Thanks to everyone who helped make last Sunday’s Father’s Day Breakfast such a success. Something very special happens when we share a meal together in such an encouraging environment, where individuals use their God given gifts and talents to bless others.
Special thanks to Kelsey for taking the photos. To Thomas for volunteering and doing such a great job as MC. Thanks to Heather, Michael, Wendy, Helen, Ros and Marion for the decorations. Kaileb and Olivia thanks for sharing your musical gifts with us. The girls in the kitchen; Courtney, Hannah, Bonnie, Kelsey and Stephanie thanks for all your efforts in preparing and serving the food. Thanks to Helen for sharing her beautiful poem and song (I couldn’t stop humming the tune all day). To those who washed up – Ros, Miranda and Helen. Thanks to Matthew for being on hand on Monday morning for the final tidy up.
To everyone who came along and talked to someone, you make the morning just by being around.
To the Fathers in our midst “Keep up the great work” may you know God’s presence and hand on you as you lead and guide your families.
This morning we continue in the Book of Ezra – the title of the message is “We all have a job to do”. Lets see what God has to say to us from His word was we explore chapters 7 and 8 of Ezra.
If you would like copies of your father’s day photos please bring a USB to church or Janine can email them to you.
Northern SUPA Camp
In the first few days of the school holidays SU is running a camp at Carnacoo for children in years 3 – 6. David, Tania, Ruth, Rebekah, Thomas and myself are all on the team this year. We had a request from the Chaplain at Invermay Primary School asking if we could help fund two boys to get the camp. The cost is $140 each for the four days. I invite you to consider giving whatever you are able, to assist these two young fellows spend time in an environment that has the potential to change their future.
Pray Meeting this Monday
15th September – 7-8 pm
In the Church
Of David. A psalm.
1 The earth is the LORD’s,
and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands
and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation
of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty—
he is the King of glory
Today with continue with the book of Ezra and Robert will bring us the message from Ezra chapter 4. So far we have
discovered that worship comes in the rebuilding of the city, the articles of worship were the first items
replaced. Then in chapter 2 we were reminded that God is trustworthy, his will is to fulfil his promises. In chapter 3
God’s people set the foundation stone in place and there was much rejoicing. The people sang “Our God is good, His
love endures forever.” In the midst of this the older people who had remembered the original temple wept with
regret for what could have been. They had turned away from God and consequently they had lost the temple and
the opportunity to be in relationship with God. With the rebuilding of temple there is hope once again to be in
relationship with God. 2 Corinthians 7:10 reminds us that “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation
and leaves no regret….. and a readiness to see justice done.
This coming week the church financial records are begin audited by Ps Tim Jack who will be in Launceston on
Wednesday. Thanks to Katie for keeping the finances sorted in such an organised and orderly way. We really value
and appreciate the time and effort that it takes. We are blessed by your service in this area.
On Thursday Patrick and I are traveling to Burnie to meet with the Senior Leaders of the Apostolic churches from
along the Northwest Coast. We will be involved in a “round table” discussion with the National Leader Ps Wayne
Swift and other members of the National Leadership Team.
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are the stories of the two men the books are named after and the return of God’s people to Jerusalem after being in exile. Ezra, a scribe and a teacher of God’s word, who had devoted himself to study, perform and teach the Law of God and Nehemiah At a deeper level the books are about the power of the word of God and the ministry of Ezra and Nehemiah in encouraging God’s people to walk in God’s words.
So far we have discovered that in re-establishing their home the first thing that was to be restored was the temple where God dwells amongst his people and the articles of worship. The New Testament reminds us in 2 Tim 2:20 that we are articles of worship and we can choose to be used for noble purposes today. The second chapter of Ezra, revealed to us what we can do in the re-building process; we can trust God to keep his promises, we can stand firm on his word, we can give according to our ability. 2 Cor 8 tells us that to be a re-builder is to serve and to give.
I encourage you to be reading the book of Ezra and considering what God is saying to you and to us as the body of Christ.
FATHERS DAY BRUNCH and FUN
Sunday 7th September
9am to 11am
Bring your Dad’s and other special men in your life
Let’s honour and celebrate the gift of Fathers together.
Cooked breakfast, entertainment and competitions!
Monday night 7pm to 8pm (Come in your warm clothes)
This week we will pray for those being persecuted in Iraq as well as for our own community so in need of God’s intervention.
Last week we began a study based on the book of Ezra. We were reminded that when God’s people returned to Jerusalem after being in captivity for 70 years the first thing that was restored was the temple. The place of God’s presence, God’s promise, God’s forgiveness for individuals and the community. Restored to the temple were the articles of worship, made from gold and silver that had been crafted to be used in worship of God. The New Testament tells us that we are like articles found in a house are either for noble or ignoble purposes. When we are in relationship with Jesus our purpose is for noble and honourable use. We are ‘articles’ of worship.
Today we continue on into chapter 2 of Ezra and discover how the God’s people responded.
Did you see Friday’s Examiner? Bonnie’s photo ‘mirror’ of the South Esk River at Perth, was the photo of the day.
What a week it’s been. It’s hard to believe today that only 48 hours ago that wind and rain was whipping frantically around our state, destroying buildings, knocking trees over, causing power outages and sending debris flying everywhere. Around our home there are fallen trees and limbs.
There’s something very unsettling to be in a situation that is out of our control. Not one of us was capable of stopping the storm.
If we watch the news we see war, death, disease and destruction of a magnitude that it’s hard to get our heads around it. Situations that are out of control. How do we respond? How do we make sense out of it? What do we do with our grief?
The best place to begin is to talk to God. Pray. Pray for those in the situation. Pray for God to reveal himself. Pray asking God want he wants of us in the situation. Even in our small corner of the world we can make a difference with our prayer. Similarly we can make a difference by doing what God asked of us. Over these next few months we are going to be studying some men of God who stood up in what seemed like a hopeless situation and brought restoration to God’s people. We will begin with Ezra.
Can I encourage you to read the book of Ezra in this coming month as we explore together what God was doing through this man to bring restoration and right relationship with his people. There is much we can learn about God and the way he works in the book of Ezra and what it means for Family Church to be walking in God’s word.
20 July 2014
During our meeting last Sunday there was a ‘tongue’ followed by an interpretation which in essence was “I can’t; we can.” The context being that we place limitations on ourselves for all types of reasons but we need to pursue God’s purposes and have our thinking changed to the possibilities of working together to do what God asks of us. In a prophetic prayer we were encouraged to the place of surrender, giving it over to God; allowing the burden that we don’t need to carry to fall away.
We also looked at the passage from Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
I don’t think God has finished with us in this place and so today we continue on this same theme of what Paul was intending when he wrote this to the church in Roman, ‘ be transformed by the renewing of our minds’ and what does it look like for us in 2014.
The church in Rome was a church in transition, changing, moving on to what God had in store for them. It reminds me of Family Church and what God is asking of us. He has a future for us that is different from our present so we need to transition, change, to become who he has destined us to be, the ‘bridge between our community and Jesus.’ This will require change in all sorts of areas, some that we are aware of and others that may take us by surprise. The last part of the verse “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s perfect will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will,” reminds me that even though change may be uncomfortable if we are conformed to the things of Jesus Christ then we will be in a very, very healthy place; in God’s will – there is no better place for us to be.
The church building carpets have been cleaned and we can be very thankful to Matthew for being available to turn on the heaters, open the doors and windows over the past few days to help dry the place out and reduce the damp odour. Thanks Matthew.