LPUC eNews – Sunday 22 March 2020

Jesus the Game Changer:  Care.  Bible Readings  Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 25:31-46 

 (An excerpt from the sermon outline on the topic: Care) Today, there are few people that say that there should be no care and no mercy to those in need.  It is an assumed value of our culture that we should care.  The discussion is on how much, and how.  That was not the case in Jesus’ time, as care for the desperate and destitute was not a cultural assumption.

The teachings of Jesus and the actions of the early church in following the values of Jesus, changed the way compassion was thought about and acted on in the Greco Roman world.  The Australian ancient historian E A Judge, noted that classical philosophers of Jesus’ time regarded mercy and pity as defects of character that were to be avoided by all rational people.  It seems that they taught that humans should resist the impulse towards mercy.  Therefore, for the undeserving, the call for help should be ignored and go unanswered. 

In Matthew Chapter 25 Jesus tells a parable about the end of the world when all the people of the world stand before the King and he separates the sheep from the goats.  The King will welcome the righteous with these words, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” The puzzled righteous will ask, “when did we do this?” “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Lawrie.

Novelcorona virus (2019-nCoV) – World Health Organisation

How to protect yourself against COVID-19  – World Health Organisation   

Carriers – Floodgate Productions

Proclamation of National Day of Prayer in USA for Americans affected by the Coronavirus and for response efforts.

Urgent call for national prayer for the Corona Virus (COVID-19) crisis – Australian Prayer Network 

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING to be held after Morning Worship this Sunday, 22nd March 2020 to consider an extension of the LPUC Employment Contract with our Family Worker, Ms Nathaline El-Saliby, for a further 12 months up to 7th November 2021.

Psalm 91 Scripture Song “My God, In Him I Will Trust” (Esther Mui) 

Italy in lockdown but open to conversations on faith – Australian Prayer Network 

8 things the Caronavirus is teaching us – Crosslinks.org

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson talk about the power of prayer – Beliefnet

UnitingWorld Easter Lent Event.  This year LPUC will once again be supporting the UnitingWorld’s Easter ‘Lent Event’. UnitingWorld is an international aid agency of the Uniting Church and ‘Lent Event’ is part of their ongoing fund-raising activities. UnitingWorld Donation Envelopes will be available from this Sunday 22nd March.

Songs of comfort for anxious souls (free playlist) – TGC

Shifting the atmosphere over our cities from fear to faith – Australian Prayer Network

Is Jesus good news for animals? – Eternity News 

DVD/Book Of The Week 

Rogue Saints  When childhood friends Nick and Dylan run out of money, they remembered the story of a huge diamond buried under a church and plot to dig it up without getting thrown in jail.  To disguise their efforts, they volunteer for work at the church, but something about the church and its people begin to affect them.  The roller coaster of drama, comedy, adventure, and romance that ensures leads to the discovery of a whole different kind of treasure.  Rogue Saints is the directorial debut of Adam Lubanski (Interactive Graphic Designer for The Amazing Spiderman, Charlie’s Angels, and more) and is a Christian film unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  Your whole family is sure to enjoy it!

Coronachurch: the crowd is no longer cool – Holy Soup

Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd

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