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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 2

10 December 2017

Worship Leader: Rev JeongWhan Lee Organist: Norman Firth Church & Family Birthday Greetings to: JeongWhan Lee for today, Sunday 10 December Alison Welson for Wednesday 13 December Seno Tu’inukuafe for Friday 15 December Today Sun 10 Dec Sunday Worship Advent 2 - Peace Rev JeongWhan Lee


This Week 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 today.

Coming Events 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 More Notices on back pages after the sermon We bon voyage Lorraine & John tomorrow, Monday 11th Dec as they head for a white Christmas in the UK. Safe travels to you both - we look forward to your return early January 2018.

Coming soon to TMC.... CommunityMatters

Christmas Tree

TMC Roster for Next Sunday 17 December

Worship Leaders: Organist:

Rev Peter Norman Norman Firth

Reader: Pamela Dine Door Stewards: Biddle Family

Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday 10th December 2017

Lighting the Second Candle of the Advent Wreath

PEACE Sujatha (centre) is now the panchayat (or local council) president. She has the skills she needs to make changes that improve the lives of her village in Tamil Nadu state in South India. As a Dalit and a woman she has worked hard to to make the panchayat work for the poorest people and create hope for their future. Human Rights Foundation has trained her and others to exercise their political rights, standing up against those who try to take community land and resources.

ď‚› Advent 2 ď‚š Sunday, 10th December 2017 Worship Leader: Rev JeongWhan Lee Organist: Norman Firth Call to Worship Leader: Open our eyes, Lord All: To the things that are about to take place. Leader: All:

Open our hearts, Lord And prepare us to see what you are about to show us,

Leader: All:

Open our arms, Lord That we might embrace the way you set before us,

Leader: All:

Open our minds, Lord And help us to ponder the mystery of your presence among us,

Leader: All:

Open our lives, Lord To the healing power of your love for us. Come gracious Lord and guide us into your future.

Lighting the Second Advent Candle: Peace Leader: In the lighting of this second Advent candle we make space within ourselves to hear and engage with the voices of those we might otherwise miss but with whom we are connected by our common humanity. We remember also the voice of the prophets calling us to be bearers of peace in a troubled world. All: We light the candle of peace. May it light the way for us as we make hope our story. HYMN

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

1. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hand has made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed: Refrain: Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees: when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze: 3. But when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die – I scarce can take it in that on the cross, our burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away our sin: 4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home – what joy shall fill my heart! Then shall I bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim: My God, how great thou art! Stuart Wesley Keene Hine Prayer and Lord’s Prayer HYMN

Pohutukawa Promise

Tune: Stuttgart

1. Blossoms in red along the seashore, Bathed in green, and standing tall Is the great Pohutukawa, Gnarled its branches, red its fall. 2. Growing by our twisting coastline, Holding land against the sea, In its blossom lies a promise Of an Advent yet to be. 3. Shaded by its ancient branches, From intensifying sun, Children play, and hide, and seek there; Seek the Christ child yet to come! 4. Blossom falls, and then ‘tis Christmas, Red the path the Christ child comes, Can this Advent now take root here? Will this Christmas be the one? 5. Native the Pohutukawa, Let the Christ child native be! Planted in this soil, and growing, Sign of hope, for you, for me. Today’s Story

Norman Brookes

HYMN He came singing love (Please see ‘Alleluia Aotearoa’ book located in each pew) Readings

First Reading Gospel Reading

Isaiah 40:1-11 Mark 1:1-8

(AA 59)

Helen Beckingsale Page 581 Page 812

Sermon Peace – Make Hope Our Story HYMN Carol our Christmas (Please see ‘Alleluia Aotearoa’ book located in each pew) Offering Prayer of Intercession Leader: As heralds of God’s good tidings, we lift up our voices with strength this day praying to the One who comforts, restores, and heals. (Isaiah 40: 9) All:

Lord in Your Mercy, Listen to our Prayers.


We pray for all leaders and peoples of the world. You have created one common humanity to live within your created order in righteousness and peace. Give us the humility and wisdom to order our common life according to your loving purposes, that your glory may be revealed and all people shall see it together. (Isaiah 40:5)


Lord in Your Mercy, Listen to our Prayers.


We pray for those who are sick, who suffer need, who are exiled or in danger. You have made us for a holy purpose, to comfort and care for one another, near and far. Give us compassion to love and serve our neighbour and an open heart to care for those in need.


Lord in Your Mercy, Listen to our Prayers.

(AA 9)

Leader: We pray for your creation. Your faithfulness springs up from the ground, and your goodness looks upon us as from the sky. Rid us of the arrogant laziness and greed that diminishes life and causes suffering and devastation on your created order which you pronounced good. Stir afresh within us that watchfulness to care for your creation lest it be too late. (Psalm 85: 11) All:

Lord in Your Mercy, Listen to our Prayers.

Leader: We remember those who have died. Ever-living God, one day in your presence is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. Make us one with the saints, who have found their eternal home in you, Creator, Redeemer, and Spirit of Life. (2 Peter 3: 8) All:

Lord in Your Mercy, Listen to our Prayers. Amen.

Church Family in Action HYMN

I, the Lord of sea and sky (verses 1, 3 only)

1. 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? Refrain: 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.

2. 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 are satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?

Dan Schutte

The Sending Forth The day of the Lord is coming; therefore strive to live in peace, for God’s salvation is near.

