Sunday 27-Dec-2020

Joyful, Thankful, Prayerful

Today’s service was a bit different to what we usually have. We reflected on the year gone by and looked forward towards the year that is about to open.

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

I wonder whether you received a gift from Santa this year…

When kids start mucking up, parents often remind them of Christmas. Do you want a gift for Christmas? Then “You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa clause is coming to town. He is making a list and checking it twice” (the words of a popular Christmas song). On Christmas Eve, kids eagerly wait to see the outcome of Santa’s assessment.

Especially for all those who have been bad, naughty – sinful, Christmas is indeed good news. God sent his only son Jesus to this world to deal with our list of sins. Jesus’ death on a cross, effectively cancelled the list of our sins because he took our punishment. Now whoever believes in Jesus could experience God’s forgiveness and enjoy his goodness.

In Ephesians 1:7 the apostle Paul says… “In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Now you and I don’t have to wait for Christmas to find forgiveness from God. Repent and confess your sins, trust in Jesus today. Santa can’t forgive our sins, but Jesus can.

Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe

Welcome and call to worship

Our first song is “Oh the Mighty Hand”. For this song please start the video as previously explained and then join in with the words included on this page below the video link. You are welcome to join in at any time.

Oh the mighty hand that controls the sea

Oh the mighty hand that controls the sea
Is the hand that fights for and cares for me
And the God who thunders, the God ablaze
Is the God who loves me a million ways

Oh the mountains tremble the earth it shakes
For my God has heard of the laws I break
But He holds the fire of His wrath from me
And He sends His son to a cruel tree

Praise to God, for the world He made,
For the Son He gave, for the price He paid
Praise to God, let the song be raised
Up to God my God and the One who saves

Oh His glory more than my eyes can take
For my God He lives in a holy state
But He shows the beat of His heart to me
In the face of Christ for eternity

Praise to God, for the world He made,
For the Son He gave, for the price He paid
Praise to God, let the song be raised
Up to God my God and the One who saves

Oh the saints will roar on the final day
For the mighty King and His glorious name
But the God who reigns as the world shall bow
He is in my heart and He loves me now

Praise to God, for the world He made,
For the Son He gave, for the price He paid
Praise to God, let the song be raised
Up to God my God and the One who saves

Please now join us in our second song “Blessed be your name”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.

The final song for today is “Jesus, Strong and Kind”. 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” .