A hymn by George Matheson (1890)

1 Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free;
force me to render up my sword, and I shall conqueror be.
I sink in life’s alarms when by myself I stand;
imprison me within thine arms, and strong shall be my hand.

2 My heart is weak and poor until it master find;
it has no spring of action sure, it varies with the wind.
It cannot freely move till thou hast wrought its chain;
enslave it with thy matchless love, and deathless it shall reign.

3 My power is faint and low till I have learned to serve;
it lacks the needed fire to glow, it lacks the breeze to nerve;
it cannot drive the world until itself be driven;
its flag can only be unfurled when thou shalt breathe from heaven.

4 My will is not my own till thou hast made it thine;
if it would reach a monarch’s throne, it must its crown resign;
it only stands unbent amid the clashing strife,
when on thy bosom it has leant, and found in thee its life.

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Anglican Aid’s NSW Drought Appeal
The drought continues across NSW and eastern Australia, with more than 95% officially drought-affected or worse. Your generous care for our rural brothers and sisters has been a solid witness for many suffering the isolation and loss of hope that has accompanied this drought, now spoken of as a national emergency.
To those who have donated to Anglican Aid’s NSW Drought Relief Appeal we want to say thank you on behalf of the regional churches and communities who have been blessed by your generosity. Just as the dams have run dry, so have the funds we were able to supply earlier this year. Please prayerfully consider if you are able to give again.
Anglican Aid is partnering with regional Anglican Dioceses, such as the Diocese of Armidale and of Bathurst, in the worst hit areas of NSW. Donations may go towards stock feed, household bills, fuel, groceries or other needs. To give to Anglican Aid’s NSW Drought Appeal, go to  or call  92841406.


  • Pray for the NSW Upper House as it debates and votes on the abortion bill this week. Ask God that people with differing views will treat one another with great respect.
  • Pray that women facing unplanned pregnancy will be able to find the support they need, no matter what decision they make.
  • Pray for a wise resolution to the ‘trade war’ between China and the US.
  • Pray for people moving in to the Ryde area to find out about our church and try it out.
  • Pray for prisoners to be kept safe in gaol, and to find the freedom that comes from following Jesus, the prince of peace.
  • Pray for Dave & Liz in East Asia. As they face more restrictions on their ministries, may they continue to trust God and find new ways of reaching students and neighbours.

Prayers for those in need
Please pray for Alison. Ask God to comfort, strengthen and deepen the trust of those who are sick, grieving, or in special need at this time.

Freddo Quiz

Fill in the gaps.
Our ______ in heaven, Hallowed be _____   ____.



 SOAP Bible Readings


Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.

Week beginning 16th September
Ruth 4
1 Chronicles 1
1 Chronicles 2
1 Chronicles 3
1 Chronicles 4
* James 4:1-7 & 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
1 Chronicles 5

Week beginning 23rd September
1 Chronicles 6
1 Chronicles 7
1 Chronicles 8
1 Chronicles 9
Psalm 42
* 1 Peter 1:3-9; Psalm 116
Psalm 43

Week beginning 30th September
Psalm 44
Psalm 45
1 Chronicles 10
1 Chronicles 11
1 Chronicles 12
* 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Acts 4:23-31
1 Chronicles 13

* Sermon Reading

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.  (Psalm 119:18)