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Lamentations – New Album From Bifrost Arts

a3015990672_16The video below introduces Bifrost Arts album Lamentations.
The theme will resonate with many, many people.

You can listen to the whole album or purchase it here.

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Reasons For Praise (mgpc 29/12/2013)

The people of God have plenty of reason to praise. As an old year closes and a new year beckons it is a wonderful time to take stock of all God’s blessings and express thanksgiving and testimony.

Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand, I Praise You, Lord, and O God, Our Help In Ages Past are songs that focus on God’s preservation, provision and protection.
The prayer of adoration and confession will remember God’s love in sustaining us and taking our sorrows upon Himself.
In Christ Alone, Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1 and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow are our testimony of faith and assurance.
From the Bible, Lamentations 5:1-22 contains Jeremiah’s concluding lament and plea for the restoration.
Continuing our thankfulness to God, we’ll sing Through The Love Of God Our Saviour.
After reading Isaiah 63:7-10, in Reasons To Praise, the life of God’s people will emerge: those who recall and testify about the goodness of God, the Saviour who bears His people’s afflictions and carries them, and whose steadfast love never fails.
After the prayer of thanksgiving and for the needs of others, out tithes and offerings will be collected and then we’ll conclude our worship singing Not To Us (Receive The Glory).

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Immanuel (mgpc 22/12/2013)

To The LORD O Sing A New Song (Psalm 98) and Worthy Is The Lamb Who Was Slain (Revelation Song) prepare us for worship, which begins with Tell Out My Soul, a hymn based on Mary’s words in Luke 1.
After the announcements, the prayer of adoration and confession will focus on the promises of God and His enduring faithfulness in salvation.
From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable, Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1 and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow will be our confession of faith and assurance.
From God’s Word, Lamentations 4:1-22 provides a perspective drawing from the contrast between the suffering of God’s people and that which the enemies of God will endure.
Our song of preparation for God’s Word will be Did You Know?
After reading Isaiah 7:1-17 we’ll consider God’s provision of a sign to unfaithful Ahaz, and consider what that sign means and why Jesus is the fulfilment of what the sign promises.
After our pastoral prayers, which will include Jozua the Zwijnenburg family, we’ll give our tithes and offerings then conclude worship singing O Little Town Of Bethlehem.

And sometime during worship gifts of books will be given to our younger folk.
If you’re old, you’ll have to hang around Ian Touzel. You’ll get a book eventually.

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The Great Return (mgpc 15/12/2013)

All our best hopes for this life are frail and uncertain. God promises that the blessings we do know and experience now are not the ultimate expression of His saving purpose. There is more to come. Every tear will be wiped away.
In the midst of a very trying season, we stand alongside our friends the Zwijnenburg family and cry ‘Come, Lord Jesus, Come!’

O My Soul, Arise And Bless Your Maker and Praise The LORD, Let All Within Me (Psalm 146) are the songs of preparation.
We commence worship singing Blessed Be Your Name.
After the welcome and announcements the prayer of adoration and confession will recall the wonder of God’s nature and ways as we related in Isaiah 55 and our frailty as told in Psalm 103.
We’ll affirm our faith in the words of the song You Made Us To Reflect Your Glory, Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1, and O Glorious God To You We Bring.
In God’s Word, Lamentations 3:40-66 sees Jeremiah conclude his third lament with pleas for deliverance from his enemies.
Our song of response is O Come, All You Faithful.
After reading Isaiah 35:1-10 we’ll consider the scope of a great return which God promises will bring wholeness, a transformation in creation and a greater vision of Himself. Though Christians experience this as a result of the events of Jesus’ first coming, there is still a greater realisation of all these promises which will occur at His second coming.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings then conclude singing Once In Royal David’s City.

