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ď‚› Epiphany 1 ď‚š Sunday, 7th January 2018

Worship Leader: Rev Peter Norman Communion Server: Leicel Ibarra Organist: Norman Firth The Baptism of Jesus Theme: Arise Beloved! Welcome Entry into Worship (A paraphrase of Psalm 29) Lighting of the Candle HYMN

Make Spaces for Spirit

1. Make spaces for Spirit! For energy rising, for Pentecost presence, the wind and the fire, a new kind of language, a voice and a vision to shift and uplift us, to rouse and inspire. 2. Make spaces for action by spirited people: the leader, the teacher, the healer of ill, the builder, the artist, the bringer of laughter, the melding and welding of spirit and will. 3. Make spaces for graces, the gifts of the Spirit, the fruit of the garden where love is the spring, the water of blessing, the incense of worship, the wine poured for sharing, the hope that will sing. 4. Make spaces for Spirit by changing of systems, by opening prisons, by debtors' release, the flaming of courage, the firing of justice, the Spirit of Jesus, the coming of peace. Opening Sentences

Shirley Erena Murray


Opening Prayer

All Age Time The First New Year ALL AGE SONG

The Butterfly Song

If I were a butterfly, I’d thank you, God, for giving me wings. And if I were a robin in a tree. I’d thank you, God that I could sing. And if I were a fish in the sea, I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee, but I just want to thank you, God for making me “me.” For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile. You gave me Jesus and you made me your child. And I just thank you, God, for making me “me”. If I were an elephant, I’d thank you, God, by raising my trunk. And if I were a kangaroo, you know I’d hop right up to you. And if I were an octopus, I’d thank you, God, for my fine looks, but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”. For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile. You gave me Jesus and you made me your child. And I just thank you, God, for making me “me”. If I were a wiggly worm, I’d thank you, God, that I could squirm. And if I were a billy goat, I’d thank you, God, for my strong throat. And if I were a fuzzy wuzzy bear, I’d thank you, God, for my fuzzy wuzzy hair, but I just thank you, God, for making me “me”. For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile. You gave me Jesus and you made me your child. And I just thank you, God, for making me “me”. Prayer for Awareness


Readings

Genesis 1:1-5 Mark 1:4-11

Leicel Ibarra

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Contemporary Word Reflection “Sacred Waters" Hymn Loving Spirit (Please see ‘Alleluia Aotearoa’ book located in each pew)

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Offering

Community Time Prayers for Ourselves and Others HYMN

As the wind song through the trees

1. 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. 2. 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


Communion

Invitation Prayer Over Bread and Wine The Great Thanksgiving God of the summer’s day, Praise and wonder be. God of the lingering sunset and early dawn, Praise and wonder be. God of the dry wind and the refreshing shower, God of the shady tree and the cool drink of water, God of the ripening harvest and sparkling sea, Praise and wonder be. We gather together conscious that raising our hearts and minds is a gift of the Spirit of God at work in the depths of our being. For the presence of that Spirit in us, we give thanks. We gather together conscious that our prayer gives the Spirit a way of breaking into word and song unique in all the universe. For the words and songs within each of us, we give thanks. We gather together mindful of men and women throughout human history who allowed the Spirit of God to work in and through them for the betterment of our world and humanity. For their lives and their inspiration, we give thanks. And so we offer our thanks and praise inviting the Spirit of Life, Love and Goodness to move freely in our words and actions. Holy, holy, holy, celebrating God, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.


Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God. Hosanna in the highest. Jesus is the story we gather around and give thanks for. Human like us, he revealed where the Spirit of God is found: in the everyday, in human interaction, in caring, in sharing, in being neighbour. He urged people to work together to establish the 'reign of God' by wholehearted generosity, by eliminating boundaries between people, by trust in the goodness of people, and by working for peace and justice in all human endeavours. We remember his total commitment to living fully and loving totally and his faith in a God to be trusted whatever twists life could take in this imperfect world. (M.Morwood/adapted) 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 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. Prayer after Communion


HYMN

I am the light of the world

Refrain I am the light of the world, you people come and follow me! If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be. 1. When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and the shepherds, have found their way home, the work of Christmas is begun: 2. To find the lonely and the lost, to heal the broken souls with love, to feed the hungry children with warmth and good food, to feel the earth below, the sky above; 3. To free the prisoner from their chains, to make the powerful care, to rebuild the nations with strength of goodwill to be at one with people everywhere; 4. To bring hope to every task you do, to dance at a baby’s new birth, to make music in an old person’s heart, and sing to the colours of the earth. Words of mission Blessing words

Jim Strathdee


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.

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


Welcome A warm welcome is extended to worshippers on holiday. We trust that you will have a refreshing time of re-creation and feel at home in our Christian community Church Family Birthday wishes to: * Sharon Holloway * for Tuesday 9 January * Stephanie Tuionetoa-Payne * for Tuesday 16 January * Abraham Tuionetoa-Payne * Marie McPhail *for Thursday 18 January * Ken Morley * Shirley Rowlands * for Friday 19 January * Grace Tuionetoa * for Saturday 20 January Worship during January 2018 Sunday 7 January Holy Communion Sunday 14 January Morning Worship Sunday 21 January Morning Worship Sunday 28 January Morning Worship

Rev Peter Norman Rev Ian Faulkner Rev Mervyn Dine Rev Peter Norman

Support the 2017 CWS Christmas Appeal: There is still time to support the Christian World Service Christmas Appeal. Envelopes may be received for CWS Christmas Appeal during January. Please make any cheques payable to Northcote Takapuna Methodist Church. Receipts for all money received will be sent by CWS in February. Save your stamps This is the time of the year when we receive lots of mail so could you please remember to save your stamps for M.W.F and place them in the box in the foyer. (Box is underneath the small notice board by the church doors). Thank You.

The TMC Church Office is now closed for the holidays, reopening Tuesday 16th January. For Pastoral matters please phone Peter Norman on 442 1945. For property and admin please phone Parish Administrator, Jan Tasker on 027 320 8182.

Takapuna Methodist Church Bulletin 7th January 2018 - Epiphany 1  
Takapuna Methodist Church Bulletin 7th January 2018 - Epiphany 1  
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