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The Final Word About The Final Word (preparing for MGPC 14/12/2014)

Songs of preparation: Tell Out My Soul and I Praise You, Lord (Psalm 138:1-8)
Prayer of adoration and confession: reaching out to the one who sees us sowing in tears and will bring the fruit that we will reap in joy, we ask God that our hearts will be prepared to receive Jesus when he comes again.
Assurance, Affirmation, Doxology: Shine, Jesus, Shine; the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuing reading: Revelation 7:1-17, the opening of the 7th seal delayed.
Praise: It Came Upon The Midnight Clear.
Sermon: Malachi 3:13-4:6; The Final Word About The Final Word. God assures his people of his enduring character, the certainty that creation will reflect his character in the future, that those he loves will be secure, and that the people should anticipate the coming of the one who will prepare the way for his coming.
Praise: Behold The Lamb.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Closing praise: Who Is He In Yonder Stall?

You’re welcome to participate in a bring and share lunch.

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One Year On – A Reflection From Jozua’s Dad

This time last year Jozua had an accident.
Many readers followed the ongoing story of his recovery and prayed along.
Last night I (and lots of others) received the following email from his father.

Hello All,

Last year, 9 December, the last Monday of the school year, Jozua’s life (as all our lives are every day, we just seem to need the occasional reminder of this) was in God’s hand, and we celebrate today that he has not only continued to sustain his life, but restored him completely, and turned temporary pain into a blessing.
It is great to have Anne, Jozua, David and Naomi all with us in our family in such a normal way. A reminder to all to enjoy the live of those you love while they are around!
We are thankful for all the care Jozua received, the Royal Flying Doctors, the nurses, hospital staff, neurosurgeons, rehab, Ronald McDonald, etc. We are thankful for the care and concern we received through churches, school (accommodating his improving level of functioning; classmates helping him back to normality), work and community. From friends, family and from people we didn’t know knew us. We are thankful for the prayers from people close by and very far away, and especially to our God who answered with a miracle. We are thankful to you all.
Be glad with us!

Have a wonderful Christmas, Jeroen & Diana

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God’s Storehouse (preparing for MGPC 7/12/2014)

Songs of preparation: Comfort, O Comfort My People and Come, O Long Expected Jesus.
Responsive call to worship and song of praise King Of Kings, Majesty.
Congregational prayer of confession, song of assurance – Just As I Am, the Apostles’ Creed, and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Revelation 6:1-17
Praise: See The Destined Day Arise.
Sermon: Malachi 3:6-12, God’s Storehouse.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings, closing song – Hark The Herald Angels Sing.

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Be Prepared For What You Ask For (preparing for MGPC 30/11/2014)

Those who most desired the judgment of God to fall on others seemed to have no idea about the measure of God’s mercy, or how they themselves needed to be prepared lest that judgment fall on them.

Songs of preparation: Child In The Manger, He Will Hold Me Fast, and Give To Our God Immortal Praise.
Prayer of confession and adoration: remembering God’s faithfulness and the special favour he extends towards his beloved; and that we might cast away works of darkness and continue to lay hold of his favoured one, in whom all light resides.
Song of assurance, confession and doxology: Purify My Heart, the Apostles’ Creed, and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (with Hallelujahs).
From God’s Word:
Consecutive reading: Revelation 5:1-14, where the seven seals are broken, revealing God’s purposes.
Memory verse: 2 Timothy 3:16&17 (our final week)
Praise: Join All The Glorious Names.
Sermon: Malachi 2:17-3:5. God charges the people with living as if he would not judge, taking mercy as laxity. Informing them of the severity of judgment, God promises that he himself will come and enact that judgment, bidding his people to live in anticipation of his coming and to seek the mercy extended until he comes. Today Christians believe that Jesus has come once to demonstrate the severity of judgment and the extent of God’s mercy and we live in an extended time of grace in which all those who will be saved are being gathered in.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll hear a brief budget summary, give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing All My Days.

There will be a shared lunch tomorrow, and there will be a paleo pumpkin pie on offer, for starters. All welcome.

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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.