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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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Make Your Calling And Election Sure (preparing for mgpc 19/6/2016)

Service led by Elder Alan Fox.
Songs of preparation: As The Deer and You Servants Of God, Your Master Proclaim.
Call to worship:
Praise: Amazing Grace.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Malachi 2:1-16 – Israel is rebuked for covenantal unfaithfulness: specifically, the priests for violating the covenant with Levi (2:1-9) and the people for violating the covenant of marriage through taking foreign wives (2:10-12) and by divorcing their Israelite wives (2:13-16).
Scripture memorisation: Acts 26:18
Praise: Jesus Loves Me.
Reading: 2 Peter 1: 1-15.
Sermon: Make Your Calling And Election Sure
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: God So Loved The World (One For Many).


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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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The Final Word About The Final Word (preparing for MGPC 14/12/2014)

Songs of preparation: Tell Out My Soul and I Praise You, Lord (Psalm 138:1-8)
Prayer of adoration and confession: reaching out to the one who sees us sowing in tears and will bring the fruit that we will reap in joy, we ask God that our hearts will be prepared to receive Jesus when he comes again.
Assurance, Affirmation, Doxology: Shine, Jesus, Shine; the Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuing reading: Revelation 7:1-17, the opening of the 7th seal delayed.
Praise: It Came Upon The Midnight Clear.
Sermon: Malachi 3:13-4:6; The Final Word About The Final Word. God assures his people of his enduring character, the certainty that creation will reflect his character in the future, that those he loves will be secure, and that the people should anticipate the coming of the one who will prepare the way for his coming.
Praise: Behold The Lamb.
Communion.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Closing praise: Who Is He In Yonder Stall?

You’re welcome to participate in a bring and share lunch.


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God’s Storehouse (preparing for MGPC 7/12/2014)

Songs of preparation: Comfort, O Comfort My People and Come, O Long Expected Jesus.
Responsive call to worship and song of praise King Of Kings, Majesty.
Congregational prayer of confession, song of assurance – Just As I Am, the Apostles’ Creed, and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Revelation 6:1-17
Praise: See The Destined Day Arise.
Sermon: Malachi 3:6-12, God’s Storehouse.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings, closing song – Hark The Herald Angels Sing.


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Be Prepared For What You Ask For (preparing for MGPC 30/11/2014)

Those who most desired the judgment of God to fall on others seemed to have no idea about the measure of God’s mercy, or how they themselves needed to be prepared lest that judgment fall on them.

Songs of preparation: Child In The Manger, He Will Hold Me Fast, and Give To Our God Immortal Praise.
Prayer of confession and adoration: remembering God’s faithfulness and the special favour he extends towards his beloved; and that we might cast away works of darkness and continue to lay hold of his favoured one, in whom all light resides.
Song of assurance, confession and doxology: Purify My Heart, the Apostles’ Creed, and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (with Hallelujahs).
From God’s Word:
Consecutive reading: Revelation 5:1-14, where the seven seals are broken, revealing God’s purposes.
Memory verse: 2 Timothy 3:16&17 (our final week)
Praise: Join All The Glorious Names.
Sermon: Malachi 2:17-3:5. God charges the people with living as if he would not judge, taking mercy as laxity. Informing them of the severity of judgment, God promises that he himself will come and enact that judgment, bidding his people to live in anticipation of his coming and to seek the mercy extended until he comes. Today Christians believe that Jesus has come once to demonstrate the severity of judgment and the extent of God’s mercy and we live in an extended time of grace in which all those who will be saved are being gathered in.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll hear a brief budget summary, give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing All My Days.

There will be a shared lunch tomorrow, and there will be a paleo pumpkin pie on offer, for starters. All welcome.