LPUC eNews – Sunday 15 December 2019

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Isaiah 35:1-7 & Philippians 4:4-7, Rejoice in the Lord.

Today is the Sunday of Joy. During the four Sundays of Advent, we are to look forward not only to the celebration of Christ’s birth, but also to the climax of history when Christ shall reign over all. When Paul tells us to rejoice he is thinking more of the second coming of Christ than the birth of Christ child. He wants us to focus on the idea that Christ stands just outside the door of history.

In the Epistle reading Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (vs 4) In fact, Paul was in prison when he wrote this, and probably in Rome. Paul knows that it is near the end. How can Paul find anything to sing about when he is in prison waiting to die? How could he do that? It is just amazing and incredible.

Paul rejoices and sings because he believes that God is in control and would provide everything even in the darkest times. Remember, what the first thing that the angel said to the shepherds watching over their flocks that first Christmas night? The first thing the angel said to them was, “Do not be afraid.” The second thing the angel said was, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)

The season of Advent and Christmas was never meant to be a time of anxiety, but of joy. That is why the words in Philippians are so appropriate for today, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”   IL-WOONG.

Essential Christmas

The IS a dragon in my Nativity

Silent Night Hymn Story – Grace Ministries

Carols by Streetlight Join us as we walk local streets singing carols and bringing Christmas joy to residents.

Tuesday 17th December 7.00pm to 8.30pm – Carols by Streetlight event – meet at worship centre.

Family Christmas Event in the Carpark

Sunday 22nd December –     BBQ 6.00pm, Carols 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

Christmas Celebrations will kick off at 6.00pm with a free BBQ (donation buckets for drought relief will be available), rock climbing wall, jumping castle, tattoos and other carpark excitement for the whole family. The story of Jesus’ birth will follow at 7.00pm with a sensational performance, Tongan Brass Band, sample bags and Christmas carols.

Christmas Morning Celebration

Wednesday 25th December @ 8:30am – 9:30am

World renowned artist sculpts nativity scene live – Eternity News

Tolerance – Daily Nudge

Cricket, Redemption and the Myths of Modernity – Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society

DVD of the Week:

Christmas Manger.  Fleeing an abusive relationship, Jessica is reunited with her estranged foster father, “Chap”,  a rough-around-the-edges rancher.  With the help of a handsome neighbour, the group learns to trust again and discovers that there is hope and healing at the manager.

The Happyland Nativity: The Meaning of Christmas

Missing Jesus – The Skit Guys

Instead of You – Fuelcast

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS – DECEMBER 2019  For this year, the Church Council has decided that the Christmas Offerings will be shared between the traditional ‘Christmas Bowl Appeal’ and the Uniting Church Moderator’s Drought Relief Appeal. The arrangements will be –

1. Proceeds from ‘Carols in the Car Park’ and the Christmas Day Worship-Cash Offering will be sent to the Uniting Church Moderator’s Bushfires / Drought Relief Appeal.

2. Donations for the ‘Christmas Bowl Appeal’ will be collected via the Christmas Bowl Envelopes and passed on to Christmas Bowl / Act for Peace. Envelopes will be available from Sunday, 22nd December.

Give an invitation this Christmas

Conversations with John Anderson – Featuring Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., prolific author and the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Centre for European Studies, Harvard.

The Coming – a Christmas Poem – Speak Life

Prayer Meeting Saturday 1 February 2020 from 8.00am to 9.00am. The purpose of the meeting is to pray for all internal and external groups, who meet at the Church, together with their meeting places and the front and rear grounds. We will also be praying for small groups, who meet at venues other than the Church. The aim is to establish the prayer platform for all church and associated activities during 2020.

Spoken Word Christmas

Kmart selling ‘must have’ gay and lesbian dolls for children as young as three – Caldron Pool

Israel Folau versus Rugby Australia – who won? – The Daily Declaration