Sunday 14 September 2014

Celebrating Hospital Ministries

The world is full of suffering. It is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
GATHERING:
This first day of the week we come to enjoy the love God has for us.
We come celebrating God’s love.
This first day of the week we come to enjoy the love we have for one another. We come celebrating the love we both receive and give.
This first day of the week we come bringing with us a spirit of thankfulness. In wonder and in joy we worship God.

HYMN: God Whose Love is Everywhere God whose love is everywhere made our earth and all things fair, ever keeps them in his care; praise the God of love! He who hung the stars in space holds the spinning world in place; praise the God of love!

Come with thankfulness to sing
of the gifts the seasons bring,
summer, winter, autumn, spring;
praise the God of love!
He who gave us breath and birth
gives us all the fruitful earth;
praise the God of love!

See the sign of love appear,
flame of glory, bright and clear,
light for all the world is here;
praise the God of love!
Gloom and darkness, get you gone!
Christ the Light of life has shone;
praise the God of love! © Hope Publishing (HFTC)
OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne & Eleanor Barton

READINGS: Luke 17: 11-19 Judith Mackay

Beatitudes for those who care Audrey Dunnachie
CELEBRATING HOSPITAL MINISTRIES

Radio Lollipop ~ Wayne Barton

HYMN: That Christ May Be Known
Let all who would serve him, renew and revive
their faith in Christ Jesus, so it can be shown
to all the world’s people – his love is alive,
and this is our challenge, for Christ should be known.
Tell it out, tell it out,
with His love in our voice,
spread his word, spread his word,
let us all now rejoice.
We’ll tell of the good news in country and town,
proclaiming this message, until Christ is known.

Begin with us now, Lord, to plan and prepare
our lives for your service, both here and at home;
we pray that your Spirit will help us to share
our worship together, that Christ may be known.

O let me respond, Lord, to your stirring call,
discover the talents which are mine alone.
Please strengthen and help me bring your word to all
in faith and involvement, for Christ must be known.

Let us share in your vision to change the whole world,
we’ll all spread the message and pray seeds are sown;
a great celebration, our love for you held,
forgiveness and new life – AND CHRIST WILL BE KNOWN.
(June Service)

A Chaplaincy Assistant’s Life ~ Bruce Hudson

1 CORINTHIANS 13 FOR CHAPLAINS

HYMN: Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You
Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you,
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are travellers on the road,
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear,
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you,
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love, and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you,
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too.
© Scripture and Song (AA)

THE OFFERING
Loving God, we offer these gifts in gratitude,
in wonder,
and in love.
Scatter our gifts as seeds of hope, O God.
Nourish our gifts as new life, in a world of that needs healing.
Harvest our gifts as the fruits of your mission, in your world.
In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: In Loving Partnership (Tune: Church Triumphant WOV 1)
In loving partnership we come,
seeking, O God, your will to do.
Our prayers and actions now receive;
we freely offer them to you.

We are the hands and feet of Christ,
serving by grace each other’s need.
We dare to risk and sacrifice
with truthful word and faithful deed.

Loving community we seek;
your hope and strength within us move.
The poor and rich, the strong and weak
are brought together in your love.

In loving partnership, O God,
help us your future to proclaim.
Justice and peace be our desire,
we humbly pray in Jesus’ name. © Desert Flower Music (VU)

THE BLESSING

BECKENHAM LOOP QUIZ NIGHT Tuesday 23rd September 7.30 – 9.00pm at Beckenham Methodist, hosted by us. Come along with a team of 5 or 6. Have fun and win some fun prizes! Nibbles and hot drinks provided. $2 entry fee per person. Please enter your team TODAY– phone Anna on 332 6192 or email the Office (please indicate number of people in your team and leave a contact name).
*Donations for prizes would also be welcome – please give these to Lyndsey or Irene.

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

CARD TABLES needed for Quiz Night – please let Anna know.

PARISH REVIEW Wednesday 17th September. Please come and share your thoughts on the life of the Parish with the team between 4 – 5pm in the Lounge at Beckenham.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 17th September: Meet 9.30am in Botanic Gardens carpark off Armagh St by footbridge. Coffee at Museum Café. June 332 8874.

