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Your Song Is About Its Testimony, Not Its Tone

Christian gathering has many facets, all of which are essential.
One of those essential facets is song.
Christian singing is not about demonstrating how your voice sounds, it is about demonstrating what your heart believes – and how that belief is shared with others.
Sometimes you’ll hear people say they don’t sing because they can’t sing.
But if Jesus is Lord of your heart you do have a song, and others need to hear it.

From Nick Aufenkamp at Desiring God.

Singing is vital to the edification of the church. And it’s not enough that just a few people sing — Paul is telling you to sing for the benefit of your brothers and sisters. But how does your voice benefit your church — especially if your singing voice sounds like a dog’s howl?
The power of your participation in congregational singing is not in the quality of your tone but in your voice’s testimony to God’s faithfulness. Your participation in singing signifies to all those around you that you love Jesus and trust his gospel.

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Laundering Frantic Distraction From Christians (via Stephen McAlpine)

Stephen McAlpine writes about church as a place of focusses attention, not impatient demand.
If Christians are to be salt and light, a non-anxious presence in an increasingly anxious culture then our gatherings would be well served to be measured and consistent.
This includes the impulse for non-stop music playing under every activity and word, or a passing parade of faces coming and going from the platform.
From McAlpine’s post:

Jesus lived the life of focussed attention. The world around him (“Everyone is looking for you Jesus!” says Peter) would drag him into frantic distraction. But, by the power of the Spirit, Jesus knew that his greatest asset was the focussed attention that would take him all the way to the cross in Jerusalem.
I don’t get the impression that people in our churches know how to do focussed attention all that much. I don’t get the impression that their work lives, social lives, social media lives, and family lives are built upon focussed attention. I don’t get the impression they are given much option anywhere in the world. Or at least nothing in the world invites them away from frantic distraction towards focussed attention.
So maybe that’s our job as church leaders. Maybe it’s the role of the church to launder the frantic distraction out of our people, in order to better equip them for life in a frantic and distracted world. In order to help them to be that non-anxious presence at work; that listening neighbour who has time on their hands; that person who they meet who needs help.

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Time Of Tribulation (preparing for MGPC 8/9/19)

Song: The Love Of the Father
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Rescuer
Prayer Of Confession
Song: I Hear The Saviour Say
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 36
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Luke 11: 1-28 – Jesus teaches His disciples to pray and insists that a house divided cannot stand.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 13:11
Song: Come, O Fount Of Every Blessing
Bible Reading: Mark 13: 14-27
Sermon: Time Of Tribulation
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: No Other Name


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Take Heed To Yourselves (preparing for MGPC 1/9/19)

Song: Jerusalem
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: My Lighthouse
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O Saviour, Where Shall Guilty Man
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 35
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Luke 10: 21-41 – Jesus teaches the sovereignty of the Father and Spirit in Their self-revelation, delivers the Parable of the Good Samaritan to a self-righteous lawyer, and calms a flustered Martha.
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Sing To God New Songs Of Worship
Bible Reading: Mark 13: 1-13
Sermon: Take Heed To Yourselves
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This I Believe


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Giving Everything (preparing for MGPC 25/8/19)

Song: Rescuer
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: No Other Name
Prayer Of Confession
Song: The Lord’s My Shepherd
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 34
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 10: 1-20 – Jesus sends out the seventy to minister.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12: 17a
Song: O Worship The King All Glorious Above
Bible Reading: Mark 12: 35-44
Sermon: Giving Everything
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God


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Near The Kingdom (preparing for MGPC 18/8/19)

Song: Jerusalem
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love Defends Me
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Just As I Am
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 33
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Luke 9: 28-60 – The Transfiguration, and the conclusion of Jesus’ Galilean ministry as He begins, in verse 51, his long journey towards the cross, having “set His face” to Jerusalem.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12: 17a
Song: To God Be The Glory
Bible Reading: Mark 12: 28-34
Sermon: Near The Kingdom
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Death Was Arrested


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God Of The Living (preparing for MGPC 11/8/19)

Song: Rescuer
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Praise My Soul, The King Of Heaven
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 32
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us, Gave Us
Bible Reading: Luke 9: 1-27 – Jesus heals the Gerasene demoniac, a woman with an affliction of 12 years duration, and raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead .
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12: 17a
Song: Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
Bible Reading: Mark 12: 18-27
Sermon: The God Of The Living
Welcome to membership:
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread) Guests who are members of any Christian church are invited to share in the supper.
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: No Other Name