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TRANSFORMED HumeRidge Church of Christ Magazine

The Phantom Unmasked Mission to Germany Tahlia Stoddart Introducing Peter Millican


TRANSFORMED HumeRidge Church of Christ Magazine

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Merging Heaven and Earth Neale Proellocks

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Easterfest 4

Introducing Peter Millican An Interview

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What’s On Sunday

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Calendar 10

SOAP Readings 12

CAP Centre 13 Colin & Carol Mellis

The Man Behind the Music 14 Jean Willoughby

The Phantom Unmasked 16 Brendon Walmsley

10 Days in the Philippines 18 Neale Proellocks

Mission to Germany 20 Tahlia Stoddart

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Unlike Christmas, Easter doesn’t have a crazed shopping season preceding it. It doesn’t have its own tree. It doesn’t spawn wild office parties. It doesn’t boast its own annual TV program specials. It doesn’t spawn new albums from pop stars. It doesn’t prompt people to send boatloads of cards to friends they haven’t seen all year. It isn’t the date that children anticipate all year long. It doesn’t have dozens of songs beloved by those who don’t even celebrate the holiday. It doesn’t even have its own set date. And yet in the eyes of most Christians, Easter is a more important holiday than Christmas. At Easter we celebrate the passion of the Christ; how Jesus’ love and devotion led him to suffer and die in our place on the cross. “God demonstrated His great love for us in this: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). At Easter we also celebrate the glory and hope and power of the resurrection of Christ – that because Jesus conquered sin and death we too can be assured of eternal life through Him. The words we speak on Easter Sunday, ‘He is Risen; He is risen indeed’ bring hope and joy to the hearts of all believers. At HumeRidge we have four different services on the Easter Weekend and we invite you to join us for one or more of these meaningful gatherings. We also encourage you to support Easterfest – our own Easter festival celebrating Christ through creative expression and gospel music.

Dale White Senior Pastor


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History changed forever during the eight days, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The dramatic events of that week and their continuing significance for believers today are the focus of a short three Sunday series, leading up to Easter. “Eight Days that Merge Heaven and Earth.” The events leading up to Easter are so crucial to the Christian faith that Matthew, Mark, and Luke devote one-third of their Gospels to it while John devotes one-half of his Gospel to this critical period. From a ‘failed coronation as King of the Jews’ on Palm Sunday, to His death defeating resurrection on Easter Sunday, those eight days initially confused His followers and confounded His enemies. What He did that 2I

week unsettled the nation and would topple an empire. Yet this man, Jesus the Messiah, who divides human history, unsettles nations, and exposes the hearts of man, merged heaven and earth by the events of that week. They were days that saw Jesus clash with resentful religious leaders, powerful political heads, fickle followers and an unpredictable populace. He enflamed his opponents by cleaning out the ‘House of Prayer’; Israel’s religion had become a pitifully lifeless show, a lair for religiously endorsed fraudsters... religion gone wrong. It was a week of running verbal clashes with entrenched religious opinion, as He exposed the falsehood of partial beliefs.


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They were dark days and nights of betrayal, denial and abandonment; shameful hours of unauthorised, irresponsible judicial pretext. The rebellious heart of humanity was exposed by our treatment of Him that week. Yet these eight days were also days of grace-filled encounters with open hearted people. During the evening of the fifth day, Jesus reinforced the purpose of His mission by humbly washing His follower’s feet in a servant’s role. That night while celebrating Passover, He introduced a remembrance meal with bread and wine that is still observed by millions each week. Later in the evening on the way to the garden of Gethsemane, a sacred window opened into the mystery of unprecedented intimacy between the Eternal Abba and Son. While praying for those with Him, He saw and included you and me in His prayer.

