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Service Time: 9:30am
31st May 2020
Caring for one another
Please join us to pray together via zoom at 7:45pm Sunday nights (the zoom link is available in the weekly church update email and in our church Facebook group).
If you can’t make the call, please pray in your household at this time!
Here is a prayer guide put together by SIM to inform your prayers for our nation and the world at this time.
Gospel work is no less important in this time. In the absence of physical giving, here are our details.
Regular – BSB: 034 061 | Account: 222809
Mission Fund – BSB: 034 061 | Account: 287493
We live to enjoy and declare the wonders of God’s grace in Christ for the good of Brisbane, Australia and the world
Church Update (22nd May)
Right the way through this COVID-19 season we have been seeking to trust God, encourage one another and love others. How are you going with these things? Hopefully this update will help you in each of these.
Three things to communicate:
- What the changes to restrictions mean for us?
- Kids sermon worksheet
- 4C Update – Deacons initiative
What the changes to restrictions mean for us?
Most likely we are going to be continuing with our Sunday Zoom services at 9:30am and Sunday zoom prayer at 7:45pm for some time. However, with up to 10 people allowed in homes, we are now able to make some changes around how we gather for these times.
Meeting together and fellowship in person are important and wonderful aspects of being a part of a church family. Like me, I assume many of us have begun to deeply miss this. However, we want to follow completely the health recommendations as we gather, and also listen to our own consciences and risk profiles in this matter. Hence, I warmly call you to consider gathering with others (particularly in your Community Group) to worship God from this Sunday. Who can you gather with in person on Sunday?
A key part of fellowshipping together, can often be sharing a meal. Perhaps you could have brunch beforehand? Or lunch following? Some of us have been fasting on Sundays from the beginning of our service to the end of our prayer time, and I again call you to consider joining in with that and especially our prayers together each week.
Also, consider how you may be able to fellowship with one another to encourage each other during the week.
Kids Sermon Worksheet
It is a blessing to have a broad demographic joining us each Sunday. We do think this season is an opportunity for parents to encourage our kids to participate in the service. (I know this is very difficult). This Sunday we are trialling a Worksheet to accompany the sermon. It is aimed at 4-7 year old’s. However, 74 year old’s are welcome to use it also! I’ve attached it to this email and it will also be available in the kids resources section of the website. Watch the short video tutorial here!
Wow! Praise God. Christ Community Church Cares! We have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of God’s people. So many have given time and money to help meet the needs of our church family, and also to be a blessing to others.
Last Tuesday, we were able to provide multiple meals to 18 very thankful recipients. It was a joy to hear back from one of the young girls that we not only met her physical need, but also were able to be a part of helping her see her spiritual need to reconnect with God. Plans for coming weeks are to provide increasing number of meals and also hampers. A reminder of ways you can participate:
1) Can you please give generously to this cause? We have established a new COVID Relief account (BSB: 034-063 Account number: 412331). All funds received to this account will be distributed in aid of those in need.
2) Can you help with putting these hampers together and/or delivering meals/hampers on a Tuesday evening? If so, please let us know via this form?
With love and grace,
Many of you will know that Jenny and I (with our children) made the decision late last year to move towards exploring whether God is calling us to be a part of starting a L’Abri ministry here in Australia. To do this I need to step down from my pastoral responsibilities with Christ Community. Amidst the surreal events of recent weeks, that time has come. This week I wrapped up full time pastoral responsibilities for Christ Community.
- Ambassador Hour – This week’s Ambassador Hour (Monday night, 7:45-8:45 click here for more info) will be a time of encouragement and thinking together about how we can be active in sharing our faith while social distancing and self-isolating. Come along to hear stories, ideas, discover helpful resources and be inspired to pray for and share Christ with others in the weeks and months ahead. After all, “the word of God is not bound!“ (2 Tim. 2:9).
- Don’t Waste Your Isolation: Who better to give perspective, humour and encouragement than Brian and Jennifer Phillips. They’ll be joining us from their home in Alabama via zoom. There’ll be a short interview followed by Q&A. Wednesday, 8pm, 29th April. Click here for more details
- Sunday Services 9:30am: Let’s make sure every week we continue to gather together to sit at Jesus feet. Join Sunday Service at 9:30am on Sunday mornings using the zoom platform.
