Sunday 13-Dec-2020

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.

Good news for those meeting in person

With the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions on places of worship, we have been able to increase the seating in the main auditorium to 60-65 people depending on the numbers in each household group. Also we are again permitted to join our voices in praise and worship as a congregation. It is highly recommended that everyone over the age of 12 wears a face mask at least while singing. The exemption to this are the rostered singers in the music team who will be able to sing without a mask but will need to meet other necessary requirements.

Christmas Day Services

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on church meetings we are planning to hold two Christmas Day services at 8:30am and 10am. The services will be substantially the same and are being held to provide the greatest opportunity for folk to be ale to attend. We request that you only attend one of these services unless you are involved in the running of the service. Seating is limited to 60-65 people, depending on the numbers in each household group, in the auditorium so please plan ahead and book in for the service of your choice. Booking are now open and can be done in person on the preceding Sunday mornings or by email to Pastor Dilan (pastor@bccb.com.au).

Christmas sermon series

Today we are continuing our Christmas sermon series
“Why does Christmas matter?”.
Today’s sermon is “Christmas: God is in the detours”.

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.

Black becomes Good

A couple of weeks ago, people flocked to shops or flooded the internet to get a bargain and hoard stuff that they really don’t need. Because its Black Friday. Usually the adjective “black” is used to describe something tragic, (Black Saturday – 2009 bushfire in Victoria) or “black summer” 2020 bushfires). But Black Friday marks something positive. According to Wikipedia, Black Friday represented the point in the year when retailers begin to turn a profit, thus going from being “in the red” to being “in the black”.

Similarly, death is a tragic word. It marks an end, a termination, a separation. We avoid talking about it. The Bible however picks up this tragic word to describes something positive. For Christians, death marks a new beginning, a turning point. When we put to death our old self, we are given a new self (Ephesians 4:22-24). Death is no longer something to be afraid of, it’s something to look forward to because Jesus has taken the sting out of it (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). Jesus conquered death. It is indeed the death of Jesus that enables God to forgive us. The death of Jesus turned a Black Friday into a Good Friday.

Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe

Welcome and call to worship

Our first song is “It came upon the midnight clear”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

Announcements and Pastoral Prayer

Please now join us in our second song “O come all ye faithful”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

Bible reading – Luke 2: 1-7
Matthew 2: 1-12
Sermon – God is in the detours – Pastor Dilan Jayasingh
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(YouTube has a habit of sometimes starting a few minutes into the video. If this happens please rewind the video when you start)

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

iGive Details

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