September 20, 2021

Order of Service and Notices 15-08-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

TIS 143 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise  

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS 1 Kings 3:3-14; Ephesians 5:15-20

TIS 590 What a Friend We Have in Jesus  

CHILDREN TIME

SERMON: Give Thanks to God in The Name of Jesus Christ
[Sermon on Web / Hardcopies at the Door after worship]

TIS 129 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

TIS 569 Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

BENEDICTION God Be with You (v. 1)

NOTICES:

Prayer Topics

1. Leighmoor Uniting Church
2. Protection for Families and Friends
3. Healing for The Sick & People Who Are in Need
4. Peace, Unity, and Justice in Nations
5. Culture of Discipleship
6. Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse
7. Joint South-North Prayer for Peace &
Reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula 2021
8. Wildfire – Algeria, Greece, and Turkey & More

Sunday School

Messy Church: Postponed until it can be safely managed

Funeral Service for the Life of Doris Brown
Monday, August 16th at 12.30pm

Climate Change Concerns and Action
Climate Change Letter to the PM

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

Thanks to God in the Name of Jesus Christ 15-08-2021

15th August 2021 Pentecost 12 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
Give Thanks to God in The Name of Jesus Christ
(Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:3-14, Ephesians 5:15 – 20)
By Heeyoung Lim

After David’s death, the role of leadership passes to his son, Solomon. Intimate relationship with God is required to lead the people of God. He sought relationship with God by going to worship. This was not a private ceremony but a national act of worship with the massive number of sacrifices such as a thousand burnt offerings. Solomon, as a king, made the Lord a priority. In response to Solomon’s worship, the Lord appeared to him in a dream with an amazing offer: Ask for whatever you want me to give you. (1 Kings 3:4) It was a divine revelation and God’s offer was a remarkable generosity.
Solomon’s response was a mixture of gratitude and humility because he focused on God and his own weakness. He felt incompetent because he does not know how to carry out his duties. He faced a responsibility that overwhelmed him and realized himself the king of the people God has chosen.
He made a request that brought pleasure to the heart of God: Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people. He wants to provide good leadership with a posture of servant leadership for God’s people. Solomon is very much aware of his own inadequacies as far as serving in the role of king. He asks for the ability to fulfill the role of governing God’s people well. He does not ask for wealth or power, he asks for wisdom that he might lead the people in accordance with God’s desires. His hope pleases God so that God gives him even the riches and honour he did not ask for. God provides beyond our expectations or even deserving. We are called to serve God and community with God’s wisdom. May we be equipped with God’s wisdom.
A theologian, Dora says, “We need to seek wisdom and equip ourselves to build communities in which every person is valued; where the reality of justice and peace is experienced by all; where the vulnerable are protected, where power is used for the good of all.” It can be our wishes and prayer topics.
Today’s text continues our lives are to be lived in constant imitation of God and explores what it means to have wisdom in our lives. It draws the distinction between wisdom and foolishness. How do we discern what is wise and what is foolish in the choices we face?
It is not always easy to live a transformed life even when we want to because the world is filled with dangers and deceptions. We can get tripped up by people and temptation without even being aware of risks. Therefore, we must be fervently in our efforts to stop committing evil sins. We must be very careful to live our life rooted in God’s wisdom, for our own wisdom is biased and limited. God wants us to live in accordance with His words and to use our time wisely. The time we are given is not our own, it is God-given.
We are often not good at time management. When I was a Uni-student, I tried a time audit for myself for 4 months. I was shocked by the differences between the plan and actual use whenever I reviewed how I spent my time. However, through that experience, I was able to see how much I was wasting my time in vain, reflect how much I trying to seek God, and change into a person who can use my time a little better.
Having turned away from the old self to the new, Christians are called to being of the body of Christ. Verse 17 says, “not get drunk with wine … but be filled with the Spirit”. Unwise behaviour harms the body of Christ, and it wastes the precious time left before Christ comes again.
Paul tells us about how to commune with God, how to live for Him, and how to serve and obey Him. He contrasts between how the god of Ephesus is served and how the God of heaven is served. (18) We can discern God’s will and serve Him faithfully by being filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts, in the miraculous instances of the filling of the Spirit which resulted in speaking in tongues and other extraordinary activities. In Ephesians 5:18, when we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit, it has no extraordinary events occurring with it. “Be filled” in this verse means directed, influenced, and governed by the Holy Spirit.
The second half of this passage emphasizes living wisely with giving thanks to God and speaking to others with music from the spirit. “Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (19-20) It describes that there are three characteristics of the person filled with the Holy Spirit, which are the way of speaking, importance of music, and attitude of gratitude. Paul urges his listeners to be “singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts” (19) True worship begins in one’s heart and the centre of one’s being. God delights to respond to our prayers that come from the bottom of our hearts.
The Scripture tells us that thanksgiving is a way of shifting toward the will of God or opening to God’s guidance. The attitude and practice of thanksgiving in worship and life keep our mind and direction to God. Praising God is our privilege and responsibility at the same time. God is the only one who deserves our praise, but today the Bible tells us to respond to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. This list indicates that singing is an important part of worship in our community of faith.
When the faith community is living out worship and praise of God together, its life will be transformed wisely. Worship contributes to unify, sustain, and develop the community a way that permeates all aspects of life. Worship is not a weekly event, but a way of daily living.
Today’s text invites us to speak and sing just like giving music each other by blessings, comforts, and encouragements. The harmony by speaking and singing in a community would be beautiful if the members of community are filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe that being filled with the Spirit results in mutual love and service to one another.
God is our source of wisdom and life, and true wisdom begins in the recognition of God’s presence. We can warmly embrace others by blessings just like music and can give thanks to God all the time and for everything because our lives have been new, forgiven, and transformed as followers of Jesus. God’s offer to Solomon resembles Jesus’s invitation of “ask, and it shall be given.” In what ways do we seek wisdom in our relationship with God?
We face many challenges as we strive to follow Jesus in our lives. Some of us have recently lost loved ones. Some of us are struggling with relationship issues. Some of us have serious health problems. Yet today’s text tells us, “Give thanks to God at all times and for everything.” All of us face challenges in life, but I believe that we can still give thanks to God. That is not our duty, it is our privilege.
Now we can pause and think about our lives, all the opportunities we’ve been given, all the gifts given by God, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and Living worship and wisdom. May we can give thanks to our Saviour for the gift of salvation we have received and praise and glorify God. We do not know what challenges we may face, what pain may come our way. But I believe it is possible for us to thank God as followers of Jesus, anywhere, anytime. I pray that we can give thanks in the name of Jesus no matter where we are or what we are doing.

