Sunday 28 September 2014

Hymns through the Ages, Part 2

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP
Let us make music to our God; our voices sing his praises,
our hearts vibrate with love, our minds resound to his call,
our being beat in rhythm with his heart.
We will make music to our God.
Let the whole earth respond to his glory,
as the heavens acclaim him.
Let the sea and all that is in it rejoice,
and with all beings praise our Creator.
Come let us join together to make music, to exalt, glory, and rejoice in his presence.

HYMN: O For a Thousand Tongues (Tune: Lyngham)
O for a thousand tongues, to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of our God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
‘tis music in the sinner’s ears,
‘tis life, and health, and peace.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
and leap, ye lame, for joy!

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honours of your name. (Charles Wesley, 1739)

OPENING PRAYERS

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Introduction

An Affirmation of Faith (together)
We believe in God:
source of all life, source of all love
ever creating, our past and our future
father and mother of all that is to be.
We believe in God:
Christ of our history, link with eternity
one with our humanness, revealing life’s hopefulness;
traveller before us, the Sign of the Way.
We believe in God:
Spirit of newness, Spirit of power,
wisdom and wonder, mystery and miracle
moving in freedom, transforming the earth
We believe in the Church:
born amidst struggle, open to changes
centred in loving and sharing
moving and growing
heart of community turned to the world.

The Baptism of Neve Ella Gaffaney

The Baptismal Vows

Congregational Vows: (congregation stands)
And you, the people of St Martin’s, representing the world-wide Church, do you receive Neve in the name of Christ?
Yes, we do.

Will you continue to surround all children in our midst, and their families, with love and support? Yes, we will.
We welcome Neve into the wider family
of God, and commit ourselves to deeper love and service
for the sake of all people.

Presentation to the Congregation

Sung Blessing: (Tune: Eidelweiss)
May the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you forever;
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. (author unknown)

Presentation of Baptismal Certificate

Hymns through the Ages Part 2

Introduction

READING: From Psalm 98 Tony Blackler

COMMENTARY ~ Hymns Come of Age

READING: Five of John Wesley’s Directions for Hymn Singing
Allison Blackler

HYMN: Love Divine (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148 ii )
Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, 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. (Charles Wesley 1747)

COMMENTARY ~ Beyond the Wesleys

COMMENTARY ~ Gospel Songs

HYMN: It is Well With My Soul (Horatio Spafford, 1873)
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Refrain:It is well (it is well) with my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul.

COMMENTARY ~ The Afro-American Spirituals

There is a Balm in Gilead – spoken with music underneath

COMMENTARY ~ The Billy Graham Crusades

HYMN: To God be the Glory (Fanny Crosby, 1875)
To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life in atonement for sin
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory! Great things he has done!

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.

THE OFFERING & THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

COMMENTARY ~ The 20th Century and Beyond

HYMN: Ours is a Singing Faith (Diademata WOV 163) Ours is a singing faith! Now here the hymns we raise. Resounding, strong, the years a long and echoing our praise. Ours is a singing faith! In confidence we sing: Creation’s throne is God’s alone, so joyous voices ring.
Ours is a singing faith! Through all the ebb and flow of youth and age, on history’s page we see saints come and go. Ours is a singing faith! The melody rolls on, sustained by those whose voices rose in praise in times long gone.
Ours is a singing faith! Upheld by work and prayer
that justice, peace and hope not cease but flourish everywhere.
Ours is a singing faith! Though grief or pain hold sway,
Christ still shall dwell, Emmanuel! God with us all the way.

Ours is a singing faith! All thanks to God be sung
by people here both far and near in every land and tongue.
Ours is a singing faith! Let psalms and anthems rise
from sun and moon and stars in tune till music fills the skies!
© Jane Parker Huber (ASF)

THE BLESSING

NEXT SUNDAY is World Communion Sunday.
It is a Combined Service at 10am. Chris will be at General Assembly and Lyndsey McKay will be leading our worship.

NOTICES:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. We welcome Neve Gaffaney and her family.

GUESS WHO IS COMING TO LUNCH 12.30pm TODAY: See Sonya for guest list or destination.

Hospital Chaplaincy week ends today. Donation slips are available for anyone who would like to make a donation. Your money will be used locally.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 1st October: Meet 9.30am in the carpark over the road from Princess Margaret Hospital. Coffee in hospital café. Jeanette Morris.

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

A FUNDRAISER: Horse manure for sale. $2 for a 15-20 kg bag. Wanted! Plastic bags which held compost or potting mix for putting the horse manure in to sell. Contact Lindsay Day 981 1587.

