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Seeing Clearly (preparing for MGPC 17/12/17)

Song: Blessed Be Your Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love So High
Prayer Of Confession
Song: When Zion’s Captive Ones Returned
Affirming our Faith: Heidelberg Catechism 1
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Micah 6: 1 – 16 – Micah as covenant prosecutor indicts Israel for unfaithful to the terms of the covenant, summoning witnesses (verses 1,2), pronouncing covenant curses (verses 9-16), and reminding them of God’s grace (verses 3-5) and His simple requirements: justice, kindness, and humility (verses 6-8).
Bible Memorisation: Mark 5:19b
Song: As With Gladness
Bible Reading: Mark 8:22-30
Sermon: Seeing Clearly
Song: I Cannot Tell (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: In Christ Alone


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No Sign? (preparing for MGPC 10/12/17)

Song: This Is Amazing Grace
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: The Saving One
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Micah 5:1-15 – Micah prophecies of the birth of Messiah in Bethlehem (verses 1-6) and of preserving and purging of His remnant (verses 7-15).
Bible Memorisation: Mark 3:35
Song: Tell Out My Soul
Bible Reading: Mark 8:1-21
Sermon: No Sign?
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread) Guests who are members of any Christian church are invited to share in the supper. If you are uncertain about your situation don’t feel under compulsion to participate. Talk to one of our elders or pastors after the service.
Song: Guide Me, O Great Jehovah (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Jesus, Thank you


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Restoration (preparing for MGPC 3/12/17)

Song: Your Love So High
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: All I Have Is Christ
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Amazing Grace
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory Blessing
Bible Reading: Micah 4:1-13 – Micah’s message shifts from impending judgment to the latter days, when the remnant shall be rescued and Messiah’s rule established.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 2:17
Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Bible Reading: Mark 7:31-37
Sermon: Restoration
*Song: Come, O Long Expected Jesus (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: How Great is Our God


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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 48

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 48

Chapter 29 – Of The Lord’s Supper (Cont.) Paragraphs 5-8
V. The outward elements in this sacrament, duly set apart to the uses ordained by Christ, have such relation to him crucified, as that truly, yet sacramentally only, they are sometimes called by the name of the things they represent, to wit, the body and blood of Christ; albeit, in substance and nature, they still remain truly, and only, bread and wine, as they were before.
VI. That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine, into the substance of Christ’s body and blood (commonly called transubstantiation) by consecration of a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant, not to Scripture alone, but even to common-sense and reason; overthrows the nature of the sacrament; and has been, and is, the cause of manifold superstitions, yea, of gross idolatries.
VII. Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this sacrament, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, yet not carnally and corporally, but spiritually, receive and feed upon Christ crucified, and all benefits of his death: the body and blood of Christ being then not corporally or carnally in, with, or under the bread and wine; yet as really, but spiritually, present to the faith of believers in that ordinance, as the elements themselves are to their outward senses.
VIII. Although ignorant and wicked men receive the outward elements in this sacrament, yet they receive not the thing signified thereby; but by their unworthy coming thereunto are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, to their own damnation. Wherefore all ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy communion with him, so are they unworthy of the Lord’s table, and can not, without great sin against Christ, while they remain such, partake of these holy mysteries, or be admitted thereunto.


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Unexpected Faith (preparing for MGPC 26/11/17)

Song: My Lighthouse
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Cornerstone
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Jesus Saves Us O’er The Tumult
Affirming our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Micah 3:1-12 – Micah denounces the political and religious leadership of Israel.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 7:15
Song: All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Psalm 100)
Bible Reading: Mark 7:24-30
Sermon: Unexpected Faith
Song: At The Name Of Jesus (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Behold Our God


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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 47

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 47

Chapter 29 – Of the Lord’s Supper Paragraphs 1-4
I. Our Lord Jesus, in the night wherein he was betrayed, instituted the sacrament of his body and blood, called the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in his Church unto the end of the world; for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of himself in his death, the sealing all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual nourishment and growth in him, their further engagement in and to all duties which they owe unto him; and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with him, and with each other, as members of his mystical body.
II. In this sacrament Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sins of the quick or dead, but commemoration of that one offering up of himself, by himself, upon the cross, once for all, and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God for the same; so that the Popish sacrifice of the mass, as they call it, is most abominably injurious to Christ’s one only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect.
III. The Lord Jesus hath, in this ordinance, appointed his ministers to declare his word of institution to the people, to pray, and bless the elements of bread and wine, and thereby to set them apart from a common to an holy use; and to take and break the bread, to take the cup, and (they communicating also themselves) to give both to the communicants; but to none who are not then present in the congregation.
IV. Private masses, or receiving this sacrament by a priest, or any other, alone; as likewise the denial of the cup to the people; worshipping the elements, the lifting them up, or carrying them about for adoration, and the reserving them for any pretended religious use, are all contrary to the nature of this sacrament, and to the institution of Christ.


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God Is The Lord Of Time, Even Our Time, Even On Sundays (via Megan Hill)

Megan Hill reflects on how the unique rhythms of Sunday teach witness to those who observe them of God’s rule over us in everything.

God Is the Lord of Time
On Sundays, we acknowledge that God is the author and ruler of time itself. At creation, God made time. He separated light from dark and established the daily cycle of morning and evening (Gen. 1:3-5). At creation, God also organized those days into a pattern of six and one (Gen. 2:1-3): six days for ordinary work and recreation, one day for rest (Ex. 20:11).
As tempting as it might seem to believe we are masters of our own time—carefully manipulating an interlocking puzzle of Google calendar entries—we are not. God is the one who created time, who set us in it and bound us by it, and God is the one who rightfully directs us how to use it. When we submit to his pattern of six and one, we acknowledge that God is the Lord of time.
For our children, too, the disruption of Sunday is a chance to remember that even our schedules are under the Lord’s authority. Once a week, the Lord breaks into our routine and reminds us that naptimes and snacktimes are not ultimate, nor are they determined by our own desires. In all things, we serve the Lord.

Read the rest at Christward Collective.