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Sunday, 16 August  2020

Welcome to Central Church.

We encourage you to worship together with the church family each Sunday, either by registering to attend one of our services, or join us for our online service. Details can be found below, or by visiting our website at www.centralchurch.net.au 

Preacher:     Scott Muir

Series:            Psalms: Songs to Make Your Heart Sing

Talk 5:           God is Gracious

Text:               Psalm 51

Today’s Message

It’s hard to say sorry. But it’s also really good. And when you say sorry to God, he is full of grace and forgives. Today we will explore what true repentance looks like in Psalm 51.

Church News

“If you really believe I’m going to hell, what are you doing to stop me?”

On Wednesday we had a staff training time and we were talking about evangelism. And we thought about who might be able to ask that question of us. Are there people we love deeply and who fit in that category of on the pathway to hell and we are doing little to stop them?

It’s a confronting question, but it says a lot about our convictions. Are we truly convinced of the reality of heaven and hell and that the gospel of Jesus is this world’s only hope?

Paul says in 2 Corinthians, “in Christ, God is reconciling the world to himself not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

What an awesome privilege God has given us.

 

God is Gracious

This week we continue with the Psalms. Psalm 51 will show us the graciousness of God as we explore this most famous of confessions.

You can access the Sermon Outline here: http://www.centralchurch.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Sermon-Outline-16-August-God-is-Gracious.pdf

Don’t forget to register for church by Saturday. Simply follow this link: http://www.centralchurch.net.au/register/ .

Please ensure that you enter the full details for each individual for COVID19 contact tracing purposes.

 

Take a Tour Inside Central

Inside Central is a four week Bible centred course that will take you into the heart of Central Church. Ideal for those who are new to church or interested in membership, Inside Central explains who we are, what we do and why we do it.

A new daytime course will kick off in the next couple of weeks. If you’re interested, please contact Stuart – stuart@centralchurch.net.au .

 

Important Information for Services

Arriving at Church

Please DO NOT arrive earlier than 15 minutes before your service start time.

Parking:

8:30 am and 10:30 am services will park in the Limestone Street Carpark (near the office) or the South Street carpark.

9:30 am service in the Heritage Building will park in the Gordon St Carpark.

5:30 pm service members can park in any carpark

For the 9am Goodna service, the carpark near the library annex will be open (just look for the orange Central Church signs).

Checking In

Please follow the Entry/Exit signs. In the Auditorium, one set of doors will be for entering and one for exiting. In the Heritage Building, enter via the side near where the ramp is.

Our Connect Team will have a list of all who have registered for the service. They will greet you and sign you in. Please use the sanitiser when you come in.

Children will go into church with their parents for the start of the service and move to their own program half-way through the service as usual (except for the Goodna service). Our Next Gen leaders will lead them to the right place for their program (parents will not be able to go into the kids ministry rooms). The Next Gen leaders have emailed and posted everything you need to know, but if you are unclear, email suzanne@centralchurch.net.au.

There will be no paper handouts. You can print or download your own copy of the Sermon from the Communication Hub http://www.centralchurch.net.au/communicationhub/

Seating

Members of the same household can sit together, but will have to be 1.5 m (3 seats) away from other households.

It might be a bit tricky to seat everyone so please be gracious enough to move to another seat to accommodate others.

Mingling

We want you to be able to catch up with one another, but please remember that we cannot shake hands, hug or make any physical contact with those outside your household. You can stand at 1.5m and chat.

After the service there will be no food, but you may chat outside.

We encourage you to invite someone back to your place or to a local park to catch up further.

Leaving

Please follow the directions for exiting the buildings. We ask that you exit the building straight after the service to move into fresh air and to allow our cleaning teams to get to work inside.

There is no need to physically sign out – our connect team will note that people have left the church.

Those who attend the 8:30 am service must leave the premises by 10 am so that there is enough time for the 10:30 am service people to park and enter the auditorium.

 

Be Patient and Gracious

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.

There is a factsheet on our Communication Hub that will hopefully answer a lot of your questions regarding our relaunching of public services.

 

Online Church

For those who will not be able to join us face to face, there will still be an online service at 9 am which can be accessed any time on Sunday. To access the service go to our communication hub: http://www.centralchurch.net.au/communicationhub/

Please share the Youtube link with others.

 

QTC Events Update

While some of our events for this half of the year have been cancelled, we will be holding a new range of events catering for those who are curious about what studying at QTC is like, or are interested in enrolling to study in the coming semesters. These are an expansion on what was previously known as our Taste of QTC Supper.                                                                             – QTC Open Lecture                                                                                                                                                                                 An open evening lecture for those wondering what theological study is like.All are welcome (you will need to register) to come along to this open evening lecture at QTC. Get a taste of what theological study is like, meet the staff and students, and meet others who might be in the same stage as you.

Date: Thursday, 20th August; Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To register follow this link (Eventbrite)                                                                                                                  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/qtc-open-lecture-registration-112563370070

– QTC Information Night – September                                                                                                                               (Formerly ‘Taste of QTC Supper’) Our information Night in September is a chance for you to get answers for your questions and to discuss your options.

Date: Thursday, 17 September; Time: 730pm -9.00pm

To register follow this link

https://www.qtc.edu.au/events/taste-of-qtc-supper-september/

 

Sermons Online

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 – vaelaa.1411@gmail.com – 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.

BSB:    034189

Account Number:    196363

Bank:    Westpac

Account name:    Central Presbyterian Church Ipswich

Reference:   Tithe or offering/Service you attend/Name is optional

If you always use cash, please drop it into the office during the week.

