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Personal Update

So…
After a few days in Queensland on a denominational related activity, I was due to commence leave on June 26.
As is usual everyone was pretty glad that I was doing that, as I usually leave it too long to take holidays.
That morning I received the first contact in what has turned out to be my mother’s need to move into supported care.
Thankfully mum has taken up residence in a (PresCare) home in Maryborough. We have a bunch of things to work through in terms of becoming managers of her financial affairs and then proceeding to sell her house.
My wife and I were in Maryborough and Hervey Bay for a couple of weeks and having done all we thought we could to that stage prepared to come home.
The day before our departure we were given news that a nephew of ours (Margaret’s sister’s son) had died from injuries in a traffic accident. We swung down through Brisbane to see Margaret’s sister and then decided to head home anyway. As we were going to the car we got the call to say mum had been offered a place and would move in next Tuesday (two days ago now).
Not really knowing what to do, we went home.
Margaret and four of our children attended a funeral in Brisbane today, and after visiting Adelaide this weekend I’m heading back to Maryborough to see mum and do whatever I can to prepare her house for auction, probably for another week or so.

Needless to say this was not the leave that I was planning.

Today two of the elders had a coffee with me. (One of my daughters called it an ‘intervention’)
They told me they didn’t really want to see me back before the middle of September.
Basically that all the time up till now is some form of compassionate leave.
I’m not really in any frame of mind to respond to that with anything else but agreement and thanks.
Thanks too for a wonderful colleague, elders and everyone at mgpc.
I really don’t know how I’m going, except I’m not as good as I should be.
It’s not doom and gloom.
I’m very thankful for a wonderful group of people who generously and thoughtfully care for, and support me.
And I know there are lots of folk who struggle through situations like these without that level of care.
Thanks too for those of you who’ve left comments here or other places and indicated your interest and concern.
I don’t take it for granted.
And I’m very appreciative.


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No Partiality (preparing for mgpc 21/6/2015)

Songs of preparation: Sing Praise To The LORD (Psalm 9), Lord I Come Before Your Throne Of Grace and Come Now, Almighty King.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: asking God to ensure we have perpetual love and reverence for His holy Name, for He never fails to help and govern those whom
He has set upon the sure foundation of His loving-kindness through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: King Of Kings, Majesty; The Apostle’s Creed; May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 13:1-23 – The condemnation of false prophets, which began in 12:21, continues.
Bible memorisation: Acts 3:19-20.
Praise: Take My Life And Let It Be.
Reading: Acts 10:23b-48
Sermon: No Partiality – Peter experiences the meaning of God’s vision as he shares the Gospel with a group of Gentiles and the Holy Spirit makes His presence known.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Jesus Is Lord.


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Remembering Our Death, Celebrating Our Life, Week By Week

Tomorrow we gather as church to remember death.
Our death.
We have died with Christ.
Tomorrow we gather as church to celebrate life.
Christ’s life.
We have been raised with Him.
Remembrance and celebration, week after week.
How much we need it.


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The Smorgasbord School Of Training (preparing for mgpc 14/6/2015)

Songs of preparation: The LORD Reply In Your Distress and From The Highest Of Heights (Indescribable).
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: asking God to hold his household the Church in his steadfast faith and love, that through his grace his people may proclaim
his truth with boldness, and minister his justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Approach My Soul The Mercy Seat; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 12:1-28 Ezekiel symbolically portrays Israel’s captivity and exile.
Bible memorisation: Acts 3:19-20.
Praise: Seek Ye First.
Reading: Acts 9:32 – 10:23a
Sermon: The Smorgasbord School Of Training – Peter continues to experience the refining work that the Lord Jesus carries out on the lives of all those who will serve him by sharing the Gospel with the world as God shows him that a temporary partition has served its purpose.
Praise: Here Is Love.
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Blessed Assurance.


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That Escalated Quickly

Talking to the Board of Management at MGPC tonight about taking some leave.
I got past starting on Friday June 26 and was talking about coming back at the end of July, like the 27th, but then this weird auction started out and now I’ll be starting back on August 10. I think.
I had to stop the discussion before things blew out till September.
There’s probably a week’s study leave in there somewhere toward the end, because it’s been strenuously suggested I go to a ministry week in Melbourne at the end of July.
And there may be a quick assembly meeting in there somewhere as well.
But generally it should work.


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The Basket Case School Of Training (preparing for mgpc 7/6/2015)

Songs of preparation: Man Of Sorrows, With All My Heart My Thanks I’ll Bring (Psalm 138) , and Light Of The World (Here I Am To Worship).
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: recognising God, from whom all good proceeds we ask that he will grant that by his inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by his merciful guiding may do them through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Beneath The Cross Of Jesus; The Apostle’s Creed; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 11: 1 – 25, Ezekiel’s vision, which began in chapter 8, concludes with the promise that even in captivity God will preserve a remnant, even as the glory of the Lord leaves the city.
Bible memorisation: Acts 3:19-20.
Praise: Be Strong And Courageous.
Reading: Acts 9: 19b-30
Sermon: The Basket Case School Of Training – Saul begins to experience the refining work that the Lord Jesus carries out on the lives of all those who will serve him by sharing the Gospel with the world.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Great Is Your Faithfulness.


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A Violent Grace (preparing for mgpc 31/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: Blessèd Is The Man (Psalm 1), Lord I Come (What A Faithful God Have I), and Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: acknowledging the glory of the eternal Trinity, and thankful for the power of the divine work of the three persons that cause and enable us to worship the Unity: our prayer is that God keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see Him in His one and eternal glory.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Behold The Lamb Of God; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 10: 1 – 22, Ezekiel sees burning coals scattered over the city, cherubim are again described (as in chapter 1:15 following), as the glory of the Lord leaves the temple.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: What A Friend We Have In Jesus.
Reading: Acts 9: 1-19a
Sermon: A Violent Grace – Jesus reveals the power of his grace and the unfolding that the nations be gathered in as he encounters Saul on the road to Damascus.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: All My Days (Beautiful Saviour).