welcomed us and called us to worship and led us in acknowledgement and joy.
This is the day that the
Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24)
It is our privilege that we can gather together to draw close to each other and
L. In the previous week we have all
experienced many events and emotions.
Today is the day and this is the time when we can lay all our concerns before
Let us worship his
majesty and praise his great wisdom and love, asking him to turn what is
sometimes confusing in our lives into part of the great mission of spreading
his work of restoration.
Be with us O God. May we know your presence among us.
TIS 188 "Where wide sky rolls down and
touches red sand."
sky rolls down and touches red sand - Where sun turns to gold the
grass of the land
Let spinifex mulga and waterhole tell - Their
joy in the One who made everything well.
Smith’s beautiful Hymn perfectly captures this amazing joy we can share in
of Adoration and Thanksgiving. – These responsive prayers were led by Chris
Philippians 2: 9 – 11 Therefore God also highly exalted him
And gave him the name That is above every name,
So that at the name of
Jesus Every knee should bend,
In heaven and in earth and under the earth
And every tongue should
That Jesus Christ is Lord,
To the glory of God the
Our Lord of Light and Love - We thank you
for your guidance in our lives
Leading us in the way we should go. We thank you for your most generous gifts to
The gifts of community, family and
friends. We thank you for supporting our
flawed and weak natures - And for the strength you give us day by day. We thank
you for this beautiful land
the gift of belonging we have been given as we journey together here.
For all these and so much more, we give you praise and adoration. Amen.
– Our prayers of
Confession were led by Chrisanthi, with Grahame playing some reflective music.
In penitence and faith,
let us confess our sins to Almighty God.
Our Lord God, we bring
before you all our sins: all of our thoughts and actions that lead us to being
less than whole.
confess the times each day that we are less than the people we could be if only
we had kept our eyes upon you. We
confess our sins against our neighbours, not just those in our street or suburb
but those in other parts of Australia
and overseas, against whom we have sinned by neglect - by looking the other way
- by maintaining our ignorance for fear of having to act.
confess, and regret so much, our sins against those we love. Out irritable replies. Our impatience with the weaknesses of others;
all the time remaining blind to our own weaknesses and flaws. We confess our neglect of your creation and
ask that you will open our eyes to new ways of stewardship. We confess the times we have not even
bothered to seek your will, but have blundered on in our own proud way, undoing
the magnificence of your plan for the world and us.
For all our sins, we ask for forgiveness and ask that you will guide us in true
delivered those welcome Words of Assurance - If we confess our sins, God
is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all
Thanks be to God. Amen.
accepted our offerings for God’s work and Announcements were made.
Address – Marcia told the
story of David and Goliath for children young and old.
TIS 232 "O the deep, deep love of Jesus"
Bible Readings Acts
3: 12 – 19 Page 838
24: 36b – 48 Page
Alan read from Acts about the events following the miracle of the healing of
the crippled man begging at the temple.
Next we heard about the reaction of the Disciples when Jesus suddenly
appeared among them and explained that his death and resurrection had all been
explained already in the Scriptures and as witnesses they would be given the
gift of God’s Power to go out and offer the gift of forgiveness of their sins
to all nations.
Jesus was buried. Jesus lives!
“habitually honest” and sometimes an “over-thinker” Margaret began by
confessing to having “great difficulty in knowing how to approach the matter
of miracles.” She floated the
interesting idea that in performing miracles God may be “breaking his own
found the “pros and cons” of Margaret’s discussions with various Christian
friends, theology lecturers and other “learned people” quite stimulating,
although basically I am happy to define miracles as daily happenings – often
little things surprising us in an unexpected way with the feeling that God is
prodding all of us to make the world better through our Christian love inspired
by His love for us. I see many fleeting
“miracles” seemingly of little significance to most of society!
I can accept the more spectacular and unlikely Biblical Miracles without too
much concern; but then -I am not a theological student and am a bit lazy if I
am required to think too hard.
talking about a number of interpretations of God’s miracles recorded in various
Biblical passages most of us smiled when Margaret announced; “Not that any
of this is causing me to have a crisis in faith.”
regard to the reading from Luke: if you take the time to read the end of each
of the gospels and the beginning of Acts and other references which all cover
the time span from Jesus' burial onwards, you will find that there are
differences, except these three very important things.
Jesus died. Jesus was buried. Jesus lives!”
is not enough space here to share all the helpful thoughts that followed, but
for me the fact that we are loved exactly the way we are today was the best –
we can approach God and he will protect us from our own flaws and stupidity if
we admit our imperfections.
then God is kept busy if we lock him out, thinking we can manage on our own and
take back command of our own lives. “The gift of God's love is not like
other gifts. We don't put it in a drawer, or on a shelf. We don't even wear it. It flows through us.
God's love is ours to pass on to others.
In ways big and small. If we were
closer to being what we should be, that love would flow naturally, without
need to commit again and again. We need to let God run things. And we need to remain alert to God's voice
telling us our part of that great plan for everyone to know God's love.”
our message is; “The living Jesus loves you and that love is given to you in
overflowing measure to share with the world around you. In that way we can be
part of the miracles God works among us. It's your move.”Amen.
TIS 407 "Breathe on me breath of God"
of the People – Margaret
invited us to take time for contemplation and private prayer. She prayed that God would draw us towards our
neighbours with love and help us to show God’s Love to the world. Margaret prayed for wisdom for those who
govern in any capacity, to meet the needs of the poor and the oppressed, the
sick, the uneducated, the depressed, the Spiritually and physically hungry in
our midst. She prayed that God’s people
will act as his hand and voice as we show his love to the world. We then prayed
the Lord’s Prayer. Amen.
TIS 665 "Jesus is Waiting"
- Margaret sent us
away in Peace – renewed and refreshed in the eternal love of God and prayed
that He would make us holy in His Love and enriched by His Grace. That we may be strengthened with joy and
blessed and kept in Eternal Life. Amen.
Hymn TIS 778 "Shalom to you my friend"
"Uniting in Worship 2" was used as a resource for this Service.