LPUC eNews – Sunday 22 December 2019

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Isaiah 7:10-16, John 3:16-21God’s gift of love

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time for family to gather together. And one of the most enjoyable parts of Christmas is giving and receiving of gifts. What was the best gift that you have ever received?

We have a gift, the greatest Christmas gift from God, which is the baby Jesus. We can find the reason why He gave His Son, Jesus in John 3:16 (‘God loves you and me so much that He provided for us a wonderful Christmas gift.’). I think this text wraps up the whole story of Christmas. It has been called the worlds’ greatest love story. It has been called the gospel of Christ in one sentence but, in this season of Christmas, I may call it God’s Christmas gift to us.

Why did God give His Christmas gift to the world 2000 years ago and today in the person of Jesus Christ? It is because of the love of God. God loves you so much that Jesus is given as god’s love gift. That is the only reason that god gave because there is love.

There is a Christmas song called “Christmas isn’t Christmas.” It goes like this: ‘Christmas isn’t Christmas till it happens in your heart; somewhere deep inside you is where Christmas really starts. So give your heart to Jesus. You’ll discover when you do that it’s Christmas, really Christmas for you.’ My prayer is that you may give your heart to Jesus so Christmas really starts in you.  IL-WOONG.

Myrrh for a Baby – Ed Mayhew

Away in a Manager: Shepherd – The Skit Guys

Finding sacred spaces in Advent – Neighbourhood Matters

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.

What if there was proof that God became a baby at Christmas? – Cross + Culture

With Us – Floodgate Productions

The Coming – A Christmas Poem – Speak Life

Christmas Morning Celebration

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

The Mystery of Noisy Neighbour – Bible Society

Mess – Dai Woolridge

Making this world our home again – Neighbourhood Matters

DVD of the Week:

A Question of Faith  Three families find themselves at a crossroads, questioning their faith and the God that guides their lives.  As each family member deals with their issues, their worlds start to intertwine.  This leads to a chain of events, which unknowingly brings the three families closer and closer together.  Will the families give in to the loss, pain and uncertainty that has shattered their lives, or will they find the tie that binds them all together through hope, trust, redemption and goodwill?

Christmas in 10 Words – Steph Williams

Be Grateful – Forest Hill South Park Church

The Family Voice Prayer Guide – Praying over this holiday season

The weekly pick – helping you find hope in the cinematic landscape – Movies Change People

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS – DECEMBER 2019  For this year, the Church Council has decided that the Christmas Offerings will be shared between the traditional ‘Christmas Bowl Appeal’ and the Uniting Church Moderator’s Drought Relief Appeal. The arrangements will be –

1. Proceeds from ‘Carols in the Car Park’ and the Christmas Day Worship-Cash Offering will be sent to the Uniting Church Moderator’s Bushfires / Drought Relief Appeal.

2. Donations for the ‘Christmas Bowl Appeal’ will be collected via the Christmas Bowl Envelopes and passed on to Christmas Bowl / Act for Peace. Envelopes will be available from Sunday, 22nd December.

Escaping Advent, Escaping Reality? – that happy certainty

Reinhard Bonnke, the ‘Billy Graham of Africa”, dies – Eternity News

A baby is coming – Igniter Media

Just Mercy – in cinemas 23rd January

Prayer Meeting Saturday 1 February 2020 from 8.00am to 9.00am. 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 the prayer platform for all church and associated activities during 2020.

The complete Christian history of Christmas and Santa Claus – Cross + Culture

No room in the inn for a manger – Eternity News

It’s not ‘persecution’ but these Christians got a raw deal – Eternity News