LPUC eNews – Sunday 1 July 2018

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

Psalm 95.  As we approach the 15th Triennial Assembly of The Uniting Church in Australia, none of us know the Resolutions that will be passed, nor the fruit of those Resolutions on the life and witness of Presbyteries and Congregations throughout the country. It is indeed a time of uncertainty. A time when as God’s people, we need to be intentionally seeking His face.

Yet in the midst of this uncertainty, the mission of Jesus remains unchanged!

The proclamation he made on that Sabbath Day in the Synagogue in Nazareth, is as relevant now as it was then!

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

That’s the mission that Jesus came to fulfil — and the mission that his words and deeds testify to.

Our teaching from God’s Word this morning will focus on how this mission was outworked in a somewhat out of the ordinary encounter that Jesus had with a person who was very broken within. To this one person — Jesus brought life, freedom and wholeness.

Grace and peace, Graham Olsen.

We’re Still God’s Country – Peter Kurti.

God Revolution Video 13 –  How to prepare for spiritual battle.  “Yes, and all those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”  2 Timothy 3:12.

Will persecution stop you from sharing Jesus? God watches over his Word to protect it and He is not going to let persecution get in the way of His purpose in your life. You will have the victory. God will give you the strength to withstand it.

Bernard shares in the video above, that his life had been very dark with loss of identity and post-traumatic stress disorder. His depression seemed overwhelming but God gave him the victory.

The devil doesn’t want people to become Christians because that is a loss of glory to him. The tactics of the enemy are sneaky: outright lying, demolishing your reputation, to make you feel isolated, active bullying, unrighteous laws or use of law unrighteously, physical attacks, false Christians in the church and false teaching.  The enemy plays on one’s thoughts. But the trial of your faith works patience.

The One Who Died For All.

Family Fun Night Sunday 15th July 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined.  GU Filmhouse Beverly Hills 7:30 PM, Monday 2nd July ’18. The tickets need to be purchased online before the event. Click on ‘Buy a Ticket Now’ to buy tickets for Beverly Hills.  Click here to watch the trailer.

Tons of Anglican ministers are missing: here’s where they are.

Our minister Il-Woong will continue you on leave this coming week.  For any urgent pastoral matters please contact Rev Nancy Brawn 02 9580 3331 nrbrawn@optusnet.com.au

Evangelism: Part of the Uniting Church’s DNA.

The Uniting Church – forty years in retrospect.

Facing Darkness.  It’s the story that shook the world … and challenged the faith of those who lived through it. Now, the amazing true story of how Samaritan’s Purse staff trusted God in the midst of the devastating Ebola crisis in Africa is coming to Sydney for one day only. Plan now to see FACING DARKNESS on Tuesday, 7 August – at 10am, 1pm or 7pm. The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood.  Cost – a suggested donation of $10.00.  See more.

Be missional in a post-Christian culture.

Abortion: A generational change taking shape?

WESLEY PENSHURST UNITING CHURCH has been an important part of many lives over the years so it is with much sadness and disappointment that we close at the end of June.

There will be a special service of closure TODAY at 2.30pm at which we pass the stewardship of the property back to the Presbytery of Georges River.

As well as grieving this outcome, we want to acknowledge and give thanks for the good experiences that have taken place here.  Many have “sung their hearts out” here; made dear friends here; prayed through times of hardship here; heard inspiring sermons, and not so inspiring ones; have feasted and studied and served and cared and fixed things …   Come and share the memories and the heartache with us.

The offering in the service will be for the work of The Exodus Foundation. The service will be followed with afternoon tea in the hall.

May we never cease worshipping, witnessing and serving in the Name of Christ wherever we are.

–               Rev Nancy Brawn 02 9580 3331 nrbrawn@optusnet.com.au

Uniting Church faces decision time.

The 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church will take place 8-14th July 2018.
The theme of the Assembly is Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope.  Please pray for the Assembly, that godly and righteous decisions will be made.

How to dig deep when facing grief – Eternity News.

DVDs of the Week:

On Wings of Eagles – the Eric Liddell Story.  This stirring film takes up where Chariots of Fire left off.  Having won gold for Britain at the 1924 Paris Olympics, Scottish athlete Eric Liddell (Joseph Fiennes) returns to his birthplace of China, to follow in the footsteps of his missionary parents.  Liddell’s life there – serving as a school teacher and starting a family – is overshadowed by the 1937 Japanese invasion, which brings great suffering to the Chinese people as another World War looms.  Liddell and his friend Xu Niu, a street-smart resistance fighter, recognise the increasing danger – so Liddell sends his wife, Florence, and their two daughters to safety in Canada.  Duty-bound, Liddell stays to minister to the civilian victims, continuing to serve and inspire even after being imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp.  In conditions of incredible hardship, Liddell’s example of patient endurance, love, and selfless dedication to the needs of others will leave an immortal legacy of hope – one that continues to this day.

Love’s Unfolding Dream.  The irresistible sixth instalment of the films based on Janette Oke’s acclaimed Love Comes Softly novels is as romantic as it is inspiring.  Missie’s (Erin Cottrell) adopted daughter Belinda (Scout Taylor-Compton) is determined to become a doctor, but despite her dedication and ability, Doc Jackson (Robert Pine) believes women should stay at home – and so does Belinda’s suitor, Drew Simpson (Patrick Levis)!  But with faith and hard work, Belinda begins winning the hearts and minds of everyone around her, including a wealthy dowager (Nancy Linehan Charles), who just might help make Belinda’s dreams come true in this satisfying family drama that also stars Samantha Smith and Dale Midkiff.

Euthanasia and Elder Abuse – The Spectator.

Pulse Nightclub Survivor to CBN News: ‘It wasn’t a gay to straight thing.  It was a lost to saved thing.’