- Inviting others: Please invite your friends and neighbours to join us for our services. We are asking for people to register here, so that we can protect our online community and so that we can welcome and follow up our visitors well.
- Sunday Prayer 7:45pm: We pray each Sunday evening at 7:45pm for approximately 45 minutes. Use the zoom link!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” (1 Pet 1:3)
It was such a joy to celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday together last week, and to share our church services with so many new faces! Our Easter Sunday service may well be the highest attended service our church has ever held. Thanks for inviting your friends. Praise God for the way He is surely at work!!
Let’s be each praying for all those who joined us last weekend: “Father, thanks so much for these dear friends you have given us. Would they come to trust Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and fully appreciate the “living hope” that is ours through Him alone. Would they join with us to worship you every week Jesus. Amen.”
To assist us in caring for and welcoming visitors in the coming weeks, starting this Sunday, some of our Hospitality team will host a “Welcome Lounge” immediately after the service (while Community Groups are running). If you’d like more info on the “Welcome lounge” or what happens when your friend registers to join us online – you can find that out in this new doc we’ve made: Inviting a friend to church.
Over the next 3 Monday nights, we’ll be running “Ambassador Hour” sessions from 7:45 -8:45 (using this zoom link). These sessions will provide encouragement and an opportunity to think together on practical ways we can share our faith while in lockdown. Click here to see more details (including the topics that will be discussed each week). No need to register, just come along!
Sunday Service & Community Groups
Our Community Group times continue to be a place of encouragement and connection. If you haven’t yet had a chance to join a group, why not give it a try this week?
As usual, please join the Sunday service via zoom link by 9:25.
Thanks again for the generous steps people are already taking to meet needs that are arising amongst our church community and beyond. We have already been made aware of some significant needs in our midst due to loss of employment, and other needs in the community. There is such appreciation for the support that has been made available by the church family. Reminder that you can register help or needs via the forms on the Covid-19 page on the website, and you can always reach the deacons (Matt, Sam & Andrew) at Deacons@christcommunity.org.au
Finally, do keep an eye on our Covid-19 page on the website. Each week we are continuing to update it with information relating to Sunday services, helpful resources and more.
Grace and peace,
Hi Christ Community Church,
Dear Christ Community,
What a tremendous gift it is to be part of God’s family. What a tremendous gift it is to have been given a church family to share life with and be encouraged by at this time. Do you feel the same way? Are you hearing and seeing stories of how our church family is growing in these things? Of relationships in Community Groups building and deepening. Of acts of kindness and courage being undertaken within and beyond the groups. Of prayer being prioritised and pursued individually and together. Are you part of stories like these? May God continue to work among and through us in the coming days, weeks and months.
Sunday Service and Survey
We continue to learn how to gather together on Sunday. Please join us again via our zoom link by 9:25. We will again break into Community Groups for community and discussion after the service. We warmly encourage you to plan to stick around and participate in this time.
As you know, our online services are still a work in progress. We would love to know any suggestions you have. Feel free to fill out this survey.
This Sunday (Palm Sunday) marks the beginning of Holy week. On the back page of our last newsletter you will find some great suggestions for approaching Easter with Jesus. We particularly recommend the “Walking through Holy Week” guide. This guide has great suggestions for adults, kids and families that will help ready your heart and build expectation for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.
- Good Friday: We will remember Christ’s love and sacrifice with a worship service at 9:30am. Kids – we’ve had you in mind as we’ve planned this shorter than usual service. Join by the usual church zoom link above. Don’t forget to have some hot cross buns to eat afterwards!
- Easter Sunday – We will meet to worship and celebrate the glorious news that Jesus is risen at 9:30am. Again, we’ll use the usual church zoom link.
- Inviting others – Our Easter Sunday service will speak to the sure hope that is ours in Christ Jesus. And isn’t hope something our friends, our community, our world is in need of at present? Who do you know, who needs to hear of this hope? Invite your friends to register here to join us.
