23 August 2020
Welcome to our service this morning. Regardless of where you find yourself emotionally or spiritually, God always desires to touch your life with his saving power. So, allow your heart to be open as He speaks to us today.
Take some time to listen to the following two songs as they guide your spirit to focus on our Lord:
Click on the service video and embrace the prayers and sermon into your spirit. The sermon will explore the
theme of “A full experience of Jesus” and the Scripture reading is John 9: 13- 23 NIV:
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.”
22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
Enjoy the song “Even when it hurts” performed by Catherine Baumber which forms part of our service video. It is a wonderful reminder that God walks with us in the most joyous and most painful times of our lives.
After the service video, continue to engage in worshiping God by listening to the following two songs:
16 August 2020
Welcome to a time of worship. Jesus Christ is rightly called the King of kings, so we invite you to sing praises of His great love …. “Here is love vast as the ocean”
The Scripture we are focusing on this week is from John 9: 1-12 (NIV) Jesus heals a man born blind.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said.
Please click on Rev Iris Marais message where you’ll hear a special talk titled “True Light”, along with Scriptures, Prayers and the song “Come Gather”
Please enjoy this hymn “Be Thou my vision”
May you go forth and shine the love of Jesus this week “Shine Jesus Shine”
We conclude our worship time with “A Blessing”
Here is a link for some more worship music for you … “Exalted // I Exalt Thee”
9 August 2020
Welcome to our time of worship! Today we are going to explore the concept of “Who do you belong to?”
We invite you into the presence of God as we lift our praises to Jesus!
Begin worshiping God by listening to these two songs:
Begin to listen to the service video and continue to praise God as Iris reads out the Invocation Prayer.
Our Scripture reading for today is John 8:46 – 59 (NIV):
46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” 48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?” 49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honourmy Father and you dishonour me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” 52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” 54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing,. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones,/u> to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.”
Watch the service video and then we encourage you to spend time meditating on what God may be saying to you while listening to the following two songs:
Australia is facing unprecedented times and we invite you to join us in listening to the following song as we pray and intercede for God’s blessing to be on our Great Southland:
Thank you for joining us today!
2 August 2020
Welcome to worship. Let’s fill our homes and our minds with the sounds of praise.
Please join in singing “How Great is our God”
Jesus, the King of Kings, is our Saviour. We sing of His power in “Stronger”
The earth and all that’s upon it belong to the Eternal. The world is His, with every living creature on it. Who can possibly ascend the mountain of the Eternal? Who can stand before Him in sacred spaces? Only those whose hands have been washed and hearts made pure, men and women who are not given to lies or deception. The Eternal will stand close to them with blessing and mercy at hand, and the God who redeems will right what has been wrong.
Part of our time together today includes participating in Communion. Let us prepare our hearts through praying “The Lord’s Prayer” from Matthew 6:9-13 written below from The Passion Translation …
‘Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms,
may the glory of your name
be the center on which our lives turn.
10 Manifest your kingdom realm,
and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth,
just as it is fulfilled in heaven.
11 We acknowledge you as our Provider
of all we need each day.
12 Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves
release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
13 Rescue us every time we face tribulation
and set us free from evil.
For you are the King who rules
with power and glory forever. Amen.
The Scripture reading this morning is John 8:37-41. Please click on Rev Iris’s message link ‘Our Heritage and its Influence’. You will be able to sing with Sue “You died to set me free” and during communion time we will be singing “Bread and Wine”.
Our service this morning may stir in your hearts a response to Jesus’ call. We invite you to join in these two songs
May you find God in the little things and in the routines of life this week. Be blessed to be a blessing. Grace and peace to each of you.
26 July 2020
WELCOME TO OUR SERVICE THIS MORNING
Let us prepare our hearts for hearing about how God can break the chains that bind us. Enjoy these two songs:
Listen now to Iris’ message. The Scripture reading is from John 8:31-36 (NIV)
We are grateful to Adrian Zanetti for his kindness in sharing a song he recorded, “Amazing Grace” on the service video. Also enjoy Sue’s performance of “David’s Prayer”.
