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Northcote Takapuna Methodist Parish

Welcome

If you are a new comer, please make yourself known. Morning tea will be served after worship and you are invited to share. Parish Superintendent Rev Peter Norman Phone 442 1945 Email: pete.norman@xtra.co.nz Mobile 027 378 7042 Community Enabler Wendi Tiedt Mobile 021 0854 6505 Email: wendi@takapuna.methodist.org.nz **Please note the Minister and Community Enabler have Friday off. Office also closed Fridays.**

Parish Office

Phone/Fax 489 4590 Office Hours:

Takapuna Church

Corner Lake Road & Tennyson Avenue PO Box 331013, Takapuna, Auckland, 0740

Email: takapunamethodist@xtra.co.nz Monday to Thursday 9am – 12 noon

Sunday Worship, 10am Parish Stewards Richard Biddle Ashleen Theunisen

Phone 022 018 6968 Phone 479 7969

Email: richardbiddle@gmail.com Email: ashleen.j.t@gmail.com

Church Office Jan Tasker & Cathy Fraser

Phone 489 4590 Office Hours:

Email: takapunamethodist@xtra.co.nz Monday to Thursday 9am – 12 noon

St Lukes Church

16-20 Greenslade Crescent, Northcote, Auckland, 0627

Sunday Worship, 9.30am Parish Stewards Etta Spence Pat Carroll

Phone 418 4288 Phone 480 8389

Email: ettaspence@xtra.co.nz Email: patcarroll17@icloud.com

Church Office/Room Bookings

Phone 489 4590

Email: takapunamethodist@xtra.co.nz

Pentecost 18

Combined Parish Service 13 October 2019


ď‚› Pentecost 18 ď‚š Sunday 13 October 2019 Holy Communion and Parish Annual Meeting Worship Leaders: Rev Peter Norman Organist: NanHee Kim Theme: Gratitude Welcome Entry into Worship The Candle is Lit Hymn:

Immortal, invisible, God only wise

WOV 80

Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might; thy justice like mountains high soaring above thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love. To all life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest, the true life of all; we blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree, then wither and perish; but nought changeth thee. All laud we would render; O help us to see 'Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee, And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart, Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart. Words: Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908), 1867 Prayer of Awareness Reading:

Reflection

Luke 17:11-19

GiHyun Lee


Hymn:

God Who Sets Us on a Journey

WOV 148 (ii) HYFRYDOL

God who sets us on a journey To discover dream and grow, lead us as you led your people In the desert long ago; Journey inward, journey outward Stir the Spirit, stretch the mind Love, for God and self and neighbour, Marks the way that Christ defined Exploration brings new insights, Changes, choices we must face; Give us wisdom in deciding, Mindful always of your grace; Should we stumble, lose our bearings, Find it hard to know what's right, We regain our true direction Focused on the Jesus light. End our longings for the old days, Grant the vision that we lack Once we've started on this journey there can be no turning back; Let us travel light, discarding Excess baggage from our past, Cherish only what's essential, Choosing treasure that will last. When we set up camp and settle To avoid love's risk and pain, You disturb complacent comfort, Pull the tent-pegs up again, Keep us travelling in the knowledge You are always at our side, Give us courage for the journey, Christ our goal and Christ our guide. Offering Community Time Prayers for Ourselves and Others:

Words Joy Dine


Communion Hymn: As the wind song through the trees

HoS #7

As the wind song through the trees, as the stirring of the breeze, so it is with the Spirit of God, as the heart made strangely warm, as the voice within the storm, so it is with the Spirit of God. Never seen, ever known where this wind has blown bringing life, bringing power to the world, as the dancing tongues of fire, as the soul’s most deep desire, so it is with the Spirit of God. As the rainbow after rain, as the hope that’s born again, so it is with the Spirit of God, as the green in the spring, as a kite on a string, so it is with the Spirit of God, making worlds that are new, making peace come true, bringing gifts, bringing love to the world, as the rising of the yeast, as the wine at the feast, so it is with the Spirit of God. Shirley Erena Murray CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: HOLY COMMUNION The Invitation The Great Thanksgiving It is good and right, always and everywhere to give you our thanks and praise, loving God, Mother and Father of us all. You are our source, you are our ending and you are the way we journey. You formed and named us, and with us the whole creation out of a love that cannot be contained. A love that is your unsilenced word, spoken to us in Jesus spoken to us still in your wise Spirit


