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Fragile Vessels – Divine Contents (preparing for MGPC 10/8/2014)

Songs of preparation: Listen To My Words, O LORD (Psalm 105) and Blessing And Honour (Ancient Of Days).
The prayer of adoration and confession will express delight in the nature, character and love of the Trinity; thankfulness that God dwells in His people and seek forgiveness when we focus more on ourselves than God.
The Price Is Paid, the Nicene Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow is our testimony of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word, John 19:23-40 provides John’s account of Jesus’ suffering, death and burial.
We continue to memorise 2 Timothy 1:7. We did not receive a spirit of timidity.
The blessing of fellowship with God will be expressed in Sweet Hour Of Prayer.
Reading 2 Corinthians 4, the sermon will focus on Fragile Vessels, Divine Contents as we remember that the very fragilities and weaknesses which we might believe blight our lives and witness for God are the means by which the power of the Gospel is powerfully displayed to the world.
We’ll approach the table of the Lord by singing My Hope Rests Firm On Jesus Christ and then share the Lord’s Supper.
After our pastoral prayer and giving of our tithes and offerings, worship will conclude with the singing of We’ve A Story To Tell To The Nations.


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Investing Wisely (preparing for MGPC 3/8/2014)

I’m on the road tomorrow morning, but mgpc is planned to go like this:

Songs of preparation: Amazing Grace; Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us; and God Is Our Strength And Refuge.
Testimony of assurance and faith: Consider Christ; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 32; and Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
From God’s Word: John 19:1-22; 2 Timothy 1:7 (hint – ‘For God’ ‘For God’ ‘Did Not’ ‘Did Not’…); Speak, O Lord; and a sermon on Matthew 6:19-34 on Investing Wisely.
Pastoral prayer; tithes and offerings; worship concludes singing Let Your Kingdom Come.


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The Wise Heart (preparing for MGPC 27/7/2014)

There Is A Redeemer and Blest The Man Who Fears Jehovah (Psalm 128) are the songs of preparation, with Far And Near commencing worship.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will recognise God’s eternal being and faithfulness, confessing the times when we act in ways that disregard that truth, trusting instead that which is limited and unable to preserve us.
Search Me, O God, the Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow are our confession of faith and assurance.
From God’s Word we continue to read John’s Gospel considering Jesus’ trial by Pilate.
We’ll be learning another Bible verse for memorisation.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus gives expression to the Christian’s experience of fellowship with God through prayer.
Following the reading Psalm 90, the sermon will focus on The Wise Heart, as we consider Moses’ mature testimony of the frailties of life and the enduring faithfulness of God, and how a wise life learns which is the better legacy to leave for new generations.
After our pastoral prayer and giving our tithes and offerings we’ll conclude worship singing All My Days (Beautiful Saviour).


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Blessing On Blessing (preparing for MGPC 20/07/2014)

Give Thanks and Were I To Cross From Land To Land (Psalm 139) are the songs of preparation.
Worship begins with Salvation Belongs To Our God.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will celebrate the acceptance we have with God through the Lord Jesus Christ and fruit in our lives which his love produces in us.
The Church’s One Foundation, the Apostles’ Creed and Now To The King Of Heaven are our confession of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word, John 18-1-27 contains Jesus’ betrayal, arrest and questioning by the High Priest.
On our final week in Hebrews our last memory verse revision is Hebrews 13:14.
All Things Bright And Beautiful is a song of praise to our creator God.
After reading Hebrews 13:20-25 the sermon unfolds the book of Hebrews closing benediction.
The writer closes by reminding Christians of who it is that has given and what it is that Christians have received. The fruit of this abundant blessing is the offering that we return to God.
After our pastoral prayer and tithes and offerings, worship will close as sing From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable.

Here’s Were I To Cross. We’re doing a simple version tomorrow.


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Going To Jesus (preparing for MGPC 13/7/2014)

For anyone not on holidays or battling flu, here’s how things will go tomorrow.
Psalm 119:105-112 (Your Word’s A Lamp To Guide My Feet) and Now Thank We All Our God to commence worship.
The prayer of adoration and confession will thank God for the life he has brought his people into through Jesus and ask him to help us always look to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord.
Glory Of Glories, The Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow are our confession of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word, John 1:1-26 contains Jesus’ high priestly prayer.
This week we’re revising Hebrews 11:1 (hint: it’s about faith)
We’ll also sing Stop! Go! and Watch!
After reading Hebrews 13:7-19 the sermon will focus on Going To Jesus. The applications of this letter continue to focus on the central thesis of God’s saving work through Jesus Christ. Christian life is not about believing and doing, it’s about a relationship with Jesus and actions that flow from that relationship.
We’ll prepare for the Lord’s Supper singing Jesus Paid It All and then share the supper together.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings then conclude worship singing You’re The Word Of God The Father (Across The Lands).


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Gospel Community (preparing for MGPC 6/7/2014

Daughter, Incline Your Ear (Psalm 45) and Indescribable (From The Highest Of Heights) are the songs of preparation, worship commences singing Praise To The Lord The Almighty.
The prayer of adoration and confession will focus on the faithfulness of God in all situations and seek forgiveness for those times when we reject his faithfulness and seek our own means to secure peace, satisfaction and security.
My Faith Looks Up To See, Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 60, and Now To Him Who Loved Us, Gave Us will be the confession of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word, John 16:1-33 continues the upper room discourse, in which Jesus speaks of the sending of the Holy Spirit.
During the holidays we’re revising our memory verses, this week Hebrews 9:28.
We’ll sing Lord I Lift Your Name On High in praise of our resurrected and glorified King Jesus.
Reading Hebrews 13:1-6, the sermon will focus on Gospel Community. Trusting in Jesus will show in our love for other Christians and strangers; in our commitment to holiness and purity; and in our satisfaction with all that God provides for us.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings then conclude worship singing I Will Glory In My Redeemer.


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Keep Up The Prayer Meetings – Charles Spurgeon

First Sunday prayer service at mgpc tomorrow night.
J.D. Greear provides an extended quote from Charles Spurgeon.
An excerpt:

Keep up the prayer-meeting, whatever else flags; it is the great business evening of the week, the best service between the Sabbaths; be you sure to make it so. If you find that your people cannot come in the evening, then try and have a prayer-meeting when they can come.
If we cannot stir the people without doing extraordinary things, in the name of all that is good and great let us do extraordinary things, but somehow we must keep up the prayer-meetings, for they are at the very secret source of power with God and with men.

Read the rest here.