Heaven merges with earth that week. Jesus died, God’s substitute for our wilful sin. Every barrier we’ve built was removed and access was purchased at an infinite cost so we could enter into the presence of God as restored children. And His bodily rising on Easter Sunday sealed the merger, assuring all who turn from their sin and believe, that they can have a personal relationship with God. As we come to Easter we’ll consider three key events of that week. April 6 H  is Suffering in the Garden Matthew 26:36-46 April 13 H  is Silence in Gabbatha Hall John 19:1-16 April 18 (Good Friday) His Salvation at Golgotha Mark 15:16-39

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For the last 16 years Toowoomba has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to town for Easterfest – a festival AT Easter all about Easter.

talent including performances by artists like The Idea of North, SCAT, Kristin Berardi, Natalie De Jager and Bec Laughton – all in a SECRET venue called ‘The Upbeat’.

This year Easterfest will bring over 150 different artists including 2013 X-Factor winner, Dami Im. She has dreamt of performing at Easterfest and was excited to be asked to join the lineup as a festival headliner. Dami will perform Sunday night.

Gospel in the Chapel is back and will bring hymns and gospel classics to some of Toowoomba’s most iconic venues including a finale in the Empire Theatre with the incredible a cappella group The Idea of North and Jimmy Needham.

Returning to Australia for a one show only, 80’s pop-rock band Whiteheart will draw a crowd as they reunite for Easterfest and perform a set full of fan favourites. Their lead singer, Rick Florian has said, “It’ll be interesting to play in a setting where we don’t have a single on the radio, and most of our fans will be 40-something “

More then ever before, CBD cafes, restaurants, pubs, shopping centres, churches and public spaces will be filled with Easterfest artists.

Speaking of reunions... The OC Supertones will give up their various pastoral roles in California for Easter to bring some SKA to the festival. Their show is sure to be a favourite even with those who’ve not yet heard of them! Also joining the line-up will be Easterfest favourites - Evermore, New Empire, Alabaster Box and Hawk Nelson. This year for the first time Easterfest will present a new and exciting experience – Easter Jazz. Throughout the weekend fans will be able to immerse themselves in some of Australia’s finest jazz, funk and blues

And not to be forgotten – there is something special for the kids! Kids World brought to you by SU Queensland will explode with fun activities, kid programs, rides, a jumping castle, a massive sand pit, a petting zoo and to top it all off there will be a parents café with real coffee available. The most important experience Easterfest hopes to offer is a weekend full of moments to experience God’s crazy love. With a 72-hour non-stop worship venue, Easter church services each morning, challenging faith discussions, a massive worship finale; Easterfest hopes to create an atmosphere where the presence of God is welcome and people encounter Jesus. Easterfest is from April 18 – 20, 2014. Tickets on sale now Easterfest.com.

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Introducing

Peter Millican Firstly, Pete, most of us have heard you’ve been in Dallas studying. What are you studying and how did you come to go to America?

and the degree program they were offering my heart was set on going. Also, the food may have influenced my decision as well.

I am currently studying a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. The decision to go to America was made after I couldn’t find what I was looking for here in Australia so I ‘googled’ a couple of my favourite speakers (Chuck Swindoll, Andy Stanley) to see where they had studied. They had both attended D.T.S so once I saw that

Professionally you started as a teacher. How did that help you prepare for your minister journey?

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I realised I hate teenage kids! No, just kidding! I loved my year of teaching and it has helped me with my ability to communicate and teach (surprise surprise). I really enjoyed being able to build relationships with students and help them understanding things.


I am still passionate about teaching... just not maths and science. Many of us know your parents David & Laural, how has their influence on your life journey helped you know God and transition into ministry life? Mum’s awesome. Dad is a clown. But seriously, my parents have shaped me to be the man I am today. They have loved me and guided me so well over my life. I cannot thank them enough for their love and support over the years. They will never know how much they have done for me (even though Dad likes to remind me). I benefit now from their many years of sacrifice. They have been the ultimate Christian example. Are there other significant people who have really helped shaped your perspective of God, and the church? My sister has always been a big influence in my life. She is someone that I looked up to when I was not following Jesus. I saw her life and Christian example and it helped me to see God’s love. She was also constantly praying for me and that meant a lot to know that my sister hadn’t given up on me. Ross has also played his part by allowing me to be involved in the youth group as a leader and giving me leadership opportunities which has developed

