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To Rome And Beyond (preparing for mgpc 24/7/2016)

Song of preparation: This Life I Live and Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.
Call to worship:
Praise: Crown Him With Many Crowns.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: You Gave Your Life (If Christ Be God); Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1 ; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 2 – The Apostle Paul continues to provide reasons why he did not make an intended visit to Corinth. He explains that out of love he sent a letter of rebuke instead, to which the Corinthians correctly responded with church discipline.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 26:18.
Praise: Love Divine All Loves Excelling.
Reading: Acts 28: 1 – 28.
Sermon: To Rome And Beyond – The concluding accounts in the book of Acts remind us again that the focus is on God’s purpose to spread the good news about Jesus across the world.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Arise My Soul Arise.


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Beware Of False Teaching (preparing for mgpc 17/7/2016)

Service lead by Alan Fox.

Songs of preparation: Join All The Glorious Names and Glory Of Glories.
Call to worship:
Praise: You’re The Word Of God The Father (Across The Lands).
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: O Saviour, Where Shall Guilty Man; The Apostle’s Creed; Now To Him Who Loved Us, Gave Us.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 – The Apostle Paul urges unity in the church based upon the “foolishness” of the cross.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 20:24.
Praise: These Are The Days Of Elijah.
Reading: 2 Peter 2:1-22.
Sermon: Beware Of False Teaching – Christians are warned that following false teachers and their teachings is to join them in a life destined for destruction.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Glorious Things Of You Are Spoken.


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Secure In The Storm (preparing for mgpc 10/7/2016)

Song of preparation: God Is In His Congregation (Psalm 82).
Call to worship:
Praise: Humble Thyself / Awesome God.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: He Will Hold Me Fast; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – The Apostle’s salutation.
Bible Memorisation: Philippians 4:8.
Praise: Take My Life And Let It Be.
Reading: Acts 27:1 – 28:10.
Sermon: Secure In The Storm – Having been preserved through human threat and opposition, Paul is secure through natural disaster and feral fauna thanks to God’s power.
Praise: To God Be The Glory.
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: As You Go.


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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.