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

Order of Service and Notices 08-08-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

TIS 580 Lead Us Heavenly Father  

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS Psalm 130:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2

TIS 650 Brother Sister  

CHILDREN TIME

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

TIS 123 Be Still My Soul

SERVICE OF RESPONSE

JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

TIS 598 Dear Father Lord of Mankind

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

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)

Sunday School

Messy Church: Postponed until it can be safely managed

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

Walk in the Love of Christ 08-08-2021

8th August 2021 Pentecost 11 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
Walk in The Love of Christ
(Scripture Reading: Psalm 130, Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2)
By Heeyoung Lim

Psalm 130 is a hymn that records the unknown psalmist’s confession of sin and God’s pardoning grace. This penitential psalm is for worshippers who are already justified by faith and have received forgiveness of their sins. Out of the depths of severe distress, the psalmist cried out to God and waits for the Lord. He confessed his sins, seeking forgiveness from God, and he encouraged others to do the same. When we have unconfessed sin in our lives, God waits for us to seek His grace and forgiveness.
The writer cried to God, “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?” Nobody can stand if the Lord keeps a record. The psalmist’s source of discouragement came from sin within rather than from outside. (Psalms 130:1) When desperation filled his heart, he pleads with urgency. True repentance is accompanied by always has a sincerity, brokenness, and remorse. His cry for mercy is a confession of sin, seeking forgiveness from God.
The psalmist continues, “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word, I put my hope.” (Psalm 130: 5) He waits for full restoration and trusts in God’s word which promises blessings. He waited for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning. (6) Psalm 130 invites us to put our hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. (7) I believe that God’s people live and rest in his unconditional love and divine peace. We trust in God’s unbreakable covenant and hope based upon the immutable love of God. God is not absent in our despair. May we repent, be patient and remain confident in the love of God. May God’s steadfast love be upon you.
May we never do anything to grieve God, for we love God. Therefore, let us turn from the things that grieve and towards things that bring God joy. Today’s second text leads us to focus on serving and pleasing Christ.

Ephesians 4:25 begins by exhorting us to stop lying and instead make truth telling a habit of life. We should not deceive one another; rather by speaking the truth, we keep unity in the body as members of the one body.
We may not always be able to keep from getting angry, but we strive not sin when we do. When we do get angry, we must be extra careful to not harm others and deal with it before the day is through. If we are not able to control and manage the anger, it may give the devil an opportunity to gain control over our attitudes and relationships. It can be a foothold that leads to greater anger and more sin. (26-27)
Christians are not to steal, which is a timeless and universal value. We work and serve instead of stealing from the Lord and others. We live and work to worship, love, and serve Christ. The Bible describes God’s expectations for our lives. God’s work must be done God’s way through us. We are to live in such a way that our lives will be so distinctive, that neighbours and co-workers will want to know why.
Verse 29 says, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” (29) We are to speak only words that build up and encourage others. Words of a mature Christian seek to help those who listen. The unity of the body of Christ may be preserved and enhanced through our response and obedience. This is not to say we can never say anything negative. There are times when we must talk about unpleasant things, particularly in solving problems with others. All find it necessary at times, to tell the truth or offer advice even if it is unpleasant. Whether we are solving a problem or not, our intent is always to build up, not tear down, to unify, not divide. (30)
Today’s text tells us that each of us must rid ourselves of six sins: bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (31) Rather we should be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (32) We are to put on three virtues: kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, for Jesus showed us the love and forgiveness, modelled for us by Christ. God’s commands will bring challenges, but they remind us of the amazing possibilities for those who have been re-created in Christ, brought into the church, and called to live out the gospel. When we live together in the love and forgiveness of Christ, the church will be built up, people will become holy, and Christ’s body will be unified.
God’s love and forgiveness transform us to live life to its fullness as the Body of Christ. The Bible calls the church to transform its culture into that of the kingdom of God. It is just more than just getting along and doing something; it is being the Body of Christ. The church is to be motivated and governed by God’s love and witness to the love of Christ. I believe that our church will be a place of living love where Christ’s love rules. Paul reminds us to follow God’s example and walk in the way of love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. (5:1-2)
In today’s world there is an emphasis on achieving goals quickly. Many people like to do things quickly and can take short cuts, but our faith journey as followers of Jesus does work step by step.
The theologian Martin Luther said, “This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being purified.”
The journey can be rough, but we can move forward gradually, learning to love as Jesus loves, growing towards fullness of Christ. Love and forgiveness are not from our abilities, they come from God.
Paul called upon them not to “grieve the Holy Spirit of God”. (30) Christianity is an ongoing encounter with the living, and loving God in revealed in Christ Jesus. Our life of following Jesus is work in progress. We keep on striving to live out our faith through loving actions. We are always on the way with the Holy Spirit as our helper. We follow Christ in hopes that we will grow into the likeness of Christ through the Holy Spirit and that God will use us as instruments to bring in God’s peace, justice, and love.
As God’s beloved children, we do not just love God, praise God, worship God or, thank God. We also follow and imitate Jesus in faith and life by walking in love and forgiven. May we keep on becoming imitators of God and walk in the love of Christ.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials, quote by Martin Luther)

Unity in the Body of Christ 01-08-2021

1st August 2021 Pentecost 10 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost) Unity in The Body of Christ
(Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15, Ephesians 4:1-16)
By Heeyoung Lim
The whole Israel community grumbled against Moses and Aaron during their journey because of the lack of food. The Israelites exaggerated their current difficulties and even overstated and distorted how well they fared in Egypt. They forgot God’s grace of salvation and did not trust in God.
However, God said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites.” (9) Moses directed Aaron to gather the community to come before the Lord, who had heard their grumbling. While Aaron was addressing the community, the glory of the Lord appeared toward the desert in a cloud. The Lord’s response to this grumbling would be to give them meat in the evening and bread in the morning. The Lord told Moses that he would miraculously provide for the Israelites by raining down bread from heaven and that they were to gather it according to His order. God would also provide meat for them in the evening (13). Moses reminded them that the complaints were not to Moses and Aaron, but to God.
In demonstrating His power to create out of nothing, the Lord revealed Himself as the Lord their God. God continually said to Moses, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning, you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.” The Lord commanded and Moses directed the people to gather as much as they needed per day for each member of the household. The Lord our God hears our prayers and even grumbling, there are God’s guidance and rule we need to follow even when He cares for each of us.
Sometimes morning manna and evening quail seem to be hidden or ceased in our lives, but God wants us to see and concentrate on the grace and gifts instead of the desert we are experiencing. God asks us to live ‘todays’ to the fullest, trusting Him for our ‘tomorrows’. If we have not prayed and sought God’s wisdom for the trials we are facing, we may grumble and complain first instead of blessings and encouragements. There is no satisfaction and peace in disobedience, but there is security and appreciation in obedience. Unrealistic expectations and exceeding greedy almost always lead to complaining when something does not go