Here’s your chance to encourage children in healthy eating habits. We need volunteers to assist on Tuesdays 10 – 11.30am in Term 4 with the Garden to Table Project at St Martin’s School. Help is required in the kitchen. Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

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

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz.

We are combining with the Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish for a Used Clothing Rummage Sale on Saturday 8th November at St Anne’s Hall, Wilsons Rd. As well, we will also be selling jams and chutneys. Contributions of marmalade, jam, lemon honey etc… required please. Lyn 332 0865.

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

Large “Early Girl” tomato seedlings for sale $2 each, to go into tunnel or glasshouses. Phone Peter 960 7657.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 28th Hannah; Wed 1st Ken; Thu 2nd Jeremy; Fri 3rd Lyn.

Hub Activities for the week 28th September – 5th October 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Fri 3 Oct 10.00 – 2.00 p.m. Children’s Holiday Programme in the Hall. Email Dorothy for enrolment dorothyh1@xtra.co.nz Programme also on 10th October.

Friday Kids still need an adult to set out food each Friday during term time. Please talk to Dorothy or Amanda.

Bus trip to the Iris Gardens: leaves Whareora 10.00 a.m. $25 includes morning tea. Bring a picnic lunch to eat among the irises. Returns to Whareora 3.00p.m.ish

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 28 Sept 9am Morning Worship & Baptism
12.30pm Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch?
Tue 30 Sept 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army Hall, Southampton
St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 1 Oct 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874 for details.
Thu 2 Oct 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 5 Oct 10am World Communion Sunday – combined service
with Beckenham Methodist. NOTE TIME!!

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 p m Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
9.30 am U3A. Pauline 332 0453
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
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
Sun 28 Sept 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights
Mon 29 Sept 7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
Wed 1 Oct 10.00am Forum – discuss and reflect last Sunday’s Readings,
Thurs 2 Oct 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/

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Sunday 21 September 2014 – Celebrating Community

St Martin’s Presbyterian Parish
21 September 2014
Celebrating Community

You start building a good neighbourhood when you yourself decide that you will be a good neighbour. (Robert Waldrop)

WELCOME AND NOTICES
• Session report ~ Wayne Barton

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Called as Christians to the building of community,
we come to worship as a people committed to the kind of communication that makes genuine community possible:
a sharing of the joys and hopes, the sorrows and pain,
that are part of belonging together; committed to
breaking down barriers and walls that separate people
from one another, in order to create newness of life
in the Church, and in the world around and beyond us.

HYMN: Community of Christ (Tune: Little Cornard WOV 107) Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own, live out your creed and risk your life for God alone: the God who wears your face, to whom all worlds belong, whose children are of every race and every song.

Community of Christ
look past the Church’s door
and see the refugee,
the hungry and the poor.
Take hands with the oppressed,
the jobless in your street,
take towel and water, that you wash
your neighbour’s feet.
Community of Christ,
through whom the word must sound -
cry out for justice and for peace
the whole world round:
disarm the powers that war
and all that can destroy,
turn bombs to bread,
and tears of anguish into joy.

When menace melts away,
so shall God’s will be done,
the climate of the world be peace
and Christ its Sun.
Our currency be love
and kindliness our law;
our food and faith be shared
as one forever more. © Shirley Murray (AA)

OPENING PRAYER

STORY-TIME: Old Turtle

HYMN: Christians Are All Kinds of People
Christians are all kinds of people,
they’re average, they’re short, and they’re tall;
from all kinds of backgrounds, with all kinds of outlooks,
our gracious God uses them all.
Christians are all kinds of people,
not even especially good,
But God’s love is mighty, and that is what counts,
with mercy as wide as the sea;
it reaches to you and to me.

Christians are all kinds of people,
they’re smilers, they’re grouchers, they’re clowns.
In all kinds of weather, wherever they gather,
you’ll find every kind of them round.
Christians are all kinds of people,
and sometimes all kinds are in me.
God uses all kinds of people,
the black, and the pale and the tan;
new born and the aged, the fit and disabled,
they all have a part in the plan.
God uses all kinds of people,
with problems, with hang-ups, with scars. © Stan and Pauline Stewart

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Acts 16: 11-15 David Beaumont
Luke 8: 1-3 Lyn Steele

LITANY: Lord, can this really be?
Left: Lord, can this really be?
is this your Church, the people that I see,
who gather here and worship you with me?

Right: And must I love them all,
shoulder their loads, and answer when they call,
forgive their faults and raise them when they fall?

Left: Are these the ear, eye, hand,
your body, Lord, bound firmly in one band
and learning to keep your great command?