calling us in our every place, inviting us into life. You reach out to us still, calling us into community, inviting us to be your friends and build up a new reality in the world. We were alone and you drew us into your life, we were ashamed yet you drew us to your embrace, we had no place and now you have a place for us. With grateful hearts we join with women and men in every place and age who have loved and trusted Jesus who have found a new dignity and honour in him. Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, God of the poor, heaven and earth are full of your glory, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed be our brother Jesus, who ate with those declared unclean, who showed mercy to the despised and who challenged a complacent piety. We remember that on the night before he died Jesus shared a meal with his friends. Words of Institution: 1 Corinthians 11.23-25 Breaking of the Bread The bread which we break is a sharing of the body of Christ. Christ is the bread of life.

The wine which we pour is a sharing in the life of Christ. Life in all its fullness

(The bread is broken)

(The cup is lifted)

Bread and wine: holy gifts for holy people. May we who share these gifts reveal Christ to the world. Communion is Served Prayer after Communion


Hymn:

O For a Thousand Tongues

MHB 8 LYNGHAM

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise the glories of our God and King, the triumphs of his grace! Jesus the name that charms our fears that bids our sorrows cease; ‘tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life, and health, and peace. He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive, the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all the earth abroad the honours of your name.

Charles Wesley

Annual Parish Meeting

Opening Prayer Meeting Time Blessing Go Gently, Go Lightly Go gently, go lightly go safe in the spirit, live simply, don’t carry much more than you need: go trusting God’s goodness, go spreading God’s kindness, stay centred on Jesus and where he will lead.

Go singing, go bringing the gifts of the Spirit, go hopefully searching for things that are true: in living, in loving, whatever befalls you, God keep you, God bless you in all that you do.

Acknowledgements: Hymns printed by permission from CCL—Copyright Number 110126


Be the Gift You Are Who are we? How do we fit into the universe around us? What is God? Who was Jesus and what did he try to do? What is prayer? Why should we gather and remember Jesus? These important questions are with the good news that we like Jesus, are gifts of the universe, intimately connected, as he was, with the Great Mystery. Our task is to deepen our awareness and dream of a better world shaped by this awareness, and to do our part to make the dream come true. As the words to John Denver’s song “The Gift You Are” articulate: Imagine a month of Sundays Each one a cloudy day Imagine the moment the sun came shining through Imagine that ray of sunshine as you Remember your darkest hour With dawn still far away Remember the way that you longed for morning's light And think of yourself as a candle in the night Make believe this is the first day Everything all brand new Make believe that the sun is your own lucky star And then understand the kind of gift you are [Chorus:] The gift you are Like the very first breath of Spring The gift you are All the joy that love can bring The gift you are All of our dreams come true The gift you are the gift of you. You are the promise of all the ages You are the Prodigal Son You are the vision of prophets and sages You are the only one Dream of a bright tomorrow Know that your dream will come true Carry your dream in a sparkling crystal jar Then you will know the kind of gift you are. Chorus In today’s reading, as Jesus enters the town, he encounters a little band of ten lepers. They don't come close, and he doesn't touch them, as he often does when healing the sick. Just a word, a command sends them on their way to do what lepers are supposed to do when they're healed: go show themselves to the priest and get him to stamp the certificate that says they're safe to re-enter society, but while they're still on the road, they look at one another, and each one at himself, and they see that they're healed. We hear that one former leper, a despised Samaritan, turns back, praising God and thanking Jesus. He's so full of joy and gratitude that he throws himself on the ground at Jesus' feet, and he's talking too loud, and really making a spectacle of himself. We can only imagine the disciples standing around, feeling uncomfortable at the display. I mean, it's fine to feel grateful and all, but he doesn't need to get carried away, right? The nine were fulfilling expectations and doing their duty by obeying the Law. Their lives were constrained by the felt need to comply. To be overly religious. When did our faith become something so subdued and contained? Why did we have to learn to be so quiet in church, so still, so reserved? How did we earn that awful name, "The Frozen Chosen"? I think that most of us, and I include


