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Voice And Vision (preparing for MGPC 26/5/19)

Song: Saved My Soul
Call to Worship
Song: My Lighthouse
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Through The Love Of God Our Saviour
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 21
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Luke 3: 1-38 – The ministry of John the Baptist, the baptism of Jesus, and Jesus’ genealogy back to Adam.
Bible Memorisation: 1 Kings 18:21b
Song: Glorious Things Of You Are Spoken
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 19: 9-18
Sermon: Voice And Vision
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Build Your Kingdom Here

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Butterfly by Josh Garrels

Butterfly is a track from Josh Garrels’ upcoming album Chrysaline.

This is a lyric track that someone has produced.

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Until Morning by Kate Rusby

Until Morning a track from Kate Rusby’s new album Philosophers, Poets, And Kings.

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Footy Tipping 2019 – NRL Round 11 / AFL Round 10

It feels a bit more normal when the correct AFL tips outnumber the correct NRL tips.
That being said, at the point in the season where the cumulative AFL games played has taken over the NRL total I’m still well behind with AFL tips which has never happened before.
My grandson is going to watch the Adelaide/West Coast game live. His first live AFL game. I’ve tipped West Coast to make every effort that the little Crows fan might come home happy, but I’m still dubious.

NRL (last round 3/8; season tally 51/80)
New Zealand

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 45/81)
Western Bulldogs
West Coast
Greater Western Sydney
Saint Kilda

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The Failure Which Is True Success (via Chad Bird)

… true success is found in the failure to find meaning and purpose in something we do, accomplish, build. Rather, our identity, our meaning and purpose, is not something we work for but receive from the hand of our Father.

Chad Bird, Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life, as quoted at Mockingbird Blog.

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“It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus” by Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Being a disciple of Jesus is not the key to being a better us, being a disciple of Jesus is being less like us, and more like him. Christ-likeness is the key to everything.

Tolle Lege

Dundee, October 2, 1840

My Dear Friend,

I trust you will have a pleasant and profitable time in Germany. I know you will apply hard to German; but do not forget the culture of the inner man,—I mean of the heart.

How diligently the cavalry officer keeps his sabre clean and sharp; every stain he rubs off with the greatest care.

Remember you are God’s sword,—His instrument,—I trust a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name.

In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success.

It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”

–Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Ed. Andrew A. Bonar (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1844/1966), 282.

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Philosophers, Poets & Kings by Kate Rusby

A new album of northern-English folk music from Kate Rusby is always welcome.
Here is the title track from her just released 17th (or so) collection – Philosophers, Poets, And Kings.