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

Song: Saved My Soul
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
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love Of The Father

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My Next Pair Of Shoes

My exciting life includes buying another pair of my present runners during a 40% off online sale so I can put them in the wardrobe for six months or so until I need them.

Besides the (by Grabthar’s Hammer what a) savings I won’t be temped to keep wearing worn down shoes and damage myself.

The pair I’m currently using cost 40% more (obviously) and took two weeks to arrive at our local store. These arrived in 48 hours or so.

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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.

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Alive And Breathing by Matt Maher and Friends with Sunday School Instruments

This seems to be a riff on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘kindergarten instruments’ segment, where Matt Maher and friends sing Alive And Breathing on what are described as Sunday School instruments.
The definition a ‘Sunday School instrument’ seems ever-so slightly stretched, but it’s definitely an acoustic sound, so you get an idea of how the song stands on its own merits.

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Congregational Life – A Place Where We Are Saved From Our Yearnings, Rather Than Having Our Yearnings Met (via M Craig Barnes)

In a brief article at Christian Century, Craig Barnes writes about the disposition of wanting to protect people from their own hurt feelings, and how the life in the church is not meant to be place where flawed people grow in Christ likeness by experiencing the imperfections that remain within us:

Congregations are filled with people who bring their yearnings with them into the community. Often these yearnings have not been met in other places like family or work, so people are hoping the church will be the place where they will finally find affirmation for their heart’s desire. But the church is not paradise. It’s a divine reality of redemption in which we are saved even from our yearnings. It’s a community in which we learn to sacrifice our hopes, failures, and hurt feelings in order to turn to Jesus Christ, our savior.

Read the whole post here.

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Muffin And Coffee, Presto – Mount Gambier

Presto Café had a slightly jazzier than usual muffin for their coffee and muffin special today.

They went well together.

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Meetings That Won’t Conclude

What if Dilbert was a pastor?
Honestly, he handles meetings that won’t end more elegantly than I do.