LPUC eNews – Sunday 1 December 2019

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




This Sunday we welcome a guest speaker, SangHyeon Nam, who is a candidate for ordained ministry.

Isaiah 7:10-14 & Luke 4:16-21“Finding Jesus in Christmas – What does Christmas and Christ mean for us?”

What does Christmas mean for us? Every year we have an expectation and hope for Christmas. Be reminded last Christmas. What did you do in the previous Christmas season? What do you think is left in your memories after the last Christmas? Do you have any individual plans for coming Christmas? Children, Parents, adults, and Churches, even shopping centres, they have a preparation and expectation for having merry Christmas. However, amongst our neighbours and us, some people have a hard time at Christmas. Some our neighbours spend Christmas with despair and hardship. What does Christmas and Christ mean for them?

What does Christ mean for us? Jesus Christ, he is with us. From a name Immanuel, as he called, we should know that he is with us now. He came to us as a baby – human appearance for giving the true meaning of hope. Jesus Christ lived the life that God wants. He visited and met the marginalised those who had sick, hardship, and neglected. He healed and comforted them and gave them sincere hope like a present. If we believe the name Christ became a byword for hope, peace, joy and love, where is the Christ now? How and where could we find the Christ incoming Christmas season?

What ‘The Crown’ gets right about the Queen’s faith – Eternity News

Just drop the blanket: The moment you never noticed in A Charlie Brown Christmas – Crosswalk

A good life reconfigured – Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society

Q4 Rethinking Retirement – Encouraging and equipping Christians to find and follow God’s call in the fourth quarter of their lives

Church Council Election Results 2019: The Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church Council Election process commenced on Sunday 6 October 2019 and concluded on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Following the counting of votes cast by the church members and members in association, Alan Findlay, Graham Kell and I declare; Lyn Garrard (3 years), Lance Bexon, Jan Blewitt, Lawrie Bool, Josaiah Finau, Mele Finau, Pamela Hanna, Annette O’Neill (all 2 years) and Victor Hau (1 year) to be duly elected to the Church Council. Their nominated terms listed above will commence on 1 January 2020.  Keith McLeod, Returning Officer.

Chaplains and churches put lives on hold to care for bushfire victims – Eternity News

How to read the Gospel – The Bible Project  The New Testament contains four ancient biographies of Jesus of Nazareth, and altogether they are called “the Gospel.” Each one tells the story as an announcement of good news that the crucified and risen Jesus is the true ruler of the nations. In this video we explore why these accounts were written and how you can read them with greater insight.

Four tips for reading the four Gospel accounts.

Book of the Week:

Loud Krazy Love The sound Brian “Head” Welch helped pioneer with #1 hard rock band KoRn in the early ‘90s provided identity to an entire generation of misfits and made him a global rock star.  In 2005. He made headlines around the world when he left the band and a $2.3m record deal behind, desperate to pursue Christianity, kick a devastating crystal meth habit, and become a good father.  Loud Krazy Love details the harrowing journey of Brian and his daughter growing up together with chaotic courage and unconventional faith.  Far beyond a music documentary, this fearless coming-of-age story grapples with teenage depression, the quest for identity, redemption, and the hope of a father willing do anything for the one he loves.

NSW-ACT Synod declares 1st December as a Day of Prayer for the bushfires

We must enter the pain of others , as God does – Eternity News

Human extinction and being prophets of hope – Neighbourhood Matters

The Weekly Pick of good movies to watch in the cinema and at home.

Carols by Streetlight Join us as we walk local streets singing carols and bringing Christmas joy to residents.

Monday 9th December 7.00pm to 8.00pm – Practice at worship centre.

Tuesday 17th December 7.00pm to 8.30pm – Carols by Streetlight event – meet at worship centre.

Family Christmas Event in the Carpark

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.

Christmas Morning Celebration

Wednesday 25th December @ 8:30am – 9:30am

Undeceptions Ep 9: Dominus illuminatio – Oxford University’s 900 year old motor is Dominus iluminatio mea: ‘The Lord is my light’ – Eternity News

Shock: ABC finds religious discrimination is real – Eternity News

Sydney’s westies rally for religious freedom – Eternity News