LPUC eNews – Sunday 9 December 2018

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

Camino Shell

Sunday morning’s messageReflections on My Walk for God.  In September and October, I walked the Camino Frances, an 800km pilgrimage trail from Saint Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostella in northern Spain.  During the five weeks it took me to complete the walk, I had many opportunities to reflect on the way we live our lives whilst here on Earth.  My headlamp challenged me about how I shine for Jesus day by day.  A small spade that I carried in case of an unexpected call of nature reminded me that I must daily get rid of the bad things in my life.  My heavy backpack forced me to realise that we often carry unnecessary burdens in our lives and daily challenged me to live more simply. My hiking poles were a constant reminder of the importance and value of good friends, especially friends who will encourage, support and challenge me in my Christian walk.  Like blisters,conflict can cause much pain and anguish. How do I fulfil the calling on my life to be a peacemaker?  In the dark, with no other points of reference, a GPS dot on my iPhone guided me onward.  Throughout our lives, the only stable and sure point of reference for us is our personal relationship with Christ.  The more intimate our relationship with Him,the greater clarity, wisdom and peace we have in successfully living our lives here on Earth.  Lawrie.

Sundays@5. The Bible Reading is Luke 5:1-11 “Connecting with people.”  Part of our Mission Statement is, “To connect with people in Jesus.”  Fortunately for me, being an Ambulance Chaplain, and wearing crosses on my epaulettes, opens up conversations with paramedics which I found difficult when I was a paramedic and worked alongside them and taught them.

Some people seem to be able to effortlessly wear their faith on their sleeve and others find it hard in the current climate where there are more and more overt attacks on Christianity in our culture.

In today’s reading, Peter was willing to do what Jesus said. Although they hadfished unsuccessfully all night, when told to fish – he fished. (Luke 5:4.)Then, when they had a huge haul, Jesus used that as an analogy and told himthat he would catch people (v10) – and he told Peter and Andrew to follow Himand they followed Him (Mark 1:17, 18.)

Following Jesus does not mean living as a hermit and thinking about Jesus, on our own. It means being in the world, among other people and telling them about the Kingdom of Heaven, just as the disciples practiced when sent out two by two. Then continued after Pentecost. As Christians, it is what we are told to do.

So, until it becomes a habit, we have to be intentional about sharing our faith.How will you connect with others in Jesus?  …. Alan

The Live Nativity – The Skit Guys. 

Mr Bean conducts Christmas Orchestra

Closure of Sundays @ 5 Service This Sunday will be the final Sundays @ 5 service. It will be an exciting time as we move forward into 2019 with a combined intergenerational service at 10:15am. We would like to take the time to thank all the people that have been involved in the evening service over the years from SNC to Sundays @5. It has been a great ministry for Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church however with change comes new opportunities to spread the Word of God. We will always be grateful for those that have served and continue to serve in our ministries and we pray that with the new opportunity of the 10:15am service, people will be able to continue to use their God given gifts to serve the community and show the love of Jesus Christ.  Rob.

Retooning the Nativity – The Skit Guys. 

Christmas comes to life in Lobethal

New Life.  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.  In cinemas now.  Watch trailer.  On now at GU Filmhouse Cronulla.  Find a screening.

The Very Reason (For Christmas)

Seraphina’s paintings speak about Jesusin her own way

Carols by Streetlight will be held on Tuesday 18th December at 7pm.  We will walk around local streets stopping at various points to sing several carols before moving on to the next location.  Here is an opportunity to express the joy of Christmas to our local community.  Please choose to be involved even if you don’t think that you sing very well.  You will provide much needed volume.

Carols by Streetlight is a community activity and everyone is welcome to be involved however people will need to come to the practice session in order to become familiar with the songs and especially the tunes.

The practice session for Carols by Streetlight will be held a week earlier on Tuesday 11th December at 7pm at the worship centre.  The tunes that we have chosen are mainly upbeat (Herb Alpert.  Herb who?), and it is important that you become familiar with them.

Printed copies of the carols and CDs of the music will be available in the library for you to take and practice. The music and lyrics can also be accessed and downloaded from Dropbox.

For any inquiries please contact Lawrie on 0404 354 291  lawrie.bool@gmail.com

Remembering Jesus this Christmas while living with dementia

All I want for Christmas

DVDs of the Week: 

The Star.  A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns fora life beyond his daily grind at the village mill.  One day he finds the courage to break free and teams up with Ruth the loveable sheep and Dave the hilarious dove with lofty aspirations.  Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals.  Bo and his new friends follow the Star on the adventure of their dreams – filled with lots of laughter – and become part of the greatest story ever told. 

Christmas Angel.  In a year when all her classmates’Christmas wishes are coming true, Oliver dears to hope for her single mother to find someone that she can call ‘Dad’. Olivia suspects that the answer to the blessings is connected to Elsie Waybright, a mysterious woman in the old house across the street.  Is she an angel? Maybe not, but Olivia knows she holds the keys to the growing mystery. As Christmas day approaches, Olivia receives an unwelcomed answer, the suspicious Dr Nathan Davis.  With Elsie’s help, Olivia and her friends will learn that some requests can only be answered by God.


Carpark Carols:  This year our Carpark Carols evening will be on Sunday 23rd December from 5.30pm.  As this is one of the major outreach events that we have with our local community, any help that you are able to give would be very much appreciated.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the foyer for the different areas in which help is needed.

Also we will hand out gift bags at the carols so we are asking for donations of packets of lollies as we did last year. A container will be in the kitchen for your donations and a team will put the bags together before the event.

Invitation of Hope – Christmas Invite

Ten reasons why Imran Khan’s theology is just not cricket – The Spectator.