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Emma is the Creative Arts Leader at BPCC and is passionate about seeing people worship and exalt Jesus through song. Emma is responsible for the praise and worship at BPCC and works closely with a passionate team of people to provide meaningful worship in services. Emma is also involved in facilitating community events and engagement with wider social justice causes. Emma loves to spend time with her husband and 4 young children.

So Loved

One of the most quoted and well-known verses from the Bible is John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. (NIV) I am certain that this verse was quoted, written, and spoken about last Easter weekend. In my reflection upon Easter, I have been reading a devotion plan called ‘The Reason for My Hope’, a devotion based on excerpts from Dr Billy Graham’s book ‘The Reason For My Hope: Salvation’. Dr Graham writes about a time in 1934, which was when he gave his life to Jesus at the age of 16. As I read what he wrote, about being loved by God and that, truly, all we need is in Christ, I was reminded again that God so loved the world he gave his only Son. God so loved the...
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Hot Cross Buns and God’s Love

One of my favourite accompaniments of the Easter season is the hot-cross bun. Perhaps you didn’t know this, but there are actually a few theories about the origin of the humble hot-cross-bun. The most popular is that in the late 12th century a monk baked spiced current buns and marked them with a cross in honour of Good Friday. The monk, Brother Thomas Rocliffe, then distributed the hot-cross-buns to the local poor on Good Friday. I love this story! And even if it is not completely accurate, it’s a wonderful illustration of showing God’s love tangibly to those who don’t know Him and those who are in need. Easter on the Lawn is an opportunity like this; to tangibly show the love of Jesus to our local community. Easter on the Lawn gives each of us an opportunity to be involved in blessing others and showing God’s love to those you...
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Selah: The Power of Pausing

Are you familiar with the word ‘selah’? Perhaps it reminds you of the popular Christian vocal group by the same name? Or maybe you recognize it from the Psalms? The most comprehensive way to define selah is to combine a few different meanings: ‘to hang’, ‘to praise’, ‘to lift up’, and ‘to pause’. The Amplified Bible help us understand how selah can be interpreted by adding “pause, and calmly think of that” to each verse where selah appears. Each of us can take heed of selah moments in our private worship and also in corporate worship during a Sunday service. During corporate worship on a Sunday we have selah opportunities at different times in the service. During prayer we might be given the opportunity to pause and reflect. When we worship in song we have selah opportunities during musical interludes. In fact, at BPCC we include musical interludes intentionally to give...
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What a Watchmaker Can Teach Us About Work

What did you want to ‘be’ when you grew up? I love asking my children what they want to be. Over the years they’ve wanted to be superheroes, postmen, policemen, and more. Once my youngest son told me he wanted to be a car-robber, so he could drive really fast – that was an interesting teaching moment about stealing and making right choices! When we become adults and actually start working, the anticipated joy and fun of working we had as children quickly fades! But of course, work is a blessing, isn’t it? In his book ‘Called to Create’, author Jordan Raynor talks about work being used in powerful ways to glorify God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus Christ. He uses Casper ten Boom as an excellent example of how everyday work can be used to accomplish God’s will. He writes: In a fallen world, it can be difficult...
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The Greatest Gift

What’s the greatest gift you’ve ever received? I have been given lots of beautiful gifts at Christmas time and for my birthday. Two particular gifts, however, stand out in my memory. The first was when I was a teenager, my parents gifted me a ‘debt paid in full’ certificate. I had a credit card loan to pay for a car accident which I shouldn’t have caused because I didn’t even have my licence. Talk about a gift undeserved! The other was receiving my engagement ring from Troy early one Christmas morning 16 years ago. Such a special memory! There are of course gifts in life that come from our experiences. Travelling overseas and seeing remarkable sights, holding your newborn child for the first time, overcoming sickness, I could go on. My children are very excited about receiving their Christmas gifts in a few days time. I find their excitement infectious; it...
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Bray Park Carols 2017

Carols is on Saturday the 2nd of December. As we’ve said before; the Carols event is an excellent opportunity for us to tangibly demonstrate God’s love to the local community and to share the life-changing message of the Gospel! We can all be involved in supporting Carols and it is our prayer that you all know there is a way you can be involved. From praying, serving on the day, to giving and financially supporting (see giving options below). We ALL can help! The theme of Carols this year is ‘Christmas Star’. Want to know why? In Matthew 2 we read about a star leading the magi (wise men) to Jesus. For those science loving friends there is a lot of interesting reading about the phenomenon of this star. But the long and short is that a star miraculously appeared and showed the wise men the way to Jesus. We pray...
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These are a few of my favourite hymns…

Hi Church, I love music! I want to share with you some of my favourite hymns and worship songs. Did you see what I did with the title? I cheekily changed the lyrics of the well-known song ‘Favourite Things’ from the movie The Sound of Music. Music is powerful, it is beautiful, it is moving, it is a gift. Music has the ability to change moods, create atmospheres and most importantly worship God. When worshiping God, we not only bless Him we also strengthen our resolve in Him! Hymns (and Christian songs) help us to see who God is and what He has done for us. Further, they are a weapon or a tool in our process of becoming more like Jesus. About music, John Piper says “there are two weapons we have that we have to fight Satan with; the Word of God and song. I beseech you, give heed...
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Who is the Holy Spirit?

