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Mark 13 is talking about the most earth-shattering event in history… the brutal execution of Israel’s own Messiah, at the hands of the very people he loved.
And as we carefully consider this dramatic chapter, we will see afresh how the cross of Christ is at the heart of human history… and that everything in life stands or falls because of that day.
Over the past few weeks we have seen pictures on our screens that have led us to shock and sadness.
The evidence that President Assad has fired chemical weapons on his own people shows the deep chaos that has crippled Syria as the country suffers from the effects of long-term civil war.
Now it seems that it will be an anxious wait for the Assad government as the imminent threat of attack from the United States hangs over its head.
Let us join in prayer for the people of Syria, asking God to lead them all through this crisis to turn to Jesus, leading the leaders to rule in justice and in truth, and restraining the evil that is unfolding before our eyes.
Pray that the Christians in the country and amongst the refugees will have a strong and powerful witness to their fellow citizens, and that through this ongoing tragedy, the name of Jesus would be glorified.
It’s only a short time until the adults of our nation choose our future Federal Government leaders for the next three years.
We can be thankful to God for the peace and good order of our nation and the opportunity we have to be regularly involved in this democratic process.
We should continue to pray for wisdom as we each make our vote, and ask God to give us leaders who will honour him as the true ruler of Australia.
Please pray that our Governments will make decisions that care for the needy, show justice to the oppressed, and exercise wisdom in making moral decisions that affect the lives of all Australians.
The best way to participate in church is to come together in the same place at the same time to gather around Jesus, present in his word by his Spirit, as we pray to our heavenly Father and serve one another in love.
Yet for those of us who are unwell, housebound or absent, there is now a way to watch and listen to our church gatherings in real-time via the Internet.
Over the past few months we’ve been trialling a new technology that ‘streams’ the video and sound of our church service via the Internet to anywhere around the world. We’re still getting the bugs out of the system, but it’s gradually improving in quality.
To watch our church services visit streaming.oakflatsanglican.com and then create a free login account to the ‘Livestream’ website, and you’re away.
If you have friends or family who are unable to visit on a Sunday, be sure to let them know how they can ‘virtually’ join us this Sunday.
We have all been shocked to hear of the violence in Egypt over this past week in particular, and we should continue to pray for peace in this troubled land.
Christians have been affected greatly by this violence. The Bible Society of Egypt reports that Muslim Fundamentalists have completely burned and destroyed two of their bookshops. They also say that similar incidents are taking place across their nation, including the attacking of 15 churches and three Christian schools.
They report that in retaliation for the government dispersing the sit-ins, the Muslim Brotherhood leaders called for nation-wide protests. In response to these calls, Muslim fundamentalists all over Egypt have gone on a rampage of violence.
Bishop Mouneer from the Anglican Diocese of Egypt reports of further destruction and violence, and asks us to pray that the situation will calm down, for wisdom and tact for the police and the army, for the safety of all churches and congregations, and that all in Egypt would be safe.