Sunday 29th May 2016 9am Pentecost 2

WELCOME: Tena Koutou Katoa. Welcome.

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

We celebrate birth the wonder, the miracle of that tiny life asserting its selfhood.

We celebrate children who laugh out loud, who walk in the mud, who cry at the top of their lungs, who constantly ask questions, who are so busy living they don’t have time for hang-ups.

We celebrate parents who are always there for their children, who laugh and cry, who endure struggle and frustration; the responsibility that goes with being a parent.

You are not alone. God is with you.

 

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.

 

PRAYER:

 

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: Today we celebrate the baptism of Jaydan James Terris, son of Simone and Chris. Welcome to you, Simone and Chris and to other family members present today.

 

Preamble on the meaning of baptism…

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Let us again affirm our faith in God –

We believe in God, the source of life who created human beings to be different and to get on with each other. We believe in Jesus Christ, who calls us to a life which is absurd by the standards of the world. We believe in the Spirit of God within and around us, and you and me. We believe the times when the church is the church when we are a community, a source of love, laughter and the sharer of tears. A people prepared to take risks, working together, that one day this world may be a place where people can live in justice, freedom and peace. This is our hope, this is our faith. That we dare to believe, always and in spite of everything, in God’s power to transform.                     (Source unknown)

 

HYMN: Celebrate Each Generation

Celebrate each generation, celebrate around the earth!

In this Church make dedication of the miracle of the earth.

 

Each newborn son and daughter is the Church’s loving claim,

Marked by touch of living water now to take the Christian name.

 

Be the Christ in those we christen: body, spirit, both must thrive,

Be the Christ in us who promise newborn faith to keep alive.

 

So another generation may discover truth and good,

Flower within the certain future, bud of hope within the wood.

©Shirley Murray

VOWS

To the Parents: In bringing your child for baptism, do you declare your faith in God as your creator in the person of Jesus Christ and the spirit of God who works through us all in creating a world of love, peace and justice? WE DO.

Do you promise, as far as you are able to build your family life on the love and truth that Christ has shown us? WE DO.

 

To the Congregation: As members of this congregation you have a responsibility to love and nurture this family as part of your community. Will you accept the Terris family into this church community and make provision to support and nurture them?

We gladly accept this family into the fellowship and commit ourselves into providing a caring Christian community. With God’s help we will support and nurture the Terris family as we are able.

 

THE BAPTISM OF JAYDAN JAMES TERRIS

 

SUNG AARONIC BLESSING:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

 

PRESENTATION of Baptismal Certificate

 

HYMN: Child of Blessing (Tune: Stuttgart)

Child of blessing, child of promise, baptized with the Spirit’s sign,

with this water God has sealed you unto love and grace divine.

 

Child of love, our love’s expression, love’s creation, loved indeed!

fresh from God, refresh our spirits, into joy and laughter lead.

 

Child of joy, our dearest treasure, God’s you are, from God you came. Back to God we humbly give you;live as one who bears Christ’s name.

 

Child of God, your loving Parent, learn to listen for God’s call, grow to laugh and sing and worship, trust and love God more than all.        (©AA)

 

The children now leave us with Gillian Cree

 

BIBLE READINGS:   Mark 10:13-16            Gilly Penwell

1 John 4:7-12             Alice Shanks

REFLECTION:

 

OFFERING (together): Gracious God we give the gift of money and food back to you. May they be used in your service both here and in the wider church community. Amen.

 

AN OPPORTUNITY TO GREET ONE ANOTHER

 

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: Every Day I Will Offer You

Every day I will offer you, loving God my heart and mind

Every way I discover you, in the work your hand has signed;

Help me see I’m your image, and You have dreamed what I might be –

Every day – in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!

 

Every day I will look to Christ and give thanks for wine and bread.

Through the pain and the emptiness where your world cries to be fed;

Help me see I can work for change, and wherever I might be.

Every day in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!

 

Every day I will take your word, answer your compassion’s claim,

Celebrate every sign of hope, every deed done in your name;

Help me see you are always there,

and your light can shine through me,

Every day in your Spirit, I’ll find the love and energy!     ©Shirley Murray (AA)

 

BENEDICTION: Go now into God’s world knowing that you are not alone, that God goes with you; Jesus Christ being your guide and the Spirit of God disturbing and surprising you along the way.

