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25 SEPTEMBER DAILY DEVOTION

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20 Sept Forming Foundations of Faith - God is all Powerful

20 September, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Forming Foundations of Faith - God is our Provider

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Elijah and the Prophets of Baal - 1 Kings 18:20-39

Here’s what happens.

Ahab is one of the bad kings of Israel. He marries Jezebel and they worship Baal, a false god and proceed to kill all the good prophets. Elijah stands up to them and challenges the prophets of the idol Baal to a duel. Each will build an altar and ask their god to light the sacrifice on fire. The prophets of Baal dance and cry out, but their idol doesn’t respond. Elijah douses his altar with water and still God shows his mighty power by licking up the water with flames.

Memory Verse “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

DISCUSS

1. Describe what you remember about the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal.

2. Why do you think Elijah made such a spectacle of this event?

3. What was he trying to prove?

4. Who was Elijah’s audience?

5. What are the powers or false idols that are common in our society today?

6. What are the powers or false idols that you struggle with?

7. What do you do, or what can you do this week to focus more on God’s love and less on those challenges.

PRAY

Let us pray

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” [1 John 5:21](https://biblia.com/bible/esv/1%20John%205.21)https://biblia.com/bible/esv/1%20John%205.21

Father, You are so glorious and merciful. You created every good thing, and still You would choose to redeem me and make me Your treasure. There’s nothing I could do to deserve this mercy in Christ, yet You lavish it upon me in ways too great to fully comprehend.

And yet my sinful heart draws me away from You to other things—sometimes subtly, and sometimes deliberately. This idolatrous world, my weak flesh, and our cunning enemy entice my heart to set my affections on aspects of Your creation instead of loving and honouring You as Creator. Why would I turn to an object of wood or stone or flesh or plastic or metal that cannot speak or heal or feel or understand or save? Because my sin blinds me to spiritual reality and makes me a fool.

Lord, rip off the blinders! Untangle the webs of sin that have encapsulated my heart and drawn me from You! Forgive me for my gross spiritual adultery and have mercy on me, a sinner!

Loving and sovereign Lord, don’t leave me in this wretched place, but give me a pure and undivided heart that comes before You in awe at Your power, majesty, glory, and mercy. Keep me from trying to quench my thirst with filthy water from broken cisterns, rather continually draw my heart to Christ, the all-satisfying wellspring of Living Water. Make serving idols so despicable and so unsatisfying to my soul that I would quickly confess the smallest step toward sin and run with all my might to the cross in worshipful repentance.

Keep me from worshipping the many good gifts You have given me instead of thanking and worshiping You for them. Keep me from the smallest hint of idolatry and remind me during temptation that to choose an idol is to reject grace and grieve Your Spirit. Remind me that the wicked worship of money, sex, power, family, [possessions](https://www.kevinhalloran.net/jesus-is-better-than-materialism/), or [work](https://www.kevinhalloran.net/five-lies-i-believed-about-faith-and-work/) is both worthless and tragically foolish, like trying to quench my thirst with a gallon of saltwater. Discipline me in your grace when I stray, and convict me by Your Spirit.

Lord, You know that even on my best days I sin against You. From my disappointment, fix the eyes of my heart continually on the grace You poured out on the cross. May that cross take away all shame and free me to worship You by drawing near in joyful repentance and fully hoping in the beautiful restoration You bring in Christ. More than anything, bind my wandering heart to You in joyful worship, knowing that for this reason I was created.

We pray all of these things in the mighty name of Jesus,

AMEN.

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13 Sept - Forming Foundations of Faith - God is our Provider

13 September, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Forming Foundations of Faith - God is our Provider

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John 6:1-13

Here’s what happens… John tell us the well-known story of Jesus feeding the 5000. A large crowd of 5,000 men, plus women and children, follows Jesus. But when dinnertime comes around, the disciples suggest Jesus send the crowd away since they can’t possibly feed that many people. Or can they? Jesus turns five loaves of bread and two fish into a meal for everyone—with leftovers.

