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Gathering To Hear The Word Of What Has Been Done For Us (via Trevin Wax)

Christians gather week by week. Our gatherings are centered on the Bible as the Word of God. This is both a testimony to the world about our belief that God communicates with us through that which is written, and a testimony that we all need to constantly hear that message lest we drift from its truths.
It is a word that demands a response, but it is a message that our response is not what saves us.

From Trevin Wax.

But the gospel is different. It’s not trying to get something from us. It’s a message about Someone trying to give something to us. It’s not a message of personal flattery; it shows our personal failures. It’s a message about human sin and divine salvation. The Word doesn’t point the spotlight at us, but turns our attention to Jesus, the Son of God, the Word in flesh, given for us. The gospel is a message for us, but it’s from God and it’s about God: who he is, what he is like, what he has done to rescue us.

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Blessed Hunger (preparing for MGPC 23/2/20)

Song: Good And Gracious King
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: From The Day
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Saviour, While My Heart Is Tender
Affirming our Faith
Song: Blessing, Honour, Glory, Power
Bible Reading: Acts 2:1-13 – The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Bible Memorisation: Matthew 5:3-6
Song: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Bible Reading: Psalm 42:1-11
Sermon: Blessed Hunger
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Jerusalem


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Blessed Meekness (preparing for MGPC 16/2/20)

Song: From The Day
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Rescuer
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Take My Life And Let It Be
Affirming our Faith
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Acts 1:15-26 – A replacement for Judas Iscariot is selected.
Bible Memorisation: Matthew 5:3-6
Song: Holy, Holy, Holy
Bible Reading: Psalm 37:1-19
Sermon: Blessed Meekness
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This Is Amazing Grace


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Blessed Poverty (preparing for MGPC 2/2/20)

Song: It Is Finished
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Saved My Soul
Prayer Of Confession
Song: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
Affirming our Faith
Song: Now Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Luke 24: 28-53 – Jesus continues on the Emmaus Road, appears to the other disciples in Jerusalem, and ascends into heaven.
Bible Memorisation: Matthew 5:3-6
Song: Approach My Soul the Mercy Seat
Bible Reading: Psalm 32:1-11
Sermon: Blessed Poverty
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Your Love Defends Me


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The Blessed Life (preparing for MGPC 26/1/20)

Song: Build Your Kingdom Here
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Rock Of Ages
Affirming our Faith
Song: Now Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Luke 24: 1-27 –
The resurrection of Jesus and His appearance to His disciples on the Emmaus Road.
Bible Memorisation: John 3:16-17
Song: Sweet Hour Of Prayer
Bible Reading: Psalm 1:1-6
Sermon: The Blessed Life
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: My Lighthouse


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Preaching – Unique Proclamation (via Adam Ch’ng at Gospel Coalition Australia)

The words ‘sermon’ and ‘preaching’ fall out of use in some churches for a variety of reasons, both social and theological.
None of the replacement words or phrases really embrace the fulness of God imparting his grace to his people that is the act of a sermon being preached.
Whatever it’s called, as long as that is what is understood is happening.

Adam Ch’ng, at Gospel Coalition Australia, writes that –
Preaching is more than “sharing the Word”
Preaching is more than “explaining the Bible”
Preaching is more than “giving a Bible talk”

And concludes by writing

How then should we introduce the sermon?
We might unashamedly describe the sermon as “gospel proclamation” and call our churches to repent and believe. We might pray for our church to be not just informed but transformed by the Word. We might even ask our churches to “prepare to hear God speak”.
Whatever we might say, we must not diminish the supernatural significance of the preached word. Instead, we must lift our churches’ expectations of this sacred event. We need to aim higher.
For when we preach the Word with faithfulness, clarity and conviction, we are declaring Jesus’ victory over sin and death. We are transforming hearts, saving sinners and sanctifying the church. And we are acting as the mouthpiece of God who in that very moment is speaking light into the darkness.

Read the whole article at Gospel Coalition Australia.


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Lives Changed By Jesus 3 (preparing for MGPC 19/1/20)

Song: The Saving One
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: One True God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Search Me, O God
Affirming our Faith
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 23: 26-56 – Jesus is crucified and buried.
Bible Memorisation: John 3:16-17
Baptism
Song: Jesus Shall Reign
Bible Reading: Luke 19:1-10
Sermon: Lives Changed By Jesus 3
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This I Believe