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Cards for the isolated

Made by children from St Mark's

As you know there are some of our community who have been isolated recently. To brighten their day and make them feel that they are not forgotten, special cards were handmade by some of our children who wanted people to know that they were not alone. These colourful and creative cards included special messages of encouragement and hope.

The look on the faces of the people that these cards were given to expressed joy and delight, along with the comment - "This is just wonderful".

Preparing for a return to public gatherings

 

When we return fully to public worship, we will need to have the contact details of everyone who attends. Members and regular worshippers are requested to fill out their updated details in the form linked below. This will not only update our records, but also mean that you can just tick a box when you return to worship, rather than writing out your contact details each time you attend.

 

This form collects general household information and then asks you to fill in details for each person in the household.

A WORD FROM OUR CONGREGATION'S CHAIR

On behalf of the St Marks Church Council and Admin team I wish to thank all members,

for their encouragement to our  Pastors, Delia, Annette and others in the ministry team.

Your financial generosity via the internet.

Your continued prayers on behalf of St Marks community.

Your mutual support of each other in various ways.

Please bear in mind St Marks Early Learning Centre is continuing to operate and needs prayer support.

Miriam needs prayer support as she seeks ways to touch families via online Mainly Music activities.

Please remember school Chappies especially across the road as schools recommence  to capacity.

 

The return to full worship is sometime away yet and will be in a format not entirely the same  as when we stopped so that common sense, LCA/LCAQD  and government advice can be implemented.

The congregational half year meeting will happen when circumstances allow that to happen.

In particular on your behalf I thank our Pastors Matt and Charlie for their service during this most challenging and exhausting time.

We are blessed. 

Mark Butler

St Mark's Chair

THE LUTHERAN magazine

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COVIDSafe app


COVIDSafe was developed by the Australian Government to help keep the community safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). Together, let’s help stop the spread and keep ourselves and each other healthy. Users can voluntarily download the app from the

Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/covidsafe/id1509242894 

or Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covidsafe

Know someone who is isolated,

unable to connect via the internet, in need of Encouragement? The Lutheran Magazine

is offering SHORT TERM GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS 

Please contact the St Mark's office if you would like to sponsor someone at this stage.

Chappy Ali

Supporting SCHOOL FAMILIES

Share the love of Jesus and help Chappy Ali support the families of our school, Mt Gravatt East, by donating to food hampers and gift vouchers. Donations of long life items such as tinned foods, pastas, sauces/pasta sauces, muesli bars, spreads, long life milk, biscuits, etc. or gift vouchers ($20 suggested) from Coles and Woolworths

can be dropped off at the church office.

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION GIVING

(TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

Queensland Lutheran Giving has a fund that takes tax deductible donations for religious instruction in government schools.

Go to https://donation.lca.org.au/project?id=P24014

and put "for Mt Gravatt" in the comments section

The email receipt they send in return is sufficient to claim the tax deduction.

Preparation

 

This link will take you to a YouTube playlist which has all the videos for this service in order. 2020-05-17 Easter 6A St Mark's Worship. Then you can pause or skip forward and back in the list as you like. Let us know if you find this helpful or not ([email protected]).

 

Just in case the link doesn’t work the playlist is at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV6DjRpskI8OeAWdkH0wxEIFzuhV-Pvw6

 

We begin

 

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor,

 

the Spirit of truth to be with you forever. Alleluia!  

 

In the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Amen.

 

Confession and Declaration of Grace

 

Let us draw near to God our Father with a true heart to confess our sins, and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.

 

Almighty God, our maker and redeemer,
we confess to you that by nature we are sinful and unclean,
and that we have sinned against you by thought, word, and deed.
Therefore, we flee for refuge to your infinite mercy
and plead for your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy on us, and has given his only Son to die for us, and for his sake forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in his name he has given the right to become children of God, and has given them his Holy Spirit. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved. Grant this, Lord, to us all.

 

Amen.

 

Hymn: Christ Is Alive 

 

CCLI Song # 2572655
Brian Arthur Wren
© 1975 Hope Publishing Company
Used by permission. CCLI Licence # 113439

 

Lyrics, music and vocals at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD8pxDgTZZU

 

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
His cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
His love in death shall never die.

