Sunday 10-Jan-2021

Today’s message

Today pastor Dilan spoke about “The great Christian hope.”, continuing the sermon series “Living in the in-between”. In this series we will be looking at what should life be like for Christians living between their conversion and the future glory (till we go to God or Jesus returns).

Welcome

It’s great to have you join with us today for our online service of worship. We trust that the Lord will minister to you as you worship Him today.
If you are new to this format, the idea is to progressively scroll down this page and join with us as we worship our God together. 
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We meet in person each Sunday at 10am and we endeavour to get the online version available by 3pm the same day. If you are in Sydney Australia we would love for you to join with us in person if you are comfortable in doing that at this time.
We meet at 23 Conder St Burwood NSW.

Pastor’s Probe

Fixing our eyes on Jesus.

Spectators in sporting events creates a great atmosphere for the players. Live spectator cheering gives inspiration for players to play well. Sadly, due to the restrictions around Covid, sporting events had to reduce spectator numbers drastically or in some cases proceed without spectators. Players had to learn not to rely on spectator cheering anymore and perhaps to focus on their game, abilities, strategies.

The writer to the Hebrews exhorted Christians to do something similar when he encouraged them to live a genuine Christian life. In Hebrews 12 he told Christians to throw off everything that hinders, sin that easily trips us and run the race marked for them with perseverance (vs 2). It would have been tempting to be motivated by the cloud of witnesses surrounded them – those who had run and finished the race before them (vs 1). It is a great list (Ch 11). However, rather than drawing strength from the audience, he urges Christians to fix their eyes on Jesus – the Author and the perfecter of our faith (12:3).

As we aim to live a genuine Christian life, let us move our gaze away from people, structures, our own strength and failures to Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe

Welcome and call to worship

Our first song is “Come people of the risen King”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

Please now join us in our second song “Beautiful Savior (All My Days)”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

Prayer
Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-12
Sermon: The great Christian hope – Dilan Jeyasinghe

The final song for today is “Endless Hallelujah”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

Food bank

The Food Bank continues to operate during this COVID season. Thank you to all who have contributed to the Food Bank and to those who have contributed financially to help people affected by CoVID-19. There is an ongoing need for food both for folk within our fellowship and also the wider community around us.
Items needed include:
Food:
Long life milk, pasta & pasta sauce, rice & coucous; Harvest meals (tinned), meals in a box (e.g. Sun rise), spreads peanut butter, jam, tinned food (corned beef, SPAM, tuna, sardines, corn, fruit, soup), snacks (sweet and savoury biscuits, chips, wafers, chocolate); coffee, tea, Milo, sugar, salt, cooking oil.
Health items:
Shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper, disposable razor, sanitary pads, bars of soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand sanitiser, moisturiser. Cleaning items: Laundry power, dishwashing liquid, chux/sponges/scourers etc

Donations can be left at Dilan and Faustine’s place or brought to the church.

Offering

As we resume face to face meetings, we encourage regular members of the congregation, both face to face and online, to support the work of the church through electronic funds transfer (eft) of your tithes and offerings to the church bank account or via iGive. If you don’t have access to an eft arrangement and would like to contribute to the church, please speak to Pastor Dilan or the treasurer.

If you are new to our church there is no expectation of you giving, but should you choose to do so it would be gratefully received.

You can now give anonymously through iGive.
Details are at the bottom of this page.

iGive Details

You can also give from this link by moving your mouse over the purple Tithes and Offerings “campaign” .