Sunday 31 August 2014

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

ST MARTIN’S NOTICES 31ST AUGUST 2014:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday 24 August 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

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

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

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

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

OPENING PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Wayne Barton

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

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

With the clap of a hand,
or the sound of a band,
we will praise, we will worship God;
with a paper and comb,
on an old trombone,
we will make him a joyful noise.
With a peal on a bell,
with a cheer or a yell,
we will praise, we will worship God;
with a bong on a gong,
through the words of this song,
we will make him a joyful noise. © Colin Gibson (AA)

READING: Exodus 1:1-12 John McKean

What a Choice!

REFLECTION

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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN: I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send? Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord.
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my peoples pain.
I have wept for love of them;
they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them;
my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send? © OCP Publications USA (CH 4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday 17 August 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

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

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

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

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

OPENING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Gillian Cree

CHILDREN’S SONG
Thank you for giving me the morning,
thank you for every day that’s new,
thank you for new things in store for me
and for work to do.

Thank you for all my friends and family,
thank you for everyone that lives,
thank you that even greatest enemies
I can forgive.

Thank you for many little sorrows,
thank you for every kindly word,
thank you that in the midst of trouble
sympathy is stirred.

Thank you, I see your word has meaning,
thank you, I know your Spirit here,
thank you, because you love all people,
those both far and near.

Thank you, O Lord, for speaking to us,
thank you for telling us you care,
thank you, O Lord, you came among us
bread and wine to share. © Bosworth & Co Ltd (WOV)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

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

SERMON

A TIME OF QUIET

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

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

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

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

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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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

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

We sing a love, unflinching, unafraid
to be itself, despite another’s wrath,
a love that stands alone and undismayed:
come, strengthening love, live in our hearts today.

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

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

THE BLESSING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday 10 August 2014

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP: (adapted from Seasons of the Spirit)
Voice 1: Some call you God Voice 2: some call you Lord
Voice 3: some call you Father. From many directions we greet you, O God of many names.

1: Some call you prophet 2: some call you liberator 3: some call you healer. From many directions, we greet you, O God of many names.

1: Some call you faithful
2: some call you disturbing
3: some call you compassionate.
From many directions, we greet you, O God of many names.

1, 2 & 3: No matter what we call you, no matter where we meet you along life’s journey, we know our God of many names beckons us,
and calls us by name.
Let us worship together, each part of this community; accompanied by a love too deep for words.

HYMN: God, Whose Love is Reigning (Tune: Praise My Soul WOV 68)
God, whose love is reigning o’er us, source of all, the ending true;
hear the universal chorus raised in joyful praise to you:
alleluia, alleluia, worship ancient, worship new.

Word of God from nature bringing springtime green and autumn gold;
mountain streams like children singing, ocean waves like thunder bold:
alleluia, alleluia, as creation’s tale is told.

Holy God of ancient glory, choosing man and woman too;
Abram’s faith and Sarah’s story formed a people bound to you.
Alleluia, alleluia, to your cove-nant keep us true.

Cove-nant, new again in Jesus, Star-child born to set us free;
sent to heal us, sent to teach us how love’s children we might be.
Alleluia, alleluia, risen Christ, our Saviour he!

Lift we then our human voices in the songs that faith would bring;
live we then in human choices lives that, like our music, sing:
alleluia, alleluia, joined in love our praises ring! © W.B. Grove (UMH)

OPENING PRAYERS

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN ~ Cynthia Cross

CHILDREN’S SONG: My God is so Big
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
The mountains are his,
the valleys are his,
the stars are His handiwork too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)
He made the trees
he made the seas
he made the elephants too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
there’s nothing my God cannot do. (clap, clap)

INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS

READINGS: Responsive Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22 (on screen only)
Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28 Bill Lloyd

Looking Back as told by one of Joseph’s Brothers
~ Gwendoline Cleland
REFLECTION: Broken Relationships

HYMN: Help us Accept Each Other (Tune: Thornbury WOV 389)
Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life
we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,
to love them as we find them, or as they may be come.

Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved
in living situations to do the truth in love;
to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart
the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.

Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need,
who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,
we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on:
renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one. © Hope Publishing (UMH)

THE OFFERING: God of endings and new beginnings, we encounter you amidst a broken world. You invite us into these spaces of brokenness – into these cracks, through which the light shines. Thank you for the gift of your presence, even through the difficulty of the unknown and uncomfortable. Now, O God, we bring offerings of money and food, along with gifts of self and service, to be blessed
that we may serve you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: We Are Called to Tell the Story (Tune: Regent Square WOV 84) We are called to tell the story,
passing words of life along,
then to blend our voice with others,
as we sing the sacred song.
Christ be known in all our singing,
filling all with songs of love.

We are called to teach the rhythm
of the dance that never ends,
then to move within the circle,
hand in hand with strangers, friends.
Christ be known in all our dancing,
touching all with hands of love.

We are called to set the table,
blessing bread as Jesus blessed,
then to come with thirst and hunger,
needing care like all the rest,
Christ be known in all our sharing,
feeding all with signs of love.

May the One whose love is broader
than the measure of all space
give us words to sing the story,
move among us in this place.
Christ be known in all our living,
filling all with gifts of love. © Ruth Duck (CH4)

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 10th Irene; Tue 12th Kathryn; Wed 13th Catherine; Thu 14th Thomas.

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

PLEASE NOTE: OUR SUNDAY SERVICE IS NOW AT 9AM (except for 31 August)

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Sunday 24th August following Morning Worship. Copies of the Annual Reports are available today.

COPY IS REQUIRED NOW for the next “Messenger” issue. Deadline THIS FRIDAY 15th August. Anneke 328 7459. Email to: anneke.howie@gmail.com.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 13th August: Meet 9.30am at Beach Cafe, 16 Beach Rd, North New Brighton for a walk along Waimairi Beach. Both the beach and cafe are dog friendly. Coffee at Beach Cafe. Rob 384 4320.

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

SOUND OF MUSIC Sing-a-long and dress up on Sunday 17th August 2pm at Beckenham Methodist, who invite us to join them for a fun afternoon. Entry by gold coin donation to boost church funds. All Welcome.

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

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

PRE-ELECTION SOCIAL ISSUES SEMINAR SERIES

Venue: Knox Church Centre, 28 Bealey Ave at 5.30pm
Thursday 21st August: “Gross Inequality Hurts Everyone”
Thursday 28th August: “Every Child Counts”
Thursday 4th September: “Rethinking Crime & Punishment”
Entry free – koha appreciated. All are Welcome.
For further information, please see the poster or talk to John England.

APW meets this Wednesday 9.45am at St James’. Dan Spragg will be speaking about his training as a Presbyterian intern. Allison 332 0554.

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

Are you interested in gardening or cooking? Well, this will appeal to you. St Martins Primary School is running a project ‘From the Garden to the Table’. They are wanting people to share their skills with the children. This project is run each Tuesday in two groups.
Group 1 begin at 9am in the garden (1/2 to ¾ hr) – if wet an indoor programme is held. Then through to the kitchen until 11.30am where you assist them with cooking.
Group 2 begin the garden at 10.45am until 11.30am then into the kitchen in the afternoon 1.15-3.00pm.
The idea is to relate what is grown in the garden to cooking in the kitchen, even in winter. You might like to assist with gardening only, or cooking only, or you might like to follow through. For more information, contact Lyndsey 388 1264.

MESSAGE FROM SCIRT: From 11th August, Norwood Street will be closed to through traffic between Fisher Ave & Sandwich Rd for three weeks.

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

Hub Activities for the week 10th – 17th August 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Aug 7.00pm Craft Group
7.00pm Men’s Muster
Wed 13 Aug 9.45am A.P.W.

Leprosy Mission: You still have time to donate to the Mission and be part of the Government 1 : 5 scheme. Envelopes are on the table in the foyer.

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 10 Aug 9am Morning Worship (note time)
Tue 12 Aug 7.30pm Indoor Bowls, Salvation Army, Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 13 Aug 9.30am Walking Group. Meet at Beach Cafe, 16 Beach Rd
for a walk along Waimairi Beach. Dog friendly. Coffee at Beach
Cafe. Rob 384 4320.
Thu 14 Aug 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 17 Aug 9am Morning Worship.
2pm Sound of Music Sing-a-long. Gold coin entry. All Welcome.

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. 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
6.30pm Christchurch South Parents Centre. Vivien 337 2825
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 11 Aug 9.30am Pre-School Muisc group. Anna 331 6252
Wed 13 Aug 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 14 Aug 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive

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Sunday 3 August 2014

ST MARTIN’S PARISH NOTICES for 3rd AUGUST 2014:
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

PLEASE NOTE: OUR SUNDAY SERVICE RETURNS TO 9AM FROM NEXT WEEK.

