20th June 2021
Fourth Sunday after Penteost
Todays service will be held @ 9am
If you are in Port Macquarie you are very welcome.
Service will be lead by: Dr. Mark Worthing
The theme of the address will be
Jesus calms a storm.
Fourth Sunday after Penteost
Worship Service led by: Dr. Mark Worthing
Holy Communion: Dr. Mark Worthing
Communion Assistants: Don McLean
Communion Prep.: Don McLean
Bible Readings: Aileen Huf
1st Reading: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16 Saul tries to kill David
2nd Reading: 2 Corinth. 6:1-13 Paul’s suffering as God’s servant
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41 Jesus calms a storm
Prayers lead by: Sherry Thompson
Stewards: Don and Carol McLean
Music: Daryll and Lloyd
Audio/ Computer: David Pfeiffer
Childrens Address:Pastor & Mike.>>>>>>>>>>
Next Sunday 27th June
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Worship Service led by: Dr. Mark Worthing
Holy Communion: Dr. Mark Worthing
Communion Assistants: David Pfeiffer
Communion Prep.: Don McLean
Bible Readings: Les Mathies
1st Reading: Lamentations 3:22-33 The Lord’s goodness & mercy will not fail
2nd Reading: 2 Corinth. 8:7-15 Paul encourages generous giving
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43 Jesus restores a girl to life and heals a woman
Prayers lead by: Orion Thompson
Stewards: Rosemary Conran and Carol Wooden
Audio/ Computer: Tayte Schultz
Childrens Address:Pastor & Mike.>>>>>>>>>>
In our thoughts and Prayers:
Rev. Haydn Blaess will be leading our worship on Sunday 11th July through
to 8th August.
Brian Schwarz will be leading us in worship during September.
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The next bible study will be at 7.00 pm Tuesday.
Please make sure all attendees sanitise, sign-in and supervise 1.5 m rule.
June: Aileen Huf and Diane Reichelt
July: Barb Wakefield and Juta Cooley
Cleaners please wash hands before and after cleaning and wear gloves.
Roster: Morning tea:
June 20th Helga Mathies. 27th Carol McLean
All past sermons are available to read on our web page.
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1 Stuart Leigh
14 Lynette Middleton
21 Sue Thorgerson
People who visited the website in the last week, including
1 USA, 1 India
1 Ecuador, 1 South Africa.
Sunday 13th June Attendance was 42
Thanks to all those who have supported the ALWS via Donations, Jam’s and
Fish. $1000.00 has been sent.
Our next Fellowship Lunch will be held on Friday, 25th June, 12pm. At
Finnian’s Pub, 97 Gordon St. Port Macquarie
Please RSVP to Sherry 0404913065 if you plan to attend.
Remember the church picnic to be held on the church grounds after worship on 20th June. We will have an enclosed bonfire, the barbeque will be set up, there will be lots of games, and good fun and food for all. Bring warm clothing in case of cool weather and a plate to share. For more information contact David
St Peters Chess Club:
Thursday from 6 – 7.30 pm.
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3:25).
Read Mark 3:20–35
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the unemployment rate peaked at 28.1 per cent and averaged 23.4 per cent over 1930–34. To put this in per-spective, during the COVID-19 economic upheaval, so far, the unemploy-ment rate peaked at 7.4 per cent in June 2020 and is now back down to the mid-5 per cent. It is commonly accepted that the stubbornly high unemploy-ment rate and accompanying human misery of the Great Depression was caused mainly by countries undermining each other. They should have been cooperating for the good of each other, as they have in the COVID-19 re-sponse. It’s a common theme in life: people who know better don’t try hard enough to get along.
In the reading today, Jesus is attacked by two groups that really should have known better. His family accuse him of being mad. The teachers of the law – Israel’s teachers – accuse him of being in partnership with Satan, ‘By the prince of demons he is driving out demons’ (Mark 3:22).
Jesus addresses the teachers of the law first. He points out how illogical their statement is. Jesus wouldn’t tie up the demons – as he has been doing in his exorcisms – if he were on Satan’s side. That house would not stand. He gra-ciously warns them to not blaspheme the Spirit any longer because the Spirit can’t forgive that sin … which is commonly interpreted as meaning that they need to address their unbelief and stop relying on their own self-righteousness lest they remain unforgiven. Jesus then addresses his family, reminding them that his true family are those who do God’s will (verse 34).
It strikes me that in the church, not least our local congregations, people who really do know better spend too much undermining each other and not getting along. Like Jesus’ family and the teachers of the law, we too quickly revert to labels or impugn false motives. A house divided cannot stand! Jesus provides the answer when he tells us to do God’s will, having clearly laid it out in Mark 1:15, ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news’. This is pure gospel. It’s the offer of forgiveness, a time to make a new start. It’s an opportunity to no longer blaspheme against the Spirit in unbelief and self-justification. It’s an invitation to be embraced in God’s fam-ily. Thank God! For much more than economic misery is at stake.
