Today we celebrate Father’s Day. In 1909 Sonora Dodd attended the Mother’s Day service at her church. As she listened to the sermon and heard the virtues of Mothers and motherhood from the Bible, her mind went back to her childhood. She thought how important fathers are in raising children and she thought of the notion of Father’s Day.
Sonora’s father William, a Civil War veteran, lost his wife as she gave birth to a sixth child. Sonora was only sixteen at the time. Through the difficult years following her mother’s death Sonora watched her father care for the six children with love and devotion and saw him makes sacrifices to give them all better lives.
After the Mother’s Day service in 1909, Sonora felt inspired to campaign for equal recognition of fathers. With the support of the Spokane Ministerial Alliance and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and Sonora’s dedication to the cause, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on 19 June 1910.
What are the attributes of a good father? What positive attributes can you identify in your dad, granddad or the father figure in your life? If you are a father, or, one day hope to be a father, what attributes are currently showing in your life?
Whatever the strengths and weaknesses of us as humans, be assured that God is our perfect heavenly Father. He is loving and compassionate. He has a giving nature, is strong and forgiving. God is a good father. He is caring, is always available and is a true helper in times of need.
God invites each of us to deepen our interaction with Him and to talk to him about all our needs and desires. Jesus told the story about the persistent neighbour, and the other stories in this passage to help us expand our understanding of how good a father God is to us. Lawrie.
Sundays@5pm. From Keith’s Desk … In today’s message we will be looking at one of ‘The Attributes of God’ specifically Love. God knows every single person of His creation and He knows us far more deeply than we know ourselves. There is nothing we can discover about ourselves that is hidden from Him. We love God because He first loved us. How does God look at us? He sees us through the eyes of love and this love has nothing to do with what we do. There is nothing that you and I can do which would convince God to love us more than He already does.
Divine love is unconditional, unlimited and unending, but it also seeks to purify us and help us grow. God will not overlook our behaviour or our unfaithfulness. It is because He loves us that He disciplines us. God allowed the Lord Jesus to pay the ultimate price through His death on the Cross in order to restore mankind’s relationship with Him. In saying no other sacrifice would suffice; that is how seriously God views our sin.
As well as looking at God’s love for us and our love for God, we will also look at our love for one another and love for ourselves. Let us never forget that Calvary is the supreme demonstration of God’s Divine Love. Whenever we are tempted to doubt the love of God, we should look back at Calvary.… May God’s richest Blessing be with you all, Keith
Marriage. On the 6th August the Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church Council met together to discuss the outcomes of the 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia in regards to the views on marriage. The Church Council believes that this is an important matter and would like to assess the congregations’ thoughts on the matter. To understand the views of the congregation we will be providing an information booklet that contains the Church Councils response, a statement by the President of Assembly, an Insights Magazine article on “Matters vital to the life of the Church”, a proposal from the Far North Coast Presbytery and a 2-question poll. We are asking the congregation from both the morning and evening services to read through the information provided and complete the poll questions. The results of the poll will be given to our Presbytery Sanding Committee to express the views of Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church. The poll will be open for 2 Sundays opening from Sunday the 2nd September in the morning service and closing on Sunday 9th September in the evening service. A sealed box will be provided to collect the responses. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other Church Council member. – Rob Kell.
7 Men – And The Secret Of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas. How did George Washington resist the temptation to become the first king of America, and why did William Wilberforce give up the chance to be prime minister of England? What enabled Jackie Robinson to surrender his right to fight back against racists, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer to jeopardise his freedom and safety to defy the Nazis? In this stirring and inspiring new work, New York Times best-selling AUTHOR Eric Metaxas reclaims a long-lost sense of the heroic – the idea that certain lives are worthy of emulation. Get to know the seven men i9n this book, and your life will be immeasurably richer.
The Red Pill. A Feminist’s journey into the men’s rights movement. The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye’s yearlong odyssey following the mysterious and polarizing Men’s Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today’s gender war and asks the question ‘what is the future of gender equality?’ Cassie Jaye’s journey exploring an alternative perspective on gender equality, power and privilege forces her and others to question their own beliefs. WARNING: EXTREME LANGUAGE.