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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..


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Food For Gathered Sheep (preparing for mgpc 5/4/2015)

Songs of preparation: Because He’s Good, O Thank The LORD (Psalm 118), Oh, To See The Dawn, and Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
He is risen. He is risen indeed.
Prayer of Approach and Confession: The Lord is good and his steadfast love endures forever; this is the declaration and experience of the people of God. We celebrate the victory over the grave and life eternal that Christ shares with us.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: You Gave Your Life / If Christ Be God; the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 2: 1-10 Ezekiel is called to serve as God’s prophet.
Bible memorisation: Isaiah 53:7.
Praise: Alas, And Did My Saviour Bleed?.
Reading: John 20:1-18
Sermon: John 21:15-19 – Jesus affirms that Peter, empty of self and fully reliant on the Saviour, in caring for God’s people. Peter goes on to offer the same as that which he received.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Come, People Of The Risen King.


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Is Someone Fooling?

Hang on, my phone says I have 4G reception.

In Mount Gambier, second largest city in South Australia, where we’re usually making do with the telecommunication equivalents of banging rocks together. 

Hopefully Optus aren’t just fooling around.  

Please don’t be fooling around. 

 


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Facing Waves Of Opposition (preparing for mgpc 29/3/2015)

Songs of preparation: In You, LORD, I Take Refuge (Psalm 31), Never Alone, and Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Prayer of Approach and Confession: God, our refuge and deliverer; the one in whose hands our times are held; the Lord who preserves his people according to his goodness; we confess our need of the sacrifice that Jesus offers and are thankful for the resurrection life that he shares with us.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: From The Squalor Of A borrowed Stable; the Apostles’ Creed; May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 1: 1-28 Ezekiel begins to record the vision of the glory of the Lord.
Bible memorisation: Psalm 118:22-24.
Praise: Hosanna.
Reading and sermon: Acts 5:12-42 – Wave after wave of opposition come against the church. The Holy Spirit enables Christians to not be overwhelmed and to continue telling others about Jesus.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Ride On, Ride On In Majesty.


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MGPC Sale Of Gifts 2015

A fun night, this year supporting our friends David and Gae McDonald and their work with the Presbyterian Inland Mission 

  


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Enemies Within (preparing for mgpc 22/3/2015)

Songs of preparation: He Is Exalted, Let All Things Now Living, and My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Confessing our need for true cleansing that can only come from God alone; may the knowledge of the blood that has cleansed us also purge our consciences from dead or hypocritical works to serve and glorify the triune God.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23); the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Revelation 22:1-21 The seventh cycle of visions, that of the New Jerusalem, concludes with a description of a restored Eden (verses 1-5). John’s Revelation closes with a promise, an exhortation, and a warning (verses 6-21).
Bible memorisation: Psalm 118:22-24.
Praise: We Plough The Fields And Scatter.
Reading and sermon: Acts 4:32-5:11 – Enemies Within. The opposition against the Gospel experience from those outside the church is mirrored by the threat of Gospel denying motivations and actions within the Church. The Holy Spirit works to demonstrate that God will not be lied to.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Not To Us (Receive The Glory).