An attitude of gratitude

LPUC eNews – Sunday 27 June 2021

In person worship – 10.15am this Sunday.

Everyone needs to register their intent to be present each Sunday with Beryl Bool (home phone 9759 4201, mobile 0405 686 109 or email beryl.bool01@gmail.com) or register with the QR code at the door.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18, An Attitudes of Gratitude 

Today as our Thanksgiving Sunday, we are going to focus on the theme ‘the attitudes of thankfulness’ based on the epistle reading from 1 Thessalonian 5:12-18. In the text, we can find three reasons why we should have an attitude of thankfulness every day in every way. Paul writes, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (vs. 16-18).”

We should be thankful because God requests us to be thankful for. ‘An attitude of thankfulness’ is a clear command and expectation of God through the whole Bible. Especially, the book of Colossians, it is an overall theme. As Paul summarises it, he points out in 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, give thanks to God the Father through him.” Thankfulness is not an option; but a responsibility, commitment.

We should be thankful because God delights in our attitude of thankfulness. What we notice from the text is that it does not say, “give thanks in some circumstances or in some things” but “give thanks in all/every circumstances.” It does not matter whether things are good or bad, dry or rainy, we are to be thankful. We are to be thankful for all the little things that bless us every day; even we are to be thankful for trouble or hardship in life.

We should be thankful because God desires us to be thankful. It is clear that the text points out that ‘to be always thankful for’ is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you and me (vs. 18). If you’ve experienced and experience his grace and love, his presence and provision, you do have much to be thankful for; you’ve got everything to be thankful for.  IL-WOONG.

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Frank Jenner’s story – Daily Nudge

THANKSGIVING SUNDAYS 2021 – 20th and 27th 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 has decided that the offerings this year will go to help support ‘Frontier Services’. Frontier Services is a national agency of the Uniting Church in Australia and has the Mission Statement – ‘Standing with people in the bush’. Frontier Services works with people across 85% of the continent, including Aboriginal communities and isolated properties. LPUC’s aim is to help farmers affected by the floods and the mouse plague. Frontier Services Newsletter is available in the Foyer.

It’s Ok “This is one of the most moving videos you will see this year. It involves a young, thirty-year-old woman named Jane Marczewski who currently has cancer in her lungs, spine and liver. She has been given a 2% chance of survival. Marczewski — who goes by the name ‘Nightbirde’ when she sings — recently appeared on America’s Got Talent, where she received a golden buzzer for her performance.”  Read her blog Bald Girl in the Dark

How God replies to Job’s suffering – the Bible Project

Keep me safe my God – Reflections on Psalm 16 – Christian Medical Comment

Church library: Help us with the hardest-working shelf in the church library. During June, tell us the best DVDs or books you’ve used in our Christian Living section – we’ll make sure your top picks are on the shelf and available for others to use. See Naomi Feigl or Lawrie Bool for more information.

Conversations: Dr. Stephen Chauvra, Author and Academic, Part 2. Part II focuses on the extent to which Australia can be considered a ‘secular’ society and what that actually means. They also discuss ideologies like wokeism and what impact they are having on our society.

The Sunday that Blue Mountains Christians did not go to their churches – Eternity News

Melbourne school introduce compulsory ‘oppressor’ badges – Damascus Dropbear

Family growth: We’ll be continuing our conversations with LPUC members this weekend – a big thanks to those giving us their time over the next few weeks to share their experiences and views to grow young families at LPUC, in number and spiritually. Thank you also to the team helping with these interviews – Lyn, Beryl and Pamela – much appreciated! See Naomi Feigl or IL-Woong for more information.

Invitation to be part of a new national weather prayer initiative – Australian Prayer Network (Correct email address is samhays776@gmail.com )

Plans underway to make it harder for Aussie kids to access porn – Eternity News Federal government affirms support for age verification – Australian Prayer Network