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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.


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The Peril Of Trampling The Son Of God (preparing for mgpc 6/4/2014)

You Gave Your Life (If Christ Be God) and Saviour, While My Heart Is Tender are the songs of preparation.
Worship commences with Come People Of The Risen King.
The prayer of adoration and confession will focus on the fullness of the relationship which we have with God in Christ and how our greatest sin would be not treasuring that gift of grace.
The Mystery Of The Cross (Jesus, Thank You) is our response.
The Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow are our affirmations of faith.
In God’s Word, John 8:31-59 reveals Jesus teaching at the temple during the feast of booths and his great declaration that ‘before Abraham was, I am’.
We’ll continue our memorisation of Hebrews 9:28 (to music) and then sing God’s word, Psalm 130 – From Out The Depths I Cry.
After reading Hebrews 10:26-31, the sermon will focus on the peril of trampling the Son of God, in which the exhortations of the previous verses are contrasted with the consequences of failing to cherish and live out the Gospel in all its dimensions in our lives. We consider the sobering fact that it is a sobering and fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, and that Jesus Himself gives us the greatest example of how serious that would be.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.