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Forgiven (preparing for mgpc 4/10/2015)

Songs of preparation: Lord Vindicate Me (Psalm 26) and Salvation Belongs To Our God.
Responsive call to worship:
Praise: From All That Dwell Below The Skies.
Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Jesus Paid It All; The Apostle’s Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 25:1-17 – Chapters 25-32 contain a series of oracles against most of the states of the ancient Near East. Chapter 25 features prophecies against Ammon, Moab, Seir, Edam, and Philistia..
Bible memorisation: Psalm 3:3,4.
Praise: Consider Christ.
Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-31
Sermon: Forgiven – God confronts David over his sin and David responds and is restored.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Bless The Lord, O My Soul – 10,000 Reasons.

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Fall (preparing for mgpc 27/9/2015)

Songs of preparation: We Greet You Sure Redeemer and Light Of The Word (Here I Am To Worship).
Call to worship:
Praise: Behold Our God.
Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Purify My Heart; The Apostle’s Creed; We Sing The Father’s Love.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 24:1-27 – Jerusalem is compared to a boiling pot whose corrosion (rust) cannot be cleansed (verses 1-14); Ezekiel’s wife, the “delight” of his eyes (verses 16), dies, and he must forgo customary mourning, ordinary practices being inadequate to represent the depth of his sorrow (verses 15,16).
Bible memorisation: Psalm 51:10-12.
Praise: God Be Merciful To Me (Psalm 51).
Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-27
Sermon: Fall – David falls into a worsening series of sinful acts that he believes he’s managed keep secret.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: May The Mind Of Christ My Saviour.

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A Prayer For Preparing Ourselves For Corporate Worship (via Scotty Smith)

Scotty Smith’s words are timely preparation for tomorrow.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the privilege of corporate worship—for the joy of gathering with sisters and brothers to boast in Christ, worship by the Spirit, and receive your Word. Forgive us for presuming on this honor and for coming less than prepared, to give you the worship of which you alone are worthy, as our Triune God.
Thank for you those who will lead us in your worship today. We pray for the singers, musicians, and liturgists. Father, may they serve us as lead worshipers more so than worship leaders. Fill their hearts with a fresh sighting of the beauty of Jesus and give them a keen awareness of the riches of the gospel. Thank you for their preparation; now bless them in their service to us.
Thank your for your servants who will read and preach your Word to us today. Give him focus and freedom, passion and pacing, and faithfulness to the text and joy in Christ. By your Spirit, Father, open us to your Word today and your Word to us. May the gospel come with convicting and humbling power, and with gladdening and transforming grace.
Thank you for the guests and visitors who will gather with us today. May they experience your welcoming heart, the magnificence of your glory, and the riches of your grace. And as we leave the service today—with your benediction and blessing, free us to serve you this week with gladness, in everything we think, say, and do.
So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.


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The Consequence Of Kindness Rejected (preparing for mgpc 20/9/2015)

Songs of preparation: The LORD Said To My Lord (Psalm 110) and The Splendour Of The King (How Great Is Our God.
Call to worship:
Praise: Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus.
Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: If Christ Be God; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 23:28-49 – The allegory of the two sisters concluded God promising judgement upon Jerusalem through her ‘lovers’.
Bible memorisation: Pslam 51:10-12.
Praise: God Moves In A Mysterious Way.
Reading: 2 Samuel 10:1-19
Sermon: The Consequences Of Kindness Rejected – A foreign king despises the kindness of God, leading to a self-inflicted situation where he ends up humbled before the kingdom of God.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: And Can It Be.

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Personal Update

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.