Sunday 1st March 2015 – International Children’s Day 9am

Treasure our Children ~ Honour our Young People
WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP: Led by Daniel Mackay
Come, celebrate the joy of children –
their playfulness and their zest for life.
Come, celebrate the promise of young people –
their growth and achievements.
Come, celebrate this International Children’s Day –
let us treasure our children and honour our young people.

A CANDLE IS LIT TO CELEBRATE THIS DAY

OPENING PRAYER

SONG: He’s got the Whole World in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the sun and the rain in His hands,
He’s got the moon and the stars in His hands,
He’s got the wind and the clouds in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got all of the children, in His hands.
He’s got all the young people, in His hands.
He’s got all of us everywhere, in His hands.
He’s got the whole world in His hands. (© unknown)

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN – Alice Shanks

READING: Let Me Be A Child (Author unknown) – Led by Ethan Doughty

HYMN: With a Hoot and a Toot
With a hoot and a toot
on a pipe or a flute
we will praise, we will worship God;
with a hum or a thrum,
with a roll on a drum,
we will make him a joyful noise.
Bow a cello that is mellow,
sound a trumpet call,
blow a horn and a deep bassoon;
every instrument is playing,
with our voices we are saying
we rejoice, we are glad in God.

With a flat or a sharp,
with a chord on a harp,
we will praise, we will worship God;
with a ping on a string,
with a choir that can sing,
we will make him a joyful noise.

With the clap of a hand,
or the sound of a band,
we will praise, we will worship God;
with a paper and comb,
on an old trombone,
we will make him a joyful noise.

With a peal on a bell,
with a cheer or a yell,
we will praise, we will worship God;
with a bong on a gong,
through the words of this song,
we will make him a joyful noise. © Colin Gibson (AA)

We Hear From Our Young People

~ Samantha Rose, William Penwell, Liam Robb, Jessie Robb

READING: From Ecclesiastes 11: 7 – 12:1 (The Message)
– Gilly Penwell

People Who Support and Encourage ~ Wayne and Gillian

HYMN: 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 I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

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 I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

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 I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you. © Stainer and Bell Ltd (CH 4)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
THE OFFERING: Aided by Adam & Jack Barton

PRAYER: Led by Ellen Doughty

INVITATION TO COMMUNION AND THE PEACE

COMMUNION HYMN: Fill The Cup and Share The Bread
Long ago and far away,
Jesus lived and worked and prayed.
Healed the sick and the fearful and lonely.
Lived his life to show us God’s way.
Stretched his arms out as he said
Fill the cup and share the bread
Remember me in love and joy and blessing

Jesus gathered the children around him.
Spoke of love and the joy to be found.
Told them stories of wisdom and wonder.
God’s creation in all that’s around.

Jesus called all his friends to be with him.
Share the bread and the cup once again.
Life to you I will offer it gladly.
Love will be with you right to the end. © Pat Mayberry(Seasons of the Spirit)

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:
May God be with us. God is here among us.
Let us open our hearts to God.
We open them to God and to one another.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Loving God, we thank you for all the gifts of creation:
for trees and forests, plants and flowers,
for animals that are furry, or slimy, or small,
that walk, slither or jump,
for people who are short or tall, round or thin.
For all we have, we thank you:
for food and warmth and safety,
for the love and care that surrounds us,
whether we live with others, or by ourselves.

For all you give us we thank you.
For the love we share in the Church;
for the Bible that tells of your love for us
and for people long ago;
for the songs that sing of your love;
for Jesus who was born for us, lived for us,
and gave his life for us: Jesus who lives for us today.

And so we join with all people everywhere, saying:

Holy, holy, holy God, power of life and love!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna through the ages!
Blest is he who comes to bring justice and peace to earth!

Here on this table are bread and wine… Most special of all
on the night of his arrest Jesus took bread, said thanks to God,
broke the bread and shared it with his friends.
he took the cup and gave it to them:
“Do this,” he said, “to remember me.” ….

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

THE BLESSING followed by May the Lord, Mighty God
May the Lord, mighty God, (Tune: Edelweiss)
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 for ever;
may the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you for ever. (author unknown)

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

REMINDER: Monday Lent study group begins tomorrow. Coffee at 10am for a 10.15am start. Chris.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 3rd March: Meet 9.30am at 2 Pentonville Cl, Westmorland. Joan will also host coffee/tea as a fundraiser for St Martin’s Building Fund. Everyone welcome. Joan 338 8700.

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER THIS Friday 6th March 7.30pm at Beckenham Methodist Church.

