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Living Faith enews: 22 May 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends
 
"When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven." Luke 24:50-51 NIV
 
We celebrated Ascension Day yesterday; the fortieth day after Easter on which we celebrate Christ’s ascension into heaven. The photo above depicts the Church of Ascension in Jerusalem. As we contemplate the significance of Christ’s ascension, it is good to pause and remember that as followers of Christ, we will also be with our Father in heaven one day. God’s promise of salvation to us is something we can celebrate every day!
 
We offer grateful thanks to the Worship and Technical teams who have been working to produce more beautiful worship song videos for us to enjoy. Visit our church website (click on “Online Ministry”) or our church YouTube page (search “Living Faith Uniting Church” and click on “SUBSCRIBE”) to access the soothing tunes we know and love. Grateful thanks to all involved in producing these fabulous videos!
 
Please remember to join us for an online Zoom Prayer Meeting with Toowong Uniting Church on Sunday 24 May from 7pm to 8pm. Further details can be found below in this newsletter.
 
This week a sadness was felt around the world as Christian Evangelist, Ravi Zacharais, passed away from cancer. A tribute to his life and legacy is below for your interest. I encourage you to read his remarkable testimony.
 
Thank you for your continued prayers for each other. In a world of great need and pain, it is comforting to know that our Christ-bound friendships reach across times of isolation and separation.
Love to all of you!
Your friend,
Iris
ZOOM ONLINE PRAYER MEETING WITH TOOWONG UNITING CHURCH
Toowong Uniting Church have invited Living Faith Uniting Church to join them in an online Prayer Meeting. Toowong UC visited our church last year for a night of prayer and we would love the opportunity to share our faith journey with each other again. Full details to the  meeting will be emailed out in the coming days. In the meantime, please mark this information in your diary:

Date: Sunday 24 May 2020

Time: 7pm - 8pm

 
I look forward to "seeing" you there!
Living Faith Uniting Church Prayer Points
 
Needs of Congregation
 
  • Pray for those who are undergoing treatment for cancer:
    • May God heal and restore them.  May God guide their medical care and destroy all cancer cells in their body. 
  • Pray for those with broken bones and torn muscles:
    • Even as God knit us together in our mothers’ wombs, may God knit broken bones, heal tears and restore strength and full mobility to those suffering injuries. 
  • Pray for those who are suffering from infections:
    • May God guide the diagnosis and treatment of our people and bring them to a place of healing and restoration. 
  • Pray for those suffering from anxiety, fear or mental anguish:
    • May they be filled with the peace of God that surpasses human understanding. 
  • Pray for fellowship, love and unity to abide amongst us, even in this time of separation. 
 
Vision for our Community
 
  • May God reveal His good and perfect will for our church. May He use our church as a place of hope and refuge for our community
  • Pray that we may be filled with God’s love and compassion for the lost, the suffering, and all who need the Good News of Jesus at this time. 
  • God’s anointing over prayer ministry that our prayers will be received and answered in the throne room of Heaven. 
  • Pray that in the coming days, God will pour out His gifts of faith, healing and wisdom that we may partner in power with God to preach His Good News, heal the sick and set the captives free.  May there be amazing miracles and supernatural healings and that their testimony will reach across our city and beyond.
  • Pray that God will provide the resources we need to become His distribution and provision centre to minister to the physical needs for those who lose employment or fall on hard times. 
  • May God continue to inspire creativity and innovation in the delivery of our church worship and services.
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
This week the world lost one of the greatest Christian Evangelists of our time, Ravi Zaccharias. Remarkably, Ravi's turning point towards Jesus came while in a hospital bed when he was handed a small Gideon's Bible. Let us never underestimate the power that lies in giving a non-believer a Bible. Perhaps as we read the tribute below, God may impress upon our hearts the name of a person in our lives who we should give a Bible to.
 
TRIBUTE TO RAVI ZACCHARIAS
Written by his daughter, Sarah Davis (RZIM)
 

This morning, our beloved founder and apologist Ravi Zacharias went home to be with Jesus. RZIM’s CEO, Sarah Davis, shares this reflection on her father:

On January 4, my dad recited a stanza from this hymn from the late Richard Baxter (1615-1691):
“Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

Come Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessed face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will thy glory be!

Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.”

None of us could have imagined just two months after reciting that last stanza that my dad would learn he had cancer and he would experience the realization of this more than 300-year-old hymn so soon. Today we affirm, as my dad recited and Baxter penned, “But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, and I shall be with Him.” My dad, at 74, has “join[ed] with the triumphant saints that sing [his] Savior’s praise.” We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior.

It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about. Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done. He perpetually marveled that God took a seventeen-year-old skeptic, defeated in hopelessness and unbelief, and called him into a life of glorious hope and belief in the truth of Scripture—a message he would carry across the globe for 48 years.

His thoughts and conversations in recent years and his final weeks were saturated with gratitude for this team of evangelists, apologists, and staff that he called family: RZIM—Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He spoke of our evangelists’ tender hearts and their love for people. Some have said my dad blazed a trail when he began commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s great questions of meaning nearly five decades ago. As one friend dear to him remarked, he has also paved that path, desiring that his teammates around the world would continue so untold millions might know the same Jesus he faithfully served—the one he now sees face-to-face.

My dad’s humility, grace, tenderness for people, and above all love for the Lord are forever imprinted on my mind, my heart, and my life. His love for our family will be impossible to replace until we join him in heaven one day. Ravi and Margie just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. My mother was entirely committed to my dad’s calling and to this ministry, believing God called them together. I cannot recall even one moment when I saw her commitment to this calling weaken, because she always placed unwavering trust in the God who called them and in His purposes. We experienced God’s kindness and faithfulness in so many ways as we felt Him journeying with us in bringing my dad home. For this we are at peace and filled with deep gratitude to God for the innumerable expressions of His love. Naomi, Nathan, and I are deeply grateful for your continuing prayers for our mother, Margie, and the many expressions of love you have shown to her and to us.

Soon our family will gather for a graveside service. In the days ahead we will provide details for a memorial service to be held in Atlanta and streamed around the world.

The Gospel of John records these words of Jesus: “Because I live, you also will live” (14:19)—seven words that changed the trajectory of Ravi Zacharias’s life some 57 years ago. It is a verse etched on his grandmother’s grave stone and will be etched on his too. Today my beautiful father is more alive than he has ever been. We thank God for him and recommit our lives to sharing this truth with all who will hear, until He calls us to our eternal home.

With deep love and gratitude, and on behalf of Margie, Naomi, and Nathan,

Sarah Davis


ARE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW IN NEED OF PRAYER?

Prayer requests can be emailed to either Norelle or Iris. If you would like, these will be shared with a confidential prayer chain that will pray for you. Alternatively, Norelle or Iris will pray for you without sharing your request with others - just let us know your preference. 

norelled@bigpond.com
irismarais@gmail.com or 0432 067 227

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
HOUSE GUESTS - Meet Helen and Chris' pooches - an elderly Labrador named Jaz; and their son's dog, Tug. They are blessed to have Tug for a few months while their son is renovating his house. Tug has become Helen's shadow however he is really not sure about a thing called a "vacuum cleaner"...he hates the noise so they avoid using it...lovely reason to take some time off from household chores! Hahaha!  
Just for fun, if you would like to share a picture of a pet that is keeping you company while in self-isolation, send the photo to irismarais@gmail.com and we'll publish them in upcoming newsletters
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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