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Sunday 27th August 2023 – Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

REFLECTION:

Who is Jesus for you? Maybe you believe that Jesus never existed – a fact

that has never been questioned by any ancient historian as far as I know.

Maybe you believe that Jesus did exist but that he was just a man, a prophet,

a spiritual guide or an example to follow. Maybe you believe, like Mahatma

Gandhi (1869-1948), that Jesus was “one of the greatest teachers humanity

has ever had.” Maybe you believe, like H. G. Wells (1866-1946), that “this

penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very centre of history...

the most dominant figure in all history.”

But of all the historians, spiritual leaders and philosophers of all times, it’s

probably Miley Cyrus who gets everyone to agree:

“You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded. So

forget Jesus. Stars died so you could live.” But what if Jesus was much

more than all that?

Much more than a prophet, much more than a spiritual guide, much more

than an example to follow, much more than a great teacher, much more than

the most dominant figure in all history even? What if Jesus was... God

himself, God in the flesh? What if our eternal destiny depended upon who

we think this man is? That's what we're going to see this morning in

Matthew 16:13-20, a passage in which Peter reveals Jesus's identity (v. 13-

16) and in which Jesus reveals Peter's identity (v. 17-20).





HYMNS

TIS 125 The God of Abraham praise

MP 583 Safe in the show of the Lord

MP 181 God forgave my sin

TIS 106 Now thank we all our God



MISSION MOMENTS

This is a reminder if you have a mission box to please bring it over the next

couple of weeks. Thank you for your contributions to the Missions.



DISCIPLESHIP EXPLORED STARTING ON THE 30TH OF AUGUST

The word “disciple” means “follower” or “learner.” A disciple of Jesus isn’t

some kind of super-Christian. In fact, Jesus assumes that all of his followers

are disciples. Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be exploring a letter written

to some of the earliest Christian disciples by one of the earliest Christian

leaders: Paul. He was in chains at the time, guarded day and night by a

Roman soldier – and yet, as he keeps telling them, he’s overflowing with

joy. We’ll discover why every Wednesday (7:30-9pm) in the Fellowship

Room from the 30th of August.



INTERACTIVE SESSIONS ON FORGIVENESS

Join us for a series of interactive sessions on forgiveness on Wednesday

nights 7:30-9pm, in the fellowship room.



CHURCH FLOWERS/ MEMORIAL FLOWERS

Naomi Kevin, with the help of Glenda Parrish, is now looking

after the flower arrangements in church. Parishioners wishing to

organise flowers in memory of someone please contact

Naomi. Mob: 0449 179 115





MEMORIAL FLOWERS

The flowers in church today have been given in loving memory of Claire MacLean by her husband Alan. Always missed and remembered with much love.






READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY

3rd September – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 3.1-15; Psalm 105.1-6, 23-26; Romans 12.9-218; Matthew 16. 21-28



LAWN MOWING ROSTER

25th August Samoan Congregation

1st September Rusty



This week we continue to pray for

Mike; Mark; Clovis; Rose; Eva; Cecil; Stanley; Nigel; Russell, Kevin; Joanne, Eve, Lynette, Danny, Esme, Michael, Charles, Edward, Tyrone, Gwen, Sylvia, Dr Nathan & Joan.




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