Last week we began a series entitled “Songs of the People” in which we will be exploring the message and invitation of the psalms.

As I said last Sunday as I introduced the series, the psalms we have chosen have, in fact, been chosen for us as we are, for this series, following the lectionary. 
The lectionary, which may be unfamiliar to you, is a three-year cycle of Scripture readings that is followed by many churches around the world. The readings are arranged around the liturgical calendar - the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection – and include a reading from the gospels, the epistles, the psalms, and another from the Old Testament. The decision to follow the lectionary was purposeful as it reminds us that we are part of the global church. Every Sunday in this series, as we read the psalms, we are joining with thousands of other congregations to reflect on the same text. It is something that we are doing together with other Christians and this provides us with a sense (I hope) of connection and unity.

This sense of connection and unity with others who we may not see is part of what we want to develop over the next few months as we wait for restrictions to ease. The sense of connection and unity that comes from reading the same text on the same day is not the full answer to our desire for connection, but it’s a small way to feel part of something bigger.

There are two other things we are launching in the next week that are similar – things we can do together even as we are apart:

1) This Sunday we will be holding the first HopeDrive; a donation drive for the work of Hopefield. We did something similar in March, but this is the first of what we hope will be a regular occurrence - the second Sunday of every month set aside to collect goods to serve our community.

2) The other is that on Tuesdays we are encouraging our community of faith to set aside some time to fast and pray for our church and community. The first of these will be next Tuesday so keep an eye out on social media for our prayer focus next week.

Both of these are things we can do together even if we don’t do them all at the same time. Both of these place our mission and our discipleship at the forefront. I’d love for you to join us in being part of these things and I hope you feel a small sense of connection and unity in it too!

There are other plans afoot as well as we seek to foster connection and I’m looking forward to sharing those in the weeks to come.

I hope to see you on Sunday!
Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online


Mark Coleman: Associate Pastor

Songs of the People: Psalm 114

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Matt Willis: Youth Coordinator

Songs of the People: Psalm 145

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Click on the video image below for the GBC Friday Update from our Senior Pastor Marc Rader.

This week:

  • GBC Links - Update your information now to help us better connect with each other;
  • Life Groups - Connection and Discipleship (to join a LG see "LifeGroup" section below);
  • HopeDrive -  This Sunday 1-3 - Join the drive thru drop off at GBC (see "Hopefield" section below for list of what is needed). Together, let's bless the ministry of Hopefield;
  • Prayer & Fasting Tuesdays (see "Prayer" section below for more info);
  • New paid Role at GBC - Serve Team Leader (see "Position Vacant" below).
Join the Chats this Sunday at GBC Online - It's always encouraging, for everyone, to see who is "in the room" with us so please remember to log in and say "hello" in the chats during the online service. 

Invite a friend or two to join you at your place on Sundays for GBC Online together.

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Hopefield - HopeDrive This Sunday

This Sunday (13 September) 1:00pm-3:00pm is our HopeDrive, collecting non-perishable grocery donations at GBC in partnership with Hopefield. This will support 828 people who require support in our community due to these difficult COVID-19 times (lost jobs, limited support options). Buy some items from the list below and on Sunday drive thru GBC for a safe contactless drop-off. This is our opportunity to be big-hearted & on-purpose!

Items needed:-
Food: Basmati rice, cooking oil, longlife milk, tinned tuna, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, canned fruit, biscuits, muesli bars, oats, breakfast cereal. 
Toiletries: Nappies (large sizes), toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, sanitary pads, razors, shaving cream, deodorant (male & female), soap.

GBC Prayer
As Marc mentioned in the Friday Update video and in his Senior Pastor's message (see above) - As a community of faith, GBC will set aside Tuesdays to pray and fast together. Prayer connection!

Each week we will post on social media the prayer focus for that week. Let's do this together! 
GBC Position Vacant
As Marc mentioned in the Friday Update (see video above) we are seeking to add a member to our staff team - "Serve Team Leader" - One day/week Paid. Applications close 30 September.

Role description is on GBC Links home page - click on link to view: Serve Team Leader Role Description.
GBC Mission - Vale Joan Eley

It is with a sad heart we share that Joan Eley passed away suddenly but peacefully 30th August 2020 in Venezuela. 88 years of life lived to the full! Joan was the first missionary sent out from GBC and served over 50 years in Venezuela.

Please enjoy this podcast interview as we celebrate her life together - click here to listen.


We are encouraging people to create connection, discipleship and care by getting involved in a LifeGroup and to make it a #1 priority to attend each week.

Check out the LifeGroups tab in GBC Links. There you can:
1) See a list of all the LifeGroups (leaders, photos and times they meet);
2) Fill out an Expression of Interest form (if you want to join a LifeGroup);
3) Download the LifeGroup Study Notes and Questions.

If you are NOT in a LifeGroup - what are you waiting for? Log into GBCLinks, take a look at the Group List and click on the Expression of Interest link above to let us know what times during the week you'd be able to attend a LifeGroup. Any questions please contact GBC's LifeGroup Coordinator - Brett Robinson via email.

