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.
Today we will be celebrating the Lords Supper together while apart. Please remember to gather the elements for communion, some bread / cracker / biscuit to represent Christ’s body that was broken for us and juice to represent the blood shed to pay the penalty for our sins.
Morning tea and mingling
We will continue to not have morning tea after our morning service for the month of October.
While we are not allowed to mingle after church in the church, perhaps you could invite some people home or join with them for lunch at a café or a restaurant.
English classes have resumed
After a considerable break due to COVID-19, English classes resumed last Wednesday 10am-noon. Tom is teaching the class and Ellen is assisting. Please pray for this ministry.
Visiting speakers for October
The Pastor is taking a break from preaching this month to concentrate on his studies. This week Dilan will be leading us and Kel Willis will be speaking from Romans 8 – Living with God’s enabling.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Lessons from Pilot whales
Last week we heard that over 450 Pilot whales beached themselves off the west coast of Tasmania. Sadly, nearly 400 of them died. One of the frustrations for the wildlife experts and volunteers and probably one of the reasons for their death is that some of these recued whales, re-beached themselves. Instead of enjoying the freedom, they instinctively returned to join the pod still stranded and perished.
While this is a good picture of what it means to be a community, it is also a good illustration of how prone we are to turn back to sin. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” But there is a danger that we turn back to our old ways of living and joining the pod. So Paul continues “Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
We who have been set free by Jesus must guard ourselves against lingering desires to sin. We must grieve for those who are living in sin but rather than rejoining them we must call out to them so they too can find freedom in Jesus..
Pastor Dilan Jayasinghe
Welcome and call to worship
Our first song is “Oh how good it is”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Announcements and prayer
Please now join us for our second song “In Christ alone”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
Bible reading – Romans 8:1-17
Sermon – Living with God’s enabling – Kel Willis
(Please rewind the video when you start as YouTube seems to insist on starting a few minutes into the video)
The final song for today is “What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer (Yet not I but through Christ in me)”. Please click the play button to watch the clip and join your voice in singing when the song begins.
You can also give from this link by moving your mouse over the purple Tithes and Offerings “campaign” .