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: Bible study,
At the church
Tuesday 12th November 2019
: Catch up Coffee
Friday November 8th 2019
1/124 Horton Street
Rsvp to Barbara Wakefield 65849684
: Now to be held on
Sunday 1st December 2019 at midday.
101 Hastings River Drive
RSVP to Barbara Wakefield
:Bishop Bartholomeaus and his lovely wife
will be visiting with us
16th – 18th November 2019
:Christmas Eve program..
We will require 3 children & 3 adults. Please see Aileen or David P if you wish to particiapate
:Players theatre is about to start with their next musical Jesus Christ Superstar and David is organising a group booking for first 10 people. Please let David know if you are interested and it will be for Sunday 17th November 2.00pm
: The Turkish military offensive against Kurdish controlled Syria is well underway. Although not specifically a campaign against Christians, tens of thousands of believers are caught up in the violence and are in need. Our ministry partner is already in the region and is supplying food and other aid to Christian refugees. Please help us to supply necessities to those who are particularly vulnerable and find themselves in the midst of yet another conflict. The portal to help is simply vom.com.au
:CHURCH DESTRUCTION IN CHINA.
Chinese Christians in Anhui are said to be “outraged” after their state-registered megachurch was demolished and their pastors arrested. Demolition work began at Funan County Christian Church last Friday, partway through a worship service. Elderly church members knelt down in front of the church, begging officials not to destroy the building to no avail. (From VOM)
:An underground Bible school for former Muslim women who have come to faith in Christ has experienced significant growth in the past year. The Bible school, founded by three former Muslim women, has grown to several thousand students simply by word of mouth. Christian converts from Islam face persecution, including being expelled from their families, being divorced by their Muslim spouses, losing their children and losing their jobs. Some have even lost their lives. They need our prayers for their safety. (Source: VOM)
:Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the systematic government campaign to close churches escalates.
On 17 October, another church was informed that it will soon be closed. Christians, who demonstrated peacefully were then arrested by the police. (Source: VOM)
Imagine if that would happen here! Let’s uphold our brethren in prayer.
:The Augsburg Confession.
Confession of Faith by Certain Princes
and Cities Presented to His Imperial Majesty
in Augsburg in the Year 1530.
Articles of Faith and Doctrine
[V. Concerning the Office of Preaching]
To obtain such faith God instituted the office of preaching, giving the gospel and the sacraments. Through these, as through means, he gives the Holy Spirit who produces faith, where and when he wills, in those who hear the gospel. It teaches that we have a gracious God, not through our merit but through Christ’s merit, when we so believe.
[VI. Concerning the New Obedience]
It is also taught that such faith should yield good fruit and good works and that a person must do such good works as God has commanded for God’s sake but not place trust in them as if thereby to earn grace before God. For we receive forgiveness of sin and righteousness through faith in Christ, as Christ himself says [Luke 17:10*]: “When you have done all [things] …, say, ‘We are worthless slaves.’ ” The Fathers also teach the same thing. For Ambrose says: “It is determined by God that whoever believes in Christ shall be saved and have forgiveness of sins, not through works but through faith alone, without merit.”
(Kolb, R., Wengert, T. J., & Arand, C. P. (2000). The Book of Concord: the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (pp. 40–42). Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
HOW THE DISCIPLES DIED.
No 9 Andrew.
Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers, they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: “I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it”. He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
“A Christian convert in Uganda is suffering tremendous grief after four members of his family – including his two children – were killed when suspected Muslim extremists set their home on fire. Ali Nakabale, 36, lost his son, daughter, mother and stepfather when they were burned alive inside the family’s home on 20 August.”
As ghastly as this might sound, this is the reality of Christian suffering in so many countries around the world. Please uphold Ali Nakabale in your prayers.
In 1530, the Reformers who gathered around Martin Luther, were called to represent themselves at Augsburg to justify their defiance of the Church of the day. In response, these reformers led by Philip Melancthon made their confession of faith in the Augsburg Confession. This confession has held a place of honour by Lutherans as an expression of our faith, only exceeded by the Bible itself.
Three hundred years later, in the 1830’s, Lutherans in the Prussian empire stood once against tyranny holding fast to their confession of faith, and migrated to Australia, Canada, and the United States, where freedom of religious expression and faith in God was encouraged. Now, in the 21st Century, it is good to be reminded of this treasured confession of our faith, expressed in the Augsburg Confession. Over the next few months, we will publish the 21 articles of the Augsburg Confession in the Weekly Gospel to remind us all of our heritage as Lutherans that distinguishes us from our Christian brothers and sisters, and the broken world around us.
The Augsburg Confession.
Confession of Faith by Certain Princes
and Cities Presented to His Imperial Majesty
in Augsburg in the Year 1530.
Articles of Faith and Doctrine
[I. Concerning God]
In the first place, it is with one accord taught and held, following the decree of the Council of Nicea, that there is one divine essence which is named God and truly is God. But there are three persons in the same one essence, equally powerful, equally eternal: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three are one divine essence, eternal, undivided, unending, of immeasurable power, wisdom, and goodness, the creator and preserver of all visible and invisible things. What is understood by the word “person” is not a part nor a quality in another but that which exists by itself, as the Fathers once used the word concerning this issue.
(Kolb, R., Wengert, T. J., & Arand, C. P. (2000). The Book of Concord: the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (pp. 36–38). Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
*Have a great day!!*
If we miss your birthday please let us know as we may not have those details correct.
