July 24, 2021

Jesus’ Love and Care 25-07-2021

25th July 2021 Pentecost 9 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)
Jesus’ Love and Care
(Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6: 1 – 21)
By Heeyoung Lim

I’ve had the experience of feeling better and working efficiently by only changing my desk to a position I can see out the window during this lockdown. Just like small changes can make a positive change in our lives, there are times when our life and faith need renovation or construction. I sincerely hope that a change of life and faith that pleases God can follow during these arduous times. We do not need to have room in our heart where hidden sins are kept, and sinful desires are grown. I believe that we become obedient to God’s words when Jesus is dwelling in every corner of our life through our faith.
Paul’s kneeling posture before God contrasts to common practice of standing to pray and represents humility and godly worship. (Ephesians 3:15) Our Father God hears and answers our prayers. Paul’s four prayer topics are inner spiritual strength, deep faith, abundant love (love of Christ), and God’s fullness. (16-21) Inner spiritual strength is not about positive thinking or mental renewing. God is the giver of spiritual growth and insight. It is important to ask God to increase our spiritual growth.
The promise of salvation is not the end on our faith journey. It means that our faith needs to be grown and deepen. Faith that rests on only the promise of salvation can easily lead to spiritual stagnation. Paul prayed for deep faith. Mature believers are strengthened by the Holy Spirit and filled with the fullness of God. They also comprehend the abundance of God’s love and grace.
We need to search the love of God until love becomes the roots of our existence. May we pray continuously that the Lord would strengthen us with power through His Spirit in our inner being, that Christ would dwell in our hearts through faith, that we would experience the love of Christ, and be filled to the fullness of God. God should receive eternal glory for what he has done for us. God is glorified through our sincere response; His family, the church, is the centrepiece of God’s work in the world today.
Paul’s prayer is full of hope for spiritual blessings and faith growth, and his praise is grounded in gratitude for the power at work within us that can accomplish abundantly more than we can ask. (21) Beyond our small hopes and imaginations, God is at work, fulfilling His plans. The strengthening of our inner person by the Holy Spirit allows us to let Christ be at our heart.
When Christ occupies our heart, we can live with confidence in His love and care. Whenever we remember His love and care, we are able to love others with the love of Christ. The sense of being loved gives us the ability to relate to and love others, so we can experience with others the love of God. This ability to know God’s love leads to the fullness of God in us. That is Paul’s prayer for us. (19) We can participate in His kingdom on earth because Christ’s life, power, love, and His presence inhabit us. God’s presence with us sustains us in all circumstances, but we often forget the abundance we have, and we frequently misuse that. Today’s text shows us the ways in which Jesus provides for us, and the ways that cooperate with His abundant blessings.
John 6 tells us two miracles: the feeding of the 5000 and Jesus’ walking on the water. We remember that God fed Israel during their wilderness wanderings with ‘manna’ which was bread from heaven. (Exodus 16) It was provided by God because the people were complaining. John 6 opens with the feeding story which is told in all four gospels. Philip and Andrew did not know what to do when they need food for the 5000, but Andrew brought and introduced a boy with the bread and fish to Jesus. We can never tell what He is going to do with it, but we can respond through what we have.
We are called to respond to Jesus’ work among us and extend His abundant gifts to others. What are our five loaves and two fishes? If Jesus involves in and touches something we have, everything is possible in Christ. The smallest would transfer to the biggest in Jesus’ hands, and our normal story would transform to God’s miracle. We will be witnesses of Jesus’ miracle and God’s abundance whenever Jesus touches our own loaves and fishes.
Jesus not only fed the crowd, but also saved them just as God led and fed the people in the desert. He echoes the miracle of the Exodus when God parted the waters of the Red Sea. God provides more than we need – food, healing, blessing, grace, faith, and salvation. Jesus has not come to be people’s king who will give them what they want. He is the only way to the Father and the only source of spiritual food. I believe that God will move us safely to next destination in the middle of our faith journey.
His disciples were more than halfway across when they saw Jesus walking on the water. Jesus knew their problems with faith and fear. The disciples in the boat were felt God’s powerful presence when Jesus walked on the water. Jesus told them not to be afraid while they were frightened. He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” (20) “Then they glad to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” We do not know the next destination or the name of land we are going, but we will be joyful if we invite and follow Jesus all the time.
Jesus comes to the disciples, across the waves, walking on the sea. He speaks to them and saves them. We would be full of fear if we were in a storm on the sea and the waves were getting bigger. We may be sailing in the sea of anxiety and depression in the midst of continuous COVID. However, Jesus speaks to us in the waves of fear we face, “It is I, do not be afraid.” His living words gives us peace and strength. God comes to us in unexpected and powerful ways and tells us not to be afraid. Jesus’ disciples witnessed the feeding and the walking on water and kept following Jesus where He led.
How are we receive God’s abundance and respond to the miracle of being fed and saved? Even when our faith is weak, God wants to work in and through us. May we approach God with freedom and confidence. May God’s love and care come to us and Christ dwell in our hearts through our faith and life. God gives us both physical and spiritual needs through Jesus. God is our provider, and His grace is sufficient. We have been given God’s abundant blessings and gifts that are needed to live out our faith. The Good News is not about obtaining something we want from the Lord, it is that Jesus Christ is our saviour and the Lord of our life. True blessings are not about worldly wealth, fame, and power, it is about inner spiritual strength, deep faith, abundant love (love of Christ), and God’s fullness. Jesus calls us to follow Him even on the challenging journey of faith. May the fullness of God will be with you all and the strength of inner person will be stronger.
Thanks be to God! Amen. 

