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The Long Haul (preparing for MGPC 19/5/19)

Song: Saviour Of The World
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: This I Believe – (The Creed)
Prayer Of Confession
Song: God Is Our Strength And Refuge
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 20
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Luke 2: 22-52 – The infant Jesus is presented in the temple, Simeon’s response, known by its Latin title as the Nunc Dimittis (2:29-32), and the account of Jesus’ visit to the temple at age 12.
Bible Memorisation: 1 Kings 18:21b
Song: FCome Now Almighty King
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 19: 1-8
Sermon: The Long Haul
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Your Love So High


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Songs Old And New (via Michael Kelley)

The church gathers to worship God receiving truths inherited from the past and expressing them in present contexts with a view to future hope.
From Michael Kelley:

During Joshua’s lifetime, the people worshiped faithfully, having their worship formed by their past. But they were only one generation away from forgetting all God had done, and therefore the Lord Himself. This is what happens when our worship is not rooted and formed by the past.
That does not mean we only sing old songs. But it does mean that when we sing, we sing with the aim of remembering old truths. We should care deeply about the substance of what we’re singing, for when we sing, we should always be recounting the old, old story of a Savior who came from glory. Who gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me. This is the greatest act of God. This is ultimately what all our worship should be rooted and formed by – recalling, remembering, and retelling the story of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our worship is formed by the past. But our worship shapes the present. Here’s what I DON’T mean by that – I don’t mean that we can somehow praise something into existence. That we can sing songs about victory and all our circumstantial problems will go away. This is not some name it and claim it worship methodology. What I mean is that when we sing, our understanding and perspective on the present is shaped.
Notice that verse 1 tells us that we should sing a new song to the Lord. This Psalm is part of a group of psalms that were sung to give praise to God as King. They’re sometimes called coronation psalms. And when these songs were sung at specific times in the calendar, there would be new songs composed.
That doesn’t mean that we need to write a new song every Sunday for worship; but it does bring a sense of freshness and present tense to worship. And we need our present to be formed by worship because we are emotional beings. God made us that way. The problem is that our emotions are corrupted by sin, just as every part of us is. That means that you cannot trust your heart, just like I cannot trust mine.

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The God Who Answers (preparing for MGPC 12/5/19)

Song: The Love Of The Father
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Christ Alone
Prayer Of Confession
Song: What A Wonderful Change
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 19
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 2: 1-21 – The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, its announcement to shepherds, and the angelic Gloria in Excelsis.
Bible Memorisation: 1 Kings 18:21b
Song: From All That Dwells Below The Skies
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 18: 41-46
Sermon: The God Who Answers
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread) Guests who are members of any Christian church are invited to share in the supper. If you are uncertain about your situation don’t feel under compulsion to participate. Talk to one of our elders or pastors after the service.
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Man Of Sorrows


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Time To Choose (preparing for MGPC 5/5/19)

Song: From The Day
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: No Other Name
Prayer Of Confession
Song: When Peace Like A River
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 18
Song: Worship Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Luke 1:57-81 – The birth of John the Baptist and the response of his father, commonly called by its Latin name, the Benedictus.
Bible Memorisation: 1 Kings 18:21b
Song: From All That Dwells Below The Skies
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 18: 20-40
Sermon: Time To Choose
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Good And Gracious King


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Finding Trouble (preparing for MGPC 28/4/19)

Song: Saviour Of The World
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love Defends Me
Prayer Of Confession
Song: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 17
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Luke 1:39-56 – Mary’s response of praise to the promise of the birth of Jesus, known by its Latin name as the Magnificat.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 5: 8
Song: The Church’s One Foundation
Bible Reading: 1 Kings 18: 1-19
Sermon: Finding Trouble
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Build Your Kingdom Here


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Easter In Colour (preparing for MGPC 21/4/19)

Song: Christ Is Risen
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Death Was Arrested
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 15
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flows
Bible Reading: Luke 1: 26-38 – The birth of Jesus foretold and Mary’s response of trust.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 5: 8
Song: Yours Is The Glory
Bible Reading: Mark 16: 1-8
Sermon: Easter In Colour
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God


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Pressing On (preparing for MGPC 7/4/19)

Song: My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Christ Alone
Prayer Of Confession
Song: The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 14
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Zechariah 14: 1-21 – Zechariah announces the coming “day of the LORD,” a day of battle, of judgment and salvation, of light and living water, and of the gathering of the Gentiles to worship the King, the LORD of hosts.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 5: 8
Song: God Whose Almighty Word
Bible Reading: Philippians 3: 4-14
Sermon: Pressing On
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Saviour Of The World