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Think Spot

31st October 2011

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G'day! Welcome to Partakers Think Spot at the start of new week on Monday the 31st of October 2011.

As part of our living as followers of Jesus, here is something which has the capability of affecting every person on the planet.

Jesus, our Master, said in Matthew 12:36-37 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Jesus took words and thoughts extremely seriously! Jesus' words encouraged others gently towards paths of right living.  He spoke words of love, kindness, rebuke, forgiveness, encouragement and blessing upon and to others! Jesus is to be our guide and Master in the use of thoughts and words.

In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus equates calling somebody a fool with the physical act of murder! Murder has its beginning in anger developing into uncontrollable rage! Improper attitudes, words and thoughts can lead you and I to sin if we don't stop their destructive use quickly! May the words we communicate and think about, be like those of Jesus - "full of grace".  How is your WOW factor of Jesus now?

When Jesus Christ called you to follow Him, He called you to follow Him wholeheartedly and be committed to only Him. Jesus calls you and I, to love God and be totally committed to Him.

Here is a brief prayer to help us into the new week.

Father, help us this week to be totally committed to you in all aspects of our lives. May those we live with, work with and interact with, know we are your child by the words we speak. We ask this, through the mighty name of your Son, Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Friday Prayers

28 October 2011!

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G'day and welcome to Partakers Friday Prayers on the 7th of October, 2011.

1. Milly (USA) - Welcome

2. Jeanette (Australia) - Opening prayer

3. Eugene (UK) - Prayer for unemployed

4. Sharon (USA) - Prayers for imprisoned

5. James (UK) - Prayers for healing (Kathy, Chrissie, Denise, Hannah, Claire, Joy, Donna), comfort (family of Doug) and guidance (Charlene, Hannah and Donna)

6. Lorraine (UK) - Prayers for aftermath of Turkish Earthquake.

7. Jeanette (Australia) - Closing Prayer

8. Milly (USA) - Bye!

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Worship Wednesday

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G'day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on the 26th of October 2011.

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Song: Father God, We Come

Father God, we come with confidence through faith. Father God, we stand before your throne of grace. We can only come, stand before your throne, because Christ has made the way; shed his precious blood as our sacrifice, so we offer you our praise.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! The way is open to the Father, hallelujah!

Father God, we come, invited to draw near. Father God, we stand before you without fear. We are welcomed in, to your presence, Lord, as the Spirit leads the way. We will join with Christ, we will join with heav'n,

as we offer you our praise. Father God, we come, hallelujah.

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Bible readings

Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 6:19-20 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Bible Talk - Dean Roberts ( www.deanroberts.net )

Prayer

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

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Think Spot

24th October 2011

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G'day! Welcome to Partakers Think Spot at the start of new week on Monday the 24th of October 2011.

Jesus wants to be number one in the life of all those who choose to follow him! Jesus wants supremacy over everything in our lives, including family, friends, and possessions!! Alas, that's a cost too high for some! Within the Gospels, there is the story told of Jesus' encounter with a man, who we shall call, Basil.  Basil runs up to Jesus and wants eternal life, wants it now and asks Jesus about how to get it. He has fully kept the commandments listed by Jesus.

However when Jesus said to Basil that in order to follow Him, he would have to give up all his wealth and possessions in order to have treasure in heaven and eternal life, Basil leaves disconsolate and shattered. The life of Basil, this rich young ruler, reflected a life of absorption with his own self-interest and self-importance!.

It was a step too far for Basil. He wanted his riches and also everlasting life, but Jesus said he couldn't have both. He remains the only person that we know of, who left Jesus' presence sorrowful, and that due to putting his trust in himself, his riches and wealth alone. Now riches, in and of themselves, are not necessarily wrong! But for Basil, well, he was not willing to make the sacrifice required to follow Jesus.  He couldn't count the cost of following Jesus- it was too high a price for him to pay!

