LPUC eNews – Sunday 24 December 2017

Categories: Blog

Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.

 

Luke 3:7-18, What Should We Do In Preparing For Christ’s Coming?

All of our Advent scripture says that though we can’t know God, God knows us and that God knows that we cannot know God unless God wants to be known. The Incarnation, God becoming flesh says: we couldn’t come to God so God came to us through Jesus. Jesus was not just a “great moral example,” he was more than even “a helpful friend.” Jesus is the Son of God. What Jesus says is what God wants most to say to us. What Jesus does is what God wants us to do.

As scripture says of the babe of Bethlehem, “In him, fullness of God chose to dwell.” Immanuel, “God with us.” Nobody has ever seen God – until Jesus the Christ. Today we reflect upon the truths of God’s incarnation, we heard of the words of John, the son of Zachariah, recorded in Luke 3:7-18. John calls for the crowds to prepare the way for Christ’s coming. As to prepare for Christ’s coming, his message is a call to repentance with actions that demonstrate a transformed life (vs. 8, 11, 13 & 14).

And the crowds asked him, “What should we do then?” “Produce fruits in keeping with repentance,” he says. A life of faith and deeds of love are what counts before God. Bear fruit that benefits repentance – to share with others, be honest, avoid violence, act in love – was the reply, not only to love and worship God in Christ but also to follow Christ… wanting somehow to obey God, to live in the world to some degree as Jesus lived, to act as he acted, to love as he loved.

Christ is coming. “What should we do?” we may ask ourselves. Deep within our beings we know that we may go and bear fruits that benefit a citizen of the kingdom. As you ponder and reflect upon the question, you too will hear a voice from heaven, strong and kind, saying, “In as much as you did it to one of the least you did it to me.”  IL-Woong.

The First Noel

Christmas Eve Family Event in the church Car Park.  On Christmas Eve we are having a Christmas Eve Family Event at our church. At 5.30pm there will be a jumping castle, rock climbing, free BBQ and a drink for the whole family then around 7.00pm carols in the car park.  It would be great if you could come along and please feel free to invite your extended family and friends to come along too.  For more information contact: Woong 9153 8653 or check out: lpuc.org.au

The Paper Nativity

Christmas Day Service – 8.30 am

Meet the Nativity 3: The Stepmother

Boxing Day.  All the Church family are invited to Sharon & Graham Kell’s home (32 Park Street, Peakhurst) for a relaxing day starting from 12.30pm to ???    Please bring something to drink, Christmas left-overs, chairs and, if you want a dip in the pool, your swimming costume.

What Child Is This?: Wise Men.

Christmas Message from the Bible Society.

CHRISTMAS BOWL APPEAL is a program for Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia and a member of the global ACT Alliance. Your support will bring hope and healing to people affected by conflict and disaster around the world through our partner churches. Please pick up your envelope today or go online and give direct to actforpeace.org on behalf of LPUC family. Appeal ends 7th January 2018.

Hope. In the Bible people who have hope are very different from optimists! In this video, we’ll explore how biblical hope looks to God’s character alone as a basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present.

The Real Night Before Christmas

Meet the Nativity 4: The Father.

MINISTRY SURVEY: Please take one and spend a time to pray as you recommit or prepare for serving God’s mission and ministries. The aim of this ‘Ministry Survey’ is to ask for the congregation to confirm any ministries/services you have currently committed to and also make you consider any new area(s) where you would serve in the new year/future.

Four Kinds of Christmas

SUMMER CHURCH will start from Sunday 31st December 2017 to 21st January 2018 at 10.30am. It is a combined service that has a different format for each Sunday.

The themes for Summer Church will be:
31st December 2017 – Telling Our Story (+ What’s happened in 2017)
7th January 2018 – Trusting God (Watch and Chat 1)
14th January 2018 – Team Work (Watch and Chat 2)
21st January 2018 – Song Fest (We will sing our favourite hymns and contemporary songs.)

What Child Is This?: Anthem.

PRAYER MEETING – Saturday 27th January.  In addition to the weekly meetings, a special prayer meeting will be held on Saturday 27th January from 8am-10am.  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 a prayer platform for all church and associated activities during 2018.

Silent Night

He Came Down.

Dedication and Commissioning Service will be held on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 10.30am followed by lunch. It is a time to dedicate all of church councillors, ministry leaders and also assistants (servants) who will serve various church ministries and services throughout the year 2018.

Jesus would roll in his grave this Christmas.

DVD and Book of the Week:

Seasons of Gray.  What man intends for evil, God uses for good.  Brady Gray was always the favourite son.  Overcome by jealousy, his brothers resort to an unforgiveable crime to drive him away from their father’s ranch.  Brutally beaten and hauled away to an uncertain destiny, Brady chooses to forget the past and start anew.  Yet his troubles are just beginning.  Falsely accused of assaulting his new boss’s wife, he ends up in prison.  Daring to believe there may be some purpose in his suffering, he’s given a chance to turn his life around.  At long last, success brings him the opportunity to decide the fates of the men who wronged him.  But what man intends for evil, God intends for good.  This simple, yet powerful, message is all he has left.  Brady must now decide whether acts of cruelty or the hand of providence will mark the seasons of his life.

The Shack.  Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes on a father’s transformative spiritual journey.  After a family tragedy, Mack (Sam Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith, and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose.  Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack.  There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Octavia Spencer).  Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Thrill of Hope.

Prayer Meeting Saturday 27 January 2018.  In addition to the weekly Friday morning prayer meetings, a special prayer meeting will be held on Saturday 27 January 2018 from 8.00am to 10.00am. 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 a prayer platform for all church and associated activities during 2018.

Through the moments