SESSION & BOARD OF MANAGERS’ meeting Wednesday 17th September.

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

BECKENHAM-ST MARTINS GUESS WHO IS COMING TO LUNCH EVENT
Sunday 28 September 12.30pm
It has been decided to hold a combined event to help us get to know each other better.
Guests pay $5 to the Host to cover expenses. Hosts are asked to provide a simple lunch and can indicate how many Guests they would like.
Feel free to put your name on both the Host and the Guest list if you are happy to be either. Lists will be in the Lounge.
Guests will be handed an envelope with directions to their Host’s home at the morning service on 28 September.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 20th October 1-4pm.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Contact June 332 8874 for details.

INTER-FAITH JOURNEYING seminar Saturday 18th October: please sign the list if you are interested in attending.

COURT THEATRE tickets: If you are interested in joining the group on Thursday 25th September, please contact Chris. She has two tickets which she is now unable to use.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed on the wall in the Lounge.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tues 16th Gowan (90), Bob; Thu 18th Gilly, Benjamin.

Hub Activities for the week 14th – 21st September 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 14 Sept 5.00pm Ecumenical Spring Service at Sacred Heart . Cuppa to follow.
Thur 18 Sept 7.30pm Women’s Journeying meet at Janette’s home. All welcome.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 14 Sept 9am Morning Worship – celebrating Hospital Ministries
Tue 16 Sept 7.30pm Indoor Bowls.Salvation Army, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786
Wed 17 Sept 9.30am Walking Group. Ph. June 332 8874 for destination
7.30pm Combined meeting of Session & Board of Managers
Thu 18 Sept 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 21 Sept 9am Morning Worship

BECKENHAM LOOP QUIZ NIGHT
Tuesday 23rd September 7.30 – 9.00pm at Beckenham Methodist.
Book Now(stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz). Registrations close Monday 15th Sept. Entry fee: $2 per person. All are Welcome.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 15 Sept 9.30am Pre-School Music
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
Wed 17 Sept 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
2.00pm Cashmere APW
Thurs 18 Sept 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
contact them through their website:
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/

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Sunday 7 September 2014 – Celebrating Spring

St Martins Presbyterian Parish
7 September 2014 ~ Celebrating the Season

WELCOME AND NOTICES

A SPRING POEM ~ Jessie Robb
There’s a warming in the air!
Colour’s coming everywhere!
On our faces, smiles appear!
Looking out light clothes to wear!
Birds are singing in the trees.
Wind is whispering in the leaves.
Sunshine sparkles on the sea.
Children from indoors set free,
run about and shout with glee!
New-born lambs a joy to see.
Gardeners, happy in the sun.
Spring is here, new life has come.
Promise, hope for everyone,
with the resurrection One. © John Hunt (Printed with permission)

HYMN: There’s Beauty All Around Us (Tune: WOV 565)
There’s beauty all around us, above and on the ground.
creation gives a message, breathtaking and profound.
Loving God, we worship you
for the wonders you have made.

The sea and clouds at sunset, rich colours spreading wide
in glory through the heavens and on the rising tide.

The mystery of the mountains, far off and rising high,
the twinkling stars at nightfall, cascading down the sky.

There’s beauty all around us, if we have eyes to see,
the wonders in creation, unlimited and free. (June Gibson)

OPENING PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree
CHILDREN’S SONG: The Sheep Need the Grass
The sheep need the grass, the grass needs the earth,
Ev’rything needs each other.
The fish need the stream, the stream needs the rain,
Ev’rything needs each other.

The bird needs the worm, the worm needs the soil,
Ev’rything needs each other.
The crab needs the tide, the tide needs the Moon,
Ev’rything needs each other.

We all need the grain, the grain needs the Sun,
Ev’rything needs each other.
We all share Earth’s life, a wonderful web,
Gift of the God of all life. © W L Wallace

READINGS: From Psalm 65 ~ John Shanks
Mark 4: 1- 2, 26-29

HYMN: A Rabbi Scattered Hope Like Seeds (Tune: Forest Green
A rabbi scattered hope like seeds WOV 240 )
beneath a desert sky;
he knew in every waking plant
a sacred force would rise
to break the ground, to reach for life,
to search with leaf and root,
and draw the strength of earth and sky
to bear the promised fruit.