our way. Little steps of faith bring larger steps of faith and our steps run towards the fullest of Christ.
In today’s second reading, Paul describes himself as a prisoner for the Lord and urges Ephesians to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which they have been called. (Ephesians 4:1) Paul was physically in prison when he wrote Ephesians, but he had been living in freedom. He was OK because he had given up his freedom to follow Christ. We are not in prison, but we partly experience half freedom just like lockdown. There are many restrictions we should follow for our health and safety during lockdown.
Just as athletes who participated in the Olympics sprint to win prizes, we need to do our best in our life and faith. Athletes who participate in Olympic Games may aim to win medals or to elevate the names of their countries as national representatives. May we be also one of national representatives of the kingdom of God. The goal of the race of faith can be the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (13)
Here are some Bible verses about life for the Lord. It is not only about the prize and competition, but also about Christian’s lifestyles and rules.
“And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5)
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)
“And let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
Paul said, “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call” (2-4) We are called to do all, but it is not easy. For instance, it was not a piece of humility, but all humility. Patience is believing God’s timetable is good, no matter what it is. Somethings we want do not always come quickly. We can say that patience is one of characteristics of mature people. When we remember that the Lord is our God, it helps us be patient. Especially Paul calls for unity in the third verse and spends the next thirteen verses elaborating on it. The unity exists in Christ and is maintained by the Spirit.

We can live in unity with one another since we are spiritually united in Christ with all other Christians. God wants us to live holy lives, put behind us the sins of the past, and live a Christian lifestyle that reflects the values of Christ. Each of us received a spiritual gift by the grace of God. That grace has not been apportioned the same. Each is different, it is not people’s choice. Rather Christ has chosen what and how to give grace to each member. It is not about discrimination or favouritism; it is about difference and choice that come from God’s way.
Verse 7 and 11 tell us about the relationship between the call to unity and the spiritual gifts Christ has given us. Spiritual gifts are at the heart of Christ’s strategy for building his church. The gifts are given for the church and its ministries. This is for equipping the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. (12) The head of the church, Jesus wants each part of the body to mature and grow, not concentrating on its excellence and some favoured parts. Each part of the body is needed to hold the whole body together in unity. Spiritual unity by being united needs to be manifested through our words and deeds. If each part is encouraged to exist, work, and grow, the body will become more mature, healthy, and lovely. (16)
Today’s text invites us to become prisoners of the Lord just as Paul was a prisoner for the Lord spiritually and physically. We have restrictions, responsibilities, and rules we need to follow for living out the gospel. The Christian life requires that we stop doing bad things as well as start doing good things. May this week be a time of “fasting” from complaints or bad things as they come into our mind.
God has given the church what it needs to be healthy, growing, and mature. We can wake up each morning and end up each night with appreciation, saying, “Thank you, Lord”. We can also pray to God and seek God’s wisdom for the trials we are facing. May love and respect for others will be developed between relationships of individuals and communities so that we be able to feel the love of God wherever we are. Our job is not to create unity, but to maintain it. I hope we live in the unity and mutual ministry with others and in holiness before God. Spiritual maturity requires that we be in mutual ministry. I pray that we all grow to spiritual maturity and eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
(Ref. Bible, commentaries, theological books, UCA materials)

Order of Service and Notices 01-08-2021

PLEASE STAND FOR ENTRY OF THE BIBLE

SERVICE OF APPROACH

CALL TO WORSHIP
WELCOME
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
PRAYER

TIS 569 Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer  

SERVICE OF THE WORD

READINGS Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Ephesians 4:1-16

TIS 229 Jesus Loves Me This I Know  

CHILDREN TIME

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

SRC 1081 You Are My All in All

SERVICE OF RESPONSE
JOYS AND CONCERNS, 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
NOTICES – OFFERTORY

TIS 442 (ii) All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord

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
Olympics, players, countries, and Australia
Protection from Violence, Racism, and Abuse

Morning Prayer
“My Heavenly Father, …save me, I pray, today as well, from every evil and sin, so that all I do and the way that I live will please You. I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have….” (By Martin Luther King Jr.)

Sunday School

Messy Church: Postponed until it can be safely managed

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

CHURCH CONTACTS

Minister: Rev Heeyoung Lim
M: 0432 054 369 E: hyfilm12@gmail.com

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.

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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)

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