COURT THEATRE “Le Sud”: Payment required TODAY please. Sue 960 7657.

SUPER GARAGE SALE Saturday 14th March 10am at 43 St Martins Rd. Donations of baking, jams, pickles, preserves, plants and produce very welcome.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 16th March 1-4pm. Lyndsey 388 1264.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING SUNDAY 22ND MARCH: This year we will once again be stocking the Pantry at Waltham Community Cottage. All the usual – canned food, vegetables, fruit, preserves , breakfast cereals, pasta, sugar, flour etc.
HOWEVER, Don’t forget to harvest your potato and bring the rewards of all your hard work along. These wonderful little gems will also be given to the Cottage. There will be brown paper bags available on Sunday 15th for you to put them in. Worship Committee.

UPDATED PARISH PHONE LIST now available. Paper copies can be collected from the Office (7 Wilsons Rd at rear of section by sandpit) on Wednesday or Thursday mornings.

DO YOU HAVE any little fix-it jobs around your property which need attention? We have people who can help. Now’s the time to check those smoke alarm batteries! Contact the Office 332 6192 for more information.

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. Anna must have any notices by 9am Thursday please.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Fri 6th Errol.

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Super Garage Sale

At St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
43 St Martins Road
Saturday 14th March 2015
From 10.00am

Baking, Jams, Pickles, Preserves, Books, Plants and Produce, Children’s Toys, Jewellery, Sausage Sizzle.
Bargains for everyone.

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Sunday 22 February 2015 – Lent 1 – 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Round about us, here among us ~
God of promise and love.
Calling our names, bidding us welcome ~
God of promise and love.

God is with us ~ God is among us ~ God is ahead of us.
Let us tell out the Good News, trust the Good News,
live the Good News.

HYMN: Tell Out, My Soul (WOV 109)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy Name – the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children’s children and for evermore! ©Hope Publishing (CH 4)

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

SONG: How is Jesus Present?
How is Jesus present? How is Jesus present?
How is Jesus present today?
Tell me how he’s present. Tell me how he’s present.
Tell me how he’s present today.

He’s present in the children, present in the family,
present in the meal that you share.
He’s present when you’re laughing, present when you’re giving,
present when you listen and care.

But I cannot see him, but I cannot see him,
but I cannot see him today.
Are you just pretending? How can it be real?
I would like to see him today.

Every time you listen, every time you’re sorry,
every time you care for a friend,
that is when he’s present, though you do not see him,
“I am with you always”, he said.

Now I understand. Now I understand.
Let us celebrate today!
He’s present in the WORD, present in the PEOPLE,
present in the breaking of BREAD. © Cecily Sheehy (AA)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Genesis 28:10-16 John Shanks
Mark 1: 9-15 Margaret Shanks

SERMON: A Different Beginning

A TIME OF QUIET

THE OFFERING
Gracious God, we begin another season of Lent mindful of all your gifts. We re-dedicate ourselves to make this journey with Jesus;
to remember your promises, and to live the good news of your abundant grace and love for all people.
Accept these gifts we bring, along with our promise to love and serve, in Christ’s name. Amen.

HYMN: Bless Now, O God, the Journey (Tune: Thornbury WOV 389) Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make,
the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take.
The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round,
then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.

Bless sojourners and pilgrims who share this winding way,
whose hope burns through the terrors, whose love sustains the day.
We yearn for holy freedom while often we are bound.
Together we are seeking the road where faith is found.

Divine Eternal Lover, you meet us on the road.
We wait for lands of promise where milk and honey flow.
But waiting not for places, you meet us all around.
Our covenant is written on roads, as faith is found. © GIA Publications (VU)

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer (WOV 478)
Guide me, O my great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but you are mighty;
hold me with your powerful hand:
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain
where the healing waters flow;
let the fiery, cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer,
ever be my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan
bid my anxious fears subside!
death of death, and hell’s destruction,
land me safe on Canaan’s side!
songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to you. C/A (Version from Hymns for Today’s Church)

THE BLESSING

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

FIRESIDE: We plan to meet at Anneke’s on Tuesday 24th February at 7.30pm to ‘catch up’ and enjoy her views of Lyttelton, and perhaps walk around the area {depending on inclination and weather!} Women of the congregation are very welcome to join us. Margaret 366 8936.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 25th February: Meet 9.30am in Lichfield St by Bus Interchange for a walk around the town centre. Coffee venue TBC. Phone/text Sonya 027 253 3397.

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

SUMMER OF FUN COMMUNITY FUN DAY: This Saturday 28th February 1.30 – 4.30pm at Holliss Reserve, Cashmere. Bring your family, friends and neighbours along.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 6th March 7.30pm at Beckenham Methodist Church.