(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials)

Order of Service and Notices 25-07-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

TIS 217 (i) Love Divine All Loves Excelling  

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

TIS 417 Loving Spirit  

CHILDREN TIME

SERMON: Jesus’ Love and Care
[Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]

TIS 655 O Let the Son of God Enfold Me

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

TIS 526 Lord Jesus Christ

BENEDICTION God Be with You (v. 2)

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics

Leighmoor Uniting Church
Protection for Families and Friends
Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need
Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations
Culture of Discipleship
Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

“God of Grace,
We praise you for the growth,
We rejoice in being set free,
We dance along the path that leads us home,
We give thanks for the healing we have received,
We relax in the knowledge that we are forgiven
And we live as people of Grace.” (By Rev. Gord)
We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sunday School

Messy Church: Postponed until it can be safely managed

Collection of Favorite Hymns for Hymn Service (July)
(Notify Heeyoung by phone, email, text message or paper)

One in Christ 18-07-2021

18th July 2021 Pentecost 8 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) One in Christ
(Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56)
By Heeyoung Lim
Ephesians 2:11-22 continues the theme of unity, with an emphasis on peace between two different groups. In verse 11, Paul contrasts the Gentiles’ hopeless condition before salvation with the Jews. The Ephesian church has experienced friction between Jewish and Gentile Christians. Hostility and hatred towards each other created a wall of separation between them, but Christ abolished the wall by making them one before Him. In Christ both Jew and Gentile have been united with God and each other. God wants us to be at peace with one another; He wants us to be reconciled to each other.
To tell another of our saving experience is to tell of God’s grace in Christ that brought us eternal salvation. Any boasting words from our mouth should speak about Christ and the gospel, not about us. Life separated from Christ is death, no matter what it may seem to be now. If you want hope for eternality, accept Christ’s salvation, serving in love. You cannot be joined to Christ and separated in hate and mistrust from other people. (22)
God did not leave the Gentiles in their hopeless condition but showed mercy and love. Christ abolished the distinction between Jew and Gentile. All people are now considered the same before God. His death on the cross made this wonderful thing possible. (13)
What is the relationship between salvation by grace and being created for good works? Salvation comes only through God’s mercy in Christ and the believers do good works in response to God’s mercy. Christ is the one who gives us peace with God, for He himself is our peace. God wants peace to be both horizontal and vertical, between individuals and groups. He wants us to be at peace with one another; and He wants us to be reconciled to each other, to be at peace with Him. (14)
Today’s story is about spiritual union between the two. We are brought near to God by the blood of Christ and made one with others. (13-18) I

