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Everyone Means Everyone (preparing for MGPC 20/4/2014)

The good news of the resurrection is for everyone.
We’ll remember that again this Easter Sunday.

Now Open Wide The Gates For Me (Psalm 118) and New Song In My Heart are our songs of preparation with Christ The Lord Is Risen Today commencing worship.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will recall the scope and extent of God’s love, and commit ourselves to never forgetting it.
My Lord, What Love Is (Amazing Love), the Nicene Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow will be our testimony of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word, John 9:18-41 continue the account of the healing of the man born blind; then we’ll continue memorising Hebrews 9:28.
Yours Is The Glory, Risen Conquering Son will be another song of resurrection praise.
After reading Acts 10:34-43, the sermon will focus on the centrality of the death and resurrection of Jesus as the message the church carried forth; as the reason why the message went forth; and even explaining the inclusiveness of the Gospel.
We’ll be led in pastoral prayer, give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing See What A Morning.

And then have Easter buns in the hall for morning tea.

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A Special Day – And Many More

Back in 2003 Rod Waterhouse, my soon to be colleague, wrote that some days are more significant than others.
And that is what April 15, 2003 turned out to be.
A significant day.
There have been many days since then (4000 or so), some pleasurable, some sad, some encouraging, some perplexing, some already faded from memory, and some that will never be forgotten as long as memory remains.
But they all flow from this one day, and the promises that were made that night.

As in 2003, Sunday April 20 in 2014 is Easter Sunday.
Back then my friend Rod was prompted to remind us all of the most significant day ever, the day of the resurrection, the day from which all our days flow.
From that day till now we’ve worked to live out that power as a community, and to share the good news of that new life with others.
And so we continue to be witnesses of the resurrection power of new life through all the days with which we’re blessed.


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Continuing Confidence (preparing for MGPC 13/4/2014)

The biblical account of Jesus entry to Jerusalem on the week before his crucifixion are the theme of our opening songs, Hosanna and This Earth Belongs To God.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will focus on the love God has shown us in Jesus and how we must always look to him as we go onward.
Blessed Be Your Name is our testimony of assurance, after which we’ll state the Apostles’ Creed and sing Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
In God’s Word, John 9:1-17 tells us of Jesus healing a man born blind; then we’ll continue to memorise Hebrews 9:28; and sing All Glory, Praise And Honour.
Hebrews 10:32-29 will be read and the sermon, Continuing Confidence will explore how Christians are encouraged to remember how they confidently trusted Jesus in ‘the bad old days’, growing in faith and maturity, so that they will continue to trust in Jesus during current trials.
After singing Behold The Lamb we’ll share in the Lord’s Supper.
Our pastoral prayers will be offering, then tithes and offerings collected.
Worship concludes singing Ride On, Ride On In Majesty.