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Northcote Takapuna Methodist Parish


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: Mobile 027 378 7042 *Please note the minister has Friday off*

Parish Office

Phone/Fax 489 4590 Office Hours:

Takapuna Church

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

Email: Monday to Thursday 9am – 12 noon

Sunday Worship, 10am Parish Stewards Richard Biddle Ashleen Theunisen

Phone 022 018 6968 Phone 479 7969

Email: Email:

Church Office Angela Garrett

Phone/Fax 489 4590 Office Hours:

Email: 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: Email:

Church Office/Room Bookings

Phone 489 4590


Advent 1

3 December 2017

Worship Leader: Rev Peter Norman & Pastor Paul Communion Server: Ashleen Theunisen Organist: Norman Firth Church & Family Birthday Greetings to: Chris Gregory for Saturday 9th December Thinking of Jenny Firth as she recovers at home from knee surgery. We wish her all the best with her rehabilitation. Today Sun 3 Dec Holy Communion Advent 1 - Hope 10.00am Combined Communion Service - with our Korean congregation & TMC led by Pastor Paul and Rev Peter Norman, followed by lunch for all in the Hall. This Week Tue 5 Dec Pastoral Committee Meeting - atTMC Sun 10 Dec Sunday Worship Advent 2 - Peace Rev JeongWhan Lee

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Coming Events Thu 14 Dec TMC Choir - Christmas rehearsal - at TMC 7.00pm Fri 15 Dec Lollipops Educare Christmas Concert - at TMC 10.00am Come join the Christmas spirit with the young children, their teachers and whanau. Sun 17 Dec Family Service Advent 3 - Joy Rev Peter Norman 10.00am If you would like to contribute to the family service on Sunday 17th December, eg with a poem, prayer or skit, please add your name to the clipboard on the round table. Tue 19 Dec Reflective Service here at TMC - Rev Peter Norman 7.30pm Sun 24 Dec Sunday Worship Advent 4 - Love * No service at TMC* Combined service at St Peters Anglican at 9am 11 Killarney St, Takapuna Sun 24 Dec Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Rev Peter Norman9.00pm Mon 25 Dec Christmas Day Family Service - Rev Peter Norman 9.30am

YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS  Thank you to those of our young people who were able

to help with the Christmas Craft afternoon on Friday.

 Happy birthday to John for last Wednesday - another year older and wiser

TMC Roster for Next Sunday 10 December

Worship Leaders: Organist: Door Stewards:

Rev JeongWhan Lee Reader: Helen Beckingsale Norman Firth Linda Gibson, Martyn Lydster, Derick Theunisen

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Lighting the First Candle of the Advent Wreath

HOPE The memory of Typhoon Haiyan drives 74 year old Clarita who lives near the coast of Aklan province in the Philippines. In 2013, her house and crops were badly damaged. She wants to have a cushion against future calamities and make her community stronger. Together they have planted fruit trees and root crops, and started their very own farmers’ market. In the face of climate change, they are preparing with hope for an uncertain future.

 Advent 1  Sunday, 3rd December 2017 Worship Leader: Rev Peter Norman & Pastor Paul Organist: Norman Firth Welcome to this Advent Service The first Sunday of Advent and a combined service with the Auckland Methodist Korean Church. Theme: Make Hope My Story Introit: Combined Choirs sing “Come Now, Lord Jesus” Welcome and Introduction About the CWS Christmas Appeal Theme: “Make Hope My Story” “Lift Up Your Voice with Strength” Isaiah 40:9b With your gifts and prayers, we can help many more families. Together we can make a world where all people have food, water, dignity, justice and lives free of violence.