 

SHARE THE BLESSING WITH EACH OTHER:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit go with you. Amen.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 29th Margaret; Mon 30th Keith; Wed 1st Madg; Thu 2nd Rose; Fri 3rd Joan C (100!)

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading our worship today.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 1st June: Meet 9.30am in Hawford Road by the Opawa Shopping Centre carpark for a walk around Opawa-St Martins.  Coffee at Opawa Bakery and Café. All welcome.  Sonya 027 253 3397

 

MEN’S GROUP meets this Thursday 2nd June 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd for a shared meal. Lisa Milburn from Pillars will be our speaker. Please bring a grocery item for the giftbox for Pillars. Tony 332 0554.

 

CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES to Joan Croy who celebrates her 100th birthday this Friday.

 

FROM WALTHAM COMMUNITY COTTAGE:

Thank you so much to the St Martin’s Congregation who so willingly donated an amazing array of fruit, tinned goods, jams, grocery items recently. We have distributed all the perishable goods and they were so very much appreciated by everyone. We have stored all the non-perishable items in our emergency food cupboard. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and continued support.

 

NEW SUNDAY ROSTER available – please check to see if you have one.

 

COURT THEATRE tickets available from Sue today. Please collect yours.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

CALM & CAKE: Cashmere Presbyterian Friday 3rd June 9.30am. Gold coin donation for morning tea appreciated. Treat yourself to some peace and quiet.

 

QUIZ AT CASHMERE Saturday 18th June, Cashmere Presbyterian Church Centre Rata Lounge at 5pm for 5.30pm start. Pizza tea at 6.30pm followed by more quiz! $10 per person. Book a table of 6 for $55. Bring some cash for a Raffle ticket. Our Church would like to have 2 Teams – it should be a fun night. Irene Gray & Judith Mackay have tickets.

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Sunday 22nd May 2016 9am

WELCOME

SESSION REPORT, NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

HYMN: To God be the Glory

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 an 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!

 

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

to every believer the promise of God!

and every offender who truly believes,

that moment from Jesus a pardon receives…

 

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… (WOV85)

 

OPENING PRAYERS                       Irene Gray

 

READING: Psalm 121                       Irene Gray

 

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 reach 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.               ©Colin Gibson

 

READING:                                                                 Fern Wakefield

 

HYMN: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (please remain seated)

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there is hatred let me bring your love;

where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;

and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled

as to console; to be understood as to understand;

to be loved, as to love with all my soul.

 

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope;

where there is darkness, only light;

and where there’s sadness, ever joy. Oh Master…

 

Make me a channel of your peace.

It is pardoning that we are pardoned,

in giving of ourselves that we receive;

and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.                 ©S Temple (CH4 528)

 

REFLECTION : Standing Together                        June Service

 

A TIME OF QUIET

 

OFFERING

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                                   John Shanks

 

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: Thine be the Glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;

endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won;

angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave clothes, where thy body lay.

            Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

            endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.

 

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing;

for her Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

 

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;

life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;

make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:

bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.

© World Student Christian Federation (WOV303)

 

SUNG BENEDICTION (together):

Stand together for what you believe.

Work for what must be done.

Love each other in all that you do, till all my people are one.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Amen.

 

Please leave promptly, to allow the Methodist congregation to prepare for worship.

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to some Session members for leading our worship today.

NO Morning tea today.

 

POT LUCK LUNCH TODAY 12 noon at Cashmere Presbyterian.

 

NEXT SUNDAY we will be welcoming the Terris family as they present Jaydan for baptism.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 25th May: Meet 9.30am in Stourbridge Street, near Therese Street, for a walk around Spreydon.  Coffee at Oderings Cafe. Janette & Cyril Morris 332 1240 or 021 161 1178

 

NO Fireside meeting this Tuesday.

