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Forgive Us Our Debts (preparing for MGPC 17/3/19)

Song: Saviour Of The World
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: How Great Is Our God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: We Plough The Fields And Scatter
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 11
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Zechariah 11: 1-17 – Zechariah is appointed to be shepherd of God’s rebellious and doomed people, and like Christ, is rejected for the price of a slave (30 pieces of silver; cf. Exodus 21:32; Jeremiah 19:1-13; Matthew 26:14-16, 27:1-10).
Bible Memorisation: 1 Corinthians 10:13b
Song: Let All Things Now Living
Bible Reading: Matthew 18: 21-35
Sermon: Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Saved My Soul


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Daily Bread (preparing for MGPC 10/3/19)

Song: The Saving One
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: This Is Amazing Grace
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 10
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Zechariah 10: 1-12 – The people, and especially the leaders, of Judah are rebuked for consulting household idols. The LORD promises that He Himself shall shepherd, strengthen, and restore the people of God.
Bible Memorisation: 1 Corinthians 10:13b
Song: Guide Me, O My Great Jehovah
Bible Reading: John 6: 25-40
Sermon: Daily Bread
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love Of The Father


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Unqualified Grace Is The Only Grace (via Michael Horton and Tolle Lege)

If you’re gathering in Christian worship tomorrow may you do so hearing and experiencing the pure grace of the Gospel.
Anything less is no grace at all.

The blog Tolle Lege quotes Michael Horton:

“The slightest nomism vitiates the gospel. For Paul, grace does not exist on a spectrum. Unlike a dimmer switch, it is binary: ‘grace would no longer be grace’ if works played any role as the ground or instrument of justification (Rom. 11:6).”

–Michael Horton, Justification, Volume 2 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018), 2: 124.

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Your Will Be Done (preparing for MGPC 3/3/19)

Song: Your Love Defends me
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Jerusalem
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Trust And Obey
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 9
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Zechariah 9:1-17 – The LORD promises Jerusalem blessing instead of judgment, feasts instead of fasts, and Gentile pilgrimages in quest of the God of Israel instead of Gentile invasions.
Bible Memorisation: 1 Corinthians 10:13b
Song: At The Name Of Jesus
Bible Reading: Romans 12: 1-2
Sermon: Your Will Be Done
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Man Of Sorrows


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Ministering To Each Other In Song (via Andrew Roycroft)

If you attend church, you may never preach a sermon, but you have ministered to everyone over and over again.
In song.
From Andrew Roycroft at Thinking Pastorally:

The beauty of true worship is that we address ourselves to God, but we also address one another with who God is and what he has said. We worship in our spirits, by the power of the Holy Spirit, but also with deep intellectual investment, with an eye fixed on the glory of the gospel as well as a heart tuned to its sentiments. Such worship is deeply didactic, it retrains the flagging disciple, it prohibits empty sentiment, it draws our attention and our affection towards the God in whose presence and power we are meeting.

Read the whole post here.


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Your Kingdom Come (preparing for MGPC 24/2/19)

Song: Come People Of The Risen King
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Good And Gracious King
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Saviour, While My Heart Is Tender
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 8
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us, Gave Us
Bible Reading: Zechariah 8: 1-23 – The LORD promises Jerusalem blessing instead of judgement, feasts in instead of fasts, and Gentile pilgrimages in quest of the God of Israel instead of Gentile invasions.
Bible Memorisation: The Lord’s Prayer
Song: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Bible Reading: Ephesians 2: 1-10
Sermon: Your Kingdom Come
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Build Your Kingdom Here


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The Privilege Of Watching God’s Word At Work (via John Chester)

In this post about preachers and preaching, John Chester remarks about one incredible privilege that preachers have, particularly those who are blessed to preach to congregations where they can pretty much see everyone, and who are able to be free from a manuscript long enough to observe how people are reacting to God’s Word:

There is one other profound blessing that the pastor receives because he is looking into the faces of the congregation. The living and active nature of the Word of God is impressed on him as never before. [Of course this only applies to pastors who actually preach the bible!] From behind the pulpit I have seen people burst in to tears, tears of joy at the thought of heaven and the hope we have in Christ, and tears of conviction in response to a powerful truth of Scripture. I have seen the look cross a visitors face the split second they become offended by the gospel, and I have seen someone sitting with their arms defiantly crossed melt and soften as the Word of God washes over them. It is a unique blessing to be able to see how people respond to the preaching of the Word of God.

Read the whole post here.