Sunday 26th July 2015 10am

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 26th JULY 2015:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August.

FOOT CLINIC TOMORROW 1-4pm. Helpers welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

FIRESIDE meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th July at Lesley’s to shell and bag walnuts to sell. Please bring nutcrackers and aprons. Lesley 332 3773 or Margaret 027 228 3386. All women are very welcome.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 29th July: Meet 9.30am cnr Lichfield/Colombo Streets (outside Bus Exchange). Coffee downstairs at Ballantynes. All are welcome to join us. Joan 338 8700.

NO CRAFTY CRAFTERS THIS WEEK!

WALTHAM COTTAGE NEWS:
? AGM Monday 27th July 6.30pm at the Cottage.
? Midwinter Lunch & Bric-a-Brac/Jewellery Stall Wednesday 29th July. Stall from 10.30am. Lunch at 12 noon. Open to anyone who would like to come along.
? 2nd Hand Goods – the Cottage would appreciate donations of warm clothing and bedding at this time.
? WANTED: one driver for Senior Group on 1st Tuesday each month 1.30 – 3.30pm. Contact Adrienne 942 2173 if you can help.

A LOVELY THANK YOU:
A bit more “gratitude and love” to all at St Martin’s for the moving farewell, as I retired as Minister and from fulltime active ministry. My thanks and appreciation to the congregation for the gifts – the Weber Baby Q that I knew about, but also the monetary gift to spend in England, and the Ballantyne’s voucher. I have been rather overwhelmed by people’s generosity and love.
It was a privilege to serve the parish and its people – it is the people I will miss and you’ll remain in my heart in a special way. My best wishes to you all. May the future unfold with renewed hope and encouragement. Love, Chris.

THE RISINGHOLME SINGERS are presenting a semi-staged version of ‘The Mikado’ on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August at the Heaton Street Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre at 3pm. Great soloists, great acting and lots of laughs! Tickets from John Shanks.

AFTERNOON FUNDRAISING CONCERT for Beckenham Methodist on Sunday 23rd August at 2pm in the Church. $10.00; children under 10 free. Bring family and friends and enjoy our musical talents. If you are interested in performing an item, contact Jean Morris 332 1814.

INSPIRING MISSION Saturday 1st August Hope Church, Hornby. Workshops 10am – 4pm, followed by an evening of inspiration and encouragement (7pm start). The workshops offer a rare opportunity to share in a high quality resourcing event and involve some very gifted leaders. The evening event includes an opportunity to hear from our Moderator, Rt Rev Andrew Norton. See the poster in the Lounge for details. To register, email alpinepresoffice@gmail.com asap, or phone 420 1400. All are welcome. Rev Barry Ayres, Executive Officer, Alpine Presbytery.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. See Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am each Thursday.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

ORGAN RECITAL Sunday 2nd August 2pm at St Michael & All Angels, Oxford Tce. Jeremy Woodside, Organ Scholar, Westminster Abbey will perform works by Bach, Elgar, Widor and the NZ premiere of Fractures: In Memoriam by Matthew Everingham. Door sales $20.

THANK YOU to everyone who has submitted Annual Reports?. Anna.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 26th Rachael; Tue 28th Wayne; Wed 29th Sylvia; Thu 30th Fay, Drew.

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Sunday 19th July 2015 10am

Tena Katou Katoa.
Talova Lava.
Greetings to you all.
May God’s grace and peace be with you.
And also with you.

Let us extend the hand of friendship to those around you.

WELCOME, NOTICES & BIRTHDAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Come, let us live the covenant of God’s people united in love.
We come as covenant people, receivers and givers of the unfailing love, aware of our responsibilities under the covenant.
We seek to be a compassionate people, who strive for God’s justice.

