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5pm service: "Father, into your hands..."

Posted 25 March 2015, 11:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

What's your only comfort in life and death? That I am not my own but belong, body and soul, in life and death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. These words from the Heidelberg Catechism are a beautiful expression of trust in the sufficiency of Jesus to look after us both now and forever. While they were written hundreds of years after the New Testament and they express the Christian's trust in Christ, we find that on the cross Jesus models for us in a striking way what it means to ultimately trust God with everything. Sunday night we'll unpack it more. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Psalm 31:1-5; Luke 23:44-49

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem




9am service: Forsaken

Posted 25 March 2015, 11:29 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ In his book, The Hard Sayings of Jesus’ F.F. Bruce calls this phrase ‘the hardest of all the hard statements’. The problem is not with the words, they are simple. But what do they mean? What do we understand of the experience of Jesus and the Father here? We can never comprehend the depths Jesus’ anguish. Literally, truly and actually God the Father abandoned His own Son at that moment on the cross. We will need to explore why this happened and what that means for us. As we do, all we can do is stand at the foot of the cross, hear that cry, and realise that what Jesus did for us cost Him more than we can begin to imagine. And we say, Thank you.’

Bible Passage: Psalm 22; Mark 15:33-39

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: I am Thirsty!

Posted 18 March 2015, 10:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 I am thirsty! It’s such a simple and short statement. We say it often. It’s a common condition of the human body. As we read the suffering of Jesus we become acutely aware that this suffering was very real and very physical. What he suffered is in many ways unimaginable, especially since it was so undeserved. But not only was he experiencing a physical thirst, it was a spiritual thirst as well. Think of the others words he spoke from the cross, ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ The experience of Jesus’ thirst was so that we need not suffer the agony of spiritual thirst, of the emptiness of the soul and the forsakenness of God. We should never loose perspective on just how much Jesus suffered for our sake.

Bible Passage: John 19: 16b-30

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Here Is Your Mother

Posted 18 March 2015, 9:03 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "...he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.'" Ordinarily these words may not move us to see huge significance in them. Had they been spoken by anyone else in history we may scarcely know about them. Since, however, they are some of the final words uttered by the Son of God as he is dying on the cross we have scores to gain by pausing to reflect what it means for us. On Sunday morning we'll discover how much guidance, beauty and hope resides in these few words spoken by a loving Son to his mother. Please join us.

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 5:16; John 19:17-27

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



5pm service: Today you will be with me

Posted 11 March 2015, 9:57 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As Jesus hung on the cross we are listening in on a conversation between three dying men. It is amazing to see how one those hung beside Jesus changes. He has watched the way Jesus conducted himself on the cross and was convicted of his own sin and guilt. He understands who Jesus is and blurts out a request, ‘Remember me when you come into your kingdom’. Jesus responds with, ‘Today you will be with me in paradise’. This must be one of the most comforting phrases ever heard by a person. It is also an encouragement for us in that this thief on the cross could do nothing for himself except ask Jesus for help. He couldn’t lift a hand to bring about his own salvation (no good works) so he was reduced to asking. Jesus offered the gift of God’s grace and he took it.  It brings home the reality that, like the thief, we can do nothing to save ourselves. Like the thief, we simply need to ask for forgiveness and receive that wonderful gift of grace.

Bible Passage: Luke 23:26-43

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Forgive Them

Posted 11 March 2015, 9:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Quite often we remember people by what their last words on earth were. The final words a person speaks are important. With death closing in, the final words of a dying person are often an accurate reflection of what mattered most in the heart of that person. With this in mind, we will start a new preaching series on Sunday morning called Famous Last Words. From now until Easter we want to look at the final words Jesus spoke as he was being crucified. What do his final words tell us about who he was, why he came and what mattered most in the heart of Jesus? Please join us on Sunday morning as we start this journey together.

Bible Passage: Luke 23: 32-38

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm service: Cleaning

Posted 25 February 2015, 10:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Most of us have heard the saying "cleanliness is next to godliness". It may remind many of us of our disgruntled parents who said it over our untidy bedrooms as children or having heard it as the justification for the Saturday morning cleaning spree in the Christian household. Is it true though? Is being clean actually something that is connected to godliness? In terms of our preaching series on holy living, does cleanliness have anything to do with being holy and if so, how? Please join us Sunday evening as we unpack this question more.

