Online service, 10th May

Welcome to our CP10 service online

Welcome to our online church service this morning, and Happy Mothers’ Day to all you wonderful mums out there!

Although we’ve been meeting very differently over these past weeks, what hasn’t changed is that we are a community of believers who seek to know the Lord Jesus better and to love others more deeply.

Consider the following Bible verses as we prepare to worship God together now:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

Songs of worship

In this time when we are physically separated from each other, let’s remind ourselves that we are United and Undivided, One Body of Christ. Church of God Arise!

The second song is a new song, a song of praise to God and His Divine Plan to save Us.

Announcements

Our current sermon series

This week we continue our series in the book of Deuteronomy. Peter Lau will be challenging us from Deuteronomy 15:1-18 that we will be blessed if we freely give to the needy from what God has freely given to us.

St Paul’s Pantry Ministry

As our world continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic, there are many people in our local community who are being placed under severe hardship. Therefore, we are thankful for our ongoing partnership with St. Paul’s Pantry ministry (that provides essential grocery items for some of our communities most needy people).

Please contact Pastor Chadd, Yen, Parisa or Margaret for information about how you can continue to support this valuable ministry. Thank you.

Covid-19 update

We thank God that Australia has so far been largely spared from the catastrophe of the global pandemic. Although the government’s restrictions on gatherings are starting to be lifted, as a church we realise that it will be several months before our usual type of Sunday services as whole congregations on site will be allowed to resume. For the sake of the health of our community, the Diaconate will be exercise caution before resuming on-site services, and therefore continuing our on-line services and ministries for the foreseeable future. May we continue to thank God and worship him through these times, seeking fellowship in unity under all circumstances.

Regular Giving

Even though we’re unable to take up our regular Sunday offerings, please remember that giving back to God is an act of thanks and worship. It is also necessary for our church to continue its regular ministry and mission. Below are our weekly budget targets. Please prayerfully consider what you can give as your act of worship and contribution to the ministries of God’s church. This is for those who are able to give, and we understand that for many, this is a difficult time.

  • General fund target: ($22,450)
  • Mission fund target: ($4,722)
  • Building fund remaining target: (to raise $404,000)

 

Download the latest bulletin: E_CP10_May-10-2020 Web (PDF).

Special item and prayer points

On this occasion of Mothers’ Day, here is a special message from some of the mothers of CroydonPark@10 who reflect on their experience as Christian mothers. May we wish all mums a very Happy Mothers’ Day!

Prayer points

  • Pray for those who have lost work or jobs during this time. Ask that God will guide them and provide for their needs. Also pray that, as God’s chosen people, we will be generous and faithful with all that Christ has freely given to us.
  • Give thanks for the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness to us throughout difficult times. Thank God especially that we are blessed to live in Australia, where COVID-19 has been contained well.
  • Pray for God’s mercy and healing upon our world, especially in those nations heavily affected by COVID infections and deaths. Pray for those who are recovering and for those grieving the loss of loved ones.
  • Pray for world leaders to make wise decisions for the good of the people; pray especially for our Prime Minister and State Premiers as they implement gradual easing of restrictions.
  • Pray for those who have lost work or jobs during this time. Ask that God will guide them and provide for their needs. Also pray that, as God’s chosen people, we will be generous and faithful with all that Christ has freely given to us.
  • Pray for Christians around the world and for ourselves to be generous with love for our neighbours, the elderly, the vulnerable and the needy; that we would share the glorious hope of the gospel in a hopeless world.
  • Pray for the ongoing ministries of our pastors and missionaries, and for their wellbeing and safety wherever they are serving.

Offertory

The next song is very fitting for today’s topic, as it is called the Compassion Hymn. It speaks of God’s compassion on us sinners, and calls us to follow His example to show compassion to the world too.

Give online

using bank transfer, Card, Apple Pay or Google Pay.

A chance for regular members to give as an act of worship.

General fund

BSB: 082080
Account number 482436244
Name: WSCCC

Mission fund

BSB: 082080
Account: 528560495
Name: WSCCC

Building fund

BSB: 082451
Account: 739320475
Name: WSCCC

Bible reading and Sermon

Today’s passage comes from Deuteronomy 15:1-18 (audio).

Deuteronomy 15:1-18

The Year for Canceling Debts

At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you. However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

Freeing Servants

12 If any of your people—Hebrew men or women—sell themselves to you and serve you six years, in the seventh year you must let them go free. 13 And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed. 14 Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the Lord your God has blessed you. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today.

16 But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off with you, 17 then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant.

18 Do not consider it a hardship to set your servant free, because their service to you these six years has been worth twice as much as that of a hired hand. And the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

Play the next video to watch and listen to the sermon.

Kids ministry

Osaki and Aunty Georgie has a new video for the children. Plus, this week we’ve included additional resources from Colin Buchanan, Quizworx and many more – plenty of activities and videos for children of all ages to enjoy on Sunday and throughout the week.

Start Kids Ministry

Response and reflection

If you’re on your own then you may want to write down some personal responses. If you’re meeting with others online then take some time to share questions or reflections you may have, or ways in which you’ve been challenged by God’s word today:

  1. What bondage are you thankful that God has redeemed you from?
  2. How can you give generously this week?

Freely we have received God’s Grace, and freely we must give His Grace to others.

Final reflection from Chadd and Parisa

Please watch the reflection and benedication video from Chadd and Parisa.

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