(2 Peter 3: 13-14)

First Blessings May faithfulness spring up from the ground and righteousness look down from heaven as you walk in the way of peace, and may the blessing of God, be with you and sustain you now and always. Amen

(Psalm 85: 11-33)

Second Blessings The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen

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

Sermon - Peace Make Hope Our Story

“Comfort my people” (Isaiah 40:1) is the opening message today. The prophet Isaiah proclaimed the comfort of God, and John the Baptist made the message real in his day. While I was reading this message of comfort, some of my friends asked my opinion on the North Korea’s missile launch. The conversation with my neighbours gave me a chance to think of the history of Korea. Before dividing the North and South, the North was a home of Christianity. The first Korean Bible was translated with characteristics from the way of speaking in the North and was distributed there. The far North people were the first to read and study the Bible. The Pyongyang revival or the Great Pyongyang revival sparked the spread of Christianity throughout Korea. In January 1907 at Pyongyang, about 900 people gathered together to study the Bible and pray in the morning, and about 15,000 assembled again in the evening. According to a report, the evening service went on until 2 am., with confession and weeping and praying. They experienced the powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost. In 1984, the North Korean Christian Federation(KCF) published a modern Korean Bible. The Bible is easy to read and understand the message in Korean. Most of all, the North and South Christians have worked together every year to prepare the Joint Easter Prayer. This year 2017, the North and South prayed for peace; “God of peace, help us work together with one united mind, to fulfill the dreams of unification. Help us remember the days when the North and the South once were one, To better live in a world of harmony and peace. ……. God of justice, in this land where Your glory awaits, let the rivers of justice flow, bringing forth Your plans for us.” I hope that people bring peace and work for reunification between the North and South Koreas. As Jesus said, if we only knew today what is needed for peace!, then the world will be more comfortable. North Koreans are not just our enemies, but also they are the same human beings as we are. They also have their own human rights to live there as they are. Let us focus on Today’s Reading. The Good News about Jesus Christ begins in the wilderness. The desert is a symbol of suffering or despair in the Bible, but it is the place where God comes to the people. Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days to pray and be tested, the people of God were there for 40 years. Nowadays, the world is suffering from wars and terrors, climate change and waste of food and plastics. North Korea launches missiles. The US, Japan, South Korea and Australia are conducting joint war exercises for invasion. Many countries try hard to find places to get rid of the waste of food, but

many of the neighbours are dying because there is no food for them. CWS (Christian World Service) announced 815 million people – just over one in nine went hungry last year. 489 million of them lived in countries troubled by conflict and violence. How can we solve the problems in the world? We might already have the key in our hands. When Jesus came to us, our human beings, he carried the cross and forgave the sinners and loved the troubled people, especially the poor, the sick, the weak and the least important ones among us. So, the first Christmas was the symbol of hope and love for us. In our human history, we have several historical points. 2,000 years ago, when St. Paul had a passion for following Jesus, the Good News about Jesus Christ opened the door to foreigners. It means that the enemies became the neighbours in the Good News. 300 years ago, when John Wesley had a passion for following Christ, the Methodist Church started. He proclaimed; “The gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social; no holiness but social holiness. Faith working by love, is the length and breadth and depth and height of Christian perfection.” In every Christmas season, we celebrate the coming of Jesus on earth. The streets are hung with Christmas lights, and decorated with red and green strings. In New Zealand, Christmas comes with the Pohutukawa, the Christmas blossom. The first Christmas was the real sign of the message that “God is among us”. The News came for the poor and suffering people first; like Mary and Joseph and the shepherds. It was a sign of healing. It was God’s healing touch. The first Christmas was the sign of unconditional love. I hope that North Koreans can celebrate the Christmas as we are celebrating it, because Jesus came for them too. Today, we have listened to the message about John the Baptist in the wilderness. He was preparing the way of the Good News; the coming Jesus Christ. As Paul said, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves.” (Romans 8:18-30) As Christians and Methodists, we have to pay attention to the suffering people all around us including the North Koreans. We need to keep our eyes on people’s sorrow and recognise the wickedness on earth. Let us find the poor and the victims next to us, and let us practise God’s justice in every ordinary life. Peace, Love and Justice come together always.

Conclusion and Blessings Our Christmas season comes with a lot of beautiful decorations and gifts. However, the world is still suffering by all sorts of sinful wickedness. What decorations and gifts can we prepare? As Christians and Methodists, let us pay full attention to find a chance to work for peace and love in our neighbours’ lives. Our Christmas season is also coming with the CWS (Christian World Service) Christmas Appeal. When we have time let us donate to help others. Our donation will go to the Philippines, India, Uganda, and Pacifica; not for North Korea this year. But all of them are the parts of our neighbours. May God bless all the people in this Christmas season to have a beautiful moment of hope and love. May God bless all of us to find a good Christmas gift.

NOTICES What a great turn out for the Children’s Christmas Craft Friday 1st Dec. Thank you so much Lizzy for all your organising of helpers and planning craft before and on the day. And a big thank you to all the elves who volunteered their time, creative skills and friendly assistance on the day—without you all this wouldn’t have been possible. What a fun vibrant afternoon! CAN YOU HELP? We need readers for the following services: 19th December at 7.30pm (Reflective Service) 24th December at 9.00pm (Christmas Eve) 25th December at 9.30am (Christmas Day) Please add your name to the clipboard on the round table.

With Christmas coming any extra food or gifts that you could give will be greatly appreciated. The last day to receive goods is next

Sunday 17th December For anyone spending Christmas on their own…..

Christmas in Greenslade Reserve Park Monday 25 December, 1-6pm

A day to share and celebrate with others. BYO picnic food and drinks. Phone Ngozi 027 494 3500 for more info (see poster on notice board)

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


Readings for 17 December - Advent 3 Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Takapuna Methodist Church Bulletin 10th December 2017 - Advent 2  
Takapuna Methodist Church Bulletin 10th December 2017 - Advent 2