86 Raceview Street, Raceview QLD 4305
19 Ipswich Street, Riverview QLD 4303
St Johns 8:00am & 10:00am
32 Roderick Street, Ipswich QLD 4305
2nd October, 2011 16th Sunday after Pentecost
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Ipswich Lutheran House
32 Roderick Street, Ipswich Qld 4305
Telephone: 07 3202 4035
Facsimile: 07 3281 9762
Generation Christ Website:
A MINUTE WITH PASTOR JOHN
“WORD’S OF LOVE”
This is the sermon theme for our Parish today. Today we look at the
basics of our faith. Interestingly, these are the same words that
underpin (some of) the laws of our land. At one time in our past the
sentiments of all the Ten Commandments were enshrined into law.
However, over time we have seen an increasing disregard for what
God knows is best for humanity as people endeavour to determine
their life apart from God.
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘You shall have no other gods’ because I know that if you
do, they will lead you away from me and only enslave you, whereas I give you life and
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain’
because my name is holy. By my name you can call on me and I will answer you – so why
would you even think of linking it with things that are not holy?”
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy’. I rested on the
Sabbath after my act of creation. Mortal humanity, you too need rest as it is God ordained.”
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘Honour your father and your mother’. Parents are God’s
gifts to children. Children have so much to learn and so much God given potential in their
lives. Being a parent is not easy, ‘but for now just trust that I know what’s best for you’.”
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘You shall not kill’. I alone give life and have the right to
take it. All life is sacred whether that’s the life of an unborn child, the impaired, the
unconscious or an elderly person.”
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘You shall not commit adultery’. The intimacy that a man
and woman share within the confine of marriage is one of the most joyous gifts that God has
given to humanity. It has the power to destroy and to give life. Therefore treasure it within
the safety of marriage.”
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘You shall not steal’. What right do you think you have to
take something that is not yours anyway?”
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘You shall not bear a false witness against your neighbour’.
Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’. Do not engage in any malicious talk, but
always look for the good in all people – for they too are made in my image.”
God says, “I love you, therefore, ‘You shall not covet’. Celebrate with your neighbour and
rejoice with them for the blessings that they have.
By doing this you will find a real peace in your life and satisfaction with your own blessings.
Today’s Service Information
Orders of Service
Bethany 8.00am Service with Holy Communion – Contemp 1
Grace 10.00am Service with Holy Communion – Modern Liturgy
Hymns 246 AT, 54 LH, 152 LH, 248 LH
St Johns 8.00am Service without Holy Communion – Hymnic
Hymns 270 LH, 331 LH, 70 LH, 248 LH
9.00am St Johns Fellowship & Morning Tea for worshippers and
visitors (St Johns Church Entry Area)
10.00am Contemporary Service without Holy Communion
St Marks 8.30am Service with Holy Communion
9.30am No Sunday School during school holidays
PSALM 19 (NLT)
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.
The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins!Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to
you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit as it was in the
beginning is now and will be forevermore. Amen.
COLLECT (PRAYER OF THE DAY)
(Let us pray that we may live by faith. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God, you have ordered our earthly life that we must
walk by faith and not by sight. Give us such trust in your fatherly care that
we show our faith by our courage in the face of all perplexities. We ask this
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46
Sermon Theme – Parish
God says “I love you” in the words from Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 today. We know these
words as the Ten Commandments. But rather than seeing them as ‘commands’, what does
it mean in our life if we see them for what they truly are – as words of love.
Copies of Pastor John’s sermon are available from the church foyers or from the
internet at www.ilp.org.au – Resources – Sermons.
Happenings in our Parish
Thank you to Vicki Park and David Kreis for leading God’s people in worship this
morning at St John’s.
Gold Coin Sunday - TODAY
On the first Sunday of the month at Bethany, Grace and St John’s, you are invited to place
a gold coin donation in the gold-coloured box near the church entrance, to help fund our
ministry to young families with baptised children.
