Saturday, June 23, 2018

Winter: The Feast of Dedication





Outline of Service 24th June 2018



Winter: The Feast of Dedication



Hymn 104

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 104: 1-5, 19-33 – God creates the seasons





Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Heeding the call of salvation and promise - John 10: 7-22

·     Reflecting on what is good - Ecclesiastes 2: 22-26



Hymn 46



·     The Feast of Dedication in Jesus’ time was not a Moses ordained feast. It was an 8-day winter festival to celebrate the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after Jewish freedom fighters overthrew an oppressive regime.

·     Like Jews of old, we too can take the quiet, contemplative time of winter to remind ourselves of God’s wonderful provision and prayerfully reflect on our walk with God and His plan for us.

·     We too can (re) dedicate our temples – our bodies – to His service and perhaps become God’s special people of promise.



Hymn 16 (Tune 20)



Doxology

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Winter: A God Ordained Season


Winter: A God Ordained Season – Gen 8:22



Hymn 115:  An All Seasons God

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 4:1-8   Put Your Trust in the LORD



Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Promise – A New Beginning:  Genesis 8:1-22

·     Promise – Summer and Winter:  Psalm 74:10-17

·     Promise – A New World:  2 Peter 3:1-14



Hymn 81:  Redemption Will Come

·     God ordained the seasons of the year; similarly, He has ordained seasons in the life of this World and in our personal lives

·     In doing this, God has promised that summer will follow winter

·     We know that God is in control even though sometimes we may feel stuck in winter!

·     Just as one season helps us appreciate the others, our life seasons teach us about different aspects of our relationship with God

·     We look forward to the dawning of the new season to come when Jesus Christ returns, and those who are alive will be changed wholly in spirit and soul and body and be made like Him.



Hymn 37 (Tune 26):  Believe and Seek

Doxology

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Post Pentecost: Ongoing Relationship


Post Pentecost: Ongoing Relationship – Acts 28:5



Hymn34:  An Inward Work

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 138:1-8   Praise and Protection



Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Promise - The Wise shall Understand:  Daniel 12:1-13

·     Power – An Ongoing Power:  Acts 28:1-6

·     Presence - An Available Personal Presence:  John 14:22-31 



Hymn 20:  A Personal Relationship

·     Daniel spoke of the Last Days when people would understand things which have been hidden

·     Paul demonstrated God’s ongoing Power in his life when he was not harmed by the venomous snake – working both inwardly and outwardly

·     Jesus had said that God’s Presence would be available constantly to believers – for ever

·     God’s Presence and Power are demonstrated both in physical events and in the peace that dwells in the hearts of those that trust in Him

·     The Holy Ghost will undertake an inward work of the heart within each believer to develop an ongoing relationship with God, to prepare God’s people in the Last Days for the return of Jesus Christ.



Hymn 51:  Seeing all things Clearly

Doxology

Monday, May 7, 2018

Live Like We Are Loved - Sydney Church 11th February 2018




Outline of Service 11th February 2018



Live like we are loved



Hymn

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 86:1-12 – Call on the Lord when in need





Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Moses felt inadequate at the burning bush - Exodus 3:1-15

·     Paul struggled to do what was right – Rom. 7: 1,12,14-15,19-25



Hymn



·     There are many benefits – physical and mental – to being loved.

·     Some of the greatest people in the bible were imperfect, but God loved them and they went on to do great things.

·     God’s love gives us strength; our love for God gives us courage.

·     God’s love for Israel is seen in his ongoing protection and regathering at Jesus Christ’s return.

·     Can we live like we are loved? Can we have the courage to follow God’s path for us?



Hymn



Doxology


Passover to Pentecost - Sydney Church 8th April 2018


Outline of Service 8th April 2018



Passover to Pentecost



Hymn

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4





Bible Readings:                                                  

·     Israel’s first weeks in the wilderness – Psalm 78: 1-29

·     Surviving temptation – 1 Corinthians 10: 1-33



Hymn



·     A lot happened to Israel between the first Passover and Pentecost

·     Israel were on a journey to refocus and re-invent themselves as a nation

·     Like Israel, if we recognise God’s role in our lives, focus on His work, accept His direction and accept His strength, we will achieve his plan for us.

·     We can be God’s special people of promise.



Hymn



Doxology

Power of Pentecost - Sydney Church 13th May 2018


Outline of Service 13th May 2018



The Promise of Pentecost – Acts 2:16-17



Hymn 123:  Personal Power

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 130:1-8   Wait for the Lord



Bible Readings:                                                  

·     The Time is Foretold: Joel 2:1, 12-16, 27-32

·     A Promise from Jesus:  John 14:12-21 

·     Ascension and Outpouring:  Acts 1:1-11, 2:1-21



Hymn 3:  God’s Plan – God’s Time

·     Joel foretold a time of a great Outpouring of God’s Power

·     Jesus confirmed that there would be a Special Comforter sent to prepare God’s people to do His Will

·     Forty days after Easter Jesus ascended to Heaven and is awaiting God’s time for His return

·     The Holy Ghost (Mother Spirit) descended on the disciples at that Pentecost showing a type of what will happen in the last days

·     As we travel from Easter to Whitsuntide let each of us seek to God to prepare us for the fulfilment of His promises of forgiveness, obedience and redemption through the Power of the Holy Ghost



Hymn 83:  The Power of Pentecost

Doxology

Monday, April 16, 2018

Easter to Whitsuntide Sydney Church 22nd April 2018




Outline of Service 22nd April 2018



Easter to Whitsuntide – New Testament – Acts 1:4



Hymn 6:  Beyond Our Comprehension

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 130:1-8   Wait for the Lord



Bible Readings:                                                  

·     A Pattern is Set: Exodus 23:12-20

·     Faith in Uncertainty:  John 20:26-21:14 

·     Fulfilling Prophecies:  Luke 24:44-53



Hymn 117:  God’s Plan – God’s Protection



·     The Israelites were instructed to come together three times a Year

·     Easter is at Passover and Whitsuntide at Pentecost

·     The Disciples moved from despair to power between the crucifixion and the “coming of the promise”

·     As we travel from Easter to Whitsuntide are we seeking God to prepare us for the fulfillment of His promises

·     May each of us seek to God to understand the path He wants us to walk as we wait for the return of Jesus Christ.



Hymn 12:  Jesus Walked the Walk

Doxology