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Armed For Battle (preparing for mgpc 19/2/17)

Songs of preparation: That I Might Keep Your Statutes, LORD (BOPFW 119E) and Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding.
Call to worship:
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy.
Prayer of adoration and confession:
Scripture assurance, confession of faith, doxology: When Peace, Like A River; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 9: 20 – 27 – Daniel, in 539–538 B.C., now about 80 years old, recalls Jeremiah’s prophesy that the years of captivity would be 70 (Jeremiah 25:11,12; 29:10). Consequently he prays for the restoration of Jerusalem, but not before he prays an extended prayer of confession of sin.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 6: 11
Praise: My Hope Rests Firm On Jesus Christ.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 6: 13 – 14.
Sermon: Armed For Battle – In order to prevail until the end of our struggle against spiritual darkness, Paul reminds Christians to find their security in who God is, what God has done for us, and to make every effort to actively depend on God’s salvation rather than our own devices.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Our Father Everlasting (The Creed).


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Standing Firm (preparing for mgpc 12/2/17)

Songs of preparation: How Blessed Are Those Above Reproach (BOPFW 119A).
Call to worship:
Praise: Jesus Is The Name We Honour.
Prayer of adoration and confession:
Scripture assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Our Father Everlasting (The Creed); Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1; Glory To God, The Father.
Continuous reading: Daniel 9: 1 – 19 – Daniel, in 539–538 B.C., now about 80 years old, recalls Jeremiah’s prophesy that the years of captivity would be 70 (Jeremiah 25:11,12; 29:10). Consequently he prays for the restoration of Jerusalem, but not before he prays an extended prayer of confession of sin.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 6: 11
Praise: God Has Spoken.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 6: 10 – 12.
Sermon: Stand Firm – Paul encourages Christians to recognise the battle that takes place in each of their lives, and to be prepared to fight so participate in God’s victory.
Praise: Behold The Lamb / Communion Hymn.
The Lord’s Supper.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Guide Me, O My Great Jehovah.


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A Faithful And Glorious God 2 (preparing for mgpc 5/2/17)

Songs of preparation: O Praise The LORDand Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord.
Call to worship:
Praise: Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven.
Prayer of adoration and confession:
Scripture assurance, confession of faith, doxology: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 8: 1 – 27 – Recalls a second vision which came to Daniel early in Belshazzar’s reign (c. 555 B.C.), also of the succession of 178 empires from the Medo – Persian to the Greek, to the rise of the wicked Antiochus IV Epiphanes (reigned 175 – 164 B.C.) who would persecute the people of God.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 6: 11
Praise: I Will Glory In My Redeemer.
Scripture reading: Haggai 2: 1 – 23.
Sermon: A Faithful And Glorious God 2 – Mark Lewis.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Yours Is The Kingdom.


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A Faithful And Glorious God (preparing for mgpc 29/1/17)

Songs of preparation: Rock Of Agesand There Is A Redeemer.
Call to worship:
Praise: Build Your Kingdom Here.
Prayer of adoration and confession:
Scripture assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Amazing Grace; The Apostles’ Creed; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Continuous reading: Daniel 7: 1 – 28 – Recalls Daniel’s prophetic vision given in the first year of Belshazzar’s reign (c. 552 B.C.) of four beasts representing four kingdoms: the Medo-Persian, the Greek, the Roman, and a final kingdom of ten horns, all of which are superseded by His vision of the everlasting kingdom ruled by the Ancient of Days.
Bible Memorisation:
Praise: King Of Kings, Majesty.
Scripture reading: Haggai 1: 1 – 15.
Sermon: A Faithful And Glorious God – Mark Lewis.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Bless The Lord, O My Soul – 10,000 Reasons.


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The Undivided Gospel (preparing for mgpc 22/1/17)

Songs of preparation: Glory Of Gloriesand I Will At All Times Bless The LORD (Psalm 27).
Call to worship:
Praise: Build Your Kingdom Here.
Prayer and song of Confession: I Stand Amazed
Scripture assurance, confession of faith, doxology: In Christ Alone; Romans 8: 31-39; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 6: 1 – 28 – Daniels’ enemies conspire to have him cast into a lion’s den for his refusal to worship Darius the king of Persia.
Bible Memorisation: 2 Samuel 7:22
Praise: God Moves In A Mysterious Way.
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 10 – 18.
Sermon: The Undivided Gospel – If Christians take their primary identity from anything other than the cross of Christ they empty the Gospel of its message and power.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus.


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Light For The Nations (preparing for mgpc 15/1/17)

Songs of preparation: I Waited For The LORD (Psalm 40)
and Consider Christ.
Call to worship:
Praise: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: In Christ Alone; Romans 8: 31-39; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Continuous reading:Daniel 5: 1 – 31 – Mysterious “handwriting on the wall” condemns King Belshazzar for his sacrilege leading to the fall of Babylon to the Persians in 539 B.C.
Bible Memorisation:
Praise: Our God Is A Great Big God.
Scripture reading: Isaiah 49: 1 – 7.
Sermon: Light For The Nations – In the second of the ‘servant songs’ we hear from one who will be all that Israel is not, and in that faithfulness bring Israel and nations to relationship with God.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Lord, Be My Vision.


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The Voice You Can Hear In Any Storm (preparing for mgpc 8/1/17)

Song of preparation: You Sons Of The Gods (Psalm 29).
Call to worship:
Praise: All Creatures Of Our God And King.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness; Romans 8: 31-39; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 4: 28 – 37 – Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation, foretold in his own dream as interpreted by Daniel, is triggered by his proud failure to recognize the sovereignty of God.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 4:32
Praise: Father We Come To You (Revive Us, O Lord).
Scripture reading: Psalm 29.
Sermon: The Voice You Can Hear In Any Storm – God speaks in command of the storm and his voice can be heard both over and through the tempest. His reign and rule and certain, as is the peace he offers to his people.
Praise: According To Your Gracious Word.
The Lord’s Supper.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: We Are His Children (Go Forth In His Name).