DISCUSS

1. Last week you were asked to focus on one part of your life to allow God to transform. Please share how that went.

2. Why was the crowd of people following Jesus and what were they expecting?

3. Have you ever been hungry and not had enough to eat, or have you tried fasting. Share what it felt like.

4. Who do you relate to more the crowd or the disciples.

5. What is the key take away for you from this story? What will you not forget?

6. When has God stretched your limited resources (physically or emotionally) far beyond what you could have imagined? .

PRAY

Let us pray God of our hopes and dreams, we are empty, and long to be filled; we are hungry, and long to be fed; we are lost, and long to be found. Gather us into your love, and pick up the pieces of our lives, just as Jesus gathered up the fragments of the five loaves and two fish that remained after feeding the five thousand. Call us anew to eat our fill and to find our true nourishment in Jesus, the bread of heaven. Amen.

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6 Sept - Forming Foundations of Faith - God is Kind

6 September, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Forming Foundations of Faith - God is Kind

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Genesis 21:1-7 : God provides for Hagar and Ishmael

Titus 3:4-8 : God provides for the whole of humankind

Here’s what happens… 

Hagar and Ishmael, having been banished by Abraham and are. near death when God meets them and cares for them. Titus speaks of God’s kindness and goodness to us through the sacrifice of Jesus.

DISCUSS

1. Last week you were asked to commit to one action that would bless someone. Share how it went.

2. If you can make a timeline of Abraham’s life, the events that have happened and how old Abraham and Sarah were at the time. What do you notice.

3. Hagar seems to have a tough life and yet God came through for her and Ishmael. Would you describe your life as hard or easy.

4. Share any examples of how you have experienced God’s kindness in your own life.

5. Titus shows a contrast between our old self and our new self. What parts of yourself have been transformed and what parts are still a work in progress. Please be specific if you can.

6. Is there one part of your life you want to particularly focus on this week to allow God to transform? Commit this to prayer

PRAY

A prayer based on Titus 3

Let us pray

Heavenly Father, I pray that I will be respect our leaders, rulers and authorities, being obedient and ready to do whatis good. Challenge us so that we do not slander or speak evil of anyone. May we be peaceable and considerate, and willing to show true humility and courtesy to all people. Free us from foolishness, disobedience, and from being deceived and enslaved by dark passions and pleasures. May we have victory over all malice, envy, and hate. I pray that we will have a humble gratitude to you for causing your kindness and love to appear in Christ, for saving us because of your mercy, and for generously and richly pouring out on us the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Saviour. May we always be grateful that you have saved us through the washing of rebirth, regeneration and renewal by the Spirit. I claim for us your promise that having been justified by your grace we are now heirs of the hope of eternal life. Help us to devote ourselves to doing what is good, so that may we may live fruitful lives and be able to help others with urgent needs. May your grace be with us all. This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Ministries

Emmanuel Playgroup

Emmanuel Playgroup

Playgroup is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/4jqM6tAkvSlWkjJsZNiOD0co9).

For Term 3, 2020 the plan is...

For Week 1-4 (17 July, 24 July, 31 July & 7 August) we will meet in Teralba Park, 120 Pullen Rd, Everton Park for Playgroup at the Park 9:30 – 11:30 on Fridays. Look for the Playgroup Flag and make your arrival and departure known with Ann, Susan or Jess.

Week 5 (14 August) – Ekka Public Holiday NO PLAYGROUP

Week 6-10 (21 August, 28 August, 4 September, 11 September, 18 September)- we will meet in the Church Hall (program TBC)

Before you attend Playgroup you MUST complete the online enrollment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/ee0d2401-1941-4277-beaf-d803d7d5d226)

We are also keeping in touch with each other via email and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/emmanuelplaygroup

Please let us know if there is any way that we can support you during this time (especially in the way of toilet paper or food supplies). We look forward to meeting with our playgroup community again face-to-face as soon as we can.

