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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.


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The Healthy Body (preparing for mgpc 22/2/2015)

Songs of preparation: To You I Lift My Soul (Psalm 25), Come, People Of The Risen King, Come, O Fount Of Every Blessing.
Prayer of adoration and confession: praising our Lord who fasted forty days in the wilderness for our sake, overcoming every temptation that His people succumbed to; and confessing our need of the continuing work of the Spirit that we might live as the people that He has redeemed.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Create In Me A Clean Heart; the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 17:1-18 – the fifth cycle of visions depicting the judgment against paganism.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 16:8-9.
Praise: Behold Our God.
Reading and sermon: Acts 2:43-47 – The Healthy Body. The Pentecostal Church in action is described: their diet, their exercise, their effect.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story.


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Presence, Power, Proclamation (preparing for mgpc 15/2/2015)

Songs of preparation: God, Most Supreme In Might (Psalm 50), Come, People Of The Risen King, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty.
Prayer of adoration and confession: approaching our holy and glorious God and confessing our unworthiness to stand in His presence without mediation, giving thanks and praise that because Jesus bore the weight of our sins on the cross, we live in the light of God’s presence.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: I Will Glory In My Redeemer; the Apostles’ Creed; Blessing, Honour, Glory, Power.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 16:1-21 – The seven bowls of God’s wrath.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 16:8-9.
Praise: Stop! Go! Watch!.
Reading and sermon: Acts 2:1-42 – Presence, Power, Proclamation. What is the meaning of the extraordinary events of Pentecost, and how do they impact on the lives of Christians today? The delivery and content of Peter’s sermon on that day give us God’s answer.
Report about the work of David and Gae McDonald in the Presbyterian Inland Mission in northern South Australia.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: When Peace, Like A River.

Afterwards we’ll share lunch together with the McDonalds.


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The Ongoing Mission Of The Resurrected, Ascended Lord

Last Sunday’s sermon focussed on Acts 1:9-26.
Again, the emphasis is on the resurrected Lord Jesus, and the fact that our mission is his mission, not simply our sentimental continuation of his memory.
It is His work, not simply our notion of how He’d like us to remember Him.
Added to that is the reality of the ascension, with the authority and power that Jesus sitting at the right of the Father conveys.
We are carrying out a work of obedience to His authority; seasoned by the fact that we are His friends. This speaks of a purpose and priority in our mission.
The disciples pray for that which has been promised, and they pray before they carry out actions Jesus has left them to do.
We remember that our activities and decisions are more than the sum of our resources and capabilities.
They are expressions of Jesus work of growing the Kingdom, and we don’t just work on behalf of Him, we work as expressions of His power and will.
Finally, there is the expectation of His return.
Our mission and ministry is finite, Jesus will return; we are not filling in time until he returns, we are purposely working toward what He desires to return to.


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A Praying People (preparing for MGPC 8/2/2015)

Songs of preparation: O Praise The LORD, Jerusalem (Psalm 147), Jesus Is The Name We Honour.
Prayer of adoration and confession: recognising God as having gathered the poor and unworthy, taking pleasure in those who hope in his steadfast love; giving thanks that we know continuing freedom from sin and abundance of life in the Lord Jesus.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Glory Of Glories; the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 15:1-8 – The commencement of the fourth cycle of visions.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 16:8-9.
Praise: God Has Spoken By His Prophets.
Reading and sermon: Acts 1:9-26 – A Praying People. Luke recounts the disciple’s activities as they await the Holy Spirit, demonstrating how fervent, persistent and unified prayer feature every aspect of the life of God’s people.
Praise: Behold The Lamb (Communion Song).
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer.


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His Witnesses (preparing for MGPC 1/2/2015)

Songs of preparation: Yours Is The Kingdom, The Mighty Power Of His Works (Psalm 111), Salvation Belongs To Our God.
Prayer of adoration and confession: praising God for the experiential revelation of Himself to His people in the works of redemption and provision; asking that we His people would ever adorn our lives in a profession and practice that speaks the Gospel of the Kingdom to the world.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Sweet Hour Of Prayer; the Apostles’ Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 14:1-20 – The completion of the third cycle of visions.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 16:8-9.
Praise: Who’s The King Of The Jungle.
Reading and sermon: Acts 1:1-8 – His Witnesses. Jesus spends forty days physically present with the disciples convincing them of the resurrection; instructing them further about the Kingdom; and giving them a command that demonstrates that experience and knowledge alone are not enough to fulfill the mission that He entrusts to the church.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.


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Responding To Something Good (preparing for MGPC 25/1/2015)

Songs of preparation: My Soul In Silence Waits For God; King Of Kings, Majesty; You Servants Of God.
Prayer of adoration and confession: The God who is our fortress and place of protection and refuge accepts we who are weak and lowly because of Jesus; the people of God are blessed to share the news of this amazing love with all the peoples of the world.
Song of assurance, confession of faith and doxology: My Hope Rests Firm; the Apostles’ Creed; and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Revelation 13:1-18 – Depictions of persecuting power, with an encouragement to enduring.
Praise: Rock Of Ages, Cleft For Me.
Sermon: Mark 1:14-20 – Responding To Something Good. Jesus calls disciples to help in the gathering of the kingdom.
Pastoral prayers and tithes and offerings.
Closing praise: There Is A Redeemer.