COURT THEATRE “Le Sud”. Thursday 9th April 6.30pm. Tickets $42 each. Please sign the clipboard in the Lounge and pay (in a named envelope) by Sunday 1st March. Sue 960 7657.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 16th March 1-4pm. Lyndsey 388 1264.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING SUNDAY 22ND MARCH: This year we will once again be stocking the Pantry at Waltham Community Cottage. All the usual – canned food, vegetables, fruit, preserves , breakfast cereals, pasta, sugar, flour etc.
HOWEVER, Don’t forget to harvest your potato and bring the rewards of all your hard work along. These wonderful little gems will also be given to the Cottage. There will be brown paper bags available on Sunday 15th for you to put them in. Worship Committee.

UPDATED PARISH PHONE LIST now available. Paper copies can be collected from the Office (7 Wilsons Rd at rear of section by sandpit) on Wednesday or Thursday mornings.

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. Anna must have any notices by 9am Thursday please.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 22nd Lindsay, Ross; Mon 23rd Bessie; Wed 25th Bill; Fri 27th Elizabeth.

SUPER GARAGE SALE
St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
43 St Martins Road
SATURDAY 14th MARCH 2015
FROM 10.00AM
Baking, Jams, Pickles, Preserves, Books, Plants and Produce, Children’s Toys, Jewellery, Sausage Sizzle.
Bargains for everyone.

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Sunday 15th February 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP
God calls us to be people of hope;
to live in and through faith and hope.
God calls us to be a people of community,
loving into being new possibilities for one another.
God calls us to an active role in building the wider community.

HYMN: Great Creator God You Call Us (Tune: Regent Square WOV 84)
Great Creator God, you call us
through the church to do your will.
Stewards of both past and promise,
may we each our work fulfil,
building up in faith and nurture
Christ’s own mission, lively still.

Out of all our varied stories
may we weave a single tale,
here confessing sin and discord,
times we stumble, times we fail.
Yet forgiven, cleansed, refashioned,
in Christ’s strength shall we prevail.

Christ still calls to peace and justice,
health and wholeness, love and grace.
We are partners in that mission
for this time and in this place.
O God, grant us sense and courage
in the daily tasks we face.

Without vision, people perish,
without challenge, drift and die.
Give us then the tools of daring
and the clarity of eye
for creating in the present
visions far and wide and high. © JP Huber (ASF)

OPENING PRAYERS

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

SONG:The Church is Wherever People are Praising
The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
knowing they’re wanted and loved by their Lord.
The Church is wherever Christ’s followers are trying
to live and to share out the good news of God.

The Church is wherever God’s people are loving,
where all are forgiven and start once again,
where all are accepted, whatever their background,
whatever their past and whatever their pain.

The Church is wherever God’s people are seeking
to reach out and touch folk wherever they are –
conveying the Gospel, its joy and its comfort,
to challenge, refresh, and excite and inspire.

The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
knowing we’re wanted and loved by our Lord.
The Church is where we as Christ’s followers are trying
to live and to share out the good news of God. © W. Jenkins (CH4)

ADDRESS: Cassie Welch
Community Development Co-ordinator
for the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Christchurch

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: From Isaiah 35 Joan Scott
John 6: 1-11 (from The Message) Aubrey McLeod

HYMN: We Sing a Love (Tune: Woodlands WOV 109)
We sing a love that sets all people free,
that blows like wind, that burns like scorching flame,
enfolds the earth, springs up like water clear:
come, living love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love that seeks another’s good,
that longs to serve and not to count the cost,
a love that, yielding, finds itself made new:
come, caring love, live in our hearts today.

We sing a love that, wandering, will not rest
until it finds its way, its home, its source,
through joy and sadness pressing on refreshed:
come, pilgrim love, live in our hearts today. © Stainer & Bell (CH4)

OFFERING
God, you know us in the high moments of life and you are with us
when life is difficult and the journey challenging.
With gratitude we bring these gifts to you.
Bless this offering as it is used with love.
Bless this offering as it is used to give people new life and hope.
Bless this offering as it is used to bring renewed vision.
In Jesus name. Amen.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: God Gives us a Future (Tune: Camberwell WOV 170ii)
God gives us a future, daring us to go
into dreams and dangers on a path unknown.
We will face tomorrow in the Spirit’s power,
we will let God change us,
for new life starts now.

We must leave behind us sins of yesterday,
for God’s new beginning is a better way.
Fear and doubt and habit must not hold us back:
God gives hope, and insight,
and the strength we lack.

