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MGPC Sale Of Gifts 2011

The night after Harvest Festival you auction off all the gifts (which have been supplemented with more goodies through the day).
No bargains here.
Just fun.
This year we’re supporting our friend John Mackay.



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One Man Disney Movie

One for Disney animated musical fans.
Nick Petera stages a one man homage to the music of Disney’s animated musicals and sings all the parts.
All of them. Even the female ones. His vocal range is amazing.
He must be fun at karaoke nights.
The video is very creatively staged, as well.


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The Man Your Man Could Be Like – Old Presbyterian

Flogged from a Facebook comment by Darren Middleton.
(In homage to the Old Spice online videos, btw)

Hello, ladies, look at your man, now back to Jesus, now back at your man, now back to Jesus.
Sadly, he isn’t like Jesus, but if he switched to the Old Presbyterian, he could grow to be like Jesus.

Look down, back up, where are …you?
You’re in a Presbyterian Church worshipping the man your man could be like.
What’s in your hand, back at me.
It’s a Bible with two tickets.
Look again, the tickets are to a wedding feast in heaven.
Anything is possible when your man puts his faith in Jesus.
I’m on a horse.

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Fellow Workers – News From The Presbyterian Church Of Victoria

The State News Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria recently launched a revamped version of the webpage that is the online presence of that State Church’s news magazine, Fellow Workers.

In addition to contact details and information about how to submit articles, past issues of Fellow Workers are available for download.
Here’s the link to the [January to] March 2011 edition, which contains coverage about the impact of the recent floods in north-western Victoria.
Click on over and have a look.

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Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing – Sunday Songs

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing is not a hymn that I’ve known for a long time. But I enjoy the biblical imagery it invokes, imagery that reminds us that we experience the faithfulness of God together with all His people in every age.
Robert Robinson’s lyrics and John Wyeth’s tune Nettleton combine in such way that the words to the song seem to flow with the melody in such a way that seemed indivisible.
Good luck writing another tune for this one.
A four verse set of lyrics on the Hymntime site reveals that the second verse is actually composed of the second half and first half of the original’s second and third verses.
Here’s a typical setting of the lyrics.
Come, thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise,
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of God’s unchanging love.
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God:
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for thy courts above.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a rendition for the folk trio Ordinary Time. Here it is again. I recommend you visit their site and consider downloading their albums.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 13

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 13

Q & A 23
Q What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?
A Christ, as our Redeemer, executes the offices of a prophet,*1 of a priest,*2 and of a king,*3 both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.

Q & A 24
Q How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A Christ executes the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word*4 and Spirit,*5 the will of God for our salvation.*6

Q & A 25
Q How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
A Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice,*7 and reconcile us to God,*8 and in making continual intercession for us.*9

Q & A 26
Q How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
A Christ executes the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us,*10 and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.*11

*1 Deuteronomy 18:18; Acts 2:33; Acts 3:22-23; Hebrews 1:1-2.
*2 Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 5:5-6.
*3 Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33; 1 Corinthians 15:25.
*4 Luke 4:18-19, 21; Acts 1:1-2; Hebrews 2:3.
*5 John 15:26-27; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 1:11.
*6 John 4:41-42; John 20:30-31.
*7 Isaiah 53; Acts 8:32-35; Hebrews 9:26-28; Hebrews 10:12.
*8 Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:21-22.
*9 Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24.
*10 Psalm 110:3; Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:2; Colossians 1:13.
*11 Psalm 2:6-9; Psalm 110:1-2;. Matthew 12:28; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Colossians 2:15.

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Cut And Paste This Into Your Status If You Agree…

This cartoon points out the solution to a growing problem in social networking: the ‘cut and paste this into your status if you agree’ meme.
Now, if we could just convince people to mark the church season of Lent by giving up observing Lent.