me greatly. Lastly, Baskin and Robins has helped me through a lot of hard times over the years as well. You’re quite the sportsman and enjoy being outdoors. With the rigours of ministry life and study “down time” is important. What do you to care for your physical, spiritual and emotional health? I play soccer for the mighty Willowburn Magpies. I love to run around and push myself out on the field. I have played soccer my whole life and I am a very happy man when I’m out on the field. Emotionally I watch Survivor to escape the real world and love to hang out with my friends. They make sure I don’t take myself too seriously. Spiritually, I ensure I have a consistent prayer life and try and take on things that I can’t do myself, therefore I am resolved to be reliant on God. 2014 is just the beginning of your ministry journey so it’s good to be mindful of caring for oneself. It’s also important to have a sense of “your call” as an individual before God. What does Pete’s call of God for his life look like? Be faithful with what I have been given. Walk with Jesus Christ no matter what. Thanks for chatting with us Pete. We pray God will grant you wisdom, strength and patience as your journey with God unfolds.

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REACHING THE UNCHURCHED

HumeRidge Training Weekend – May 3 & 4 with Paul Griffiths & Martin Robinson

Saturday Seminar

May 3

Cost: $20 (Morning Tea provided; BYO lunch)

Sunday Services

May 4

9am - Paul Griffiths 5pm - Martin Robinson

Paul Griffiths is a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s College of Evangelists in the United Kingdom. He is the Director of The Ugly Duckling Company. He has pioneered resources Table Talk & Puzzling Questions for outreach & evangelism. Dr. Martin Robinson is a Church of Christ minister and an international consultant on mission, theology, and church growth. He served as Director of the Bible Society in Britain and has authored many books including, Planting Mission Shaped Churches Today; The Faith of the Unbeliever; and, To Win the West.

4pm Prayer in Auditorium

Sunday@5pm Service in the Chapel HumeRidge Ministry & Worship Teams 8I


humeridge whats on Sundays Ap ril & M ay

Three week series by Pastor Neale Proellocks

April 6

April 20 Easter Sunday

His Suffering in the Garden

8am Easter Sunday Easter Communion Service Pastor Peter Millican

Matthew 26:36-46

April 13 His Silence in Gabbatha Hall John 19:1-16

April 18 Good Friday 9am Good Friday His Salvation at Golgotha

10am Easter Sunday Easter Celebration Service Senior Pastor Dale White Guest Artist

Vita Adam & Band

April 27

Mark 15:16-39 Guest Artist Compliments of Gus

Pastor Peter Millican

MAY 4

MAY 18

Reaching the Unchurched Paul Griffiths (from England)

Five A’s for Family Life Dale White Including Baby Dedications

MAY SERIES – Marriage & Family by Dale White & Ministry Team

MAY 11 Mother’s Day Service Featuring HumeRidge Mums

MAY 25 A Fresh Vision for Marriage Including Renewal of Marriage Vows

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calendar 2014

april

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

1

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

2

3

6.30am Prayer 9.30am KYB

9.30am English Table Talk 12.45pm KYB

9

10

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

4

5

18-20 April

9.30am Playgroup 7pm Grade 13’s

6

7

8

8am Prayer 9am Sunday Service 4pm Prayer Sunday@5

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8am Communion Service 10am Celebration Service Sunday@5 Guest Artist Vita Adam & Band

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6.30am Prayer 1.30pm Hymn Singing

