GracePoint Presbyterian Church - Burwood AM/PM
9th May 2021 - Burwood AM/PM Sunday Worship
GracePoint Burwood Sunday Worship 9.45AM & 4PM
Locations & Times
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  • Christ College Building
    1 Clarence St, Burwood NSW 2134, Australia
    Sunday 9:45 AM
  • St Paul's Anglican Building
    205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW 2134, Australia
    Sunday 4:00 PM
As we meet together each week, we recognise in the Call To Worship. God, through his word and Spirit, invites us into his presence and calls us into his life and mission.

Call to Worship
9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 57:9-11 (NIV11)

Father God, we are gathered together before you, not for what we can get out of worship, but for what we can give to you, O God, in worship. We acknowledge it is in giving that we receive. And so, we offer up to you the praise of our lips and the obedience of our lives. We offer up to you our whole being as living sacrifices, which is our reasonable worship. May every beat of our heart, every thought of our mind, every act of our will be pleasing and acceptable in your sight. In both word and deed may we give glory to you, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
The songs of invitation orients us to God. It turns our attention to see God as the one that forgives sins, who has compassion on the weary and calls all who are humble in heart to come to Him. Singing has always been a biblical expression of praise, adoration and worship. It is not a ‘warm up’ act before the ‘main event’ of a service. Rather, it is a true expression of praise, thanksgiving, and treasuring of God.

Song of Invitation
In Scripture, as people find themselves in God’s presence, they sense how far short they fall and become aware of their own guilt and shame. In the same way, we make a confession of sin, both as a community and also silently as individuals. In this, we remember that God is always ready, by his mercy and grace, to forgive us.

Confession Of Sin

All:
Lord God of justice and grace, you are of purer eyes than to look upon sin, we confess that we have all sinned and fallen short of your glory. We have not sought first your kingdom and righteousness. You have revealed your wonderful love to us in Christ and have offered us pardon and salvation in him; but we have turned away.

Have mercy on us, merciful Father. In your Son is our salvation, in your promise is our hope. Give us the Holy Spirit, and in the end receive us into glory, through Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, Amen.
Holy Scripture promises that ‘if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness’
(1 John 1:9)

Receiving Of Grace
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
Psalm 130:3-4 (NIV11)
Thanksgiving is a right and biblical response to God’s mercy and kindness. Gratitude springs forth from God’s grace.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Psalm 107:1-3 (NIV11)
Congregational Prayer is an opportunity for us as a church to pray with one voice. In prayer, we recognise our finitude and God’s sovereignty, and we confess our needs before our great God and King. God invites us to pray to him – to cast all of our burdens and anxieties upon him because he cares.

Congregational Prayer
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV11)
Catechisms teach us biblical and theological truths in the form of question and answer.

The New City Catechism Q.4
Q. How and why did God create us?
A. God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
The Bible teaches us that God saves us by his grace alone.

Sermon Outline

Grace Alone
Acts 15:1-21 – Justin Poon

Introduction
Conclusion

- Delight

- Defend

- Dine
After hearing the Word of God read and preached, it is appropriate for us to respond with praise and thanksgiving.

Songs of Response
The Lord’s Prayer is Jesus’ instruction to his disciples on how they ought to pray. Here, we discover what it is like to pray God-centred prayers. It teaches us that God is a personal and holy God (our Father…hallowed), he is coming back again (your kingdom come), he provides for all of our needs (daily bread…forgive us our sins…lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil), and that he is sovereign over all.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Benediction
Heavenly Father, be pleased to accept and bless all that we have offered to you in worship; and give us grace to show your praise not only with our lips, but in our lives, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NIV11)
Guided Reflection & Responding in Prayer
1. Spend a few moments right now reflecting on what we’ve just heard. Asking yourself: What is something that stood out to me?

2. Take a few moments to prayerfully reflect and write this down in a sentence or two.

3. Share what you've learnt with the people joining you online, and spend some time praying for each other.
1. For those who are new to our online Sunday Church, welcome and we’re glad you’re joining us! If you're new to our online church community or if you have questions, let us know at www.gracepoint.org.au/connect

At this time if you need prayer, we’d love to pray for you. Let us know at www.gracepoint.org.au/prayer

For more information about our church or livestream, you can visit our website at www.gracepoint.org.au

2. Partnering With Us. As a church community, your financial partnership with us in making Jesus known allows us to continue serving you and our city. Regular giving to support our ministry can be made by direct deposit to any of the following accounts:
Burwood 10:00am Church A/C
BSB: 032 000 Account No: 808 591
Burwood 4pm Church A/C
BSB: 032 000 Account No: 734 684
Lidcombe 9.45am Church A/C
BSB: 032 000 Account No: 405 418
Lidcombe 4pm Church A/C
BSB: 032 000 Account No: 734 676

If you'd like to give to our Global Missions or Building Funds, please contact Kiu Fei Chan (kiufei.chan@gmail.com ) prior to depositing into those specific accounts:
Gracepoint Global Mission Fund A/C
BSB: 032 000 Account No: 507 078
Gracepoint ‘From Generation To Generation’ Building Fund A/C
BSB:032 000 Account No: 734 692