Sunday 20-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.

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 drives out fear”.

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.

Pastor’s Probe

Longing for home

The easing of COVID restrictions means we are able to continue the great Christmas tradition of going home and being with family. At the same time, there will be a number of people who would feel sad and lonely because they are not able to go home or join their families for Christmas due to various reasons. If that’s you, may God truly comfort you this Christmas and help you to get through this season.

However, it highlights the fact that deep down in our hearts there is a longing to be home – a place where we can find acceptance, comfort, rest, healing, peace and joy. Especially with the year we’ve had and continue to have, we desire a place where there is no sickness, death or tears.

Then, Christmas should bring great comfort to us. Jesus came to reunite us with God our Father through his death on a cross. He said “I am going to prepare a place for you…in my Father’s house” (John 14:2-3). So, whether you are home for Christmas or not, let us remember, “this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Hebrews 13:14).

Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe

Welcome and call to worship

Our first song is “Angels we have heard on high”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

Announcements

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

Pastoral Prayer
Bible readings for today
Luke 1: 8-13
Luke 1: 26-13
Matthew 1: 18-21
Luke 2: 8-12
Sermon – Christmas drives out fear – Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe

(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 “On Christmas day a humble girl”. 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” .