LPUC eNews – Sunday 27 October 2019

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




Luke 18:9-14, The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Jesus told this parable to those who “were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else” (vs. 9). The “others,” such as those to whom Jesus addressed, were outside of the accepted definitions of righteousness.

In Jesus’ story, the Pharisee becomes the “bad guy,” and the tax collector, the collaborator with Rome, widely recognised as a thief, “went home justified”(vs. 14). We find Jesus’ conclusion about justification to be reasonable and we consider appropriate his comment about humility. But for Jesus’ first hearers the reactions must have been very different, they must have been shocked. “What wrongs has the Pharisee done?” “What reparation has the tax collector offered?” The answer to both of these questions is, “None!” The people must have wondered. So, too, should we.  IL-WOONG.

Send the rain (a prayer for our farmers) – Soldieron Music

Beautifully Broken A refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise, and a daughter’s painful secret converge in this inspiring real life story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Event Cinemas Cronulla today Friday 25/10 12.35pm and 2.30pm, Saturday 26/10 12.20pm and 2.40pm, Sunday 27/10 12.40pm and 3.00pm, Monday 28/10 12.20pm and 2.40pm, Tuesday 29/10 12.20pm and 2.40pm, Wednesday 30/10 12.20pm and 2.40pm.

Praying with the PM and the Governor-General: ‘It was good for the soul’ – Eternity News

Changing the world, one neighbourhood at a time

Church Council Nominations — 2019/1: Following the close of nominations on Sunday 20 October 2019 for the nine (9) vacancies on the Church Council, nine (9) people listed below have accepted nomination. The nominees, together with their terms, are:


Term (Years)

Lance Bexon


Jan Blewitt


Lawrie Bool


Josaiah Finau


Mele Finau


Lyn Garrard


Pamela Hanna


Victor Hau


Annette O’Neill


Voting will be conducted on Sundays 10 & 17 November 2019 and the mid-week service on Wednesday 20 November 2019

Members are reminded that the nominees require a majority of the total votes cast, by those participating in the ballot, to be elected to Council. The successful Councillors will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday 24 November 2019 and their terms will commence on 1 January 2020.  Keith McLeod  Returning Officer.

Am I crazy to say God speaks to me? – God Conversations

Seniors Afternoon Tea – High Tea at Ascot – Saturday 9th November 2.00pm to 4.00pm

How Hong Kong Christians say we should pray for their city – Australian Prayer Network

Rugby World Cup opens the door to Jesus in Japan – Eternity News

Book of the Week: 

Jesus and the Lion’s Den by Alison Mitchell and Catalina Echeverri.  The story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den teaches children many things… It teaches them about praying; it teaches them about Daniel’s faithfulness to God, and God’s faithfulness to Daniel; and it teaches them that God is the real king of everyone everywhere.  But if you peel back another layer, you’ll see that like the rest of the Old Testament, it also points to Jesus.  This stunningly-illustrated retelling of Daniel and the lions’ den helps children to see Jesus in the story of Daniel. It challenges children to spot the ‘Jesus moments’ by looking out for the hidden lion symbols. It goes on to explain the parallels between Jesus and Daniel, so that children can see the gospel heart of the whole Bible.

Young people are looking for an emotionally connected church – Eternity News

Helen Cadbury – The Pocket Testament League – DIDUNO

The annual Shamrock School fundraiser is on again.  This year it’s a trivia night at Mortdale RSL on 16 November commencing at 7:30pm. Hopefully we can get a couple of LPUC tables together for a fun night out.  There will be teams of 6-8 per table.

It’s a later start this year as there is no dinner included, however the room is available to us from 6:00pm so you can get your meals from the Bistro, bring them into the room and practice your trivia skills in the warm up.

Could you please let me know if you will be attending.  Further details attached.  Hope to see you there.  Greg.

Ten reasons pornography is tearing us apart – The Daily Declaration