On Sunday we heard God’s message to us from Ashley Nankivell. We looked at Nehemiah 1-4:11 “Need for Prayer”
Nehemiah 1:4-11 New International Version (NIV)
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:
“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hearthe prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
I was cupbearer to the king.
We are excited about starting a new preaching series coming from Nehemiah. On Sunday we heard the message God placed on Riley Bertram’s heart : Building for the Future - Houston we have a problem - Nehemiah 1:1-4
1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:
In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
Jonathon Wilson, was our guest speaker on Sunday and he comes representing The Gideons International in Australia. Jonathan will be spoke at both of our services. You can check out Gideons online at gideons.org.au
We were excited to welcome our guests on Sunday, although they are part of the family….. Val Zerna & Jenny from Global Missions Partners at our 10am service.
Jenny came along with lots of goodies to purchase at the GMP cards and gift stall.
We continue in our Mission Month and we warmly welcomed Mark Kickett, Congress Development and Outreach Officer at UAICC SA (Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in South Australia) as our guest speaker at both services.
The verses that Uncle Mark spoke from at the 10am service are as follows for a place of reflection:
2 Corinthians 5 New International Version (NIV)
The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+5&version=NIV#fen-NIV-28895a)] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[[b](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+5&version=NIV#fen-NIV-28899b)] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Last Sunday evening at our 6pm Café Church we started our July Month of Mission with a Missions Panel of a range of people from our church and their outreach into Mission.
Connect in and listen to their experiences and how God has touched their lives and those around them.