Bethany Focus Group Meeting – Today after worship
Parish Guild High Tea Reminder – Thurs 6th October
Ladies wear your Spring Fashions and bring your special cup, saucer and
plate. Please bring some dainty goodies to share. Meet at St John’s Hall
at usual time.
Loan of Car needed
Pastor Milton Fritsch who will be joining us in ministry arrives from NZ in January 2012.
He and his family are seeking the loan of a motor vehicle for a couple of weeks until they
secure a car of their own. Is anyone able to assist? Please contact the office 3202 4035 or
Generation Christ - Sunday 9th October 2011
Please come along for an empowering service to inspire you and fire you up in your faith.
The service is called ‘Three Strands’. We will be focusing on our relationship with one
another and how we should be building each other up, not tearing each other down. After
all, as Christian brothers and sisters our friendships will last for eternity.
Worship at 6pm followed by dinner (hamburgers).
Bethany Lutheran Church — 86 Raceview Street, Raceview
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back
and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Longest Lunch – Sunday 30th October
The parish is joining together with churches across Australia and New Zealand in this fun
initiative, so we are looking for people from each congregation to join us and help plan
and organise this special event. If there is anyone from St John’s 10am or Grace who
would like to be involved in planning this event, please contact Vicki or Don Park
3814 4815 by Wednesday 5th October.
Mission Project - Birthing Packs
Members from Everton Hills Lutheran Church and School as part of their mission
ministry provide Birthing Packs that are sent to Lutheran Missions in Papua New Guinea
to be given to bush nurses. A couple of items they tend to be often short of are cloth
nappies and gauze. The cloth nappies can be second hand but should be of good quality.
The gauze being as expensive as it is, they often find that there are people connected to a
medical service where leftover pieces are available for collecting for the packs. If you are
able to assist with either of these things can you please drop them into Parish Office or
contact Betty Taylor.
Operation Christmas Child Countdown - 2 Weeks To Go!!
A big thank-you to everyone who has continued to support this mission! Bethany will
bless their boxes on Sunday, 16th October when the Kindy is in church. Last year 265
boxes were blessed from Bethany and Bethany school community!! That’s 265 children
that received God’s love in a simple shoe box! Doors are opened and for some children
this will be their first opportunity to hear about Jesus and His unfailing love. For children
who struggle just to survive, these are boxes filled with hope and joy. We encourage each
of you to pack your own box filled with love (don’t forget to include transport costs) or
help by donating to ensure boxes packed by the church have transport fees covered. Most
of our boxes were sent to Papua New Guinea, our neighbouring Pacific Islands and Asia.
For further details please contact Betty, Loraine or Janelle
Martin & Pauline Oldfield – Mozambique adventures
If anyone is interested in Martin and Pauline’s escapades, we’ve printed off a few copies
of their latest email which can be found at the rear of St Johns – by the pigeon holes.
Parish Planning 2012 – Let’s begin with Prayer!
The Lord said, “… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and
pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and
I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
A small group have been meeting monthly to determine how we can be better prepared as
a Parish to proclaim God’s words and care for one another this year and now we are
looking forward to 2012. At our meeting in August we looked at the seven areas of
personal growth. They are Worship, Prayer, Nurture, Growth, Service, Giving and
Sharing. We concluded that even before we begin to plan for next year we need to
earnestly seek God to find where He wants to lead us ie what He is blessing, rather than
asking Him to bless what we are planning to undertake. To this end we’re calling all
leaders and members to gather with us for prayer on a weekly basis from 7:00pm –
8:00pm every Tuesday, at St John’s commencing 20 Sept. The entire aim of coming
together is to pray – this is not planned to be a ‘meeting’. During this time of prayer we
would be waiting on God and endeavouring to discern His will and purpose as we
approach 2012. Additionally we would be praying for any other matters that God puts into
our hearts. It is planned that this prayer meeting would run for seven weeks, concluding 1
Last Tuesday another group of six people met in St Johns and prayed together. This time
of prayer commences promptly and concludes as planned. Please join us.
