Sunday, 12 July 2020
Welcome to Central Church.
We encourage you to worship together with the church family each Sunday, even though we will be in our individual homes. You will find the livestream service at our Communication Hub. (see link below)
Preacher: Stuart Atkinson
Series: The End: When and How Jesus will Return
Talk 2: How the World Ends
Text: 2 Peter 3: 1 – 13
The end is nigh. But how will it come? Today we’ll be looking at what the bible says on this issue.
As we heard from Scott last Sunday, we’re in the last days! Although no one knows exactly when Jesus will return, we are to be about our master’s business as we wait for his return.
45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.”
We’re also in the last days before we’re able to meet face to face. And again this week for our last livestream only meeting we’ll be thinking about the end times. This time asking the question – how will the end come?
The big news for this week is that registrations are now open for our relaunch services on Sunday 19 July.
No surprise, this week’s update is about how to register. We’ve tried to make the process as simple as possible. Check it out here https://youtu.be/Ym85J6RjYIU
You will need to register each week for the service you are attending so we have an accurate list for each service each week. If you have any questions or issues with the registration process please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
While there is still some lack of clarity about exactly what will be permissible, it’s looking positive for us to be able to lift our voices and sing together when we meet. And again, our meetings will look very different to what we were doing before Covid 19. They will be smaller, we’ll be watching pre-recorded material, we’ll need to comply with strict social distancing protocols. That being said, can I encourage you to:
Let’s be gracious towards our team members who have the difficult responsibility to ensure we’re doing what’s required not only for public safety reasons, but for the good of the gospel. Let’s also be praying for our brothers and sisters in Victoria who are again enduring lockdown laws with the recent outbreaks.
There is a factsheet on our Communication Hub that will hopefully answer a lot of your questions regarding our relaunching of public services. Please appreciate that information from the Government and PCQ is changing weekly and we are doing our best to give you up to date information.
Join us for our livestream this Sunday at 9 am and 5:30 pm and invite someone to join you at home. Please let everyone know you’re there by commenting on Youtube and/or our Facebook page.
To access the service go to our communication hub: http://www.centralchurch.net.au/communicationhub/
Please share the livestream with others.
Resources for Creche and KidzCentral to use during the service are available on the website via the Kids Page http://www.centralchurch.net.au/resources/centralkids/ The resources are available from Thursday morning, and the videos are uploaded in time for the 9am service.
Let’s Get Together: Virtual Morning Teas
If you haven’t yet tried one of our virtual morning tea, get on board this Sunday at 10 am. We will help to organise you into small clusters with other people to give you the opportunity to catch up and maybe even meet someone new.
We will share a link to the Zoom meeting via the Livestream Youtube channel and Facebook page, but if you have Zoom, the Meeting ID is 5701377907 and the Password to give you access is Central20.
CRI Hope Builders – Saturday 25 July
Even in these uncertain times, you can continue to make a difference in the lives of children in the Greater Ipswich region through Christian Religious Instruction (CRI) in schools. Unfortunately, several of the major fundraising events are unable to go ahead. But the good news is, even though we can’t meet in person, we can still meet online.
You are invited to our online fundraising event…CRI Hope Builders (Greater Ipswich) 7pm-8pm Saturday night 25th July. Senator Amanda Stoker, a well known voice supporting Christian values, will be joining us live on the night, as well as entertainment by Colin Buchanan (TBC), inspiring stories from CRI, an auction with fantastic items up for grab… and the opportunity for you to make a tax deductible donation towards the ministry of CRI in the Greater Ipswich region. More information about this event will be out soon, so stay tuned – and everyone is invited! To register your interest please email email@example.com.
If you can’t watch the Livestream Service each Sunday at either 9am or 5.30pm or just want to hear the Sermon again, the Sunday sermon will be uploaded to our website each Monday.
Serving as Christ Served
Please continue to make phone calls to friends from church, just to stay connected. And pray with them over the phone. Please keep praying: praying for friends and family who may be on the front line in the fight against the virus, praying for those who are isolated and feeling extremely lonely, for those who have lost their jobs and are feeling the strain financially. If you would like to be a part of an online prayer group, please email Val Sosene – firstname.lastname@example.org – for further details.
Love Thy Neighbour
Please use our Neighbourhood Card as a way to help your neighbours. You will find this card at our Communication Hub
(http://www.centralchurch.net.au/communicationhub/). Print them at home, add your name and contact details and deliver them around the neighbourhood.
Thanks for Your Generosity
Thank you to all who continue to give faithfully to the church. It has been a great blessing. If you have not yet set up internet banking, now might be a great time to do it.
Account Number: 196363
Account name: Central Presbyterian Church Ipswich
If you always use cash, please drop it into the office during the week.
