Living Faith enews: 16 October 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends
 
"When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove..." Luke 3:21-22b NIV

The setting above hosts a baptism site along the Jordan River in Israel. It is a deeply symbolic place as it holds the waters that Jesus descended into for His own baptism. The glorious sign of God's approval of Jesus' baptism came in the form of a humble but beautiful dove.

The day our tour group visited this site, many took the opportunity to reconfirm their baptism vows. As folk waded in the water pool alongside the river, a dove spontaneously swooped right down and flew over the group. It was an incredible moment to behold. This did not happen because there was something special about the group - it was simply God's symbol of peace which is available to all of us when we choose to commit or recommit ourselves to Him completely. 


It is so important to gauge from time to time where we are at in relation to our commitment to Jesus. Is He still front and centre stage or has something else crept in that is taking up His throne in our lives? As our King, we need to keep Jesus central and let the rest of our lives revolve around Him rather than the other way around. If you have been feeling a little disconnected from God lately, and want to recommit your life priorities to Him, why not say this short prayer now: 

"My King and My Lord, I want to experience your Holy Peace in my life again. I want you at the centre of my life because my hope comes from putting you first. I ask for you to fill my heart with your Holy Spirit once again, descend on my life as I fall to my knees before you now. You are mine, and I am yours. 'Baptise' me with your love, forgiveness and compassion. I ask in Jesus name, Amen." 

Let us continue in that frame of heart and mind by putting Jesus first on the 31 October - 1 November during our church's Prayer Vigil. Real power and transformation in our lives begins with prayer. Sign up to spend one hour with Jesus through the Prayer Vigil link below in this newsletter. The way you spend the hour is between you and God but the benefits for ourselves and our church will be felt for a long time to come. 

SYNOD - This year Synod will run from 23 October until 27 October inclusive and my availability will therefore be limited during these dates. 

Just a reminder that the Minister's online Bible Study has started on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am. We spend the hour exploring what God is saying to us through the book of James. The link to join in is below in this newsletter. Come expectant that God will speak to you! 

May your week be filled with a peace, hovering like a heavenly dove over you. 

Your friend,

Iris

irismarais@gmail.com 
Tel: 0432 067 227

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
SERMON NOTES
Sermon notes for the Sunday 18 October services are available for you to print and bring to the service by clicking below:
 
Click above, then to print the notes "click" on the "print" icon as shown below:
The Prayer Vigil will run from Saturday 31 October at 10am to Sunday 1 November at 10am 
Click Here to Sign-up for the Prayer Vigil
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
 
Please fill your shoe box with delights for a little girl or boy. Bring the enclosed shoe box to Living Faith Uniting Church on Sunday 18 October 2020 and place it directly into Robin's car boot that morning. For more information, please contact Robin on 0418 193 548 or reharris@optusnet.com.au
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW ON WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER AT 9:30AM TO JOIN THE MINISTER'S BIBLE STUDY

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81785819942?pwd=ZUxRanQvc1MzbUE1bmFNYzRuMFhHQT09
WELCOME TO THE LIVING FAITH UNITING CHURCH ONLINE
“COFFEE LOUNGE MINISTRY”
 
ONLINE PRAYER MEETING
EVERY SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

7PM - 8PM 

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW ON THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER AT 7PM


 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81848507138?pwd=U2pFditEZ1UxMm5HZC9zNkdhUENZZz09
 
THE YOUNG MEN OF THE PROPERTY TEAM HARD AT WORK AGAIN THIS WEEK
Let Iris know if you would like to give one or more of her business cards to folk in need of pastoral care and we'll arrange to get business cards to you. 
STOP - HALT
Have you signed up for the Prayer Vigil yet? 

For some additional inspiration, take a look at the photos below sent in by Peter L, of the Jerusalem Wailing Wall. May this be an encouragement for us to take a passionate approach to signing up for the Prayer Vigil so that we can experience the power of God individually and as a church family. 
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Today we journey with Living Faith UC friends from Moggill, Ron and Jan Weekes. They are whisking us off to Sweden....enjoy the ride! 
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 Fridays are Iris' day off
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