If you are unable to be present, you may like to offer to pray at home for that one hour
between 7:00 – 8:00pm (as one person has already done). We would like to know if you
are planning to pray with us from your home so that we can acknowledge you as part of
the team as we pray.
Regular Electronic Giving
For years now our Church has provided the ability for members to give their weekly tithe
or offering to their congregation through direct bank debit. If you would like to know
more about this, please contact the Parish House, email@example.com or 3202 4035. It’s
completely confidential and totally without charges.
CASUAL TRAINER POSITION
Professional Standards is seeking a Casual Trainer to co-present Professional Standards
Workshops in Queensland. Workshops are held on some Saturdays. For an indication of
the schedule for 2011 see www.qld.lca.org.au under Professional Standards. The Position
Description is also available on that site or contact Keith Stiller
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0457 530 805.
Can You Help
Do you want to help the Church become all she can under God? Please prayerfully
consider whether you can help in any of the following areas. The pay isn’t so good (there
isn’t any ☺) but the rewards will be great. Costs will be covered.
1. Work Place Health and Safety Expert
2. Web Master.
3. Communications and Media.
4. Lutheran Counsellors.
5. Property expert.
7. Human Resource Management Policy Writer.
Please email Michael Turner at email@example.com or contact Parish Office for
To Give Away
The Raatz family invites anyone who would like some grapefruit to come and collect as
many as they want from the tree at the back of their house at 115 North Station Road,
Booval. No need to call first, just come and help yourself from the tree behind the house.
They are ripe and ready for eating.
Beyond Our Door
Invitation to Ipswich Lutheran Parish Ladies Guild
Saturday 22nd October
St John’s Kalbar Lutheran Ladies Guild invite you an fun filled afternoon of afternoon tea
and a Parade of Fashions from Gaye Toohill’s Alamode Boutique. Commencing at
1.30;m at Kalbar Lutheran Church Hall, Teviotville Road, Kalbar. Admission $7.00. All
welcome. RSVP by Thursday 13th October – Rosalie 3288 9986
Christians and Climate Change
Is Climate Change real? Is it man-made? Will a carbon tax help?
What does the Bible say? What's a Christian response?
Come along to the Boonah Lutheran Church Hall, Rathdowney Rd., on Saturday 29th
October from 6 pm, for a free fellowship meal and hear renowned International speaker
Mr. John Mackay address this issue. The meal is free but a donation towards the speaker
would be appreciated. Books and other resources available for sale. For further
information contact Pr. Peter Geyer 5463 2050.
Professional Standards Unit - WORKSHOP
The next Professional Standards - Childsafe/Churchsafe - workshop is at Rochedale, 9am-
4pm on 20 November, 2011. This is essential training for anyone working with children
and youth within our church and all leadership. This workshop is not about rules and
regulations it is about learning how to really care for people, especially the vulnerable and
hurt. To register please go to www.qld.lca.org.au – Professional Standards. Cost is $30 +
$5 for lunch to be provided.
SERVICED OFFICE FOR RENT
A serviced office (Approx. 3.20M x 3.80M) has become available at 24 McDougall street,
Milton. If you are interested in renting the space please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone Michael Turner on 3511 4015.
Visitors – we trust that you have drawn closer to God in worship today. Our
congregation is blessed by your presence today. Please stay and enjoy a
‘cuppa’ with us after worship and make yourself known to us. We’d love to
answer any queries you may have.
Regular Worshippers - is there someone in church today that you don't know? Before
you go off to catch up with old friends, why not spend time making new friends and go up
and introduce yourself and get to know them and show them how much we treasure
visitors and newcomers in our church. You will make it easier for visitors you if you are
wearing your name badge (these can be ordered through the Parish Office for $7 each +$3
for a magnetic back).