The rabbi saw the desert bloom,
the Eden of his prayer:
a garden ripe with hope and life
and also ripe for care.
“So come,” he says, “my friends with me
to tend, to sing, to plod:
the earth cries out to celebrate
the greening love of God.” © Michael Hudson, used with permission
REFLECTION: The Creation as Sacrament

HYMN: Touch the Earth Lightly (Tune: Bunessan WOV 91)
Touch the earth lightly,
use the earth gently,
nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder,
ours to surrender,
trust for the children tomorrow will bear.

Let there be greening,
birth from the burning,
water that blesses and air that is sweet,
health in God’s garden,
hope in God’s children,
regeneration that peace will complete.

God of all living,
God of all loving,
God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
teach us, deflect us,
Christ re-connect us,
using us gently and making us one. © Shirley Murray (AA)

THE OFFERING
A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Loving God, you created all things… promised to be with us forever.
Despite all you have done for us, we complained
and were ungrateful. Your people have not learned to share.
Instead of rejoicing in the differences among people,
difference has been used as an excuse to put others down,
to insult them, to take things from them, and to mistreat them.

You gave us your commandments… said that everyone was welcome.
Yet the very night that he celebrated the Passover
with his closest friends, they betrayed him,
denied knowing him and left him to die on a cross.
But you raised him to new life,
and he invited us back to the table
where we are forgiven, fed, and sent out
to proclaim the good news: “Jesus lives for all people.”
You remind us….

SERVING OF APPLE AND HONEY

SHARING THE PEACE

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: God Who Carved This Timeless Landscape (Tune:Hyfrydol
God who carved this timeless landscape, WOV 148)
Snow-clad ridge to valley plain,
power of surging race and river,
limestone crag and scarred terrain;
Maker still of earth, fire, water,
artistry of sight and sound,
Southern lights and sunset splendour,
raise our eyes and you are found.

Calendar of nature’s balance,
rhythms of the farming year,
shearing, milking, ploughing, pruning,
Manger setting ever near!
Lonely struggles in the byways,
nor’west dust or snow and flood,
fellowship of tears and laughter:
Lord, with you, we’re understood.

Giving thanks for those before us,
village life and tussock track,
as we turn to face the future,
history’s wind upon our back;
scattered are our congregations,
each now shares in ministry,
bonding strength of work together:
spirit of community. © Doug Grierson (FFS)

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

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

BECKENHAM LOOP QUIZ NIGHT Tuesday 23rd September 7.30 – 9.00pm at Beckenham Methodist, hosted by St Martin’s Presbyterian. Come along with a team of 5 or 6. Have fun and win some fun prizes! Nibbles and hot drinks provided. $2 entry fee per person. Please enter your team by 15 September – phone Anna on 332 6192 or email the Office (please indicate number of people in your team and leave a contact name). Be in quick – places are limited!

QUIZ NIGHT ASSISTANCE REQUIRED: If you have a card table we could borrow, please let Anna know. For those persons not able to be there on the night, donations for prizes would be gratefully received – please give these to Lyndsey or Irene.

THE PARISH REVIEW by the Presbytery will be on Wednesday 17th September. There is an opportunity for members of the congregation to meet with the team (Revs Nancy Jean Whitehead, Sheena Dickson & Mr Charles Manning) between 4 – 5pm in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. Please come and share your thoughts on the life of the Parish. Review Questionnaires need to be completed by next Sunday please.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 10th September: Meet 9.30am cnr Marriner St & The Esplanade for a stroll around Sumner. Coffee at Joe’s Garage. Judith 332 1577.

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

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Contact June 332 8874 for details.

INTER-FAITH JOURNEYING seminar Saturday 18th October: please sign the list if you are interested in attending.

FIX-IT JOBS: We can help with small jobs around your home/property. Please contact the Office for details.

