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Get Up! by Slugs and Bugs (and Friends)

A cute video clip of Get Up! which is Randall Goodgame and Propaganda’s version of a story from John 5 in which Jesus heals a man born lame, as recorded on Sing The Bible with Slugs and Bugs Volume 3.
Apart from purchasing these via webstore or downloads, Reformers Bookshop in Australia stock the physical CDs.


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On Needing Resurrection Power To Endure Suffering

In John 13 Jesus tells Peter “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”
Jesus is speaking of his death on the cross and the resurrection life that will be shared as a result.
Peter will learn that his own suffering would consume him without resurrection life within him.

Paul speaks of this in Philippians 3 when he writes in verse 10 “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”.
Jesus suffers, and is resurrected.
Because of his suffering and resurrection, for Jesus’ disciples the order is reversed.
We know the power of his resurrection, and because of that we are able to endure the sufferings that follow.

We could not endure going where he went, until he had first gone there alone.
Having gone and triumphed, we can now go there in his power.


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So That You May Believe (preparing for MGPC 1/4/18)

Easter Greeting
Welcome:
Bible Reading: John 20:1-10
Prayer
Song: Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed
Bible Reading: John 20:11-18
Song: Never Alone
Bible Reading: John 20:19-23
Bible Memorisation: James 5:13
Song: Yours Is The Glory
Video: Easter
Bible Reading: John 20:24-31
Sermon: So That You May Believe
Song: Jesus Christ is Risen today (Tithes and free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Jesus, Thank You


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Comings And Goings At A Well In Samaria

John 4: 27-28
The disciples return from purchasing food in town, nonplussed to find Jesus talking to a local woman.
The woman goes to the town wanting to tell everyone about her talk with Jesus.
She wants to tell them the content of the talk and marvel that such a one as Jesus would talk with her.
The disciples come to Jesus wanting to guard him from talking to certain types of people.
They seem concerned that Jesus has no idea who he’s talking to, or the results that might flow from conversations with the wrong sort of people.
The woman has learned something the disciples have yet to understand.
She is overjoyed.
They are perplexed.
Such is the kingdom of heaven.


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Unwelcome Good News (preparing for mgpc 24/1/2016)

Songs of preparation: God Is Our Strength And Refuge and Glory Of Glories.
Call to worship:
Praise: Build Your Kingdom Here.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: I Stand Amazed In The Presence; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise And Honour To The Father.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 38:1-23 – Prophecies against Gog and Magog, Meshech and Tubal, symbolic of Israel’s enemies, continue from chapter 38, along with the promise of Israel’s restoration from exile.
Memory verse: John 3:16-17
Praise: God Moves In A Mysterious Way.
Reading: Luke 4:14-21.
Sermon: Unwelcome Good News. Jesus’ declaration about the fulfillment of God’s promises tells us something about himself, and reveals something about the people who hear his words.
Pastoral prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus.


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Extravagant, Scandalous Grace (preparing for mgpc 17/1/2016)

Songs of preparation: Your Love, LORD (Psalm 36) and As The Deer.
Call to worship:
Praise: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Consider Christ; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 37:1-28 – The vision of the field of dry bones to which the people of God are likened, followed by the joining of two sticks, representing the two kingdoms of Judah and Ephraim (Israel), which shall be reunited under a Davidic King, the Messiah.
Memory verse: John 3:16-17
Praise: Stop! Go! Watch!.
Reading: John 2: 1 – 11.
Sermon: Extravagant, Scandalous Grace. Jesus miracle at the wedding at Cana manifests the kingdom and reveals its character.
Pastoral prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Lord, Be My Vision.


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Jesus Declares Himself (preparing for mgpc 17/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: Saviour, While My Heart Is Tender, All Nations Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47), and Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: And Can It Be; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1; We Sing The Father’s Love.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 8: 1 – 18, Ezekiel’s vision describes the types of idolatry that invoke God’s wrath.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
A greeting from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria around by PCV Moderator David Brown
Praise: O God Of Truth Whose Living Word.
Reading: John 2:1-11
Sermon: Jesus Declares Himself – David Brown.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: From Heaven You Came / The Servant King.