believe we are part of God’s holy temple. (19-22) What does it mean to dwell in God? God lives in you through the Holy Spirit and Christ joins all believers together in God’s peace and love.
We can describe the difference between our life in Christ and before Christ. We are living in the place where God dwells as well as a threatened world. We all sometimes want to get away from it all, to retreat to a peaceful and quiet place, and shut out the busy world. What do you do? I love listening to music and reading a book.
In between today’s verse we have the feeding of the 5000. The Lectionary handles the feeding miracle next week, so that we are given just the few verses which precede the feeding and summary of activities which follows both the feeding and Jesus walking on water.
Mark 6:30-34 begins with the return of the twelve from their mission. In verse 7-13, they were sent out to heal and to teach and have returned. Verse 31 tells that “Many were coming and going, and they had no time to eat.” The disciples were again besieged by people, went through the countryside, telling everyone that Jesus was present. They became so busy that they do not even have enough time to eat. This overload of pressure has affected them deeply, both physically and spiritually. That is why Jesus took His disciples away to a deserted spot.
Jesus knew what ministry felt like to heal people, to preach from town to town with crowds following Him. He knew what it was like to get caught up in God’s work rather than caring for daily needs. He had compassion for the disciples and encouraged them to come away from the crowds to get some rest. (30) They got into a boat and sought to reach a quiet place, however too many people saw them leave. (32)
Jesus felt compassion for the people, viewing them as sheep without a shepherd. No animal is as dependent upon a shepherd as a sheep. Without the shepherd to lead, sheep wander aimlessly and get lost, even die of thirst. Without the shepherd, wolves can devour the sheep. Jesus viewed the people as helpless sheep. He led them and pointed them to the kingdom of God. Herod and other religious leaders however were lost. Jesus continued preaching, teaching, and healing the crowds because of His compassion and love.
In the last part of today’s text, news of Jesus’ previous miracle brought those with sick out to Him. Jesus revealed himself as a true shepherd through teaching, feeding, leading, preaching, and healing. He provided

divine hospitality. In verse 56, all who touched Him were healed, but his ministry did not end here. Jesus and His disciple’s ministry will be much longer and harder. As we know, Jesus saw the needy people as sheep without a shepherd. He did not treat them as an interruption. He offered God’s love and healed them. Jesus is our good shepherd; He will lead us in all aspects of life. May we be alert and open to opportunities to love and serve the Good shepherd.
However, it is important for us to see here that Jesus encouraged His disciples to stop and care for themselves. Jesus also encourages us to care for ourselves. Why do we keep busy when we need to stop and rest? Why do we choose not to rest at times? By not resting, we may be in danger of burnout. Was it to call the people to repentance and live God’s ways of love, peace, and justice? There would be valuable motivations and various reasons for the Lord and others. Do we emotionally and repeatedly feel ups and downs in COVID-19 pandemic? During our current lockdown, we really need good balance in all areas of our daily life and peace in all our relationships.
We are one in Christ; we still have walls between relationships and groups, but we have peace in Christ. The peace Christians have in Christ enables us to engage boldly in what may appear to the rest of the world as hopeless situations. One of theologian, Karen says, “Eliminating boundaries itself does not create peace. Peace comes only by eliminating the hostility behind the dividing walls. God does not merely tear down walls but unites people in the One who is our peace, creating one new humanity.” In this way we can play our small part in spreading God’s love and peace.
Today’s text urges us to let ourselves be built into a temple where God can dwell, rather than building walls that separate us. Each of us is called to be God’s co-worker in the ministry of peace and reconciliation. May the love of Christ abolish the unnecessary walls in our lives. I pray we will be confident in God’s power and united as one in Christ. May we be God’s temple and exercise self-care by resting in Christ.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials)

Order of Service and Notices 18-07-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

SRC 327 Lord for the Years (v. 1, 2 and 4)  

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

SRC 051 Bind Us Together  

CHILDREN TIME

SERMON: One in Christ
[Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]

SRC 400 O Lord, You Lead Me

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

SRC 199 I Cannot Tell

OYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

SRC 199 I Cannot Tell

BENEDICTION God Be with You (v. 1)

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics

Leighmoor Uniting Church
Protection for Families and Friends
Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need
Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations
Culture of Discipleship
Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

