Prayer Points

Submitted by Andrew Kester on 23 January, 2019

• Give thanks for the safe return from travels and pray for the start of the school year

• Pray for the building up of a knowledge in our church that God is a good and generous God. Pray for a spirit of thankfulness.

• Pray for the Hope Net meeting on 7th February

• Pray for the Christian Church in China, experiencing increasing persecution .

• Pray for the young people of our church and our community. They face an ever changing world and pressures and difficulties older people never experienced.

• Pray for our leaders at local, state and federal level that they will make good decisions that promote righteousness. Pray that our nation may become “the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit” as prophesied by Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros in 1606,

Matthew 3:8

Submitted by Andrew Kester on 18 September, 2018

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

Prayer for direction following Assembly decision on same-gender marriage

Submitted by Andrew Kester on 31 July, 2018

To the Naracoorte Uniting Church 29 July 2018

This is a call to pray for our church in the light of the Assembly’s decision to sanction the marriage of same-gender couples.

Over the last few weeks there have been a series of meetings in Adelaide and locally and around the country of Uniting Church leaders from Uniting Church communities who take a high view of scripture and believe that when we read this we read God’s word to us.

Our present church Network of HopeNet and 3DNet to which we previously belonged recognise that there are basically 3 responses that we can make to this change in the church’s doctrine of marriage.

The First Option is to do nothing. To accept the ruling and get on with Church. We may do this if we believe that the change in doctrine is in accordance with God’s will or even if we don’t believe it is in accordance with God’s will as expressed in his word we may believe we can live with it and work within and alongside a church that affirms same-gender marriage

The Second Option is to leave the Uniting Church – either to leave as individuals, as congregations or as whole Networks. We may believe we should do this if our conscience tells us that it would be wrong to continue to support or associate with a church that we believe no longer follows God’s will in this matter and to continue in this church would involve us in wrongful acquiescence.

The Third Option is to continue in some way as the Uniting Church but to stand aside from this decision – and together with likeminded congregations seek to form separate non-geographic groupings – Congregations, Presbyteries and Networks that would continue to affirm, hold, preach and teach the orthodox belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. We may believe we should do this if we do hold to traditional belief in regard to marriage and if we believe that forming a separate group would distance ourselves from the decision of Assembly sufficiently to allow us to remain within the Uniting Church.

This third option could be done in many different ways. There are many ways in which the separate grouping could be structured. A lot of planning and time is needed to work through this.

What I would like this church to do is to start to seriously pray about the whole matter and the direction we will take as a congregation and as individual members and adherents within our fellowship. And I would ask you to pray for the whole Uniting Church as we deal with this issue. I would ask you to pray for the leaders of our Assembly, Synods, Presbyteries, Networks and congregations that God’s will in this matter is done.

I propose that we do this over the months of August and September and look to share our insights with each other at the end of this time.

Pastor Andrew Everson

Minister, Naracoorte Uniting Church

National Assembly

Submitted by Andrew Kester on 21 June, 2018

National Assembly meeting on the 8th-14th July

Please pray for decisions that reflect God’s truth as given in scripture

God have mercy on me, a sinner

Submitted by Andrew Kester on 20 June, 2018

There is a saying, 'there but for the grace of God, go I'.

Compare this to Luke 18:9-14, the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.

Is anyone justified before God by using this expression? No. There are in fact several problems with this phrase for followers of Christ.

Forgive me Father for using this expression, as I forgive all who have also spoken these words, all empty words spoken in disobedience, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Thank you merciful God.

Amen

Song of Solomon 2:15-15

Submitted by Andrew Kester on 6 January, 2018

15. Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”

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