Enjoy these songs below after the message.
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19 July 2020
Scripture John 7: 37-52
Welcome to worship. Some people react to Jesus by writing beautiful music, or poems or songs . Some folk paint, others care and share their love and gifts in myriads of ways. What a beautiful Name is an expression of the blessing of knowing Jesus.
Let’s continue praise of our God reading words from The Bible
John 7: 37-52
… On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[c] 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
This next song relates to the Scripture reading from John 7: 37-52 Living Water by K Getty
Please click on the message by Rev Iris Marais “The knowledge we have about Jesus”
In concluding our service you may share in
12 July 2020
Jesus - Our authority
John 7 :14-36
Welcome to our service this morning!
For all you’ve done by R Morgan
Let’s continue praise of our God with selected verses from Ps 118 (NIV)
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2 Let Israel say:
“His love endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron say:
“His love endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the LORD say:
“His love endures forever.”
Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD
through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
If you click on the link to the message by Rev Iris Marais “Jesus -Our Authority” for this Sunday you may share in singing “I will sing praises” ,“You died to set me free” and “Holy God we praise thy name” plus reading the Bible verses from John 7:14-36
Reading from John 7:14-36
14 Not until the feast was half over did Jesus finally appear in the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jewish leaders were astonished by what he taught and said, “How did this man acquire such knowledge? He wasn’t trained in our schools—who taught him?”
16 So Jesus responded, “I don’t teach my own ideas, but the truth revealed to me by the One who sent me. 17 If you want to test my teachings and discover where I received them, first be passionate to do God’s will, and then you will be able to discern if my teachings are from the heart of God or from my own opinions. 18 Charlatans praise themselves and seek honour from men, but my Father sent me to speak truth on his behalf. And I have no false motive, because I seek only the glory of God. 19 Moses has given you the law, but not one of you is faithful to keep it. So if you are all law-breakers, why then would you seek to kill me?”
20 Then some in the crowd shouted out, “You must be out of your mind! Who’s trying to kill you?”
21 Jesus replied, “I only had to do one miracle, and all of you marvel! 22 Yet isn’t it true that Moses and your forefathers ordered you to circumcise your sons even if the eighth day fell on a Sabbath? 23 So if you cut away part of a man on the Sabbath and that doesn’t break the Jewish law, why then would you be indignant with me for making a man completely healed on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging based on the superficial. First you must embrace the standards of mercy and truth.”
25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem spoke up and said, “Isn’t this the one they’re trying to kill? 26 So why is he here speaking publicly and not one of the Jewish leaders is doing anything about it? Are they starting to think that he’s the Anointed One? 27 But how could he be, since we know this man is from Galilee, but no one will know where the true Messiah comes from, he’ll just appear out of nowhere.”
28 Knowing all of this, Jesus one day preached boldly in the temple courts, “So, you think you know me and where I come from? But you don’t know the One who sent me—the Father who is always faithful. I have not come simply on my own initiative. 29 The Father has sent me here, and I know all about him, for I have come from his presence.”
30 His words caused many to want to arrest him, but no man was able to lay a hand on him, for it wasn’t yet his appointed time. 31 And there were many people who thought he might be the Messiah. They said, “After all, when the Anointed One appears, could he possibly do more signs and wonders than this man has done?”
32 So when the Pharisees heard these rumors circulating about Jesus, they went with the leading priests and the temple guards to arrest him.
33 Then Jesus said, “My days to be with you are numbered. Then I will return to the One who sent me. 34 And you will search for me and not be able to find me. For where I am, you cannot come.”
35 When the Jewish leaders heard this, they discussed among themselves, “Where could he possibly go that we won’t be able to find him? Is he going to minister in a different land where our people live scattered among the nations? Is he going to teach those who are not Jews? 36 What did he really mean by his statement, ‘You will search for me and won’t be able to find me. And where I am you can’t come’?”
