Online service, 19th July
Welcome to our CP10 service online
Good morning everyone and welcome to our Sunday service. Even though we are still unable to gather together in one physical location, CP10 continues to be a community of believers who seek to know the Lord Jesus better and to love others more deeply. Whether you are meeting with others or worshipping on your own at home, we hope you enjoy following the interactive format of our online service. Please contact our Pastor, Chadd Hafer if you have any prayer requests or feedback from the online service, or leave a comment at the end of the service.
Songs of worship
The first song draws us to consider what Jesus endured and suffered in order that we might have salvation and forgiveness of sins. Let us give Christ all the honour and thanks he deserves as our risen, victorious Saviour and Lord.
Our CP10 kids have been learning the next song in their KM Online holiday program. Let’s sing it together with them now and praise Jesus for being our King and Ruler over everything!
We’re glad that you’ve joined our service today! Please contact our Pastor, Chadd Hafer, if you have any prayer requests or feedback from our online service, or leave a comment at the end of our service.
1 & 2 Thessalonians series
Today we continue our new series in 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Our pastor, Chadd Hafer, will be speaking from 1 Thessalonians 2, about Enduring suffering for Christ’s sake.
Your offerings and acts of service
While we’re not physically meeting together, please remember that contributing our gifts and service are acts of worship that also support the mission and ministries of Christ’s church.
CP Church Development Project
We now have about 4 weeks to completely clear our CP sites. Therefore, we need volunteers to store our chairs and tables and other furniture. We will need our ministry leaders and other volunteers to take responsibility for clearing our musical instruments, AV equipment, and other ministry related items. Please contact Pastor Chadd or one of our deacons if you can help.
GlueStick Youth is launching their brand new T-shirt and Hoodie designed by the youth themselves. If you wish to look young and cool again as well as supporting the ministry of GlueStick, please place your order today. Go to: shorturl.at/oJLVW to put in your order or contact Dan Chieng for more details.
St Paul’s Pantry
Faith Promise Giving:
We are now launching the Faith Promise Giving 2020/21 to support our missionaries. The details can be found in the Faith Promise Giving 2020/21 Form. If you are already giving to support our missionaries, please just continue to do so. If you have not partnered in this way, please prayerfully consider how you could do so.
Faith Promise Giving form: https://wsccc.org.au/cp10/files/2020/06/Faith-Promise-Giving-2020-21-No-Finance-English.pdf
Announcement from the Diaconate
Nominations are hereby called for candidates for deacons to be elected at the AGM on September 27, 2020. Members of the church are encouraged to consider standing, or to nominate suitable members to serve in this capacity. Deaconship is a service to the Lord, with statutory responsibility as directors for the church, and together with the pastoral team, has ministry oversight of the congregations. Up to 6 deacons will be elected for each language congregation. For more information, please speak to your Deacon Nomination Committee members (Arthur Teng and Dan Yeung), or current deacons. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 7.
You can download the latest bulletin here: E_CP10_July-19-2020 Web
Today’s Bible talk is about suffering for being a Christian. All around the world, there are many Christians who live in fear for their lives because they are Christian and they suffer persecution for their faith in Jesus. Yet they find strength and hope in Christ alone and His Word. May this video encourage you in your faith.
- Pray for any of your fellow CP10 members who may be enduring hardship at the moment and ask God to show you how you can support them.
- Please pray that God will grant wisdom to our federal and state leaders as they manage the current rise in covid cases (especially in Victoria).
Continue to pray that God will grant protection and healing to our nation and world.
- Pray for Phil and Irene Nicholson, serving God in Taiwan and beyond
- Praise God that Taiwan currently seems to be COVID-free and they are able to continue with regular ministry activities.
- Pray for Irene’s preparations for the OMF conference, and virtual Pre-home Assignment workshops.
- Pray for a number of new missionary applicants and candidates for Taiwan OMF. At present they are unable to come to Taiwan. But Irene keeps in touch with them and encourages them to stay focused.
- Pray for their preparations for various talks and seminars in the coming weeks.
Financial giving towards gospel work is a way we Christians worship God in response to His generosity to us. This act of worship also reminds us of our dependence on Him to supply all our needs.
To our regular members, if you haven’t yet set up a regular electronic giving, we invite you now to prayerfully consider your response. Below are our weekly budget to support various ministries and details to direct your offerings.
- General fund: ($21,519)
- Mission fund: ($4,692)
- Building fund: (remaining target to raise $191,000)
Account number 482436244
Today’s Bible reading is 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:4. You might like to have one person read this aloud for the group or you can listen to it being read for you by clicking the link to the audio Bible.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 – 3:4
13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.[a]
Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians
17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.
Song of Response
Regardless of whether the opposition we face for being a Christian is overt persecution or a more subtle discomfort, let us draw strength and hope in knowing that our future is secure in Jesus, who suffered for our sin and then overcame death to give us salvation and eternal life.