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15

8am Prayer 9am Sunday Service 4pm Prayer Sunday@5

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9.30am Playgroup

21

EASTER MONDAY

28

9.30am Playgroup

22

9.30am Playgroup 7pm Grade 13’s

29

9.30am Playgroup 7pm Grade 13’s

16

12

4pm Music Team Practise

17

6.30am Prayer

9.15am Golden Eagles

23

24

6.30am Prayer 9.45am KYB

10am English Classes 4pm Music Team Practise

9.30am English Table Talk 12.45pm KYB

18

19

GOOD FRIDAY 9am Good Friday Service Guest Artist Compliments of Gus

25

Anzac Day

26 10am English Classes 2pm CAP Money Course 4pm Music Team Practise

30 6.30am Prayer 9.45am KYB 6.30pm Stumpy’s 6.30pm English Classes

Three week series in April by Pastor Neale Proellocks


calendar 2014

may

SUNDAY

MONDAY

Training Weekend 8am Prayer 9am Sunday Service 4pm Prayer Sunday@5

11

5

9.30am Playgroup

12

6

9.30am Playgroup 7pm Grade 13’s

13

Mother’s Day 8am Prayer 9am Sunday Service 4pm Prayer Sunday@5

18 8am Prayer 9am Sunday Service 4pm Prayer Sunday@5

25 8am Prayer 9am Sunday Service 4pm Prayer Sunday@5

WEDNESDAY

HumeRidge Training Weekend May 3 & 4 with Paul Griffiths & Martin Robinson

REACHING THE UNCHURCHED

4

TUESDAY

9.30am Playgroup

19

9.30am Playgroup

26

9.30am Playgroup

9.30am Playgroup 7pm Grade 13’s

20

9.30am Playgroup 7pm Grade 13’s

27

9.30am Playgroup 7pm Grade 13’s

7 6.30am Prayer 9.45am KYB 6.30pm Stumpy’s 6.30pm English Classes

14 6.30am Prayer 9.45am KYB 1.30pm Hymn Singing 6.30pm Stumpy’s 6.30pm English Classes

21 6.30am Prayer 9.45am KYB 6.30pm Stumpy’s 6.30pm English Classes

28 6.30am Prayer 9.45am KYB 6.30pm Stumpy’s 6.30pm English Classes

THURSDAY

1

9.30am English Table Talk 12.45pm KYB

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9.30am English Table Talk 12.45pm KYB