Thanks for the generous steps people are already taking to meet needs that are arising amongst our church community and beyond. Our hope is that Community Groups will become the primary means of identifying and meeting practical needs. Alongside these groups however, and to assist in coordinating help for what will likely be a growing number of needs over the coming weeks, the deacons have prepared 3 things that we’d ask you to take time to look at please:
- “Help needed” form – Please use the “Help needed” form if you need help, or you need assistance in helping someone else.
- “I can help” form – Please use the “I can help” form to let the Deacons know if you can help with any of the following: temporary accommodation, financial aid, grocery gift cards, delivery of groceries, transport, yard work, other. Already we have had requests for almost all of these.
- “How do we love our neighbours in a time like this?” This brief guide contains some initial ideas for how you can be praying for and practically loving others at this time. We’ll update this with new ideas and would welcome those you have.
You can always reach the deacons (Matt, Sam & Andrew) at Deacons@christcommunity.org.au
As Pete mentioned last week, we have put together a new page on our website for information relating to Sunday services, helpful resources and more. We’ll be updating it each week, so please check it out and refer to it regularly. You will find the service plan for this and future Sundays available on that site.
Grace and peace,
Dear Christ Community,
This past Sunday, in a new and very different way, God was worshipped around the world with households gathering to sing his praises, to pray and sit at Jesus’ feet as we heard His Word preached. Our little church family had hundreds of people from homes around Brisbane, Australia and the world enjoying and declaring God’s grace! (So, many in fact that we couldn’t all fit into our zoom connection – the good thing is it’s a lot easier to expand zoom than our church building, so we should all fit this Sunday)!
Trust the Lord
Do you know the phrase that is most frequently used in the Bible? It is the declaration of the steadfast love and faithfulness of the Lord. Psalm 86:15 reads, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” I know at this time many are anxious and worried. We are trying to make decisions and it feels like the ground keeps moving under our feet. The thing that is necessary, the good portion, that is lasting – is to sit at Jesus feet. To rest on the firm foundation of knowing the steadfast love of God. We must trust Him. He is faithful and nothing can separate us from His love.
Some things for your consideration
- Sunday Services 9:30am: Let’s make sure every week we continue to gather together to sit at Jesus feet. Join Sunday Service at 9:30am on Sunday mornings using the zoom platform. Register for Church on Zoom.
- Sunday Prayer 7:30pm: From this Sunday evening at 7:30pm we will begin weekly church prayer times. We will pray for approximately 45 minutes. Depending on numbers we will spend some of the time in breakout rooms of 5-8 connections.
- Inviting others: Please invite your friends and neighbours to join us for either the service or prayer times. We are asking for people to register here, so that we can figure out the most appropriate Community Group for them.
- Facebook group: One of the ways that we can connect and encourage each other more broadly is through our Facebook group. Please join if you haven’t already! (If you are already a part of the night service group, you’ll automatically be a part, but the morning noticeboard members will need to join)
- Website: We are putting in place a new page on the website (still under construction) where you’ll be able to access useful information such as:
- Coming Sunday Service Plans
- Kids ministry resources
- Prayer Points
- Church Communications
- Information about different whole church connection opportunities
- Opportunities to practically serve or to make needs known
- Community Groups: These groups have been formed quickly. The desire is that they will be able to be places of deeper relationship and care for one another. Please contact Karl if you would prefer to be in a different group. We tried our best to organise them with pre-existing relationships and also with a healthy mix of demographics.
- Survey: I mentioned that we’d have a survey for you to give feedback. In the end we’ve gone ahead and made a heap of adjustments, so think it’ll be more valuable to get feedback from you based on a couple of experiences. More on this to come.
Service Plan for Sunday
- Call to Worship
- Song: How Marvellous
- Song: He Died Upon the Cross
- Reading: Mark 2:23-3:6
- Sermon (Parents should have received an email from Felicity – let me know if you haven’t)
- Song: God is for us
- Community Group Time
Grace to you,
Dear Christ Community Church,
I’m so, so, thankful that God’s love is so wide and long and high and deep. Unfortunately, our houses aren’t that big. So, with the latest government announcement of each person needing to have 4m of space in inclosed areas we change plans again trusting that God establishes our steps. Thanks for your patience with us.