myself, often become bogged down trying to obey rules and regulations and strictly adhere to dogma and doctrine. Trying to be the people we think we should, living up to the expectations of others and having expectations of others. To those who feel constrained by such things I say, “be set free!” Be released from the pressure to conform, to be uniform. Be set free and celebrate the gifts you are and the gift of life. Each one us is a gifted co-creator, be set free and discover your creativity and celebrate. “Rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8). Be set free and express your gratitude as the Samaritan did. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation. Gratitude helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals, whether to other people, nature, or a higher power. Gratitude is about feeling positive emotions, relishing good experiences, improving health, dealing with adversity and building strong relationships. Gratitude is about celebrating the gift of life and the gift that you are. As teacher, writer and cystic fibrosis sufferer Ashley Ballou-Bonnema writes, I have received the most beautiful of gifts. This gift cannot fit in a box, nor can it merely be purchased: it is one of a kind and irreplaceable. What is this magnificent gift? My life. Therefore, may each one of us say, “This gift I have been given is immeasurable. It is priceless. It is irreplaceable. It cannot be simply wrapped in a box, adorned with the most ornate bow. This most extraordinary gift is my life: made up of beautiful breaths, unconditional love, and endless gratitude.” I would like to close with a prayer written by former Catholic Priest and progressive theologian Michael Morwood: We gather here conscious of the gift each one of us is, We are gifts of the universe unfolding for billions of years to produce a wondering and wonderful life form with awareness, appreciation and creativity. We are gifts of the universe, bringing us forth to sing, to dance and to be joyful on its behalf, on behalf of all creation. We are gifts of the Great Mystery, permeating, penetrating and embracing everything that exists, and coming to human expression in us. We are gifts of human love, of commitment, of risk, of hope, of trust, of promise of dreams of what could be. We are gifts of all the joy that love can bring, of dreams come true, of Divine possibilities. We are earthen vessels, gifted with the power and impulses that drive the universe. We are earthen vessels Charged with the great mystery at work everywhere in the vastness of the universe. We are gifts to be opened and shared, Called to be co-creators of an evolving humanity, enablers of the “kingdom of God”. We come to this gathering to affirm our commitment to expansion, to risk, to possibilities, to the gift we want to be, and can be for anyone whose lives we touch. Amen.


St Lukes Notices 13 October 2019

Church and Family Happy Birthday to Kevin Tang for Monday 14 October and to Karen Fourie for Wednesday 16 October. Today

This Week Sunday 20 Oct Coming Events Sunday 27 Oct Sunday 3 Nov

Combined Parish service and Holy Communion Parish Annual Meeting during the service. Morning tea will follow.

9.30am

Morning Worship Wendi Tiedt Week of Prayer for Peace begins

9.30am

Morning Worship Wendi Tiedt

9.30am

CafĂŠ Church with Rev Barry Jones and Wendi Tiedt

9.30am

Soul on Sunday at TMC details to come

6.00pm

Holy Communion Rev Peter Norman

9.30am

Hymnbook launch at TMC see over

4.00pm

Monday 11 Nov

St Lukes Leaders Meeting

7.00pm

Thursday 14 Nov

CommunityMatters

7.30pm

Sunday 17 Nov

Morning Worship Wendi Tiedt

9.30am

Synod Youth Rally —here at St Lukes

6.00pm

Youth Service

9.30am

Sunday 10 Nov

Sunday 24 Nov

Please see back cover for further notices

ROSTERS

TODAY

Sunday 20 October 2019

Combined Parish Service and Holy Communion

Worship Leaders: Rev Peter Norman Organist: NanHee Kim Communion Server: Etta Spence Welcomers/Offertory: Etta Spence Reader: GiHyun Lee Morning Tea: D Spence & L Michie Flowers: Tongan Church

Wendi Tiedt NanHee Kim G Behr & J Young Margaret Harvey Ngozi Penson Tongan Church