15 9.15am Golden Eagles 9.30am English Table Talk 12.45pm KYB

22

9.30am English Table Talk 12.45pm KYB

29 9.30am English Table Talk 12.45pm KYB 7.30pm GNO

FRIDAY

2 9.30am Playgroup Youth 5pm Gr 7&8 7pm Gr 9-12

9 9.30am Playgroup Youth 5pm Gr 7&8 7pm Gr 9-12

16 9.30am Playgroup Youth 5pm Gr 7&8 7pm Gr 9-12

23 9.30am Playgroup Youth 5pm Gr 7&8 7pm Gr 9-12

30 9.30am Playgroup Youth 5pm Gr 7&8 7pm Gr 9-12

SATURDAY

3 Training Weekend 10am English Classes 2pm CAP Money Course 4pm Music Team Practise

10 10am English Classes 4pm Music Team Practise

17 10am English Classes 4pm Music Team Practise

24 10am English Classes 4pm Music Team Practise

31 10am English Classes 4pm Music Team Practise

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1 Thessalonians 5

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Philippians 1

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Matthew 26:36-46

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Psalm

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2 Thessalonians 1

2

Philippians 2

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Matthew 26:47-75

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Psalm

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2 Thessalonians 2

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Philippians 3

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Matthew 27:1-31

3

Psalm

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2 Thessalonians 3

4

Philippians 4

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Matthew 27:32-66

4

Psalm

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Judges 10

5

Judges 1

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Matthew 28

5

Psalm

21

Judges 11

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Judges 12

April

May

6

Judges 2

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Colossians 1

6

Psalm

7

Judges 3

22

Colossians 2

7

Psalm

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Judges 13

8

Judges 4

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Colossians 3

8

Psalm

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Judges 14

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Judges 15

9

Judges 5

24

Colossians 4

9

Psalm

10

Judges 6

25

Psalm 15

10

Psalm

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Judges 16

11

Judges 7

26

Psalm 16

11

Psalm

27

Judges 17

28

Judges 18

12 Judges 8

27

Psalm 17

12

1 Thessalonians 1

13

Judges 9

28

Psalm 18

13

1 Thessalonians 2

29

Judges 19

14

Matthew 26:1-16

29

Psalm 19

14

1 Thessalonians 3

30

Judges 20

15

Matthew 26:17-35

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Psalm 20

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1 Thessalonians 4

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Youth Grades 4 - 6

Friday Nights

Term 2 recommences 30th April 6.30 - 8pm

Term 2 recommences 2nd May 5 - 6.45pm Grades 7 & 8 7.15 - 9pm Grades 9 - 12

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Celebrating our 1st Year A year ago the CAP Centre officially opened at HumeRidge. The year has been challenging, frustrating, faith building and definitely humbling. What is CAP and whom does it help?

an appointment.

CAP offers solutions to those struggling with debt, regardless of belief, race, sexual orientation etc. CAP offers top quality debt management and is completely free of charge, empowering clients to become debt free, through budgeting advice, creditor liaison, and personal support.

What have our clients said about CAP?

How does CAP work? Clients are visited in their own home. The 1st visit explains the CAP service and gathers information. The 2nd visit presents a solution (produced by CAP Head Office) (CHO). If clients agree to work with CAP, to become debt free, they have a caseworker at CHO who deals with their financial circumstances. Becoming debt free is not easy, so local support is offered from one of HumeRidge’s volunteer Support Coaches. They are there to encourage them in their journey; to introduce them to Church and local agencies as needs arise. How do people hear about CAP in Toowoomba? Agencies in Toowoomba e.g. Centrelink, Salvos, Vinnies, etc. have been briefed by us about CAP and have literature to distribute in order to encourage clients to contact CAP for

From a single mum “ The CAP programme was a saviour for me. It was a huge relief having that burden of debt lifted. I received a lot of support from the CAP Centre. I would highly recommend CAP to anybody who feels there is no way out. CAP is and was a Huge Blessing to me. Thank you from my heart.” How can you get involved in the CAP ministry at HumeRidge? We can only undertake this ministry with the amazing work done by our Support Teams. Our Prayer Team receives regular information about the needs of our clients. Prayer is essential in upholding the work week by week. Equally important are the dedicated Support Coaches, who ‘walk’ alongside a client as they become debt free. CAP also depends entirely on charitable donations. If you would like to join either or both of these teams and find out how you can support the work financially, contact us on 0498 188840 or see us after the CAP Sunday Update on 27th April. Colin & Carol Mellis run the CAP Centre out of HumeRidge Church of Christ.

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WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS.

When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ, my God; All the vain things that charm me most – I sacrifice them to His blood. See, from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down; Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were an offering far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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While preparing for a communion service in 1707, Isaac Watts wrote this deeply moving and very personal expression of gratitude for the amazing love that the death of Christ on the cross revealed. Nobody could have predicted that it would still be one of the most sung hymns at Easter in the 21st century. Some have called it “the finest hymn in the English language.” The hymn is based on Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” The words vividly depict the scene at Calvary and the dying Saviour and the seriousness of Christ’s sacrificial death. The third verse, in particular, brings an emotional response from most people, often tears and can we say, like Isaac Watts does in the last verse, that, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”? Certainly his words lead us into a deeper worship experience, even today. Isaac Watts was the eldest son of nine children, and was born on July 17, 1274 at Southampton, England. His father was diligent in religious work, and was several times arrested for this activity. In fact he was in prison when Isaac was born. At an early age, young Isaac developed a genius for verse making, and manifested his tendency in this direction by making so many rhymes that his father deemed it advisable to curb his youthful exuberance in this field. He threatened punishment if the boy continued this practice. However, Isaac’s poetic fervor was so great that he could not desist, and his