 

MEN’S GROUP meets on Thursday 2nd June 6pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd for a shared meal. Lisa Milburn from Pillars will be our speaker. Please bring a grocery item for the giftbox for Pillars. For details, contact Tony 332 0554.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON with our very own Lyndsey McKay at New Brighton Union Church 2pm. Door sales available. A great afternoon of fabulous singing.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 22nd Jennifer, Judith; Tue 24th Hadley; Thu 26th Barbara; Fri 27th Jim, Gillian.

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Pentecost Sunday 15th May 2016 9am

WELCOME: Tena  Koutou Katoa

NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

 

PENTECOST CELEBRATION: Happy Birthday Church…..

 

HYMN: On Pentecost They Gathered (Tune: Ellacombe)

On Pentecost they gathered quite early in the day,

a band of Christ’s disciples to worship, sing, and pray.

A mighty wind came blowing, filled all the swirling air,

and tongues of fire a-glowing inspired each person there.

 

The people all around them were startled and amazed

to understand their language, as Christ the Lord they praised.

What universal message, what great good news was here?

That Christ, once dead, is risen to vanquish all our fear.

 

God pours the Holy Spirit on all who would believe,

on women, men, and children who would God’s grace receive.

That Spirit knows no limit, bestowing life and power.

The church, formed and re-forming, responds in every hour.

 

O Spirit, sent among them on that day long ago,

rekindle faith among us in all life’s ebb and flow.

O give us ears to listen and tongues aflame with praise,

so folk of every nation glad songs of joy shall raise.        ©Jane Parker Huber

 

PRAYER:

 

THE MOVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT IN TODAY’S WORLD.

 

WELCOME: Liz Whitehead, Community Development Worker

Focus: Children & Families St Albans Uniting.

 

  • Breakfast Church for Children & Families 8.30am each Sunday.
  • Video Clip.
  • What do you do each Sunday?

 

SONG: I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says ‘Sing’,

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says ‘Sing’,

I’m gonna sing when the Spirit says ‘Sing’,

and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

 

I’m gonna love when the Spirit says ‘Love’,

I’m gonna love when the Spirit says ‘Love’,

I’m gonna love when the Spirit says ‘Love’,

and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

 

I’m gonna laugh when the Spirit says ‘Laugh’,

I’m gonna laugh when the Spirit says ‘Laugh’,

I’m gonna laugh when the Spirit says ‘Laugh’,

and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

 

I’m gonna hope when the Spirit says ‘Hope’,

I’m gonna hope when the Spirit says ‘Hope’,

I’m gonna hope when the Spirit says ‘Hope’,

and obey the Spirit of the Lord.                                  C/A

 

The children now leave us with Gillian Cree

 

TIME FOR RELECTION ON PENTECOST.   Pentecost……..

 

BIBLE READINGS:

Ezekiel 37: 1-14          God’s life giving breath           Sonya Hodder

Acts 2: 1-21                 God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, with wind and fire

Wayne Barton

 

DIALOGUE RE BREAKFAST CHURCH ~ Liz & Lyndsey

  • What got you started?
  • People Involvement
  • Church/community response

 

PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

OFFERING:

What we have we offer to God and the world which God loves.

Take them as you took the loaves and fishes and transform them into overflowing life. Amen.

 

HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose, hidden now in mystery,

nature bursts with joyful promise, ripe with what is yet to be.

In a wealth of rich invention, still the work of art unfolds:

barely have we seen, and faintly, what God’s great salvation holds.

 

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose, making Jesus seen and heard. Every age of God’s creation grasps new meaning from the Word. Show us, Holy Spirit, show us your new work begun today:

eyes and ears and hearts are open, teach us what to do and say.

 

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose: all God’s children brought to birth, freed from hunger, fear and evil every corner of the earth,

and a million million voices speak with joy the Saviour’s name;

every face reflects his image, never any two the same.

 

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose, nothing shall be left to chance.

All that lives will be united in the everlasting dance.

All fulfilled and all perfected, each uniquely loved and known,

Christ in glory unimagined once for all receives his own.      ©Marnie Barrell

 

 

BENEDICTION:

Go now in faith and hope to be part of the recreating of the world.

May God surprise you on the way.

