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Westcity Church

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WE ARE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ALL ABOUT JESUS

(Well, what did you expect from a church?)

We are old people and young, artists, people with disabilities, lawyers and plumbers, activists and accountants who have been captured by, and caught up in God’s Dream for the world and God’s purpose for our lives, that we see revealed in this Jesus.

Maybe we are a church for those who don’t like ‘church’. A church for those who don’t want to play religious games or be entertained  but on a good day, desire to live the love that God has shown us.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE – September 28

To all members and visitors of the Westcity community

A few updates to keep you in the loop on what is happening at Westcity……

Sunday Services
We are meeting together at our Nanson Street building at 9:55am (5 minutes earlier for extended worship) for church services. There is plenty of room and  we would love you to register and reconnect with others over the coming weeks. Please go to the links below or The Hub to register your group. We would love to see you there!

Register for Sunday October 4th 

Register for Sunday October 11th

 

Westcity Pneuma Retreat – Friday 30 – Saturday 31 October 

Making space to encounter the Spirit

Registrations and more details here.

Pneuma spirit, wind
John 8:3 (EXP)
The wind, the spirit, blows where it wants to and you hear the sound of it but you don’t know where the wind comes from or where it is going. It is the same with every person who is born of the Spirit. We cannot comprehend or control the Spirit, but we experience his effect.

Luke 24:49 REB
‘I am sending on you the gift promised by my Father; wait here in this city until you are armed with power from above.’

As we look to be church in the different world emerging from Covid-19, we want to be journeying together in the Spirit’s enabling presence and power. As the first Christians walked into their “different world”, they didn’t do it in their own strength. In fact, Jesus told them to wait until the Spirit filled them with the strength and power they would need for their various tasks. And we best follow their lead!

The Bible says a lot about that kind of waiting expectantly for God so we want to set aside a time and a space to be filled again by His Spirit. We think that He will meet us in that space in surprising and wonderful ways, and that we will feel more deeply connected to Him, our faith and wider communities when He does.

 

Common Purse – Applications are now open for funding for Global Projects

Our Westcity Common Purse committee are currently asking for funding submissions for global projects for 2021/2022.

We are looking to partner with people who have a direct relationship with Westcity and are working on small, grassroots type projects that our church community can support.

Submissions are required by 15 January 2021.

For more information on our Common Purse and the selection criteria for funding for global projects please visit our Giving page.

We hope you are enjoying “Take Out” – A 3 min video describing the big idea of the Sunday message and a practical application. Our newest weekly resource aimed at giving you additional ways of go deeper in your spiritual thinking and daily walk with God. Posted on our ‘Westcity Church Community’ Facebook group, each week.

 

Acts: Being Church in a Different World
Over the next three months, we are journeying with the early apostles up until Paul arrives in Corinth in Acts 18, and having a “stopover” so-to-speak in Philippi and Corinth as Paul reflects back on key aspects of living the way of Jesus in these earliest of church communities. We will be looking for missional moments, situations and “ways of being” that we can emulate in our own small, and maybe not so small ways.

 

Peace and blessings,

Phil and the Westcity Team

SUNDAY SERVICE

10am @ 63 Nanson St Wembley, Perth, Western Australia

Our desire as the Westcity community is to find God’s story in our stories and our stories in God’s story. Each week, we explore scripture so that it might capture our imaginations that we would be open to the Holy Spirit’s transforming work and be equipped to live God’s love. We often give a gentle opportunity for those who haven’t said yes to God’s love to do that and to explore baptism.

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CHILDREN’S CHURCH

10am Children’s Program at Nanson Street 

Godly Play is a great opportunity for adults and all ages to listen, wonder and respond. Listen to the story, stop and wonder about the questions, then respond by doing your own work – each person can do their work differently.

It would be lovely if you can sit down and watch this video with your children. Pause the video after each wondering question, and share your thoughts with one another. Set aside time to “do your work” – you might draw, or paint, or make, or play, or read, or write … each person can do their work differently.

Each Sunday, Godly Play will be posted to our ‘Westcity Church’ Facebook page and ‘Westcity Community’ Facebook group. Please share your thoughts and work in the “Westcity Community” Facebook group if you wish.

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CURRENT SERMON SERIES

Acts: ‘Being Church in a Different World’

Acts 10:38
Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.

