Does it really matter?

“Beware of the thing of which you say,  ‘Oh, that doesn’t matter much.’

The fact that it does not matter to you may mean that it matters a very great deal to God.

Nothing is a light matter with a child of God.

How much longer are some of us going to keep God trying to teach us one thing? He never loses patience.”

Oswald Chambers,

in Run Today’s Race from The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers.

A matter of loyalty

“The strictness of the rejection that Jesus Christ demands of me allows for nothing to remain in my life but my Lord, myself, and a sense of desperate hope.

He says that I must let everyone else come or go, and that I must be guided solely by my relationship to Him.

When your loyalties conflict, always obey Jesus Christ whatever the cost.

Once the call of God comes to you, start going and never stop.”

Oswald Chambers,

from the My Utmost for His Highest Perpetual Calendar.

What’s on this week

October 20th – 26th


7:30pm Hampel’s Home Group and Bible study: Acts 3


9am Pastoral Care – let the group know of any special needs you may have.

2pm Service at the Murraylands Homes
Leader: Grant Spangenberg
Speaker: Neil Page
Followed by afternoon tea – All welcome

Wednesday – Friday

10am – 2pm Coffee shop


6:30pm CWCI dinner


7:30pm Elders’ meeting


7:29 am Men’s Bible Study


Worship leader: Ted Smith
Communion: Rob Carson
Speaker: David Mills


Items from the Church Board meeting

1. EMPTY BLOCKS OF LAND NEXT DOOR – From 20th Oct onwards these blocks will be fenced off. NO PARKING. The pepper trees are going to be removed and garden beds and sleepers pulled up. Graders will be there levelling the blocks.

2. Point Sturt Cemetery – We are looking for a work party to clean up the cemetery before the fire season sets in. Gardening and Lawn mowing involved. Please see Trevor Purdie if you are interested.

3. The Board would like to compliment the Coffee Shop Team for the excellent work they do and Praise the Lord for the huge amounts of monies given to Mission as a result.

4. There is concern that certain areas of the church have been left untidy and unclean. We would to remind you that this is the Lord’s house and encourage anyone who is using the facilities to clean up and tidy up after yourselves.

5. With our Annual General Meeting coming up on 19th October, pray for those involved. Chairman Paul Sandford, Secretary Kaye Manning and Treasurer Cleve Brisbane. Members please make a real effort to attend.

6. The Board have approved repairs to be carried out on the kitchen ceiling before 1st Nov.

7. In the near future the Sound Desk will be moved from its current position to the centre back of the Worship Centre. It will be put on a raised platform giving those involved in the Data and Sound clear vision of the platform.

Finding the will of God

“How am I going to find out what the will of God is?

In one way only: by not trying to find out.

If you are born again of the Spirit of God, you are the will of God, and your ordinary common-sense decisions are God’s will for you unless He gives an inner check. When He does, call a halt immediately and wait on Him. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind that you may make out His will, not in your mind, but in practical living.”

Oswald Chambers,

in Not Knowing Whither from The Quotable Oswald Chambers.

Prayer points for this week

1. Thank God that our Minister of Education, Jennifer Rankine, has accepted Federal Government funding for the ongoing school chaplaincy program in our state schools.

2. Pray for Minister Rankine and our Premier, Jay Weatherill, that the Holy Spirit’s convicting presence will be at work in their lives.

3. Next Sunday is our church’s AGM. Pray for Paul Sandford in his chairing of the meeting and that the time will be a most productive as we look back but, more importantly, look forward to God’s being at work in our midst.

4. Pray for Dawn and Kathleen who handle all of the administration in the OAC Ministries office.

5. Ask God to bless the Hon. Michael Atkinson (Speaker of the S.A. House of Assembly) and the Hon. Russell Wortley MP (President of the Legislative Council).

6. Pray for those resisting the Islamic State fighters near the Turkey – Syria border, for strength and wisdom in their strategizing.

What’s on this week

Monday 13th October
Hampel’s home group 7:30pm

Monday 13th – Friday 17th October
9am – 5pm daily – Christian Bookshop open 32 Seventh street, Murray Bridge

Pastor Grant Spangenberg will be away this Tuesday and Wednesday attending the Police chaplains’ residential conference being held in the Adelaide Hills.

Tuesday 14th October
9am Pastoral Care -let the team know if you have a prayer need.

Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th October
Coffee Shop 10:00am – 2pm
Great coffee, milk shakes, light meals and yummy treats

Wednesday 15th October
7:30pm Wednesday Home Groups

Thursday 16th October
7:30pm Spang’s home group

Saturday 18th October
7.29am Men’s Bible Study

Sunday 19th October
10am Worship service.

Speaker: Grant Spangenberg
Subject: “To Our Community and Beyond”
Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

Annual General Meeting
Sunday 19th Oct @ 1.30pm
Please note there will be a pooled finger food lunch prior to next Sunday’s AGM.
It is intended that the meeting will begin at 1.30pm

Our worship service today

Invocation: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

As we once more enter God’s presence may our hearts indeed be open to the moving of the Holy Spirit’s being with us. To anyone who may be visiting we extend to you a heartfelt “Welcome” and pray that your time with us will be an enjoyable and beneficial one. After the service we invite you to stay behind if you have the time, and have a cuppa and a chat with everyone.

Our Worship Leader today is our pastor, Grant Spangenberg, and when it comes time for us to share in the Lord’s Supper together our leader will be Cleve Brisbane.

This morning’s message from God’s Word, “Forgiveness”, will be brought to us by the Chairman of our church Board, Paul Sandford.

The prayer written at the altar of Coventry Cathedral – All have sinned and come short of the glory of God

The Hatred . . . which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class;
Father, forgive.

The Greed . . . which exploits the labours of men and lays waste to earth;
Father, forgive.

Our Envy . . . of the welfare and happiness of others;
Father, forgive.

Our Indifference . . to the plight of the homeless and the refugee;
Father, forgive.

The Lust . . . which uses for ignoble ends, the bodies of men and women;
Father, forgive.

The Pride . . . which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God;
Father, forgive.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

(St Paul to the Ephesians)

Doing God’s will

“The joy of Jesus lay in knowing that every power of His nature was in such harmony with His Father that He did His Father’s will with delight.

Some of us are slow to do God’s will; we do it as if our shoes were iron and lead; we do it with a great sigh and with the corners of our mouths down, as if His will were the most arduous thing on earth.

But when our wills are rectified and brought into harmony with God, it is a delight, a superabounding joy, to do God’s will.”

Oswald Chambers,

in The Moral Foundations of Life from The Quotable Oswald Chambers.

What’s on this week

Monday 6th October
Friendship Group Mystery Tour
Meet at the church at 9am for a 9:15am departure.

Monday 6th October
Hampel’s home group 7:30pm

Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th October
9am – 5pm daily – Christian Bookshop open 32 Seventh street, Murray Bridge

Tuesday 7th October
9am Pastoral Care -let the team know if you have a prayer need.

Tuesday 7th October
1pm Christian Women’s Fellowship

Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th October
Coffee Shop 10:00am – 2pm
Great coffee, milk shakes, light meals and yummy treats

Wednesday 8th October
7:30pm Church Board Meeting

Saturday 11th October
7.29am Men’s Bible Study

Sunday 12th October
10am Worship service.

Speaker: Paul Sandford
Subject: “Forgiven”
Readings: Lev. 5: 14 – 19 and Mark 15: 21 – 41.