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Laundering Frantic Distraction From Christians (via Stephen McAlpine)

Stephen McAlpine writes about church as a place of focusses attention, not impatient demand.
If Christians are to be salt and light, a non-anxious presence in an increasingly anxious culture then our gatherings would be well served to be measured and consistent.
This includes the impulse for non-stop music playing under every activity and word, or a passing parade of faces coming and going from the platform.
From McAlpine’s post:

Jesus lived the life of focussed attention. The world around him (“Everyone is looking for you Jesus!” says Peter) would drag him into frantic distraction. But, by the power of the Spirit, Jesus knew that his greatest asset was the focussed attention that would take him all the way to the cross in Jerusalem.
I don’t get the impression that people in our churches know how to do focussed attention all that much. I don’t get the impression that their work lives, social lives, social media lives, and family lives are built upon focussed attention. I don’t get the impression they are given much option anywhere in the world. Or at least nothing in the world invites them away from frantic distraction towards focussed attention.
So maybe that’s our job as church leaders. Maybe it’s the role of the church to launder the frantic distraction out of our people, in order to better equip them for life in a frantic and distracted world. In order to help them to be that non-anxious presence at work; that listening neighbour who has time on their hands; that person who they meet who needs help.

Read the whole article here.


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Time Of Tribulation (preparing for MGPC 8/9/19)

Song: The Love Of the Father
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Rescuer
Prayer Of Confession
Song: I Hear The Saviour Say
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 36
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Luke 11: 1-28 – Jesus teaches His disciples to pray and insists that a house divided cannot stand.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 13:11
Song: Come, O Fount Of Every Blessing
Bible Reading: Mark 13: 14-27
Sermon: Time Of Tribulation
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: No Other Name


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Take Heed To Yourselves (preparing for MGPC 1/9/19)

Song: Jerusalem
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: My Lighthouse
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O Saviour, Where Shall Guilty Man
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 35
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Luke 10: 21-41 – Jesus teaches the sovereignty of the Father and Spirit in Their self-revelation, delivers the Parable of the Good Samaritan to a self-righteous lawyer, and calms a flustered Martha.
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Sing To God New Songs Of Worship
Bible Reading: Mark 13: 1-13
Sermon: Take Heed To Yourselves
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This I Believe


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Giving Everything (preparing for MGPC 25/8/19)

Song: Rescuer
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: No Other Name
Prayer Of Confession
Song: The Lord’s My Shepherd
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 34
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 10: 1-20 – Jesus sends out the seventy to minister.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12: 17a
Song: O Worship The King All Glorious Above
Bible Reading: Mark 12: 35-44
Sermon: Giving Everything
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God


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Near The Kingdom (preparing for MGPC 18/8/19)

Song: Jerusalem
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love Defends Me
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Just As I Am
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 33
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Luke 9: 28-60 – The Transfiguration, and the conclusion of Jesus’ Galilean ministry as He begins, in verse 51, his long journey towards the cross, having “set His face” to Jerusalem.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12: 17a
Song: To God Be The Glory
Bible Reading: Mark 12: 28-34
Sermon: Near The Kingdom
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Death Was Arrested


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The Church Is God’s Incubator For Making Disciples (via Stan Gale)

Stan Gale spent the days after his birth in an incubator. He received that life sustaining and growing support in isolation.
As a disciple of Jesus we are told that we need support for our life to be sustained and our growth supported. We need an incubator. But not in isolation.

The church is God’s incubator for making disciples. Through the means of grace made effective by the Holy Spirit, the church provides the light of God’s Word in an atmosphere oxygenated by prayer – the perfect environment for spiritual growth and development.
Unlike my time in a hospital incubator, the disciple is never released to be on his or her own. The need for Christ is constant and the church makes that apparent through celebration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, both of which sustain the disciple in this world and anticipate the world to come.
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If the church is an incubator for spiritual growth and development that means it is incumbent on those who lead to ensure that the church is functioning according to Christ’s design. The light of Christ must shine with clarity of God’s truth and warmth of His love. The atmosphere must be oxygenated with prayer in communion with God and dependence upon Him. Discipleship will not be reduced to mere information but transformation into maturity, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Read Gale’s whole post here.


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God Of The Living (preparing for MGPC 11/8/19)

Song: Rescuer
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Praise My Soul, The King Of Heaven
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 32
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us, Gave Us
Bible Reading: Luke 9: 1-27 – Jesus heals the Gerasene demoniac, a woman with an affliction of 12 years duration, and raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead .
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12: 17a
Song: Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
Bible Reading: Mark 12: 18-27
Sermon: The God Of The Living
Welcome to membership:
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread) Guests who are members of any Christian church are invited to share in the supper.
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: No Other Name