Welcome to Central Church

Sunday 20 January 2019

Thanks for joining us at Central Church today. If you are new at Central, please visit the Connect Desk before you leave. The team there will have some more information about life and ministries at Central Church.

Preacher:     Scott Muir

Series:            Visible: The Shape of Church on Earth 

Talk 4:           Christ’s Church is Prayer Saturated 

Text:             Colossians 1: 9 – 14

Today’s Message

How’s your prayer life? It’s not often you find someone who is satisfied with their prayer life. But there is a tremendous need today for the church of Jesus to be saturated in prayer. Today we will learn about Kingdom-Centred prayer from the Apostle Paul.

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Colossians 1: 9 - 14

During the 9am Sermon, a kids program will run in the Hall, and Creche for the little ones will run in the Session House.


That Thing We Don’t Like to Talk About …

What’s changed for you as the year starts? One thing that might have changed is your income. Maybe you’ve started work for the first time,  taken a new job, had a promotion or increased your hours. Perhaps your household now has two incomes instead of one. In any of these cases, it might be a good time to consider what happens to that money. Although we don’t like to discuss such things, Jesus often challenged people about their attitude to money. It is time to pray about your giving?

There are three ways you can give:

ž- Direct Debit, using the details at the bottom of   this page

ž- Put it in the bag in the 10.30am service

ž- Drop it in the slot in the Connect Desk at the the 9am and 5.30pm services.


Serve Opportunity – Bookshop

We currently have need for more volunteers to serve at our Bookshop on Sundays during the AM & PM Service. If you are interested, please contact Natalie,


Bookshop & Library

The Bookshop was restocked this week and new books have been added to the Church Library.

EFTPOS facilities are available at the Bookshop and anyone can borrow from the library.


Keep Cups

Central Church glass ‘Keep Cups’are available from the Bookshop for $12 each. Buy one and bring it to church each Sunday to save on foam cups. Or give one as a gift!


Central Valley Church Commissioning Services – Next Sunday

Please make sure you’re at church on Sunday 27 January. We’ll hear about the progress the Ripley Church Planting team have made and officially commission them as they aim to launch services in February. We’ve been praying about this and planning for it for years now so this will be a great time to thank God for his faithfulness.


CRI Training

A free training event for Christian Religious Instructors, Assistants, Coordinators and Supporters. Flyers at the Connect Desk.

When:             Thursday 31 January,  8.45am to 2.30pm

Where:           Catalyst Church Brassall

Register: by 25 January

Enquiries:, 0414 367 094


You’re Invited!

If you are new to Central Church, you’re invited to lunch (no cost) to meet the leadership team, hear about our ministry plans and find out how you can get involved.

When:             Sunday 10 February at 12 Noon

Where:           Central Church Auditorium 

RSVP:    , 0438 887 958


Inside Central Course (No Cost) – Starts Tomorrow

Inside Central is a bible-centred course for Christians who are new to Central. It will take you to the heart of the church and help you become part of the family. We encourage everyone who is part of church life at Central to do this course.

When:             4 Monday nights, starting 18 February, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Where:           Central Church Auditorium

Register:        At the Bookshop


Coming up in Term 1

Central Youth – Starts 1 February, KidzCentral – Sunday 3 February

New Sermon Series – ‘Follow Me’ commences 3 February

The Lord’s Supper – 9.00am 3 February, 10.30am 3 March                  

Central Youth Camp – Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February

Marriage Day – Saturday 23 March, with guests Greg & Meryem Brown

Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday 31 March

Equip Training Workshops – Monday 1 April to Wednesday 3 April

Please pray for

-ž Good general rain and relief from the heat

-ž A time of relaxation for people taking holidays, and safety for those travelling

-ž Continued recovery for Tamara Peters

-ž Those facing health issues

The ‘Shepley’s – Missionaries in PNG

-ž Pray for the family, with the huge transition back into the isolated tribal community  

-ž Pray for them as they focus on teaching, equipping and discipling the believers. May the Lord help with the translating of New Testament books for teaching

-ž Pray for the new believers to grow in maturity, and for the cult leader and others who are opposing the Message


ž- Praise God for the teaching and equipping that Central women were able to enjoy at Summer Series this week. Pray that they will continue to grow and mature in Christ and that God’s name might be glorified throughout this Series   

-ž Pray for the GROW team as they implement plans for this year, including the Marriage Day in March

-ž Pray for our team leaders as they meet today for prayer and planning. Pray for wisdom, faithfulness and joy as they lead and care for their teams in 2019   

Committee of Management

-ž Pray for wisdom managing the budget this year, especially as we consider a number of maintenance needs across the main campus
-ž Praise for Gods ongoing goodness and generosity of time given by so many across the  congregations


 Weekly Prayer Meetings

Sunday 8.00am to 8.45am – Heritage Building

              4.45pm to 5.25pm – Hall

Tuesday 1.30pm – Church Office Meeting Room

Ripley Prayer group (monthly) – contact Pier


Prayer Chain

If you are in need of urgent prayer, you can contact the co-ordinator giving details. Confidentiality is maintained, only those on the chain know the need.  If you would like to be on the chain, please contact Bernice, 5467 3303.

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Sunday 20 January 2019

Preacher:     Scott Muir

Series:            Visible: The Shape of Church on Earth 

Talk 4:           Christ’s Church is Prayer Saturated         Text:             Colossians 1: 9 – 14


Lessons in Kingdom-Centred Prayer from the Apostle Paul:


  1. Kingdom-Centred Prayer is Persistent


We have not ceased to pray for you (verse 9)

Also Ephesians 1:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:17


  1. Kingdom-Centred Prayer Seeks God’s Purposes


  1. To have a knowledge of God’s will (verse 9)
  2. To bear kingdom fruit (verse 10)
  3. To know God better (verse 10)
  4. For God’s strength and power (verse 11)
  5. For God to bring salvation (Philemon 6, Romans 10:1)
  6. For the advance of the kingdom (Colossians 4:3-4)
  7. For boldness to share the gospel (Ephesians 6:18b-20)
  8. For unified Christians glorifying God (Romans 15:5-6)


  1. Kingdom-Centred Prayer is a Struggle (Colossians 2:1, 4:12)


Obstacles to prayer:

  1. Self-sufficiency
  2. Vanity
  3. Satan


How to pray Kingdom-Centred Prayers:    

  1. We need submitted hearts
  2. We need silence
  3. We need a plan
  4. We need expectation
  5. We need the Bible
  6. We need Jesus

Staff Contacts

Senior Minister - Rev Scott Muir

Connect Pastor - Jason Budden

Grow Pastor - Philip van't Spyker

Ministry Co-ordinator - Natalie Newell