Up and Down the Mountain

LPUC eNews – Sunday 27 February 2022

You are welcome to worship in person this Sunday at 10.15am.  Hand sanitizer and masks are available if you would like to use them.

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 

Exodus 34:29-35 & Luke 9:28-43 / Up and Down the Mountain

Today is the last Sunday after the Epiphany and we hear the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. Transfiguration Sunday reminds us that things are not always as they seem. We celebrate God’s pres­ence with us and share stories – ordinary events that shine with extraordinary grace.

I was wondering why Moses and Jesus got all shiny when they talked to God, and we did not. Obviously, we are not Moses or Jesus, and they did not get shiny every time they talked with God. These were special events. It was a day when God did extra-special things and so they knew God was near. But they never had a day quite like that again.

Jesus’ friends might have wondered about that. What about all the days when they did not go up mountains, and when Jesus looked quite ordinary, and when no-one from long ago appeared, and when there was no voice to hear from the clouds?  Is God near us on those days? Yes God is! It is amazing when God does something extra-special and we can say, “Wow, God, you are right here and we know it!” But when nothing special is happening, God is still right here, helping us and loving us on every ordinary day. IL-WOONG. 

Ukrainians turn to God as threat of war increases – Eternity News

Revival in Arukun – Australian Prayer Network

The pioneering campaign that brought Jesus into people’s homes – Eternity News   

Loved by God – 31 Stories – 40Stories

Jesus the Royal Priest – The Bible Project

Church Council (Call for nominations): The call for nominations to fill eight (8) vacancies on the Church Council has been extended by a week and will conclude at 12.00pm today (Sunday 27 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 20 & 27 March 2022. The names of the successful Councillors will be announced in the News-sheet, E-News and the Church Service Announcements on Sunday 3 April 2022.

Keith McLeod, Returning Officer

Building a bigger table – Part 1: Jesus sets the table – FuelCast  How Jesus used hospitality as part of his ministry – a means by which others could meet with God, and with one another, in a place where the barriers are down.

Flashback – The Breath of Aslan | The Chronicles of Narnia | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Breath on my Breath of God (Solo Acapella)

As it was in the days of Noah – theglobalwatch.com

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

Dark times for freedom of speech | The Spectator Australia

The debate over the federal Religious Discrimination Bill has been hijacked by progressive secularists — and neither party is blameless – ABC Religion & Ethics Media Backflip: The Guardian Makes Coherent Case For Vaccine Refusal – Daily Declaration

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