sunday 31st January 2016 9am

WELCOME, NOTICES & CELEBRATIONS

 

HYMN: Lord for the Years (Tune: O Perfect Love WOV 526ii)

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord for the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.

Lord, for our land in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world where we disown and doubt him,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us –
self on the cross, and Christ upon the throne,
past put behind us, for the future take us:
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.   ©T Dudley-Smith Hope Publishing

 

LITURGY: Lord, Can this really be?

Lord, can this really be

Is this your church, the people that I see?

Who gather here and worship you with me?

And I must love them all

Shoulder their loads and answer when they call

Forgive their faults and raise them when they fall?

Are these the ear, eye, hand

Your body Lord bound firmly in one band

And learning to keep your great command?

Is this the very place

The school of love where we would see your face?

And through your spirit gain enfolding grace

That all the world would see us live as one.

 

Lord, could this really be? Lord let it really be.

(William Rutherford – slightly adapted)

 

SUNG PRAYER: Father God in Heaven(Tune:Kum Ba Yah)remain seated

We intersperse spoken prayer after each sung verse

Father God in heaven, Lord most high: hear your children’s prayer, Lord most high: hallowed be your name, Lord most high
O Lord, hear our prayer.

May your kingdom come here on earth;

may your will be done here on earth, as it is in heaven so on earth

O Lord, hear our prayer

 

Give us daily bread day by day, and forgive our sins day by day,

as we too forgive day by day.

O Lord hear our prayer.

 

Lead us in your way, make us strong; when temptations come

make us strong; save us from all sin, keep us strong –

O Lord, hear our prayer.

 

All things come from you, all are yours –

kingdom, glory, power, all are yours; take our lives and gifts,

all are yours – O Lord, hear our prayer.                   ©Mrs M Seddon Jubilate Hymns

 

CHILDREN’S TALK: “Me and Mr Thrush”

 

 

 

HYMN: We Are Many, We Are One                                                    We are many, we are one, and the work of Christ is done
when we learn to live in true community,
as the stars that fill the night, as a flock of birds in flight,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the branches of a tree, as the waves upon the sea,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.

 

All division is made whole when we honour every soul,
find the life of God in every you and me,
as the fingers of a hand, as the grains that form the sand,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the threads upon the loom, as a field of flowers in bloom,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.

 

We will join creation’s song, make a world where all belong,
build as one in peace and loving harmony,
as the voices of a choir, as the flames within a fire,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine;
as the snowflakes in the snow, as the colours of a bow,
as the cluster of the grapes upon the vine.                 ©Colin Gibson (FFS)

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS:     Acts 2: 42-47

2 Timothy 4: 9-17        Sue Saunders

OFFERING

 

MEDITATION: Saints in a Surprising Place

 

PRAYER from Eusebius ~ a 3rd century Christian saint

 

HYMN: All Are Welcome                              ©Marty Haugen GIA Publications

Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live.

A place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace. Here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

 

Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong

and true.

Where all God’s children dare to seek to dream God’s reign anew.

Here the cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God’s grace. Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

Let us build a house where love is found, in water, wine and wheat.

A banquet hall on holy ground, where peace and justice meet.

Here the love of God, through Jesus, is revealed in time and space,

as we share in Christ the feast that frees us;

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

BENEDICTION

 

NOTICES

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

 

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in yesterday’s fundraiser.

 

FOOT CLINIC: TOMORROW 1-4pm. New helpers are always welcome. See Lyndsey for details.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 2nd February: Meet 9.30am on Mona Vale Ave. Coffee at Dux Dine. Marilyn 338 2453.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am-12 noon in the Lounge. $3.

 

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.

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER: Meet 15th February 6.30pm at St James’ to carpool for a visit to Theophany Loudspeakers. Roger Allen.

 

NEW READERS’ ROSTER available today.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 31st Bryan, Adrienne; Mon 1st Alice; Thu 4th John S; Sat 6th Rob.

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Sunday 24th January 2016 10am

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 24th January 2016

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

 

***NEXT SUNDAY 31st JANUARY: 9am services resume****

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS: meeting informally in Palatine Tce by Kaizuka every week 9.30am until 3 Feb. All welcome to join us. Sonya 339 7038.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 10am-12 noon in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. New faces very welcome.

 

FOOT CLINIC: Monday 1st February 1-4pm. New helpers are always welcome. See Lyndsey for details.

 

QUALITY USED CLOTHING SALE

When: Saturday 30th January 2016 9am – 1pm

Where: St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd.

There are some fliers to deliver – please speak to Lyn Steele.

Clothing can be dropped off on Friday between 3-5pm at St Mark’s (this is when we will sort it).

Please bring jams, pickles etc down at 8.30am on the Saturday.

Sue will price them if required.

Donations of baking also welcome – please see Judith.

