25 November, 2021

Changes - Church on-line to be discontinued

On Sunday 28 November 2021, the last recorded On-line Church service will be released.

Church On-line was introduced in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, when the Garratt Street Centre was closed. We have been through seasons when we have operated with various degrees and risk, in line with ACT Health guidelines. Throughout this time, we have continued to offer services on-line and in-person so that people could chose the option where they felt at least risk.

We now believe that, with the very high levels of vaccination in the ACT, the high levels now being achieved throughout the nation and the eased restrictions, it is now reasonable to discontinue recording a full on-line service each week.

The on-line services are produced at high-cost to our worship team. Their weekly schedule has been: Tuesday rehearse music segment of the service (including new songs and arrangements) and record the entire service, Wednesday post-production of the complete service and publication to YouTube and the App, Sunday rehearse songs and the in-person service at the Garratt Street Centre. The team did this work willingly and to the glory of God and we thank them for it.

From 5 December 2021, we will return to our previous habit of many years of making a recording of the sermon available via our website. Changes will be that we make a video recording of the sermon segment of each week’s physical service and, after some post-production work rather than immediately after the service, publish this on YouTube. The recording will also be available via our App and Website.

As our App is part of the Church Central group, the sermon will also be available to any users of Church Central.

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22 November, 2021

For Where Your Treasure Is - Teaching Series - January 2022

Ps Ian Reid has prepared this teaching series to be delivered at the Garratt St Centre in January 2022.

Sunday January 2 Audience of One Matthew 6:1

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven [NIV]

Sunday January 9 Living the Giving Life Matthew 6:2-4

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. [NIV]

Sunday January 16 The Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:5-13

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.”

Sunday January 23 Forgiveness and Its Alternative Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. [NIV]

Sunday January 30 Good News for Worriers Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. [NIV]

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4 November, 2021

The Impact of faith on Australian Society commissioned by Olive Tree Media

In February 2021, Olive tree Media commissioned McCrindle to conduct demographic and quantitative research to understand the role of faith and religion in forming modern day Australia. The key objectives of this research are to:

- Explore current trends and attitudes of Australians about the role of faith and religion in society.

- Understand the role Christianity has played in the history of Australia

- Investigate how Christianity has impacted the values of Australians

- Understand Australians' perspectives of Christians and Christianity

This report is useful for churches as they plan for the future and includes many facts that invite smaller conversations. Here are a few conversation starters:

- Despite Builders being more likely to identify with Christianity than Gen Z, it is the younger generations who attend church (either in church or online) more regularly....This could highlight a decline in cultural Christianity as members of the emerging generations who identify with Christianity may be more likely to live out their faith.

- Australians who were born overseas are more likely to remain committed to the religion they were shaped in from their younger years than those born in Australia.

- Those who are born in Australia re more likely to be cool towards Christianity than those born overseas.

- Younger generations are more likely to consider National Sorry Day important to the identity of Australia. Whereas older Australians are more likely to consider Australia Day as extremely/very important to the identity of Australia. (National Sorry Day rated higher than Melbourne Cup Day as important occasions to the identify of Australia).

- Australians who are warm/neutral to Christianity are most attracted to the Christian faith by seeing first hand people live out a genuine faith.

- Males are more attracted than females to explore Christianity further by being exposed to the Bible and its teaching.

Open the PDF to read the full report.

Inclusion of the report has been approved by Olive Tree Media. Check out their website for more resources.

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