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No Partiality (preparing for mgpc 21/6/2015)

Songs of preparation: Sing Praise To The LORD (Psalm 9), Lord I Come Before Your Throne Of Grace and Come Now, Almighty King.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: asking God to ensure we have perpetual love and reverence for His holy Name, for He never fails to help and govern those whom
He has set upon the sure foundation of His loving-kindness through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: King Of Kings, Majesty; The Apostle’s Creed; May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 13:1-23 – The condemnation of false prophets, which began in 12:21, continues.
Bible memorisation: Acts 3:19-20.
Praise: Take My Life And Let It Be.
Reading: Acts 10:23b-48
Sermon: No Partiality – Peter experiences the meaning of God’s vision as he shares the Gospel with a group of Gentiles and the Holy Spirit makes His presence known.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Jesus Is Lord.


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The Smorgasbord School Of Training (preparing for mgpc 14/6/2015)

Songs of preparation: The LORD Reply In Your Distress and From The Highest Of Heights (Indescribable).
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: asking God to hold his household the Church in his steadfast faith and love, that through his grace his people may proclaim
his truth with boldness, and minister his justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Approach My Soul The Mercy Seat; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 12:1-28 Ezekiel symbolically portrays Israel’s captivity and exile.
Bible memorisation: Acts 3:19-20.
Praise: Seek Ye First.
Reading: Acts 9:32 – 10:23a
Sermon: The Smorgasbord School Of Training – Peter continues to experience the refining work that the Lord Jesus carries out on the lives of all those who will serve him by sharing the Gospel with the world as God shows him that a temporary partition has served its purpose.
Praise: Here Is Love.
The Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Blessed Assurance.


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The Basket Case School Of Training (preparing for mgpc 7/6/2015)

Songs of preparation: Man Of Sorrows, With All My Heart My Thanks I’ll Bring (Psalm 138) , and Light Of The World (Here I Am To Worship).
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: recognising God, from whom all good proceeds we ask that he will grant that by his inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by his merciful guiding may do them through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Beneath The Cross Of Jesus; The Apostle’s Creed; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 11: 1 – 25, Ezekiel’s vision, which began in chapter 8, concludes with the promise that even in captivity God will preserve a remnant, even as the glory of the Lord leaves the city.
Bible memorisation: Acts 3:19-20.
Praise: Be Strong And Courageous.
Reading: Acts 9: 19b-30
Sermon: The Basket Case School Of Training – Saul begins to experience the refining work that the Lord Jesus carries out on the lives of all those who will serve him by sharing the Gospel with the world.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Great Is Your Faithfulness.


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A Violent Grace (preparing for mgpc 31/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: Blessèd Is The Man (Psalm 1), Lord I Come (What A Faithful God Have I), and Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: acknowledging the glory of the eternal Trinity, and thankful for the power of the divine work of the three persons that cause and enable us to worship the Unity: our prayer is that God keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see Him in His one and eternal glory.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Behold The Lamb Of God; The Apostle’s Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 10: 1 – 22, Ezekiel sees burning coals scattered over the city, cherubim are again described (as in chapter 1:15 following), as the glory of the Lord leaves the temple.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: What A Friend We Have In Jesus.
Reading: Acts 9: 1-19a
Sermon: A Violent Grace – Jesus reveals the power of his grace and the unfolding that the nations be gathered in as he encounters Saul on the road to Damascus.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: All My Days (Beautiful Saviour).


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New Life For A Dry Tree (preparing for mgpc 24/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: Forevermore May The LORD’s Glory Sound (Psalm 108), The Splendour Of The King – How Great Is Our God, and Glory Be To God The Father.
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: acknowledging with thanks the gift of the Holy Spirit and asking God to shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth.
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: There Is A Redeemer; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 53; Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 9: 1 – 11, Ezekiel’s vision continues; God’s executioners destroy the idolators of Jerusalem while the faithful are identified and spared.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: Spirit Of God, Unseen As The Wind.
Reading: Acts 8: 25-40
Sermon: New Life For A Dead Tree – God’s saving grace brings an individual who is a conspicuous outsider fully into the people of God.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Holy Spirit, Living Breath Of God.


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Power Struggle (preparing for mgpc 10/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: To The LORD O Sing A New Song (Psalm 98), and Blessed Be Your Name
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire;;
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Jesus, Your Blood And Righteousness; the Apostles’ Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 7: 1 – 27, Ezekiel announces the arrival of the day of wrath without pity against the land of Israel.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: O Worship The King
Reading: Acts 8:5-25
Sermon: The Beginning Of Mission – The growth of the kingdom in Samaria demonstrates that those who become Christian are the same as those who believed in Jerusalem; and that the kingdom will grow through humility and service, not status and power.
Praise: When I See What You Can See.
Lord’s Supper.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: We Are His children (Go Forth In His Name).


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The Beginning Of Mission (preparing for mgpc 3/5/2015)

Songs of preparation: I’ll Praise You In The Gathering (Psalm 22), My Lord, What Love Is This? (Amazing Love), and When Morning Gilds The Skies
Call to worship:
Prayer of Approach and Confession: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his
steps in the way that leads to eternal life;
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: I Stand Amazed (How Marvellous); the Apostles’ Creed; Unto God Be Praise And Honour.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 6: 1 – 14, God’s judgment against idolatry is announced.
Bible memorisation: Acts 10:43.
Praise: Cornerstone
Reading: Acts 8:1-4
Sermon: The Beginning Of Mission – The spread of the Gospel that Jesus had said would take place begins, through means no one could have planned or wanted.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: You’re The Word Of God the Father (Across The Lands)..