NEW READERS’ ROSTER out today – please check to see if there’s a copy for you.

Beckenham-St Martins Guess Who is Coming to Lunch Event
Sunday 28 September 12.30pm

It has been decided to hold a combined event to help us get to know each other better.
Guests pay $5 to the Host to cover expenses. Hosts are asked to provide a simple lunch and can indicate how many Guests they would like.
Feel free to put your name on both the Host and the Guest list if you are happy to be either. Lists will be in the Lounge.
Guests will be handed an envelope with directions to their Host’s home at the morning service on 28 September.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed on the wall in the Lounge.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Sat 13th Peter.

Hub Activities for the week 7th-14th September 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 8 Sept 7.00pm Craft Group meet in the church lounge
Sun 14 Sept Quarterly Communion led by Bruce Hansen.
Lunch to follow. Please bring a plate of food to share
5.00pm Ecumenical Spring Service at Sacred Heart Church,
Spencer Street. Cup of Tea to follow the service.
Tue 23 Sept St Martins Parish Quiz Night, Beckenham Methodist

CWS Supporters’ Council Situation Update: Middle East
Saturday 27th September at Knox Lounge 2 to 3.30 p.m. Trish Murray will speak about her visit to Lebanon, Jordan, Jerusalem and Gaza. RSVP by 24/9 to Emma ( 366 9274 or email cws@cws.org.nz

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified
Sun 7 Sept 9am Spring Flower Service & Communion
Mon 8 Sept 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Judith 332 1577
Tue 9 Sept 7.30pm Indoor Bowls. Salvation Army. Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 10 Sept 9.30am Walking Group. ph June 3328874 for destination
Thu 11 Sept 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786
Sun 14 Sept 9am Morning Worship – celebrating Hospital Ministries.

BECKENHAM LOOP QUIZ NIGHT
Tuesday 23rd September 7.30 – 9.00pm at Beckenham Methodist.
Book Now(stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz). There are still spaces available.
Entry fee: $2 per person. All are Welcome.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 8 Sept 2.00pm Foot Clinic } phone office (3327129)
9.30am Pre-School Music group.Anna 331 6252
Tues 9 Sept 9.30am Foot Clinic } for appointments
Wed 10 Sept 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 11 Sept 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive

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Sunday 31 August 2014

PLEASE NOTE: The service on 31 August is at St James’ Presbyterian Church (10am), cnr Barrington & Bewdley Streets.

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 31ST AUGUST 2014:

BECKENHAM LOOP QUIZ NIGHT Tuesday 23rd September 7.30 – 9.00pm at Beckenham Methodist, hosted by St Martin’s Presbyterian. Come along with a team of 5 or 6. Have fun and win some fun prizes! Nibbles and hot drinks provided. $2 entry fee per person. Please enter your team by 15 September – phone Anna on 332 6192 or email the Office. Be in quick – places are limited!

HELP NEEDED: If you are going to be at Church on 26th October (Labour Weekend) could you please let Anna know BY WEDNESDAY. We require two volunteers to read.

THE PARISH REVIEW by the Presbytery will be on Wednesday 17th September. There is an opportunity for members of the congregation to meet with the team (Revs Nancy Jean Whitehead, Sheena Dickson & Mr Charles Manning) between 4 – 5pm in the Lounge at Beckenham Methodist. Please come and share your thoughts on the life of the Parish. Review Questionnaires need to be completed by next Sunday please.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 3rd September: Meet 9.30am at corner of Hawford & Opawa Rds. Coffee at Opawa Bakery. Faye will lead our walk. June 332 8874.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 4th September 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd. Peter Saunders will guide us through an ancestral exploration of the New Hebrides, following a shared meal. Tony 332 0554.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes are now available. June 332 8874.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th September 1-4pm.

PRE-ELECTION SOCIAL ISSUES SEMINAR: Knox Church Centre, 28 Bealey Ave at 5.30pm Thursday 4th September: “Rethinking Crime & Punishment”. All Welcome.

INTER-FAITH JOURNEYING seminar Saturday 18th October: please sign the list if you are interested in attending.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Wed 3rd Charlotte; Fri 5th Anneke, Lyndsey.

