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Luke 2:1-20, The Innkeeper (Series: Our Coming Saviour)
Although the Luke passage doesn’t specifically mention an innkeeper having a conversation with Joseph and Mary we assume there was indeed a conversation at a door that surely took place that night Jesus was born. As we read the text again we are reminded of the exact details that were recorded and why it was that Joseph and Mary ended up in a place where the animals were bedded down for the night. It also helps remind us of why all the rooms were filled and what was causing so many people to be in Bethlehem at that time (vs. 1-7).
Bethlehem was packed with people who were in town to be counted for the census. That’s why Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem. Then, the innkeeper was faced with a decision to close the door in their face or invite them into his care and prepare them room. His decision was a point that impacted the balance of history we still celebrate today. It foreshadows of another scene of ‘Jesus standing at the door and knocking’ in the book of Revelation 3:20.
In a way, we may be in the same position as the innkeeper faced on in that first Christmas. When there was a knock on the door the innkeeper had to make a decision either to open up and prepare him room or to close the door because of no vacancy in the inn. However, the same decision is required to our hearts and lives. If we were the innkeeper, how would we react? If we were the innkeeper to the hearts, how much room would we have on the inside for Jesus? Is there any space for Jesus in your hearts that are filled with so many cares, worries, wonders, and other things? How much space in your life is being allocated this Christmas to people, places, presents, feasts, festivities, and family traditions? As the innkeeper, is there room for Jesus? If so, which room has been prepared for him? IL-Woong.
Carols by Streetlight will be held this Tuesday 19th December. We will meet at LPUC at 6.50pm for a 7pm start and then walk around local streets, stopping at various points to sing a number of carols before moving on to the next location. Here is an opportunity to express the joy of Christmas to our local community. Please choose to be involved even if you don’t think that you sing very well. You will provide much needed volume.
Christmas Eve Family Eventin the church Car Park. On Christmas Eve we are having a Christmas Eve Family Event at our church. At 5.30pm there will be a jumping castle, rock climbing, free BBQ and a drink for the whole family then around 7.00pm carols in the car park. It would be great if you could come along and please feel free to invite your extended family and friends to come along too. For more information contact: Woong 9153 8653 or check out: lpuc.org.au
Boxing Day. All the Church family are invited to Sharon & Graham Kell’s home (32 Park Street, Peakhurst) for a relaxing day starting from 12.30pm to ??? Please bring something to drink, Christmas left-overs, chairs and, if you want a dip in the pool, your swimming costume.
CHRISTMAS BOWL APPEAL is a program for Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia and a member of the global ACT Alliance. Your support will bring hope and healing to people affected by conflict and disaster around the world through our partner churches. Please pick up your envelope today or go online and give direct to actforpeace.org on behalf of LPUC family. Appeal ends 7th January 2018.
Hope. In the Bible people who have hope are very different from optimists! In this video, we’ll explore how biblical hope looks to God’s character alone as a basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present.
Messy Church. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard and helped out at our Christmas Messy Church last Sunday. It was a beautiful afternoon and many families came to enjoy a great afternoon of fun and fellowship and discovered more about ‘Christmas and What it’s Really All About!’
After some time in the car park with Christmas tree decorating, Christmas paper printing, trying to‘bag the babe….or the angel’ (ask someone who was at Messy Church for an explanation!) and sticking the star over the stable, the families moved to the hall where they created some awesome Christmas crafts!
Then it came to the highlight of the day – into the church to enjoy the guys from Quizworx – Jen & Richard as they led us in a wonderful time with puppets, songs and stories, teaching us more about the real meaning of Christmas!
We finished the night with a delicious Christmas feast! Thank you again to all who helped out and thanks to our heavenly father for blessing us with a successful Messy Church once more!
MINISTRY SURVEY: Please take one and spend a time to pray as you recommit or prepare for serving God’s mission and ministries. The aim of this ‘Ministry Survey’ is to ask for the congregation to confirm any ministries/services you have currently committed to and also make you consider any new area(s) where you would serve in the new year/future.
SUMMER CHURCH will start from Sunday 31st December 2017 to 21st January 2018 at 10.30am. It is a combined service that has a different format for each Sunday.
The themes for Summer Church will be:
31st December 2017 – Telling Our Story (+ What’s happened in 2017)
7th January 2018 – Trusting God (Watch and Chat 1)
14th January 2018 – Team Work (Watch and Chat 2)
21st January 2018 – Song Fest (We will sing our favourite hymns and contemporary songs.)
PRAYER MEETING – Saturday 27th January. In addition to the weekly meetings, a special prayer meeting will be held on Saturday 27th January from 8am-10am. 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 a prayer platform for all church and associated activities during 2018.
Dedication and Commissioning Service will be held on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 10.30am followed by lunch. It is a time to dedicate all of church councillors, ministry leaders and also assistants (servants) who will serve various church ministries and services throughout the year 2018.
Love’s Enduring Promise. Based on Janette Oke’s best-selling novel, this poignant sequel to Love Comes Softly will draw you in from beginning to end. Missie Davis (January Jones) is devoted equally to teaching school and doing her fair share on the farm. When a handsome railroad heir (Mackenzie Astin) starts to woo her, Missie is nearly swept off her feet. That is, until a mysterious stranger (Logan Bartholomew) with a troubled past shows up. Torn between two very different men, Missie learns what is truly important in this inspiring film that the whole family will enjoy.
John Bunyan – The People’s Pilgrim. Thrown in county jail for preaching the gospel during great religious persecution, John Bunyan – the son of a tinker with little education – gets to work and pens The Pilgrim’s Progress. One of the most famous and influential literary works in English history, Bunyan’s masterpiece has never been out of print since, and continues to teach and inspire countless people today. This illuminating drama documentary recreates the personal struggles and triumphs of Bunyan’s life. Filmed on location in Bedford, London and Newport Pagnell, his remarkable story unfolds and comes alive through narration, re-enactments and historical insight. Discover more about the man behind the classic tale and be encouraged in your own walk with God.
Prayer Meeting Saturday 27 January 2018. In addition to the weekly Friday morning prayer meetings, a special prayer meeting will be held on Saturday 27 January 2018 from 8.00am to 10.00am. 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 a prayer platform for all church and associated activities during 2018.