On Sunday we kick-off a new sermon series on the Holy Spirit: ‘Like a Rushing Wind: Knowing & Understanding the Holy Spirit’. As we started to plan and discuss this series in the office, my creative brain kicked into gear. I immediately started to think about what graphics we could use to accompany the series, and about the different imagery applied to the Holy Spirit in the Bible. I first thought about the imagery of wind, fire, and smoke as described in Acts 2:2-4a: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”. I was also reminded of the dove imagery we read about in the story of Noah and...
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The Christmas Star

Did you know that today marks 185 days until Christmas? It might seem a little premature, but I am going to ask you all to flip (or swipe) your diaries to December 2nd and mark: BPCC Carols! Again, we have the wonderful opportunity to bless the local community and share the gospel message. As we say each year, the Carols event is an effort of the whole Church. It is always encouraging to see how God uses the combined efforts of His people to make these things possible. We can all pray. Plus, we can serve in the area God has gifted us. We were so grateful for the generous donations and sponsorship towards Carols last year. Once again, we will have opportunities for you to sponsor and/or donate. If you would like to know more about this prior to our first appeal, don’t hesitate to contact me. The Carols theme...
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We Can make a Difference

I am sure that most of you heard about the atrocity that happened in Syria this week. In a chemical attack, more than 70 lives (including children and babies) have been lost and hundreds injured. Images of parents rushing their children into hospitals, a father holding his 21-month-old twin daughters, lifeless, in his arms; they are seared into my conscious. There is a part of me that is so devastated and overwhelmed that I think there is nothing I can do. But as I say a silent prayer for hope for these people, I am reminded that I can make a difference and that God has called me to be a part of His ‘making all things new’. (Rev 21:5a ‘And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new."’) Rather than thinking we can make little difference, know that God can use us (collectively) to make a...
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Get Involved this year

Thank you for your continued generosity for the upcoming Carols Event. There are still many ways we need your help! You can sign up to serve online www.bpcc.com.au/serve or at Church this Sunday. We especially need help with the following: Car Park Attenders (1 or 2 hours, between 5-7pm) Baking (drop off Friday or Saturday) BPCC Stall (welcome, sell glow sticks, info about BPCC) Kids Craft “Ask Me” helpers (welcome, assist with directions) BBQ servers I love what Rick Warren says about serving, ‘The Bible says, “In our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10b TEV). These “good deeds” are your service to the world. Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God and fulfilling one of your purposes (Colossians 3:23-24; Matthew 25:34-45; Ephesians 6:7).’ The BPCC Carols event...
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We have much to be thankful for

Hi Church, Last Sunday was a wonderful celebration of God’s goodness and provision to the life and ministry of BPCC over the last 25 years. A big thank you to all who were involved on the day! I am very excited and thankful for those that have responded to the call for Carol’s sponsorship. From your generous donations, we have covered ALL the sponsorship opportunities. Praise God! How encouraging that BPCC is serious about sharing the gospel message this Christmas. We can all still be a part of making this day a success. We need volunteers to help; you can sign on after Church this Sunday, or, go sign on via our web page. (www.bpcc.com.au – serve – serve at Carols). Please pray for this year’s Carols Event. Last year we attracted more than 1000 people from our local community and we can’t wait to make 2016 bigger and better than...
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Carols 2016

We are so excited about the preparations for the 2016 Bray Park Community Carols! Last year attracted more than 1000 people from the greater Bray Park, Lawnton, and Petrie area, and we can’t wait to make 2016 bigger and better than ever. We hope to reach more people to share the great news of Jesus’ birth! We have opportunities available for you or your business to give back to the local community and be a part of sharing the gospel message this Christmas. Sponsorship may vary from monetary support to goods-in-kind. Like last year, we want this event to be a free event that our local community can attend. Please take a moment to browse the options below (approximate cost is listed) and consider whether you would like to be a part of this wonderful opportunity. For business: to show our appreciation we will use signage to indicate who has sponsored...
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Serve like Jesus

