Today’s Gospel of Matthew chapter 13 has 6 parables; the parable of the sower, the mustard seed, the yeast, the hidden treasure, the pearl, and the net. As you know when Jesus taught his disciples and crowds of people, he often used a metaphor of nature and things to teach people.
In the text, we can find few things: first, Jesus didn’t get in the boat to sail but actually got in the boat to be able to talk to the people. Secondly, Jesus here changes His location from being in the house to the shore, from the synagogues to public place. Third, he changes his preaching style; instead of speaking directly about His mission and His kingdom, he tells stories and we call them parables. Why is Jesus telling stories? It’s because He wants to remove the common element – the politics and philosophy and arguments, to bring out the deeper truth.
The point of this story is that we have one farmer who is doing his work. The seed he is planting is all the same. Whether there is a crop or not and how good of a crop is or not, it is not important. But, what determines is the type of soil in which the seed is planted. Some of you, who have gardens, spend a lot of time and energy enriching your soil, because you know that the better the soil, the better the results.
In fact, this parable is the teaching about the attitude of those of us who listen to the word of God. In his details, Jesus clarified the conditions of human hearts into four categories by using four different soils. He explained the reasons why it does not bear fruits in some fields and pointed out the result of the bearing fruits in the good soil. What kind of soil are you? IL-WOONG.
MESSY CHURCH: Praise God! It was a wonderful afternoon last Sunday at Messy Church. 39 children and their families and of course a team of amazing LPUC helpers joined in the fun as we looked at what it means when we say ‘Jesus is My Superhero’.
It was awesome to see all these families coming to take part in the afternoon’s activities. It was busy, noisy and at times – crazy and chaotic, but so many positive comments from people who came.
We had great activities to start the afternoon – the Superhero Photo Booth was a SUPER success thanks to Kristen & Lauren Horsnell & Richard and the children loved taking home their specially framed photos. The families enjoyed all of the crafts – especially the ‘Supertatoes’. New potatoes may never look the same!!! The music and talk was great and we’ve heard that kids were singing ‘Jesus Your My Superhero’ all the way home! Dinner as usual was YUMMY! It was altogether a great afternoon connecting with people and sharing God’s love!
A huge thank you to all involved in making this Messy Church so successful.
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes. Last Tuesday night we had a great night of fun and fellowship whilst busily packing 450 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with lovely gifts. Many thanks to the 25 people who came to pack the shoeboxes, take them from the hall to the worship area & display them on the stage. Thank you, too, to all those who have contributed to the boxes in so many ways throughout the year. It would not be possible to bless so many children without each person’s contribution. Thank you to those who have given towards the postage. We have not yet reached the required amount but we are confident of God’s provision in this area.
Diagnosis: Terminal. Phil Camden was given two years to live … four years ago. He speaks with Simon Smart about what it’s like to live with Motor Neurone Disease, and yet have hope.
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.
Special Congregational Meeting A Congregational Meeting is to be held after the morning service this 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.
The Thomas the Tank Engine Man – The life of Reverend W. Awdry by Brian Sibley. The stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends have delighted generations of children and adults. First published as wonderfully illustrated books they spawned a host of games, television series, DVDs and a range of other merchandise. But what do we know of the Reverend W. Awdry who started telling the stories to amuse his own children, with no idea that the characters would lead to a global phenomenon? Read the book to find out more!
The Shack by Wm Paul Young. Mackenzie Allen Philip’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgement he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as they did him.