St Andrews Presbyterian Church
29 April 2018
Today, the Reverend Colin Gordon will be inducted as
an intentional transition Minister at Birkenhead
for two years.
We hope that he will be able to build us into
a stronger Church, to spread the good news amongst
the people in our community.
ORDER OF SERVICE
ENTRY OF THE BIBLE and CALL TO WORSHIP
HYMN: “Now Thank We All our God”
PRAYER OF APPROACH
CHILDREN’S (and the young at Heart) Chat
HYMN: “At the Name of Jesus”
PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE
OFFERING and SUNG DEDICATION
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
HYMN: ”Because He Lives”
READINGS: 2nd Timothy 2: 8-15
Luke 17: 11-19
REFLECTION:- “Christ with us”
HYMN: “To God Be The Glory”
SUNG BENEDICTION TATION
DUTY ROSTERS FOR April 2018
22nd April: Door Jocelyn Collinge
Prayer: Barbara Wadams
Reading: Kylie Wadams
Morning Tea: Glenys and Lynn
29th April: Door: Greg and Glenys Skudder
Prayer: Gary Bold
Reading: Karen Davies
Morning Tea: Margaret and Lisi
6th May: Door: Ian and Robyn Bogue
Prayer: Pauline Fish
Reading: Lisi Foulagi
Morning Tea: Jocelyn Collinge
13th May: Door: Lisi Foulagi/ Karen Davies
Prayer: Ian Bogue
Reading: Robyn Bogue
Morning tea: Pauline and Lex
20th May: Door: Don and Lexie McDowell
Prayer: Gary Bold
Meetings and functions:
24 April at 7 pm: Church Council meeting
25 April: ANZAC day. A wreath will be laid from the church at the Birkenhead War Memorial Park. The parade assembles at the Birkenhead Bowling Club at 9.40 am. The service commences at 10 am.
The Fashion Parade at Ballentynes will now be held on Wednesday 9th May at7pm.
The reason this was cancelled last week was not because Ballyntines lost their power but because the
manager 's house had a huge, huge tree fall on it in the storm. So she had to spend the day getting insurance etc then finding someone to cut it up and take it away. But she has got her name on the list so now just has to wait her turn. Plus her assistant for the night was sick and no one else was available to help her.
School Holidays are upon us once again which means no mainly music for 2 weeks. Let’s hope the recent Auckland weather doesn’t repeat itself through the next weeks, it’s certainly been very disrupting.
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTICES
News From The Ministry Board:- Rev Colin Gordon will be inducted as an Intentional Transition Minister to St Andrews Birkenhead for 2 years on Sunday 29th April at 9.30 am. We hope he will be able to build us into a stronger church and to spread the Good News amongst our people and in the community. The M.S.B committee will now be discharged after all their hard work over the last 9 months.
Breaking News: By the time you read this, you will know that the Fund-raising Fashion Parade on the 11th April was postponed. We assume it is a result of the terrible storm that Auckland experienced on Tuesday night. It’s sad to see so much damage throughout the whole area, many thousands of houses were without power for more than 12 hours
How can we help the people of Tonga? Our thoughts and prayers have been with the people in the path of Cyclone Gita. The CWS launched an appeal
We are raising funds for our long term partner the Tonga Community Development Trust and the Tongan National Council of Churches. Donate to the Christian World Service, P O Box 22652, Christchurch Central 8140.
Who To Contact?
Church email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster: Gary Bold
Council Clerk: Rosemary Bold Phone 483 7240
Interim Moderator: Reverend Martin Fey: Phone 410 9429
Church and Hall Bookings: Greg Skudder Ph: 418 1615
Worship Committee: Robyn Bogue 418 0973
meets 2nd Monday at 7.30pm
Pastoral Committee: Barbara Wesley 480 9123. meets bimonthly 1st Thursday at 9.30am
Resource Committee and BOD: Ian Bogue: 0274 300 418
meets 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm
Prayer Chain: Maureen Kearney Phone: 449 1216
Envelope Secretary: Glenys Skudder 09 418 1615
Bulletin: Anne Green 443 4456
Here is our interim Moderator,
Reverend Martin Fey. He will appear before us from time to time as we seek a new Minister.
A Message from the Moderator.
The commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in both the first and second world wars has taken on a new life in the last 20 years or so. Crowds have grown at Anzac Day services, particularly among the young. Children and young people seem to make up at least a half of the congregation gathered for this special day and they usually have to sacrifice considerable comfort as they turn up to dawn services very early on those chilly Autumn days.
There is speculation about what is driving this unusual display of identification with generations past, but that it exists is beyond question. The connection today’s young people are experiencing with this violent part of our history is occurring against a background of growing pacifist sentiment here in Aotearoa, and in the West generally. Indeed, since the Vietnam War in the 60s, youth have generally been identified with an anti-military stance and a latent pacifism that dislikes military solutions. This is, to my mind at least, as it should be. There should always be a policy of military involvement only being considered after all else has failed. The results of military action are almost always relative and incomplete creating – at best – an opportunity to resume building a peaceful and free state.
The question remains, however, whether military force is able to be a part of a Christian solution to the political and social realities of human life. Can force ever be said to be a Christian option? Do we have to settle for violence? Whatever else may be said on this matter – and it is, admittedly, something that has occupied debate and discussion for centuries – several realities remain uncontested.
Firstly, fallen humankind, sinful humankind will use power to enforce its will on others and that includes military power. In these circumstances, history often demonstrates that nothing short of a display of balancing power will stop the violence. Military action against Isis or Daesh (as they are otherwise referred to) is a good example. The terrorists who drove the violent Isis crusade represent no one but themselves and have been disowned by most of the Muslim world.
A letter to David Cameron signed by the Islamic Society of Britain and the Association of Muslim Lawyers made this very clear when it stated (regarding Isis):
“It is neither Islamic, nor is it a State. The group has no standing with faithful Muslims, nor among the international community of nations.”
So this group who has no standing with the majority of peace-loving Muslims uses unconscionable force and violence to achieve its aims, and the only thing that will cause those involved in it to give heed to the voices of the innocents caught up in this violence is in fact, violence itself. And this is, in the end, what has happened: a coalition of western military has supported Iraqi military, and Russia has supported the Syrian military to defeat Isis. It hasn’t been easy and the violence has still not abated, but the alternative was to allow a violent faction take root in the world.
And this brings me to my second point. In this life and in certain situations where the State or, indeed, the world is faced with power that chooses violence – violence seems to be required to bring about a just solution. In such situations, however, it must also be admitted that the outcomes are extremely limited and often, in themselves, full of injustice. Innocent people are killed, violent peopleare exalted and the states which are left are often not much better off than before. Despite this, one must ask whether the alternative would have been preferred.
Last century New Zealand lost thousands of men and women fighting a regime which chose violence to enforce its will on its own people and on the nations around it. It was determined to rule Western Europe and, in doing so, to rule the world. Today we no longer live with that threat because of their sacrifice. God forbid that it should ever happen again, but if it does, I wonder if we’d make that same sacrifice so that our children and grandchildren might live in relative freedom once more?
Rt Rev Richard Dawson
Moderator Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand