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A Light Shines In The Darkness (preparing for MGPC 1/7/18)

Order of Service
Song: Good And Gracious King
Call to Worship
Song: From The Day
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Beneath The Cross Of Jesus
Affirming our Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q26
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Titus 1 – Greetings and the appointment of elders for the oversight of the churches.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 8: 34-35
Song: What a Friend We Have In Jesus
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 16:29-17:6
Sermon: A Light Shines In The Darkness
Song: Crown Him With Many Crowns
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Arise My Soul, Arise

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Mount Gambier airport’s id is MGB.

It’s a little counterintuitive, and staff in other airports don’t always remember it.

Anyway, after six and a half days, I’m home.

And a little bit over travel.

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The Long Way Home

Chaos at Brisbane airport due to fog. As it happened I was dropped off early, so I’ve been changed to an ‘earlier’ flight (which is still due to leave 30 minutes after my original one).

Many thanks to Virgin Air.

That’ll get me into Melbourne for my connecting flight. (Which may be late, anyway.)

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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL Round 16 / AFL Round 15

A full round of games for both competitions.
Sunday night State of Origin was an interesting experiment. The idea of a stand-alone game and not a wid-week game with a round split either side of it on two weekends is attractive.
Queensland are not terrible, and Ben Hunt is worth persevering with. Next year with Ponga at fullback, Munster perhaps in the centres and Milford at 5/8 and they’d be a threat. If a few forwards stand up.

AFL only provided one upset and one near thing.

So, onward.

NRL (last round 5/8; season tally 63/116)
Saint George
New Zealand

AFL (last round 5/6; season tally 86/117)
Port Adelaide
West Coast

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298 And 308

Today’s walk was a bit later. It was raining early, and I was a bit weary and knew I had time after breakfast.

So I was walker 298 and 308 on the Bicentennial Bikeway.

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Phil Strong – Moderator Elect Of The Presbyterian Church Of Queensland

The General Assembly have unanimously elected the Reverend Phil Strong as Moderator-Elect (moderator of the 2019 General Assembly).

Phil is on staff at Creek Road Presbyterian and is Moderator of the South Australian Assembly and Presbytery, being an Assessor (appointed member) of those bodies. He is functioning as project manager of the Adelaide Churches revitalization work. He has previously served as convener of the Qld Ministry Training Committee.

(an earlier version of this post mentioned Phil’s involvement in the acquisition of the new premises of the Queensland Theological College. Phil has informed me that his departure from the Ministry Training Committee predated those plans, and he had no personal involvement that project. So I’ve updated this post. He’s a details guy.)

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Number 21 and 27

This sign counts people on the pedestrian and bike paths at the start of the Coronation Drive bikeway.

Today I was person 21 as I walked toward the city and person 27 as I looked back to head to Toowong.

1600 pedestrians a day doesn’t seem like a lot, but I saw two people walk past and the number only went up by one, so I’d say it’s a conservative count.