 

Chris is alive! No longer bound
To distant years in Palestine,
He comes to claim the here and now
And dwell in every place and time.

 

Not throned afar, remotely high,
Untouched, unmoved by human pains,
But daily, in the midst of life,
Our Savior in the Godhead reigns.

 

In every insult, rift, and war,
Where color, scorn, or wealth divide,
He suffers still, yet loves the more,
And lives, though ever crucified.

 

Christ is alive, and comes to bring
Good news to this and every age,
Till earth and all creation ring
With joy, with justice, love and praise.

 

Song: Jesus is Alive

 

CCLI Song # 7121850 James Tealy | Jaywan Maxwell | Jesse Reeves | Michael Farren | Niki Shepherd | Tiarne Tranter
© 2018 BEC Worship (Admin. by CopyCare Pacific Pty. Ltd.)
My Eleiht Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) WriterWrong (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
CityAlight Music (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia) Farren Love And War Publishing (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia) Integrity's Alleluia! Music (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia) Used by permission. CCLI Licence # 113439

 

Lyrics, music and vocals at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-70IOsdU7I&feature=youtu.be

 

Verse 1
There is now a hope that lasts beyond our days
For the One that once was buried lives again
Now the tomb is bare and empty
And the stone is rolled away
Praise the risen One who overcame the grave

 

Verse 2
All you broken hearted all you worn and weak
Come find living water everlasting streams
To the wandering spirit
Lost and searching wanting something more
Find the risen King who overcomes the world

 

Chorus
Let there be dancing in the darkness
And let our song break through the night
Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive

 

Verse 3
No more condemnation no more doubt and fear
For our sin and shame they have no power here
In His resurrection
Perfect love has set the captives free
Praise the risen King who stands in victory

 

Chorus x2
Let there be dancing in the darkness
And let our song break through the night
Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive

 

Bridge
Hallelujah death is undone
Hallelujah Jesus has won
Hallelujah we overcome
Oh in Jesus oh in Jesus

 

(X3)

 

Chorus
Let there be dancing in the darkness
And let our song break through the night
Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive
(X2)

 

Tag
Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive

 

We Prepare to Hear God’s Word

 

Let us pray …

 

Almighty and merciful God,
you send your Holy Spirit
to be the light and life of all your people.
Open our hearts to receive his riches,
so that we may produce the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace.

 

We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Bible Readings

 

You can hear the Epistle and Gospel readings lessons, with words on screen at This Week's Readings or  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV6DjRpskI8PwKR-SCid2stDbJvLKkaOf

OR you may read all the readings in your own bible, or at the links below.

Acts 17:22-31 Paul in Athens
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22 Suffering for doing right

 

After the reading(s):

 

This is the word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

John 14:15-21 The promise of the Holy Spirit

 

After the gospel:

 

This is the gospel of the Lord.

 

Praise be to you, O Christ.

 

Activity & Reflection

 

Have you helped someone else this week? What did you help them with?  Who can think of some ways we can help others this week? Get a piece of paper and a pencil. Trace your hand.  In each finger (or around your handprint) write some ways you want to help your family or other people this week.

 

Jesus calls the Holy Spirit our helper.  What does the Holy Spirit help us to do?
Then think of one person to pray for this week and put their name on your paper too. Pray that God will fill them with the Holy Spirit to have faith.

 

PRAYER: Jesus, you are Lord of our hearts, help us to be gentle and respectful of others so they see you alive in us. Amen.

 

Hymn Through all the changing scenes of life

 

Public Domain. (LHS  443)
Nahum Tate (1652-1715) and Nicholas Brady (1650-1726)
in ‘New Version’, 1696

 

Lyrics, music and vocals at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVJxhapcj6o

 

1 Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.

 

2 Of His deliverance I will boast,
Till all that are distressed
From my example comfort take,
And charm their griefs to rest.

 

3 O magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt His name:
When in distress to Him I called,
He to my rescue came.

 

4 The hosts of God encamp around
The dwellings of the just;
Deliverance He affords to all
Who on His succour trust.

 

5 O make but trial of His love;
Experience will decide
How blest are they, and only they,
Who in His truth confide.

 

6 Fear Him, ye saints, and you will then
Have nothing else to fear:
Make you His service your delight,
Your wants shall be His care.