Help Us To Care - if you know of someone who has fallen ill or who is suffering in any
way, please let Vicki Park our Pastoral Support Worker, or one of the Pastors know by
contacting the parish office so that appropriate care and follow up can occur.
Thinking Of Joining This Congregation? - Joining a congregation is
much like a marriage. There’s a commitment, a conscious decision to be part
of something bigger than simply yourself. If you have been worshipping
here and are not yet a member, the congregational leadership or pastors
would be happy to talk to you about ‘making our Church home - your
BIBLE READING PROGRAMME
Monday October 3 Ezra 5,6; Ps. 138; Lk. 16
Tuesday October 4 Est. 1,2; Ps. 150; Lk. 17
Wednesday October 5 Est. 3-8; Lk. 18
Thursday October 6 Est. 9-10; Lk. 19
Friday October 7 Ezra 7,8; Lk. 20
Saturday October 8 Ezra 9,10; Ps. 131; Lk. 21
Sunday October 9 Neh. 1,2; Ps. 133,134; Lk. 22
AVAILABLE FROM THE CHURCH FOYER
• Bethany School Weekly Newsletter
• Saints Alive – Issue 1, 2011
• Christ in the Centre – Winter 2011
• Border Crossings – Issue 10, June 2011
A time of prayer is held in the vestry at Bethany Church every Sunday at 7.40am
and at St John’s 9.45am (meet in the foyer/entry). Any and all are welcome join
in with these prayer times.
Call to prayer
God has given us righteousness through faith in Christ. Let us pray to him with
confidence, trusting that he hears the prayers we offer in Jesus' name.
• for the church, that it may always remember that it exists for and because of Christ
• for those who are persecuted for their faith
• for our law makers and legislators, that they may respect the law of God
• for athletes, sports men and women, and for all who manage and control sporting
• for school students on holiday
Care Slip & General Parish Prayer Requests
• Prayers for ALL sick people everywhere
• The many ill & infirm in our Parish - for comfort and/or healing as God sees fit
• Blessing to all who believe.
• Give thanks always to our Servant King.
• Lord thank you for your continued love and forgiveness to all.
• Elderly in Parish.
• Pray for worldly non-recession
• We pray for the homeless that they may find peace with you Lord.
• Bless us with much needed rain
• Safe travel for holiday makers
• Thank the good Lord for the lovely rain please Lord send us some more.
• Those who grieve
• Please continue praying for
o the pastors, office staff and leaders of the Parish and congregations.
o the upcoming meetings of the parish and congregations (refer to the ‘Coming
Up’ section at the back of this bulletin).
o the church services beforehand and as they take place
o specific events as they arise i.e. funerals, weddings, baptisms, synod, studies
undertaken across the parish
Lord, you give us confidence in you, a confidence that is based on the righteousness
you have given us in Christ. Receive our prayer, and give your healing mercy to all
who are in need. We pray in Jesus' name.