Bible Passage: Genesis 1:15; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



9am service: Exercise

Posted 25 February 2015, 9:57 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

What do experts tell us makes for a healthy lifestyle today? Rest, good nutrition and exercise to name a few. The Bible also talks about the importance of all these things, making a connection between our faith and our physical and mental health. We believe that God wants us to be healthy and that part of our calling as Christians is to do whatever we can to promote healthy living in ourselves and others. It’s part of being good stewards of creation. With the huge emphasis today on improving our health and fitness today we will look at the idea of physical exercise in relation to our setting apart all of our lives for God and moving towards wholeness.

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Pastor: Jim de Witte


 



5pm service: Holy Eating

Posted 19 February 2015, 8:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last Sunday morning we kicked off a series on holiness and heard that it is God's wish for us to be holy in every area of our lives - to set apart everything for God's purposes. For many of us, however, this call boils down to the following question: what does it mean to be holy? When God says that to me, what does he mean? What are some key areas or activities I engage in every day of my life which I am invited to intentionally set apart for God's purposes? And once I discover what they are, what are some guidelines or ideas to help me set these apart for his purposes? On Sunday evening we'll reflect on one of these areas - what it means to set aside the way we eat for God's purposes. Please join us as we unpack this together.

Bible Passage: Genesis 1:29-30; 9:3; Luke 7:31-35

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Toward Wholeness: Sleep

Posted 19 February 2015, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We are opening up the building blocks that take us on the path toward wholeness, as was introduced to last week by Johann Eloff. This morning we are looking at sleep and its important place in developing holiness. We don’t often think of sleep this way but the Bible has quite a bit to say on the topic. We all know that sleep is never more appreciated than when it eludes us and it is not something we can store up for later.  We can also cheat on sleep for a while but eventually sleep catches up with us. The person who trusts in God needs to see sleep as a gift from Him. The Psalmist sums it up well saying, "for He grants sleep to those he loves.’ (Psalm 127:2). Sleep is a daily gift we receive from God. So how should we approach the concept of sleep and using that to honour God?

Bible Passage: Psalm 127:1-2

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Plans

Posted 12 February 2015, 9:49 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This subject of making plans is very relevant for us today, for we all make plans of one sort or another. Plans for college and jobs; Plans for relationships, marriage and family; Plans for holidays and retirement; Plans for our future. Making plans, in itself, is not wrong. In Paul’s letter he often made plans regarding his travels through the churches. In fact, making plans making plans (or setting goals) is a key to success in any venture we may undertake in life. But there is a "right" way to plan, and a "wrong" way; and James discusses both, which we will, look at tonight.

Bible Passage: James 4:13-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Walking with God

Posted 12 February 2015, 9:47 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 ‘Walking with God Towards Wholeness in Christ’

Today I invite you to join me, walking with God, aiming at lifestyle adjustment, towards wholeness in Christ!"

Bible Passages: Galatians 5:16,19, Galatians 3:26,29, Romans 12:1,2

Pastor: Johann Eloff




Funeral Service

Posted 4 February 2015, 10:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Friday 30th January, Jaap de Groot went to be with his Lord. The Funeral will be held on Tuesday 10th February.

The graveside service will be held:

10am at Redland Bay Cemetery

19-27 Gordon Road,

Redland Bay QLD

Followed by a Thanksgiving Service at:

11:30am at Redlands Christian Reformed Church

Cnr Sturgeon & Delancey sts

Ormiston Qld

 



5pm service: The Key is Humility

Posted 4 February 2015, 10:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

When you read through our text for the first time, it looks a bit like a puzzle and you wonder what’s going on. Why is James being so blunt and direct? How do the verses link together? What’s going on? What can we learn from these verses? We need to realize that James is writing to believers like you and me. Can you imagine that? Believers having quarrels and conflicts? Probably you can, without too much effort. We are not immune to things like wars, fights, desires, murder, greed, and coveting. James identifies two primary conflicts that cause this trouble in the church. First, we are at war with each other and second, at war with God. These conflicts are deeply interrelated and flow from the human heart. A heart affected by sin. The key to dealing with this conflict, internally and externally, is humility. this is highlighted by the phrase, ‘God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble’. 

