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Living Faith enews: 21 August 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends

"...Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you..."
Exodus 14:13-14a


The majestic photo above was taken in the Southern Ocean and depicts a cross stretching over the vast waters. It is a wonderful reminder of how we can find Jesus in the most uncertain of situations. The Israelites became filled with anxiety before they crossed the Red Sea and God reassured them that they need not be afraid for He would fight their battle against the Egyptians. They would be vindicated from those who had previously enslaved them. The same timeless message applies to us today. Regardless of the hurdle or challenge you are about to face, your powerful God says to you, "Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today." 

The enemy that enslaves us in our times can be a critical person, a grudge that we hold, an addiction, a wrong belief about ourselves or God. Jesus has the sovereignty and might to part our ocean of fear so that we can cross over safely to the shores of peace. In this way, our entrapments are drowned out by God and we are set free to live for Him anew. Moses had to hold up his staff to keep the Red Sea parted. We need to raise our hands, yes, wherever you are reading this in this very moment, raise your hands up and proclaim, that is speak out loud, "The Lord will fight for me."

A wise Christian once said to me that we must fully hand the reigns of our lives over to God. Is there any area of our lives where we should be handing the reigns over to God so that His powerful Spirit can stretch over our circumstances? 

Have a blessed weekend!

Your friend,
Iris
irismarais@gmail.com 
Tel: 0432 067 227
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
WELCOME TO THE LIVING FAITH UNITING CHURCH ONLINE
“COFFEE LOUNGE MINISTRY”
 
ONLINE COFFEE LOUNGE PRAYER MEETING         Friday 21 August 7pm – 8pm
Let’s join together as a church community for a time of prayer. We will come before God with our prayers of gratitude, our personal requests and our prayers for others. Grab a cuppa and get in a comfy chair – we’d love to have you onboard. Click the link below on
21 August at 7pm: 

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81848507138?pwd=U2pFditEZ1UxMm5HZC9zNkdhUENZZz09
 
SHARING AND CARING MEETING               
Sunday 23 August  9am – 10am
Are you keen to catch up with others that you have not seen in a while? Imagine the joy of chatting about what we have been up to and just sharing generally about life, family and faith. We’d love you to attend this session, come as you are for this special time together. To join in on the fun, click on the link below on 23 August at 9am:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86276235507?pwd=aDBXSkZBMTliKzhtTlpra0xnUE1kZz09
 
 
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE 
Enjoy the seasons of Alaska this week as we journey to Anchorage with Richard and his boys. Anchorage is depicted above in winter and in the late summer, on the shores of Cook Inlet, at the foot of the Chugach Range. The floral display heralds spring in Lupine, off the Seward Highway near Portage Valley. The trio can be seen kayaking the canals of the Kenai River Keys in Kenai Peninsula. The ocean kayaking in College Fjord, Prince William Sound, looks like a fun but icy experience! This snowy location certainly makes Queensland feel like a breeze in the winter. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. 
 
Next week we journey to a location in the Great South Land. 
 
Would you like to share a trip down memory lane with us? Email your photos and stories to irismarais@gmail.com 
ONLINE GIVING 

Tithes and donations can be made through online banking during this season. 


Please contact TIM EAKIN or NORELLE DEETH for assistance with online banking if you are unsure of the process 

Tim   34timbo@gmail.com
Norelle    norelled@bigpond.com

Bank details: ANZ BANK; BSB: 014010   ACC NO. 191452412
Living Faith Uniting Church has a team of people who faithfully pray over matters affecting our lives, our church and our world. If you have a specific need and would like prayer, please contact Norelle on norelled@bigpond.com or Iris on irismarais@gmail.com and we'll commit your needs to prayer.
Church Contact Details

For information on baptisms, weddings, funerals, pastoral care or other church matters please contact:

Rev Iris Marais
0432 067 227
irismarais@gmail.com

Please note Tuesdays are Iris' day off
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