Hub Activities for the week 31st August – 7th September 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 8 Sept 7.00pm Craft Group meet in the church lounge
Men’s Muster not meeting as a group. St J’s
bowling group are playing at Somerfield Hall,
Studholm St so all men and women are invited to
come along – Contact Roger for more info.
Sun 14 Sept 5.00pm Ecumenical Spring Service at Sacred Heart Church, Spencer Street. Cup of Tea to follow the service.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 31 Aug 10am Service at St James’ (please note time and place)
Tue 2 Sept 7.30pm Indoor Bowls Salvation Army , Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786
Wed 3 Sept 9.30am Walking Group. Call June 3328874 for destination
Thu 4 Sept 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
5.30pm Social Issues Seminar,Knox Centre, Bealey Ave.
6.00pm Men’s Group. Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd. Tony 332 0554.
Sun 7 Sept 9am Spring Flower Service & Communion

Tue 23 Sept Quiz Night. All are invited to come along. $2 entry.
Book your team in NOW stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz (by 15/9 at the latest!)

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
9.30 am U3A. Pauline 332 0453
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.00 pm Beading Guild. Gayle 322 6073
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 1 Sept 9.30am Pre-School Music Group. Anna 331 6252
Wed 3 Sept 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings.
Thurs 4 Sept 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive
Sun 7 Sept 10.00am Communion Service
Mon 8 Sept 2.00pm Foot Clinic } phone office (3327129)
Tues 9 Sept 9.30am Foot Clinic } for appointments

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Sunday 24 August 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING: (Based on the alternate psalm for the day Ps 138)
We are exceedingly grateful, O Lord, for you have heard our cries,
and you have responded with mercy and strength.
Now our lives overflow with thanksgiving,
and our lips sing your praises.
If only the leaders of our disjointed world would listen to your words and direct their people in accordance with your will,
they would then know the meaning of peace,
and they would rejoice in the ways of God.
You are have not shielded us from the pains of trouble or the ravages of conflict, but you have kept us even amid sorrow and suffering.
Thus we know that you will fulfil your purpose for our lives.
Your love and mercy is everlasting; you will not let us go.
(adapted from Leslie Brandt)
HYMN: Tell Out My Soul
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 (HFTC)

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

CHILDREN’S SONG: 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)

READING: Exodus 1:1-12 John McKean

What a Choice!

REFLECTION

THE OFFERING
God, sometimes it is hard to believe that our small actions can make
a difference in the world. Sometimes we feel like an insignificant ripple
in a vast ocean. Sometimes we feel this way, even though
we know how small actions have greatly affected our lives:
the unsuspected kind word; the simplest touch of love.
Although our offering may sometimes feel small, we know that, through your grace, it can have an unexpected impact.
We ask your blessing, that these offerings may touch others and your world, in Jesus name. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
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 peoples 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?

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? © OCP Publications USA (CH 4)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 25th Ken (90), Irene, Joan; Wed 27th Marie.

NOTICES:
NEXT SUNDAY 31 AUGUST our Morning Worship service will be at St James’ Presbyterian Church, cnr Bewdley & Barrington Streets at 10am.

BECKENHAM LOOP QUIZ NIGHT Tuesday 23rd September 7.30 – 9.00pm at Beckenham Methodist, hosted by St Martin’s Presbyterian. Come along with a team of 5 or 6. Have fun and win some fun prizes! Nibbles and hot drinks provided. $2 entry fee per person. Please enter your team by 15 September – phone Anna on 332 6192 or email the Office. Be in quick – places are limited!

HELP NEEDED: The new roster is currently being prepared. If you are going to be at Church on 26th October (Labour Weekend) could you please let Anna know. We require two volunteers to read.

THE NEW ISSUE OF THE ‘MESSENGER’ is available today.

INTER-FAITH JOURNEYING seminar Saturday 18th October: please sign the list if you are interested in attending.

NOTICES cont…
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea and the Annual General Meeting after the service.