Let me again share some perspective… with some thoughts on Hebrews 10.
Since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:19-25
I’ve always read the words do not neglect to meet together with the assumption that we’d always be able to meet together. I mean, often we pray, thanks Lord that we can freely meet. But I’m not sure I ever thought in Australia that we wouldn’t be able to meet together. Sadly, due to very complex situation, we can no longer freely meet in person as a church family. This brings me to my knees.
Grace to you,
Dear Christ Community,
Again I’m sending this note to all on our mailing list (you can let me know if these emails are not relevant for you by emailing here). I am primarily addressing any who consider Christ Community to be your home church.
Right now an appropriate question many of us are asking is, ‘What is God doing?’ Many people have died and countless more are likely to die due to the COVID-19 virus. There is a whole lot of anxiety, concern, fear and confusion. Our lives are seemingly being turned upside down before our eyes. We might respond by questioning God and almost accusingly asking ‘What are you doing?’ Yet, none of what is going on surprises God. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His thoughts and His ways are higher than ours. We can trust God because He is trustworthy and He has demonstrated His love so clearly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. So, we can ask the question ‘what is God doing?’ with the expectation and trust that He is working according to His perfect will.
This perspective helps us to approach what is before us as an opportunity to actively trust God and love one another. As the church elders, deacons, staff and others have prayerfully discussed and planned towards the coming months we’ve tried to do so in dependence on God and seeking to love others. We want to reiterate that we want to be loving exemplary citizens. We can love people by actively seeking to follow the Queensland Health Guidelines. We also believe there will be wonderful opportunities before us to love and care for others in the coming months. Some opportunities before us could be:
Might God bring us closer to Him and others?
Some will have the opportunity to use skills in our work to sacrificially serve the greater good and demonstrate Christ’s love
For some of us to spend a lot of time in close proximity with one another and ‘do’ life together in families, households and small communities
Sacrificially loving our neighbours and sharing the peace, joy and hope we have in Christ
Space and time to consider life and how we are living it for God’s glory
Where possible and sensible, gathering together in community is a helpful and wonderful part of being a member of God’s family. Hebrews 10 reminds us that God is faithful and commends meeting together in order to stir up one another to love and good deeds, and to encourage one another.
I’m sending this note to all on our mailing list. However, I am primarily addressing any who consider Christ Community to be your home church.
This is regarding the unfolding situation around COVID-19. You have probably all had varied responses to this, from anxiety to calm, from seeking out every detail to enjoying ignorant bliss. As Christians, I think we can respond in two helpful ways.
Firstly, to trust God. We must trust His goodness and His power, and express this through prayer – for those around us, for our world, and for our own anxious hearts and health.
Secondly, we must seek to be loving exemplary citizens.
Whilst many of us don’t present within the ‘at-risk’ spectrum of people, we have a responsibility to abide by the guidance of the governing authorities. We can love people by actively seeking to follow the Queensland Health Guidelines. At this stage, those recommendations allow us to gather on Sundays and meet in smaller groups. We encourage you to continue to do just that, but ask everyone to take the appropriate hygiene measures set out by Queensland health including washing of hands and avoiding handshaking to avoid transmission.
So, at this stage, our church ministries and activities will continue as normal. We want to neither be over-cautious in fear nor over-zealous and foolish. With love and wisdom we will continue to meet, share the Gospel and love others, all the while remaining aware of, and following, the guidance of experts and governing authorities.
As would hopefully normally be the case, if you are sick (with flu or cold or other contagious sickness) please be wise and loving in limiting contact with others until you are well.
Things are unfolding quickly and we will continue to be watchful and stay updated for the sake of loving each other well in our community. We are making plans for how we can continue to enjoy and declare God’s grace should the advice of the government change and will communicate these should the need arise.
If you have any prayer requests, concerns, or helpful suggestions please contact me.
With love and grace,
Pete (on behalf of the church elders)