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Prayers And Priorities (preparing for MGPC 8/12/19)

Song: No Other Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 48
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 20: 1-18 – Now in Jerusalem, the last week of his earthly ministry, Jesus is challenged by the religious and political authorities and teaches the Parable of the Vine-Growers.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 5:8
Song: I Cannot Tell
Bible Reading: Colossians 4: 2-6
Sermon: Prayers And Proiroities
Welcome to Membership
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love Of the Father


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If You Arrive At Church Early (via Cornerstone Community Church)

Here are some benefits of turning up to church early.
(Roughly defined as more than 60-120 seconds before the appointed starting time, though in reality that’s actually arriving dead on time. Early would be sooner than that.)
If you consider your attendance as ministry to others, rather than as something that you do, or something that is for yourself, these are just a starting point.

If you’re early:
Your heart will be more settled and ready to worship our majestic Creator God.
You can take a few minutes to sit quietly and think about the Lord you came to worship.
You can get your children to the appropriate classrooms without rushing.
You can take a few minutes to encourage one another in fellowship before the service.
You can take a few minutes to read through the church bulletin before the service starts.
You can encourage your church leaders by showing greater respect for their careful and prayerful planning of the worship service.
You set a good example for your children in holding high the principle of love for others.

Read the whole post at Cornerstone Community Church.


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In Christ At Home (preparing for MGPC 1/12/19)

Song: Never Alone
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: All I Have Is Christ
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Come, O Long Expected Jesus
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 48
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 19: 28-48 – The long journey to Jerusalem begun in 9:51 concludes with the Triumphal Entry and the cleansing of the Temple.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12:17a
Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Bible Reading: Colossians 3:18-4:1
Sermon: In Christ At Home
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Man Of Sorrows


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Living In The Name Of Jesus (preparing for MGPC 24/11/19)

Song: No Other Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: This Is Amazing Grace
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Because He Lives
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 47
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 19: 1-27 – As Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem comes to a close, He enters Jericho, about 10 miles to the east, where he encounters Zaccheus, and teaches the Parable of the Ten Talents.
Bible Memorisation: Colossians 3: 23-24
Song: Jesus Calls Us O’er The Tumult
Bible Reading: Colossians 3: 12-17
Sermon: Living In The Name Of Jesus
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: 10,000 Reasons


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The Place Where Wounds Become Openings For A New Vision (via Henri Nouwen)

There is no place where wounds and pains are absent, even in the fellowship of the church.
The Gospel enables the wounds to be openings where light breaks through, the pains a common pointer to future wholeness and joy.
This is our expectation as we gather in worship tomorrow.
Henri Nouwen writes:

It belongs to the central insight of the Judaeo-Christian tradition, that it is the call of God which forms the people of God.
A Christian community is there for a healing community not because wounds are cured and pains are alleviated, but because wounds and pains become openings or occasions for a new vision. Mutual confession then become a mutual deepening of hope, and sharing weakness becomes a reminder to one and all of the coming strength.

Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1994 ed., pg 94.


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Hidden With Christ (preparing for MGPC 17/11/19)

Song: Saved My Soul
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Saviour Of The World
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Jesus Loves Me
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 46
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 18: 18-43 – Jesus’ teachings in response to encounters with the rich young ruler, and a blind beggar and the tax collector.
Bible Memorisation: Colossians 3: 23-24
Song: May The Mind Of Christ My Saviour
Bible Reading: Colossians 3: 1-11
Sermon: Hidden With Christ
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love Of The Father


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Pastoral Ministry Does Not Try To Save The Redeemed (via Henri Nouwen)

Henri Nouwen makes an important distinction about pastoral ministry.
A contemplative is able to live fully in the moment, but not be ruled by, and reacting to, the anxiety of that moment.
In that he is able to help others to look beyond their present ‘panic-stricken convulsions’ to responses that resonate with the character of the kingdom.

It is not the task of the Christian leader to go around nervously trying to redeem people, to save them at the last minute, to put them on the right track. For we are redeemed once and for all. The Christian leader is called to help others affirm this great news, and to make visible in daily events the fact that behind the dirty curtain of our painful symptoms there is something great to be seen: the face of Him in whose image we are shaped. In this way the contemplative can be a leader for a compulsive e generation because he can break though the vicious circle of immediate needs asking for immediate satisfaction. He can direct and steer their erratic energy into creative channels.

Henri Nouwen, The Wounded HealerMins, Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1994 ed., pg 44.