FIRESIDE Tuesday 26th August 7.30pm at Sonya’s. The ‘entertainment’ is to have anyone who wants to speaking about a favourite book for 1-2 minutes. This can be read recently or long ago, a favourite, or disliked. All are welcome. Contact Sonya 339 7038 or Margaret 366 8936 for further information.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 27th August: Meet 9.30am in Titoki St off Kahu Rd. Coffee at Riccarton House. June 332 8874.

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

CARING & SHARING Wednesday 27th August 2pm will be entertained by the Neerlandia Choir. We are endeavouring to contact all congregational members in rest homes and further afield in Christchurch who may like to share in the very special afternoon. However we will need drivers. If you are able to help with this, please contact Irene 332 7306 or email irenegray@xtra.co.nz. As always, everyone is very welcome to join us.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes available from today. See article in the “Messenger” for details of what to put in them. June 332 8874.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz. Anna will be at Beckenham Methodist this Thursday 28th.

COURT THEATRE Thursday 25th September: Money to Sue in a NAMED envelope please on or before Sunday 31st August. The tickets are $42 each. Sue 960 7657.

PRE-ELECTION SOCIAL ISSUES SEMINARS: Venue: Knox Church Centre, 28 Bealey Ave at 5.30pm. Thursday 28th August: “Every Child Counts”. Thursday 4th September: “Rethinking Crime & Punishment”. Koha appreciated. All Welcome.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th September 1-4pm.

Many thanks to Elizabeth, Rob & Irene for leading our music over the last three weeks.

REMINDER: Parish Review Questionnaires need to be completed by 7th September.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.

Hub Activities for the week 24th – 31st August 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Sun 24 Aug 2.00pm Music Hall Madness concert with afternoon tea,
raffles & lucky ticket number. Addington School: entrance off Simeon St. $10 Door sales available.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 24th Aug 9am Morning Worship & AGM
Tue 26th Aug 7.30pm Fireside Women’s Group at Sonya’s. 339 7038.
7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army Hall, Southampton
St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 27th Aug 9.30am Walking Group. Meet Titoki St off Kahu Rd. Coffee
at Riccarton House. June 332 8874.
2pm Neerlandia Concert. All Welcome. Irene 332 7306.
Thu 28th Aug 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. New Faces welcome. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
5.30pm Social Issues Seminar #2, Knox Centre, Bealey Ave.
Sun 31st Aug 10am Morning Worship at ST JAMES’ (note time and place!)

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
7.30 pm Parish Council meets.
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church in hall.
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 24 Aug 11.30am Healing Service
Mon 25 Aug 9.30am Pre-School Music Group. Anna 331 6252
Wed 27 Aug 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 28 Aug 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive.

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Sunday 17 August 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING: (Based on the psalm for the day Psalm 133)
God, how important it is for us and how pleasing it must be to you
when your people learn how to live and work together in unity.
It is in the measure that we do this that we begin to resemble you,
and to carry out most effectively your purposes in our disjointed
and discordant world.
Come, let us together praise God’s name,
rejoice in God’s loving concern for us,
declare his worth to all creatures,
and walk in harmony with God’s plan.
It is the same God who made heaven and earth
and all of us who dwell here.
Let us worship and serve God together. (adapted from Leslie Brandt)

HYMN: We Praise You, O God (Tune: Kremser WOV 25)
We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before you, we kneel and adore you;
We bless your holy name, glad praises we sing.

We worship you, God of our mothers and fathers,
through trial and tempest, companion and guide.
When perils o’er-take us, you will not forsake us,
but faithful to your promise, you walk by our side.

With voices united our praises we offer
and gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
Our sins now confessing, we pray for your blessing,
to you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise! C/A

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

CHILDREN’S SONG
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 your 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. © Bosworth & Co Ltd (WOV)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Genesis 45:1–15 Martin Cleland
Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32 (The Message) Gwendoline Cleland

SERMON

A TIME OF QUIET

HYMN: For the Healing of the Nations (Tune:Westminster Abbey
For the healing of the nations, WOV 343ii)
God, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action
help us rise and pledge our word.