Praise & Prayer Points
– Pray in thankfulness for the many people who will be attending training this Sunday in preparation for recommencing Sunday services. Pray God will continue to grow us individually and as a Body with the new opportunities available to serve one another through smaller services
– Pray for those facing health issues, including those with mental health issues
– Pray that our church family would continue to be actively caring for and praying for one another
– That we can recommence services again from next Sunday 19 July
– For everyone who involved in our livestreaming services and new look Sunday Services
– That He is our awesome God, always with us and watching over us, with His love and care for us and is our ever present comfort and strength in all circumstances
– That we can stay connected through technology
– Pray for the people in Victoria, particular the areas placed in 6 weeks of lock down for God’s common grace for both their mental and physical health. Pray for God’s mercy to prevent further escalation of cases
– Pray for denominational leaders throughout QLD as they consult with government on Stage 3 of the roadmap – a number of things need clarification so local churches can be compliant and confident to move into this stage
– Pray that, with the further easing of restrictions in other states, and the opening of the Queensland border, we won’t see an increase in new cases. As larger gatherings take place, people move across state borders and people arriving from overseas, that everyone will follow social distancing rules and all the other guidelines our leaders have put in place for our health and safety
– That wise decisions would be made as to when and where further restrictions are eased or lifted. Pray for leaders who have to make the difficult decision to tighten restrictions
– For those countries who are experiencing an alarming increase in new daily cases. Pray that the hospitals will cope as they are inundated with admissions
– A global recovery. Pray that all countries would keep in place restrictions and guidelines necessary to limit new cases of the virus and deaths. Pray that help would be given to the poorer and less advanced countries
– Recovery for those who have contracted the virus
– Those who are still grieving for the loss of loved ones
– Health workers and volunteers
– Adequate distribution of testing kits, medical supplies, and equipment
– Funding and support for those working to produce a vaccine and a treatment
– The unemployed and others experiencing financial hardship
– Those feeling isolated and alone, anxious or depressed
– That we would all continue working together, giving help and support where it is needed and show love to one another
Nic Crook – Ministry Leader with OMF
– I am constantly thinking about how I may encourage folk to minister in East Asia with OMF. I do thank the Lord that from Qld we have a good number of folk ministering throughout Asia… but there are so many more countries which we could place missionaries. Missional Business may be a way forward for some of these countries – and that requires a special skill set. Please pray that God will send people who will consider using their business skills to reach into Asia with the Gospel in places where we normally are not able to minister
– As parts of East Asia open up, May more flights be available so that people who are ready to go, may go!
The Persecuted Church – Martyrs in the twenty-first century
Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) posted video footage on 26 December 2019 of its militants beheading, on Christmas Day, ten Christian men and shooting dead an eleventh in northern Nigeria.
Radical jihadists like Boko Haram, ISWAP and Islamic State (IS) believe that they are pleasing Allah by killing non-Muslims. The relentless raids on Christian villages in northern Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Far North Cameroon are all part of a campaign to ‘cleanse’ their territory of a Christian presence.
Christian converts from other religions risk being killed, often by relatives, sometimes by the community or by Islamist militants. Some governments also target Christians, especially converts from Islam; they can be punished on various pretexts or occasionally sentenced to death for apostasy.
Many families lose their only breadwinner when a husband or father is martyred. They need timely and practical help.
For example, the Barnabas Fund is supporting the wife and children of Pastor Lawan Andimi, a church leader who was kidnapped and murdered in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram in January 2020. They are also helping loved ones of Nigerian bride-to-be, Martha Bulus, who was murdered by ISWAP militants in December 2019. They have also helped with funeral costs after atrocities such as the Easter 2019 bombings in Sri Lanka ad on other occasions where grieving families cannot afford even a coffin for their loved ones.
‘They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much so much as to shrink from death.’ (Revelation 12: 11)
– Thank God for the assurance of eternal life for all who believe in Jesus
– Praise Him for the perseverance of believers who did not cling to life in the face of death (Revelation 12: 11). Ask that their sacrifice will embolden others to endure and demonstrate the power of Gospel Truth to their killers. Pray, too that in their grief, the Lord will comfort those left behind and give them His peace that passes all understanding (Philippinans4: 7).
Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer Chain, so that those in need of urgent prayer can contact the co-ordinator giving details. Confidentiality is maintained, only those on the chain know the need, and the person who is in need can divulge as little or as much as he/she desires. If you would like to be on the chain, please contact Bernice, 0409 496 454.
Prayer for Central Church and Beyond
If anyone is interested in receiving a weekly email that includes prayer points for the individual ministries of the church, please email Jenny (email@example.com) and she would be happy to include you in the mail-out
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Preacher: Stuart Atkinson
Series: The End: When and How Jesus will Return
Talk 2: How the World Ends Text: 2 Peter 3: 1 – 13
2 PETER 3: 1 – 13 (ESV)
The Day of the Lord Will Come
1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Senior Minister – Rev Scott Muir
Assistant Minister – Rev Stuart Atkinson
Ministry Co-ordinator – Natalie Newell
2:1 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.