“Loving Shepherd, you know our names; you care for us.
When we face darkness and death, walk beside us.
When we hunger for your love,
fill us with your presence.
When we are fearful, feed us at your table.
May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy
all the days of our lives.” Amen. (By Mary Petrina Boyd)

Sunday School

Messy Church: Postponed until it can be safely managed

Collection of Favorite Hymns for Hymn Service (July)
(Notify Heeyoung by phone, email, text message or paper)

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim
M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com
Website: www.leighmoorunitingchurch.org

Zoom Service: Henry Wan (0403 150 404)
Closing time for Notices is 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Forward to Rohini Mendis (0421 318 545)

Spiritual Blessings in Christ 11-07-2021

11th July 2021 Pentecost 7 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
(Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-13)
By Heeyoung Lim

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:2) This is Paul’s greeting for the saints of Ephesians. Our daily greeting can be transformed into a godly greeting of grace and peace when we are in Christ. May we have peace and comfort in Christ even though we are surrounded by the negative reality of the world.
We are confronted with so many things in the world that seem to be out of order. Many parts of it are broken and torn by human being. Reordering and fixing are necessary in God’s hands. God is at work, calls and uses us for His great ministry.
We have been born into and grown up in a fallen world, so we have learned the ways of the world, but we are in Christ when we become a Christian. We are no longer who we once were, but we often do not see who we really are. Ephesians1 helps us see who we truly are as Christians. If we could see ourselves more clearly as who we are in Christ, we would be able to live more consistently like Him.
May we live by the inclusive love and ways of Jesus Christ even in new forms of life. The prophetic words and actions that resists against injustice, on the other, works for communities of peace and justice, in the name of a gracious, righteous, and loving Christ, has led Christians to ministries and worship that witness reconciliation and restoration.
Paul tells the Ephesian Christians about praise be to God. God the Father chose us and adopted us as his spiritual children. (5) God the Son redeemed us, forgave us of our sins, enlightened us to know His will, and has given us an eternal inheritance. (7) God the Spirit sealed us, made us secure in Christ, and led us for our redemption. (13)
Christians need to be spiritually enlightened so they may understand the glorious plan of God for the whole world and the greatness of God’s power. God reorders and renews the universe through His encompassing plan of salvation. Everything is in His unconditional love and powerful control. Through the ministries of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Christians have been given every necessary spiritual blessing. God promised the riches of their inheritance in Christ.
Spiritual blessings lie on the will of God to provide grace and peace to His people, but we sometimes do not remember His grace or miss out His blessings. We have received the blessing of being chosen by God and adopted by Him as his spiritual children. An adopted child who is brought into a family has the same rights as a child born into that family. God did this through Jesus. All our sins are forgiven in Jesus because we have believed in Jesus as our Saviour.
However, this does not mean that true Christians never sin. It means our sin is paid for by the death of Christ. His death paid the price for our release from sin and death. This is our spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. This redemption and the forgiveness were accomplished by the death of Christ on the cross where He shed his blood and died to save us. Making forgiveness possible was a major accomplishment in God’s eyes, since it required the sacrifice of blood and the death of his Son, Jesus. (7) This decision for us came out of God’s grace which He lavished on us with all wisdom and insight. (8)
We are predestined to become Christian believers, but responsible for our action because of free will at the same time. We can take both rather than choosing or following one between these two theological perspectives.
Here we have some Bible verses about God’s salvation and human election.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“First of all, I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone. (1 Tim. 2:1)
“This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”. (1 Tim. 2: 3-4).
“The Lord is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
This is God’s will towards people and the world revealed throughout some Bible verses and spiritual blessings in Christ. The blessings need to be shared in our lives. We do not know the result, but we can commit ourselves to the spread of the gospel message. May we participate in the God’s plan of redemption for those who still do not believe in Jesus and forgive someone who has mistreated us in the love of Christ. Making it possible would be difficult, but I am sure it is time to lavish on others with all our wisdom and love God has given us.
God wants us to be holy and blameless in His sight as in verse 4. We are in Jesus who is holy and blameless. May we be holy and blameless in God’s sight.
In the Holy Spirit, we are sealed until the day of salvation if we believe in Jesus until the very end. This will be for when we are still alive on earth, after we die, or at Christ’s return. This spiritual blessing is to bring praise to God for His grace in our lives (12). We can see ourselves as someone very precious because of all God has done for us.
As we shared, the Bible tells us to praise God the Father who chose us and adopted us as His spiritual children according to God’s plan to receive an inheritance which will possess in full when we stand before God in heaven. In Christ, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin; we have been spiritually enlightened and enriched. In the Holy Spirit, we were sealed and made secure. May we be enlightened to understand the significance of these spiritual blessings in Christ. I pray we who are the first to hope in Christ may be to the praise of glory.
How blessed we are! God has given us spiritual blessings in Christ. We do not always feel spiritually blessed, but we need to remember that we are truly blessed. God is to be praised by His creation. As in verse 6 and 12, may we be the praise of His glory. Our fellowship and love for God will be reflected in intimate love and complete unity among other believers. Our efforts through loving and caring in our relationship with God’s creation will be a good way to participate in what God wants us to do. It would be one of ways to share spiritual blessings.
I believe that we are glad and happy to live our lives as Christians. May we enjoy the Christian life more completely and to live like Christ more consistently. At the fulfillment of God’s plan, all that exists will live in the relationship with God. May we enjoy the fact that we belong to God and the family of God, participate in God’s loving plan for all creation. I hope we be grateful that God has forgiven our sins and given us eternal life. May we praise God, love others, take good care of God’s creation in the appreciation for spiritual blessings in Christ.
The church will always be challenged by God’s revelation in Jesus Christ to love and serve God and people to renew herself in worship, life, and mission. We are chosen for praise to God, destined for worship God, and appointed to the glory of God. Let us remember we have received the lavish blessings from God. It is time to share it with others. God is the one who is giver of all blessings and source of life.
May God’s abundant blessings will be shared in Christ.
Thanks be to God! Amen. 

