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CORE VALUES – VITAL SIGNS OF A DISCIPLE

by on May.31, 2013, under Church Life

This Sunday, we commence a new series titled, VITAL SIGNS.

Vital Signs logo St Paul’s is a church that is all about bringing people to Jesus, building people up in Jesus, and sending people out for Jesus.

But what are we building? Under God, disciples of Jesus who know and show 6 signs of life:

 

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These core values will be unpacked over the next 6 week’s and we are praying that they will become a part of our DNA. Stay tuned…

What are the core values of YOUR Church?

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 26 MAY 2013

by on May.27, 2013, under Worship

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MAY MISSION:

THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY

 

Below is the setlists at spch for 26 May 2013:

 

10am:

1. Run (Hillsong)

2. Saving One (Starfield)

3. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

4. When I Survey (Tim Hughes)

5/7pm:

1. Hosanna (Hillsong)

2. Overcome (spch)

3. When I Survey (Tim Hughes)

4. Man Of Sorrows (Hillsong)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-253/

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SONGWRITING AT ST PAUL’S: MINISTRY UPDATE

by on May.22, 2013, under Worship

Congregational singing is such a powerful expression of our worship. I love singing on my own, but something special happens when the body of Christ gathers and praises God together.

The way the teams lead us each weekend is inspirational. I see such passion and a genuine desire to point people toward the risen Jesus. God is building His church and I am truly thankful for the way that He is using the Creative team at spch.

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An area that is flourishing at the moment is songwriting. Since Rich Thompson and Jonny Robinson joined the staff team (part time), a number of systems and improvements have been made such as:

1. A discussion paper distributed on the need for ‘clarity in songwriting’

2. A new process for the submission of original songs

3. An improved process for arranging and then creating high quality demo’s of new songs

4. An increase in the number of songwriters

5. More consistent training and mentoring of songwriters

All this in 3 months! I cannot tell you how much I value the contribution that both Rich and Jonny are making. And it’s so wonderful to see writers such as Gil Corr, James Ferguson, Jess Murray, Niki Shepherd, Nate Singh (and others) grow as creatives, eager to share their gifts with the church.

It is essential that the songs we sing are Christ-centred and under God, we are already seeing some incredible fruit.  Songs such as ‘Praise The Saviour’, ‘All To See’ and ‘Oh The Mighty Hand’ are such a blessing to the congregations.  God willing, these songs (and the many others that are coming through) will be a resource for the wider church community.

The plan is to record a live EP of congregational songs in October this year. Rich Vassallo (Production Minister) is invaluable to us as Production Minister at church. His skill and experience will be particularly helpful during pre, recording and post production of the album project.

A new artist name for spch Music, as well as a publisher name for St Paul’s Resources will be also launched, so stay tuned music lovers!!!

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”

Psalm 150:6

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 19 MAY 2013

by on May.20, 2013, under Worship

Crux

MAY MISSION:

THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY

 

Below is the setlists at spch for 19 May 2013:

 

10am:

1. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

2. Conquered It All (spch)

3. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

4. Jesus Paid It All (Stanfill)

5/7pm:

1. Breaking Out (spch)

2. Our Hope (spch)

3. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

4. I Have Decided To Follow Jesus (Traditional)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-252/

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 12 MAY 2013

by on May.13, 2013, under Worship

Crux

MAY MISSION:

THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Below is the setlists at spch for 12 May 2013:

 

10am:

1. We Cry Out (Jesus Culture)

2. 10,000 Reasons (Redman)

3. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

4. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

5/7pm:

1. Our God (Tomlin)

2. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

3. I Have Decided To Follow Jesus (Traditional)

4. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-251/

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GIVE GENEROUSLY: TIME TALENTS TREASURES

by on May.08, 2013, under Church Life

The concept of giving is found all throughout the bible:

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

Deutoronomy 15:10

 

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:41-44

 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

 

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God is calling each of us to be generous with our time, talents and treasures. Our heavenly Father has set the ultimate example of sacrificial giving, so how can we not be generous in return? I mean, we only have things because God has graciously given them to us, so let’s be faithful stewards of all that we have.

I love this quote from John Wesley:

“Earn all you can; save all you can; give all you can.”

 

Below are 3 thought provoking videos on the topic:

 

So, how should the topic of giving be addressed in churches? Why are we so reluctant to talk about money and the purpose of taking up the offertory in our church services? Jesus wasn’t.

CommunicateJesus has a helpful blog post, Why Don’t Churchws Talk About Giving?

Join the conversation. Your comments are most welcome.

 

 

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 5 MAY 2013

by on May.06, 2013, under Worship

Crux

MAY MISSION:

THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY

 

Below is the setlists at spch for 5 May 2013:

 

10am:

1. Praise Him (Hillsong)

2. Holy (spch)

3. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

4. Lead Me To The Cross (Hillsong)

5/7pm:

1. God One & Only (Hillsong)

2. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

3. So Merciful (spch)

4. Lead Me To The Cross (Hillsong)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-250/

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TOWARDS BELIEF – TV PROGRAM

by on May.02, 2013, under Church Life

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Towards Belief is a TV/DVD series which brings together over 30 academics, apologists and Christian leaders from around the world to create a unique resource.

Karl Faase and the crew from Olive Tree Media have done a great job from what I have seen so far. Engaging topics include:

* Church Abuse

* Religious Violence

* Homosexuality

The 10 part series is due out soon! Check out the Towards Belief website for all the details.

 

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