Playgroup offers a safe place for children 0-5 to play and develop social skills. It is a great place to make new friends, learn new things and become part of a community. We welcome all young children and their carers including stay at home, work-from-home and work outside the home; mums, dads, grandparents and nannies.

Join us each Friday 9:30 - 11:30am during school terms. Each week we have a different theme and activities to engage children. A large range of toys and access to a covered sandpit helps provide new experiences every week.

Cost: gold coin donation per child, per session. Bring a piece of fruit to add to the share platter, other refreshments are provided.

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Emmanuel Sunday School

Emmanuel Sunday School

Sunday School at Emmanuel is now allowed to meet again face to face, with strict COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/NaFYdxDfW1Y6QcXEX0IStEMGW).

Before you or your family attend Sunday School you MUST complete the online enrollment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/ffdc4295-746a-435d-a374-efe3d8935b07)

We are also still encouraging households to continue with Faith at Home practices whether they attend worship and Sunday School or not. Dig in at Home resources that match and complement worship and Sunday School are available at www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home

Sunday School runs during school terms within our 9:30am Sunday Service and provides a time where children can share in fun, faith, friendships and learn about Jesus.

Our leaders provide a range of varying experiences to help children draw closer to God through music, bible teaching, prayer, games and creative activities. All our leaders are screened and trained and will love your kids almost as much as you do.

All children aged 3 - 12 are welcome and meet as one group in the Church Hall. A range of activities including games, craft, challenges and small group time are provided to enhance age- and developmental- appropriate learning and connection for all.

Children start each service in the Church Auditorium with the congregation for songs, prayers, videos, communion and announcements and will move to the hall with their leaders when advised. In 2020 we will be Digging into Epic Stories of the Bible and Foundation of Faith and follow the same readings and themes as Sunday Worship, learning more about the heart of God, and how to follow him.

To enhance child learning and discipleship, weekly Dig In @ Home materials are available under the devotions tab above, and we encourage you to connect with and talk about life and faith with your children during the week.

To ensure that we can provide the best care for children in Sunday School, we ask that the enrolment form be completed the first time you attend Sunday School in each year. This can be found attached here, and will be available electronically on Sunday Mornings.

We look forward to "digging in' with your family soon.

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Enoggera & District Eisteddfod

Enoggera & District Eisteddfod

Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.

Hello friends of Enoggera Eisteddfod,

Sadly, with no end to the current restrictions on gatherings in sight, the committee has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Enoggera Eisteddfod.

We are all incredibly disappointed by having to do this, especially as it is our 60th anniversary and we intended some celebrations. We expect that you will all be disappointed as well, particularly those who are 18 years this year and it will have been your last time competing with us.

However, in order to complete the receipt of entries, then arranging programme, prizes, adjudicators, accompanists etc in time, we need to start work now, and we can have no confidence at this time that we will be able to proceed.

We will keep our mailing list for next year so that we can be in touch then. If you know of any others who may be interested in the Eisteddfod next year, please ask them to contact us and we will add them onto the mailing list.

In the meantime, we wish you all the best through this difficult time and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2021.

Kind regards,

Laurel

What is the Enoggera Eisteddfod

The Enoggera and District Eisteddfod has been an annual activity since its inception in 1960. It runs in August every year.

It provides an opportunity for young people up to 18 years of age to perform in front of an audience and to get feedback on their performance from highly qualified adjudicators in a friendly and safe environment.

Categories are

- PIANO

- VOCAL

- INSTRUMENTAL

- SPEECH AND DRAMA

The eisteddfod relies on volunteers and sponsors to remain viable and to keep entry fees as low as possible. If you can help in either way, please contact the secretary Laurel Muirhead.

Please email the secretary at eisteddfod@emmanueluca.org.au with any questions.

Stay tuned for Eisteddfod 2021 information.

Laurel Muirhead (Secretary)

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