“To make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ for the good of our community and the glory of God” At BPCC, I have the privilege of leading the Creative Team. As a Creative Team, we have the pleasure to be a part of using creative arts to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ. It is always a wonderful blessing to see how God uses songs, video clips, dramatic readings, and a myriad of other creative means to edify His people and to glorify Himself. In our current sermon series through the book of Ephesians, we are being reminded that as the church of Jesus Christ we are not all the same – but we are united in Jesus! And because we are different, we each have different gifts that have been given to us for building up the body of Christ (Eph. 4:16). So, I ask each of us: What are you good at? Where does a need exist? Are you serving His church in...
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Victory in Christ

This coming Monday is Anzac Day (25th April). This date marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australia and New Zealand in World War 1 on the shores of Gallipoli. Although the military objectives were catastrophic, it was during this campaign that the “spirit of Anzac”—with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice—was born. And it is precisely these qualities which continue to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.[1] Indeed, Anzac Day is an opportunity for us to remember all Australians killed in military operations, and to remember those men and women who helped shape Australia into the nation it is today. The word ‘citizen’ means; a native or naturalised member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection. As a citizen of Australia I am thankful for all those who fought in war to...
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GO!

God calls us to testify to the saving and transforming power of the gospel in order to see people, families, cultures and countries made new by Christ (2 Cor. 5:17, excerpt from BPCC Who We Are booklet). This Sunday we are celebrating the work God is doing through BPCC Care Team. BPCC Care Team are involved in; Care Cupboard (giving groceries to families and individuals in need), assisting families with meals and help around the home, driving for those with no means of transport, and much more. If this is a ministry you are able to become involved in, you can sign up on Sunday or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In recent weeks we have also celebrated that over 60 children have been released from poverty in Jesus’ name through the ministry of Compassion.  We received a communique from a pastor in one of the Churches we are partnering with in Ban Non Muan Church...
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PRACTICAL CHALLENGE to love one another…

I read the children’s book ‘The Very Cranky Bear’ to my kids recently. It is a simple story of a ‘plain but thoughtful sheep’ who figures out that the cranky bear, who features in the story, just wants to sleep. The sheep looks past herself and her partialities to recognize the needs of the bear. Why on earth am I sharing this with you? Like it did with my children, it provides an opportunity to talk about being humble and putting the needs of others before my own. We read about Christ’s example of humility in Philippians. ‘So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being in the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others...
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Priceless High Tea

Ladies you’re invited to ‘Priceless High Tea’ On Saturday 20th of June from 3-5pm, BPCC will be hosting a High Tea in support of ‘Priceless Life Centre.’ During the course of the afternoon there will be the opportunity to meet with friends, learn about Priceless Life Centre, peruse and purchase gifts/goods from speciality stores, and of course, enjoy the delicious High Tea. Tickets are $10 each, with all ticket sales (and profits from speciality stores) going towards supporting Priceless Life Centre. Priceless Life Centre offers hope for those experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. They also provide quality values-based education programs. They are committed to ensuring women and men have access to accurate information and the support they require to make real and informed choices when experiencing unexpected pregnancy. During the afternoon we will also hear stories about the practical ways in which Priceless Life Centre has changed the lives of many. Personally, I am excited...
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The Gift

“Jesus is the greatest gift at Christmas. You won’t find Him underneath the Christmas tree. ‘Cause most of all us sinners need a saviour. Come see the greatest Christmas gift, look to Jesus Christ and live, Jesus is the greatest gift that there will ever be” (words our Kids Choir sang from the song “Greatest Christmas Gift” by Colin Buchanan). I can’t believe Carols 2014 is over! I am so thankful we shared the message that Jesus is the greatest gift and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who was involved! To put on an event like Carols takes a team of people, and many different tasks. So whether you were involved in decorating, baking, singing, setting-up, cooking, greeting, or in any other way, let me say, thank you! Every single person involved was important and made Carols 2014 the success it was. Most of...
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Is it beginning to look a lot like…

For me it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. O Holy Night, the night Jesus was born. It wasn’t a Silent Night for Mary with the animals in the manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem buzzing with activity. Just nine months prior Joseph had asked himself What Child is This Mary carries? But after he learned this baby would be “God with us” I think he would have looked upon baby Jesus Away in the Manger with a smile on his face. He probably wanted to Go Tell it on the Mountain of the birth of the boy. For the safety Mary’s Boy Child he kept silent. The angels however did not. Hark the Herald Angels sang “Glory to God in the Highest”! They spoke to humble shepherds about the great news, news that was Joy to the World; ‘unto you is born this day in the city of...
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