Praise & Prayer Points

– Praise God that we can worship together in person. Give thanks for all those involved in bringing you these services and our online service

– Pray that God will enable us all to continue in our mission of ‘Making Followers of Jesus by Being Followers of Jesus’

– For His love, comfort and strength in all circumstances

– Pray for those facing health issues, including those with mental health issues

– Pray that our church family would continue to actively care and pray for one another

 

Coronavirus

– Pray that everyone, especially on this long weekend in Queensland, will strictly follow the rules and guidelines

– Pray for those who are grieving for the loss of loved ones

– Pray for recovery for those who have contracted the virus

– Pray for a slowing in numbers of new cases and deaths

– Pray for those areas that are experiencing new outbreaks. Pray that they will quickly identify the source so that contact tracing can begin

– Pray for those who have been placed in lockdown or quarantine

– Pray that our leaders would make wise decisions about when and where to ease, lift or tighten restrictions

– Pray for Health Workers and volunteers. Pray that hospitals will be able to manage increased admissions. Pray for those involved in Aged Care & Nursing Homes

– Pray for availability of testing kits, medical supplies, and equipment. Pray for an improvement in the time taken for test results to be known

– Pray for the ongoing work to develop an effective vaccine and treatment

– The unemployed and others experiencing financial hardship

– Pray for those feeling isolated and alone, anxious or depressed

– Pray for a global recovery. Pray that all leaders would keep in place restrictions and guidelines necessary to slow the spread. Pray that poorer countries, would receive the help and support they need

– Pray that we would all continue working together, giving help and support where it is needed, show love to one another and consideration for others in our actions

 

Nic Crook – Ministry Leader with OMF

– I am looking forward. The current situation ‘is what it is’ – but I also recognise that what’s needed the most at present is our faithful prayers in going forward. So we continue to pray that God will send to us people in whom we may be able to play a small part in getting them onto the field

– We are encouraging those who have applied to go overseas with OMF, to temporarily seek work if needed, but to be like Moses and be ready to go overseas when flights are available

– Australia’s OMF National Conference is on later this month via Zoom, where we will be discussing Missional Business

– Pray for all of our missionaries currently serving overseas with OMF that they will see their own ministries resume slowly and for opportunities for the clear proclamation of the Gospel

The Persecuted Church – Kyrgyzstan – Central Asia

The population of Kyrgyzstan is 86% Muslim (mainly Sunnis). Kyrgyzstan was the most relaxed towards Christians out of all the Central Asian countries after independence in 1991. However, it became overnight one of the strictest when it passed a new Religion Law in 2009. There has also been a revival of Islamic practices since the country gained independence.

Christian converts from Islam face harassment and persecution from family and the community, especially in rural areas. Eldos, a Christian convert, fled Kyrgyzstan in 2018 after suffering terrible violence from local Muslims, when he refused to return to Islam. He was threatened and held captive for ten hours in a prosecutor’s office in an attempt to force him to drop the charges against his attackers.

Converts find it hard to get work because Islamists own many businesses. They employ only Muslims and require staff to obey their employers regarding religious practice. Emigration is affecting the economy and the church, as church leaders leave the country in search of work.

Traditionally school friendships last a lifetime, but Christian children are encountering hostility and even violence at school. Boys and girls are beaten and stoned by others, encouraged by the mullahs.

During Covid lockdown in Kyrgyzstan, when congregations could not gather on Sundays, the authorities asked one pastor if his church could be used for quarantining, including the homeless. He was delighted that the building would continue to serve people and his church members for busy feeding those quarantined.  Seeing their zeal, the authorities then gave him lists of isolated elderly people to feed as well, and passes so his church members could move around the city to do this work. Praise God that the Kyrgyz authorities have seen Christians as loving, caring and trustworthy.

– Pray for protection for Christian converts in Kyrgyzstan. Ask that Christian leaders will stand firm in the face of persecution

– Lift up the many Christians who cannot get work to support their families unless they deny Christ. Ask that they remain faithful and that our heavenly Father will provide for them

 

Prayer Chain

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 (office@centralchurch.net.au) and she would be happy to include you in the mail-out

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Sunday, 16 August 2020 

Preacher:     Scott Muir

Series:     Psalms: Songs to Make Your Heart Sing

Talk 5:     God is Gracious        Text:     Psalm 51

 

Confession is hard

Psalm 51: a famous confession. Notice 2 things we do and 2 things God does:

  1.  I Confess (verses 1-6)                                                                                                                                                                 a.  I confess to God                                                                                                                                                                                     b.  I own my sin                                                                                                                                                                                           c.  I understand my sin nature                                                                                                                                                                d.  I confess unequivocally

 

  1. God Forgives (verses 7-9)

          Sacrifice for cleansing

Forgiving is harder than confessing

 

  1. God Restores (verses 10-12)

God gets to the roots

True repentance longs for change

 

  1. I Sing (verses 13-19)

Sing to God

Sing to others

 

PSALM 51 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy

blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin!

 

3 For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you may be justified in your words

and blameless in your judgment.

5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,

and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

 

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones that you have broken rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins,

and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right[b] spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and uphold me with a willing spirit.

 

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will return to you.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,

O God of my salvation,

and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;

you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

 

18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;

build up the walls of Jerusalem;

19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,

in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;

then bulls will be offered on your altar. 

Senior Minister – Rev Scott Muir

scott@centralchurch.net.au

Assistant Minister – Rev Stuart Atkinson

stuart@centralchurch.net.au

Ministry Co-ordinator – Natalie Newell

natalie@centralchurch.net.au

Psalm 51.

Psalm 51 (Listen)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

51:1   Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
  according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!
  For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
  Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight,
  so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.
  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.
  Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
  Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
  Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
10   Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
11   Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12   Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13   Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
14   Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15   O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16   For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17   The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18   Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
    build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19   then will you delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

(ESV)