Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Acts 2:1-6, 14, 40-47, The Effects of Pentecost
I think the work of the Holy Spirit is like both a breath of air and a breeze. It does not remain in one place but moves according to what we and others need in the moment. It was the same on the day of Pentecost, as Jesus’ apostles and followers stayed in an upper room waiting for the gift that was promised (Acts 1:4).
The Spirit of God had come and was filling each one of them, all the women and men and children in the upper room. They all began to celebrate and praise God, but in a very surprising way. The Spirit enabled them to do something they’d never done before – to praise God in lots of different languages that they’d never learnt. Not only was that but there was a miracle on the day of Pentecost – the birth of the church.
According to the passage, it is found that this early church had certain characteristics. The first church, the people of Pentecost “devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2: 42). So we see that the people of the early church are a community that shows a deep level of commitment in their Christian walk – a devotion to the disciplines of the Christian journey. The people of Pentecost are a devoted community that follows Jesus as to live out New Testament Christianity.
I pray that we may also ‘devote to the wisdom of God and to true Christian fellowship by breaking bread together and eating together, and to prayer’ as the people of the Pentecost. In doing so, I believe, we bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our communities. IL-WOONG.
MAINLY MUSIC: This is a program for pre-school children, their parents or caregivers to join together for fun, interactive Christian music sessions and for children to grow developmentally through music, rhythm, rhyme, movement, listening and more. Afterwards morning tea will be enjoyed in a relaxed setting. Mainly Music will be held at LPUC each Monday 10-11.30am during school terms. Cost is just $5 per family per session. Please pray for the leaders and the families who come – tell your friends and neighbours who have pre-schoolers about Mainly Music. For further information, please contact Nathalie on 0414 108 250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Christmas Child: Next Sunday, 27th May, there will be a sale of goods for our shoeboxes. These are goods purchased by Susan at Trade Shows, giving us lovely items at wholesale prices (or less). Some of these goods will be available to ‘sponsor’ i.e. you purchase and give them back to us for our shoeboxes. In this way we will be able to reduce our debt to Susan!
DVDs of the Week:
The Lost Medallion The journey of The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone begins as Daniel Anderson (Kendrick, Fireproof, Courageous) visits a foster home to drop of a donation and is quickly roped into telling the kids a story. Daniel tells the tale of Billy Stone (unger, Disney SDs ‘Lab Rats’) and Allie (Hanratty, American Girl), two 13 year old friends who uncover a long lost medallion and accidentally wish themselves back in time. In order for Billy to save Allie’s life, he must give up the medallion to the evil warlord, Cobra, (Dacascos, ‘Iron Chief’, Hawaii Five-)) who rules the island and its people. In order to retrieve the medallion and save the island people from slavery, Billy and Allie must work together with a young arrogant king (Jansen Panettiere, The Perfect Game), his best friend, and a wise old man (ong, Kung-Fu Panda). Together, this unlikely group will learn not only how to work together, but when they do, great things can be accomplished.
Superbook – Lazarus. Joy wants to convince a shy child to come on a group outing – but she arrives too late and they both miss the bus. Could the delay bring a bigger blessing? Superbook takes, Joy, Chris and Gizmo to ancient Israel, where Jesus hears that His friend Lazarus is very sick. Instead of rushing to heal him, Jesus delays – and when he finally arrives, Lazarus has died. Witness the wonder a Jesus performs an even greater miracle by raising him to life! The children discover that God’s timing is perfect.
This Sunday we officially welcome the following people who are transferring their church membership to Lugarno Peakhurst and/or whose membership is being confirmed:
Graeme & Grace McAlister
Simote and Mele Finau with their children Josiah, William, Marianne and Lofitu.
THANKSGIVING SUNDAYS 2018 – 27th May and 3rd June: Each year Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church dedicates two successive Sundays to give a special Thanks offering in response to all of our blessings received from God. These monies raised outside of normal offerings go towards growing the Kingdom of God. We will have the opportunity to bring our thanks offerings over two Sundays and specially marked envelopes will be available for this purpose.
The church council decided that the offerings this year will help to support two projects – Papua New Guinea earthquake and Tonga cyclone Appeal.
In February, there was a powerful earthquake struck the southern highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Dozens have been killed and hundreds injured as homes and properties collapsed. Landslides and sinkholes are still threatening lives. And also in February, Tonga was hit by the strongest storm. It’s seen in 60 years, with at least 70% of the population affected. Your donation will help UnitingWorld to assist communities to recover and train leaders to prepare for and prevent future events.
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