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Our Father In Heaven (preparing for MGPC 10/2/19)

Song: The Love Of The Father
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: This I Believe – (The Creed)
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Lord, Be My Vision
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 6
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Zechariah 6: 1-15 – Zechariah’s eighth vision, of four chariots which patrol the earth as emissaries of God’s judgment; priesthood and kingship are united in Joshua the high priest, who is a type of the Messiah to come.
Bible Memorisation: The Lord’s Prayer
Song: God Has Spoken
Bible Reading: Romans 8: 12-17
Sermon: Our Father In Heaven
Welcome To Membership
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God


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Preparing The Way (preparing for mgpc 27/11/16)

Song of preparation: I Was Filled With Joy And Gladness (Psalm 122) and Humble Thyself / Awesome God.
Call to worship:
Praise: O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Daniel 1 – The first chapter describes the occasion of the training of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, outstanding Hebrew youth sent to Babylon to be educated in “the literature and language of the Chaldeans” (v. 4). Despite refusing the king’s food, these Hebrew youths prove superior in appearance and wisdom than all the wise men of Babylon.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 5:4
Praise: Jesus Calls Us O’er The Tumult.
Reading: Romans 15: 4 – 13 & Matthew 3: 1 – 12.
Sermon: Preparing The Way – sermon by Scott Litchfield of Interserve.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Come Set Your Rule And Reign / Build Your Kingdom.


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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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Talking To Yourself (preparing for mgpc 29/11/2015)

Songs of preparation: To You I Lift My Soul (Psalm 25) and Humble Thyself / Our God Is An Awesome God.
Call to worship:
Praise: O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
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: Ezekiel 33:1-20 – The duty of the prophet likened to that of a ‘watchman’ on the walls of the city, and individual moral responsibility emphasised.
Bible memorisation: 2 Samuel 22:2-3.
Praise: Jesus Calls Us O’er The Tumult.
Reading: Romans 12.
Sermon: Talking To Yourself. Guest preacher – David Cook.
Pastoral prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Come, Set Your Rule And Reign (Build Your Kingdom Here).


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Growing Stronger (preparing for MGPC 21/12/2014)

Songs of preparation: Did You Know?; Once In Royal David’s City; and Jesus Is The Name We Honour.
Prayer of adoration and confession: thanking God for His faithfulness to all the generations of His people and asking that we will continue to live in reception of that faithful love until Jesus comes again.
Assurance, confession of faith, and doxology: O Come, O Come Emmanuel; the Apostles’ Creed; and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Revelation 8:1-13 – The seventh seal is opened.
Praise: How Great Is Our God.
Sermon: Romans 16: 17-27 – Growing Stronger; Christians remember this time of year something they should remember all year ’round, that God is the one who grows our strength as His people through the Scriptures and their proclamation.
Pastoral prayer, tithes & offerings, closing in praise with The First Nowell.


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MGPC 2014 Church Camp

We’re on Church Camp down at Karnkendi Campsite this weekend with Brian and Anne Harvey from Victoria.
All the yellow thread is the result of an exercise in learning the diversity of gifts and commonalities of interests which we share as a church.
And the one thing that binds us all together is Jesus.
Romans Chapter 12
It’s a good weekend.
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Romans 13:8-14 – Week Eighteen – Our Debt and Our Dress

Romans 13:8-14
Our Debt and Our Dress

The outline:
1) Our debt:
a) cannot be fully repaid.
b) is loving one another.
c) brings God’s law to action.
2) Our dress:
a) is seasonal.
b) involves taking off darkness.
c) requires putting on Christ.

Some (brief) comments:
Firstly,
We are to discharge a debt that can never be repaid. Infinite love has been shown to us, offering our bodies as living sacrifices means loving one another.
Christians and non-Christians each in turn.
Obedience of God’s commands is obedience to God, but expresses itself in relational terms. Loving one another is fulfilling God’s law.
We recall from Luke 10 that loving our neighbor is not an act that can be confined by preference but is defined by need. We there is need, there is our neighbor.
Love is not a benign or sentimental expression. It has rational bounds.
Secondly,
We are in the last days.
For the Christian darkness is dispelled and union with Christ is the day.
The time until His return is fixed and unknown. However long it is until Jesus comes back, the fact we don’t know when places an imperative upon the urgency with which we should consider our priorities.
The self-indulgent and self-centered have no place in the lives of those who have offered themselves up as living sacrifices.
In the words of John Piper we live in a war-time footing.
Darkness, sin and disobedience to God, need to be conciously set aside.
The sins mentioned are self-centered, the fruit of lax discipline and self-indulgence. The are also destructive of the community, the opposite of the actions exhorted in chapter 12.
Instead we put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Obviously this is instruction given to Christians. Putting on Christ is a concious act with concrete outcomes. Galatians 3:27.
It involves the process of being conformed to the renewing of our minds, of learning the Scriptures and showing our love for the Lord Jesus by keeping His commandments.
We clothe ourselves with Jesus, who is Christ and Lord. We live Christian.