HYMN: Your Hand O God Has Guided (WOV 389)
Your hand O God has guided your flock from age to age;
The wondrous tale is written full clear on every page;
Our fathers owned your goodness, and we their deeds record;
And both of this bear witness, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your heralds brought glad tidings to greatest as to least;
They bade them rise and hasten to share the great King’s feast;
And this was all their teaching, in every deed and word,
To all alike proclaiming, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness, through many a scene of strife,
The faithful few fought bravely to guard the nation’s life.
Their gospel of redemption, sin pardoned, folk restored,
Was all in this enfolded, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your mercy will not fail us, nor leave your work undone;
With your right hand to help us, the victory shall be won;
And then by all and angels, you name shall be adored,
And this shall be our anthem, one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

SILENCE:
Be still, be silent before God.
Ask nothing, say nothing.
Be still, be silent.
Leave space for God to be God.
God loves you.
God is there beside you in the stillness,
in the silence.
Let God be God.
Give space, be silent, be still.

CHRISTIANS ARE ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE – let’s explore!

SONG: Christians are all kinds of people (please remain seated)
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.

BIBLE READINGS:
2 Samuel 7: 1-14a God makes an everlasting covenant with David
Allison Blackler

Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 (modern translation by Dr James Veitch, Wellington)
The return of the disciples having been sent out.
The popularity of Jesus.
Audrey Dunnachie
I’M NOT ONE TO GOSSIP – BUT!

REFLECTION:

HYMN: Will You Come and Follow Me © WGRG, The Iona Community (VU)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same?
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
this I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

OFFERING:
Gracious God, we bring the gift of money and produce to be used in your service as a sign of our love.
We offer ourselves; our time, energy and giftedness in service to you as we go about our daily lives, in the hope that we might make a difference within the world. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR OTHER PEOPLE

SUNG LORD’S PRAYER (WOV 676)

HYMN: He Came Singing Love (WOV 636)
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.

BENEDICTION:
God is a God who takes infinite risks with people like us.
Go in faith and hope sharing God’s love with those who you meet, be it on the streets, in your home, at work and play.

Offer the Grace to one another ~
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service. Our thanks to Rev. Lyndsey McKay for leading our
worship today.
Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August.
ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 19th JULY 2015:

ANNUAL REPORTS NOW DUE: If you convene a Parish Group or committee, please submit an Annual Report to the Office by THURSDAY. Thank to those people who have already done so!

SOME GOOD NEWS: ‘At a recent joint meeting of Session and the Board of Managers, John McKean gave a full update on progress regarding the strengthening of the Church in St Martins Road, the land, and the proposed changes and alterations to kitchen, toilet facilities etc – e.g. the new Link building.
The financial implications re all of this work were discussed in full. Whilst it is recognised that some fundraising will be required, we are waiting confirmation of ‘a gift’ that will add substantially to the monies currently available for the project and will enable the plans to proceed. We’ll keep you posted regarding this.
In the meantime, we wait; we give thanks to the Beckenham Methodist folk who have graciously shared their spiritual home with us, and we especially thank John and his team who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our return to St Martins Road comes as soon as is possible and with all the legal and council requirements fulfilled.’ Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 22nd July: Meet 9.30am near Westpac ATM in eastern carpark of Barrington Mall. Coffee at Café Mosaic. All are welcome. Sue 960 7657.

NO CRAFTY CRAFTERS this week.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Any notices to Anna by 9am each Thursday please.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. See Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

ALPINE PRESBYTERY Newsletter is on the noticeboard in the Lounge.

AFTERNOON FUNDRAISING CONCERT for Beckenham Methodist on Sunday 23rd August at 2pm in the Church. $10.00; children under 10 free. Bring family and friends and enjoy our musical talents. If you are interested in performing an item, contact Jean Morris 332 1814.

OPAWA ANGLICAN PARISH Fundraiser at Winnie Bagoes Ferrymead Sunday 26th July 5pm. Tickets $25. Contact Anna 332 6192 for details.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Fri 24th Aubrey.

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Sunday 12th July 10am

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

ANNUAL REPORTS NOW DUE: If you convene a Parish Group or committee, please submit an Annual Report to the Office by 23rd July.

Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 15th July: Meet 9.30am in carpark on McCormacks Bay Rd at beginning of causeway. Coffee in Ferry Rd. All are welcome. Anneke 328 7459.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Lounge. $3 a session. New faces are always welcome ?. Beverley 332 7786.
NB: There will be no Craft on 23rd July.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz. Please make sure Anna has any notices by 9am each Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: The Office is closed on Wed 15th July.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. Please support this opportunity to contribute to the Link Building fundraising. Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

INSPIRING MISSION Saturday 1st August Hope Church, Hornby. Workshops 10am – 4pm, followed by an evening of inspiration and encouragement (7pm start). See the poster in the Lounge for details. To register, email alpinepresoffice@gmail.com. All are welcome.

AFTERNOON FUNDRAISING CONCERT for Beckenham Methodist on Sunday 23rd August at 2pm in the Church. $10.00; children under 10 free. Bring family and friends and enjoy our musical talents. If you are interested in performing an item, contact Jean Morris 332 1814.

AN INVITATION: Rev David Coster is retiring from Parish Ministry on Sunday 2nd August. Cashmere Presbyterian Church extends an invitation to attend his final service at 10am followed by a farewell lunch. Please RSVP for catering purposes to cashmere.church@xtra.co.nz or phone 332 7129.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sat 18th Peggy, Fiona.

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Sunday 5 July 10am

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

Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 8th July: Meet 9.30am at the Wigram Air Force Museum Carpark, Harvard Ave for a walk around some of the new housing area. Coffee will be at The Air Force Museum Café. All Welcome. Judith 332 1577.

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

MINISTRY SETTLEMENT BOARD PROGRESS REPORT:
The Ministry Settlement Board, made up of three members from Presbytery and six from the congregation, is given the task to discern the type of leadership and ministry appropriate for a congregation in the event of a ministerial vacancy and to make appropriate recommendations to the Session, congregation and the Presbytery. There are a range of options: Nationally Ordained Minister, Local ordained, Local ministry team, Amorangi, Stated supply, Transition ministry or KCML intern (ministry student under supervision).
The MSB has met twice and discussed at length the unique situation and characteristics of the St Martin’s parish. A significant amount of good work is conducted in this community in the name of Christ, and this in spite of being ‘homeless’. We are keen to see this continue and built upon so that a thriving faith community be maintained in this part of Christchurch.
I am very aware of the anxiety a ministry vacancy can produce in a congregation and want to assure you that we are working diligently through the required process to ensure the best possible outcome for St Martin’s and its future mission. Many will want to know when this will be completed. That is impossible to say as it is determined by so many factors. I would simply ask that you be patient and pray for us.
Yours in Christ’s service,
Rev Brent Richardson, Ministry Settlement Board Convener.

Alpine Presbytery newsletter is on the board in the Lounge.

ANNUAL REPORTS NOW DUE: If you convene a Parish Group or committee, please submit an Annual Report to the Office by 23rd July.

NEW SUNDAY READERS’ ROSTER available today – please check to see if there is a copy for you. Anna.

FIX-IT JOBS: If you need assistance with any little jobs around your home or property, please contact the Office (332 6192). We have people who can help.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz
PLEASE NOTE: Anna will be on leave from 9 – 15 July inclusive. Any notices for Sunday 12th July need to be sent to the Office by 9am THIS Wednesday please.

St Martin’s 2016 Calendars $20 each. Please support this opportunity to contribute to the Link Building fundraising. Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

INSPIRING MISSION Saturday 1st August Hope Church, Hornby. Workshops 10am – 4pm, followed by an evening of inspiration and encouragement (7pm start). See the poster in the Lounge for details. To register, email alpinepresoffice@gmail.com. All are welcome.

AN INVITATION: Rev David Coster is retiring from Parish Ministry on Sunday 2nd August. Cashmere Presbyterian Church extends an invitation to attend his final service at 10am followed by a farewell lunch. Please RSVP for catering purposes to cashmere.church@xtra.co.nz or phone 332 7129.

BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Wed 8th Adam.

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Sunday 28th June 2015 10am

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God of the past, we give you thanks for yesterday; our yesterday,
and the yesterday of long ago. You gave your people
all they needed, and they gave you thanks and praise.
God of the present time, we give you thanks for today; this day which is our own, and the today that belongs to all people under the sun.
You give us what we need; and we give you thanks and praise.
God of the future, we give you thanks for tomorrow. It hasn’t yet come, but it will be our day, and yours.
You will continue to give us what we need,
and we will always give you thanks and praise.

