LPUC eNews – Sunday 28 July 2019

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




Luke 11: 1-13, Beyond Asking

In today’s lesson, Jesus disciples had watched him and heard him praying. One day they went to him and asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus answered them in three ways: He gave them the words of a prayer to say; He told them a story: And he explained a bit about what prayer is like.

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus begins with the amazingly bold words: “When you pray; say: Father…” Jesus invites us to come very intimately to God in prayer. In teaching us to pray, Jesus wants us to view prayer as a family affair. We are to come to God who created us and sustains us with the same confidence that we would approach a loving parent.

Having affectionate intimacy with our Abba and profound humility before the King of kings and Lord of lords, we are called to pray with persistence, overcoming the illusion that God doesn’t care. We are called to believe that God is answering our prayers, even when he seems not to be listening or when he answers them in ways we don’t understand. And we are assured that God hears our prayers and answer them with what is needed not necessarily what is wanted. Just as God does, God’s people should do the same for others.  IL-WOONG.

Engaging the local community: the answer to church irrelevancy | Insights Magazine.

The ‘terrifying small’ reason why some many astronauts find God – ABC News.

Fini de Gersigny – The heart of the movement – One Heart Australia.

My top 5 tips for hearing from God – God Conversations.

Intergenerational Service Evaluation  It is now some months since we closed our previous two Sunday services and commenced our intergenerational service on 3rd February.  We believed that creating a new service where the attendees of both the previous morning and evening services come together and worship, would enable us to:

  • grow relationships between generations;

  • pool resources with the load being shared amongst a greater number of people, allowing the worship, structure and dynamics of the service to be varied depending on the team serving;

  • have opportunity for fellowship each service with a morning tea served each week and a lunch served after the service once every two months on the first Sunday of the month.

  • Tailor a separate children’s program to assist that generation learning and growing their faith.

This is now an opportunity for the whole church to reflect on the progress of our intergenerational service.  Evaluation questionnaires are available from the Stewards.  Please complete and return the questionnaire at your earliest convenience and in any case by Sunday 4th August. There will be a collection box in the foyer for completed questionnaires.  All information gathered will be collated, presented to the church and used to improve our intergenerational service.  Any inquiries please speak to IL-WOONG or Lawrie.

The staggering rise of the church in Iran – Australian Prayer Network

The PM is a good Pentecostal but is he a Good Samaritan? – Eternity News

Nation’s teens unsure how to measure self-worth now that Instagram not showing likes – The Shovel

Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi.

DVD of the Week: 

The Dating Project  Half of America is single.  The hook-up, testing and social media culture have profoundly altered the dating landscape.  Yet, men and women still seek meaningful relationships.  From executive producer Steve McEveety (The Passion of Christ, What Women Want), The Dating Project follows five single people, ages 18-40, as they search for authentic and meaningful relationships – real people trying to find love and happiness in an age of swiping left or right.

Why the Folau case is now about banning the Bible – Eternity News.

The Christian woman and her porn battle – Eternity News.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide now legal in Victoria – Australian Prayer Network

Religious Freedom Webinar – Canberra Declaration.