A note from Jess

Jess Longden

Jess Longden

Hi everyone!

Just letting you know that, on New Year’s Day, I’m heading to Indonesia for 6 weeks. It’s my very last thing for my university degree.

For the first two weeks I will be at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta studying Indonesian culture and language, and the four weeks after that I will be interning with Care (a humanitarian aid organisation), also in Jakarta.

I just thought I would let you all know, and I would really appreciate your prayers for a safe trip and such.  I’ll be back on Feb 18th). Much love! xx Jess

Crossroads in our life

“Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point–a great crossroads in our life.

From that point we either go more and more toward a slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest–our best for His glory.”

Oswald Chambers, from the My Utmost for His Highest Perpetual Calendar.

Disturbing news

“[Jesus] was doing and saying things designed to tease his hearers into facing new and dangerous questions, into looking at familiar ideas (such as the kingdom of God) from new and unexpected angles.

Most people, then and now, find that disturbing and try to avoid it.”

~ N. T. Wright, from Simply Good News

And God became a baby

“The tremendous revelation of Christianity is not the Fatherhood of God, but the Babyhood of God–God became the weakest thing in His own creation, and in flesh and blood He levered it back to where it was intended to be.

No one helped Him; it was done absolutely by God manifest in human flesh. God has undertaken not only to repair the damage, but in Jesus Christ the human race is put in a better condition than when it was originally designed.”

Oswald Chambers, in The Shadow of an Agony from The Quotable Oswald Chambers.

May all of our readers enjoy a safe, joyful and a wonderfully blessed Christmas.

Murray Bridge Church of Christ

Christmas Service times


Murray Bridge Church of Christ

32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge, South Australia



All welcome.

Prayer points this week

Tribute: The memorial to the victims of the Lindt cafe siege continued to grow in Martin Place on Wednesday.

1. Pray for the family and friends of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson the two hostages who lost their lives as part of the siege in Martin Place, Sydney, early last week.

2. Give thanks to God for His provision for us to be able to support the Bibles for the Persecuted Church programme as we have been able to do. Give Him the glory.

3. Pray for the lives of those who will be impacted through receiving a copy of God’s Word that our gifts have been able to supply.

4. Pray for emergency service personnel who have to be on duty during the Christmas –New Year period.

5. Praise God for the smiles on the faces of the adults and children who attended last Sunday night’s Community Carols. Thank God for the hard working volunteers, especially the programme coordinator, Peter Longden.

6. It’s time for Chris DeNieuwe and her team of volunteers in the Book shop to put their feet up after a great year of serving our community. Pray that their break, like that of the Coffee shop ‘staff’ will also be a refreshing one.

7. Commit our Christmas services to God asking for His special touch upon the lives of all those who attend, especially those who only may attend a service at Christmas and Easter.


What’s on this week


December 22nd – 31st

Tuesday Dec 23rd

9am Pastoral Care prayer meeting – let the group know of any special needs you may have. (Members include the elders, plus Trevor and Doreen Purdie, Jean Firth and Nancy Coleman.

5pm Christian Bookshop closes for the Christmas – New Year break.

Wednesday Dec 24th

11:30pm Christmas Eve Service

Thursday Dec 25th

9am Christmas Day Service

Sunday Dec 28th

Worship leader: David Mills
Communion: Ted Smith
Speaker: Grant Spangenberg:  “Anna – a word from the wise.”
Readings: Luke 2: 21-40

Wednesday Dec 31st

7pm New Year’s Eve Service at Holy Cross Lutheran Church – All welcome.


Fourth Sunday of Advent

On this, the fourth Sunday of Advent, and for us the occasion of our Youth and Sunday School presentation, it’s a very warm “Welcome!” to everyone present.

To any who may be visiting we extend to you an extra special greeting and invite you to stay and be a part of our special morning tea for Peter and Yvonne Bichengu.

A particular Christmas invocation written for this time of the year is:

Lord God, you have revealed to us
Your nature, your love in the incarnation or your Son.
Who lived among us.
Who shared our struggles,
Who won the victory over sin and death.
We come in gratitude today.
Speak to us, 0 God, especially today.
Keep us from becoming calloused with the familiar Christmas story.
Give us the meekness or those who came
From near and tar to kneel in a lowly stable, to adore the Christ Child.
In Christ’s birth and life we see your grace and truth.
In Christ’s death we see your love.
In Christ’s Resurrection we see your acceptance of his sacrifice.
And the assurance of-our acceptance into your Family.

Our Worship Leader this morning is Ted Smith and when it is time for us to remember Jesus’ death for us on the cross (the reason behind this season), our Communion Leader will be Steve Bown.

As the star draws ever closer to the site of the manger we’re reminded of the series of sermons which Pastor Grant has been preaching through Advent about the travelling of the characters of the Christmas story. The title of this morning’s message is “Journeying With Jesus –Travelling Light.” The fifth and final instalment will be on Christmas Day.

Dr Jim Showers from The Friends of Israel ministry wrote recently, “As I travel, so many people say to me, ”Jesus must be coming soon because with all that is happening it seems like the end is near. This world can’t continue as it is much longer.” They say this from an innate sense, born out of an understanding of Scripture and an observation of the events unfolding before our eyes.

We long for the soon coming of Messiah to judge the nations, rescue Israel, and restore the Kingdom of God on Earth. We want to see a world where injustice and evil are replaced with justice and peace for all. .. On that night long ago, when God sent His Son into the world those who for so long had wished for Him slept. In some ways little has changed in 2000 years. People are still looking for a Messiah who will conquer the evil in this world and establish peace, someone who can fix this broken Earth. Rather than a political saviour they fail to see their greater need for a spiritual Saviour.

This year, and each tear, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we are giving honour, not only to His first coming (Incarnation), but to His promised second coming (Parousia).

Maranatha, may He come quickly!


Tomorrow’s service


Sunday 21st December 2014 10am

The service tomorrow will begin with the youth and children of our church family presenting a Christmas play. It promises to be “bigger than Ben Hur.”

Later, the message will be based on Matthew 2: 13 – 23. Grant’s message is called “Journeying with Jesus – travelling light.”

All welcome.

Christmas Services


Murray Bridge Church of Christ

32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge, South Australia



All welcome.