(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials)

Order of Service and Notices 11-07-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

TIS 156 Morning Has Broken  

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS Ephesians 1:3-14

TIS 10 The Lord’s My Shepherd  

CHILDREN TIME

SERMON: Spiritual Blessings in Christ
[Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]

TIS 447 Lord Your Almighty Word

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

TIS 217(i) Love Divine

ENEDICTION God Be with You (v. 4)

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics

Leighmoor Uniting Church
Protection for Families and Friends
Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need
Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations
Culture of Discipleship
Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

Sunday School (No Sunday School during term break)

Meeting of Worship Leaders: Today 10.40 am

Messy Church: Sun 4.00 pm, 25th July (God’s Creation)

Collection of Favorite Hymns for Hymn Service (July)
(Notify Heeyoung by phone, email, text message or paper)

CHURCH CONTACTS

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim
M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com
Website: www.leighmoorunitingchurch.org

Zoom Service: Henry Wan (0403 150 404)
Closing time for Notices is 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Forward to Rohini Mendis (0421 318 545)

Jesus Shares His Ministry 04-07-2021

4th July 2021 Pentecost 6 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
Jesus Shares His Ministry
(Scripture Reading: Mark 6:11-13)
By Heeyoung Lim
Mark 6 tells the story of Jesus’ hometown rejection and God’s mission through disciples’ teamwork. We are all individuals as well as members of groups or communities. A team player is someone who actively contributes to their group to complete tasks, achieve goals or win the games. Teamwork and team spirit are essential for all groups, communities, sports games, and nations. In many sports games, a good match or a win occurred when a team played well together, not when an individual does well alone. Team players listen to their co-workers and help other team members to achieve their common goals. They understand that their team’s success is their own success, and they share responsibility even when their team experiences difficulties.
Jesus spent most of his time in Nazareth before his public ministry. He went home to Nazareth with His disciples after many ministries, but he was rejected and mocked by his own people. It was not just family visiting, He was invited by a synagogue to teach. The listeners were offended, not at what Jesus said or what he did but at who he was. (3)
The people in his hometown considered Him as just Mary’s son, elder son, and carpenter’s son rather than the one who God sent. The power of God which Jesus possessed required the receptivity of faith, but they were in the absence of faith. It caused the hardening of people’s hearts against God. Verse 5 says, “He could do no mighty work there.” Lack of faith hinders Jesus’ power. Mark tells us about faith as a critical element in the healing mission of Jesus, but Jesus’s power and freedom cannot be limited by human faith. Jesus himself chooses when and how to use his power. He healed people through compassion not on demand or popularity. (5) One of theologian, Hendriksen said, “The spread of the gospel has the priority over personal likes and dislikes.” God’s mission has nothing to do with human popularity or demands, it has been given by God’s grace and love.
In Mark 6, Jesus sends out his disciples to travel the countryside and moves on the Gentile areas, to heal the sick, and to proclaim the need for repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In today’s text, Jesus tells His 12 disciples what not to take with them on their mission, rather than telling them what to take. The disciples were recognised for what they do not take with them on their journey. How about us? Many of us are probably interested in what we do take or possess rather than “lightness”. Jesus adds instructions on how they are to travel for their mission of testifying and healing. He tells them to travel light without bread, traveller’s bag, and money. The lightness of travel will show trust in the divine authority. (8-9)