Lead us forward into freedom,
from despair your world release;
that, redeemed from war and hatred
all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness
fear will die and hope increase.

All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow life’s brief span.

You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind,
for our growing in your likeness
bring the life of Christ to mind;
that, by our response and service,
earth its destiny may find. © Fred Kaan (VU)

THE OFFERING
Generous God, you call us to many forms of response in your world,
and so, we give of ourselves in whatever way is possible: through our talents, money, spiritual gifts, compassion, and vision for love’s reign, anew in the world.
We ask that you take these simple gifts,
stitched together with great hope, and patch them together into offerings of love for the world. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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 like 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, unflinching, unafraid
to be itself, despite another’s wrath,
a love that stands alone and undismayed:
come, strengthening 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.

We sing a burning, fiery, Holy Ghost
that seeks out shades of ancient bitterness,
transfiguring these, as Christ in every heart:
come joyful love, live in our hearts today. © Stainer & Bell (CH4)

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 17th Sam; Mon 18th Andreas, Doug.

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

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Sunday 24th August following Morning Worship.

ON SUNDAY 31 AUGUST our Morning Worship service will be at St James’ Presbyterian Church, cnr Bewdley & Barrington Streets at 10am.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 20th August: Meet 9.30am at carpark opposite Cashmere Club (river side). Fern 332 4725.

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

SOUND OF MUSIC Sing-a-long and dress up TODAY 2pm at Beckenham Methodist, Gold coin donation. All Welcome.

ON Wednesday 27th August at 2pm, Caring & Sharing will have the pleasure of being entertained by the Neerlandia Choir. We are endeavouring to contact all congregational members in rest homes and further afield in Christchurch who may like to share in the very special afternoon. However we will need drivers. If you are able to help with this, please contact Irene 332 7306 or email irenegray@xtra.co.nz. As always, everyone is very welcome to join us.

THE PARISH OFFICE HOURS are Wednesday & Thursday 9am-12noon & Friday 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz

COURT THEATRE Thursday 25th September: Money to Sue in a NAMED envelope please on or before Sunday 31st August. The tickets are $42 each. Sue 960 7657.

PRE-ELECTION SOCIAL ISSUES SEMINAR SERIES: Venue: Knox Church Centre, 28 Bealey Ave at 5.30pm. Thursday 21st August: “Gross Inequality Hurts Everyone”
Thursday 28th August: “Every Child Counts”. Thursday 4th September: “Rethinking Crime & Punishment”. Entry free – koha appreciated. All are Welcome.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Next Session Monday 8th September 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

Beckenham Loop Quiz Night Tuesday 23rd September 7.30pm. Book your team in!

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.

Hub Activities for the week 17th – 24th August 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tues 19 Aug 6.00pm Soup and buns at St Marks followed by a talk by
Patricia and Alan Chapman about their trip to U.K. $5.
Thur 21 Aug 7.30pm Women’s Journeying is at 40c Stourbridge Street.
Dorothy will talk about her time in Namibia.
Sun 24 Aug 2.00pm Music Hall Madness concert with afternoon tea,
raffles & lucky ticket number. Addington School: entrance off Simeon St. $10 Door sales available.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 17 Aug 9am Morning Worship
2pm Sound of Music sing-a-long. All Welcome.
Tue 19 Aug 7.30pm Indoor Bowls. Salvation Army,Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786
Wed 20 Aug 9.30am Walking Group. Fern 332 4725
7.30pm Board of Managers’ meeting
Thu 21 Aug 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. All welcome. Beverley 332 7786.
5.30pm Social Issues seminar at Knox Centre, Bealey Ave.
Sun 24 Aug 9am Morning Worship

An invitation is extended to everyone to hear the Neerlandia Choir, 2pm Wednesday 27 August at Beckenham Methodist Church. Contact Irene 332 7306 for more information. This is hosted by St Martin’s Caring & Sharing Group.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
1.00 pm West Spreydon Ladies Indoor Bowls. Sheila 960 4412
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 18 Aug 9.30am Pre-School Music group. Anna 331 6252
Wed 20 Aug 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome.
Thurs 21 Aug 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive

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