These can also be dropped off on Saturday.

Please come along and support this joint fundraising venture.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am at 7 Wilsons Rd. Phone 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am Thursday.

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER: Meet 15th February 6.30pm at St James’ to carpool for a visit to Theophany Loudspeakers. Roger Allen.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

Happy Belated Birthday to Irene for 5th January!

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 27th Nola & Bernie.

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Sunday 3rd January 2016 10am

NOTICES & WELCOME

 

GATHERING:

At this beginning of the New Year we come to enjoy the love God has for us.

We come celebrating God’s love.

We come to enjoy the love we have for one another.

We come celebrating the love we both receive and give.

We come bringing with us a spirit of thankfulness.

In wonder and in joy we worship God.

 

HYMN: Love Divine

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.

 

Jesu, thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.

 

Come, almighty, to deliver, let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return, and never, never more thy temples leave.

 

Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, pray, and praise thee, without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

 

Finish then thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be,

let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee.

 

Changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,

til we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love and praise.

©C Wesley (WOV148i)

 

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

 

HYMN: Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong.

Yes! Jesus loves me! Yes! Jesus loves me!

Yes! Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

 

Jesus loves me! This I know he loved children long ago;

He can always make me glad, even when I’m feeling sad…

 

Jesus loves me! He will stay close beside me all the way;

He will always be my friend, and his love will never end…

©Anna Bartlett Warner (CH4 564)

 

READING: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 & 14:1                 Margaret Shanks

 

MEDITATION ~ Audrey Dunnachie

 

A TIME OF QUIET

 

HYMN: Tell Me the Old, Old Story

Tell me the old, old story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
Tell me the story simply, as to a little child,
For I am weak and weary, and helpless and defiled.

Tell me the old, old story, tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the story slowly, that I may take it in,
That wonderful redemption, God’s remedy for sin.
Tell me the story often, for I forget so soon;
The early dew of morning has passed away at noon.

 

Tell me the story softly, with earnest tones and grave;
Remember I’m the sinner whom Jesus came to save.
Tell me the story always, if you would really be,
In any time of trouble, a comforter to me.

Tell me the same old story when you have cause to fear
That this world’s empty glory is costing me too dear.
Yes, and when that world’s glory is dawning on my soul,
Tell me the old, old story: “Christ Jesus makes thee whole.”         C/A

OFFERING: Gracious God, we bring the gift of money and produce to be used in your service as a sign of your love. Amen.

 

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYER

 

HYMN: Love Came Down at Christmas

Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, Love Divine;

Love was born at Christmas, star and angels gave the sign.

 

Worship we the Godhead, Love Incarnate, Love Divine;

Worship we our Jesus: but wherewith for sacred sign?

 

Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine,

Love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.

©Christina Rossetti (Oxford University Press)

 

BENEDICTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea following the service. Thanks to Audrey Dunnachie for leading our service.

 

SERVICES FOR JANUARY:

 10th, 17th & 24th January 10am     Combined Services

31st January 9am St Martin’s service 10.30am Beckenham service

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS: meeting informally in Palatine Tce by Kaizuka every week 9.30am until 3 Feb. All welcome to join us. Sonya 339 7038.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 28th January 2016.

 

QUALITY USED CLOTHING SALE Saturday 30th January 2016 9am at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd. We will also be selling jams, pickles, preserves, cakes, sweets etc… All donations gratefully received.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Phone 332 6192, Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. The office will reopen 9am Friday 22nd January. Anna.

 

ST MARTINS BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH: Wed 6th Lyndsay; Fri 8th Sue; Sat 9th; Thu 14th Pauline; Wed 27th Nola & Bernie.

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Sunday 27 December 2015 10am

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

When Jesus is born to Mary and Joseph. God is there.

 

When Jesus is presented in the temple. God is there.

 

When Simeon holds Jesus in his arms. God is there.

 

When Anna recognizes Jesus in the temple. God is there.

 

This very morning God is here. In the future we cannot see, God is there. Let us worship God.

 

HYMN:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;

O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation;

Come all who hear, into his presence, draw near,

joining in glad adoration.

 

Praise to the Lord, who in all things is wondrously reigning,

Shields you from harm and is gently yet firmly sustaining.

Have you not seen how your heart’s wishes have been

granted by God’s wise ordaining?

 

Praise to the Lord, who with blessing and power will defend you;

surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you;

ponder anew what the Almighty can do:

God will for ever befriend you.

 

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!

All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him!

Let the Amen sound from God’s people again:

gladly for ever adore him.                                           ©J Neander (CH4 124)

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

 

HYMN:  Thank You for Giving Me the Morning

Children’s Song:

Thank You for giving

me the Morning

© Bosworth & Co Ltd WoV

Think Chris may have changed the word ‘family’ below??