In 1952, the founder of the Iona Church Community asserted,
“I simply argue that the Cross be raised again at the centre of the market-place as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage-heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write his title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek (or shall we say in English, in Bantu and in Afrikaans?); at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where he died. And that is what he died about. And that is where church…...should be and what churchmanship should be about.” (George Macleod)

Jesus promised to build the church into a new community that would change the cultural face of the earth, beginning in Jerusalem and branching out across the world. From the day of Pentecost, the church began to live a life of doing good, of showing in word and deed that the way of the “kingdom of God” is a better way to live, especially for people who normally miss out. It would be brilliant if the post-Covid-19 world was also a place where the church could reset and show again how love and peace and light can forge a positive community culture. And even more than that, it would be magnificent if the church could be like the first church when it comes to making spaces where people can encounter the presence of the risen Christ. In that kind of place anything, including miracles, are possible. Acts tells the early part of that story and Paul’s letters often explore what it meant to be church in a different world a few years on.

So, we will journey with the early apostles up until Paul arrives in Corinth in Acts 18, and “stopover” so-to-speak in Philippi and Corinth as Paul reflects back on key aspects of living the way of Jesus in these earliest of church communities. We will be looking for missional moments, situations and “ways of being” that we can emulate in our own small, and maybe not so small ways.

PODCAST

RESOURCES

Home Study Notes – September 27

Acts: Being Church in a Different World | Pressing On and Moving Forward | Amke
Livestream Sunday Sermon

Scripture: Philippians 3:12-14

Notes:

If we want to be different in this world – we need to receive God’s power.

If we want to receive God’s power – we need the discipline to give God time.

  1. 11:28 Spend time with Him
  2. 1:6 Spend time in His Word ( Read, Meditate, Proclaim, Memorize)
  3. Rom 12:1.2 Give yourself and your whole Life to God

 Questions and Lessons Raised:

What helps you to spend a meaningful time with Jesus?

How does your “battery” get refilled?

How is your relationship with God’s Word?

What does help you to surrender your life daily to your God?

Final Thought / Prayer

His Grace will enable you to live this intimate, loving relationship with Jesus (2. Cor.8:9)

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Pastoral Note – August 19

Being you

“…in the life of faith each person discovers all the elements of a unique and original adventure.” Eugene Peterson. Run with The Horses.

Eugene Peterson is one of my heroes and for many years his life and writing has been an inspiration for me. The quote comes from a recent short documentary from his home on a Montana lake, just prior to his death. It is eighteen minutes of love and encouragement worth watching here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaMgIvbXqSk

Among other things his life was an encouragement to become authentically yourself, not to try to be anybody else or live “down” to other’s expectations. To say I haven’t always done this is an understatement.

I guess that is because to be honest with yourself and others is dependent on a deep honesty about yourself to the Spirit who gives life in the first place. And that is not easy for many of us, even though when you think about it there is no better place to start being honest. Psalm 139 and many other places make it plain that each person has a unique footprint to bring to family friends and culture and that we all miss out when we bring a caricature instead of who we are. I am not for a minute saying it is easy to put aside the expectations and insecurities that encourage us to be “acceptable” rather than authentic. What I think is true is that there is a clear place to begin or reboot that journey and that is by being radically honest with the Spirit. And I am sure of this, that at a level too deep to fully understand, who you are is acceptable to God.

Chiz (Neil Chisholm) – Teaching Pastor – Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

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Wescity Pneuma Retreat

Making space to encounter the Spirit

Registrations and more information here.

Pneuma spirit, wind
John 8:3 (EXP)
The wind, the spirit, blows where it wants to and you hear the sound of it but you don’t know where the wind comes from or where it is going. It is the same with every person who is born of the Spirit. We cannot comprehend or control the Spirit, but we experience his effect.

Luke 24:49 REB
‘I am sending on you the gift promised by my Father; wait here in this city until you are armed with power from above.’

As we look to be church in the different world emerging from Covid-19, we want to be journeying together in the Spirit’s enabling presence and power. As the first Christians walked into their “different world”, they didn’t do it in their own strength. In fact, Jesus told them to wait until the Spirit filled them with the strength and power they would need for their various tasks. And we best follow their lead!

The Bible says a lot about that kind of waiting expectantly for God so we want to set aside a time and a space to be filled again by His Spirit. We think that He will meet us in that space in surprising and wonderful ways, and that we will feel more deeply connected to Him, our faith and wider communities when He does.

Chiz

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Whether you're young or old, Christian or non-Christian, we welcome you at our church and we have a place for you to connect, be loved and in turn learn how to love God, love people, and follow Jesus.

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Care

Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will obey the law of Christ. Gal.6.2

We all have seasons when we need people to stand with us in prayer, by sharing your prayer need, the Westcity prayer network will do just that. You can email your prayer request by clicking the button below. Or to talk with one of our prayer team email westcitychurch@gmail.com

Grace produces gratitude and gratitude gives gladly.

2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)

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