Playing Outside the Box

LPUC eNews – Sunday 20 February 2022

You are welcome to worship in person this Sunday at 10.15am.  Please wear a mask whilst indoors. Hand sanitizer and masks are still available.

We are also live streaming of our services.  The service can be seen each Sunday morning commencing at 10.15am.  Here is the link to our YouTube channel to access the live streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEm1fJeADpcP6gO1BsBKcg 

Luke 6:27-38, Playing Outside the Box 

Have you ever experienced that you feel very difficult to forgive/love someone or feel guilty for not being able to forgive/love someone?  Today’s gospel reading from Luke 6:27-38, Jesus makes a controversial claim about treating those who believe and act differently: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” I think this statement is still as revolutionary today as it was back then. 

How can we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us and mistreat us? Jesus asks us to love beyond boundaries because Jesus knew that through loving our enemies, we would wind up loving ourselves. Moreover, we find strength by praying for those who persecute, mistreat us. When we pray earnestly, persistently, and lovingly for those who oppose us, something unexpected often happens.  Through prayer we find the needed resource to love. Nothing is impossible, with God on our side.  IL-WOONG.

Forgiveness sets you free (Loretta’s story) – 40Stories

Turning the Lord’s Prayer into a hit record was just part of Sister Janet Mead’s extraordinary life – Eternity News

Eternity’s new podcast: ‘Run Like a Woman’ – Eternity News  

How I Was Found By God – Daily Declaration  

Church Council (Call for nominations): The call for nominations to fill eight (8) vacancies on the Church Council will conclude at 12.00pm today (Sunday 20 February 2022). The vacancies were created by 7 Councillors, whose terms expired on 31 December 2021 (later extended to 31 March 2022). The remaining vacancy was not filled in the previous November 2019 election.

Any proposed nominee must be a confirmed member or member in Association of the Uniting Church in Australia. Nomination forms are available from Keith.

If you are considering nominating someone please do so today before the closing time. Voting will be conducted before and after the Sunday Services on 13 & 20 March 2022. The names of the successful Councillors will be announced in the News-sheet, E-News and the Church Service Announcements on Sunday 27 March 2022.

Keith McLeod, Returning Officer. 

Finding a harvest field among the homeless – Eternity News  

Save women’s sport bill to be introduced by Senator Claire Chandler

We’ve forgotten how to die – UnHerd   

Bringing Hope to the Urban Poor – Vision Christian Media  

Library: If you’d like to share what you’re reading/watching or request a resource from the library, send an email to Naomi.Feigl@gmail.com and Lawrie.Bool@gmail.com

Heaven, An Unexpected Journey: One Man’s with Heaven, Angels and the Afterlife by Jim Woodford

Advance Australia Fair? – Daily Declaration

Abortion is the leading cause of death – Eternity News  

Enid Lyons List

Welcome to a ‘Brave New Australia’ | The Spectator Australia  

Our Leaders Now Echo the Covid ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ – Daily Declaration  

COVID-19 Officially Over in Sweden! – Daily Declaration  

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