February 2, 2020

WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S ON THE TERRACE

St. Andrew’s on the Terrace is (almost) 180 years old

 

Service

GATHERING
Leader
Response
This morning we start our celebrations
our parish has been here for 180 years.
This morning we will remember
Past members, past activities, and sing old and new hymns.
We also come for ourselves, to understand, to reflect
and gain strength to face the issues of our daily lives.
Let us celebrate life in the presence we call God.

PROCESSIONAL HYMN WOV10 ‘All People that on earth do dwell’
Words: William Kethe
Music: The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams
(This is the hymn the settlers sang at their first service on the Pito-one beach)
In this arrangement of the hymn tune, the organ commences with a fanfare, followed by the first line of the melody. The congregational singing commences after this introduction.

WELCOME
Kia ora tatou.
Kia ora.

PRAYER

ST ANDREWS PRAYER on card
(This prayer was written by a group in 1979 -John Murray, Pamela Tankesley, Barrie Keenan)

LIGHTING THE RAINBOW CANDLE

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN Our History in Pictures Graham Howell

BLESSING THE CHILDREN (All stand)
We send you to the Rainbow Room programme to hear stories, ask questions and have fun together.
We bless you. Amen.

PASSING THE PEACE
Feel free to pass the peace with those nearby or move to greet others further away. Passing the peace consists of shaking hands and saying “Peace be with you.” The response is “Peace be with you” or just “And with you.” Or, simply saying ‘Hello” is a good idea. Also feel free to simply observe if you wish!

HYMN (sung seated as the offering is received) AA 94 (i) ‘Loving Spirit’
Words: © 1989 Shirley Erena Murray. Music © 1990 David Dell
(We sing this hymn in memory of Shirley Erena Murray)

THE WORD IN TEXTS Tony Kirby

Hebrew Bible Micah 6: 6-8

Gospel Matthew: 5: 1-12

Contemporary reading Selected readings from ”The Immigrants”
by Tony Simpson
“After the long voyage, the immigrants looked forward with longing to the sight of their new home.”
Alfred Barker wrote: “With very long faces, we saw what a fearfully rough country we had come to, and the gloom was not abated by the sight of three small vessels lying wreaked on the rocks”.
And
“To my utter astonishment,” William Bannister was to write of his arrival in 1840, “there is not a house or place to receive either cabin or steerage passengers, so that we were obliged to remain on the ship for fourteen days. – I mean women and children. The men and all the boys that were able went on shore for the purpose for making houses for our future abode.”
Jane Bannerman wrote, ” We had to take up our life and very rough it was at first. Our boxes were piled up on each other and it was six months before we could get them unpacked. There were no rooms in the house and we had a fire outside to cook on…… There was abundant food. How sweet we thought the potatoes; beef and mutton are good, and plenty of fish and pork could be had from the Maori”.

RESPONSE
For the Word in scripture,
for the Word among us,
for the Word within us, we give thanks.

REFLECTION “Those First Settlers” Valerie Rhodes
“St. Andrews up to now” Norman Wilkins

HYMN ‘Give thanks for life’
Tune WOV 384 Sine Nomine Words: © Shirley Erena Murray

OFFERING PRAYER (said together)
To aid the work done here which reaches beyond these walls
and to help feed those in need
We retain what we have
and pray for grace to use that well also, so where ever
this money and food are used, Love is spread abroad in the world .
Amen.
We recognise and bless the gifts brought to the table, and those which wing
their way electronically from our banks to the church’s account.

LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY OF ST ANDREW’S
People share notices and visitors are welcomed. If you have a notice, please move to the front row, ready to speak briefly from the lectern.
For the benefit of newcomers, please introduce yourself before you begin.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Ann Barrie

CIRCLE OF PRAYER
We think today of the people of Ukraine and the Eastern Orthodox Church in Ukraine and throughout the world. We remember the detainees of Manus and Nauru Islands, yearning that their cases be resolved. In New Zealand, we remember those in Parliament, and today we name Clare Curran (Dunedin South electorate) and Kelvin Davis (Te Tai Tokerau electorate). Here in the Central Presbytery, we pray for the leaders and people of the Tawa Union Church.

PRAYER FOR ST ANDREW’S on card
(The prayer was written in 1979 by a group that included John Murray, Pamela Tankersley, Barrie Keenan)

INVITATION TO COMMUNION Rev. Norman Wilkins
St Andrew’s is an open community and all are invited to Christ’s table.
Wherever you are on your faith journey, wherever you have come from and wherever you are going to, whatever you believe, whatever you do not believe, you are welcome to participate in the communion. This is God’s meal for all people.
COMMUNION HYMN ‘All people that on earth do hear’
Music: Old 100th Words: Susan Jones, used by permission WOV 10

COMMUNION LITURGY on lavender card or others specified

Communion is served by intinction. You are invited to come to the front of the church and receive the bread, or a gluten-free cracker, taking a piece large enough to dip into the wine (silver cup) or grape juice (pottery cup). Eat the bread dipped in wine or juice.
Or, remain in your seat to be served if mobility is difficult. If you don't wish to receive communion, please remain in your seat – we’re glad you are here with us.

BLESSING Words by John Murray 2000 Music Colin Gibson
May the God of new beginnings start with you and me
May the God of continuing story speak through you and me
May the God of infinite wisdom shine on you and me
May the God of safe homecomings welcome you and me

THANK YOU AND COMMISSIONING

POSTLUDE Minuet from “Music for the Royal Fireworks”
by G.F. Handel (1685 – 1759)

THANK YOU


Thank you to Peter Franklin

our musician today

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