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Mystery And Message (preparing for mgpc 25/9/16)

Songs of preparation: Who With God Most High Finds Shelter (Psalm 91) and Here Is Love.
Call to worship:
Praise: O, For A Thousand Tongues.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: : My Faith Looks Up To See; The Apostles’ Creed; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 10 – The Apostle Paul’s concluding counsel regarding meat associated with pagan religious rituals: flee idolatry and seek the good of one’s neighbour and glory of God in all circumstances.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 3:8-9
Praise: Father We Come To You (Revive Us, O Lord).
Reading: Ephesians 3: 1 – 13
Sermon: Mystery And Message – Gary Ware. The circumstances of life pale when compared with the experience of God’s saving grace and the opportunity to display the good news of salvation in Jesus to others.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less (Cornerstone).


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That You May Know (preparing for mgpc 18/9/16)

Songs of preparation: God Is Our Strength And Refuge and Blessed Be Your Name.
Call to worship:
Praise: Rejoice, The Lord Is King!.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: How Deep The Father’s Love For Us; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 9 – The Apostle illustrates the practice of forgoing rights for the sake of the gospel from his own ministry: he surrendered his right to financial support that he might preach the gospel without charge.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 3:8-9
Praise: Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God.
Reading: 1 John 5: 1 – 21
Sermon: That You May Know. Sermons preached by Alan Clarkson.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Lord, Be My Vision.


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Brought Home, Brought Together (preparing for mgpc 11/9/2016)

Songs of preparation: Within His Heart The Fool Spoke (Psalm 14).
Call to worship:
Praise: All Heaven Declares.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Take Time To Be Holy; The Apostles’ Creed; May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 8 – In chapters 8 – 10 the Apostle Paul answers questions raised by the Corinthians regarding eating meat that previously had been offered to idols in pagan rituals.
Bible Memorisation:
Praise: Wide, Wide As The Ocean.
Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22
Sermon: Brought Home, Brought Together. Paul encourages the Ephesians by reminding them of where they were before they became part of God’s family, where they are now, and what that difference means for their lives in the place where they were living.
Praise: Break Now The Bread Of Life.
The Lord’s Supper
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Restore, O Lord.


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Preaching Psalms. All Of Them.

So, last Sunday night I finished preaching Psalms on Sunday nights.
The Sunday evening congregation made it with me through all 150 Psalms, including one evening where Psalm 119 was read in its entirety. After Psalm 150 I returned to Psalm 119 and preached through its 22 sections.
There were five or so of those that others preached, but other than that it was my little project.
Can’t imagine I’ll do it again, but I never imagined doing it the first time.
The evening congregation’s support was deeply appreciated throughout.

Next we’ll set off on John’s Gospel and see where that takes us.


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The God Who Connects (preparing for mgpc 4/9/2016)

Songs of preparation: Consider Christ and God Has Spoken By His Prophets.
Call to worship:
Praise: Come Now Almighty King.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: King Of Kings, Majesty; The Apostles’ Creed; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 7: 25 – 40 – The Apostle Paul concludes his counsel regarding marriage and various states of singleness.
Bible Memorisation: Acts 14:22.
Praise: Search Me, O God.
Reading: Luke 15
Sermon: The God Who Connects – sermon preached by Mark Lewis.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness.


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Minor Fire And Broken Windows At MGPC

Early Monday evening there was an incident at Mount Gambier Presbyterian in which our waste bins were set alight and three windows were broken (with damage to flooring inside caused by the objects thrown through the windows.)
We’re appreciative of the member of the public who promptly reported the fire and for the thorough attendance of the Fire Brigade and Police.
It seems to be an isolated and random occurrence.
We don’t know anything about the personal circumstances of the person who did the damage, apart from what is mentioned below, but our first response is one of sorrow for his situation and hope that he didn’t injure himself.
Events such as these bring to mind the ongoing need for our amazing local mental health workers to have more adequate resources provided to support them; hopefully our State Government will act on that need and move toward raising our local services toward those that other places enjoy.

Here’s SAPOL’s report and a few photos.
A 23-year-old man of no fixed address has been arrested after a fire at the Presbyterian Church on Allison St, Mount Gambier. At around 7.30pm police and fire crews were called to the church after reports of a fire, and arrived to find a number of windows had been smashed and bins set on fire. 
The man was located at the church and was arrested and was taken to the Mount Gambier Hospital for a mental health assessment.


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Due Credit (preparing for mgpc 28/8/2016)

Songs of preparation: From Heaven You Came (The Servant King) and What A Wonderful Saviour Is Jesus.
Call to worship:
Praise: Come O Fount Of Every Blessing.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: O Lord My God (How Great Thou Art); Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 60; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Consecutive reading: 1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 24 – The Apostle Paul answers questions the Corinthians had raised regarding marriage, singleness, and divorce.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 2: 8 – 10.
Praise: Holy Spirit, Living Breath Of God.
Reading: Ephesians 2: 1 – 10
Sermon: Due Credit – God gets the credit for our salvation, it’s not just right, but a vital element to healthy Christian community life.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: This Life I Live.