 

 

 

SUNG BLESSING: Now As We Go

Now as we go, kind Spirit keep us, in all we see,

Christ be our focus, in all we do, his story shape us,

that we may grow to God’s good purpose.

 

Now as we go, sister and brother, give us good care of the other,

more hope to share, more strength to gather,

more life to know in faith together.                             ©Shirley Murray (AA)

 

Please leave promptly, to allow the Methodist congregation to prepare for worship.

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading our worship today.

PLEASE NOTE: MORNING TEA & birthday cake is at 43 St Martins Rd.

 

ARTICLES etc needed NOW for next ‘Messenger’. Deadline 20th May. Please send contributions to Anneke (anneke.howie@gmail.com) asap.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 18th May: Meet 9.30am at South Library. Coffee at Red. All are welcome. Joan 338 8700.

 

SESSION meets this Wednesday 7.30pm at Merchiston.

 

POTLUCK LUNCH for St James’, Hoon Hay, Cashmere & St Martin’s NEXT Sunday 12 noon at Cashmere Presbyterian. An opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle and enjoy fellowship. Irene.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

NB: Anna will be in the Office Tuesday (after 10am) this week, instead of Thursday.

 

COUPLES @ CASHMERE: A series of seminars for stronger relationships. Sun 22nd May 7.30-9.30pm. $10 per couple (includes supper) at Cashmere Presbyterian Church. Ph 332 7129 to register.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 16th Kim.

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Sunday 8th May 2016 9am Easter 7

WELCOME AND NOTICES

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

 

HYMN: I am the Light of the World

‘I am the light of the world, you people come and follow me!’

If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery of what you

were meant to do and be.

When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and the shepherds have found their way home,

the work of Christmas is begun:

 

to find the lonely and the lost, to heal their broken souls with love,

to feed the hungry children with warmth and good food,

to feel the earth below, the sky above;

 

to free the prisoners from their chains, to make the powerful care,

to re-build the nations with strength of goodwill,

to be at one with people everywhere.

 

To bring hope to every task you do, to dance at a baby’s new birth, to make music in an old man’s heart, and sing to the colours of the earth.

©Jim Strathdee (WOV669)

 

 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

 

OFFERING

 

SOMETHING FOR THE YOUNGER AT HEART ~ Wayne Barton

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN’S HYMN:  I’ve Got Peace Like a River

I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul, I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul, I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.

I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul, I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.

 

READINGS:   Psalm 97                     David Beaumont

Acts 16:16-34              Jeannette Beaumont

 

MESSAGE

 

HYMN: Lord Jesus Christ (v1 & 2 only)

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us, you are one with us,

Mary’s son; cleansing our souls from all their sin,

pouring your love and goodness in,

Jesus, our love for you we sing, living Lord.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, now and every day teach us how to pray,

Son of God. You have commanded us to do this,

in remembrance, Lord of you:

into our lives your power breaks through, living Lord.

 

COMMUNION:  (“Free Communion”)

Once was a people enslaved…They were safe: but they were slaves

And God’s purposes were not for safety but for risk

God’s purposes were not for dependence upon someone else’s rules but for self-determination

God’s purposes were for a people who would live justly,

who would love mercy,

who would honour him in their civil service,

their foreign policy, their domestic lives,

their family arrangements, their courts

and their palaces, their temples and homes

And he set them free. And the people remembered that setting free

Every year, they were reminded of what being set free meant

Every year they were reminded of what the cost of freedom was

Every year they were reminded of what they were set free for:

And called to remain faithful to that memory, year by year by year

 

And when Jesus came …slavery in Egypt

Opened it to Roman conquerors, to Zealots, to traitors and to the marginalised, to Greeks and the descendants of ancient enemies, to heretics and children and fishermen and priests and scholars and ultimately to everyone on the earth

Freed to be called children of God, sons and daughters of the Highest God

Freed to be part of the Kingdom of Heaven, the world as it was always intended to be

On the night he was betrayed … Jesus gave us serve as constant reminder to his followers that whatever is happening around us, we are a people freed:

we are a people freed to serve, freed to love, freed to follow in obedience.

