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Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church

Our Name: As a CHRISTIAN Church: We believe that the entire Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God. We hold that the historic Creeds shared by all Christian Churches, (the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed), the Reformed Confessions, (the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt) and the Westminster Confession as an accurate summary of the teachings of God's Word. The Church is Presbyterial in its form of Government, being governed by the Church Council, comprising the Minister(s), the Elders and the Deacons, as elected by the Church Membership. As a REFORMED Church: We are in the tradition of the historic Protestant Reformation. We believe the Bible to be our rule for faith and life. We believe that God saves us from our sin by Grave Alone. We believe that we receive the gift of eternal life only by faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. As a CHURCH: We believe that we belong to Christ, as members of His body. We believe that He is our King, the Head and Saviour of His Church. We believe that He has called us to be His People, living out our faith in His Church and in His Kingdom. OUR VISION: We are a Christian Church that Loves God and others, Grows together in Christ, and Reaches the Lost
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The fullness of time

Today’s theme: Jesus’ sacrifice for you

Read Luke 22:19-20: “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’”

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Jesus uses the hour preceding His arrest and suffering to fortify His disciples.
He gives them the signs of bread and wine that they may live from His grace.
He gives Himself, His life, His sacrifice to them: “My body and blood for you.”
Peter, after having disowned Jesus, would know from this that he has been forgiven.
We can receive the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper and experience forgiveness in Christ.
Because He did as His Father asked, we can receive a new life.
You have been made new. You have received the Spirit. Now you can live every hour of your life the right way.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that I am free, empowered by Your Spirit inside me. Thank You that through Your power I am able to use every hour to the full in this coming year. Amen

Gert Breed
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The fullness of time

Today’s theme: God’s hour dawning

Read Luke 22:14-16: “When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.’”

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“When the hour came…”
Have you ever thought of it that way: God planning every single hour in advance?
Certain hours we know: the hour to rise in the morning, to start or end work.
There are however also hours over which we have no control: the hour of birth or death; the hour of becoming ill or healing.
We may prayerfully ask each day: Lord, with what are You going to fill each hour of my day? What hour of my life will dawn today?
Jesus tells us that He will come again at an hour we don’t expect.
Jesus knew what awaited Him, we don’t.
The Holy Spirit can grant you the wisdom to make use of every hour in the right way.
Prayer: Lord, what hour is dawning for me today? Thank You that even the darkest hour comes from Your good hand, filled with the best content for this hour. Amen

Gert Breed
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Theme this week: The fullness of time

Today’s theme: God uses you in preparing His plan

Read Luke 22:10-11: “He replied, ‘As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)

I often wonder about the people mentioned in passing in the Bible, like the man carrying the jar of water and the owner of the house.
Who were they?
How did they become involved?
How did the Lord communicate with them?
How did the Lord work inside the man with the jar of water to be there right at that moment?
We don’t need to know and yet they play such an important role in God’s plan.
It also relates in a special way to us.
This year the Lord will also, perhaps even without you knowing, use you to fulfil His plans.
Prayer: Your plans are perfect, Lord. Thank You that I may be part of them. Amen

Gert Breed
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Theme this week: The fullness of time

Today’s theme: The Lord prepares the way

Read Luke 22:10: “He replied, ‘As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters...’”

Read Luke 22:13: “They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.”

(The Bible is available online at www.biblegateway.com)

Jesus sends His disciples to prepare a place where He and His disciples can celebrate the Passover.
Clearly, the Lord has already paved the way.
Upon entering the town they will find a man carrying a jar, at that precise moment, which they are to follow.
The man will lead them to a home with a suitable space for them to prepare for the Passover - the owner of the house is ready for this.
Each of our 2021 has also been prepared in detail.
He has already made the necessary arrangements for each place He is going to send you to this year.
Prayer: Lord, give me peace of mind about this as yet unknown year. You have after all already prepared the way, my Father. Amen

Gert Breed
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Today’s theme: God’s plan for our life is eternal

Read Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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As Christians, we must know that the Lord has a glorious eternity before us.
God’s plan has an earthly and a heavenly part. The earthly part is like the foundation of a building and the heavenly part can be likened to the building's structure.
Whatever might happen in our lives, no matter the situation, God’s loving plan for His children in Christ is eternal.
Prayer: Merciful God, it comforts our hearts to know that You have plans for us. Make me trust in Your plans no matter the situation I might face. Amen

Kwena Semenya
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
Langwarrin Christian Reformed Church
THE LORD'S MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Today’s theme: Planning

Read James 4:13-15: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”
(Bible online available at www.biblegateway.com)
· In making plans and conducting our activities, we need to recognise and consider the foolishness of counting on tomorrow as though guaranteed and the frailty of our life on earth.
· Our first action in making any plan is to consider the Word of God above all else, before we go forward.
· We shouldn’t make our plans and then ask for God’s blessing, instead we must begin by seeking God's will.
Prayer: Lord, help me to first seek Your will before I make my plans. Please give me Your Holy Spirit to guide me in this. Amen
Kwena Semenya