LPUC eNews – Sunday 25 March 2018

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




From Keith’s Desk …  Matthew 21:1-17.  In today’s message we will be looking at aspects of the last week of Jesus’ ministry on earth. During the last three years crowds had followed Him wherever He went. Scripture has recorded some 26 miraculous happenings involving Jesus; these include 5 deliverances from demon possession, 18 healings and 3 raised from the dead. There were also 2 miraculous catches of fish, the calming of a storm, Jesus walking on water, Jesus turning water into wine and the feeding of 5000 and 4000 men besides women and children.

Having experienced all this, it would not be difficult to assume that the disciples were nonplussed and fearful about what was to happen at week’s end. Added to this the time had now come for Jesus to publicly challenge the religious authorities by a clear demonstration that He was Israel’s Messiah and also to fulfil the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. The authorities on the other hand wanted to arrest Him, but were fearful of how the crowds might react. Little did they know that the crowd’s praise and adulation would turn to ‘crucify Him’ within a short space of time.

As we look at these events and the reaction of various groups of people, the challenge for us today, is how we might gain greater insight into becoming more effective disciples for Jesus particularly, when we have been encouraged to walk across the room to engage with other people.  … May God’s richest Blessing be with you all, Keith

This is Palm Sunday.

Sydney Easter Parade and Family Day.

John Newton converted by Amazing Grace

‘Blessed are the pure in heart’  The Beatitudes.


Thursday 29th March –          Tenebrae** – 7.30pm

Good Friday 30th March –      9.30am *

Easter Sunday 1st April –       9.30am

*  Please note later time to previous years

** TENEBRAE (Latin for ‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’) is a service held on the evening before Good Friday.  The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of Bible passages are read.  Everyone is encouraged to be a part of this significant and moving service.

I can only imagine – in cinemas now.  It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

The Easter Connection

Misplaced worship and unsatisfying idols.

Australia for Jesus.

DVDs of the Week:

The Serenity Prayer – Learning to let go.  In this skit, packed with humour and depth, The Skit Guys dig into hat the Serenity Prayer is all about.  As one man prays the prayer, God challenges him to understand what the words actually mean, and to actually mean the words he says.

The Gospel of John.  The Lumo Project is a ground breaking series that revolutionises the way we encounter the story of Jesus and the world of first-century Palestine in which he lived.  Redefining the standard of visual biblical media, each Gospel film brings the actual Bible text to the screen, word for word.

There is no B.C.

Jesus is not who you think he is.

Winning at Life … It’s Complicated.

Hey God, why does bad stuff happen?