Sunday 7 Apr 2019

A People Fully Alive

Restored, Resourced, Released

Isaiah 61:1-3; John 10:10

Today is Communion Sunday 7 April 2019

We welcome you to our Service where we gather together not as those who have our lives perfectly sussed out, but as fellow pilgrims on a journey. We meet to acknowledge God’s power through the Holy Spirit in our lives, to celebrate and to affirm that we are not our own – we belong to God and belong to one another because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.

Reflections   Our reading today is from John 14:1-7

If you want to know God then you better get to know Jesus. Study Jesus. What did He say and do? How did He interact with others? What were His priorities, ideals, actions? What did He teach? Like any relationship worth having it takes time and commitment to learn His ways. Verse 7: If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’ Don’t get stressed about it though. Jesus spoke these words to reassure us. Verse1  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” Praise God; there is a place for you in heaven.

As you join us today you will notice that our service is typically in three parts. Until about 10:30am we encourage the whole family to engage in worship. After family notices/birthday greetings and offerings, the kids are provided with their own “kids’ time” while the adults can further worship pray and then reflect on the sermon.

Today’s Worship Leader is  Anton and Sophie

and Our Speaker is Jonathan Robinson

MBC Prayers

Prayer Events and Requests

Monday morning: 6.30am

CAP prayer meeting first Tuesday of the month at 9am at church

If you have a prayer request or want to join the prayer team contact Diane Hutchinson at phone 455-0443 or email .Please remember to use the prayer box at the back of the church if you want the prayer team to pray for anything specific in confidence. If you need prayer for sickness or other matters please contact one of the Elders

Foodbank: Donations of basic food items are appreciated for the Presbyterian Support Foodbank. There is a labelled box under the foyer table. Please be sure to replace it if it has to be removed for a particular event.

Contributions to the Newsletter: We welcome church members to contribute a praise item, bit of news or something that will encourage everyone. Email or drop a wee note to Tongsiew at – deadline is Friday evening of every week.

MBC Sharing & Caring

Philippa Goodwin and Chuks Ezeakile are excited to share with you the news of their engagement! Musselburgh has been my (Philly’s) home church for so long, and I have felt very loved by you all, thank you! We are attending DCBC and look forward to getting married in December. With love and blessings from us both xo

Monday Prayer starting time now 7am— Please take note, thanks. Betty

MBC Working Bee – on 13 April Saturday 8.30am.  Speak to Paul Pearce.

Church Easter camp is coming up soon. This will be a great time to focus on God’s amazing sacrifice to us and to fellowship together, have an adventure,  and encourage each other. Camp is for three nights camping at Herbert Forest camping ground. Day visitors welcome. Registration forms are on the table in the foyer. Any questions please talk to Fiona, Paul, or Rachel.

From Vera—Source of Hope, And His Name will be the hope of all. the world Matthew 12.21 .People who follow their own agenda end up hopeless. They don’t know how to face pain or reach out to others. They don’t know how to make their life count beyond themselves. But, we can live a life of Hope, Hope comes from God. He knows what’s best for us. Does this mean we’ll never face pain? No, But, God promises to be with us through it all and to work out His purpose through it. He knows how we’re going to touch others for Him. He sees our life from the perspective of eternity. Which gives us hope.

 Sexual purity for men:  For the first time in history, a cinematic teaching series on sexual purity is here to help men get to the root of bondage, while offering proven principles and practical tools to conquer pornography and find freedom. The Conquer Series, unrivalled in its scope and authority, is not about behaviour modification, but heart transformation. This life-changing, 10-week discipleship curriculum provides insights from top Christian leaders who lay out biblical strategies, scientific facts and teach men how to use God’s weapons to become conquerors. Musselburgh Baptist is running this series beginning late April or early May (with dates close to being confirmed). We have some gaps for this first series, any man who wishes to enquire or seek more information in confidence, please contact: or phone him on:  027 227 80 99.

Accommodation needed  – 1 bedroom flat wanted for mature female. Any area of Dunedin considered. Good reference available. If you can help please phone Pam on 021 0888 3494. Pam De Jong has started attending MBC recently.

Upcoming Sunday Sermons

April 7                      Parting Words ( John 14 and 17) Communion Sunday  Jonathan Robinson

April 14                   Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem ( John 12)  Winsome Parnell

Easter Services

April 19 Friday     Good Friday Service—Jacqui & Mike Tonks

April 21                  Easter Sunday—Lazarus, resurrection & life (John 11 & 20)

April 22                  Easter Monday—  School Holidays!!!

Next Week at Church Premises

8thApril   Mon     Prayer 6.30 am Musselburgh Music 9am  – 11.30 am

9th April Tues   Rolz 9 am –11 am

10th April Wed   Prayer Meeting 7.15 pm

11th April Thur Playgroup 9.30 am to 11.30 am,

Musselburgh Baptist Church, 131 Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin 9013 or contact   phone 03-4562065  for more information

Church office hours  On the following days you will usually find someone at the Church Office (or not too far away) to take your enquiries, or even just to pray with you. Monday 12-5, Tuesday 9-1 Wednesday 9-1 Thursday 9-12 or  phone us on 456 2065.

Donations to the Church the church’s bank account number is 030881-0053478-00 for automatic payments to make a regular contribution to the church, or to make a one-off donation electronically. Receipts for all donations made during the financial year (which ends in March) will be issued in April.

Missed a sermon or want to hear it again? Want to check out the notes? Just head to to check it out. All messages from the last few years are available on line.

Items for the Newsletter –. Please send items for the newsletter to Tongsiew at with Newsletter in the subject box. Deadline is Friday evening please.

Pastoral needs? Contact

Home Groups At MBC

Home groups provide an opportunity to have some concentrated time of fellowship and support, bible study and equipping and prayer that everyone can take part in. If you are not yet part of a Home Group we encourage you to think about being part of one. Please contact a person below in the first instance, as venues may vary. If you are unsure please see James Watson who will provide more information.