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Free From Additives (preparing for MGPC 10/11/19)

Song: Saved My Soul
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: My Lighthouse
Prayer Of Confession
Song: How Firm A Foundation
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 45
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Luke 18: 1-17 – Parables of the Persistent Widow and of the Pharisee & the Tax Collector, and His blessing of infants.
Bible Memorisation: Colossians 3: 23-24
Song: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Bible Reading: Colossians 2: 16-23
Sermon: Free From Additives
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Build Your Kingdom Here


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Walking With Jesus (preparing for MGPC 3/11/19)

Song: No Other Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: For All The Saints
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 44
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Luke 17: 1-37 – As Jesus continues His journey to Jerusalem, He teaches lessons on temptation, forgiveness, faith, service, gratitude, and the coming of the kingdom of God teachings.
Bible Memorisation: Colossians 3:23-24
Song: All Who Would Valiant Be
Bible Reading: Colossians 2: 6-15
Sermon: Walking With Jesus
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Before The Throne Of God Above


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Strong And Unified (preparing for MGPC 27/10/19)

Song: No Other Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: How Great Is Our God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: And Can It Be
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 43
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 16: 1-31 – The Parables of the Unjust Steward, the Rich Man & Lazarus, and related teachings.
Bible Memorisation: Colossians 1:16
Song: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Bible Reading: Colossians 1:24-2:5
Sermon: Strong And Unified
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Man Of Sorrows


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A Willing Redeemer (preparing for MGPC 28/1/18)

Song: This Is Amazing Grace

Welcome:

Call to Worship

Song: My Lighthouse

Prayer Of Confession

Song: Rock Of Ages

Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 23

Song: Worship Honour Glory Blessing

Bible Reading: Colossians 4:1 – The Apostle Paul concludes the ethical imperatives that flow from our union with Christ (4:1-6) and extends final greetings (4:7-18).

Bible Memorisation: Mark 8: 34-35

Song: You Servants Of God

Bible Reading: Ruth 4:1-22

Sermon: A Willing Redeemer

Song: Praise My Soul, the King Of Heaven (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)

Announcements:

Pastoral Prayer:

Closing Blessing

Song: In Tenderness


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Strategic Redemption (preparing for MGPC 21/1/18)

Song: Arise, My Soul, Arise
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: One True God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: My Soul In Silence Waits For God
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 22
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Colossians 3: 1-25 – Having demonstrated the theological indicatives of union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, the Apostle Paul urges the ethical imperatives which flow from that foundation.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 8: 34-35
Song: Jesus Shall Reign
Bible Reading: Ruth 3: 1-18
Sermon: Strategic Redemption
Song: Lord, Be My Vision (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: How Great Is Our God


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Barriers To Becoming A Simple Church (via Thom Rainer)

Through the beginning of the year Thom Rainer has been posting about churches becoming simple or zero sum.
In practice this involves concluding groups and activities that no longer have a vital purpose.
Put another way: if the church was starting fresh which groups activities would they actually start because they’re needed or serve a purpose?
It is meant to differentiate from effort invested in mission purpose and effort invested in that which exists only to be maintained.
Here he lists five reasons why this process of evaluation doesn’t take place.

  1. Traditionalism. We do the same things we’ve always done because we’ve always done them that way before. If that sounds redundant, it is. We just can’t get out of our boxes of comfort and false security.
  2. Lack of clear vision. We pile on program after program and meeting after meeting because we have no clear plan or vision. A good vision will lead the church to say “yes” or “no” in a healthy fashion.
  3. Fear. Many leaders fear the consequences of even suggesting the elimination of some programs, ministries, or activities. I know of no simple church without courageous leaders.
  4. Coasting. This barrier is similar to fear. Some leaders don’t want to rock the boat. They just want to hang on to their jobs or their peaceful existence. But the courageous leader is never a coasting leader.
  5. Failure to evaluate. I have encouraged churches to consider a zero-based ministry every year. Ask the question: What ministries, programs, and meetings would we have if we had a clean slate? How would it look differently than our current schedule? Too many churches are eager to add but fearful to subtract.

Read the whole post at Rainer’s site, and then look for related posts on the subject.


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Redemption Begins (preparing for MGPC 14/1/18)

Song: Build Your Kingdom Here
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: This Is Amazing Grace
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Search Me, O God
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 20
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Colossians 2: 1-23 – The supremacy of Christ to human philosophy and tradition, to the invisible cosmic powers, and to religious asceticism and ritual.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 8: 34-35
Song: All Creatures Of Our God And King
Bible Reading: Ruth 2: 1-23
Sermon: Redemption Begins
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread) Guests who are members of any Christian church are invited to share in the supper. If you are uncertain about your situation don’t feel under compulsion to participate. Talk to one of our elders or pastors after the service.
Song: My Heat Is Filled With Thankfulness (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing