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Bray Park Community Church

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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.

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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What to Write on Mother’s Day?

I asked myself ‘what to write on Mother’s Day’? If you’re like me you may not even get a chance to read this blurb because your mothering duties leave little time for the luxury of reading something that isn’t a home reader, school information letter or bedtime story! I am therefore going to use the opportunity to encourage you and, God willing, help us recognise how God wants us to bring up the children we’ve been blessed with. We were reminded in last week’s message that raising children is more than ‘raising nice kids’ it’s about raising up young people that know and love Jesus! How do we do that? I will share with you some practical ways I believe we can raise children who will, by the Grace of God, know and love Jesus. Admittedly I am in the early stages of mothering my children are 6, 4 and 2....
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Knowing God's Word

This week at Worship Team rehearsal we had our usual devotion time during which I shared with the Team a specific scripture that has often helped me in times of stress. We then had a time where each person shared their favourite bible verse(s). It was so encouraging to hear from others how scripture is used in their life. Not just in times of need, but in times of celebration, for direction, for motivation, for peace! It reminded me the importance of truly knowing scripture. Gods word actually tells us to know scripture, you're probably aware of this commandment God gives us; "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be...
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Two are better than one

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil’. Ecclesiastes 4:9. I was encouraged to see the fruit of our church working together last Saturday (at the October Baby movie night). I saw a group of individuals come together and use their talent and time to produce a wonderful Café and Movie experience. Individually there were; bakers, cleaners, decorators, hosts, welcomers, organisers, baristas, sound operators and audio visual operators. It was evident they had ‘good reward for their toil’ and God was glorified through it. Further, we were able to bless the ‘Priceless Life’ organisation with proceeds made from the night. I love seeing the church work as a team doing something like this! As God’s word says; we are a body of believers whom God has composed. The body has parts that serve different purposes and when individuals (parts) work as a body we are able...
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Worship

QUEENSLANDER! QUEENSLANDER! QUEENSLANDER! I heard the Queensland fans roar with passion and excitement during Wednesday night’s game. Even in my own lounge room the passion from the Queensland supports was electric, authentic, and heartfelt! As I watched the game and the spectators, I marvelled at the passion I witnessed. I marvelled at the ‘worship’ that poured forth from the fans. The word ‘worship’ is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship-to give. Simply, it means to give worth to something or someone. During the State of Origin game, people were clearly giving much worth to the game, and to the team they support. It got me thinking about how we worship or ascribe worth to God and reminded me of the story of David dancing before the LORD in 2 Samuel 6. Scripture tells us that when the Ark of the LORD was returned to Jerusalem, King David...
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Carols 2013

Hello Church,

It feels too soon, but planning for Carols 2013 has begun! I find it a joy to be involved in organising the Carols services. As we plan for and prepare for this year’s Carols event, I am increasingly aware that I need people to come along side me (and Caroline) to get the ball rolling.

Last year I remember asking Madeleine Schoeman if she would be interested in helping with the decorations. I knew she was busy with Roux (her then four year old son who was in the middle of cancer treatment). Her immediate answer was “Yes I’d love to help again. I was hoping you would ask me”! I was so encouraged by her enthusiastic response; still I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be too much with her busy schedule. I still remember her reply, it was something along the lines of “I love decorating and I love having the opportunity to help in my church by doing it…”

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Pentecost Sunday

Have you ever heard the song ‘There is a Redeemer’ by Keith Green? Being an 80’s child, I had the privilege of listening to Keith Green’s music as Mum used to play his songs (loudly) every Sunday morning! ‘There is a Redeemer’ was one that I would often hum during the day after hearing it in the morning. Today is a special day in the Christian calendar. It is Pentecost Sunday and as I began to reflect on the significance of this day I was reminded of this song. Part of the lyrics say “Thank you Oh my Father for giving us your Son, and leaving Your Spirit Here ‘til the work on Earth is done”.

Every year on Pentecost Sunday we remember God’s gift of the Holy Spirit given to us; His power available and living in us! We read in Acts 2:1-3 “When the day of the Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 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.”

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Carols

I think most of us are saying it: “I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas”! On Sunday, Christmas is only 31 sleeps away. This busy time of the year involves end of year celebrations, logistical challenges in arranging catch up’s with family and friends, present buying, school holidays, menu planning, and of course CAROLS!

Carols is only two weekends away, Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of December. The Carols service will celebrate that ‘Christmas is a Birthday party, a time for having fun’ and will hear and sing about Jesus’ birthday be reminded that He is the gift to us all.

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Giving my Best

I was listening to 96.5 this week and one of the presenters was talking about giving your best and achieving optimum results. They said the only way to do that is by putting in time and hard work.

  • an Olympic contestant achieves results through gruelling training…
  • you lose weight by taking time to exercise and eat well…
  • you will give a great work presentation by spending time to prepare and practise you will have a tidy house if you take time to clean and organise it

You get the idea!?

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Individually we make the whole church body

I think most of us have been saying it, I can’t believe September is over! The year is flying by. Christmas decorations are starting to go up, those who are organised have presents on layby! Our Carols team is also well into organising Carols 2011, (put the dates in your diary; Friday 16th and Saturday the 17th December). It is exciting being a part of planning it; our theme will be PEACE – something I think we all need to focus on in the busyness of life. If you are interested in joining the Carols Choir (Adults or Children’s) please email me.

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Gratitude

Last weekend BPCC had the privilege of hosting the Watoto Children’s Choir. Over the weekend while spending time with them - I was moved by the way the children and adults showed their gratitude and appreciation.  After each meal they not only thanked us through words, they also sang a blessing over those that had helped, prepare and served.  It was so beautiful and moving.  I share this as it prompted and reminded me of the importance of always being grateful to one another and of taking the time and effort to thank and honour those that bless us with their time and resources.

I think it is so easy to forget what we do for one another and thus forget to show our gratitude.

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We Need You

Sometimes when I'm talking to people about the Worship Team, I mention how we always welcome in fact need extra musicians / singers / technical helpers. I'm amazed how many times I hear this response―Oh, I thought you we're full. I never really put my hand up because I didn't think there was a need. Well,not only is there always a need for more people on the WT, there is a desire from our God to use the talents we've been given. If you're a musician, singer, or have gifts in technical areas (AV, Sound, and Lighting) – I encourage, no, I URGE you to contact me.  At the end of June I will be starting a ‗new member intake' and would love to hear from you! In particular we need drummers, PM Lighting volunteers, Sound Technicians. Know that we provide training and support so it doesn't matter if your beginner...
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God desires our worship

  'What is the one thing that God desires most from us, and we have the ability to freely give it or withhold it from Him? God desires our WORSHIP: our heart, affection, energy, adoration, praise'. This was the opening statement from the lifechurch message we watched last Sunday night. How refreshing to know that God doesn't want us to work to the bone or want our service alone. Above all else God desires our worship! In fact, worshiping God is the reason for which we were created. I think it is important we (the church) constantly remind each other and recognise that worship is a way to live, not just something we ‗do' for an hour on Sunday. Whether we are singing, eating, working, praying, whatever we are doing – may we do that for the glory of our God (1 Corinthians 10:31). I love being a part of the...
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