If they meet the risk of hospitality and rejection in any place, they are requested to shake the dust from under their feet and then move on in accordance with Jesus’ commands. The experience of rejection from Jesus’ hometown could be a signal of what was to be faced in their work and ministry. Jesus prepared his disciples for potential rejection and extended His ministry first by sharing it with the disciples.
Jesus had already chosen the Twelve to be with Him, and to be sent out to proclaim the gospel, and to have authority to cast out demons. Now, he sends them out in pairs to be witnesses. Jesus sent them out in teams of two. The reason may be that in Israel, the law demanded two witnesses for any testimony. (Deut. 17:6) The sharing of a common mission by two people would help bind the disciples into a more cohesive group. The strength of two is more than doubled. They were Jesus’ beautiful teams.
Jesus gave the disciples authority over evil spirits. They did not go under their own authority but the power and authority of Jesus. The missions Jesus has given to them are inbreaking of the kingdom, empowering with Jesus’ authority to cast out demons, and anointing and healing the sick. Anointing with oil signifies the presence of the Holy Spirit. (12) It was a symbol of God’s grace being poured on them. It also signified that the one who applied the oil was a mouthpiece of God’s grace and healing power. The disciples’ mission was successful. (12-13) They carried out the command of Jesus. They brought first a message of repentance, forgiveness of sins, and the need for the people to turn to God. The second message they brought was that of physical healing. It was possible with Jesus.
Jesus calls us to follow Him. We go wherever He leads because He is leading us to a place where He is with us. And he has promised his presence even in the dark at times. The darkness, whether it be through difficulties or suffering, can be connected to the growth and the beauty of the life and faith within us. Jesus wants us to follow Him individually and collectively.
Jesus is aware of our needs and comes to us in our distress and our provisions always come from Him. Jesus calls us to be a part of His ministry to the world; He watches over us and prays for us. We may face the storms of life, but the waves will not overtake us because Jesus is with us. May we do not depend on worldly view but be confident in God’s power as Christians, disciples, leaders, stewards, and most importantly team members. Good stewardship demands that we do not waste God’s resources.
Our priority of mission is to tell people to repent and turn to God. May we also bind their wounds, feed their hunger, satisfy their thirst, and cast out demons. Do we have a “quiet place” to be with Jesus so He can restore our soul and help us cope with the burdens of ministry? There are hard decisions to make when we travel. How much luggage can we take? Some of us take too much luggage while we are traveling and living. But do we really need all that stuff? Do we have “lightness” on our faith journey? We are surrounded by the lack of faith and struggled between lightness and heaviness in our lives, but we do our roles and mission by taking care of people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual needs as team members.
Jesus extended his ministry by sending out the twelve disciples. Now, Jesus is on the move, and he calls us to move with Him. He is aware of our needs and comes to us in our suffering; He watches over us and prays for us. Jesus calls us to follow Him. May we be confident in God’s power as Christians, disciples, leaders, and team players.
God’s mission has given to us under God’s timetable, though crisis comes, and challenge is ongoing. Jesus is sharing of His mission with us, but if we are trapped by our past and current challenges, we will not be free to move forward into new ways of following Jesus. I expect Leighmoor Congregation can be identified as “Team Jesus” in the eyes of Jesus. May we be more beautiful and powerful team for the Lord. May we also rely on the strength and love of God in our all circumstances and always walk with Jesus with the name of “Team Jesus”.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials)

