Did you miss coming to church on Sunday?
We have uploaded the service onto Youtube - how cool is that!
Catchup with Pastor Stephen as he speaks The Word on Personal Evangelism.
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
…but now he (God) commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” At that, Paul left the Council. Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
If you were unable to attend or watch online, we encourage you to watch yesterdays service.
Sunday was of significance in the life of our church family. One that marked an end of the ministry of Bill & Chrissie Tyrie as Bill concludes his role as Senior Pastor here at MCC. It is one that is filled with wonderful memories, the good times, the challenging times, and it will be different for everyone. One thing that we all can easily recognise is the way in which Pastor Bill has journeyed with us over his time here with the Spiritual Focus: Connection | Faith | Hope | Love | Growth | Fruitfulness | Restoration. What a joy and privilege it has been to see God work through His people here over these years.
It was a joyous celebration with our church family coming together to say thanks to Bill and Chrissie.
Pastor Stephen spoke the Word on Prayers of Evangelism last Sunday at the 10am service.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
The You Tube clip is attached, so please take the time to listen to Stephen's message.
We give thanks for Peter Barney bringing the Word on Sunday at our 10am service.
If you would like to revisit Peter's sermon, please click on the Youtube link attached.
Listen to how Peter draws a comparison to a piece of wood and people.
And how can we be authentic and real as we share the Good News.
Please connect in with Pastor Bill's sermon on Encouraging One Another on the MCC Youtube Channel.
Pastor Bill reminds us of how Barnabas was an encourager and what we can learn from Barnabas that will help us today as we go about our lives.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV):
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
Acts 11:19:26 (NIV)
“Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So, for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”
Spread the Good News!
God’s love conquers all—even death.
Together, let’s rejoice in Jesus’ triumph over death and the everlasting life we have in Him.
Catchup, rewatch and share the Easter Sunday Service at Marion Church of Christ as we celebrate the Risen King.
The Empty Tomb
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Service of Shadows (Darkness) 2022 - available on the MCC Youtube channel to reflect on the readings from the Gospel (and seven candles) that represent seven “shadows” in Christ’s life:
1. The Shadow of BETRAYAL Matt. 26:20-25
2. The Shadow of INNER AGONY Luke 22:40-44
3. The Shadow of LONELINESS Matt. 26: 40-45
4. The Shadow of DESERTION Matt. 26:47-50; 55-56
5. The Shadow of ACCUSATION Matt. 26:59-68
6. The Shadow of MOCKERY Mark 15: 12-20
7. The Shadow of DEATH Luke 23:33-46
At the speaking of “IT IS FINISHED” the last candle is extinguished and each person present leaves in silence and the mood is mournful, reflecting on the death of Christ and the darkness that covered the world on Good Friday.
So what is Palm Sunday all about? Riley brings us The Word around Palm Sunday. Riley focuses on three things - The Donkey, The Pharisees and People.
Connect in with the Service on Youtube to hear the whole sermon, worship, communion and the study questions attached. Plus the special surprise at the end as we celebrate Palm Sunday as a congregation.
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, , 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”a]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
The life and ministry of Jesus Christ might be summed up with one simple statement, "He set His face toward Calvary."
He was truly born to die. Not as we die, but to die a complete and vicarious death; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and eternally, that humanity need not do so.
This was God’s plan of His eternal purpose for His eternal people. It was in fact not a place of hopelessness and rejection but a place of hope.
Christ lived the life we could not live, and took the punishment we could not take, to offer the hope we cannot resist.
Whatever you’re facing, he knows how you feel. When you turn to him for help, he runs to you to help. Why?
He’s been there. He’s not ashamed of you. Your actions don’t bewilder him. Your tilted halo doesn’t trouble him. So go to him!
Let’s read Luke’s account of the cross:
Luke 23:32-47 (NIV)
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”b] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.c]”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”d] When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”