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29 November, 2022

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Don’t give up doing good.

Galatians: 6:9 ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.‘

It is our hope and prayer that this Christmas and New Year season has allowed time for us to pause and rest. We all get weary, particularly at the end of the year and it is timely for us all to rest and be refreshed in the Lord. (Isaiah 41:10) …’for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’

Whatever we do, let us do it as unto to the Lord Christ, it is He we are serving. Absolutely nothing we do goes unnoticed by our Heavenly Father.

As Christians we are encouraged to do good because God has called us to do good and not just a calling but He given us the ability to serve and help others. Now the new year is upon us may we be mindful and deliberate in our service, so that it is for God. Not only do we honour God in serving others we show Jesus to people, who are hurting and lost, in a very tangible way.

MCC seeks to serve all people of our community. When we say everyone is invited, we mean it. However, we can only serve our community in these appointed ways, if we do it together. Will you help us?

Your doing good could include giving an hour a week here on site. Your time may be more flexible and mean you can offer a few more hours or a day per week/fortnight/month.

We ask that today, you prayerfully consider where and how God wants you to show His love and light and in what capacity. We are all called to serve and do good for our God in response of our love for Him and His generosity, love and grace to us.

Where will you do good for Him this year?

MCC offers wonderful opportunities for you to fulfil your purpose in your joining others to serve, learn new skills, meet new people and share the joy of giving.

Key areas to consider:

· Side Gate Café—choice of front of house or behind the scenes—work to suit your skills

· Good Gear Shop—variety galore

· Sunday Morning Tea—a great way to get to know people, by sharing a cuppa

· Car Park—help welcome and protect

· Bus Driver—regular drivers licence needed

· Office Volunteer—admin skills? Let’s chat!

· Flower Power | Main Roster | MarionLIFE Plus more to explore...Book a time to come in and chat and let us help you find your place here at MCC in 2023!

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Devotion: Personal Evangelism

John 4: 1-26 recounts the time when Jesus went on a journey to Galilee and had to go through Samaria. Jesus sat down by the well and chatted with a woman who also came there. Now, despite their obvious social differences at the time, Jesus didn't hesitate to interact with her. He simply asked her a question. From there Jesus and the woman talked, and the conversation, like the well that they were sitting at, was deep and meaningful. Jesus revealed to her who He was, and her need for Him.

It simply started with a conversation.

Now Jesus wasn’t without his own challenges, He and his disciples needed to go to Galilee because of the Pharisees who weren’t at all happy with Jesus. So Jesus, could have easily thought to Himself I am tired and hungry, I can’t be bothered talking with another person at the moment. However, Jesus put people’s needs above all else. He is the Messiah, He is our Saviour and we as people need Him. People needed Him then and we all certainly need Him now.

So who are you going to start a conversation with? Are you going to put aside your own needs/challenges, social differences, or any other reason and simply tell people that you have Jesus in your life and would love to invite them to learn more?

Let’s be personal about our evangelism and simply share what God puts on our heart, just as Jesus did and still does. Let us share our hope and assurance in a God who holds the future and in whom we can rest and rely.

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Breakthrough

Last Sunday was one 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 was 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.

This year is our year of ‘Breakthrough’. Like most years it has been filled with plans and events—some were welcome, and some were not so. (Covid’s continuation being one of the not so welcome.) Throughout it all, it is wonderful to be able to recognise God’s hand over us and the journey we travel. We serve an amazing God. A God who is not surprised by setbacks and unprecedented times. It is like the account in Luke 5:1-11, of Peter and the other fishermen being told by Jesus to cast their nets again, even after a whole lot of catching nothing. Yet once they followed Jesus’ directions they were amazed to see the fish in their nets. Not just a few, but overflowing.

As we reflect, remember, and look forward, we know that despite change, God is for us and is willing to direct us if we simply listen and obey. God calls each one of us for who we are, not for what we have. In other words, God sees us, the person, not our shortcomings, failings, and weaknesses. He can do this because of Jesus, who stood in our place and paid the consequences of all our mistakes and failings (sins). God provided Jesus, His only Son to do for us that which we couldn’t do for ourselves; and He is still providing for all our needs. Like the nets overloaded with fish, God will supply and provide to a point of overflowing. God wants us to have a deep relationship with Him and experience His guidance and power. He is ready to break through the barriers, the doubts, the challenges, and give to us abundantly. But He also wants us to share that love and grace with others, so that they too can receive salvation, freedom, and overflowing blessings. Are you willing to step up and step out as God leads?

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