Right: Is this the very place,
the school of love, where we would see your face,
and through your Spirit gain enabling grace;
that all the world would see us live as one?
All: Lord, could this really be?
Lord, let it really be? from William Rutherford (adapted)

Community and Social Justice: Being a good neighbour
~ Cassie Welch

HYMN: When I Needed a Neighbour Were You There (WOV 558)
When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour, were you there?
And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter,
Were you there?

I was hungry and thirsty, were you there, were you there?
I was hungry and thirsty, were you there?

When I needed a healer, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a healer were you there?

Wherever you travel, I’ll be there, I’ll be there,
Wherever you travel, I’ll be there.

THE OFFERING
`Our church’, we call our place of worship, but we are wrong.
The church belongs to God who loved it into existence,
watched over it from the beginning, and is already forming its future.
And yet, because of all we give, of love and loyalty, faith and work, time, money, prayers, is it not also `ours’, this church?
Not so. These also are God’s gifts to us, and so God, we give you of your own, in Jesus name. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

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 a 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)

THE BLESSING

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

REMINDER: Daylight Saving begins next Sunday – adjust your clocks!!!

NEXT SUNDAY there will be the baptism of Niamh Gaffaney.

BECKENHAM-ST MARTINS GUESS WHO IS COMING TO LUNCH: Next Sunday 28th September 12.30pm. Last chance to sign up TODAY. Lists are in the Lounge. Sonya 339 7038.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Please return your full shoeboxes next Sunday. Cash donations to offset costs also welcome. June 332 8874.

This is hospital chaplaincy appeal week. Donation slips are available for anyone who would like to make a donation. Your money will be used locally.

NOTICES cont…
FIRESIDE is not meeting this month as we are participating in the Quiz Night.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 23rd September: Meet 9.30am in Plunket St off Neville St for a walk in Hillmorton. Coffee at Marilyn’s 960 2484. Sonya 339 7038.

CARING & SHARING: Wednesday 24th September “Irene’s Plan B”. We enjoyed everyone’s company last month when we shared the wonderful music, so a warm welcome to EVERYONE to come along. 2pm in the Beckenham Methodist Church Lounge. Be prepared!! Irene 332 7306.

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

WANTED: Plastic bags which held compost or potting mix for putting horse manure in to sell to raise money for our link building. Contact Lindsay Day 981 1587.

A FUNDRAISER: Horse manure for sale. $2 for a 15-20 kg bag. Lindsay 981 1587.

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

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

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. 7 Wilsons Rd. www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

PRELIMINARY NOTICE: We are combining with the Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish for a Used Clothing Rummage Sale on Saturday 8th November at St Anne’s Hall, Wilsons Rd. As well, we will also be selling jams and chutneys. Any questions? Please contact Lyn 332 0865.

SPRING CARNIVAL at St Mark’s Anglican Church. 101 Opawa Rd, Saturday 27th September from 9am. Wet or fine. All are welcome.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 21st Beverley; Mon 22nd Hilary; Tue 23rd Daniel.

Hub Activities for the week 21st -28th September 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tue 23 Sept Music for Pre-Schoolers in the Hall Lounge
7.30pm Parish Council meet.
Fri 26 Sept 4.30pm Friday Kids
Sat 27 Sept 7.30pm The Plainsmen Chorus will be performing at the Villa Maria College, 21 Peer Street, Upper Riccarton. $20.00 per ticket or $15 for unwaged and Seniors. Let’s have a great night out with our own Ken Shields and his friends!

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 21 Sept 9am Morning Worship – celebrating community
Tue 23 Sept 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786
7.30pm Quiz Night
Wed 24 Sept 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874.
2pm Caring & Sharing. All Welcome. Irene 332 7306.
Thu 25 Sept 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 28 Sept 9am Morning Worship – Music Through the Ages part 2
12.30pm Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch?
*** NB: Daylight Saving begins!!****

Spring Carnival – Saturday 27th September 9am – 1pm
St Mark’s Anglican Church, Opawa Rd.
Wet or Fine. All Welcome. Donations of goods also welcome – ph 980 9983.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact 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 in halls. 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 in study
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
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

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 21 Sept 10.00am Morning Worship
Mon 22 Sept 9.30am Pre-School Music
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes –
www.parentscentre.org.nz/christchurch-south/
Wed 24 Sept 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
1.30pm CREST (Cashmere Residents Emergency Response
Team) meeting
Thurs 25 Sept 10.30am Prayer Group – contact Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
Sun 28 Sept 11.30am Healing Service
5.30pm Sunday Night Lights

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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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