Bible Passage: James 4:1-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Impress them

Posted 4 February 2015, 10:05 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"And so do you promise, in reliance on the Holy Spirit and with the help of the Christian community, to do all in your power to instruct your child in the Christian faith, cause him to be so instructed, and to lead him by your example into a life of Christian discipleship?" So many times this question was asked of parents and communities and it will be asked again on Sunday morning as we rejoice in the baptism of Oliver Black and Casper Rooskov. But what does it look like for us to do this in practice? As we remind ourselves of the meaning of baptism and consider God's words to his covenant community in Deuteronomy we'll find out on Sunday morning. 

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: God's Criteria

Posted 28 January 2015, 10:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This Sunday morning we have the privilege of installing new elders and deacons who will embark of a journey of helping to lead God's church. While many of us may be well familiar with this practice, many of us may indeed wonder: why does the church do this? What are these people supposed to do and what qualifies a person to help lead God's church (what is God looking out for in leaders)? On Sunday we hope to shed some light on these questions as we welcome these new leaders and look at what the Word of God has to say about leadership.

Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 3 

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



5pm service: Wisdom for Living

Posted 28 January 2015, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In 2015, Guinness World Recordsthe ultimate authority in record breaking achievements – celebrates the 60th anniversary of its first published edition and the creation of one of the world’s most successful and recognized brands. The idea for a book of records begins in the early 1950s when Sir Hugh Beaver (1890—1967), Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, has the idea for a Guinness promotion based on the idea of settling pub arguments and invites the twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to compile a book of facts and figures. What takes shape is a book that will go on to become an all-time best seller and the rest is history.  We have a far better best seller to help us to live harmoniously: the wisdom of God’s Word. James wants us to apply this godly wisdom to our personal lives and relationships. The conclusion that James comes up with is that ‘we are what we do’. Not ‘we are what our job title states about us’, or ‘we are what we own’, nor even ‘we are what we say we believe’. It is what we do that shows who we really are, and it is what we do that reveals the kind of wisdom that we operate with, the kind of understanding that we have. So let’s not be impressed with how well another person can speak. God is impressed only with how well we live what we believe and teach. James wants to help us understand this truth.

Bible Passage: James 3:13-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Talk Isn't Cheap

Posted 21 January 2015, 10:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Sticks and stones can break my bones but words cannot hurt me." As children some of us knew these words as the best defense against bullying taunts from the mean kids. The truth, however, is that they simply are not true. Words have immense power. They can hurt. This Sunday, as we pick up a next installment in a series on James, we'll discover how important taming the tongue is as well as how it is actually done. Please join us.  

Bible Passage: James 3:1-18

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzen



9am service: Redeemed!

Posted 21 January 2015, 9:57 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We don’t use the concept of redemption much anymore. But we need to understand redemption from the perspective of the story of Ruth, but also what that might mean for us today. So what does it mean to redeem? The dictionary says: ‘to gain or regain the possession of something in exchange for payment; or to pay the necessary money to clear a debt’. This is what Ruth and Naomi needed and this is where they hoped their scheming to attract Boaz’s attention would lead. This was because he was the one with the ability to redeem them as he was a close relative (Kinsman-redeemer) given that authority. But would he or someone else do it because the role included taking the widow Ruth to be his wife. If he did, he would redeem her from poverty and aloneness and shame. That’s what redemption is all about; ours under Jesus Christ contains much of the same concept of kinsman-redeemer. We can look and learn together.

Bible Passage: Ruth 4

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am Service: Under His Wings

Posted 14 January 2015, 10:03 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Ruth chapter 3 is intriguing to say the least. Naomi takes the initiative to find a husband for Ruth. But the strategy she comes up with is odd and risky. It's clear that this is Naomi's way of trying to get Boaz to marry Ruth. It is not clear why she should go about it like this. Why not just have a conversation with Boaz instead of this highly suggestive and risky midnight manoeuvre. Dress your best, sneak up on Boaz in the dark after a night of work and celebration. Everybody, including Ruth, must be, "And just where do you suppose that will lead?" To which Naomi gives the extraordinary answer in verse 4, "He will tell you what to do."  All of this was a risk to Ruth’s reputation, but she obviously thought it worth the risk. Perhaps she and Naomi were so sure of Boaz’s character that they knew it would all work out for the good. These verses are full of ambiguity, mystery, suspense and intrigue. What’s going on here, and what can we learn from it all? What can it possibly mean for us today?