INTRODUCING CAFÉ WORSHIP Café worship is worship, but it is informal and not formal. Café worship affirms the following; Worshippers can be more than listeners. They can be contributors. Worshippers are capable of sharing faith insights and experiences. Personal interaction and conversation can inspire and encourage people on their life and faith journey. Everyone is encouraged to participate at a level at which they feel comfortable. For some that might mean that they contribute very little. For others they may contribute more. The importance of having a study with questions to give direction to the conversations around each of the small tables. People participate and share best when they are in small groups, hence the use of small tables around which four or more people can sit during the service. The Café worship experience will be a little over one hour long (*). The main ingredients of the service are; A brief opening act of worship – welcome, hymn and prayer. Participants helping themselves to tea/coffee/fruit juice and nibbles and returning to their table. The use of a prepared study (available to each worshippers) to explore a life-centred theme and stimulate discussion for up to three-quarters of an hour. Note: Possible study themes are; # Enriching and empowering your spiritual life – the key to Christian wellbeing. # Empowering your mind for healing, creativity and loving outreach to others. # Growing through the crises and losses on your life journey. # Helping to heal God’s wounded world. Café worship concludes with the dedication of the offering, the sharing of the notices and a concluding song/hymn. (*) There is no morning tea following the service as refreshments will have been available throughout the service. A Café service for the Takapuna congregation is planned for Sunday the 27th October. A cafe service for the St Lukes congregation is planned for Sunday 3rd November.


TMC Notices 13 October 2019 Church and Family Happy Birthday to Martyn Lydster for Monday 14 October and to Tylor Vahed for Tuesday 15 October. Today

This Week Tuesday 15 Oct Sunday 20 Oct

Coming Events Sunday 27 Oct Sunday 3 Nov

Combined Parish service and Holy Communion Parish Annual Meeting during the service. Morning tea will follow.

9.30am

TMC Nancy’s Afternoon

2.00pm

Morning Worship—Rev Peter Norman Week of Prayer for Peace begins Lollipops and Family Group Singers

10.00am

Café Church Rev Barry Jones and Rev Peter Norman

10.00am

Holy Communion Rev Peter Norman Combined Service with Korean Congregation

10.00am

Soul on Sunday details to come

6.00pm

Monday 4 Nov

TMC Leaders’ Meeting

7.00pm

Sunday 10 Nov

Morning Worship Rev Mervyn Dine

10.00am

Hymnbook launch at TMC see over

4.00pm

Tuesday 12 Nov

Property Committee

7.30pm

Thursday 14 Nov

CommunityMatters back of church

7.30pm

Sunday 17 Nov

Pulpit Swap Rev Sylvia Miller-Hardie

10.00am

Bach Musica perform chamber works at TMC

5.00pm

Synod Youth Rally at St Lukes

6.00pm

Please see back cover for further notices.

TMC Roster for next Sunday 20 October Lollipops and Family Group Singers Worship Leader: Rev Peter Norman Organist: Rebecca Soo-Jung Lee Reader: Carla Ornelas Morning Tea: Val Gregory Welcomers: David Speary


St Patrick’s Cathedral Auckland City Saturday 19 Oct 6pm Featuring Michael Stoddart and Paul Rosoman With a Song in Our Heart - new hymnbook launch Come to afternoon tea and a sing-a-long to celebrate a new hymnbook produced by Norman Brookes and others. TMC on Sunday 10 November. 4pm. “The lyrics, while firmly rooted in the Christian tradition, seek to relate Christian faith to the world of the 21st century.” All welcome. Sea of Faith You are warmly invited to our next meeting to hear Stephen Warnes on the topic of The background to the Sunni-Shi'a divide in Islam Stephen is a lecturer, radical Anglican priest, missionary and regular speaker at U3A groups and Sea of Faith. This topic promises to be another stimulating session illuminating the major differences in one of the world’s great religions. St Lukes Community Centre 130 Remuera Road, Remuera Sunday 20 October 2019 at 7pm (note summer start time) Neighbours Day 2020 March 27-April 5 The first interactive workshops for Neighbours Day 2020 are now taking place. These are a chance to develop and refresh some of the skills needed when working in communities. Tuesday October 29 1.00-2.30pm Dunkirk Road Activity Centre, 50 Dunkirk Road, Panmure.

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