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richmond baptist church FROM THE PASTOR Hi. It is great to have you with us. Please join us for a coffee and lunch after the service today. Tomorrow I am flying to the Middle East on a study tour. We will be visiting many of the significant sites in Biblical history. Locations like Mt Sinai, Nazareth and Jerusalem including (according to tradition) the places where Jesus was crucified and where he was buried and resurrected. One of the places we are going to visit is the Garden of Gethsamene at the base of the Mount of Olives. This is the place that Jesus went to pray while preparing for his his arrest, trial and death. It is the place that his disciples, Peter, James and John fell asleep. It is the place where Jesus sweated drops of blood as he agonised over what his Father was asking him to do. It is the place where

Jesus was arrested and taken for trial. The Garden of Gethsemane was the place Jesus went to take time out as he faced the most stressful time of his life. It was to this spot that he came to plead with his Father for another way to do what needed to be done. This wasn’t the only time that Jesus took time out to pray and speak to his Father. Throughout the Gospel accounts we read about Jesus leaving early in the morning, or at other times escaping the crowds to go up a mountain, or into the wilderness, or to the Garden to pray and spend time with his Father. When was the last time you took time out with God? When was the last time you spent time in prayer, speaking to your Father in heaven? Life is often so busy and it doesn’t

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CONT... Today - 3 June Ps Elliot Keane 5 Big Questions about God 5. What the hell? {Communion Service} Please join us for a coffee after the service, followed by an all in lunch. Today is Slow-Cooker Sunday. Yum!

Next Sunday - 10 June David Walter Malachi David starts a new three week teaching series for us on the Old Testament book of Malachi. Please join us for a fresh ground espresso after the service, we’d love to get to know you!

seem to get any quieter. In the name of productivity it is easy to assume that it is better for us to get on with all of the things that need to be done. It doesn’t make sense to take the time to find a quiet place and spend time speaking with our Father in heaven. But time spent away from the business of life is not wasted. For Jesus it was a strategic time of prayer and thought. He took time out for prayer whenever he wrestled with significant decisions. If we are serious about living God’s way and doing God’s work, Kingdom work then shouldn’t we also be spending time talking with our King. Maybe it has been a while since you took some time out to pray and spend time with your hevenly Father. Is there a place you could go to spend some time in prayer? Is there a time this week that you can put aside to pray. I’m looking forward to spending some time in the Garden of Gethsemane. I’ll be taking some time out to pray and speak to my heavenly Father. I’ll be praying for our church community and I’ll be praying for you too. Elliot


NOTICES –– We have a Church Lunch after the service today. You are very welcome to join us for Slow-Cooker Sunday. –– A couple of our Gospel Groups are starting new studies this week. If you would like to join one of these groups please speak to Zac & Michelle or David & Glenda. –– The recordings of our most recent teaching series, 5 BIG Questions about God, are available on our church website www.richmond.org.au –– Pastor Elliot flies out tomorrow on a study tour with Tabor College. The tour is part of his Master of Divinity studies. Please pray for Elliot and the other travellers (including several Baptist Pastors) as they travel through Egypt, Jordon and Israel. Pray for Sarah too! Elliot will be unavailable until Sunday 24th of June, until then please contact Pastor Mike with any Pastoral concerns. –– Painting the back hall is almost done! Please continue to be mindful of the building materials that are scattered throughout. We won’t be having working bees on Saturdays for a while, so sleep in until we begin the next project. –– Please email news@richmond.org.au with any items for the newsletter

CELEBRATIONS

ˆˆ Nat Nowak 19 June

ˆˆ Charlie Farrell 20 June

ˆˆ Vico Peng 19 June

ˆˆ Sarah Keane 27 June


SERMON NOTES

PRAYER REQUESTS –– Pray for Pat & Max Cuk –– Continue to pray for new mum and dad, Rachel & Phil and baby Lyra.

–– Continue to pray for Ian Pilkington (John’s son) as he works through his rehabilitation from ankle surgery.

richmond.org.au Mike Russell Pastor 0432 688 791 russell@internode.on.net

Elliot Keane Pastor 0408 180 284 elliot@richmond.org.au

Office 8352 8887


Newsletter - 3 June 2012