May this freedom mark our every thought, word and deed

In the name of him who gave all so that we might be truly free

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

HYMN:  Now Let Us From This Table Rise (CH4 675)

Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind and soul;

with Christ we die and rise again, his selfless love has made us whole.

 

With minds alert, upheld by grace, to spread the Word in speech and deed we follow in the steps of Christ, at one with all in hope and need.

 

To fill each human house with love, it is the sacrament of care; the work that Christ began to do we humbly pledge ourselves to share.

 

Then grant us grace, Companion-God, to choose again the pilgrim way and help us to accept with joy the challenge of tomorrow’s day. ©F Kaan

 

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

HYMN: The Journey of Life

The journey of life may be easy, may be hard,

There’ll be danger on the way;

With Christ at my side I’ll do battle as I ride,

‘Gainst the foe that would lead me astray

 

Will you ride, ride, ride with the King of Kings,

Will you follow my leader true; Will you shout Hosanna

To the lowly Son of God, who died for me and you?

 

My burden is light and a song is in my heart

As I travel on life’s way; for Christ is my Lord

And he’s given me his word

that by my side he’ll stay; Will you…

 

I’ll follow my leader wherever he may go,

for Jesus is my friend;

he’ll lead me on to the place where he has gone,

when I come to my journey’s end. Will you…             ©V Collison (WOV 670)

 

 

 

Please leave promptly, to allow the Methodist congregation to prepare for worship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading our worship today.

 

MORNING TEA this morning is at 43 St Martins Rd.

 

PENTECOST NEXT SUNDAY 15th May 9am. Liz Whitehead from St Albans Uniting will share with us about their Family Breakfast Church each Sunday at 8.30am. Do come and hear her. Lyndsey McKay.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 11th May: Meet 9.30am on the cnr Kilmore St & Fitzgerald Ave for a stroll around the Avon Loop. Coffee at Little Pom’s Café. All are welcome. Barbara & Alan 337 6202.

 

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

 

POTLUCK LUNCH for St James’, Hoon Hay, Cashmere & St Martin’s on Sunday 22nd May 12 noon at Cashmere Presbyterian. An opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle and enjoy fellowship. Irene.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

COURT THEATRE “Educating Rita”. Payment ($45) in NAMED envelope to Sue by NEXT SUNDAY 15th May at the very latest please.

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER: TOMORROW St James’ Church Hall Lounge at 7:00 pm. Doug Roberts visited Belgium in 2010. “ANZAC on the Western Front” See photos inside the Arras Tunnels and craters of some of the largest mine explosions. All men welcome.

Roger Allen (gr.allen46@gmail.com).

 

PTO…

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Tue 10th Jill.

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP HOPE ALIVE FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

 

Christian World Service is looking for 100 people who want to help Syrian refugees. The first ever Operation Refugee will take place from 16-20 June. Participants commit to live on the same rations as a Syrian refugee for five days and raise funds for people living in Jordan and Lebanon. On registering for the challenge, CWS will send a box of rations including lentils, chickpeas, flour, fish, vegetable, oil and salt.  Participants supply their own rice.

CWS is fundraising for longstanding partner the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), a programme of the Middle East Council of Churches with whom it has worked since 1949. Funds raised will provide food, education, medical care and comfort for more than two million refugees.

 

People can register and set up a personal fundraising page at cws.org.nz. Those who want to support the challenge can sponsor individual participants or donate to Operation Refugee.

 

For more information call 0800 74 73 72

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Sunday 1st May 2016 9am Easter 6

WELCOME AND NOTICES

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (together):

In the beginning God created all things declaring them to be good.

When God created women and men they were given charge over all creation.

As Gods days of creation ceased, ours began.

The God given gifts are to be used to continue Gods creative work.

In worship we come to give thanks and share in this task.

 

HYMN: Morning Has Broken (Tune: Bunessan)

Morning has broken like the first morning,

blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing, praise for the morning,

praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

 

Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,

like the first dewfall on the first grass.

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,

sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

 

Mine is the sunlight; mine is the morning,

born of the one light Eden saw play!