Bible Passage: Ruth 3

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: God's Perfect Timing

Posted 7 January 2015, 10:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The right place at the right time. Coincidence? Chance? Good luck? The wrong place at the wrong time. Bad luck? Fate? Accidental? Is this how we look at the circumstances of our lives? Where is God in all of this. That was the question that plagued Naomi in chapter 1 as she wonders why she has been dealt such a hard life. Even then she missed the beauty of a daughter-in-law’s confession of faith and love for her. The chapter ends with the note that they arrived in time for the barley harvest. Now in chapter 2 Ruth ‘happens’ to be in the right place at the right time and in a ‘coincidence’ ends up under the protection and care of an extended family member. God has been there all along and it is amazing to see his perfect timing bringing more into the life of Naomi and Ruth than they could ever hope or wish for. If God does it in the lives of these ordinary people, what about in our lives? Let’s explore these ideas together on Sunday evening.

Bible Passage: Ruth 2

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Happiness or Rejoicing

Posted 7 January 2015, 10:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

At the time of writing the letter to the Philippians, Paul was being held in prison, though the letter does not say the location of his imprisonment.  It is thought that on this occassion he was imprisoned in Rome.  Paul was visited in prison by Epaphroditus, the Philippian church’s representative, to give Paul whatever help he needed, including a gift from the church.  Epaphroditus then most  likely carried the letter back to Philippi. Paul asked the Philippians not to be discouraged by his situation.  Rather, he was rejoicing that he had opportunity  to spread the gospel and enjoy good fellowship with the christians in Rome.  His letter is very up-beat!  It radiates with joy in the Lord which, in spite of his imprisonment, flows from his awareness of the presence of Jesus, his confidence that he is in Christ’s hands, his pleasure over the advancement of the gospel, and his single-minded desire to know Jesus.  As christians, we are to be joyful, even when things are going badly, even when we feel like complaining. Christ still reigns, and we still know him, so we can rejoice at all times.

Bible Passage: Philippians 1:1-11

Pastor: Bevan Burnes



5pm service: How Do We Look at Social Media?

Posted 2 January 2015, 9:30 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As Christians we are called to be "sober-minded and watchful" (1 Pet 5:8) when it comes to aspects of our day-to-day living. Have we done that when it comes to our social media usage? How do we evaluate it's influence on our lives and others? What are the benefits and the pit-falls of it? Join us Sunday night as we discuss this relevant topic!

Pastor: KJ Tromp

Join us for a sausage sizzle at 4:30pm.



9am service: God of the Ordinary

Posted 2 January 2015, 9:26 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As we step into the new year we may look around and wonder what the year will hold for us. We may just continue to go through the monotonous routine of life struggling to find meaning. We may be concerned about what lies ahead and wonder if Go really cares or if he even notices. When you look at your life what do you see? Is the glass half empty or half full? Over the next couple of weeks we will work through the story of Ruth, surely one of the loveliest love stories ever written, one Mills & Boon would be proud of. In it we will discover God at work through the most ordinary people and events. We will also discover God at work in the everyday ordinariness of our lives too. It will remind us that, whatever 2015 holds for us, God is with us.

Bible passage: Ruth 1

Pastor: Jim de Witte



Evening Services in January

Posted 31 December 2014, 9:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Just a reminder that during the month of January, the evening services will begin with a sausage sizzle or the likes at 4:30pm followed by the service. Please join us.



Jesse Tree devotion

Posted 21 December 2014, 10:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

December 25th

Three Wise Men

Jesus is our gift from God.

Verse of the day:

When they saw the star they were filled with joy.

Matthew 2:10

Bible reading:

Matthew 2:1-12

The Story:

A very bright star shone over the place where Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Three

very Wise Men, like kings, saw the star and were overjoyed because they knew

that the star was a sign from God that a new king had been born.

The Wise Men wanted to worship this new king, because they knew He was the

King of the Jews, God’s chosen people. “He must be very special,” they thought.

