LPUC eNews – Sunday 13 August 2017

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Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.

Matthew 16:13-20, Who Is Jesus For You Today?   In today’s text, at first Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (v. 13) And the disciples answered, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (v. 14). No problem there because most of the world acknowledges Jesus as a prophet, or at least as a great teacher. Even Islam recognizes Jesus as a prophet; and many of Jews might be willing to consider Jesus as a prophet or a teacher.

Almost everyone who has any contact with Jesus would declare that he was a prophet or at least a great teacher. However, if we could just stop here, then there would be no problem. It is when Jesus asks, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” (v. 15) that the trouble begins. It was, of course, Simon Peter who answered Jesus: “You are the Messiah the Son of the living God” (v. 16). I was wondering if you and I ever gave much thought to just how important this statement is. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus calls us to walk in his footsteps. We’re not simply following the teachings of a great man but we are walking daily with a great God. As we think of historical facts about Jesus, look at prophecies of Jesus in the Bible, and learn what Peter declares about Jesus, we may consider this question as the foundation for our life and enable to answer it: “Who is Jesus for you and me today?” A great prophet? A great teacher? Can you declare that he is your Saviour and Redeemer? Can you say today that, God being your helper, you are doing your best to walk in his footsteps?   IL-Woong,

Messy Church is free and for all ages, but especially pre-school and primary ages.  Invite your children and grandchildren, friends and neighbours to come along for this family fun time this Sunday 13th August  from 4pm to 6pm.  The theme for Messy Church today is “Jesus – Our Superhero”, continuing the Heroes of the Bible series.   This new way of “doing” church provides two hours of interacting with the children in a fun and positive way while getting to know other families and exploring the meaning of life together.

Shoebox gifts are only the beginning of the greatest journey.

Setting up for Shoebox packing will be held at LPUC on Monday 14th August at 7.30pm.

Actual Shoebox packing will be held at LPUC on Tuesday 15th August at 7.30pm.

Betty Cuthbert’s call from God that made her a legend.  Music and the mind. Dr Kirsty Beilharz is a music professor. These days she works with a group who connect with music in powerful and unexpected ways: people living with dementia.

Carols by Streetlight.  On Tuesday 19th December 2017 LPUC will be conducting Carols by Streetlight.  For about two hours in the evening we will walk to selected locations nearby to the church, stop, sing some Christmas carols and then move on to the next location.

If you think that you might like to be involved then please add you name to the list at the steward’s table.  If you have suitable instrument to play on the night, please indicate.  Please talk to Lawrie (0404 354 291) if you want more information.

The Golden Sceptre

The Handmaid’s Tale – religion gone wrong.  

Special Congregational Meeting  A Congregational Meeting is to be held after the morning service on Sunday 20th August.  The meeting is to consider a proposal by Church Council to purchase new chairs with funds from a recent bequest made to the Church.

FYI: what the Same Sex Marriage Bill actually says.

What’s Marriage Really About – Former “gay” activist James Parker.

From Australia Christian Lobby, that is part of the Coalition for Marriage

As you may have heard the Government plans a postal vote to decide the future of marriage. Ballot papers will begin arriving at people’s homes on September 12, just 34 days from now. So it is urgent that we activate.
–          Please pray: The loss of the definition of marriage in public policy will dramatically re-shape our nation and have consequences for children via “safe schools” and for freedom of religion and speech.
–          Please consider donating to the Coalition for Marriage. This can be done through ACL in the short term or you can wait until the Coalition for Marriage website is up within the next few days.
–          Please let people know the arguments for retaining the definition of marriage. We can help if you need extra material. You might want to send a pastoral letter.
Encourage people to make sure they are registered to vote:  http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/ and download a paper enrolment form: http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/form.htm NB – there is a different form for each state.
–          A further resource: a 10 minute interview former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson did with the ABC’s Chris Uhlman. http://www.acl.org.au/former_deputy_pm_john_anderson_speaks_on_marriage

Enemies of Christianity declaring new war on religion.

What’s in a ring?

DVDs of the Week:

God’s Outlaw – The Story of William Tyndale.  A true story, God’s Outlaw  is about international politics, church intrigue, cold-blooded  betrayal, and false justice ending in a criminal’s death.  But it’s also about a victorious faith and spiritual triumph over some of the greatest political and religious forces known in the 16th century.  A simple God-seeking man, William Tyndale somehow became one of the most wanted men in England and all of Europe.  Pursued by King Henry VIII, Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More, and the Pope’s personal legate Cardinal Wolsey, he darted across Europe to avoid capture – always pushing to complete the task that obsessed him………

God’s Not Dead.  When an atheist Philosophy professor plans to forego ‘dusty arguments’ in his class, he insists the new students declare that ‘God is dead.’  Unable to do this, Josh is challenged to defend his faith and prove to the class that God’s Not Dead.  Against all odds, Josh stands up for his faith and takes on the challenge.

Lashed and imprisoned for her faith: one mother speaks out.

Darlene Zschech: ‘Let the love of God really grab hold of you.’