Christchurch South Methodist Parish
St Marks Church
CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH METHODIST PARISH, ST MARKS CHURCH,
ST MARKS IS 90 YEARS OLD!
St Marks Church celebrated 90 years of worship services in Somerfield on July 7th 2019. Services began first at Somerfield School and then moved to the St Marks site. The newly renovated St Marks Complex was opened on Saturday February 8th.
- Growing & sharing our faith in God,
- Joining together for worship & celebration,
- Living faith by serving others and offering hospitality to our local community
OUR CORE VALUES:
Creativity, Outreach, Teamwork, Worshipfulness
CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH METHODIST PARISH DETAILS:
St Marks Church and Hall
Cnr Barrington & Somerfield Streets, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024
See Map at the bottom of this web page.
PRESBYTER: REV ANDREW DONALDSON
27 Remuera Ave, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
Phone:027 428 7356
WORSHIP TIMES: Please note Worship Services are cancelled until further notice.
For Pastoral help you can contact Rev Andrew Donaldson on 027 428 7356 or email him at <email@example.com>
we will endeavor to keep the website up to date. You can access this page easily by googling St Marks Somerfield or going through the Methodist Website.
BELOW IS A COMMENT FROM ANDREW AND EXTRACT FROM THE SERVICE WHICH WAS TO BE HELD ON MARCH 22nd
St Marks of Somerfield: Supporting a Vital Community
Today we were to be celebrating Harvest Festival. Rev Philomeno Kinera was to lead our worship. Literally just as Patricia and her team were finishing off the Harvest Festival display we had word from the General Secretary of the Methodist Church that all Methodist Church worship services would cease immediately. The decision was notified on Saturday 21st March.
The Gospel passage for today Matthew 6:26-34
6 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[a] 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?" 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 'So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.
The Matthew reading is a fairly well known account of Jesus' teaching. What an appropriate reading for today as New Zealand continues down the path of lock down. This is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. The key messages have been consistent. Yesterday we heard the Prime Minister say that people aged 70 and over and those with compromised immune systems should now stay at home. This includes many in our congregation. We now need to be looking at how we might remain in contact. It is important that we don't become socially and spiritually isolated.
It is unclear when worship services will resume and in the meantime, the business of the parish will be disrupted. We will likely need to be relying on internet technology for meetings.
The above passage includes these words, "Therefore do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?" In this verse we have the memory of the Hebrew's anxiety in the Exodus story.
While this is an important attitude to life, we do need a little bit of anxiety to motivate us into appropriate action. The action being as our Prime Minister has said, wash hands frequently, keep a two meter distance, wash down our kitchen benches etc. The compassion that Jesus taught asks us to look after ourselves and others, in looking after ourselves in this situation looks after our neighbours.
In this last week I was reading in the history of the church when the Christianity became the religion of the Empire whenever a cathedral was built a hospital. Health care was a priority for the early church as it needs to be today. Care for ourselves is an appropriate health response that stands in the tradition of the faith.
If you need an ear to talk my phone numbers are: 981 0699 (Office), and 027 428 7356.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Loving God We give thanks for the colours of food: the bright red of tomatoes, the vibrant green of new beans and the bright orange of carrots. We give thanks for the shapes of food: the roundness of an apple, the unevenness of kumara and the frills of the lettuce. We give thanks for the smells of food: the sweetness of a pear, the earthiness of potatoes and the yumminess of biscuits from the oven. They are your gifts to us. Gifts to be shared and enjoyed. Food for the world and life for all people. In gratitude for your gifts we give thanks!
God of Compassion We pray for our world, knowing that its bounty is not shared and too many people are hungry; a world where it is too easy to block out the voices of those whose rights are ignored or forget the images of suffering we have seen.
We pray for people in their daily struggles. Give them the strength and resources they need to rebuild their homes and communities.
We pray for ourselves that we might share more generously and speak out when life is not fair. In your name we pray. Amen. (From Philomena Kinera's service)
"Touch the earth lightly" (143 Alleluia Aotearoa: Hymns and songs for all churches)
Music @Colin Gibson Words Shirley Murray
1. Touch the earth lightly,
use the earth gently,
nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder,
ours to surrender,
trust for the children tomorrow will bear.
2. We who endanger,
who create hunger,
agents of death for all creatures that live,
we who would foster
clouds of disaster,
God of our planet, forestall and forgive!
3. Let there be greening,
birth from the burning,
water that blesses and air that is sweet,
health in God's garden,
hope in God's children,
regeneration that peace will complete.
4. God of all living,
God of all loving,
God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
teach us, deflect us,
Christ re-connect us,
using us gently and making us one. (Shirley Murray)
we work for the recreating of the world.
We live in faith to be the people of the new creation.
May the sun warm our souls
and the moon be gentle above us.
May we be held in the Creator's embrace
may we walk in the footsteps of the Human One.
May the Spirit dance in our playing
and grace be found in the way of God. Amen. (Adapted Philomena Kinera's servcie)
Keep yourself well,
Rev Andrew Donaldson