Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Luke 18:1-8. From Keith’s Desk … Following Jesus’ teaching on the Second Coming of Jesus, He returns to the subject of prayer. Jesus has already taught His disciples to pray and emphasized the importance of persistence in prayer. Aware that they will face persecution and hardship, He urges them to always pray and not give up. When we are praying we are not to give up, never give in or get weary. We need to exercise one of the fruits of the Spirit ‘patience.’
The parable talks about a real-life situation. The unjust judge has no reverence for God or respect for people’s rights. A poor widow involved in a lawsuit pleads with the unjust judge to rule in her favour against an adversary. For a long time he does nothing, ignoring her cries for justice. The fact that she was being treated unjustly didn’t move him to act. Finally her petitions and persistence brought a declaration from him in her favour. Like other widows she was powerless and among the most vulnerable people. She is dependent on others for her care.
Whereas the unjust judge didn’t care about people, God has a heart that loves and cares for His followers. Will God give justice for His followers? the answer is ‘yes.’ God is not like the unjust judge, He wants us to persevere, have faith and do this by prayer. The parable concludes with the question; nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth? I trust our answer to that question will be an emphatic ‘yes.’ … May God’s richest Blessing be with you all, Keith
Beryl and Lawrie want to thank everyone who prayed for their son-in-law Owen, who passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning 15th. Please continue to pray for Kirsty, and the three young girls Isabella, Olivia and Amelie. Please pray for Owen’s parents Rose and Maurice, his sister Anthea and her friend Eoin. Please also pray for the wider family for each in their own way to know God’s comfort, peace and strength in the days ahead.
The Taylor family would like to invite you to help celebrate Life of Owen. The memorial service will be held this Wednesday 23rd October at 10.00am. Further details are in the church news sheet or contact Lawrie 0404 354 291.
New Life Benjamin Morton’s life changed forever the day he met the little girl next door. Ava was and always would be the girl of his dreams. From the innocence of a childhood friendship, through adolescent attraction, their love strengthens and grows. When life takes a turn neither of them expected, their entire future is called into question. NEW LIFE explores the ups and downs of life and love, showing us that in good times and bad, life can be approached with hope and the opportunity for something new.
Church Council (Call for nominations): The call for nominations to fill nine (9) vacancies on the Church Council will conclude at 6.00pm today (Sunday 20 October 2019). The vacancies will be created by 7 current Councillors, whose terms expire on 31 December 2019. The remaining two vacancies were created by the resignation of Jemma Smeets earlier this year and the other vacancy is carried over from the 2018 election.
Nomination forms are available from Keith.
If you are considering nominating someone for Church Council, please prayerfully consider this today before the time for nominations closes. Voting will be conducted on Sundays 10 & 17 November 2019 and the mid-week service on Wednesday 20 November 2019. The successful Councillors will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday 24 November 2019. Keith McLeod, returning Officer.
The annual Shamrock School fundraiser is on again. This year it’s a trivia night at Mortdale RSL on 16 November commencing at 7:30pm. Hopefully we can get a couple of LPUC tables together for a fun night out. There will be teams of 6-8 per table.
It’s a later start this year as there is no dinner included, however the room is available to us from 6:00pm so you can get your meals from the Bistro, bring them into the room and practice your trivia skills in the warm up.
Could you please let me know if you will be attending. Further details attached. Hope to see you there. Greg.