Mornington Community Church (GCI)

Change of meeting location.

We have moved to being a house church, and meet most Sundays in Howrah at 10 a.m. We are a small, welcoming, relaxed and dedicated group of local people, seeking to learn and grow in our walk with Jesus Christ.

We have a simple service, and focus on communal prayer, and study of the Scriptures as well as singing songs of praise and worship.

Mornington Community Church – In a word picture

For more information please email,

phil.hopwood@gci.org.au,

or phone 03 6243 1231,

or 0407 566987.

Or you can use the contact form below.

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Jonah

Jonah is one of those characters that jump out of the Bible.  He is not the type of person you would expect to feature as a Biblical prophet.  In a sense he is an “anti-prophet” who thinks he can run away from God.  He just doesn’t want any part of giving his “enemies” a chance at change and redemption.

There are profound lessons to be learned from Jonah, particularly in this time of prejudice, division and hate speech.

You can find the video message among others in the list below;

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Minor Prophets Bible Study Series now online

You can view the introduction to our new series on the 12 Minor Prophets.

Phillip Hopwood - February 19, 2021

Introduction to the Minor Prophets

Introductory study for our series on the 12 Minor Prophets.

Scripture References: Micah 4:1-8

From Series: "Old Testament"

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We hold Zoom studies each fortnight on Fridays at 2pm.  For information phone Phil on 0407 566987.

 

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Christmas Carol Service

We invite you to listen to our annual Carol service.   This year it is based on a 1918 King’s College, Cambridge, UK service of 9 Lessons and Carols.

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New Study Series: “I Am” –Who is Jesus”

You are invited to watch our new series about Jesus Christ.  Who is he?  We are going through many of the “I am” statements Jesus spoke in order to learn more about who he said he was.    We start with Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” in Mark 8.   We will then work our way through many of the “I am” statements in John’s gospel.

Check back every two weeks for new studies in this series.

Phillip Hopwood - May 29, 2020

Who Do You Say that I Am?

Who was and is Jesus Christ? In this series we explore what Jesus said about himself in a series of what are termed "I Am" statements. We start in Mark 8:27-34.

From Series: "Who is Jesus?"

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Want to hear the latest on Conspiracy Theories?

The Internet is never short on new conspiracy theories about this, that or the other.   We have had conspiracy theories seemingly as long as humans have been able to communicate. 

Why is it that Christians seem to gravitate to conspiracy theories?

D.L. Mayfield suggests it is because,

“People believe conspiracy theories because it is psychologically easier to believe a singular and unlikely narrative rather than engage in a hard and complicated reality where your own long-term participation is needed.

 
There is a wonderful old adage from renowned US Supreme Court Judge,  Oliver Wendell Holmes who said: “I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity; but I would give my life for the simplicity the other side of complexity.”     

But it is so much easier to have a one idea fits all, solves all, and explains all approach.  It is hard and time consuming brain-stretching work to sift through the full reality of even relatively simple issues and arguments in families, school and work places, let alone wider political, scientific and religious matters.  There is also a matter of our ego, wanting to be right and to be respected.  Many of us also like to be in control.  Fear is often of things unknown, different or foreign.  How “nice” and comforting it is when we sit back with an all knowing, full explanation of why things are the way they are in our world.  Conspiracy theories feed the need.  They are like “comfort food” for many.  Worse, they often fuel division, prejudice and exclusion of others who think, behave or look different to us, or our “group”.

Jesus opposed those who separated, persecuted and excluded others over such grounds.  But too often, religious people become fundamentalist and exclusivist, claiming to be the “true believers” but “fundamentally” going against who he was, and what he taught.   Why is it that historically the main source of opposition and persecution of minority groups has come from conservative Christians?  Yet Jesus deliberately went to, helped and associated with the “unclean” of his time, the immoral and excluded.   This is so clear when we take the time to read through his story, found in the Gospels.

Here are a couple of articles that explore why so many of us, including Christians, tend to have an appetite for conspiracy theories. 

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Church Service Videos

You can watch our most recent sermons below, including Easter and the Ascension celebrations below or by going to the Video page from the top or right menu.

Phillip Hopwood - February 19, 2021

Introduction to the Minor Prophets

Introductory study for our series on the 12 Minor Prophets.

Scripture References: Micah 4:1-8

From Series: "The Bible"

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Bible Study Philippians 3:1-17

Other videos will be added soon, so please come back and visit us again.

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Prayer & Share Zoom Meetings

Prayer & Share

You are welcome to join us each Tuesday evening at 7pm for a Zoom meeting in which we share our lives and pray for each other as we live through this current upheaval to our lives and society.  We also read and discuss a short passage of Scripture.

If you would like to join us or have any prayer requests, please phone Phil on 03 6243 1231.

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Retreat – November 2-8, 2020

You are invited to attend our annual Retreat at Camp Clayton, Ulverstone on Tasmania’s stunningly beautiful northwest coast (in the hope the COVID-19 crisis and necessitated restrictions allow it).

This year our focus is on Paul the Apostle, his life and teachings. He is the outstanding character in the New Testament outside of Jesus. And it was Jesus who became the total focus of his life. How did this fiercely militant and religious Jew, self-described as a Pharisee of the Pharisees–who brutally persecuted Jesus’ work and people–become its chief champion, selfless servant and passionate proponent? Join us in this time of re-acquaintance and discovery, as well as time for worship, fellowship, food and rejuvenation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please let others know who might be interested in sharing this time with us.

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Stay Being Church while Staying at Home

Hello everyone,

At present we are only able to meet in small groups under 10, following government requirements for religious groups under the COVID-19 guidelines.   We also hold ZOOM services. prayer and share meetings and Bible studies nationwide, as well as locally.   Please let us know if you would like further information.

Recordings of these and other services are available here on our website  Church Service Videos.

In the light of our turned upside down world and personal lives due to COVID-19 here are some links to keep being church while staying at home.

GCI Worship and Sermon links

Local sermons can be found in the Sermons section of this site.

An excellent place for GCI sermons is GCI Equipper

  https://equipper.gci.org/

 

Other Resources

Door of Hope, Oregon

https://www.doorofhopepdx.org/sermons/

They have a great series on Living in the Light of the Resurrection at; https://www.doorofhopepdx.org/sermons/new-day/  

The Bible Project

If you haven’t seen any of the work by the Bible Project, take a look. They provide short animated presentations that are informative, inspiring and wonderfully produced. You have a choice of hundreds of short videos on books of the Bible, overall themes, theological concepts etc. Great for all ages. https://bibleproject.com/  

This is a good time to be spending time on those things which are most important to us, particularly our prayer and studies.   It is sad we are not able to meet, fellowship and worship, but the more we all self-isolate as much as possible, or at least restrict going out to an essential minimum, and then keep a 1.5-2 metre distance from non-family members, the sooner the pandemic will start to decline and hopefully be less of a risk.

We are blessed in Tassie that the COVID-19 situation has been dealt with in a proactive manner.  We can do our part to help reduce the spread by following the guidance we are being given.

Blessings to all,

Phil

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