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Renewed Humanity (preparing for MGPC 20/1/2019)

Song: Never Alone
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Saviour Of The World
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Search Me, O God
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 3
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Zechariah 3: 1-10 – Zechariah’s fourth vision is of Joshua the high priest facing Satan’s accusations of uncleanliness, and hence unworthiness.
Bible Memorisation: Matthew 6:6
Song: Jesus Shall Reign
Bible Reading: Titus 3:1-15
Sermon: Renewed Humanity
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Saved My Soul


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1000 People Of Dance

In which Matt Bray spends a year travelling the globe, videoing different people doing the same dance with him at various locations, then edits together a single clip.
It’s all come together pretty well, and is a feel-good few minutes that took a long time to produce.


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Alaskan Car Jumping

This could be a thing in Mount Gambier.
Simple premise: people watching stripped back vehicles speed off the edge of a cliff.
“Gravity always wins”

A news report style clip.

This video has better footage of the actual jumps.


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Awaken The Wonder by Stephen Miller

Awaken The Wonder is a track from Stephen Miller’s album Behold.


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’Straya In A Snack Biscuit

It’s hard to think of anything more idiosyncratic that cheese and Vegemite flavored Shape biscuits (made in the classic style with the flavor that comes off on your fingers, none of this baked inside nonsense).

They’re even shaped like little Australian map outlines. I assume Tasmania is meant to be included on the bottom right of the Shape.

Taste is vaguely cheese with yeasty overtones.

Australia, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind. Australia! Australia!


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The Song Of Blessing by Sarah Groves

The Song Of Blessing is succinct, but says everything needed.
From Sarah Groves’ album of hymns Abide With Me.


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Finding Joy In The Giver, Rather Than The Gift (via Emily Cobb at Gospel Coalition Australia)

Christians who have been watching the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo will have found much that is helpful in culture that seems to generate clutter.
There will have been some moments, statements and actions that will have struck disciples of Jesus as more than oddly idiosyncratic, but rather somewhat disquieting.
At Gospel Coalition Australia, Emily Cobb explains the world-view underpinnings of KonMari and why, though the outcomes may seem to harmonise with some Christian values, the philosophy it espouses stops short of the values that Christians live by.
From the post:

As I tuned in to the peaceful show of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, I was taken aback with Kondo’s need to introduce herself to the house, and her instruction to thank the clothes that don’t bring joy. What is she doing? On one level, it seems like a lovely thing—one tidying up disciple labeled it as simply ‘being grateful’. Yet thanking inanimate objects such as a brick and mortar home, or a cotton blouse should cause us to pause and consider what is going on. While the show hasn’t explicitly stated any religious ties (aside from the Christian tidying-up disciples who say grace and thank God), this practice of thanking objects can be tied to the traditional Japanese religion of Shinto. In Shintoism, there is a belief that inanimate objects can actually possess a spirit or kami—a godlike essence or energy that needs to be respected. This reverence for the energy in objects is doing exactly what Romans 1:25 proclaims: worshipping the creation rather the Creator. Similarly, in materialism we place our hope and delight in an item, glorifying and idolising our purchase. While the spiritual significance may not be as abundantly clear as in Shintoism, the spiritual reality is almost identical. As Christians, we need to be grateful to the Giver, not the given. Worshipping and thanking God who provided the home or the clothes, rather than the objects themselves.

Read the whole post at Gospel Coalition Australia.