What have you given up in and as a result of your decision to follow Jesus? Making sacrifices to follow Jesus is all part of the WOW factor of Jesus. Jesus demands His being number one and supreme over everything else in your life - yourself, family, others and material goods including money and possessions. How's your WOW Factor about Jesus now? What have you had to give up to follow Jesus Christ and make in number one in your life?

Followed by the Lord's Prayer...

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Friday Prayers

21 October 2011!

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G'day and welcome to Partakers Friday Prayers on the 7th of October, 2011.

1. Welcome

2. Opening prayer

3. Time for confession

4. Prayers for churches worldwide

5. Prayers for individuals: Kathy, Chrissie, Denise, Hannah, Peter, Bruce, Joy, Ruth and Lucie

6. Time for your own petitions and prayer

7. Benediction

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The Art of Tickling

Or Using New Media in a Traditional Church

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This session addresses the question of "How can traditional churches and those with older congregations use new media without excluding people?"

What is New Media?

Now you may well be asking what is this New Media or Social Media as it is also known. It is Websites, Blogs, Mobile Applications, Video, Audio and Social Networks such as Facebook and Twitter!

At the conference, we were given the opportunities to investigate how to do those 8 things, to a greater degree of skill! This session is about putting that knowledge into practise!

To use New Media is to Tickle!

Now instead of using our question each time I want to address, I have summed it up into one word - Tickle!  Here is what Tickle stands for!

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So by the time this short series is over, hopefully we will have learnt a bit more about the art of Tickling and how to get people using it!

Why Tickle?

However, before we know how to tickle, there are two questions to answer. Our first question is why. You may well be here and not know why you should be using new media and tickle! Why do we want to know how to use New Media and include everybody?

The church of the New Testament had the 3 r's! There were seen as radical! There were seen to take risks as led by the Holy Spirit! There were seen to be relevant to their communities! How far from this has your church gone?

  • It can shows church acting as a community!
  • Gives the excluded and elderly an opportunity to know they are loved, valued and included.
  • Gives those same people, the chance to use their talents and spiritual gifts!
  • Further along those lines it gives them an opportunity to further enhance and be trained in the use of their talents and knowledge!

So that's why!

Who are the excluded?

But now a second question remains before we get to how. That question is: Who are we excluding - either deliberately or accidentally?

Here are the kinds of people, in our churches, who I think are generally excluded from participating:

  • Elderly
  • Home confined & isolated
  • Disabled
  • Homeless
  • Unemployed
  • Poor - financially and technologically
  • Disinterested and self-excluded

Me!

So what about me? How have I used and encouraged others to use New Media?

I think that everybody has some measure of talent that can be used, including those who would ordinarily be dismissed from having any input into Christian worship and thinking, such as the elderly and those we earlier identified as being from the excluded group! Now here is very brief example of this!

That was the autistic daughter of a friend of mine, who has so far blessed hundreds of people! She is very precocious! That was a way to include somebody who sadly wouldn't normally be included in majority of church services, let alone New Media.

In this case her voice was recorded, and we made a very simple video to go with it! The photographs were those of an elderly friend in Canada. So we managed to combine the both! So can you!

Here are some other examples of people I have helped, who ordinarily wouldn't use New Media.

R - retired lecturer who has written in-depth studies of the book of Luke for use in Home Groups. We are working at putting them online by way of audio and YouTube.

Jim - retired - We were able to use his writings and put them online! He hadn't a clue how to do it before hand and now he is a regular contributor on my site.

Visit an example of his work by listening to the audio player above or by clicking here:

Pauline - has a degenerative illness. We had her do some podcasting and now she regularly gives bible talks in her church as a result!

Visit an example of her work by viewing the YouTube video above or by clicking here:

We have to use people's talents, knowledge and wisdom, whatever it maybe, and whoever they maybe, and put them online using New Media!

We need to use those 8 methods: Websites, Blogs, Mobile Applications, Facebook, Twitter, Video and Audio.

Make sure they are safe! Don't disclose too much personal information about them!

