Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time for family to gather together. And one of the most enjoyable parts of Christmas is giving and receiving of gifts. What was the best gift that you have ever received?
We have a gift, the greatest Christmas gift from God, which is the baby Jesus. We can find the reason why He gave His Son, Jesus in John 3:16 (‘God loves you and me so much that He provided for us a wonderful Christmas gift.’). I think this text wraps up the whole story of Christmas. It has been called the worlds’ greatest love story. It has been called the gospel of Christ in one sentence but, in this season of Christmas, I may call it God’s Christmas gift to us.
Why did God give His Christmas gift to the world 2000 years ago and today in the person of Jesus Christ? It is because of the love of God. God loves you so much that Jesus is given as god’s love gift. That is the only reason that god gave because there is love.
There is a Christmas song called “Christmas isn’t Christmas.” It goes like this: ‘Christmas isn’t Christmas till it happens in your heart; somewhere deep inside you is where Christmas really starts. So give your heart to Jesus. You’ll discover when you do that it’s Christmas, really Christmas for you.’ My prayer is that you may give your heart to Jesus so Christmas really starts in you. IL-WOONG.
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.
A Question of Faith Three families find themselves at a crossroads, questioning their faith and the God that guides their lives. As each family member deals with their issues, their worlds start to intertwine. This leads to a chain of events, which unknowingly brings the three families closer and closer together. Will the families give in to the loss, pain and uncertainty that has shattered their lives, or will they find the tie that binds them all together through hope, trust, redemption and goodwill?
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.
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.