Online service, 31st May
Welcome to our CP10 service online
Today we’ve reached the end of our series in Deuteronomy, and the five books of Moses. Pastor Chadd will be speaking from Deuteronomy 33 -34 and reviewing the key events of Moses’ life, looking at the final blessings that he bestowed on Israel, and asking if Moses’ life was ultimately a waste of time, given that he wasn’t able to lead Israel into their promised home.
Songs of worship
As we think about Reconciliation Week, let us praise God for reconciling all people to Himself by grace, not through anything that we can do ourselves, and that one day peoples from all nations will worship and praise Him forever.
We’re glad that you’ve joined us! Please contact our Pastor, Chadd Hafer, if you have any prayer requests, questions or feedback from our online service
June – Missions Month 2020
From next Sunday we begin our annual June Missions Month. Our theme year is: ‘Who Is My Neighbour?’ The goals of this month are to proclaim the gospel and to challenge us all to become better equipped, informed, and actively involved in Christ’s Great Commission. Perhaps you could be considering who you might ask to join us for one of our online services during this month?
St Paul’s Pantry:
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. Please contact Pastor Chadd, Yen, Parisa or Margaret for information about how you can continue to support this valuable ministry. Thank you.
We thank the Lord that many aspects of life in Australia are resuming normal activity. However, social distancing measures remain in place which restrict us to no more than 30 people at the Croydon Park hall/chapel. Therefore our Sunday services will not resume on site yet, but continue on-line for the foreseeable future. You can follow the latest diaconate updates here.
Reconciliation week, 27 May to 3 June
This week is National Reconciliation Week and we want to acknowledge and pay our respect to the first inhabitants of Australia. As Christians, our hope is to see all people reconciled with God, and with one another. 2 Corinthians 5:16 – 19 declares:
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:16 – 19
See prayer points below.
Latest church bulletin E_CP10_May-31-2020 Web (PDF).
If you have breakout rooms, you may want to divide into different groups to pray in smaller groups. At the end, perhaps the person who is leading or hosting the service can close in prayer before you move on to singing.
- Pray that we will grow in our understanding and concern for the first inhabitants of this land, and for improved relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians and for the glory of God.
Pray for Wayne and Angela Chen serving as missionaries in Taiwan:
- Due to the pandemic, their 2020 Sydney home assignment has been rescheduled for July 2022. It is good to have two more years to build a stronger relationship with the local churches and pastors.
- Pray for their adjustments to this change: renewing the contract for the present
accommodation, cancellation of flights and Zoom meetings with the supporting
- They have begun to serve in a new church where the range of ministries are very broad – including ministering to the kids and youth, caring for the elderly and for ex-offenders.
- Pray for discernment to identify and strengthen potential co-workers there and pray that broken lives be transformed by God’s words and love.
- Praise God as Angela finishes 2 years of seminary studies in counselling in June. Pray for wisdom to schedule a balanced and productive life post-studies.
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. Our weekly budget targets are as follows:
- General fund: ($22,540)
- Mission fund: ($4,722)
- Building fund: (remaining target to raise $404,000)
Account number 482436244
Bible reading and Sermon
Today’s first passage comes from Deuteronomy 33:26-29 (audio)
26 There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
who rides across the heavens to help you
and on the clouds in his majesty.
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,
saying, ‘Destroy them!’
28 So Israel will live in safety;
Jacob will dwell secure
in a land of grain and new wine,
where the heavens drop dew.
29 Blessed are you, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is your shield and helper
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.
and the second reading comes from Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (audio)
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, 2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, 3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. 6 He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
9 Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
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Response and reflection
This concludes our sermon series on Deuteronomy. Hear how God has impacted us through His word and reflections from people of CP.
That marks the end of our online service today. May the Lord help us to love Him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength. Amen!