Praise with elation, praise every morning,

God’s re-creation of the new day!                  ©Eleanor Farjeon (WOV91)

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

TIME WITH THOSE YOUNG AT HEART  

 

 

HYMN: He Came Singing Love

He came singing love and he lived singing love; he died, singing love. He arose in silence. For the love to go on we must make it our song: you and I be the singers.

 

He came singing faith

 

He came singing hope

 

He came singing peace…                                           ©Colin Gibson (WOV636)

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS:

Acts 16: 9-15               Hilary Moore

Psalm 67                     Barry Moore

 

MESSAGE: Subdue and Replenish

 

HYMN: Lead Us, Heavenly Father (Tune: Mannheim)

 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us o’er the world’s tempestuous sea; guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, for we have no help but thee;

yet possessing every blessing if our God our Father be.

 

Saviour, breathe forgiveness o’er us; all our weakness thou dost know; thou didst tread this earth before us, thou didst feel its keenest woe: lone and dreary, faint and weary, through the desert though didst go.

 

Spirit of our God, descending, fill our hearts with heavenly joy, love with every passion blending, pleasure that can never cloy:

thus provided, pardoned, guided, nothing can our peace destroy.                                                ©J Edmeston (WOV492)

 

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE

 

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER 

 

THE OFFERING (together):

We dedicate these gifts freely given and gratefully received

To the work of the congregation

Building honest caring relationships across all lines of difference

Promoting religious freedom, practising compassion and working for justice

May these gifts and the work of our hands and hearts

Give power to all we stand for as a community of faith

 

GREET AND BLESS ONE ANOTHER

 

HYMN: In Heavenly Love Abiding

In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear;

and safe is such confiding, for nothing changes here:

the storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid;

but God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

 

Wherever he may guide me no want shall turn me back,

my shepherd is beside me and nothing can I lack:

his wisdom ever waketh, his sight is never dim,

he knows the way he taketh and I will walk with him.

 

Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen;

Bright skies will soon be o’er me where the dark clouds have been:

my hope I cannot measure, my path to life is free;

my Saviour has my treasure, and he will walk with me.

©Anna Laetitia Waring (WOV504)

 

BLESSING (together):

May God lead us in all our days

May Christ shield us in all our ways

May the Spirit bring us healing and peace

 

THREEFOLD AMEN

 

Please leave promptly, to allow the Methodist congregation

 to prepare for worship.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 1st Margaret; Sat 7th Lucy.

 

 

NOTICES

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea. Many thanks to David Beaumont for leading our worship today.

 

WORKING BEE 43 St Martins Rd, NEXT Saturday 7th May 9.30am – 12noon (weather permitting). Please bring your gardening tools to help tidy up the church grounds.

 

PENTECOST SUNDAY 15th May 9am. Liz Whitehead from St Albans Uniting will share with us about their Family Breakfast Church each Sunday at 8.30am. Do come and hear her. Lyndsey McKay.

 

FOOT CLINIC: TOMORROW 1-4pm. New helpers always very welcome. Contact Lyndsey 388 1264 for information.

 

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 4th May: Meet 9.30am by bridge in Botanic Gardens. Coffee at Lux Espresso in COCA Gallery, Gloucester St. All welcome. Sonya 027 253 3397.

 

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

 

POTLUCK LUNCH for St James’, Hoon Hay, Cashmere & St Martin’s on Sunday 22nd May 12 noon at Cashmere Presbyterian. An opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle and enjoy fellowship. Irene.

 

ALPINE PRESBYTERY newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am Ph 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz.Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

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

 

COURT THEATRE “Educating Rita” Thursday 16th June 6.30pm. $45. Payment in NAMED envelope to Sue by NEXT SUNDAY 8th May please. We still need a few more people to come – invite your friends, family, neighbours.

 

ST JAMES’ MEN’S MUSTER: Monday 9th May St James’ Church Hall Lounge at 7:00 pm. Doug Roberts visited Belgium in 2010. “ANZAC on the Western Front” See photos inside the Arras Tunnels and craters of some of the largest mine explosions. All men welcome.

Roger Allen (gr.allen46@gmail.com).

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