Lord Jesus, lead me to repent so that I do not grieve you or your Holy Spir-it. In the confidence of your forgiveness, help me to right my wrongs and treat all people as though it were you that I was talking with or about. Through your Holy Spirit, I pray. Amen.
Something to think about:
Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a
harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. Galatians 6:9
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half is composed of those who have nothing to say and keep on saying it
During the minister’s prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Gary’s mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence, and after church, asked: “Gary, whatever made you do such a thing?” Gary answered soberly: “I asked God to teach me to whistle…And He just did!”
Yesterday is gone. Today is here. Tomorrow isn’t promised.
Enjoy the blessings that God has already provided and prepare yourself for what He has planned for you.
If you’re grateful for what you have and you focus on the positives, it has
tremendous benefits for heart health, mental health, and reducing stress.
Stories of Life is an annual writing competition that calls on Australian writers to share a personal story of faith in one of three categories: under 18 years of age, open category under 500 words, and open category under 1500 words. The best 50 stories are published each year in an anthology and many are also recorded and read on different Christian radio stations. The deadline for this year is the end of July. If you have a story to tell, ask Pastor Mark about
Stories of Life, as he is on the steering committee and is one of the editors. He would be happy to help you get started.
Two elderly couples were chatting together. One of the men asked the other. “Fred, how was your visit to the memory clinic last month?”
“Outstanding. They taught us some of the latest techniques for remembering things. It was great.”
“What was the name of the clinic?” asked the other man.
Fred’s mind went blank. Then he smiled and asked, “What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?” “A Rose?” “Yes!”
He turned to his wife: “Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?”
“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold,
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell
MOTHER A word that means the world to me
Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of
Ice cream fall from the cone
Ever notice that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot,
but anyone going faster than you is a maniac
Did is a word of achievement Won’t is a word of retreat
Might is a word of bereavement Can’t is a word of defeat
Ought is a word of duty Try is a word for each hour
Will is a word of beauty Can is a word of power.
“I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How?
because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it.
Everyone was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison.
They would not have endured that if it weren’t true.
Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks.
You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years?
Absolutely impossible.” Charles Colson.
If a matter is not serious enough to pray about, then it is not serious enough to worry about; and if it is serious enough to pray about, and we have prayed about it, then there is no need to worry about it.
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was diffi-cult to change the world, so I tried to change the nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation. I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realise the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realise that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town, Their im-pact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
What You Give to God, He Multiplies
Hattie May Wiatt, a six-year-old girl, lived near Grace Baptist Church in Phil-adelphia, USA. The Sunday school was very crowded. Russell H. Conwell, the minister, told her that one day they would have buildings big enough to allow everyone to attend. She said, ‘I hope you will. It is so crowded I am afraid to go there alone.’ He replied, ‘When we get the money we will construct one large enough to get all the children in.’
Two years later, in 1886, Hattie May died. After the funeral Hattie’s mother gave the minister a little bag they had found under their daughter’s pillow con-taining 57 cents in change that she had saved up. Alongside it was a note in her handwriting: ‘To help build bigger building so that more children can go to Sunday school.’
The minister changed all the money into pennies and offered each one for sale. He received $250 – and 54 of the cents were given back. The $250 was itself changed into pennies and sold by the newly formed ‘Wiatt Mite Society’. In this way, her 57 cents kept on multiplying.
Twenty-six years later, in a talk entitled, ‘The history of the 57 cents’, the min-ister explained the results of her 57-cent donation: a church with a membership of over 5,600 people, a hospital where tens of thousands of people had been treated, 80,000 young people going through university, 2,000 people going out to preach the gospel – all this happened ‘because Hattie May Wiatt invested her 57 cents’.
The theme of multiplication runs throughout the Bible. What cannot be achieved by addition, God does by multiplication. You reap what you sow, only many times more. What you give to the Lord, he multiplies.
A couple was invited to dinner by their elderly neighbours. The old gentle-man endearingly preceded every request to his wife with “Honey”, “Darling”, “Sweetheart”, “Pumpkin”, etc.
The neighbours were impressed since the couple had been married for almost 70 years.
While the wife was off in the kitchen, the neighbour said to the gentleman,
“I think it’s wonderful that after all the years you’ve been married, you still refer to your wife in those terms.” The elderly gentleman hung his head. “Actually, forgot the old lady’s name about ten years ago.”
A little boy about ten years old was standing before a shoe store on the road-way, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, “My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in the window?” “I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply.
The lady took him by the hand and went into the store and asked the assistant to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could get her a basin of water and a towel.
He brought them to her. She took the little boy to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried with a towel. By this time the assistant had returned with the socks
Placing a pair on the boy’s feet, she bought him a pair of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt. My little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?”
As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the question with these words: “Are you God’s wife?”
A kindergarten teacher was walking around observing her classroom of children while they were drawing pictures. As she got to one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”
The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”
Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied,
“They will in a minute.”
A smile is a light in the window of a face which shows that the heart is at home.
Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.
Perhaps when we grow very old, our bodies get worn out, or certain parts break down, like … an old car.