Attendance and Offerings
Bethany 25/9 8.00am 83 $2259.50
Grace 25/9 10.00am 20 $744.00
St John’s 25/9 8.00am 63 $1428.00
10.00am 57 $491.00
Bethany Grace St Johns St Johns
8am 10am 8am 10am
Date 9/10/2011 9/10/2011 9/10/2011 9/10/2011
Service Time &
Service Order Traditioal 2 Modern Liturgy HC
17th Sunday after 17th Sunday after 17th Sunday after 17th Sunday after
Pentecost Proper 23 Pentecost Proper 23 Pentecost Proper 23 Pentecost Proper 23
Altar Colour Green Green Green Green
Exodus 32- 1-14 Exodus 32- 1-14 Exodus 32- 1-14 Exodus 32- 1-14
Psalm 106:1-6,19-23 Psalm 106:1-6,19-23 Psalm 106:1-6,19-23 Psalm 106:1-6,19-23
Philippians 4:1-9 Philippians 4:1-9 Philippians 4:1-9 Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14 Matthew 22:1-14 Matthew 22:1-14 Matthew 22:1-14
Caitlin Rogers R Zahnow H Mibus
Support Lay Leader Caitlin
Ushers G & H Green R. Weiss G Schultz, C Sippel
Warren / Cheryl /
HC Assist. D Riggs D Hughes
Prayer Leader Louise
Prayers Alissa / John D /
(during offering) Amy / Ann
Organist / Jillene Jonathan
Doreen / Hallel G Wendt
Musicians / Singers Kayla Jeremy
Sound Desk / S: P Mibus
Matthew H / David
Video Operator V: L Dionysius
Powerpoint D: A Glover D: A Glover
Kurt / Josephine
Designer / Operator O: A O'Keefe O: H Mibus
Childrens Ministry / D Dionysius
Janelle / Russell
Children’s Activity L Kreis
Morning Tea Hauser / Nola Sippel L.Kathage N Schultz
Cleaning R & R Haag / Modra Vine
Verrenkamp, Lovey Verrenkamp, Lovey
Flowers Damm C Verrenkamp C Verrenkamp
Mowing P Cotter P Cotter
Altar linen: L Burton / Brass clean: R Zahnow, C Tabke, G Borchert / Care slips/pencils: G
St Johns Monthly
Steinhardt / Tract rack: G Steinhardt / Children;s bags: E Meier /
Funeral clean: G Steinhardt, S Piotrowski / Funeral ushers: L Burton, E Draheim, M Oldfield
TODAY After church Bethany Focus Group Meeting (Bethany Church)
1.00pm Cards & Games Afternoon (Bethany Church)
Mon 3/10 7.00pm Faith Chest Ministry (St John’s House Garage)
Tues 4/10 11.30am Parish Office Staff Meeting (St John’s Meeting Room)
7.00pm Parish Prayer (St John’s Church)
7.00pm Bethany Worship Team Meeting (Bethany Church)
Wed 5/10 7.00pm Parish Ministry Team Meeting (Parish Office)
Thurs 6/10 9.00am Parish Women’s Guild High Tea (St John’s Hall)
Fri 7/10 5.30pm St John’s Youth Band Practice (St John’s Church)
Sun 9/10 6.00pm Generation Christ Service (Bethany Church)
Mon 10/10 7.00pm Faith Chest Ministry (St John’s House Garage)
Tues 11/10 11.30am Parish Office Staff Meeting (St John’s Meeting Room)
7.00pm Parish Prayer (St John’s Church)
Wed 12/10 6.40pm St John’s Teams Meeting Night
7.00pm Bethany School Board (Bethany Learning Hub)
Thur 13/10 10.00am St John’s Women’s Fellowship (St John’s Hall)
IPSWICH LUTHERAN PARISH
Parish Office Ipswich Lutheran House, 32 Roderick Street, Ipswich
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, 07 3202 4035
Parish Staff Administrator | David Taylor
Children & Youth Worker | Josephine Brown
Disaster Relief Coordinator | Betty Taylor (Disaster Recovery Unit)
Discipleship Worker | Rev Michael Uebergang
Ministry Support Staff | Karen Cotter / Leanda Dionysius
Pastor | Rev John O’Keefe
Pastoral Care Support Staff | Vicki Park
Professional Standards Officer | Michelle Yarrow
WORSHIP CENTRES & SERVICE TIMES
Bethany Grace St Johns
86 Raceview Street 19 Ipswich Street 32 Roderick Street
Raceview Riverview Ipswich
Worship: Sunday 8am Worship: Sunday 10am Worship: Sunday 8am & 10am
Last Wednesday of Month 9.30am During Lent: Wednesday 9am
Bethany Lutheran Primary School Bethany Lutheran Community Kindergarten
126 Cascade Street, Raceview 86 Raceview Street, Raceview
07 3288 8799 07 3294 0024
Principal: Neil Schiller Director: Stacey Brown
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