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Glorious Day – Sunday Songs

At a combined churches gathering in Mount Gambier tonight one of the songs was Glorious Day from Passion, (featuring Kristian Stanfill, I think).

The lyrics:
I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight?
It was my tomb
‘Til I met You
I was breathing, but not alive
All my failures I tried to hide
It was my tomb
‘Til I met You
You called my name
Then I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
Now Your mercy has saved my soul
Now Your freedom is all that I know
The old made new
Jesus, when I met You, whoa, what a day
I needed rescue
My sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter
I was an orphan
But You call me a citizen of Heaven
When I was broken
You were my healing
Now Your love is the air that I’m breathing
I have a future
My eyes are open
‘Cause when you called my name
I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day
Chorus 2.
You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day

Words and Music: Jason Ingram / Jonathan Smith / Kristian Stanfill / Sean Curran
(c) 2017 Fellow Ships Music, So Essential Tunes, Hickory Bill Doc, So Essential Tunes (Admin Essential Music Publishing) sixsteps Songs, Worship Together Music, Jericho Songs, sixsteps Music, Songs (Admin Capitol CMG Publishing)

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 26

Question 26
What else does Christ’s death redeem?

Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.

A half a year of unfolding the truth of God’s Word.

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The Joy Of Staying Where You’ve Been Sent (via Karl Vaters)

Karl Vaters makes some observations arising from the deep and satisfying relationship between a congregation and a pastor.

If you are where God called you to be, that should be enough to keep you there.
You don’t have to prove your worth.
You don’t have to justify your calling.
You don’t have to see constant numerical increase.
You don’t have to be someone you’re not.
You have value. To God and his church.
Right here, right now. No matter what the numbers do or don’t look like.
Go where you’re called.
Love the people you pastor.
Reach out to others with Jesus’ love.
And stay until you’re moved.
They say the joy is in the journey.
Sometimes, the joy is in staying where you’ve been sent.


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Legacies (preparing for MGPC 30/6/19)

Song: From The Day
Call to Worship
Song: My Lighthouse
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Rise Up, You Saints Of God
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 26
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Luke 6: 12-36 – Jesus chooses His twelve apostles, and preaches His “Sermon on the Plain” (verse 17), a sermon similar to, but different from, the “Sermon on the Mount” found in Matthew’s Gospel.
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Crown Him With Many Crowns
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 22: 41-53
Sermon: Legacies
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Death Was Arrested

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The Third And Final Day Of Business At PCQ Assembly 2019

It was planned for the 2019 PCQ General Assembly to conclude its business mid-afternoon and so it proved to be.
The final two sessions dealt with the remaining items of the agenda, along with matters that had been deferred from earlier sittings.
Something I’d never experienced at Assembly before occurred with Alister Bain’s final sermon. Today he delivered a sermon that he had originally preached at a carols service with his local church. The focus of the message was evangelistic, and as he unfolded the passage from Isaiah he identified the theme of a better future, the common human yearning for a better future, and how the Christian message is the fulfilment of Isaiah’s promise and an invitation to consider and receive God’s offer of that better future. Then Alistair asked for questions and comments, so the Assembly was able to think together about the craft and the heart of preaching.
Assembly resumed consideration of PresCare, commending that ministry of the church and committing to better identify how its work aligns with our local mission and ministry as a denomination.
Outreach and Nurture Committee presented their report on the growing youth and camping ministries of the denomination, along with their desire to develop a staff team who are able to develop resources and equip and train leaders for local youth ministry.
The Gospel in Society Today (GiST) committee considers various ethical and social issues and seeks to help guide the church about how we can best express the unchanging standards of the Bible while we engage with rapidly changing social circumstances and standards. The Assembly and its members feel the pressure of wanting to have ready responses that are informed by the mind of the church to in the context of processes that take time to achieve collective expressions. The Committee does this very well, and I was encouraged by the scope of their output, as well as the pastoral heart behind it.
Apart from those major items we expressed out thanks to Brisbane Boys College for hosting the Assembly. Those of us who make use of the live-in facilities are particularly well-served.
Phil Strong provided a considered and assured presence in the chair which enabled the Assembly members to feel supported by process in achieving their outcomes rather than being obstructed.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten a thing or two, but it was a great time of considering progress in our mission and ministry, along with making decisions aimed at enabling, under God’s grace, our future steps forward.

Davo Gunning, Phil Strong, and me.

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Footy Tipping 2019 – NRL Round 15 / AFL Round 15

I’m not saying anything about State of Origin.
Well played, New South Wales.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 66/108)
Saint George
New Zealand

AFL (last round 4/6; season tally 71/117)
Greater Western Sydney
West Coast
Port Adelaide