LPUC eNews – Sunday 4 November 2018

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



9.30am Gathering – The Bible reading is Luke 15:11-32.  From Keith’s Desk …  In today’s message we will be looking at another of ‘The Attributes of God’ specifically Grace. Divine Grace is defined as the strength God gives us which enables us to live or do as Jesus would do were He in our situation. A more simple definition I like is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. There are three principal characteristics of Divine Grace: It is eternal, it is free, and it is sovereign.

There is no doubt that grace and truth were fully revealed and perfectly demonstrated when Jesus came to this earth and died for us all on the Cross. It is through Jesus alone that the grace of God flows through His chosen people. It was always part of God’s ancient plan.

It should be apparent that we become followers of Jesus through God’s unmerited grace, not as a result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice or act of service on our part. We will look at the grace of God displayed to the lost son, the woman caught in the act of adultery and the life of the Apostle Paul. We may well ask ourselves this question: ‘Do we know God’s grace fully in our lives?’ … May God’s richest Blessing be with you all, Keith

Sundays @5pm.  Nathaline will be speaking on Matthew 22:38 – This is the first and greatest commandment (NIV).

Halloween vs Christmas – Centre for Public Christianity

Nice to meet you God.  I have a few questions.

The 99 and the 1.  Have you ever thought that you might be the one?

Church Council Nominations — 2018/2: Following the close of nominations on Sunday 21 October 2018 for the three (3) vacancies on the Church Council, two (2) people have accepted nomination. The nominees were publicly announced last Sunday 28 October 2018 in Sunday Morning Church and Sundays @ 5 in accordance with 3.3.2(b) of The Uniting Church in Australia Regulation. No public announcement will be made today.

Voting will be conducted on Sundays 11 & 18 November 2018 and the mid-week service on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Members are reminded that the nominee requires 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 25 November 2018 and their terms will commence on 1 January 2019.

Keith McLeod

Returning Officer

Great is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning To End)

Attention to thankfulness.

Anglican bans align with beliefs.

DVD of the Week: 

Hansie.  DVD.  How do you start over once you’ve betrayed a nation’s trust?  After years of isolation from the international community, the end of apartheid heralded a new era of hope for all South Africans.  The time was ripe for young leaders to stand up.  One such leader was a young man from Bioemfontein.  He seemed unflinching, magnificent.  This was his moment to shine.  Hansie (Frank Rautenbach), soon became South Africa’s golden boy.  As captain he took his country’s cricket side from being seventh best in the world to the top.  He was destined for greatness … but, his greatest battle was not on the field …. The news of his involvement with Indian bookmakers and his resulting public confessions rocked the international sporting world.  His unprecedented rise to glory was followed by the most horrific fall, made worse by the fact that he was an outspoken Christian.  HASIE explores the very human drama of a man who, after losing everything he has worked for, begins the painstaking journey back to choosing life. The journey is cathartic.  We celebrate with him in his glorious victories on the cricket field but by the same token we feel the agony of his dishonour, weeping in the arms of his friend and mentor, Peter Pollard (David Sherwood). Amidst the darkness of his downfall, we are inspired by the power of his wife Bertha’s (Sarah Thompson) unswerving love, which shines like a beacon of hope.

Carl Lentz wants you to crush the world.  NYC minister tells Hillsong Conference to be ridiculous and radical.

Catholic Church swaps Pokémon Go for Follow JC Go!

New Life – in Cinemas 6th December.   In the tradition of The Notebook and The Fault In Our Stars comes New Life.  The captivating story of love, commitment and hope.  Benjamin Morton’s life changed forever the day he met the little girl next door.  Ava was and always would be the girl of his dreams.  From the innocence of a childhood friendship, through adolescent attraction, their love strengthens and grows. When life takes a turn neither of them expected, their entire future is called into question. NEW LIFE explores the ups and downs of life and love, showing us that in good times and bad, life can be approached with hope and the opportunity for something new.  Watch trailer.

Let’s give no interest loans and be generous.

Guess who’s not coming to dinner. Politics, religion, and being a good guest at dinner – or a good citizen in the public square.