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Renewed Relationships (preparing for MGPC 13/1/2019)

Song: How Great Is Our God
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Arise My Soul Arise
Prayer Of Confession
Song: How Great Thou Art
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 2
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us
Bible Reading: Zechariah 2: 1-13 – Zechariah’s third vision is of a man with a measuring line, a tool of construction, as God promises to dwell in the midst of a rebuilt Jerusalem, from which God’s grace shall be extended to the nations.
Bible Memorisation: Matthew 6:6
Song: All Creatures Of Our God And King
Bible Reading: Titus 2: 1-16
Sermon: Renewed Relationships
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: 10,000 Reasons


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Preaching Won’t Love You (via Lewis Allen and The Preacher’s Catechism)

May those of you who gather to hear God’s word tomorrow witness proclamation that is based on love of God and hearers, not based on love for the act of speaking.
From Lewis Allen’s The Preacher’s Catechism – Q&A 32: What is the summary of the Ten Commandments for preachers? – Loving the Lord your God and your neighbour, not your preaching is the goal of the law.

Preachers are ambitious. At least, we should be. If we don’t long that people will meet the risen Christ through our ministry, then what do we want to achieve through preaching? We need to root out that false godliness which wants little and is content with even less. Some reason that as long as we’ve preached orthodoxy, then God must be glorified. Isaiah 55:11 is quoted as the proof text of this dismal spirituality. Hearers might be left feeling empty, but our consolation — and we hope theirs, too — is that the Word will not return to God empty. But if our hearers are not presented with Christ in such a way that they are compelled to receive Christ by faith, then what has been achieved? A preacher who aims at merely saying what the Word says, with no prayerful longing that the Word would bear fruit, isn’t a God-honoring servant.
The danger lurks, though. Every preacher has experienced it to different degrees. Give your heart to preaching and expect it to love you back and fulfill all of your needs, and you’ll be bitterly disappointed. Preaching doesn’t love anyone. You can’t expect that it’ll satisfy your heart. Any preacher who seeks to find his life in his pulpit ministry is kidding himself all the way to idolatry. Preaching will pass.

The Preacher’s Catechism, Lewis Allen, Crossway, 2018, pg 162.


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Renewed Church (preparing for MGPC 6/1/2019)

Song: This Is Amazing Grace
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love So High
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O God Our Help In Ages Past
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 1
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Zechariah 1: 1-21 – Zechariah calls the people of God to return to the Lord. Through two visions, the first of a horseman, the second of four horns, symbols of power, God promises that Jerusalem shall be rebuilt and its enemies destroyed..
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Now Thank We All Our God
Bible Reading: Titus 1: 1-16
Sermon: Renewed Church
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: In Christ Alone


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Single-Minded Focus In An Age Of Multi-Tasking (via John Muether at Ligonier)

Gathering to worship God bids us do one thing at once with all our focus.
This runs counter to the growing tendency to split attention between any number of tasks, giving full attention to nothing.
God deserves nothing less than undivided attention.
From John Muether:

Single-minded attention is strange to us, even in worship, because we take pride in our ability to navigate our busyness with speed and nimbleness. In a multitasking world, Marva Dawn rightly concedes that worship is a “royal waste of time” because we are focused on something that our frenetic culture dismisses as inefficient. And yet, neuroscientists have come to the consensus that multitasking is a myth. We accomplish far less when we juggle several tasks than when we focus on one thing at a time. What is worse, our digitally enhanced distractions are becoming addictive: our brains crave constant stimulation and instant gratification. How ironic, then, that we program our phones with “alerts” and “notifications” for so-called breaking news when they have the effect of diminishing our alertness, prompting thoughtlessness and negligence to the task at hand. In sum, the spirit of our age is inimical to the careful and sustained attention that public worship demands.
Is it possible anymore to resist the persistent distractions of our digital age that obscure the message of the gospel? We need not abandon such a hope. Traditional church practices refocus our attention on the gospel and enable our worship of the transcendent God. Public worship and Sabbath keeping are the most culturally disruptive witnesses for Christians to practice. On a day designed for the soul to feast, we must resist habits that distract us and others. I am trying to go completely offline during the day. It is proving to be a great struggle, but I trust that it will awaken me from the stupor that can come from living in a culture that prizes distraction.

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The End Of The Matter (preparing for MGPC 30/12/2018)

Song: Saviour Of The World
Welcome
Call to Worship
Song: Saved My Soul
Prayer Of Confession
Song: My Faith Looks Up To See
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 52
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-17 – Warnings against idleness and concluding benediction.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 9:50
Song: Hushed Was The Evening Hymn
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 12: 9-14
Sermon: The End Of The Matter
Song: Never Alone
Announcements
Pastoral Prayer
Closing Blessing
Song: All Glory Be To Christ


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Who Is He In Yonder Stall? (preparing for MGPC 23/12/2018)

Song: Saved My Soul
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Joy To The World
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 51
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 – A command to stand firm, and a blessing that reveals where the ability to stand firm comes from.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 5:19b
Song: See There In The Manger Low
Bible Reading: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
Sermon: Who Is He In Yonder Stall?
Song: Who Is He In Yonder Stall?
Announcements: Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable


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Don’t Worry. Be Happy! (preparing for MGPC 16/12/2018)

Song: Saviour Of The World
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Saved My Soul
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 50
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2 – The revelation of the “man of lawlessness.”
Bible Memorisation:
Song: O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 11:1 – 12:8
Sermon: Don’t Worry. Be Happy!
Song: Come, O Long Expected Jesus
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God