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Waiting Until The Coast Is Clear

Portrait of household cat (Smidge) asking if school-holiday visitor has gone home yet.

She spent a leisurely day under our bed.


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“New Australialand”

Australia Lamb have released their 2019 advertising effort, maybe their most controversial production yet.
Controversial, that is, if you live in New Zealand.
I’m not sure what they gain from the proposal, but don’t most of them live here anyway?
Just imagine, a national Rugby Union team that wins.


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Where Can I Look – Sunday Songs

Where Can I Look? is a song from EMU Music released as EMU Youth on their No Love Is Higher album.
The song incorporates some expressions from the Psalms.
This is a lyric video, but I’ve included the lyrics below.

The lyrics:
1.
Where can I look for my help?
Where can I go for my strength?
Where can I find, where can I find perfect rest?
2.
Where can I look for my peace?
Where can I go for my joy?
Where can I find, where can I find endless life?
Refrain 1.
I will lift my eyes to the heavens
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of creation holds me close
3.
Who is the one I can trust?
Who will protect all my ways?
Who never rests, who watches over my life?
Refrain 2.
I will lift my eyes to the heavens
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of creation holds me close
For my Saviour watches over
And covers me with grace
My shelter and my portion, always
Bridge.
My help, my strength, my joy, my peace
My hope, my life, my liberty
All wisdom, pow’r, all truth, and love
Are found forever in your son
(Repeat bridge)
Refrain 2.

Words and Music by and © 2017: Liv Chapman, Alanna Glover & Philip Percival


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 3

Question 3
How many persons are there in God?
Answer
There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

These accompanying songs don’t attempt to include the whole answer, which is a bit disappointing given the abbreviated nature of the answers already.


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Sometimes You Can Get The Necessary Information, But Lack Essential Context

Sometimes sermons can be all push and no pull.
The facts are communicated as information – perhaps all imperatives, but preaching illustrates and seeks to draw – something of a winsome invitation.
Bible preaching does both: instructs and invites.
This is when news becomes good news.
Saw this précis of movie that reminded me of the principle.
It tells you what the movie is about, but doesn’t really tell you what the movie is like.


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Renewed Humanity (preparing for MGPC 20/1/2019)

Song: Never Alone
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Saviour Of The World
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Search Me, O God
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 3
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Zechariah 3: 1-10 – Zechariah’s fourth vision is of Joshua the high priest facing Satan’s accusations of uncleanliness, and hence unworthiness.
Bible Memorisation: Matthew 6:6
Song: Jesus Shall Reign
Bible Reading: Titus 3:1-15
Sermon: Renewed Humanity
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Saved My Soul


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1000 People Of Dance

In which Matt Bray spends a year travelling the globe, videoing different people doing the same dance with him at various locations, then edits together a single clip.
It’s all come together pretty well, and is a feel-good few minutes that took a long time to produce.