So they packed all of their things and some very special gifts for this new baby

King. They set out on a trip to find Him. They rode on their camels and followed

the bright star…just like we would follow a map. First, the star led the Wise Men to

Jerusalem. Jerusalem was an important city where a very mean king named Herod

lived. The Wise Men asked King Herod if he knew where the new baby king was

born. King Herod, full of jealously, was not happy to hear about the new king God

had sent. Herod wanted to be the only king. Herod told the three Wise Men to go

to Bethlehem, where the prophets had said a ruler would be born many years

before, and there they would find the new baby King. Herod secretly told the Wise

Men to find the baby, and come back and report to him exactly where he was born.

He was planning to hurt this new king.

The star rose in the sky above them, and led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. When

the star stopped, they found the place where the new king was, with his mother

Mary. The Wise Men learned that the new king was named Jesus. They were so

excited to meet Jesus that they fell on the ground and worshiped him singing songs

and saying thank you to God for sending this very special boy. Then, they gave

Jesus the gifts that they had brought for him--Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh… three

very special and important gifts for a very special and important child. The Wise

Men loved Jesus and wanted to make him feel very special, just like God loves us

so much that he gave us the gift of Jesus.

After meeting Jesus, while they were sleeping, the Wise Men had a dream from

God. In the dream, they were told on their journey home they should not go and

see the mean King Herod. They obeyed God and went a different way home.

Just like the Wise Men brought gifts to Jesus, we give

gifts at Christmas to the people we love. The greatest gift

of all though, is the Gift that God gives to us, the very

same gift that the Wise Men found all those years ago.

The same gift God promised since the creation of the

world, someone to save us. It is the gift of Jesus, a very

special child, a king, born so that we could be together

with God forever.

Discussion:

1. Who were the Wise Men looking for? Jesus.

2. How did the Wise Men find Jesus? They followed a star.

3. What did the Wise Men bring Jesus? Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

4. What is the gift that God gives to us? Jesus.

5. What are some gifts that you can give Jesus?

Prayer:

God, thank You for sending the baby Jesus as a special gift for me. Thank You for

the story of the Wise Men who loved Jesus and worshiped him as a special king.

Please help me to always look for Jesus, just like the Wise Men did, so that I can

know Jesus as my friend.

Worship:

Song: “We Three Kings of Orient Are” by John H. Hopkins

Song: “The First Noel” Traditional English Carol

Extended activity:

1. The Wise Men gave gifts and worship to baby Jesus…God, gave us the best

gift of all, his Son, Jesus. As a family discuss ways that each of you can give

gifts to others that do not cost any money. (example: the gift of obeying

your parents, being kind to someone hurting, etc.)

2. Give a gift to Jesus. As a family, pray and ask the Lord to help you find a

way to love others this holiday season. Make cookies and sing carols for the

friends at a nursing home; donate a toy for a child in need, feed the

homeless, donate to a favorite charity, or just help a friend or family member

in need without expecting anything in return.



Jesse Tree devotions 21-24 Dec

Posted 21 December 2014, 10:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

December 21st

Mary & Joseph

God is with us.

Verse of the day:

You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You

must name him Jesus.

Luke 1:31

All of this took place to bring about what the Lord had

said would happen. He had said through the prophet,

“The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth

to a son. And he will be called Immanuel.” The name

Immanuel means “God with us.”

Matthew 1:22-23

Bible reading:

Luke 1:26-38

Matthew 1:18-25

The Story:

The promise from God Almighty to HIS people was about to be fulfilled. How

would the LORD God come to His people? Would He come in the mighty wind, on a

bolt of lightning, or through the top of an exploding volcano? No! God chose to

bring Himself down to Earth and be born as a small, helpless baby. When no one

was looking, He came.

A young girl named Mary was engaged to marry a man named Joseph. Joseph

was one of King David’s descendants. One day, while Mary was at home, an angel

appeared. His name was Gabriel. Mary was afraid. But the angel said, “Greetings

Mary! Do not be afraid! God is very pleased with you. I have some wonderful

news. Mary, you are going to have a baby. He will be great and will be called the

Son of the Most High God. Just as God promised long ago, He will be a king like

David and His kingdom will never end. He’s the One you have been waiting for!

He’s the one to save God’s people from their sins. You must call him Jesus.”

This news was hard for Mary to believe! “How can this be true? It sounds

impossible!” she asked the angel. “Nothing is impossible for God,” Gabriel said.

Mary trusted God. “I am a servant of God. Whatever He wants me to do, I will

do.”