Sunday Service, 3rd November 2019:
was attended by 25 people.
The Longest Lutheran Lunch
Barbara with her birthday cake for her birthday celebrations.
How many is it Barb?
: Too True..
: If you or someone you know needs to share a discussion, word of Scripture, or prayer with a caring elder, please contact Rev David Thompson, Aileen Huf, or Joan Rayward. We will make arrangements to visit.
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Keep in your prayers
Sad to hear of the news that Pastor John Vitale died at 9.15am, Wednesday 9th October 2019. Keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Pastor John is now at peace with the Lord.
This years leadership team.
A range of children’s books are in the library of the church for members.
: If you don’t want the fruits of Sin Stay out of the Devils garden
: Prayer is a weapon that should not be concealed
: No God No Peace. Know God Know Peace
: Forecast for today..
GOD Reigns & the SON shines!
: Moses was the first person with a tablet to download data
: Duct tape is good … But Three nails fixed everything
: Honk if you love Jesus
: Text while you drive if you want to meet him face to face….
From GOD’S Garden
: Lettuce be kind … Squash gossip…Turnup for church……
: God is like coke-cola He”s the real thing….
: Prayer a wireless access to God with no roaming fee
: Need a lifesaver ? Ours walks on water
: Noah was a man of great faith he spent 40 days on a wooden boat with two termites and a pair of woodpeckers.
: Noah was a shrewd business man he kept his company afloat while the rest of the earth was in liquidation.
: Adam and Eve were the first people not to read the terms and conditions for Apple.
: A small boy was flicking through the pages of a dusty old edition of the bible when something fell out and it was a leaf that had been pressed between the pages.Look what I’ve found mum he called out.“What have you got there?” Asked his mother.
The boy said: “I think its Adams underwear!”
: Adam and Eve had the first computer, it was an Apple, after one byte it crashed.
: If you think that you are not worth saving just remember that Moses was a basket case.
: Don’t spend money on G P S or Sat Nav because Jesus can show you the way for free.
: Remember seven days without prayer makes one weak.
: I pod, Ipad, iPhone…Try I pray.. God is always listening..
Well Done Allan
Allan Bruhn with his convict statue ready to be placed at the new Men’s Shed.
What started as a project to keep him out of trouble has turned into nine month long creative journey for Men’s Shed member Allan Bruhn.
Made almost entirely from rusty old tools, Mr Bruhn has created a life-sized sculpture depicting a convict chopping wood.
“The Men’s Shed is getting a new home on the Oxely Highway and we wanted something at the entrance of the shed for people to know where we were,” Mr Bruhn said.
“We work as volunteers and are free to work but the statue represents someone who has to work to be freed.
“Lots of convicts help build things in Port Macquarie and we wanted to show that at the shed.
“The statue is of a convict chopping wood and most of our members use wood in their work or used to work in the timber industry so it made a lot of sense when it all came together.”
This is not the first sculpture Mr Bruhn has made since joining the Men’s Shed when he retired more than seven years ago.
In one of his first projects he made an emu from scrap metal. He completed a two metre tall emu using a cut up gas cylinder for a body, rio bar for a beak and feet while a bike chain was used for the bird’s feathers.
Mr Bruhn’s newest sculpture is made mostly with spanners, wrenches, pliers, nuts and bolts welded together to make the human form.
“It took about nine months and I think it is pretty lifelike,” he said.
“I have taken a lot of time with this statue and it has nostrils, ears and even indents where the fingernails would be.
“It is made with old tools and pretty much everyone at the shed has donated tools for my project so it really does belongs to us all.”
The new Men’s Shed is part of a $4 million Oxley Vale Lifelong Learning Centre project which includes an arts and craft centre to be built on vacant land east of the Douglas Vale Historical Homestead on the Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie.
NEW LOGIN + LOGOUT FORM
This is the new Login + Logout sheet for anyone who attends to any cleaning of the manse or church, gardening, maintenance or attending outside of church hours. Please remember to fill in details next time you’re working hard at the church. This is part of our duty for insurance purposes.
You will find this form located in the foyer area of the church.
Tired of scrambling for offering money on the way to church? Want to be more organised with your giving?
REG is the answer
- REG is a convenient, safe and confidentialway of giving a regular offering to your congregation.
- Your REG offering can come from your bank, credit union or LLL account.
- You can set up REG to coincide with your regular income (eg salary, pension, dividends) or budget: weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or even half-early.
- REG keeps things confidential.Your congregation doesn’t receive any information regarding your identity or the amount of your offering.
How REG benefits you
- No need to remember to bring cash to church
- If you are away from church, your offering is still made
- You can apply ‘first fruits’ principles
How REG benefits your congregation
- Provides a regular income or cash flow, making budgeting easier
- Can increase giving through the convenience of direct debits
- Safer because there is less cash to handle and bank each week.
- HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
- James the Son of Zebedee
A fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
Also known as Nathaniel was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of the faith. And you shall be hated for my name’s sake:
But he that endures to the end will be saved.
FROM LAST WEEKS NEWSLETTER HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.
Points to ponder:
Why do we feel sleepy in Prayer,
but stay awake through a 3 hour movie?
Why are we so bored when we look at the HOLY BIBLE,
but find it easy to read other books?
Why is it so easy to ignore a msg about God,
yet we forward the nasty ones?
Why are Prayers getting smaller,
but bars and clubs are expanding?
Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity,
but very difficult to engage with God?