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Renewed Relationships (preparing for MGPC 13/1/2019)

Song: How Great Is Our God
Call to Worship
Song: Arise My Soul Arise
Prayer Of Confession
Song: How Great Thou Art
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 2
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Zechariah 2: 1-13 – Zechariah’s third vision is of a man with a measuring line, a tool of construction, as God promises to dwell in the midst of a rebuilt Jerusalem, from which God’s grace shall be extended to the nations.
Bible Memorisation: Matthew 6:6
Song: All Creatures Of Our God And King
Bible Reading: Titus 2: 1-16
Sermon: Renewed Relationships
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread) – Guests who are members of any Christian church are invited to share in the supper. If you are uncertain about your situation don’t feel under compulsion to participate. Talk to one of our elders or pastors after the service.
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: 10,000 Reasons

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Renewed Church (preparing for MGPC 6/1/2019)

Song: This Is Amazing Grace
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love So High
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O God Our Help In Ages Past
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 1
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Zechariah 1: 1-21 – Zechariah calls the people of God to return to the Lord. Through two visions, the first of a horseman, the second of four horns, symbols of power, God promises that Jerusalem shall be rebuilt and its enemies destroyed..
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Now Thank We All Our God
Bible Reading: Titus 1: 1-16
Sermon: Renewed Church
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: In Christ Alone

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Brought Back To Life (preparing for MGPC 15/7/18)

Song: Good And Gracious King
Call to Worship
Song: Rescuer
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Rock Of Ages
Affirming our Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q26
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Titus 3 – Instruction in sound doctrine and good works and final greetings.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 8:34-35
Song: God Whose Almighty Word
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 17: 17-24
Sermon: Brought Back To Life
Song: The Church’s One Foundation
Pastoral Prayer
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God

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Grace For Today (preparing for MGPC 8/7/18)

Song: From The Day
Call to Worship
Song: Jerusalem
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Approach My Soul The Mercy Seat
Affirming our Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q26
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Titus 2 – Having refuted false teachers in chapter 1, sound teaching is urged in chapters 2 and 3.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 8:34-35
Song: The Lord Is Great
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 17:7-17
Sermon: Grace For Today
Lord’s Supper
Song: Blessed Assurance
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Jesus Thank You

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A Light Shines In The Darkness (preparing for MGPC 1/7/18)

Order of Service
Song: Good And Gracious King
Call to Worship
Song: From The Day
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Beneath The Cross Of Jesus
Affirming our Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q26
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Titus 1 – Greetings and the appointment of elders for the oversight of the churches.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 8: 34-35
Song: What a Friend We Have In Jesus
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 16:29-17:6
Sermon: A Light Shines In The Darkness
Song: Crown Him With Many Crowns
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Arise My Soul, Arise


Opening Service Of The 2013 General Assembly Of The Presbyterian Church Of Australia #GAAus13

On a balmy spring night in Sydney the Chinese Presbyterian Church, Surry Hills, was comfortably full to witness the commencement of the 48th Session Of The General Assembly Of The Presbyterian Church Of Australia.
We were encouraged by a brief address from outgoing moderator-general David Jones and the keynote sermon from incoming moderator-general David Cook. While the two messages marked a transition in leadership, they also confirmed a continuity of conviction in the power of Bible-centered Gospel proclamation. The Presbyterian Church in Australia is in the midst of a rich six years of Biblical teaching and encouragement from the moderator of its National General Assembly.

David Jones brought our attention to Titus 1:1-4 in order to answer the question Why Are We Here?.
Firstly we are here for evangelism: …that God’s elect might come to faith through the preaching of the Gospel.
Paul exhorts Titus that Cretans must become Christians. And they must do so in the context of a culture that their own people described as being broken and bankrupt. How to reach a broken culture (now and then)? By the Gospel.
Paul give Titus and the church a prayer and a charge: not just evangelical, but evangelistic.
Secondly we are here for edification: That new believers will grow in their knowledge of the faith.
How to do that in a culture that teaches us not to value truth? Teach them about the blood that has been shed, for the forgiveness of their sins. How to do that in culture that encourages us to live selfishly? Teach them about the Trinity. God is love. The Gospel can change them to show the care and mutual service of the godhead. Gospel truth, not Christian values changes people.
Thirdly we are here for the hope of eternal life. Jesus has not only freed us, he has changed us, our destiny and the destiny of the generations that proceed from us. By the proclamation of our eternal hope we nurture the Godly to embrace the glory to come.