Just as the angel had said, a baby began growing in Mary’s belly. Some time

after, an angel appeared to Joseph while he was sleeping. The angel said, “Joseph,

take good care of Mary. She will give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

He will be from the throne of King David. He will save his people from their sins.”

Joseph woke up from his dream and he was filled with

wonder. Joseph most likely learned about God’s plan to

save His people. He might have known about the

promises of God, but probably never dreamed he would

be the earthly father of God’s son! “The child will be

called Immanuel, which means ‘God with us.’ He will be

the one to give us a new, clean heart. He is the one to

make a way to God, so we can be close to Him.”

Joseph could not wait.

God chose Mary and Joseph to be Jesus’ earthly

parents. The first Christmas Day was coming soon. The day Jesus Christ would be

born. The little baby who would grow into a man and lead us to God, the Father,

who loves us SO MUCH!

Discussion:

1.

How were Jesus’ earthly parents chosen? An angel appeared to them.

2.

What was the baby’s name? Jesus

3.

Jesus would also be called “Immanuel.” What does that mean? “God

with us"

Prayer:

God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to the earth in the form of a

baby, who grew up and showed me how to have life forever by believing in

Him. Thank you for loving me that much!

Worship:.

Song: “Emmanuel” by Chris Tomlin

Song: “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant

Extended activity:

Make an angel ornament. You will need an angel cookie cutter, Crayola Model

Magic clay in white, a straw, and ribbon (color of your choice). Have children

flatten clay into a pancake. Then use cookie cutter to cut as many angels as you

would like. Take straw and poke at top of angel to make a hole for ribbon. Let

angels dry completely. It may take them overnight to dry. Hang ribbon through

hole, and add them to your tree!

 

 

 

December 22

Journey to Bethlehem

Out of Bethlehem will come God's Rescuer

 

Verse of the Day:

So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancé, who was pregnant.    Luke 2:4-5

 

Bible Reading:

Luke 2

Micah 5:2

 

The Story:

Can you count how many people are in your family? Well, Caesar Augustus (who was in charge a long time ago) wanted to count all of the people living in the Roman world! Wow, that's a lot of people! So, Mary and Joseph took a trip to Bethlehem to be counted. God had already said this was going to happen. When the Israelites of old were waiting for God's rescuer, He told them, "One day, the city of Bethlehem is going to be important. Though the city is small, out of the city will come one who will be ruler of My people. The One I told you about in the days of Abraham. The One who will bring you all close to Me."

Now, they didn't have any cars, or motorcycles, or trains, or planes, or buses. Can you believe that? What they did have was a donkey! Hee-haw! So, since Mary's baby was soooo big in her belly, she got to ride on the donkey. Did you know this baby was Jesus? It was! Joseph helped her by walking beside her all the way to Bethlehem, about 80 miles! I bet that took a long time because donkeys are very s-l-o-w and that is very far! Have you ever ridden a donkey? Do you think it was a bumpy ride for Mary? Clip-clop-clip-clop-clip-clop

Mary and Joseph were very tired and so was the donkey. It was a starry night and they wanted to go night night. They found a hotel called an inn, but it was full of people sleeping already. The friendly innkeeper was sad he didn't have room for them, so he let them stay in his stable where the animals were sleeping, which is like a barn. Wouldn't that be fun to sleep with the animals? Have you ever slept beside a horse or a cow or a sheep?

 

Discussion:

  1. Why were Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem? (To be counted for the census)

  2. How did they get there? (They rode a donkey)

  3. How far was their trip? (80 miles)

  4. Where did they stay? (In a stable with animals)

     

    Prayer:

    God, thank you for teaching me the details of the past. Thank you for Mary and Joseph, their love for each other, and their love for Jesus as His earthly parents. Amen.

     

    Worship:

    Song: "O Little Town of Bethlehem" by Phillips Brooks

    Song: "No Room in Town"

    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/dovecot/SongPages/NoRoomInTown.htm

    Song: "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" by Edmund H. Sears

     

    Extended Activity:

  1. Guide Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem through a maze activity

    http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/cm35.html

     

  2.  Look up the map of Mary and Joseph's journey

    http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/israel-first-century.html

    3.  Mary goes to Bethlehem dot-to-dot (#1-41)

    http://www.calvary-kids-pages.com/pz202.html

    4.  Mary and Joseph colouring pages

    http://www.dltk-bible.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-bible.com/advent/4.gif

 

 

December 23nd

Christ is born in a manger

The Saviour is born!