Thank you for giving me the morning,

thank you for every day that’s new,

thank you for new things in store for me

and for work to do.

Thank you for all my friends and family (neighbours),

thank you for everyone that lives,

thank you that even greatest enemies

I can forgive.

Thank you for many little sorrows,

thank you for every kindly word,

thank you that in the midst of trouble,

sympathy is stirred.

Thank you, I see the word has meaning,

thank you, I know your spirit here,

thank you because you love all people,

those both far and near.

Thank you, O Lord, for speaking to us,

thank you for telling us you care,

thank you, O Lord, you came among us,

bread and wine to share.

Thank you, O Lord,

your love is boundless,

thank you that I am full of you,

thank you,

you make me feel so glad

and thankful as I do

Children’s Song:

Thank You for giving

me the Morning

© Bosworth & Co Ltd WoV

Think Chris may have changed the word ‘family’ below??

Thank you for giving me the morning,

thank you for every day that’s new,

thank you for new things in store for me

and for work to do.

Thank you for all my friends and family (neighbours),

thank you for everyone that lives,

thank you that even greatest enemies

I can forgive.

Thank you for many little sorrows,

thank you for every kindly word,

thank you that in the midst of trouble,

sympathy is stirred.

Thank you, I see the word has meaning,

thank you, I know your spirit here,

thank you because you love all people,

those both far and near.

Thank you, O Lord, for speaking to us,

thank you for telling us you care,

thank you, O Lord, you came among us,

bread and wine to share.

Thank you, O Lord,

your love is boundless,

thank you that I am full of you,

thank you,

you make me feel so glad

and thankful as I d
© Bosworth & Co Ltd WoV

Thank you for giving me the morning, thank you for every day that’s new,
thank you for new things in store for me and for work to do.

 

Thank you for all my friends and family, thank you for everyone that lives,
thank you that even greatest enemies I can forgive.

 

Thank you for many little sorrows, thank you for every kindly word,
thank you that in the midst of trouble, sympathy is stirred.

 

Thank you, I see the word has meaning, thank you, I know your spirit here,
thank you because you love all people, those both far and near.

 

Thank you, O Lord, for speaking to us,thank you for telling us you care,
thank you, O Lord, you came among us, bread and wine to share.

 

Thank you, O Lord, your love is boundless, thank you that I am full of you, thank you, you make me feel so glad and thankful as I do.

©Bosworth & Co Ltd

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

Psalm 148                               Elizabeth Penwell

Colossians 3:  12-17               Gilly Penwell

 

SERMON

 

HYMN: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Hail to the Lord’s anointed, great David’s greater Son;

hail, in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun!

He comes to break oppression, to let the captive free,

to take away transgression, and rule in equity.

 

He comes with succour speedy to those who suffer wrong,

to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong,

to give them songs for sighing their darkness turn to light,

whose souls condemned and dying were precious in his sight.

 

He shall come down, like showers upon the fruitful earth,

and love, joy, hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth;

before him on the mountains shall peace the herald go,

and righteousness in fountains from hill to valley flow.

 

Kings shall fall down before him, and gold and incense bring;

all nations shall adore him, his praise all people sing;

to him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend;

his kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end.

 

O’er every foe victorious, he on his throne shall rest,

from age to age more glorious, all-blessing and all blest.

The tide of time shall never his covenant remove;

his name shall stand for ever, that name to us is Love.

©J Montgomery (WOV203i)

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE & THE LORDS PRAYER

 

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

THE OFFERING (together):

Bless these gifts, O God, and bless us as we offer ourselves to serve you in different ways and praise you in many voices.

Send your Spirit upon us, so that when we speak the words of your love, people will hear and understand, as they did on that Pentecost day so long ago.

This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

HYMN: Take My Gifts, and Let Me Love You

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 to multiply!

Take the fruit that I have gathered from the tree your Spirit sowed,

Harvest 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 that 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)

 

SUNG BLESSING: (Tune: Eidelweiss)

May the Lord God bless and keep you for ever

Grant you peace, perfect peace, courage in every endeavour

Lift up your eyes and see his face and his grace forever

May the Lord, Mighty God bless and keep you forever. Amen.

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea following the service. Thanks to the David Beaumont for leading our service.

 

SERVICES FOR JANUARY:

Sundays  3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th January 10am     Combined Services

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS: meeting informally in Palatine Tce by Kaizuka every week 9.30am until 3 Feb. All welcome to join us. Sonya 339 7038.

 

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 28th January 2016.

 

QUALITY USED CLOTHING SALE Saturday 30th January 2016 9am at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd. We will also be selling jams, pickles, preserves, cakes, sweets etc… All donations gratefully received.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Phone 332 6192, Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. The office will reopen 9am Friday 22nd January. Anna.

 

ST MARTIN’S BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Thu 31st Jack; Sat 2nd Chris.

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