Holy Spirit, teach us how to read the signs,
how to meet the challenge of our troubled times.
Love us into action, stir us into prayer,
till we choose God’s life,
and find our future there. © E. J. Smith (TIS)

THE BLESSING

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

PARISH REVIEW REPORT: If you borrow a copy to read, please return it promptly.

ASH WEDNESDAY Services 18th February: Our Anglican neighbours have invited us to join them at 10am at St Mark’s Lounge, Opawa Rd or 7.30pm at St Anne’s, Wilsons Rd.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 18th February: Meet 9.30am by Helios Medical Centre, Fifield Tce. Coffee at Willows Cafe next to medical centre. Barbara & Alan 337 6202.

BOARD OF MANAGERS meets Wednesday 18th February 7.30pm in the Lounge. The first part of this meeting will be with the Session.

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

COMBINED LENTEN STUDY #2: Mele will be leading a four week study series on Tuesdays 3, 10, 17 & 24 March, based on “Seasons of Your Heart” by Macrina Wiederkehr. If interested, please let Maria or Mele know.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 6th March 7.30pm at Beckenham Methodist Church.

COURT THEATRE “Le Sud”. Thursday 9th April 6.30pm. Tickets $42 each. Please sign the clipboard in the Lounge and pay (in a named envelope) by Sunday 1st March. Sue 960 7657.

FELLOWSHIP SHARED MEAL INVITATION: Saturday 20th February 6.30pm in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. All are welcome. Pam 332 1055.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 16th March 1-4pm. Lyndsey 388 1264.

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. Anna must have any notices by 9am Thursday please.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 15th Alexandria, Beryl; Tue 17th Joan, Peter.

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Sunday 8th February 2015 9am

WELCOME AND NOTICES
* Session Report

CALL TO WORSHIP:
On this day as we gather with our brothers and sisters to
celebrate God’s gifts;
we hear the call to refresh our hearts and minds,
and to receive strength for our tasks.
On this day we remember the rich tapestry of our nation
and the blessings we share as peoples together.
We open our hearts to celebrate all that is good,
and commit to working for life-giving opportunities for all.

HYMN: All the Wonder That Surrounds Us
All the wonder that surrounds us
springs from God’s care:
all that marvels or confounds us,
raw, rich or rare;
touch and texture, sights and voices,
nature’s countless forms and choices:
all for which the heart rejoices
springs from God’s care.

Every creature, every human
lives by God’s grace:
every family, man and woman,
culture and race;
those whom fortune seems to favour,
those exploited for their labour,
those who need to know a neighbour
live by God’s grace.
God has willed that peace and justice
walk hand in hand.
These, with love, shall build foundations
on which we’ll stand:
love for lover, friend and stranger,
love defying death and danger,
love as first born in a manger –
heaven close at hand. © Iona Community (Wild Goose)

CANDLE – LIGHTING

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER
… ask your forgiveness for the times we have fallen short:
For opportunities not taken, for care not given,
Forgive us we pray.
For sorrow not shared, for joy not celebrated,
Forgive us we pray.
For love not offered, forgiveness not extended,
Forgive us we pray.
For those failings we cannot speak aloud,
Forgive us, we pray…

STORY-TIME: Tarore’s Story

HYMN: Lord of Earth and All Creation (Tune: Westminster Abbey WOV 343ii)
Lord of earth and all creation,
let your love possess our land:
wealth, and freedom, far horizons,
mountain, forest, shining sand:
may we share, in faith and friendship,
gifts unmeasured from your hand.

People of the tangata whenua,
they who found this country first,
ask with those, the later comers,
will our dream be blessed or cursed?
Grant us, Lord, new birth, new living,
hope for which our children thirst.
Lord, life-giving healing Spirit,
on our hurts your mercy shower;
lead us by your inward dwelling,
guiding, guarding, every hour.
Bless and keep our land New Zealand:
in your will her peace and power. © M R Thwaites (TIS)

READINGS: Psalm 144: 9-15 Barry Moore
Matthew 6: 19-24 Hilary Moore

SERMON: Celebrate, say yes to life

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: Land of Shining Primal Forests (Tune: Austria WOV 374)
Land of shining primal forests,
sculptured ribbon framed by sea;
land of mystic snow-clad markers
charged with raw vitality;
valleys wreathed in mists of morning,
earth caressed by sparkling light,
gift of God, our awesome homeland,
signed with nature’s cross by night.