We need more LifeGroup Leaders! If you feel God is asking "Are You Available" to step into the space of leading a LifeGroup - please email Brett Robinson or Mark Coleman.

Congregational Care:  Elders  /  GBC Cares  

If you need prayer or practical support please call or email the teams anytime. 

For Prayer Support - contact the Elders by phone: 0410 156 396 or 8515 1999 or email 
Our Elders meet with Marc Rader on the second Sunday of each month to pray for GBC and discuss pastoral care. They also meet weekly to pray for specific prayer requests submitted via email or during GBC Online.

For Practical Support - contact GBC Cares by phone: 0400 535 637 or email

Thank You - New Set Build and Design

You may have noticed our new set for GBC Online ...

A big thank you to those involved in the design of our new set (Jackie and Ben Martin; Brian Spingall, Glen Nelson and Ray; Dave Beresford and Martin Johnson). Thanks for blessing your GBC Family.

GIA Stamp Collection 
Global Interaction stamp sales report for NSW/ACT:

In the last six months (January - June 2020) $1,621.58 has been raised from sale of old stamps. A good result despite COVID - keep on cutting out those postage stamps.
GBC Safe Church

If you volunteer at GBC in any capacity and have not yet completed the Safe Churches short screening questionnaire please do it this weekend - time is running out! 

Click on the link below for your age group's questionnaire - honestly, it only takes a few minutes to complete.

If you're 18 and over - click the link to the over 18 questionnaire

For those who are not yet 18 - click here for the under-18 questionnaire.

Any questions please contact the GBC Serve Team via email.

Sutherland Board of Christian Education

Help raise funds for School Scripture - support Jarrod and Joanne as they teach Scripture at Gymea and Kirrawee High Schools. 

This weekend (11-13 September 2020) you can participate with SBCE by going for a sponsored walk/jog/run (2.5 or 5 km) anywhere you'd like (maybe from Cronulla Beach to Bass and Flinders Point. Take this opportunity to enjoy some fresh air somewhere with your friends or family. Get your sponsorship form from Sue.

To receive a printable sponsorship form please click here.

For further information email Sue McCubben or call her on 0432 926 160. 

Other options to support SBCE (if you prefer not to walk):

  • Consider sponsoring someone who is walking - Talk to Sue!
  • Make a donation to SBCE - you can do this by credit card via SBCE's website 

Playtime has returned to face-to-face meeting in our new Covid Safe format (Monday-Friday 10:00am - 11:30am).

Please note: Spaces are limited to 18 people (adults & children) per session and registration is essential for every session each week. 

If you have any questions; or if you're interested in joining Playtime for the first time; or perhaps you feel God is nudging you to assist or lead, please contact Meddwyn by email or phone GBC office on 9521 4611.

GBC Youth
GBC Youth has returned to face-to-face meetings at GBC for Term 3:
  • EDGE YOUTH: Yrs 5 & 6. Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • GBC YOUTH: Yrs 7-12. Fridays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Parents: Check out EDGE & GBC Youth's Term 3 Programs and read through the GBC Youth's COVID Safe Plan  (FYI: Also available on GBC Links ("Youth" tab) and on GBC's website).

Contact: For enquiries, email Matt, The Youth Guy (aka GBC Youth Coordinator).
The Big Three
If you haven't yet joined us for The Big Three, we encourage you to subscribe and download the weekly podcast "GBC Big Three".

This Week: Ep. 31 Songs of the People: Psalm 114

Join Marc Rader and our co-hosts Jess Baker and Matt Willis for a fun and thought-provoking conversation as they discuss the three big questions submitted and upvoted by you (our congregation) via Slido during Sunday's sermon at GBC Online. It's a deep dive into last week's sermon; a great opportunity to consider what God is saying to us right now and how we can apply that teaching so our lives are changed by Jesus.

This week's Big Three Questions:
  1. How do we reconcile the violent nature of God's judgment with the invitation of a redemptive relationship?
  2. In our cultural context that is filled with entitlement, how can we train ourselves in humility?
  3. At times where I don't understand God or feel disconnected from him, how do I live out real praise instead of pretending?
Watch all past The Big Three conversations at GBC's Youtube channel.
ACTIVITY SHEETS - We love for our kids to participate during the service at GBC Online. Each week in the Notes section we provide an activity sheet to download and print. Roxane, our Children's Ministry Coodinator, also emails the Activity Sheets to allow you to print it out ready for the Sunday service. If you'd like to be included in this email list please send Roxane an email. We love to see the amazing craft activities the kids are creating during KidzHome / GBC Online - email Roxane photos of your kids' artworks so we can showcase their talent to the rest of our GBC Community.

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE - Check out GBC's website for this week's Memory Verse Challenge. Our Kidzone leaders are taking turns to teach a new verse each week in very creative ways. One of our values at GBC is to be Whole-Life Learners; everyone, kids and adults, can benefit from taking up this challenge - so why not give it a go and get God's word into your hearts and minds!

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