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No More Night (preparing for MGPC 14/7/19)

Song: Good And Gracious King
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: One True God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Blessed Assurance
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 28
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 7: 1-23 – A centurion’s servant is healed and a widow’s son is raised from the dead; John’s question regarding Jesus’ identity is answered. ”
Bible Memorisation: Psalm 118: 22-24
Song: Make Me A Captive, Lord
Bible Reading: Revelation 21:22 – 22:5
Sermon: No More Night
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: See Him Coming


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Working And Waiting (preparing for MGPC 7/7/19)

Song: The Love Of The Father
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 27
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Luke 6: 37-49 – Jesus concludes His “Sermon on the Plain.”
Bible Memorisation: Psalm 118: 22-24
Song: All People That On Earth Do Dwell
Bible Reading: Galatians 6: 1-10
Sermon: Working And Waiting
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Saved My Soul


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Remembrancing In Public Prayer (via Jeffrey Arthurs)

The act of leading a congregation in prayer gives voice to present hope and future expectation by invoking the memory of God’s person, works and promises.
In corporate prayer, the people of God remember who God is, and who they are.

Remember that in public prayer you are a remembrancer. When a pastor leads in prayer, he or she embodies the theology, values, and ethos of the church. The pastor also actualises memory. We can draw worshipers from the undertow of the world to breathe again life-giving truths about God even as we address God in prayer. Perhaps this is why many of the prayers in the Bible speak at length about God while making supplication to God. For instance, in David’s prayer to dedicate the building materials of the temple (1 Chronicles 29:10-19), I estimate that 50 percent of the prayer rehearses who God is: “blessed,” “the God of Israel our father, forever and ever,” “all things come from you,” the one who :tests the heart and has pleasure in uprightness,” and so forth. The prayer also states who we are in relation to God: strangers and sojourners, “our days on earth are like a shadow,” and so on. Remembrancers take every opportunity, including public prayer to remind the body of who God is and who they are.

Jeffrey D Arthurs, Preaching As Reminding, IVP, 2017, pg 143.


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A Benediction From Dale Ralph Davis

A benediction (a good word) was traditionally used at the end of a worship service as a sending blessing for the congregation.
Today they’ve been somewhat supplanted by the modern form “Please join us for a cup of coffee or tea.”
A book collecting benedictions from Dale Ralph Davis called Grace Be With You has been recently published.
Here’s a sample:

Now a dying Saviour’s love,
a risen Saviour’s joy,
an ascended Saviour’s power, and
a returning Saviour’s hope,
rest upon your hearts and homes.
Amen.


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Legacies (preparing for MGPC 30/6/19)

Song: From The Day
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: My Lighthouse
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Rise Up, You Saints Of God
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 26
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Luke 6: 12-36 – Jesus chooses His twelve apostles, and preaches His “Sermon on the Plain” (verse 17), a sermon similar to, but different from, the “Sermon on the Mount” found in Matthew’s Gospel.
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Crown Him With Many Crowns
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 22: 41-53
Sermon: Legacies
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Death Was Arrested


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A Weekly Mutual Remembrance About The Coming Of The King (via Taylor King)

We don’t worship God because he needs it. We worship God because we need it.
From Taylor King:

We come to the Sunday morning service beat by the world if not beat up by ourselves. We come into the sanctuary with wounded hearts and worn out minds. When Heaven seems so distant, congregational worship reminds us that it isn’t really as far as we think it is. Jesus Christ our Savior is returning and we must marvel at His coming! Congregational worship helps us to march onward into the week where temptations wait for us. We need each other to cry out knowing we embrace the truth that our King is coming; therefore, we can endure the temporary madness that is real life. We have a God who keeps His promises. Rejoice in the glory that will be revealed!

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A Pointed Message (preparing for MGPC 23/6/19)

Song: No Other Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: My Faith Looks Up To See
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 25
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 5: 27 – 6:11 – Jesus challenges common assumptions regarding associating with “sinners,” fasting, and Sabbath observance.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 5:8
Song: O For A Thousand Tongues
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 22: 1-40
Sermon: A Pointed Message
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love Of The Father