Lunch at church this coming Sunday


Sunday 3rd August 2014

Cost – Adults $7- Children $5 Families (2 Adults, 3 or more kids) $30, for a two-course meal.

Booking essential – Please put your name on the register at the counter in the Coffee Shop.

Funds raised will be going to support COCOA projects.

Christian Women’s Fellowship 100th Anniversary


On 12th August at 12.15 for 12.30pm start we will be holding a light luncheon with a programme to

All ladies welcome.

Those who wish to attend please let Aileen Harper know by the 1st August.

Donations accepted for Women’s Work in Vietnam-Bright Solutions.

Prayer points for this week

1. Give thanks to God for His written revelation to us, the Bible.
2. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones in the shooting down of MH 17 particularly as they wait for bureaucracy to take its course in arranging for them to be able to lay their loved ones to rest.
3. Pray for the Christians in Iraq particularly those being persecuted by ISIS, that they will be able to stay strong in their faith.
4. Pray for the community of faith of which we are each a part, that God will use us in the growth of His kingdom.
5. Take time to pray for people you know who are not-yet Christian and the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
6. Pray for the leadership of our church and the role they have. Pray for the God-given wisdom they need in order that they may provide the Godly leading we need.




What’s on this week

As usual there are lots of things happening this week.

Mon 28th July

  • 9am – 5pm Christian Bookshop open
  • 7.30pm Hampel’s Home group (meeting in the home of Ted and Pam Smith)

Tues 29th July

  • 9am Pastoral Care: the Pastoral Care Team meet to pray for those who are in need, who are sick, who need visiting or in hospital. If you have a special need, please contact Pastor Grant.
  • 9am – 5pm Christian Bookshop open

Weds 30th July

  • 9am – 5pm Christian Bookshop open
  • 10:00am – 2pm Coffee Shop open

Thur 31st July

  • 9am – 5pm Christian Bookshop open
  • 10:00am – 2pm Coffee Shop open

Friday 1st August

  • 9am – 5pm Christian Bookshop open
  • 10:00am – 2pm Coffee Shop open

Sat 2nd August

  • 7.29am Men’s Bible Study
  • 9am – 12 noon Christian Bookshop open

Sunday 3rd August

  • 10am Worship and Communion
  • Lunch at Church after the service

Coming events:

  • 14th – 16th August: William Wilberforce Foundation, Marriage and Parenting and Alpha Australia
  • Fri 15th August: 7-9.30pm Human Auction and Fellowship Night
Eastern Yellow Robin (Photo credit: Trevor Hampel)

Eastern Yellow Robin (Photo credit: Trevor Hampel)

National Bible Sunday

For many years now the fourth Sunday of July, today, has been observed as National Bible Sunday, the day when we, as Christians, celebrate God’s Word, the Bible.

A special prayer of invocation as we prepare to bring our worship to God this morning reads: Almighty God, whose word is authority and power and whose way is love, grant unto us today clear minds, understanding hearts, and willing spirits so that we may wisely appropriate your word of truth in our lives. In the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Welcome to our time of worship then on this new Lord’s Day. To any who may be visiting we want to offer to you an extra special greeting and pray that in your time with us you will sense the presence of the Holy Spirit.

After the service you are most welcome to stay behind and enjoy a time of fellowship over a cuppa in our coffee shop.

Our Worship Leader for this morning is Ted Smith an when it comes time for us to share Communion together our leader will be Grant Spangenberg.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the theme for the day, Grant has titled his sermon for today, “With Bibles Open.”

The writer to the Hebrews says, “Pray for us. Our consciences are clear,  and we always try to live right”(13:18 GNB). This is a claim we all ought to be able to make. At its core is holy living. Honesty is a specific issue within that of the integrity of character. The development of our character is a most serious and critical concern.

D.L. Moody once said, “Character is what we are in the dark, who you are when no one is looking.” It is the real you that God is first concerned with, then your actions. The Bible clearly commands Christians to be honourable, that is, to be of upright disposition and to have integrity in dealing with others. It’s about adhering to an ethical standard in such a way as to influence our day to day practices. What we are will affect what we do.

