Online service, 3rd May
Welcome to our CP10 service online
We’re glad that you’ve joined us! At this time when we’re physically separated from one another, here is a comforting prayer and promise:
You [our God] will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
This week we continue our new sermon series in the book of ‘Deuteronomy’. Rolf Lepelaar will be covering chapters 12 – 13 about the importance of true worship. One of our home groups will also be sharing about their experience of meeting together in recent weeks.
Please contact our Pastor, Chadd Hafer, if you have any questions about our church or feedback from our online service.
Songs of worship
As we worship God through music and song, let’s remember the exhortation from last week’s message in Deuteronomy 6 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Our God is truly name above all names, and worthy of our praise.
The next song was written after reflecting on “the whole of life – a realisation that we will all face seasons of pain or unease. And in these seasons we will need to find our voice before God.” (Matt Redman). We can praise God and maintain our trust in Him during the good and the uncertain times of life.
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).
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: ($22,540)
- Mission fund target: ($4,722)
- Building fund remaining target: (to raise $432,000)
Download the latest bulletin: E_CP10_May 3-2020 (PDF).
Special item and congregational prayer
One of our home groups shares about their experience of meeting together in recent weeks. Watch their experience and then join in the congregational prayer.
- Remember to pray for and contact those who may be especially lonely and isolated at this time.
- Pray specifically for the staff, residents, and families of Anglicare’s Newmarch House near Penrith, where a number of elderly residents have recently died of Covid-19.
- Pray that God would comfort Andrew Wong and his family as they mourn the loss of his 94 year-old Grandmother went to be with the Lord this past week.
Today we welcome back our music team! Please join in our offertory song as we worship God with ‘Consider Christ’.
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Bible reading and Sermon
The One Place of Worship
These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.
4 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. 5 But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 7 There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.
8 You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit, 9 since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you. 10 But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety. 11 Then to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the Lord. 12 And there rejoice before the Lord your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no allotment or inheritance of their own. 13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please. 14 Offer them only at the place the Lord will choose in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.
Worshiping Other Gods
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. 5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.
Kids ministry is back for a new term and Miss Moose has a new message for the kids! Please click below to checkout this Sunday’s slides and resources for your children.
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 commit to worshipping our Lord Jesus with all our heart, in ways that are holy and pleasing to Him.