Verse of the day:

So Joseph went also. He went from the town of

Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem,

the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he

belonged to the family line of David. He went there

with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She

was expecting a baby.

Luke2:4-5

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

Bible reading: Luke 1-2

The Story:

Can you count how many people are in your family? Caesar Augustus (who was in

charge a long time ago) wanted to count all of the people living in the Roman

world. That’s a lot of people! So, Mary and Joseph took a trip to Bethlehem to be

counted. God had already said this was going to happen. When God’s people of

old were waiting for God’s savior, He told them, “One day, the city of Bethlehem is

going to be important. Though the city is small, out of the city will come one who

will be ruler over my people. The One I told you about in the days of Abraham, the

One who will bring you all close to Me.”

Now, they didn’t have any cars, or motorcycles, or trains, or planes. What they

did have was a donkey. Hee-haw! Since Mary’s baby was big in her belly, she got

to ride on the donkey. Joseph helped her by walking beside her all the way to

Bethlehem. It was about 80 miles!

Mary and Joseph were very tired from their travels, and so was the donkey. It

was a starry night and they wanted to find a place to rest. They found a hotel

called an Inn, but it was full of people sleeping already. There was no room for

them so Mary and Joseph stayed in a stable. This is where the animals slept. It is

like a barn! Mary and Joseph settled into the old stable, thankful for a place to

rest.

That night, when all was still and quiet, Mary had her baby. God’s wonderful gift

had come to the world! The little baby that would change the world had finally

arrived. Mary swaddled him in cloths so he would be warm. Joseph and Mary filled

the animal’s feeding trough with soft hay and laid the baby in the manger.

Joseph and Mary named the boy Jesus. He is

“Emmanuel.” Emmanuel means “God is with us.” The

precious gift that God promised to rescue us from sin

was with us! He did not come as a mighty King in a

castle, or a strong warrior with a fierce sword, but as a

humble, helpless baby. God had kept His promise. He

sent Jesus…

The world would soon find out about Jesus. God had a wonderful plan for Him that

involves you and me too. God knew we needed someone to rescue us. Remember,

we were all born with the “strong feeling” to disobey God? Jesus was going to

make a way for us to be close to God again. Jesus would grow up and die for yours

and my sins. He was put on a cross and buried in a dark tomb. But three days

later He rose again! When He rose again, Jesus told the world that sin and death

would win no more! He was going to change our hearts to “want” to follow God.

We can have a new, clean heart that loves God and wants to obey Him. In Jesus,

you can be close to God and live forever with Him in heaven. A long time before

Jesus came, Isaiah said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the

government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Perfect Son of God,

welcome to our world.

Discussion:

1. What was the name of the baby who was born? Jesus/Emmanuel “God with

us.”

2. What was this baby going to do? Save the world

3. Who else is God’s child? Me! (Opportunity to share the gospel with your

kids!)

Prayer:

Dear God, Thank You for your Son. Thank You that you had a plan long ago that

came true in Jesus. Thank You that He saves me from my sin, and makes a way

for me to be close to You again. I love You, Amen.

Worship:

Song: “Away in a Manger”- Anonymous

Song: “Welcome to our World” by Chris Rice

Extended activity:

1. Take time to identify the members of a nativity scene. The manger scene by

Little People™ is a great one.

2. Act out the manger scene with family. Even create costumes from things

around the house for Joseph, Mary, baby, and any animals from the manger.

 

 

 

December 24th

God’s Big Announcement

Each one of us is very special to God.

Verse of the day:

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He

is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

Bible reading: Luke 2:8 – 20

The Story:

One night a long time ago, there was a group of shepherds sitting out in a field,

taking care of their sheep. That was their job. When the shepherds left for work

every day, they headed out to watch over sheep. Sheep seem like they would be

fluffy and sweet, but if you’ve ever been close to one, you would know that sheep

are actually kind of stinky – they’re really not fluffy and clean. So the shepherds

had a job taking care of a whole bunch of stinky sheep.