Also ensure they get some measure of feedback, because that will encourage them to do more!

Things that can be put on with New Media are photography, poetry, bible talks, testimonies, hobbies, interests and short stories. We could make an impact using New Media!

Where I attend Church in the New Forest, the ladies there have amazing recipes which I am hoping to garner and put online - with photographic evidence and taste tests!  Another way we can include those who wouldn't necessarily want to be involved in New Media!

Pray!

Another idea of how to include people in this new media is to get them to pray for people you tickle and interact with online! Facebook and Twitter are rife with prayer requests from people! Take those prayer requests and sensitively get members of your church to pray! Get them interested! What a great way to include them! Do ask however the person needing prayer if you can ask others though, as some people may not want you to! You don't need to give names or even initials!

Get Beside Them!

Somebody could get beside them regularly and help them - building community! For example, they could record several podcasts or videos at one time and then distributed over a long period of time.  Or it could be once a month or whatever!

Have regular monthly spots on your church blog so that on the 5th of each month, people know who will be on!

For example, on the 5th of November Marjory shares a short poem she has written! This particular poem was recorded by George who can't get out much but has a fine strong voice still.

Somebody has taken the time to be with these two people, has taken the poem written by Marjory, had it recorded by George on a smart phone and put it online! How about that for a bit of tickling?

New Media Activity Days!

Another idea is New Media Days at your church, or churches together! You could hold a regular event, say quarterly, at your church where people can come and contribute something using New Media. For want of a better name call it a New Media Activity Day or something like that.  It would be a good way to get the younger members of the church to interact with the slightly less young members of the church! Using New Media to build and encourage the church.

Use People's skills!

The elderly, in particular, have a lot of knowledge and wisdom which can be distributed. The retired company chairman has invaluable advice she could give in regards to how the unemployed people in your church and community could do better to make them more employable.  Writing interview and application tips for example!

No Technology - No Problem!

For those without access to technology, there is the use of facilities in most libraries. Where I live, the libraries run courses for those wanting to know more about being online! Whatever the person's interest is, it can be put online!

Or how about this! Passing on older technology for people to use! We all upgrade at some point, so why not give on the obsolete technology to those who maybe able to use it! And even help them to use it!

My passion, as you may have guessed, is to help people develop themselves and use New Media to do it.  Many churches have many talented people able to do many things. Yet it seems, at least in my limited scope, that in most churches it's the few that does the most. After all, there are only a limited number of people who can prepare leading a service or deliver a bible talk. But these two things at least in part, for example, can be done within digital space using New Media. I do that for my site using Wednesday Worship and Friday prayers. Those are examples of what people can do as part of a New Media training programme within a church.

So:

Get people to pray for those you interact with using New Media!

Get those people to pray for YOU as you use and develop New Media.

Get beside people and get them using New Media!

Have regular New Media Activity Days!

We can do it!

You!

Now, you may well be here representing a large church! Go for it - you have the numbers! What is stopping you?

Or you may be here representing a small church. You can go tickling with New Media as well...

Whatever church you represent, here is a bit of a radical idea. How about getting churches to work together in some way as a New Media expression within your local community?

Use your blogs and other New Media to reach out into your local communities.

Be willing to participate in New Media activities of your community. Large numbers of local communities are represented on Facebook. Instead of starting a new page there, be willing contributors there!

Now... Here is where the rubber hits the road! Let's get practical!

Are there any examples from your own churches?  We may as well help each other out! Let's brainstorm together of how we can include those ordinarily excluded!

Go!

Let's go tickle!! Let's be determined to include as many people as we can in our social media endeavours!

Use New Media: Blogs, Video and Audio, Mobile Apps, Facebook and Twitter.

Use your local community New Media resources to reach out into your local community.

Using wisdom, get people to pray for those you interact with using New Media!

Get those people to pray for YOU as you use and develop New Media.

Get beside people and get them using New Media!

Have regular New Media Activity Days!

Let's go Tickle with New Media!

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