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Is Someone Fooling?

Hang on, my phone says I have 4G reception.

In Mount Gambier, second largest city in South Australia, where we’re usually making do with the telecommunication equivalents of banging rocks together. 

Hopefully Optus aren’t just fooling around.  

Please don’t be fooling around. 

 


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Facing Waves Of Opposition (preparing for mgpc 29/3/2015)

Songs of preparation: In You, LORD, I Take Refuge (Psalm 31), Never Alone, and Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Prayer of Approach and Confession: God, our refuge and deliverer; the one in whose hands our times are held; the Lord who preserves his people according to his goodness; we confess our need of the sacrifice that Jesus offers and are thankful for the resurrection life that he shares with us.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: From The Squalor Of A borrowed Stable; the Apostles’ Creed; May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 1: 1-28 Ezekiel begins to record the vision of the glory of the Lord.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 118:22-24.
Praise: Hosanna.
Reading and sermon: Acts 5:12-42 – Wave after wave of opposition come against the church. The Holy Spirit enables Christians to not be overwhelmed and to continue telling others about Jesus.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Ride On, Ride On In Majesty.


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MGPC Sale Of Gifts 2015

A fun night, this year supporting our friends David and Gae McDonald and their work with the Presbyterian Inland Mission 

  


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Enemies Within (preparing for mgpc 22/3/2015)

Songs of preparation: He Is Exalted, Let All Things Now Living, and My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Confessing our need for true cleansing that can only come from God alone; may the knowledge of the blood that has cleansed us also purge our consciences from dead or hypocritical works to serve and glorify the triune God.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23); the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 22:1-21 The seventh cycle of visions, that of the New Jerusalem, concludes with a description of a restored Eden (verses 1-5). John’s Revelation closes with a promise, an exhortation, and a warning (verses 6-21).
Bible memorisation: Psalm 118:22-24.
Praise: We Plough The Fields And Scatter.
Reading and sermon: Acts 4:32-5:11 – Enemies Within. The opposition against the Gospel experience from those outside the church is mirrored by the threat of Gospel denying motivations and actions within the Church. The Holy Spirit works to demonstrate that God will not be lied to.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Not To Us (Receive The Glory).


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Holy Boldness (preparing for MGPC 15/3/2015)

Songs of preparation: O Thank The LORD For He Is Good (Psalm 107), Cornerstone, and To God Be The Glory!
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Lifting up our voices to acknowledge the God who redeemed us despite our many failings, asking that we may live out the joy into which we’re called and be faithful followers of Jesus.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Sola (By Your Word Alone); the Apostles’ Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 20–21:8 continues the sixth cycle of visions, chapter 20 depicting the binding of Satan and the Great White Throne judgment.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 118:22-24.
Praise: Shine Jesus Shine.
Reading and sermon: Acts 4:1-31 – Holy Boldness. When intimidated and threatened to not tell others about Jesus, Peter and John are enabled by the Holy Spirit to keep on talking about Him, regardless of the reaction – this is a gift for all believers.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus.


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Jesus The Healer (preparing for MGPC 8/3/2015)

Songs of preparation: From the Highest of Heights (Indescribable), All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Psalm 100).
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Praising the God who testifies of Himself and His saving power in creation and revelation, giving thanks for His power that makes us His children and keeps us His children.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: God So Loved The World (One For Many); the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 19:1-24 – beginning the sixth cycle of visions that culminate in the second coming.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 118:22-24.
Praise: My Faith Looks Up To See.
Reading and sermon: Acts 3:11-26 – Jesus The Healer. The healing of a lame man draws a lot of attention; Peter directs that attention to the one who healed the man, the same one who can completely redeem those who have rejected God.
Praise – O Saviour, Where Shall Guilty Man – and Lord’s Supper
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: As You Go.


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In Jesus’ Name For Jesus’ Fame (preparing for MGPC 1/3/2015)

Songs of preparation: Now Thank We All Our God, Sing Unto The Lord A New Song / Psalm 96.
Responsive call to worship from Psalm 90 and Romans 10.
Praise: At The Name Of Jesus.
Corporate prayer of confession.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Before The Throne Of God Above; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 18:1-24 – the fall of Babylon is announced and celebrated.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 118:22-24.
Praise: This Is My Father’s World.
Reading and sermon: Acts 3:1-26 – In Jesus’ Name For Jesus’ Fame. The signs associated with the Pentecostal Church give witness to the saving work and resurrection power of Jesus.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: I Praise You, Lord / Psalm 138.