rhyming habit came into play even while he was being punished, for he exclaimed, Oh, father, do some mercy take, And I will no more verses make. It was a great thing for the world that the poetic gifts of this boy could not be stifled even by parental discipline; and the father decided to allow the young boy to pursue his own selected course. Isaac was very studious. learning Latin when he was 5, Greek at 9, French at 11 and Hebrew at 12. On his 24th birthday, he preached his first sermon and became a pastor in London. Though he did not have good health, he continued in the ministry until his death, aged 75. From an early age, Watts was disturbed by the uninspiring psalm singing in the English churches. He commented, “The singing of God’s praise is the part of worship most closely related to heaven; but its performance among us is the worst on earth.” Throughout his life, Isaac Watts wrote over 600 hymns and is known today as the ‘father of English hymnody.” His hymns were strong and triumphant statements of the Christian faith, yet none ever equalled the colourful imagery and genuine devotion of the emotionally stirring and magnificent hymn text to “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Some well-known hymns he wrote are, “Jesus shall reign”, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”, and “Join all the glorious Names” This hymn has been sung to many tunes, most often to a Gregorian Chant arranged by Lowell Mason. However, my favourite is Morte Christe sung by a choir, particularly a Welsh one!!!

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international award winning musical, The Phantom Of The Opera is the longest running show in Broadway history and will be brought to life for the first time on Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre stage this April. In what could be seen as a fairly radical shift in styles, HumeRidge Worship Pastor Brendon Walmsley landed the lead role of The Phantom and has spent the last few months preparing for the Empire Theatre’s largest ever production. Here are some thoughts from Brendon about this musical and our search for love. The Phantom of the Opera is one of the world’s best-loved musicals. It takes place in the Paris Opera House, where deep below in the misty catacombs lurks the Phantom - a mysterious musical mastermind. Shamed by his grotesque physical appearance, he exercises a reign of terror over the theatre’s occupants. He becomes fixated on Christine, a chorus girl, who he believes can give voice to his music. The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless story of seduction, despair and obsession as The Phantom’s fixation on Christine unleashes a tale of drama, destruction, death and ultimately - redemption. But beyond the magnificent music, stunning sets and elaborate costumes, we find a story that resonates very closely with our own.

on our abilities. Our identity can so easily become wound up in what we do. Much is made of the Phantom’s disfigurement. It’s the reason he wears a mask. It’s the reason, he believes, he’s been rejected. Whilst our flaws may not be as obvious or as physical as the Phantom’s, the fact is, we still have flaws. And we try to “mask” them in the hopes we’ll become more accepted. Vulnerability can be a scary place, particularly when we have already experienced rejection in our lives. Jesus sees our flaws; our imperfections. Those bits about us we want no one else to see. And he loves us anyway. It’s only through Jesus that our lives have purpose and meaning. It’s not about what we do to gain acceptance, but knowing we are already loved and accepted by our Creator. Then what we do simply becomes a response to His amazing grace. The Phantom’s story took place early last century. Around that time, another musical genius was writing music. She, too, was “flawed” - going blind not long after her birth. However, she knew she was loved and her acceptance was found in Jesus alone. Today we are still encouraged by Fanny Crosby’s response to that blessed assurance as we echo her words: “This is my story, this is my song - praising my Saviour all the day long.”

The parallels between the Phantom’s condition and ours is not all that distant. In the depths of every human heart is a yearning for purpose, acceptance and love. And there is no shortage of options when we begin the search to satisfy these needs. Often acceptance is sought through what we do. It’s his musical genius the Phantom uses to try and gain recognition. We live in a very performance-oriented society where our sense of belonging or importance is based

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Ten Days in the Neale Proellocks