 

Song: This Kingdom

 

CCLI Song # 1650898
Geoff Bullock
© 1995 Geoff Bullock Music (Admin. by CopyCare Pacific Pty. Ltd.)
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI Licence # 113439

Follow the lyrics below, Music and vocals at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9ItmbUrA0Y

 

Verse 1
Jesus God's righteousness revealed
The Son of Man the Son of God
His kingdom comes
Jesus redemption's sacrifice
Now glorified now justified
His kingdom comes

 

Chorus
And this kingdom will know no end
And its glory shall know no bounds
For the majesty and power
Of this kingdom's King has come
And this kingdom's reign
And this kingdom's rule
And this kingdom's power and authority
Jesus God's righteousness revealed

 

Verse 2
Jesus the expression of God's love
The grace of God the Word of God
Revealed to us
Jesus God's holiness displayed
Now glorified now justified
His kingdom comes

 

Chorus (X2)
And this kingdom will know no end
And its glory shall know no bounds
For the majesty and power
Of this kingdom's King has come
And this kingdom's reign
And this kingdom's rule
And this kingdom's power and authority
Jesus God's righteousness revealed

 

Jesus God's righteousness revealed
Jesus God's righteousness revealed

 

Song: Your Will Be Done

 

 A new song, including themes from the Lord's Prayer; encouragement in these trying times

 

CCLI Song no. 7149566
Words and music by Jonny Robinson and Rich Thompson
© CityAlight Music (Admin SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia)
Used by permission. CCLI Licence # 113439

 

Lyrics, music, and vocals at https://youtu.be/8nLXXephYRI

 

Your will be done, my God and Father
As in heaven, so on earth
My heart is drawn to self-exalting
Help me seek Your kingdom first
As Jesus walked, so I shall walk
Held by Your same unchanging love
Be still my soul, O lift your voice and pray:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done.’

 

How in that Garden he persisted
I may never fully know
The fearful weight of true obedience
It was held by him alone
What wondrous faith, to bear that cross!
To bear my sin, what wondrous love!
My hope was sure, when there my Saviour prayed:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done.’

 

When I am lost, when I am broken
In the night of fear and doubt
Still I will trust in my good Father
Yes, to one great King I bow!
As Jesus rose, so I shall rise
In ransomed glory at the throne
My heart restored
With all your saints I sing:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done!’

 

As we go forth, our God and Father
Lead us daily in the fight
That all the world might see Your glory
And Your Name be lifted high
And in this Name we overcome
For You shall see us safely home
Now as your church, we lift our voice and pray:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done!’

 

And in this Name we overcome
For You shall see us safely home
Now as your church, we lift our voice and pray:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done!’

 

‘Father, not my will but Yours be done!’ (X2)

 

Sermon

The sermon for today can be found at This Week's Sermon

Walk My Way is now Walk Your Way

Through ALWS, it costs just $26 per year to support a refugee child to go to school.

The aim is to support 10,000 children through Walk Your Way.

Walk Your Way in the weeks ahead on your own, or with a household member, observing social distancing and the latest government health advice. You can do Walk Your Way when and where it suits you best.

You can register to take part, sponsor a walker, donate, or do all three. Together, we can still step out and bring love to life.

https://walkmyway.org.au/

garden competition

Categories include most improved (provide a before and after photo), best vegetable patch, best decorated pot plant, best small garden (fairy gardens included), and best overall.

If you're keen to get involved, please enter by clicking the button below and sending us your details (name, phone number, address, category entering).

THE PASTOR'S PARSLEY

"I laughed, I cried. It had everything." 

Check out the story at https://youtu.be/aHKIeBNHZrY 

GIVING AT ST MARK'S

Good news, but the need continues.

Thank you to those people who have made alternative arrangements for their giving in this time. We are really pleased that giving has held up so well.

We have however had an understandable but significant drop in the offerings. If you have not yet decided how you can continue your offerings in this time, please head to our "Give" page and prayerfully consider it. (The link is in the header above.) 

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