O come, O come, Emmanuel

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O Come, O come, thou Lord of might Who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height In ancient times didst give the law In cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain 3. O come, thou key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high And close the path to misery. Refrain

Veni Immanuel

4. O come, thou rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell thy people save And give them victory o’er the grave. Refrain 5. O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Refrain

John Mason Neale

CWS Partner Story from the Philippines Lighting the Advent Candle of Hope Light the candle

Lizzy, Richard & Amelia Biddle

We light the candle for hope. May it light the way for us as we make hope our story. Musical Contribution Alison Dunlop playing Sadness and Happiness by W A Mozart Readings

Matthew 8: 14-17 Mark 13: 24 - 37

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May Park Lynnette Norman

Sermon (Including Children’s Talk) Pastor Paul Anthem Combined Choirs sing Jesus Will Make Us His Own (With oboe) Sermon (Including Children’s Talk) Rev Peter Norman CHOIR & CONGREGATION HYMN Give me hope in my heart, keep me hopeful 1. Give me hope in my heart, keep me hopeful, Give me hope in my heart I Pray, Give me hope in my heart; keep me hopeful, Keep me hopeful till the break of day. Sing Hosanna, Sing Hosanna, Sing Hosanna to our wondrous God Sing Hosanna, Sing Hosanna, Sing Hosanna to our God. A CWS story of local resilience

Sing Hosanna

Offering God of Hope we give you thanks for all you give to us in the earth and its people. Awaken in us a renewed care for these gifts, enlarge our narrow vision, nourish new possibilities and the prophetic voice of your church Community Time Musical Contribution

Violinist : Hanna Lee

Prayers for ourselves and Others God of surprises you call us from the narrowness of our traditions to new ways of being church, from the captivities of our culture to creative witness for justice, from the smallness of our horizons to the bigness of your vision. Clear the way in us, your people, that we might call others to freedom and renewed faith. Jesus, wounded healer, you call us from preoccupation with our own histories and hurts to daily tasks of peacemaking, from privilege to pilgrimage, from insularity to inclusive community. Clear the way in us, your people, that we might call others to wholeness and integrity. Holy, transforming Spirit, you call us from fear to faithfulness, from clutter to clarity, from a desire to control to deeper trust, from the refusal to love to a readiness to risk. Clear the way in us, your people, that we might all know the beauty and power and danger of the gospel. Joan Puls, Gwen Cashmore

The Lord’s Prayer Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins As we forgive those who have sinned against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours Now and forever. Amen COMMUNION HYMN Let us talents and tongues employ

1. Let us talents and tongues employ, reaching out with a shout of joy; bread is broken, the wine is poured, Christ is spoken and seen and heard. Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again, pass the Word around: loaves abound! 2. Christ is able to make us one; at his table he sets the tone, teaching people to live to bless, love in word and in deed express. 3. Jesus calls us, sends us out bearing fruit in a world of doubt, gives us love to tell, bread to share: God-Immanuel everywhere!

Frederik Herman Kaan

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: HOLY COMMUNION 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. Words of Institution 1 Corinthians 11.23-25 Remembrance Breaking of the Bread The bread which we break is a sharing of the body of Christ. Christ is the bread of life.

(The bread is broken)

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

(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 CLOSING HYMN

Come, thou long-expected Jesus

1. Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free, from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.


2. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

3. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a king, born to reign in us for ever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4. By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all-sufficient merit raise us to thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley

Parting Words Let us go in faith to ponder in our hearts the mystery and the wonder of this season... The Candle is extinguished Gathered together All We wait for the light. Standing together All We trust in the light. Praying together All We hope for the light. Seeking together All We step out with the light. Singing together All We are blessed by the light. (Trisha Watts) Blessing May the God who dances in creation, who embraces us with human love, who shakes our lives like thunder, bless us and drive us out with power to fill the world with justice . And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the community of the Holy Spirit be with us all, forevermore. Amen HYMN

Go Gently, Go Lightly

1. 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.