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Isaiah’s Gospel (mgpc 8/12/2013)

Sometimes we try to create Christmas spirit through elaborate plans, expensive gifts and endless celebrations, only to remember again that sharing the love and presence of family is the best way to celebrate Jesus’ birth. The Bible reminds us that God’s salvation is like that, we can create all sorts of plans to ensure our peace and security, but His gift of Jesus is the only way to truly experience His presence and love.
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun and Humble Thyself In The Sight Of The Lord – Our God Is An Awesome God are the songs of commencement.
The prayer of adoration and confession will focus on God’s continuing purpose of working His saving grace for His people through humble and unexpected means, seeking His forgiveness for the times when we look to other means for peace and satisfaction.
Our song of assurance and testimony will be Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, followed by the Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
In God’s Word Lamentations 3 continues Jeremiah’s complaint but turns into an affirmation of hope.
That essence of that hope is encapsulated in the song O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Reading from Isaiah 11:1-10 we’ll consider Elijah’s Gospel and see that the purpose and promise of God to remake creation under a righteous ruler who would come from a most unlikely source has been long revealed and much anticipated. Though we now know that the Lord Jesus is that righteous ruler, we long for the time when He will return and all creation will be renewed.
As we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Supper we’ll sing The Price Is Paid, then share the elements of bread and wine together.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing Glory And Honour To The One Who Saved Us (See Him Coming).

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We Have An Anchor (mgpc 1/12/2013)

Christians have the great hope that flows from the promise and oath of God regarding his purpose to bless the earth through the seed of Abraham, Jesus.

The breadth and depth of God’s saving purpose are reflected in our songs of preparation There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy and Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding. Worship commences as we sing the words of Psalm 121, I To The Hills Will Lift My Eyes.
The prayer of adoration and confession focus on God’s great love and care in giving his word about the salvation of his people and the times when our actions and thoughts show our trust in his oath and promise waver.
It’s Your Blood That Cleanses Me, The Apostles’ Creed and Unto God Be Praise And Honour are the expression of faith and assurance.
From God’s Word Lamentations 2:1-22 contains Jeremiah’s second lament, for Zion under the righteous anger of the Lord.
The Splendour Of The King (How Great Is Our God) will be our sung response.
After hearing Hebrews 6:13-20, we’ll consider the source of hope, the anchor for the soul which the patriarch Abraham rested in, and in which all of Abraham’s descendants find their rest, the Lord Jesus.

Before our pastoral prayers we’ll view a video about the possibility of commencing a program of teaching conversational English in the near future. After prayer we’ll give out tithes and offerings then close our worship singing Come, O Long Expected Jesus.

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Confident Of Better Things (mgpc 24/11/2013)

A faith that looks consistently to Jesus will demonstrate works of loving fellowship, yet the presence of these works is not the source of our assurance. Rather the presence of these works encourages us to keep looking to Jesus, who alone is our source of assurance.
These Are The Days Of Elijah, Sweet Hour Of Prayer, with Be Still, For The Presence Of The Lord are the songs of preparation and commencement of worship.
The prayer of adoration and confession will recall all of the blessings of salvation, particularly as they manifest themselves in our lives and fellowship. We’ll give sorrow for when we focus on ourselves and not Jesus, asking for strength to look to Him in every circumstance.
Man Of Sorrows, The Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (with Alleluias) are the corporate expression of faith and assurance.
In God’s Word we begin the book Lamentations with the first of Jeremiah’s five laments.
Father, We Come To You Now (Revive Us) expresses our trust in the Holy Spirit’s ministry of God’s Word in our lives.
Reading Hebrews 6: 9-12 we consider another part of the writer to the Hebrews expression of pastoral concern about their lack of commitment to going on with their faith. Though he has warned them of the worst possible outcome, his counsel turns to encouragement as points out their lives demonstrate evidence of a faith that looks to Jesus, and that the outcome of that faith will demonstrate itself in committed discipleship.
Evan Dent and Roland Touzel will take vows of communicant membership and be welcomed into our partnership in the Gospel as a local church.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings then conclude worship singing To God Be The Glory.