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Sunday 24th August following Morning Worship. Copies of the Annual Reports will be available next Sunday.

Chris is looking for three people to do a very small task in next Sunday’s service. Please speak to her if you would like to be involved.

COPY IS REQUIRED NOW for the next “Messenger” issue. Deadline Friday 15th August. Anneke 328 7459. Email to: anneke.howie@gmail.com.

A NEW PARISH PHONE LIST IS NOW AVAILABLE – if you are not on e-mail, and would like a copy, please contact the Office.

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

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 6th August: Meet 9.30am at corner of Armstrong Ave & Riverlaw Tce. Another hilly walk! Coffee at Fava. 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 7th August at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd 6pm for a shared tea. Homi Dalal from Dynamic (a colleague of Warren’s) will be talking about the Parsi Zoroastian religion – a fascinating, ancient and very minor religion in India. He will also talk about his family background. Contact Tony 332 0554 for more information.

SOUND OF MUSIC Sing-a-long and dress up on Sunday 17th August 2pm at Beckenham Methodist, who invite us to join them for a fun afternoon. Entry by gold coin donation to boost church funds. All Welcome.

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

COURT THEATRE presents Roger Hall’s “You Can Always Hand Them Back” Thursday 25th September 6.30pm. Tickets $42. Sign the list if you are interested; payment required by the end of August. Queries to Sue 960 7657.

RISINGHOLME SINGERS’ CONCERT: concert version of Pirates of Penzance TODAY 3pm at the Heaton Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre. $12 at the door.

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

Are you interested in gardening or cooking? Well, this will appeal to you. St Martins Primary School is running a project ‘From the Garden to the Table’. They are wanting people to share their skills with the children. This project is run each Tuesday in two groups.
Group 1 begin at 9am in the garden (1/2 to ¾ hr) – if wet an indoor programme is held. Then through to the kitchen until 11.30am where you assist them with cooking.
Group 2 begin the garden at 10.45am until 11.30am then into the kitchen in the afternoon 1.15-3.00pm.
The idea is to relate what is grown in the garden to cooking in the kitchen, even in winter. You might like to assist with gardening only, or cooking only, or you might like to follow through. For more information, contact Lyndsey 388 1264.

AEOLIAN CHOIR CONCERT Saturday 9th August 4pm at St Anne’s Church, 7 Wilsons Rd. Tickets $10 (includes refreshments). All welcome. Judy 981 3720.

PRE-ELECTION SOCIAL ISSUES SEMINAR SERIES

Venue: Knox Church Centre, 28 Bealey Ave at 5.30pm

Thursday 21st August: “Gross Inequality Hurts Everyone”

Thursday 28th August: “Every Child Counts”

Thursday 4th September: “Rethinking Crime & Punishment”

Entry free – koha appreciated. All are Welcome.

For further information, please see the poster or talk to John England.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed in the wall in the Lounge.
THE FIFTH CHRISTCHURCH GIRLS’ BRIGADE 50 YEARS 11th – 12th October. Phone Dianne Claughton 332 2889 for more information.
Do you need any help with little fix-it jobs around your home or garden? Phone the Office 332 6192 for assistance.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 3rd Meg.

Hub Activities for the week 3rd – 10th August 2014

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tues 5 Aug 9.30am Little Kids music
Fri 8 Aug 4.30pm Friday Kids

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
NB: all events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise specified.
Sun 3 Aug 10am Combined Communion Service with Beckenham Methodist
3pm Risingholme Singers present “Pirates of Penzance”
concert version at Heaton Intermediate
Tue 5 Aug 7.30pm Indoor Bowls. Salvation Army. Southampton St. Bruce 332 7786.
Wed 6 Aug 9.30am Walking Group. Contact June 332 8874 for details.
Thu 7 Aug 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
6pm Men’s Group @ Merchiston,75 St Martins Rd. Tony 332 0554.
Sun 10 Aug 9am Morning Worship (please note new time)

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
1.30 pm Hoon Hay Indoor Bowls. Brian 338 4488

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Mon 4 Aug 1.45pm Cashmere Garden Club
Wed 6 Aug 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
Thurs 7 Aug 10.30am Prayer Group at 1 Dalefield Drive

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