Being a shepherd was not a job that most people wanted. In fact, it was thought

of as one of the yuckiest jobs a person could have. Most people stayed away from

shepherds and weren’t very nice to them. They thought of shepherds as “lowly”

which means that they weren’t as good as everyone else. Did you know that God

does not think of anyone as “lowly”? Since God made each one of us, He loves us

and knows that every one of us is very special.

God had a really big surprise to share with people everywhere. His Son, Jesus,

had been born! That was really BIG news, and God wanted to make a big

announcement and let people know! If you had a big announcement, you might

call someone on the phone or have your parents send an email on the computer,

but God did something really special and sent an Angel to tell the good news. Many

people would expect the Angel to tell the President or the Kings the good news that

God’s Son, Jesus, had been born. But on that night long ago, God sent the Angel

to the shepherds sitting out in the field. The shepherds who were thought of as

“lowly” were the first people to hear God’s amazing news!

It was a really dark night, and the only light the shepherds had were the stars in

the sky and maybe a small lantern. All of a sudden, the sky was full of light, and

an Angel appeared! Can you imagine how scared the shepherds were? They had

never seen anything like it! The Angel knew that they were frightened and he told

them that there was no reason to be scared. He let them know that he had great

news from God! Then he told them that God’s Son, Jesus, had been born in David’s

City – Bethlehem – and that they could go find him. They would know it was the

baby Jesus, because the baby would be wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

After the Angel shared the news, the whole sky lit up with a choir of angels who

were singing and praising God and celebrating that the baby Jesus had been born!

The shepherds were very excited that God had shared this

news with them, and they wanted to go find Jesus. The Angel

had said that they would find Jesus in a manger in

Bethlehem. If you think about it, a manger is a strange place

to be born. It was probably in a place like a barn, surrounded by all of the animals

and didn’t smell very good. Most people would expect God’s Son to be born in a

palace or a really fancy hospital, not outside in a barn. The King of the world was

born in a “lowly” place. I bet because Jesus was born in a barn not a big castle,

anyone could find him and worship him – even the shepherds. They immediately

left the sheep and went in search of Jesus. After they found Him and worshiped

Him, they went and told everyone the whole story, so that all people could go

worship the baby Jesus.

Discussion:

1.

What are some jobs that people have today that might be “lowly” like the

shepherds’ job? These jobs do not mean they are any less than we are.

2.

The Angel shared God’s great news to the Shepherds while they were at

work. What are some normal things that we do every day where we might

experience God?

Prayer:

God, thank You for making all people special, even me! Thank You for sending

Jesus as the Savior for everyone and for sharing Your news with the shepherds.

Worship:

Song: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Cedarmont Kids

Song: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley

Song: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Phillips Brooks

Extended activity:

1.

Go outside once it is dark and look up into the sky. Imagine what it was like

for the shepherds to sit in a field with only the stars for light until the Angel

appeared.

2.

Use a brown lunch sack to make a sheep puppet. Glue on cotton balls for

the fur and use a black marker to draw the face. Put on a puppet show

about what the sheep might have been thinking when the Angel appeared. 



Christmas Day Service 9am

Posted 19 December 2014, 9:29 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Long lay the world in sin and error pining. 

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. 
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, 
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn (O Holy Night)." 

On Christmas day you are warmly invited to come and feel the 'worth of the soul' as we gather to rejoice in our gratitude for the birth of a new and glorious future which came in Jesus Christ.   



5pm service: Christmas Moratorium

Posted 19 December 2014, 9:28 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

There are so many attractive distractions in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  The Christmas and Advent period is a great season for many – but with so many distractions – like having to buy presents – having many parties – taking the kids to see Santa – sending greeting cards to all your family and friends – etc.  Do we still have time to focus on the real reason of Christmas – the birth of God’s son – the celebrations that happened some 2000 years ago?  Should we call for a moratorium on Christmas?  Join us on Sunday to find out.

Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:1-11 & Matthew 1:18-25

Leader: John Van Dijk

 



9am service: David and Bathsheba

Posted 19 December 2014, 9:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 In our small series leading up to Christmas we have looked at two women of the Bible so far: Tamar, a woman whose story reveals hope and Rahab whose story speaks of an unshakable faith in God. This Sunday we will look at another woman in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Her name is Bathsheba and her story is one which illustrates the grace of God like few others. Please join us. 

Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-17; 12:1-9

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



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