None of us can be sure of how long we live… I think we should try not to think too much about dying but
Think about all the nice things around us that make life so precious to us all.
A vision without a task is a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery.
But the two together are the hope of the world.
A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool and show who was boss on the aviation frequencies.
So, the first time he approached an airfield at night, instead of making his
official request to the tower, he said: “Guess who?”
The controller switched the field lights off and replied: “Guess where!”
Two boys were walking home from church after hearing a strong preach-ing on the devil. One said to the oth-er, “What do you think about all this Satan Stuff?”
The other boy replied, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s Probably just your dad.”
Home is where the heart is….
Because of the shortage near a military base where he was stationed, a young doctor and his wife and three children had to live in cramped quarters in a
hotel. A friend said to the doctor’s six year old daughter, “Isn’t it too bad that you don’t have a home?”
“Oh we have a home,” the youngster quickly replied, “We just don’t have a house to put it in.”
When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You
sit still and trust the engineer.
You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.
Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love.
Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked
that means pain.
There are two things we can do when this happens.
We can kill that love so that it stops hurting.
But then of course part of us dies, too.
Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.
‘Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time.’
Trust God and learn to live one day at a time.
An old dollar bill and an even older $20 arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired.
“I’ve had a pretty good life,” the $20 says. “I’ve been to Vegas, the finest restaurants in New York, and even on a Caribbean cruise.”
“You did have an exciting life!” the dollar says.
“Where have you been?” the $20 asks.
“Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist church, the Baptist church, spent some time with the Lutherans…”
“Wait,” the $20 interrupts. “What’s a church?”
“Do not resist growing old— many are denied the privilege.”
“One of the pleasures of old age is giving things up”
Abraham waited for 25 years. Joseph waited 13 years.
Moses waited 40 years. Jesus waited 30 years.
If God makes you wait, you are in good company.!!!!
If you’re ever headed the wrong way in life, remember the road to Heaven allows U-turns
Known by the Almighty:
Though you are one of the teeming millions in this world, and though the world would have you believe that you don’t count and that you are but a speck in the mass,
God says, “I know you.”
Our lives as Books:
There are people in the world around us who have never opened or read a
Bible. — But are they reading us.
Are they able to say of us to others “That man, that woman reminds me of Jesus?”
Do we let our light so shine that men may see, not us, but our Father in
This is the real test.
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1.)
Something to think about:
I am pleased to inform you that I have made arrangements to pay off all your debts in full. I cannot proceed without your consent, however, and I ask that you contact me as soon as possible to receive your gift.
Your loving Servant. Jesus
You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.
You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.
You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around.
You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.
So! Don’t wait to be kind, don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.
Just be kind. Because you never know how much someone needed it.
We don’t need to fear that there is not enough time, but we only need to remember to appreciate the time God gives us.
In 1937, a man by the name of John Griffiths found a job tending one of the railroad bridges that crossed the Mississippi River. Every day he would control the gears of the bridge to allow barges and ships through.
One day John decided to allow his eight-year-old son Greg to help him. He and his boy packed their lunches with great excitement and hopes for the fu-ture and went to work. The morning went quickly and at noon they headed off for lunch, down a narrow catwalk onto an observation platform about 50 feet above the Mississippi. John told his son stories about the ships as they passed by. Suddenly, they were jolted back to reality by the shrill sound of an engine’s whistle.
Looking at his watch, John realized to his horror that it was 1.07 pm, that the Memphis Express was due any time and that the bridge was still raised.
He calmly told Greg to stay put and then ran back to the controls.
Once there he looked beneath the bridge to make sure there was nothing
below. As his eyes moved downwards he saw something so terrible that he froze. For there, lying on the gears, was his beloved son.
Greg had tried to follow his dad but had fallen off the catwalk. Immediately, John realized the horrifying choice before him: either to lower the bridge and kill his son, or keep the bridge raised and kill everyone on board the train.
As 400 people moved closer to the bridge, John realized what he had to do. Burying his face under his arm, he plunged down the lever. The cries of his son were instantly drowned out by the noise of the bridge grinding slowly into position.
John wiped the tears from his eyes as the train passed by. A Conductor was collecting tickets in his usual way. A Businessman was casually reading the newspaper. Ladies were drinking afternoon tea. Children were playing. Most of the passengers were engaged in idle chatter.
No one heard the cries of a heartbroken father.
A LITTLE EXTRA FROM THE PAST.
Never Argue with Children.
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it is physically impossible. The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah.” The teacher asked. “What if Jonah went to hell?” The little girl replied, “Then you ask him.”
Did you know that an Eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before
The Eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.
When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the Eagle is soaring above it. The Eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.
When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them – we can rise above them setting our minds and our belief toward God.
The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God’s power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm.
Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we han-dle them.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like Eagles” Isaiah 40:31
Begin difficult things while they are easy, Do great things when they are small,
The difficult things of the world must have once been easy:
The great things must have been small ..,
A thousand mile journey begins with one step.
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Some-body would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that
Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Now that’s rediculious!!