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New Life For A Dry Tree (preparing for mgpc 24/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: Forevermore May The LORD’s Glory Sound (Psalm 108), The Splendour Of The King – How Great Is Our God, and Glory Be To God The Father.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: acknowledging with thanks the gift of the Holy Spirit and asking God to shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: There Is A Redeemer; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 53; Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 9: 1 – 11, Ezekiel’s vision continues; God’s executioners destroy the idolators of Jerusalem while the faithful are identified and spared.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: Spirit Of God, Unseen As The Wind.
Reading: Acts 8: 25-40
Sermon: New Life For A Dead Tree – God’s saving grace brings an individual who is a conspicuous outsider fully into the people of God.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Holy Spirit, Living Breath Of God.


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Jesus Declares Himself (preparing for mgpc 17/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: Saviour, While My Heart Is Tender, All Nations Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47), and Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: And Can It Be; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1; We Sing The Father’s Love.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 8: 1 – 18, Ezekiel’s vision describes the types of idolatry that invoke God’s wrath.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
A greeting from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria around by PCV Moderator David Brown
Praise: O God Of Truth Whose Living Word.
Reading: John 2:1-11
Sermon: Jesus Declares Himself – David Brown.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: From Heaven You Came / The Servant King.


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Power Struggle (preparing for mgpc 10/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: To The LORD O Sing A New Song (Psalm 98), and Blessed Be Your Name
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire;;
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Jesus, Your Blood And Righteousness; the Apostles’ Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 7: 1 – 27, Ezekiel announces the arrival of the day of wrath without pity against the land of Israel.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: O Worship The King
Reading: Acts 8:5-25
Sermon: The Beginning Of Mission – The growth of the kingdom in Samaria demonstrates that those who become Christian are the same as those who believed in Jerusalem; and that the kingdom will grow through humility and service, not status and power.
Praise: When I See What You Can See.
Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: We Are His children (Go Forth In His Name).


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The Beginning Of Mission (preparing for mgpc 3/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: I’ll Praise You In The Gathering (Psalm 22), My Lord, What Love Is This? (Amazing Love), and When Morning Gilds The Skies
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his
steps in the way that leads to eternal life;
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: I Stand Amazed (How Marvellous); the Apostles’ Creed; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 6: 1 – 14, God’s judgment against idolatry is announced.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: Cornerstone
Reading: Acts 8:1-4
Sermon: The Beginning Of Mission – The spread of the Gospel that Jesus had said would take place begins, through means no one could have planned or wanted.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: You’re The Word Of God the Father (Across The Lands)..


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We Remember (preparing for mgpc 26/4/2015)

Songs of preparation: O Sacred Head Surrounded, The Mystery Of The Cross (Jesus, Thank You), and How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Desiring that we will hear, and continue to hear, the voice of the Good Shepherd in redemption and living as redeemed people.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Jesus Loves Me, This I Know; the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 5: 1 – 17, Ezekiel reveals the punishment of God and the preservation of the remnant.
Bible memorisation: Isaiah 53:7.
Praise: The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
Reading: Acts 7:1-60
Sermon: We Remember – What looks like a hopeless defeat is a victory, both in the proclamation and spread of the Gospel.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Psalm 96 (Sing Unto The Lord A New Song)..


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Full Of Grace And Power (preparing for mgpc 19/4/2015)

Songs of preparation: Now Open Wide The Gates (Psalm 118), All Heaven Declares, and Rejoice, The Lord Is King!
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Asking that God will continue to give us open eyes to behold the risen Lord Jesus the one who was rejected, but who is the foundation of salvation.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: All I Have Is Christ; the Apostles’ Creed; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 4: 1 – 17, Ezekiel symbolically portrays the coming final siege of Jerusalem and the punishment of Judah (realized in 587-86BC).
Bible memorisation: Isaiah 53:7.
Praise: Yours Is The Glory!
Reading: Acts 6:7-15
Sermon: Soon the Gospel will be carried to all the world. First, a faithful man will be persecuted on account of that faith.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Far And Near (Say It Loud)..


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Called To Serve (preparing for mgpc 12/4/2015)

Though I won’t be at mgpc tomorrow, this is what’s planned.

Songs of preparation: Behold How Very Good It Is (Psalm 133), and My Hope Rests Firm On Jesus Christ
Responsive call to worship:
Praise: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.
Prayer of Approach and Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Let Us Sing And Love And Wonder; the Nicene Creed; Let All Things Their Creator Bless.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 3: 1-27 Ezekiel commissioned to speak as God’s watchmen.
Bible memorisation: Isaiah 53:7.
Praise:
Reading: Acts 6:1-6
Sermon: An important development in the life of the church as the privilege of seeing that practical needs are met is given to a seven specially tasked people.
Praise: We Come As Guests Invited.
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Yours Is The Kingdom..