Online service, 27th September
Welcome to our CP10 service online
Thanks for joining our September Questions series as we continue to explore questions that help us better understand the Christian faith, based on Rebecca McLaughlin’s book ‘Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions For The World’s Largest Religion’. We hope you find today’s service an informative and encouraging time of worship. Please contact our Pastor Chadd Hafer if you have any prayer requests or feedback about our online service (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Songs of worship
The gospel of Jesus Christ, that is the life, death, resurrection and promised return of Jesus, is a wonderful message of hope, peace and love for everyone who puts their trust in Him as Lord and Saviour. Let’s rejoice and give thanks to God together as we proclaim this good news in song.
Jesus is our Super Saviour because He is the only one who can forgive our sins and defeat death, granting us new and eternal life with Him. Let’s continue with this week’s kids song!
September ‘Questions’ Series
Today we will conclude our series on four questions from Rebecca McLaughlin’s book ‘Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions For The World’s Largest Religion’. Pastor Chadd will help us consider if Christianity is really a domineering religion that incites violence (Luke 6:17 – 38).
There will also be a final Zoom Q&A and discussion session this Wednesday (30 Sept. 7:30 pm). The link to join is in your Sunday service email.
AGM announcement from the Diaconate
Our WSCCC Annual General Meeting will be held today (27 Sept) at 12:30 pm at the WSCCC Strathfield Chapel. This will include the election of deacons for 2020-2022. Covid hygiene guidelines will be strictly adhered to. A zoom broadcast will also be available (for viewing only, not voting). Agenda, annual reports, deacon candidate profiles, and proxy voting forms have been distributed to members via email (or by post if requested).
Opportunity to serve Christ and your church
We are looking for Zoom CP10 service hosts (with previous experience or who are willing to learn). Some knowledge of Zoom, a decent computer, and a good internet connection are important. Please contact Chadd or one of our service directors if you are interested in hosting or being trained to host – thanks!
Be encouraged to read this week’s service bulletin for more announcements – this can be found in our Sunday service email.
Today Chadd and Parisa will be introducing two of their friends, Ralph and Kylie Whitten, who are returned missionaries from Spain. We will take some time to also pray for Spain during this segment.
Let’s spend some time praying for Spain.
Prayer is a wonderful gift, allowing us to freely speak with God. Let’s take some time to pray.
While we’re not physically meeting together, please remember that our gifts and service are acts of worship that also support the missions and ministries of Christ’s church. Our 2020 – 21 weekly budget targets are as follows:
- General Fund weekly target: $21,492
- Mission Fund weekly target: $3,243
- Building Fund weekly target: $6,923
Whether you are organising your financial offering to God right now or have already set up a regular automatic transfer, please take time to reflect on the love and goodness of our Lord towards us. Give thanks that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ and also generously meets our daily needs.
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Blessings and Woes
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
Love for Enemies
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Song of Response
Just as Christ reconciled us to God in the ultimate act of love and grace, so we as His followers are to show that same kindness and compassion to the rest of the world, that they may come to experience true peace, love and unity.
Thank you for joining our service today. We look forward to seeing you next week as we start our brand new series on the book of Joshua. Please be encouraged to contact our Pastor Chadd if you have any prayer requests, questions or feedback from today’s online service.