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To Rome And Beyond (preparing for mgpc 24/7/2016)

Song of preparation: This Life I Live and Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.
Call to worship:
Praise: Crown Him With Many Crowns.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: You Gave Your Life (If Christ Be God); Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1 ; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 2 – The Apostle Paul continues to provide reasons why he did not make an intended visit to Corinth. He explains that out of love he sent a letter of rebuke instead, to which the Corinthians correctly responded with church discipline.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 26:18.
Praise: Love Divine All Loves Excelling.
Reading: Acts 28: 1 – 28.
Sermon: To Rome And Beyond – The concluding accounts in the book of Acts remind us again that the focus is on God’s purpose to spread the good news about Jesus across the world.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Arise My Soul Arise.


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Secure In The Storm (preparing for mgpc 10/7/2016)

Song of preparation: God Is In His Congregation (Psalm 82).
Call to worship:
Praise: Humble Thyself / Awesome God.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: He Will Hold Me Fast; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – The Apostle’s salutation.
Bible Memorisation: Philippians 4:8.
Praise: Take My Life And Let It Be.
Reading: Acts 27:1 – 28:10.
Sermon: Secure In The Storm – Having been preserved through human threat and opposition, Paul is secure through natural disaster and feral fauna thanks to God’s power.
Praise: To God Be The Glory.
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: As You Go.


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Almost Persuaded (preparing for mgpc 3/7/2016)

Songs of preparation: O LORD, I Will Exalt You (Psalm 30) and Lord I Lift Your Name On High.
Call to worship:
Praise: Praise To The Lord The Almighty.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: I Will Glory In My Redeemer; Apostle’s Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Malachi 2:17–3:12 – The LORD answers the accusation that it is useless to serve Him by promising that those who fear Him shall be spared on the day of the LORD , and promising again a Messenger, an Elijah, ultimately fulfilled in John the Baptist (Matthew 11:14; 17:10; Mark 9:11-3; Luke 1:17), who will call for repentance before that great day.
Scripture memorisation: Philippians 4:5b-7
Praise: Come Set Your Rule And Reign (Build Your Kingdom Here).
Reading: Acts 25:13 – 26:32.
Sermon: Almost Persuaded – The Gospel is the rational summation of the Scriptures, and it is never simply explained – it is shared with the expectation of a response.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story.


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Accusation and Appeal (preparing for mgpc 26/6/2016)

Songs of preparation: The LORD’s Deeds I Remember (Psalm 77) and Put A New Song In My Heart.
Call to worship:
Praise: Praise my soul, the King of heaven.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Hope Rests Firm; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: Malachi 2:17–3:12 – The LORD answers the cynical charge that He fails to distinguish between good and evil and is guilty of injustice (2:17) by warning of a coming purge through His Messenger (3:1-5), and identifying the true source of Israel’s deprivations, its faithlessness (3:6-12).
Scripture memorisation: Acts 26:18
Praise: King Of Kings, Majesty.
Reading: Acts 25: 1-12.
Sermon: Accusation and Appeal – Faithfulness to the Gospel may bring times when our lives are disrupted in all sorts of ways, but the Gospel will spread through faithful trust in God.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross.


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The Deadly Delay (preparing for mgpc 12/6/2016)

Song of preparation: Listen To My Words, O LORD (Psalm 5).
Call to worship:
Praise: All Creatures Of Our God And King.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: From The Highest Of Heights (Indescribable); The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Malachi 1 – The LORD affirms His love for His people (1:1-5), but rebukes the priests of profaning the altar with impure offerings (1:6-14).
Bible Memorisation: Acts 26:18.
Praise: Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God.
Reading: Acts 24: 1-27.
Sermon: The Deadly Delay – A judge receives a telling testimony with vital implications for his own life, but finds himself under judgement as he defers a response to the Gospel.
Praise: Here Is Love.
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Blessed Assurance.


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Standing By (preparing for mgpc 5/6/2016)

Songs of preparation: Praise The LORD, Let All Within Me (Psalm 146) and Light Of The World (Here I Am To Worship).
Call to worship:
Praise: Man Of Sorrows.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Beneath The Cross Of Jesus; The Apostle’s Creed; May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 13 – Final exhortations, benediction, and greetings.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 26:18.
Praise: Be Strong And Courageous.
Reading: Acts 22: 30 – 23: 35.
Sermon: Standing By – The Lord Jesus is with Paul and brings about the spread of the Gospel in dangerous unpredictable circumstances.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Great Is Your Faithfulness.


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The Good Testimony (preparing for mgpc 29/5/2016)

Songs of preparation: When Morning Gilds The Skies and Sing Unto The Lord A New Song (Psalm 96).
Call to worship:
Praise: I Stand Amazed.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Lord, What Love Is This? (Amazing Love); The Apostle’s Creed; Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 12:18-28 – The old covenant, represented by Mt. Sinai, is unfavorably compared with the new covenant, represented by Mt. Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem.
Praise: Saviour, While My Heart Is Tender.
Reading: Acts 21: 37 – 22: 29.
Sermon: The Good Testimony – Paul weaves common history, personal experience, and the revelation of God together to reach out to those who stand against him so that the Gospel may be shared with all.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: All My Days (Beautiful Saviour).