St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
21st November 2021(Morning) - The Beginning of Great Joy (Luke 1:1-25)
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  • St Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Surrey Hills
    650 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127, Australia
    Sunday 10:15 AM
Hymn 577 - Standing On The Promises
Bible Reading - Isaiah 40:1-11
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1. Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord 's hand double for all her sins.

3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the Lord ; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.

5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."

6 A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.

7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."

9 You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"

10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
Memory Text - John 3:35-36
The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.
Announcements
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1. Restrictions Lifted For Our 10.15am Service
It is with great excitement and welcome change from the government, that all restrictions have been lifted for our fully vaccinated service. It does mean that this coming Sunday, our morning service will be back to normal.
· Booking will not required for the Morning service.
· Children will join in with the parents in the church building before heading out for kids church after the kids talk
· Morning tea is back, so please stay for fellowship after the service
· Masks are not required, however you are free to wear a mask if you choose
· Please check-in and show your vaccination statues when you arrive
. Livestream of the 10:15am service will continue for those watching from home

2. Capacity Increased For Our 5pm Service
Our evening service, which is for anyone regardless of vaccination status will have an increased capacity from 30 in each building to 50 people in each building. This is also a welcome change and will allow our evening service to cater for even more people.
· Booking is still required from our website
· Please check-in when you arrive
· Masks are still required indoors

3. Connect And Coffee - 10am Wed 24th Nov
All seniors, retirees and others who are free this next Wednesday morning are warmly invited to join us for a chance to reconnect with friends and be encouraged over morning tea. Feel free to invite friends also. RSVP to Malini by Sunday would be appreciated for catering. Given the current restrictions, to maximise the number of attendees this event is for fully vaccinated people. Attendees are kindly requested to bring proof of vaccination.

4. Prayer And Praise Evening - 7.30pm Thu 25th Nov
Join with us to praise our Lord and to spend time together in prayer for the matters of our world, our church and our lives. This is one of the joyous ways we can expressed our delight in God and show our humble dependence upon Him. This is a fully vaccinated event, but we will stream the evening for those who cannot make it.

5. Kids Church Info Session - Calling For Interest - 7.30pm Tue 30th Nov
Our kids church ministry is one of the vital ministries of our church. We are very thankful to God for the children He brings along, for the parents who disciple their children and for the teachers who teach and love all our little ones. In preparation for 2022, we are putting the call out for any of you who are interested in joining the team and serving our children. Come along to our info session. If you would like more information, please speak to Ian Jones.

6. Help With The Carer's Team
The Carer’s Team has been providing practical care for our church family and is now looking for more people to join the team. Areas of assistance required are occasional practical gardening and maintenance needs for those in our church who require this assistance and help at the monthly Connect and Coffee mornings. If you are able to help with these, please contact Malini.

7. Lecture On The Gospel Of Luke
If you missed our on the lecture on Luke by our resident theologian Doug McComiskey, you can download the notes and listen to the lecture from our church’s linktree.

8. Women's Christmas Event
Join us for a special skincare workshop! We'll create lip balm and a moisturising cream using natural ingredients. Perfect for gifts or to keep for yourself. We'll also be hearing from the Bible about Christmas and enjoying a light supper together. Suitable for women of all ages and high-school aged girls.

Date: Saturday 4 December 2021 7:00PM - 9:30PM
Place: Church Hall
Cost: $25/person
Book: via Linktree below
This event is for fully vaccinated people.

9. Encouragement To Join A Growth Group
One of the best ways to enjoy the blessings of Christian fellowship in our church is to be part of a Growth Group. It is especially true with our current lockdown situation, where our Growth Groups are still able to meet weekly to pray, study God’s Word and share our lives. If you would like to join one, you can let us know by filling in the online form in our church website or Linktree.

10. LinkTree
This is a site for you to bookmark, it will contain all the links to our current and upcoming events, booking for church services, and Zoom links for the ministries of our church, such as our weekly prayer meetings, and online services. http://linktr.ee/surrhillspc

11. Weekly activities
a. Easy English Classes - contact Jennie Jones
b. Mainly Music - Thurs 10:30am - contact Dawn Millsteed
c. YOSHi - Fri 7:30pm - contact Oli Blythe
d. Kids Church - Sunday 10:15am - contact Ian Jones
e. Prayer Meeting - Sun 9am via Zoom Link is in the Linktree.
g. Growth Groups - various times - register to our church website.

12. Connect With Us
New here? We would love to get to know you and be able to welcome you further. To help us out, we encourage you to fill out our connections form (tinyurl.com/shpvisitor) and we’ll be in touch soon.

13. Offering
It is important that we continue to be generous with all that God has given us. This time calls for generosity with our neighbours, those in need, and we want to continue to be generous towards the work of the gospel. If you are not already giving electronically, you can find the details below.
Hymn 574 - Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!
Bible Reading: Luke 1:1-25
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1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,

2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.

3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.

6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.

7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.

8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.

13 But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.

14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.

17And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

18 Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."

19 The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.

22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.

24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.

25 "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people."
Sermon - The Beginning of Great Joy (Luke 1:1-25)
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Good News Of Great Joy
2. The certainty of things (1:1-4)
4. The promise of hope (1:8-22)
5. The promise fulfilled (1:23-25)
Song - Let The Nations Be Glad
For those who are new to St Stephen's, welcome and we’re glad you’re joining us!

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