Friday, February 22, 2013

Outline of Service 24th February 2013

Thy Will Be Done!

Hymn 115:  Wait for God’s Deliverance
The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 143:1-12  – Hear, Teach and Lead Me!

Bible Readings:
Respect for God’s Sovereignty: 1 Samuel 24:1-22
Respect and Responsibility:  1 Peter 5:1-14
God’s Ultimate Dominion:  1 Corinthians 15:19-25

Hymn 72:  Life’s Guidelines
·       God has planned the events of this World
·       We don’t know, but must learn to accept
·       God has promised great things for those that love Him
·       Jesus said, If ye love me, keep my commandments
·       We seek to be preserved until Jesus comes again

Hymn 59:  God will be All in All  

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Paper January 2013

The Paper – Editorial January 2013  
Half Full or Half Empty
At some time or other I guess we have all been caught up in that old discussion about whether the glass is half full or half empty!   To the pessimist things are always bad, and consequently the glass is half empty, whilst to the optimist it is half full, and things are looking good.  In reality there is no difference to the amount of liquid it contains!  Our perception is what makes the difference.  But when applying this analysis to our own lives, it becomes clear that the optimist, with the more positive attitude, will probably be better able to cope with the ups and downs of life.  The foundation of our ability to cope with the many things that seem to “go wrong” in life is our ability to be able to accept things that happen differently to how we might have expected or hoped, and to be able to move on from there.  We need to be able to accept that in many cases circumstances are beyond our control, while yet believing that something else is in control!
This reminds me of a book in which the author presents what he calls “cat and dog theology”.  He puts it this way:  Dogs have masters, but cats have staff.  A dog says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, you must be God”.  A cat says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, I must be God”. (1)  Now without wanting to get into a dispute, or offend any of our feline or canine lovers, this illustration highlights the diverse attitudes that we can hold when interacting with the world around us.  We can express thankfulness to the world around us for providing the opportunities for us to enjoy our life’s routines, or we can develop an expectation that demands that everything must be right for us!  And again it is our perception or attitude that makes the difference.
However the question I would like to focus on is not whether our personal attitude is to see the glass as being half empty or half full, nor whether we think we are at the centre of the Universe or just at an extremity of it, but how do we fill that glass up and how do we maintain a feeling of self-worth in such a large and diverse environment?  It has been observed by many that although on average we have such a high level of ownership of material possessions today, we also have in society in general a high level of personal mal-adjustment, evidencing itself in people’s inability to actually enjoy those things which we have the ability to own.  King Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible says:  “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works”.  (Ecclesiastes chapter 3, verse 22)    
Christianity teaches that all goodness comes from God, and that we can only be fully in tune with life when we have developed a personal relationship with Him.  Christians recognise that God has given us a handbook with valuable life principles (the Bible), and sent Jesus Christ into this world to show us a life style and pattern that we would do well to follow.  It is by following Him that our glass can be filled.  He said “ whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water ... shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  (John chapter 4, verse 14)  and again, “ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”. (John chapter 16, verse 24) 
We would like to invite you to visit us, or a Church in your local Community, to talk about the Christian life-style, and Jesus’ claim that if you follow Him your glass can be full.  See Church Notices in this Paper for times of Meetings at the Christian Israelite Church at 196 Campbell Street – a place which has been in continuous service in this Community since 1853 - 160 years. 
(1)     Bob Sjogren & Gerald Robison, Cat and Dog Theology, Authentic Media, Waynesboro, USA, 2003, pg 15.
Rodney Gray – Pastor Christian Israelite Church, 196 Campbell Street, Sydney ( .

Outline Sydney Service 10th February 2013

Outline of Service 10th February 2013

The Family Reunion

Hymn 96:  God’s Guiding Hand
The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:2-4
Psalm 80:1-3, 14-19  – A Call for Help

Bible Readings:
God’s Covenant with Abraham: Genesis 17:1-9
God Chooses Israel:  Exodus 19:1-9
Israel (the Ten Tribes) Lost:  II Kings 17:1-8, 15, 18
The Promises to Israel Remain:  Romans 11:1, 25-27
The Reunion:  Revelation 14:1-5; 15:1-4

Hymn 117:  God’s Protection
·       God chose Israel as a Special People
·       Former Israel rejected God’s guidance
·       The promise still stands – based on obedience
·       A Remnant will stand with Jesus Christ
·       The Promises Fulfilled - ultimate preservation of spirit and soul and body without physical death

Hymn 47:  The Call to Obedience