Order of Service and Notices 04-07-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

TIS 129 Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound  

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS Mark 6:1-13

TIS 590 What a Friend We Have in Jesus  

CHILDREN TIME

SERMON: Jesus Shares His Ministry
[Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]

TIS 690 Beauty for Brokenness

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

TIS 569 Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer

HOLY COMMUNION

BENEDICTION God Be with You (v. 3)

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics

Leighmoor Uniting Church
Protection for Families and Friends
Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need
Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations
Culture of Discipleship
Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

Sunday School

Friday Fellowship: Fri 10.00 am, 9th July
(Venue to be advised on Sunday)

Offertory: Turning the Offering Bowl (from 11th July)

Meeting of Worship Leaders: Sun 10.40 am, 11th July

Messy Church: Sun 4.00 pm, 25th July (God’s Creation)

Collection of Favorite Hymns for Hymn Service (July)
(Notify Heeyoung by phone, email, text message or paper)

The Recruitment of Stewards and Volunteers

CHURCH CONTACTS

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim
M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com
Website: www.leighmoorunitingchurch.org

Zoom Service: Henry Wan (0403 150 404)
Closing time for Notices is 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Forward to Rohini Mendis (0421 318 545)

Time to Get Up 27-06-2021

27th June 2021 Pentecost 5 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Time to Get up
(Scripture Reading: Mark 5:21 – 43)
By Heeyoung Lim