Sing each race’s different story,
sing their hopes and sing their needs.
Let the Treaty write our story,
frame our vows and shape our deeds.
Bid the people sit at table,
share their joy and share their pain;
join in Covenant and banquet,
break the bread and break the chains.

To the Nation’s patterned weaving
we have brought our vibrant threads –
gifts of language, gifts of custom,
precious gifts of heart and head.
Let us name our river, mountain,
make this soil our spirits’ earth,
find the Christ in land and people,
bring God’s tender dream to birth.

Dream our country’s future pathway,
shape that journey day by day;
use our forebears founding wisdom,
share the power and share the praise.
Then beyond our present struggles,
festive joys and lurking fears,
nation – building based on justice
shall empower the people’s prayers. © Bill Wallace (Singing the Circle Book 1)

THE OFFERING
These are gifts of love that we bring to you, God:
gifts to grow our congregation in ministry and mission;
gifts to grow in compassion, that people who are hurting
will find caring support and comfort;
gifts to promote justice, that all in our communities may share
the fruits of this land.
Bless these offerings, that they may be gifts offering your newness
and life, in the name of Jesus Christ, your gift of love. AMEN.

WE GREET ONE ANOTHER

A PRAYER FOR THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

HYMN: These Hills Where the Hawk Flies Lonely
These hills where the hawk flies lonely,
beaches where the long surf rolls,
mountains where the snows meet heaven,
these are our care.
Pastures where the sheep graze calmly,
orchards where the apples grow,
gardens where the roses cluster,
these are our prayer.

Forests where the tree ferns tower,
rivers running strong and clear,
oceans where the great whales wander,
these are our care.
Race meeting race as equals,
justice for age-old wrong,
worth for every man and woman,
these are our prayer.

Cities where the young roam restless,
lives brought to deep despair,
homeless and powerless people,
these are our care.
Places where the Word is spoken,
hands held in serving love,
faiths of our many cultures,
these are our prayer.

All that the old world gave us,
all that the new world brings,
language, ideas and customs,
these are our care.
Life finding joy and value,
faith seeking truth and light,
God heard and seen in all things,
this be our prayer.

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

‘MESSENGER’: Last chance to contribute! Give articles etc to Anneke TODAY.

PARISH REVIEW REPORT now available. If you borrow a copy to read, please return it promptly.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 11th February: Meet 9.30am Westlake Reserve, Westlake Drive, Halswell for a leisurely walk. All welcome to join us or for coffee. Coffee at Old Vicarage. Judith 332 1577.

APW Wednesday 11th February 9.45am at St James’ Barrington St. Margaret Good will be speaking about the years she and husband Ted worked in the South American slums. There will be a Sales Table. We look forward to seeing you there. Allison 374 6673.

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

COMBINED LENTEN STUDY: Chris will be leading a four week study series on Monday mornings in Lent. Please sign the clipboard in the Lounge if you are interested. Contact her on 331 6501 for more information.

SUMMER OF FUN Day Saturday 28th February 1.30 – 4.30pm, Holliss Reserve, Cashmere. Bring your family and friends along.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 6th March 7.30pm at Beckenham Methodist Church.

ST MARTINS VOLUNTEER LIBRARY & COMMUNITY FACILITY REBUILD: The Council is gathering information on potential uses for a multiuse facility on the corner of Wades Ave & Wilsons Rd (old Library site). Forms will be available in the foyer TODAY. Make sure you have your say.

COURT THEATRE “Le Sud” – a comedy starring Mark Hadlow. Thursday 9th April 6.30pm. Tickets $42 each. Please sign the clipboard in the Lounge if you would like to come. Payment (in a named envelope) required by Sunday 1st March. Sue 960 7657.

BOYS’ BRIGADE at Beckenham Methodist is seeking new members. Anchor (5-7 yrs) & Team Adventure (8-10yrs) meet on a Thursday night. Company Xtreme for 11-19 year olds meets on a Friday. Sam 981 3529 or Stephen 337 2296. info@14thbb.org.nz. Accept the Challenge!

RETIRED BUILDER available to do gardening and light building work. Phone Barry Houston 332 4730.

BECKENHAM METHODIST “A” FELLOWSHIP MEAL INVITATION: held in the church lounge at Beckenham Methodist Church on the third Saturday of each month at 6.30pm.
It consists of a shared meal and a programme to follow. Come and join with us, it is a good way to get to know each other, and enjoy our time together.
Phone Pam Milne on 332 1055 for further details. Look forward to seeing you there.

FOOT CLINIC: Next Session Monday 16th March 1-4pm. New volunteers always welcome – on the job training provided. Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 11th William; Fri 13th Margot.

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