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Priests Behaving Badly (preparing for MGPC 23/11/2015)

Songs of preparation and praise: Tell Me The Old, Old Story; Glory Of Glories; and O Lord, Your Perfect Righteousness.
Prayer of adoration and confession: expressing thankfulness for God’s calling us into fellowship with Himself as His covenant people and anticipating the fulfilment of that kingdom with the return and rule of King Jesus.
Confessing our faith: In Christ Alone; the Apostles’ Creed; and Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
In God’s Word:
Consecutive reading: Revelation 4:1-11 contains a vision of the heavenly throne room.
Bible memorisation: 2 Timothy 3:16
Praise: Blessed Be Your Name.
Sermon reading: Malachi 1:6-2:16
Having reiterated the reality of His covenant love for His people, God goes on to observe the failings and hypocrisy of the priesthood in failing to represent the nature of His love to the people.
A kingdom of priests need to represent the covenant love of God faithfully with lives that match the substance of the good news.
After the pastoral prayer and the giving of our tithes and offerings, worship will conclude with the singing of Revive Your Church, O Lord.

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How God Loves His Own (preparing for MGPC 16/11/2014)

Responding to the lives of His people asking the question “What have you done for us lately?” God speaks of the workings of his faithful covenant love.

Songs of preparation and gathering: There Is A Redeemer, Loved With Everlasting Love, and Be Still, For The Presence Of The Lord.
The prayer of approach and confession will recall the blessing of God’s word and their revelation of his final word, our Lord Jesus. We’ll confess those times we don’t heed that word, or doubt its truthfulness.
Song of assurance, affirmation and doxology: The Lord Is King, the Apostles’ Creed, and Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Continuous reading: Revelation 3:1-22
Memory verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
Praise: Sing To God New Songs Of Worship.
Sermon reading: Malachi 1:6 – 2:16
It is possible for the people of God to embrace a form of spiritual life, but to lose the substance. A disappointment, and lingering sense of ‘is that all there is?’ can seep in. God challenges his people to trust his faithfulness and shake of the lethargic attitude that cultivates a loss of faith.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings, and the close of worship singing What Grace Is Mine.

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Coffee And Craft Thankyou Morning Tea

Each year the members of the Care & Concern Committee conduct a thank-you morning tea for folk involved in our Coffee & Craft Group.
The Coffee & Craft Group meets each school term week, and there are others who can’t get along, but send their home knitting in for distribution.
Just over 40 persons were in attendance this morning.
The contents of the stripey bags go out to Mount Gambier, Adelaide, Sydney and Internationally.
Click on the photos for a better look.

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See The Destined Day Arise – Sunday Songs

It’s only one aspect about being back at mgpc today: the singing is great.
This morning we road-tested a song my colleague found after reading a blog post by Tim Challies.
See The Destined Day Arise is a very old wordset, the English translation of which has been adapted, given a chorus and set to a new tune by Matt Merker at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, USA.
There’s a page at their website with a variety of resources including scores and mp3s.
I think it went well. As recorded it’s a pretty slow tempo, I think we went a little quicker, but the lyrics sort of demand a more reflective pace.

The lyrics:
See the destined day arise! See a willing sacrifice!
Jesus, to redeem our loss, hangs upon the shameful cross;
Jesus, who but You could bear wrath so great and justice fair?
Every pang and bitter throe, finishing your life of woe?
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Lamb of God for sinners slain!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Jesus Christ, we praise your name!
Who but Christ had dared to drain, steeped in gall, the cup of pain,
And with tender body bear thorns, and nails, and piercing spear?
Slain for us, the water flowed, mingled from your side with blood;
Sign to all attesting eyes of the finished sacrifice.
Holy Jesus, grant us grace in that sacrifice to place
All our trust for life renewed, pardoned sin, and promised good.
Grant us grace to sing your praise, ‘round your throne through endless days,
Ever with the sons of light: “Blessing, honor, glory, might!”

Lyrics: Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-600), tr. Richard Mant (1837), Public Domain;
Alt. words, chorus lyrics, and music: Matt Merker, © 2014

There’s an mp3 recording on the Capitol Hill page listed above; here’s a lovely solo rendition.

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Final Requests (preparing for MGPC 9/11/2014)

A condemned man makes what may be his final requests.
What can Christians learn about their Gospel relationships and priorities from these words passed from Paul to Timothy?

Songs of preparation are See The Destined Day Arise and All People That On Earth Do Dwell.
After the call to worship, the prayer of approach and confession will recall the privilege of passing on the testimony about God and his works to future generations and seeking his help to do that with our words and deeds.
The song of testimony and assurance is Far And Near (Say It Loud); followed by The Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
From God’s Word, Revelation 2:18-27 reveals Christ’s instructions to the church in Thyatira; we’ll continue to memorise 2 Timothy 3:16; and sing The LORD’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23).
Reading 2 Timothy 4:9-22, the sermon will consider Paul’s last requests in 2 Timothy. There requests reveal a focus on Jesus even in life’s most uncertain times that all Christians can follow.
After singing King Of Kings, Majesty, we’ll share in the Lord’s Supper.
Worship will conclude with the pastoral prayer, giving our tithes and offerings, and singing Who Is On The Lord’s Side?

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Fragile Vessels – Divine Contents (preparing for MGPC 10/8/2014)

Songs of preparation: Listen To My Words, O LORD (Psalm 105) and Blessing And Honour (Ancient Of Days).
The prayer of adoration and confession will express delight in the nature, character and love of the Trinity; thankfulness that God dwells in His people and seek forgiveness when we focus more on ourselves than God.
The Price Is Paid, the Nicene Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow is our testimony of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word, John 19:23-40 provides John’s account of Jesus’ suffering, death and burial.
We continue to memorise 2 Timothy 1:7. We did not receive a spirit of timidity.
The blessing of fellowship with God will be expressed in Sweet Hour Of Prayer.
Reading 2 Corinthians 4, the sermon will focus on Fragile Vessels, Divine Contents as we remember that the very fragilities and weaknesses which we might believe blight our lives and witness for God are the means by which the power of the Gospel is powerfully displayed to the world.
We’ll approach the table of the Lord by singing My Hope Rests Firm On Jesus Christ and then share the Lord’s Supper.
After our pastoral prayer and giving of our tithes and offerings, worship will conclude with the singing of We’ve A Story To Tell To The Nations.

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Investing Wisely (preparing for MGPC 3/8/2014)

I’m on the road tomorrow morning, but mgpc is planned to go like this:

Songs of preparation: Amazing Grace; Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us; and God Is Our Strength And Refuge.
Testimony of assurance and faith: Consider Christ; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 32; and Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
From God’s Word: John 19:1-22; 2 Timothy 1:7 (hint – ‘For God’ ‘For God’ ‘Did Not’ ‘Did Not’…); Speak, O Lord; and a sermon on Matthew 6:19-34 on Investing Wisely.
Pastoral prayer; tithes and offerings; worship concludes singing Let Your Kingdom Come.