David Cook’s sermon, The Apostolic Pattern, was preached from Acts 20:17-38.
The work of ministry is primarily soul care. C.S. Lewis maintained that ‘You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body.’
What is the Apostolic pattern for soul care?
David identified four aspects:

  1. Teacher. The words used to describe Paul’s activity: preach, proclaim, taught, declaration, testimony. Where does the content of this activity come from? The Bible. It’s a word based ministry. A body of truth to be understood. A developed theology drawn on in trial. Lack of knowledge leads to doubt.
  2. Watchman. An activity of warning. With every effort and tears. You’re only innocent as a watchman if you sound the warning. There is a need to be convicted of the danger that Christians face in their lives. There is no room for complacency.
  3. Shepherd. Watch yourself first. Don’t urge others to do what you don’t do yourself. These warning for ourselves and for others flow from Word based warnings derived from the teaching of the Bible. One to one ministry is also essential for this.
  4. Endurance athlete. We must keep doing all these things, actively now, but continuously. The key to being able to do this is that we are not our own. Christ’s love compels us. We cannot claim the benefits of being bought with the blood of Christ without accepting that we are no longer our own.

Teach, watch over, shepherd, and all of these diligently.

It was poignant and telling that when Anglican Bishop Peter Tasker responded on behalf of welcomed church leaders, the Bible verse he said many had commended to him as summarising David Cook’s life and ministry was from the very passage in Acts 20 that David had preached from.
Songs included Name Of All Majesty, God Is Working His Purpose Out, There Is A Higher Throne, and O Christ In Thee My Soul Hath Found, accompanied on both grand piano and pipe organ. I was told I sang loudly, but I don’t think that was a negative. One friend volunteered that next time he might sit two rows in front of me.

Afterwards various necessary items of business were dealt with, including the announcement that the letter from Paul Logan, Clerk of the General Assembly indicating his resignation from the post as of the end of 2014 will be dealt with at 5.00pm tomorrow.


David Jones prays for David Cook as David affirms to serve God in the role of moderator-general for the next three years


David Cook signs the Assembly Bible as a record of his affirmation


David Cook preaches his keynote sermon to an attentive congregation


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First Mile Road Map (mgpc 25/8/2013)

Christian life and local church life are organic. It’s not a matter of believe this first, then do some things and later on do some other things.
With faith comes a new life, and that new life serves and ministers near and far right from the very beginning.
Both for individual Christians and local churches.

Psalm 82 (God Is In His Congregation) and From Heaven You Came (The Servant King) are the songs of preparation with Come Now, Almighty King commencing worship.
Our prayer of confession will thank God for salvation and for the life of ministry and mission we share as His people.
You Gave Your Life (If Christ Be God), the Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow are the assurance of faith, testimony and affirmation.
From the Bible, continuing through Jeremiah with chapter 35:1-19, God admonishes the people of Judah for lacking the faithfulness of the Rechabites.
After singing Now Thank We All Our God, we’ll hear the final verses of Titus and consider 12-15.
Though they are a heartfelt farewell, they serve to sum up the message of the letter: right belief is essential for Godly ministry and mission by Christians in a local church.
This truth is applied in these words as we consider the planning evident in church life, the consideration of the needs of others and the preparation required to be ready when help is needed.
As these directions and description show, there is no ‘second mile’ work in local church life. There is no base line of activity which must be established before ministry work outside its bounds can be undertaken.
Right from the outset a believing fellowship will care for each other, and grow in their awareness of how they can help support Gospel ministry in other places.
After our pastoral prayer and the giving of our tithes and offerings, we’ll conclude worship singing He Walked On Earth (Behold The Lamb Of God).