As heard in the message , Jesus calls us to himself - Only by grace
The Lord’s prayer has guided many people closer to God and you may share in singing it with this link - The Lord’s Prayer
Charles Wesley wrote this joy-filled hymn - And can it be
Another song you may like to sing in response to God’s love in Christ and the beautiful gift of His Spirit is - We fall done
5 July 2020
Welcome Living Faith Uniting Church family and friends, and anyone else who is joining us in this service.
We will be sharing in communion at the end of this service, so we encourage you to have your bread, juice, water or wine ready as we join together for this holy sacrament.
We are delighted today to be able to hear Rev Trevor Hudson bring us a sermon on ‘Exploring a friendship with God’. To set our minds and hearts on God, as we prepare to hear what He is saying to us today, we encourage you to listen to:
Feel free to go to the sermon link now where we will be led in prayer and further worship. You are encouraged to sing along or meditate on the words of the worship songs in the service.
Rev Dr. John Frederick who will perform, “Alleluia Sing to Jesus”. Thereafter Rev Trevor Hudson will preach from Romans 5:1-5 as we explore what a friendship with God looks like.
We will prepare our hearts for Communion as we listen to Sue sing “Bread and Wine”. It is a delight to hear her familiar voice lead us into a time of sacred reflection on Jesus’ body which was broken for us, and on His blood that was shed for us.
After communion, we will be treated to a song performed by Adrian Zanetti as a gift to Living Faith Uniting Church. Adrian will sing “Glory be to Jesus”.
We will close the service in prayer, but would like to encourage you to continue in an attitude of worship by listening to these beautiful songs that have been chosen for us:
28 June 2020
Welcome to worship on this Winter morning.
This week we are focusing on God’s timing. How special it is to know you are walking in the will of God. Song writers have spoken of the joy of being in step with God. We can honour the King of kings who knows the best pathway for us to follow. Let us share in the song “The Potter’s Hand”
Please click on the link to Iris’s message, “God’s timing” where you will find prayers, Scriptures (John 7:1-13) and an encouraging message. We invite you to join in singing the songs in this video presentation. Sue will lead us in singing, “Give You Praise” and then later we'll sing along with Rev Dr. John Frederick's rendition of, “Praise to the Lord”.
As we reflect and respond to God’s words to us, we encourage you to sing
Be blessed with these words from Philippians 4 :4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “ NIV
We conclude with singing “Have faith in God”
Other worship songs you may enjoy are:
7th June 2020
This first song is a hymn acknowledging God’s great and guiding presence... “Guide me O Thou great Redeemer”
Please click on the video above to open the message “What does it take to do God’s work” with embedded songs and prayers - I will sing praises and My life is changing.
After hearing God’s words in the Bible, the message, the prayers and the songs; please join in singing about the One who is central to our life “Jesus be the centre”
Let’s conclude this worship time with “A Blessing”
24th May 2020
Showcasing the pipe organ this link offers a traditional rendition of “Worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness”
Reading the beautiful promises within Psalm 103 here are some verses from The Message Bible…
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Please open the link for hearing the message from Rev Iris Marais “Impossibility to Possibility”.
There is opportunity to continue worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ with these songs …
Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forevermore. Amen .
Let’s conclude our service with singing
We also encourage you to check out dappytkeys on the internet as a resource for worship time in your own homes.
Note: "Click" on the red song titles to view the songs. There may be advertisements before the songs play.
Worship 17th May
We have three songs for you to participate in this morning as we begin with praise …
As we share in the reading of Psalm 66, may it be as our prayer of adoration.
We come now to a time of prayer of confession
Merciful God, we have not loved you with our whole heart - we are sorry. We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed – we repent.
We have not loved our neighbours as best we could – please forgive us.
Holy God please strengthen us to love and obey you. We ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Words of belonging and forgiveness …
1 Peter 2:10 10 For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!
Romans 8 :14-16 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
This is Good News, ours sins are forgiven . Thank you God.
Prepare for the message with this song …
May God open our hearts and minds to hear and understand the word to us as Iris shares the Message
Our response and reflection time can be with this song
Please offer your prayers for others and the world. Our God hears.