Online service, 19th April

Welcome

Good morning! Today we begin our sermon series in Deuteronomy. Despite its serious sounding name, has been called, ‘the heartbeat of the Old Testament’ (based on its numerous references to the heart). This fifth and final book of Moses had a major impact on the future Old Testament prophets and is also one of the New Testament’s top-3 most quoted books. In fact, Jesus used Deuteronomy 6:5 to summarize all the Old Testament Law and the Prophets. The Apostle, Paul was also clearly influenced by both the theology and pastoral heart of Moses, and one theologian has called Deuteronomy ‘the Romans of the Old Testament.’

Songs of worship

Let’s begin singing a song of worship, Psalm 96, which reminds us why we worship God. We may feel disconnected during this isolation period, but let us remember that as we worship our God in different homes, we are still connected by Him.

Today in Chadd will be speaking to us on Deuteronomy 4, which talks a lot about obedience to God. This next song is called “I will follow, ” which is a way of showing obedience as we follow God’s will.

Announcements

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.

Regular Giving & Church Development Project

In anticipation that the CDP will move ahead once the easing of COVID restrictions make this feasible, we will continue to make our bimonthly Special Offering Appeals for the CDP. Our next special appeal will be on Sunday, April 26.

Please remember WSCCC’s regular weekly budget targets. Easy-to-use online giving is available below. See our recent diaconate newsletter for more details.

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: ($22,540)
  • Mission fund target: ($4,722)
  • Building fund remaining target: (to raise $432,000)

Download the latest bulletin: E_CP10_April 19-2020_w (PDF).

Congregational prayer

Join the congregational prayer by playing the video below. Individually now or later, with your home group.

  • Pray that God will show us the best ways to minister to the elderly and those who may be isolated and alone at this time.
  • Pray for God’s provision for the needs of our church. Give thanks for what we have,and ask for God to provide what we need.
  • Matt and Jen Lim with Obi and Theo, serving God in Tokyo, Japan:
    • Praise God for his abundant kindness, especially through his people, during their
      super-busy weeks of moving house and Jen’s surgery and recovery.
    • Pray for wisdom for government and church leaders around the world, including
      Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, as they navigate this complicated and anxious time.
    • Pray for the family as they anticipate and prepare for the beginning of a new school year after the current spring holidays. Matt will begin full-time classes at a formal Japanese language school, while Jen will be looking after the boys full-time as well as continuing private Japanese lessons, and the boys will start a new year at kindergarten.
    • Ask that they will settle into a new routine that honours God and witnesses about his goodness to their friends.

Offertory

As we reflect on our offering, let’s sing this song as “servants of the gospel.”

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

Play the video to start the offertory song.

The Book of Deuteronomy

Watch the Deuteronomy overview by The Bible Project below.

Bible reading and Sermon

Today’s passage comes from Deuteronomy 4:1-14. Click here to listen to the Bible Gateway recording.

Obedience Commanded

4 Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.

3 You saw with your own eyes what the Lord did at Baal Peor. The Lord your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, 4 but all of you who held fast to the Lord your God are still alive today.
5 See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” 7 What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? 8 And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?
9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” 11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13 He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. 14 And the Lord directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.

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

Kids ministry

Osaki and Miss Moose have gone on holidays for 2 weeks, therefore there are no formal Powerpoint lessons for this Sunday and next. Their mother, (Aunty Georgie) however, has not gone on holidays, therefore I am sending you out this attachment which contains links to Kids Ministry activities/Kids Church sessions from various churches across the globe.

  • Download free kids ministry resources for children aged 0-12. Praise be to God, they are in abundance at this time! (In fact, your child could probably use them every day of the school holidays and still not get through them all!!) Thank you to all the parents, teachers and churches who helped compile resources for this list.
  • Alternatively, if you would prefer for your child to learn about Jesus in Chinese, Aunty Zion, the Children’s Ministry Co-Ordinator from Strathfield has kindly given permission for me to share her resources with you. You can find them here. Please scroll to the bottom to select Cantonese or Mandarin.

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.

Let’s close singing “Rock of Ages,” as we understand how God is our foundation, upon whom we can rest and have trust. The reason He demands obedience from us is because He knows it’s best for us, so let’s sing about that together.

Let’s close singing “Rock of Ages,” as we understand how God is our foundation, upon whom we can rest and have trust. The reason He demands obedience from us is because He knows it’s best for us, so let’s sing about that together.

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