Jesus is our healer; He will always be by our side. He frees us from all sins and evil, and he tells us to go back and spread the gospel of God. Just like people who were healed in faith and obedience by the power of Christ, it is important that we too “go and tell”, share the words of Jesus, and live-in worship and gratitude. We can tell people how much Jesus had done for us.
Another gift of Jesus offers is consolation, and we are the ones receiving consolation and comfort by Jesus. The passage of Mark chapter 5 tells the story of Jesus’ compassion, genuine love, and healing. It tells us about a girl restored to life and a woman healed.
Crowds were gathered when Jesus and his disciples crossed back across Lake Galilee. One group asked Jesus to leave, while the other welcomed Him. Some denied and rejected Him, but some welcomed and followed Him.
Jairus was a synagogue ruler. This was a respected and honored position in the community. In the first story, Jairus threw himself down at Jesus’ feet for Jesus to save his daughter. Jesus went with Jairus to his house so that his daughter may be healed.
A woman touched Jesus’ clothes whilst Jesus was on the way. The woman said to herself, “If I can only touch his clothes, I will be rescued.” Immediately the flow of blood ceased, and she felt healing in her body from her disease. (29) The bleeding stopped when she touched Jesus in faith. Jesus was immediately aware the power had gone out of Him. (30) Only the woman knew what had happened to her when Jesus asked the crowd, “Who touched my clothes?” She came in fear and trembling, fell down before Him, and told Him everything. Fear and anxiety may accompany in our lives, but most important thing is “coming to Jesus” in faith anywhere, anytime. When our lives crowd in with all their pressures and uncertainty, there is still room for us to look at Jesus and lean on Him. One of the most remarkable things is the way in which the healing happened even when the healer was not expecting it.
Jesus did not rebuke the woman for touching Him. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you, go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Jesus called her daughter and said that her faith made her well though itself powerless. Her faith was recognised by Jesus. He healed her and restored her to community. Jesus wants us to be made whole by His healing power; He wants us to be restored to our faith community and society. Jesus calls us daughters and sons in faith and peace.
While He was still speaking, some people came from Jairus’ house to say, “Your daughter is dead.” Imagine Jairus’ sudden grief and doubts at these words, but in verse 36, Jesus said to Jairus, “Do not be afraid, only believe.” Jesus comforted and encouraged Jairus, and He told him to just believe. Likewise, Jesus is telling us to have a continuous and ongoing faith.
Jairus walked to his house in faith with Jesus and three disciples, Peter, James, and John. These three disciples are also mentioned at the Transfiguration and in Gethsemane. (Mark 5) Jesus said, “She is not dead, she is asleep.” The crowd laughed at Him, but Jesus got on with what had to be done. Taking only six people, he went into the room where the dead girl lay. Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” Immediately the girl got up and began walking around the room. Jesus strictly ordered them that no one should know about this and told them to give her something to eat. Jesus is concerned about the physical dimension of her and our lives.
When I first read this, I was so impressed by the last verse that Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Life-giving moments were not the end but rather the beginning. Jesus showed His compassion, genuine love, and continuous care for the healed woman, resurrected chid, and grieving man. The words of Christ give us hope and strength in the reality that he does really lead us to go the extra mile in looking after others in His name. Wherever we are living, in a caring community or uncaring society, may we be people that can take the extra step in faith and obedience, by blessing and loving others one more time. I believe it can be one of ways to extend the kingdom of God.
We do not exactly know the reasons why He only raise Jairus’ daughter, the widow’s son in Nain (Luke 7), and Lazarus (John 11), or why He tells them not to tell anyone, but we know His aim goes much deeper; these things are some of His signs of salvation and healing through His death and resurrection.
It is time to get up from the darkness, emotional difficulties, and spiritual stagnation. The life-giving power of God is breaking into our lives, and the unconditional love of God is working through the world we face even in our suffering from illness, anxiety from uncertainty, and depression from long-term isolation or loneliness. May we turn on the switch of Jesus’ light by coming to Jesus and leaning on Him. Jesus is with us. May we get up and begin to walk with Jesus together.
Jairus who had a very sick 12-year-old daughter rushed off to Jesus and the woman who suffered for 12 years from severe bleeding touched Jesus’ clothes. They had faith in Jesus and Christ gave healing. Two stories are about fear and faith. Jesus turned fear into faith, showed His unconditional love for the sick and outcasts, and proved his authority over disease and death. Truly, Jesus is our healer and comforter. For Christians, even death is passage to eternal life.
We are often in all sorts of emotional, physical, social, and spiritual pain. But God is quick to comfort, and he always knows what we are going through. May we be people that search for the Spirit’s voice and listen out when He speaks. There are times in life, especially in our past that we are ashamed of. However, may we be people that continues to show love and faith towards Christ Jesus who gives us a peace of mind and comfort.
We live by the word of Jesus Christ, and it is what gives us strength and comfort. We read the word “immediately” three times in today’s text. Let us not postpone our love and action towards God and others. I believe our lives will be restored by Jesus’ healing and life-giving power. Our life cannot be the way it was before if we are with Jesus. May we live today as a gift from God, like it is the first day of our lives but could also be the last day too.
God has given us the gift of life, with the responsibility to look after the church. May we all be people that allow God to work within us by keeping a good balance with Church and our lives, to wisely mature through and to love one another by the love of Christ. It is time to get up in accordance with Jesus’ word! Let us spread Gospel so that more people can meet and believe in Jesus, and they will become Christians and more like Christ, believing that Jesus is our healer, comforter, lover, and Savior.

Thanks be to God. Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials)

Order of Service and Notices 27-06-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

TIS 703 As the Deer Pants    

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS Mark 5:21-43

SRC 407 One Thing I Ask    

CHILDREN TIME

SERMON: Time to Get Up
[Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]

SRC 605 You Rescued Me

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

SRC 346 Majesty

BENEDICTION God Be with You (v. 4)

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics

Leighmoor Uniting Church
Protection for Families and Friends
Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need
Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations
Culture of Discipleship
Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

Sunday School & Messy Church

Friday Fellowship: Venue to be advised on Sunday

Church Council Meeting: After Worship, Middle Room

Funeral Service for the Life of Marj Brownjohn
July 3rd at 10:00 a.m.
Kingston Funerals 146 Argus St. Cheltenham VIC 3192

Condolence: The Death of Erica’s Aunty Helen

Thanks: Defibrillator donated by Tennis Club

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim
M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com
Website: www.leighmoorunitingchurch.org

Zoom Service: Henry Wan (0403 150 404)
Closing time for Notices is 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Forward to Rohini Mendis (0421 318 545)