Sunday 24-Jan-2021

Today’s message

In our sermon series called “Living in the in between”, last Sunday we looked at the Great Christian calling – Holiness. If you have missed a sermon, you could re-watch the sermons on our youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClUjtQWDk9adnDfIkedhFPw).  This Sunday we continue to study Peter’s first letter exploring The Great Christian mandate – Evangelism – from 1 Peter 2:3-12

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

Clean but not empty.

I’ve been thinking about the many vacant shops and office spaces in our city.

It is expected that the Covid enforced new normal – working from home is here to stay. So “What are we going to do with all the state of the art office spaces that now lay empty?” That’s the question land lords are trying to find an answer for. Leaving a building empty would not only hurt the land lord’s bank balance, the buildings themselves are at risk of crime, vandalism, squatters, water or fire damage. Various groups are thinking of creative ways to fill these empty spaces in the middle of our cities.

In Luke 11:23-28 Jesus was talking after driving out an unclean spirit of a man. Now his life which Jesus equates to a house was clean and orderly. But Jesus warns about the danger of leaving it empty. It’s very easy for us fill our lives with junk again. It is a timely reminder for Christians that our life must be clean but not empty!

Here are a few suggestions of good space fillers.
– The word of God (Colossians 3:16)
– The Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
– Fellowship with Christians (Hebrews 10:25)
– Love (Ephesians 5:2)
– Praise (Psalm 71:8)
– Service (1 Peter 4:10)

Let us be clean but not empty!

Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe

It’s a little different today

Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties with the audio this morning, we will be joining the service recording at the end of the second song.
So please join together in praising our Lord in song.

Our first song is “Praise the Lord who reigns above”. 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 “And can it be”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

Prayer
Reading: 1 Peter 2: 4-12
Sermon: The great Christian mandate – Evangelism – Dilan Jeyasinghe

(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 “May the peoples praise you”. 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” .