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 ~ Gillian Cree

CHILDREN’S SONG: One More Step Along the World I Go
One more step along the world I go,
one more step a-long the world I go,
from the old things to the new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you’ll be looking at along with me:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you’ll be telling me the way, I know:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough,
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: From Isaiah 43: 1-5a June Service
From Psalm 27: 1-4, 13 & 14 John Shanks
Matthew 5: 1-9 from the Message Rev. Chris Elliot

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

Every creature, every human
lives by God’s grace:
every family, man and woman,
culture and race;
those whom fortune seems to favour,
those exploited for their labour,
those who need to know a neighbour
live by God’s grace.

God has willed that peace and justice
walk hand in hand.
These, with love, shall build foundations
on which we’ll stand:
love for lover, friend and stranger,
love defying death and danger,
love as first born in a manger –
heaven close at hand. © 2002 WGRG, Iona Community, (4451767)

REFLECTION: The Carnival is Over…

HYMN: All My Hope on God is Founded (Tune: Groeswen)
All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown, he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s power, hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

Daily doth the almighty giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our soul delighteth,
pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand at his hand;
joy doth wait on his command.

God’s great goodness ay endureth,
deep his wisdom passing thought:
splendour, light and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore from his store
new-born worlds rise and adore. C/A

THE OFFERING:
In faith, we dare to venture forth. In faith, we dare to claim your promises, O God. In faith, we dare to give.
As you have been with us on our journeys, as you have gifted us with healing beyond our dreams, as you have transformed us into new people, so we give back to you. Bless these offerings, bless the work of our congregations, and challenge us afresh to new directions and new ventures, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE RETURN OF THE SYMBOLS OF MINISTRY

HYMN: Song of Faith That Sings Forever
Song of faith that sings forever
through God’s people, ages long,
Word that holds the world together
when our hearts take up the song,
always, always somewhere sounding,
though the source we do not see,
counterpoint to all despairing,
it is hope that sets the key.

Song of faith in exultation,
rising through the vaults of prayer,
tune of simple celebration
offered up in open air,
song in chapel and cathedral,
descant to our daily tone,
song from sickbed or in prison:
faith must often sing alone.

And when life would overwhelm us,
when there seems no song to sing,
hear the constant voice of courage
out of fear and suffering:
all who’ve loved and trusted Jesus,
all who lift us to be strong,
endless, endless are the voices
of the faith that makes the song. © Shirley Murray (FFS)

THE BLESSING

At the end of the service, there will be a farewell to Chris.

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

Winter Combined services at 10.00am continue until 16th August

The stunning St Martin’s Calendars are available today. $20 each. Please support this opportunity to contribute to the Link Building fundraising. Rob & Barbara Meier 379 1474.

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 1st July: Meet 9.30am in Hoon Hay Rd near Cashmere Rd for a walk around Lower Cashmere. Coffee at Silverbacks Café. All welcome. Sonya 339 7038.

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

MEN’S GROUP: Thursday 2nd July 6pm at Merchiston. A representative from St James’ will be sharing part of their story with us. All men welcome. Contact Tony 332 0554 for further information.

The Alpine Presbytery newsletter is on the board in the Lounge for those who wish to read it.

The latest issue of Spanz is now available – please take a copy.

ANNUAL REPORTS NOW DUE: If you convene a Parish Group or committee, please submit an Annual Report to the Office by 23rd July.

ST MARTIN’S PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon and Fri 9-11am. Phone 332 6192 or email stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Please ensure Notices in by 9am Thursday each week. Website: www.stmartins.org.nz
Anna will be on leave from 9 – 15 July. Any notices for Sunday 12th July need to be sent to the Office by 9am Wednesday 8th please.

‘TALK WITH TIM’: Come and chat with Tim Scandrett, Spreydon Heathcote City Councillor at his Community Clinic Wednesday 1st July 4.30 – 6.00pm at Beckenham Service Centre.

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