2. 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. Shirley Murray

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

Sermon: Waiting for Something to Happen I have heard that if you live to be seventy years old, you will spend three years of your life just waiting. Waiting in line at the supermarket, waiting in the doctor's rooms, waiting in line at the school cafeteria, waiting for mum or dad to pick you up from sports or music practice. In his book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go," Dr. Seuss talks about a place called "the waiting place." He describes it as a useless place where people are just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. I do not particularly like waiting, do you? I do not like it, but I don't know of any way to avoid it. We all have to spend some time in this "waiting place" that Dr Seuss talks about, but I don't think it has to be a useless place. While we are waiting, life goes on, and we must make good use of our time. What can we do? Well, we could read a good book, call or text a friend on our mobile, make a list of things we need to do today or, we could even do some study. Well, maybe that is going a bit too far, but there are many things we can do besides just waiting. Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means "to come." Do you know what is coming? Of course, Christmas is coming. This is an exciting time, but it may also be a difficult time of waiting -- especially for children. Waiting for the day when you can open the gifts that you see under the tree. What can we do to make this time of waiting for Christmas more than just a useless time in the waiting place? Well, we can think about the true meaning of Christmas. We can think about Jesus and his love. We can think about giving instead of receiving. We can enjoy all of the beautiful music and the decorations of the season. When we do those things, we will find joy in the waiting place. Advent is a time of waiting... a time of change... a time of hope. In none of the Three Year Lectionary stories set for the first Sunday during the season of Advent, are there stories "of babies or shepherds or stars or lullabies... These [stories] are saying that the world, as we know it, is about to change. Their message is 'wake up, pay attention, get ready... Strange words, but maybe we need something jarring to lift us out of our complacency and wake up to something new" So, in the face of waiting, of change, yet in the continuation of hope itself, let me tell a couple of ‘continuing hope’ stories.

(i) In Dresden, the German city that was devastated by the fire bombing at the end of the World War 2, there was a wonderful discovery. They found in the ruins a musical score that had survived the fire and devastation. It was purported to be the score to Albinoni's ‘Adagio for Strings and Orchestra in B Minor’. “In the midst of this devastation of war - the very worst that we do to each other - there survived something of the most beautiful that we create for each other”. So, the Albinoni piece became a sign of hope. And it has been used that way. During the siege of Sarajevo during the Balkans War, the city was shelled month after month, every single night. On one of those nights a group of people standing in line in front of a bakery were waiting to buy bread. A mortar shell fell right in the middle of them. Twenty-two people were killed. Innocent people. Hungry people. Wanting to buy bread. A few days later, at the same spot, in front of the burned out bakery, a man named Vedian Smailovic placed a chair, and began to play his cello. For 22 days he played his cello, one day in memory for each one of the people who had been killed at that spot. Now the gesture itself was wonderful, playing music. But what gave it deeper significance is the music he played each day was ‘Adagio for Strings and Orchestra in B Minor’. (ii) It is told that on completing creation God had a desire to leave something behind, just a small piece of divinity and wholeness so humans could experience this delight, but God was a bit of a trickster too and did not want this to be too easy for human beings. God was not sure, at first, where to put this special something, so God asked the other living things in creation. Someone suggested in the stars and God replied, No, I have this feeling that one day humankind will explore space and they will find it. Someone else suggested hiding it in the depths of the ocean. God thought about it for a moment and answered, No, I have a feeling that someday humankind would explore the deepest places in the seas - that was also too easy. Then suddenly, God had it. "I know where I will put this special something, a place where they will never look. I will hide it in them, they will never look there" and so it was and so it has been. Hope. We have it. Without it, we cannot live. Advent hope calls to us, lures us, to breathe, to pause, and to shake off the doldrums - and fear. For this Advent hope, first announced by angels to shepherds, "means that despite appearances men of violence are no longer in control of history... that those who would seek to determine history's outcome through violence will never succeed... When the angels announced the coming of Christ to the shepherds, their first words are 'fear not'. Fear not. And step into the mystery of life, the whole of life.

Christmas Services at TMC TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 7.30pm Reflective Service - Rev Peter Norman Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Come along, take time out to sit and reflect during this refreshing and peaceful service.

SUNDAY 24 DECEMBER 9.00am No service at TMC Combined service with St Peters Anglican Church to be held at St Peters Anglican Church

SUNDAY 24 DECEMBER Christmas Eve Candle Light Service Rev Peter Norman


MONDAY 25 DECEMBER Christmas Day Family Service Rev Peter Norman


SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER Sunday Worship Christmas 1 Rev JeongWhan Lee

Isaiah 2 Peter


Readings for 10 December - Advent 2 40: 1-11 Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13 3: 8-15a Mark 1: 1-8

Takapuna Methodist Church Bulletin 3rd December 2017 - Advent 1  
Takapuna Methodist Church Bulletin 3rd December 2017 - Advent 1