To spend tens day in Antipolo City at the “International Christian College of Manila”, is to enter a different world to the comfort, ease and plenty of our world. Yet when we arrived in the early hours of January 15th, we were greeted with a sign that simply said, “Welcome Sir Foreman and Company”. From the moment we met staff and students that Wednesday morning to our final night of farewells we (Graham Foreman, Rob Larsen, Noel Mitchell and Neale Proellocks), were made to feel welcomed, accepted, loved and honoured. Without exception each of us were ministered to through prayer, worship, respect, encouragement and informal times of sharing with the 80 plus staff and students. We went to fix roofs, a security gate, water 1618 I I

pipes, phones and to install computers. When we left ICCM at 3:30am on Friday January 24th our work was done, but we came away feeling that the main work of the college remains unfinished. These beautiful young people are still being prepared and equipped for the work of the Gospel in Manila, the Philippines and into South East Asia. Past students are serving in local churches, planting new churches, working in public schools as teachers and all the time taking the Gospel of Jesus to the lost. As Graham, Rob, Noel and I reflect, our work (HumeRidge Church’s work) at the college isn’t finished either. Ongoing financial support is essential. In 2013, individual sponsors and home groups from HumeRidge gave $11,500


Philippines and together with the $8,000 budgeted by our church we’re making a difference in the work of growing God’s Kingdom through ICCM. Your generosity again was so evident in paying for the concrete for foundations for the new dormitory, $8,130. But the women’s dormitory isn’t finished. Poured foundations are a beginning. This year we need to raise around $80,000 to build a residence so that these young women have a reasonable place to live, a bathroom that has privacy and amenities that work. This will not be five star accommodation but only what is reasonable for God’s servants preparing for ministry. If you’re interested in student sponsorship, as a group or family please see Graham Foreman, Carina Biddle or Neale Proellocks.

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Mission to Germany I went on a mission trip with Teen Missions to Germany for six weeks over December 2013- January 2014. As Germany is a first world country the experience is completely different to a third world mission trip, but just as challenging and important. I had a team of ten and we stayed in Meckesheim, about half an hour away from Heidelberg. We worked with the CVJM church and renovated the roof of their three storey building, involving folio, insulation, and dry wall. We miraculously finished the project in time and the church was so thankful, as they have big dreams for the building to reach the youth of Germany and house future gap year students. Our other focus was evangelism. We were blessed to have an American guy who just finished three years of Bible College join us the entire trip. He added energy and passion to our 20 I

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group and gave us an example and practical advice on how to evangelise wherever we were. Without his example our spiritual growth and evangelism would not have been the same. We tried to hand out tracks (which involve cards or coins with the gospel or scripture verses on them) wherever we went and sang songs in trams and buses. We also went to a local primary school and did a presentation of songs, puppets and games. Our main evangelism opportunity was going to the Heidelberg University and conducting surveys in the hope of sharing Christ. The survey questions were deep and required people to think. For example, ‘What is your purpose here? How do you determine right from wrong? Are you a spiritual person? In your opinion, who is Jesus? If you could have a relationship with God, is that


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Senior Pastor Dale White 0419 756 469 Pastor – Outreach Neale Proellocks 0419 737 950 Pastor – Youth Ross Savill 0411 201 227 Pastor – Young Adults & Children Chris England 0413 580 012 Youth Workers Lauren England, Jamie Patikura 4635 0350 Children’s Worker Karina Windolf 4635 0350 Pastor – Communications Natalie Roy 0409 393 439 Pastor – Worship & Strategic Planning Brendon Walmsley 0419 654 548 Minister Emeritus Bruce Armstrong 4635 9885

After something you would want or pursue?’ We went out in pairs and had some very interesting conversations. We met Catholics, Atheists, Agnostics and Muslims. The survey was just a tool to enter a conversation about Christ. Street evangelism was hard and challenging. I was challenged to know exactly what I believe and be able to express that, but also to know God’s Word more. There is urgency for people to know Christ. It is a life and death situation. We had opportunities to pray for people and handed out Bibles where we thought God was leading us. I loved the whole experience and it gave our team more confidence in sharing Christ and how to practically bring that back home.

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Transformed Magazine April and May 2014  

HumeRidge Church of Christ's Transformed Magazine for April and May, 2014