Our motivation for living in such a way lies firstly in the adoration of God who is Himself utterly true. If, in the simple things of life such as speech and consistency of action, made by a conscious decision to develop a character of truthfulness and openness, when put to the test we will be found to have clear consciences, living true lives as people of honesty and integrity.

(Adaptation of an article by Peter Hobbs).


Come along to church tomorrow: National Bible Sunday

For many years now the fourth Sunday of July  has been observed as National Bible Sunday, the day when we, as Christians, celebrate God’s Word, the Bible.


We invite believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to join us in a time of praise and worship tomorrow morning, Sunday 27th July 2014.

Our church is situated at 32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge, just a short walk from the main street. The service commences at 10am and is usually finished by about 11:30, after which you are welcome to stay and chat over a cuppa in the Coffee Shop.

Worship and Communion

The service always has bright singing and worship of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. One of our eldership team, Ted Smith, will lead us in worship. As a part of the service we observe the Lord’s Supper (Communion) and all who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Saviour are welcome to join us. Pastor Grant Spangenberg will lead us around the Lord’s Table.


Our of worship will conclude with a message from God’s Word, the Bible, brought to us by Pastor Grant Spangenberg.

Grant’s message is titled “With Bibles open”

The Bible readings are Psalm 119:9 and 2 Timothy 3:10-17.





As we look around our world and our nation today, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sadness, the suffering and the hopelessness of so many people. The wars, riots, kidnappings, shootings, homelessness, and much more are headlines in the news, and we wonder:
• ‘Where will it all end?’
• ‘How are we going to cope?’

In our KYB class at Meningie, we are studying the letter to the Hebrew Christians. They were facing many difficulties as well as suffering persecution for their faith in the Lord Jesus but the writer encourages them, and us, to look to Jesus, to remember Who He is and what He has done for each one of us.

He firstly reminds them of Who the Lord Jesus is: ‘He is the heir of all things, He made the universe, He is the radiance of God’s glory, He is the exact image of God, He holds everything together and having completed the work of redemption is now seated at the Father’s right hand – the place of honour and power.’ Hebrews 1:2-4

Everything is ultimately under His authority but, as we read in Hebrews 2:8b – 9a:
‘ at present we do not see everything subject to Him.
BUT we see Jesus, crowned with glory and honour.’

So, the writer encourages us to –
• ‘Fix our thoughts on Jesus’. Hebrews 3:1
• Let us hold firmly to the faith we profess’ Hebrews 4:14
• ‘Let us draw near to God, let us stir each other to love and serve one another, let us not forget to meet together to encourage one another each week, because the time before Christ’s return is getting nearer.’ Hebrews 10:22 -25

As we come to our time of worship, let us not concentrate on that which would overwhelm us, but ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising its shame and sat down at the right hand of God.’ Hebrews 12:2

Praise His Name – He is indeed crowned with glory and honour.

Let us look at Him today and everyday as we serve Him because He loves us.


Overseas Mission Visit


After last Sunday’s morning service John Gilmore expressed to a couple of people the thought that there may be some people from our church who may be interested in visiting one of our mission partners in either Africa or Vietnam next year.

He would be happy to come and talk with any who may be interested in being part of such a group; 9 people would be the size of the group. The cost of the trip would be roughly $4,500.

If you are interested or would like to find out more please let Trevor Purdie or Grant Spangenberg know.


Lerwin Service tomorrow

Our regular service at the Lerwin Nursing Home will be held tomorrow at 10:30am in their activity hall.

Enter the car park via Joyce Street opposite South School.

All are welcome – especially singers.


The danger of preaching from prejudice

“Preaching from prejudice is dangerous; it makes a man dogmatic and certain that he is right.

The question for each of us to ask ourselves is this: Would I recognise God if He came in a way I was not prepared for–if He came in the bustle of a marriage feast, or as a Carpenter?

That is how Jesus Christ appeared to the prejudices of the Pharisees, and they said He was mad.”

Oswald Chambers, in Baffled to Fight Better from The Quotable Oswald Chambers.