Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
9.30am Service. Mark 9:2-10. It is Transfiguration Sunday which is the last Sunday in the epiphany period in the church calendar. Epiphany is 12 days after Christmas (6 January) and means the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12).
The following period is Lent which begins with Ash Wednesday this week, during which time the church recalls the life and ministry of Jesus.
Christ’s transfiguration, relates to a change in bodily appearance, just as Moses’ face was radiant when he came down from Mt Sinai (Ex 34:29.) Jesus takes three disciples, Peter, James and John, up a mountain where they have a mountain top experience – Jesus is revealed to them in His glory.
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had said that he had not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfil them. (Matt 5:17.) On this mountain, his three disciples see Him talking to Moses and Elijah. Moses was a prophet and “the Lawgiver” and Elijah one of the greatest of the prophets.
The first three gospels all record this event and it comes shortly after Peter has the revelation that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, and Jesus saying that, “some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
There are a number of occasions when these three were taken with Jesus to some significant event. Peter would be Jesus’ rock, James would be the first disciple to be martyred and John would be the last disciple to die and the one to write the book Revelation.
Concluding the transfiguration, a cloud enveloped Jesus, Moses and Elijah, and a voice from it said, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Mk 9:7b. The words, “listen to him,” have the connotation of obey him.
Peter wrote that they were eyewitnesses to Jesus Christ’s majesty, in 2 Peter 1:16-18, and that they saw and heard him receive honour and glory from God.
What is your response to knowing that Jesus is the Son of God? Alan.
Sundays@5 The title for the sermon is “Is God your plan B?” I will try to unpack how sometimes we live in a world where we look after ourselves through the good times and the bad but God is asking us to hand all aspects of our lives over to him. Give praise in the good and seek refuge in the bad but too often we look inwards to ourselves to be filled with joy or to solve the problems rather than ask God what he thinks. The bible passage will be 1 Peter 5:1-11. Robbie.
Lent commences Wednesday 14th February. This Lent, Common Grace and Bible Society Australia invite us to create space in our busy lives as we journey together through a central part of Jesus’ teaching and Ministry: The Beatitudes. Watch intro video.
Information from this week’s Church Council meeting:
– Elections: Chair – Robbie Kell. Secretary – Jemma Smeets. Minute Secretary – Lance Bexon. Treasurer – Richard Hanna. Presbytery rep – Richard Hanna.
– Easter services: Thursday 29th March 7.30pm – Tenebrae, Good Friday 30th March 9.30am, Easter Sunday 1st April 9.30am.
– Presbytery Meeting: We will host the bi-monthly Presbytery meeting on Tuesday 13th February at 7.30pm.
– Mainly Music: We are looking to start a mainly music group to outreach into the Lugarno and Peakhurst community starting in 2nd term. We need at least another 5 more people to assist for it to progress. The sessions would be held on either a Monday or Friday morning (day still to be decided). Both men and women are welcome to be volunteers. All volunteers will be required to have Working with Children clearance. Assistance can be provided to arrange this clearance. Any potential volunteers please contact Nathalie, 0414 108 250 email@example.com
– Family worker: This year Nathalie will be teaching scripture to year 3 at Lugarno Public School and year 4 at Peakhurst West Public School.
– Website training: If you are interested in learning about or wanting to help out with the Church website there is a possible training day on Saturday 10th March from 9:30 – 3:00 location to be confirmed. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– Financial Situation at 31 January 2018: Thank you to those who have generously given to the mission of the Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church. At the end of January 2018, offerings are $3,946 below budget and expenditure is $3,000 below budget. If this trend continues until the end of June 2018 we will not be able to meet our predicted budget.
DVDs of the Week:
Wildflower. Creatively gifted, college student Chloe Moray (Nathalia Ramos, House of Anubis) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her extraordinary art. But when an alarming dream begins to recur nightly, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl. Her search for peace takes her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh (Cody Longo, Not Today), a young man dealing with his own painful loss. Together they find in each other someone they can trust as they seek to unlock a cold-case mystery from years before. But with the authorities blocking the way, Chloe’s new-found hope is challenged in this riveting story of faith, triumph and healing.
Superbook – Elisha and the Syrians. Travel back to dangerous times as Superbook takes Joy, Chris and Gizmo to meet the prophet Elisha. Witness how the Syrians try to capture him – and what he does after trapping their army inside an Israelite city! Our heroes discover that mercy can accomplish much more than revenge.
Mary Magdalene – the movie – download free discussion guide.