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Sale Of Gifts 2018

We’ve got a number of regulars sidelined this year, but there’s still as much produce as ever.

Auctioneer Kevin marks twenty years of supporting our annual auction with proceeds going to Mount Magnet Presbyterian Church in Western Australia.

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What If The Real World Was A Studio Ghibli Production?

So, Japanese animation masters Studio Ghibli produced an ad for Oregon tourism.
What you end up is 90 seconds “based on actual events. More or less”.
I know lots of folks who’d want to visit this.

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Blessings – Sunday Songs

Laura Story’s Blessings is right on the margins of being a song for congregational singing, but the lyrics are strong and reflect a theme that is not represented enough in songs for Christians.
It does not have a fast tempo which means that it could be sung by a large group if well led.
Anyway, the song is certainly speaking to me, and for me just at the moment.

This video is a solo rendition.

The lyrics:
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home
Second Refrain.
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Music video by Laura Story performing Blessings.
(C) 2015 Christian Music United Inc. Glorify Music

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 11

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 11

Q. Why is the Son of God called JESUS, which means SAVIOUR?
A. Because he saves us from our sins, and because salvation is to be sought or found in no other.

Q. Do those who seek their own salvation and well-being from saints, by their own efforts, or by other means really believe in the only Saviour Jesus?
A. No. Rather, by such actions they deny Jesus, the only Saviour and Redeemer, even though they boast of belonging to him. It therefore follows that either Jesus is not a perfect Saviour, or those who receive this Saviour with true faith must possess in him all that is necessary for their salvation.

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Learning To Endure (via David Powlison)

David Powlison on the fact that learning some spiritual disciplines can only happen by going through a protracted painful pathway.
A couple of quotes:

There’s no way you’re ever going to learn endurance without having to keep on going through something hard that doesn’t go away. There’s no way you’re ever going to learn forbearance without having to face something that you really wish you didn’t have to, and you need to somehow come to grips with it.
It is actually the way that we learn the most profound and the best lessons that we could ever learn. It’s where faith, love, and joy are most profoundly formed.

read the whole transcript (or watch the video) here.

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Faith In Grace (preparing for MGPC 18/3/18)

Song: Your Love Defends Me
Call to Worship
Song: Jerusalem
Prayer Of Confession
Song: God Be Merciful To Me
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 30
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Esther 7:1-10 – Esther pleads with King Ahasuerus to save her people and exposes Haman as the one planning their destruction.
Bible Memorisation: James 4:7-8a
Song: We Plough The Fields And Scatter
Video: James Bumper
Bible Reading: James 4:1-12
Sermon: Faith In Grace
Song: Let All Things Now Living (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God

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Is He Worthy? by Andrew Peterson

If you like Andrew Peterson’s music (and I’m a fan) then the release of Resurrection Letters Volume 1 (ten years after Resurrection Letters Volume 2) is big, big, news.
A five track prelude Resurrection Letters Prologue has already been released.
Is He Worthy? is a the first pre-release track from the album proper.