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Christ Is Risen (2019)

In a garden, just at dawn 
Near the grave of human violence 
The most precious Word of Life 
Cleared His throat and ended silence 
For the good of us all

And He’s here when we call Him 
Bringing health, love, and laughter 
To life now and ever after 
For the good of us all 

(John Bell)

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There Silence Was by Liturgical Folk

There Silence Was is Liturgical Folk’s song based on the collect for the Holy Saturday from the Book of Common Prayer:
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Easter In Colour (preparing for MGPC 21/4/19)

Song: Christ Is Risen
Call to Worship
Song: Death Was Arrested
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 15
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flows
Bible Reading: Luke 1: 26-38 – The birth of Jesus foretold and Mary’s response of trust.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 5: 8
Song: Yours Is The Glory
Bible Reading: Mark 16: 1-8
Sermon: Easter In Colour
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God

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The Quiet Of Easter versus Performance Almighty

It interests me watching modern evangelicalism struggle more and more about what to do with Easter.
Good Friday was a spiritual pause, a pause that lasted until the acknowledgment of resurrection on Sunday morning.
Now any thought of pause seems something to be avoided and Good Friday seems to be identical to Easter Sunday.
How can you pause and rest in God when the focus is on the productivity of your own response to grace.
We can never allow the weekend that focuses on resting in the work of God to become the primary example of a never-ending striving to perfection.
From David Zahl.

Faith that more often than not begins with an admission of losing and need morphs into a hectic competition for spiritual justification, in which we baptize our busyness with religious language. Before we know it, God has ceased to be a good shepherd and turned into the Taskmaster-in-the-Sky, or worse, another name for the persecutor within. “I just couldn’t keep it up anymore!” is the refrain I’ve heard from many a refugee from performancist churches.
If there’s a difference today, it has to do with the vanishing of outlets where the pressure of perfection might be vented. It’s easier to develop a sense of enoughness, for example, when your pool of peers is in the hundreds rather than the millions, when the primary venues of comparison close shop at 5:00 p.m. Similarly, it’s a lot harder to recover from a youthful indiscretion when the internet has made the record of your adolescence permanent and searchable.
Capital-R Religion once provided a space to come clean and maybe even be absolved of shortcoming and guilt. Church wasn’t busy. If anything, it was boring and full of silence, a respite from the noise of daily demand, a local repository of peace and forgiveness. The good ones at least.


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Last Words (Tenebrae) by Andrew Peterson

Last Words (Tenebrae) is from Andrew Peterson’s Resurrection Letters Prologue EP.

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Washer Of Feet by Liturgical Folk

Washer Of Feet is Liturgical Folk’s song based on the collect for Maundy Thursday from the Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Footy Tipping 2019 – NRL Round 6 / AFL Round 5

Well, I now have no confidence whatsoever in the AFL. This is my worst start forever.
Anyway, here’s some tips.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 25/40)
New Zealand
Gold Coast

AFL (last round 3/9; season tally 14/36)
West Coast
Greater Western Sydney
Western Bulldogs