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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).


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Bound For Freedom (preparing for mgpc 22/5/2016)

Songs of preparation: O LORD, Our Lord, In All The Earth (Psalm 8) and He Walked On Earth (Behold The Lamb Of God) .
Call to worship:
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Lord I Come Before Your Throne Of Grace (What A Faithful God); The Apostle’s Creed; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 12: 1 – 17 – Believers are exhorted to run the race with endurance, regarding their suffering as the loving discipline of their heavenly Father.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 20:24.
Praise: We Are Heirs Of God Almighty (Trinity Hymn).
Reading: Acts 21: 17-36.
Sermon: Bound For Freedom – Paul arrives in Jerusalem and an exercise of Christian freedom becomes the circumstance by which he finds himself under arrest.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: When Peace, Like A River .


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God’s Will Be Done (preparing for mgpc 15/5/2016)

Songs of preparation: Forevermore May The LORD’s Glory Stand (Psalm 104) and Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord.
Call to worship:
Praise: Glory Be To God The Father.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Holy Spirit, Living Breath Of God; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 53; All Creation Join In Praising.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 11:20-40 – Faith, as the assurance of things promised, continues to be illustrated in the lives of Old Testament believers from Isaac through the prophets.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 20:24.
Praise: Spirit Of God, Unseen As The Wind.
Reading: Acts 21: 1-16.
Sermon: God’s Will Be Done – Paul and the early church consider the personal circumstances of those who follow Jesus, and how their personal choices will reflect the pattern set by Jesus, and be dependent on the resurrection life of Jesus.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: There Is A Redeemer.


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How Do You Say Goodbye? (preparing for mgpc 8/5/2016)

Songs of preparation: The Lord God Reigns! Let Earth Be Glad.
Responsive call to worship:
Praise: Blessed Be Your Name.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Jesus, Your Blood And Righteousness; The Apostles’ Creed; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 11:1-19 – Faith, as confidence of things not yet seen, confirmed, or received, is illustrated in the lives of Old Testament believers
Bible Memorisation: Acts 20:24.
Praise: O Worship The King.
Reading: Acts 20: 17-38.
Sermon: How Do You Say Goodbye? – Paul farewell to the Ephesian elders charges them to continue in the character and practice that marks Gospel growth.
Praise: When I See What You Can See
The Lord’s Supper
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: We Are His Children (Go Forth In His Name).


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What’s Your Passion? (preparing for mgpc 1/5/2016)

Songs of preparation: Your Hand, O God Has Guided and For All The Saints.
Responsive call to worship:
Praise: All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Ps 100).
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: In Christ Alone; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 10: 19-39 – Given the superiority of the new covenant and Christ’s priesthood and sacrifice, believers are urged to “hold fast the confession” and not “shrink back” (verses 23, 37-39).
Praise: Not To Us (Receive The Glory).
Reading: Romans 1: 1-17.
Sermon: What’s Your Passion? – Rod Waterhouse, former pastor, Mount Gambier Presbyterian.
Praise: Rock Of Ages
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Facing A Task Unfinished (We Go To All The World).


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Making Known The Unknown God (preparing for mgpc 3/4/2016)

Songs of preparation: How Can It Be? (Christ Is Risen) and Now Open Wide The Gates (Psalm 118).
Responsive call to worship:
Praise: Rejoice! The Lord Is King.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: All Heaven Declares; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Hebrews 7:1-28 – Christ is the high priest promised in Psalm 110, according to the order of Melchizedek (compare. Genesis 14:17-20).
Memory verse: Philippians 4:8
Praise: O Sacred Head Surrounded.
Reading: Acts 17:16-34.
Sermon: Making Known The Unknown God – Paul models the character and content of gospel communication cross-culturally.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Far And Near (Say It Loud).