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11 April - We are God's Children

11 April, 2021 Rev Peter Armstrong

READ: JOHN 20:19-31

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."

20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." 26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."

27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." 28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been?

2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

3. Read the passage again.

4. What does this passage tell us about Jesus?

5. What does this passage tell us about the disciples?

6. What does it tell us about our relationship with Him?

7. What is challenging in this passage?

8. Is there anything else the passage is saying to me?

9. What am I going to do about it?

10. Who am I going to share it with?

11. Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY

Let us pray

We gather here as a fellowship of people who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. One of the major marks of this fellowship is the sense of joy we experience as we gather to worship God, to give thanks for Jesus Christ and to witness to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Yet, we admit that there are times when we feel afraid, abandoned, and lonely; when faith leads to doubt and questions rather than a sense of joy or peace of mind. Lord Jesus Christ, unlike those first disciples, we cannot touch you or see you, and so it is all too easy to become downcast and given to despair.

Forgive us when, like the disciples, we find the truth of Easter hard to believe.

Come to us, risen Christ, come through the closed doors of our hearts and minds and take away our fears and doubts; Come to us, risen Christ, breathe on us and fill us with the joy and peace of your presence.

Bless us all as people who have not seen you, but who believe that you are truly the risen Christ, Son of God. Amen

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18 April - God Calls Us into Community

10 April, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

READ:  Ephesians 4:1-6

Unity in the Body of Christ

Chapter 4

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort 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 of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passage again.

- What does this passage tell us about God?

- What do you think ‘the calling’ is? What are the signs or attributes?

- What does this passage tell us about unity?

- What is challenging in this passage?

- Is there anything else the passage is saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

- Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY 

Let us pray

Father, give me the grace to eagerly seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Or to not forget that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God, and Father of all. Help me to not forget that you alone are over all, and through all and in all. Lord give me the humility and gentleness, and patience to treat other Christians of any denomination as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Amen

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4th April - Easter Sunday.

4 April, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

READ: Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week?

- Read the passage again.

- What does this passage tell us about Jesus?

- What does this passage tell us about the Father?

- What does it tell us about our relationship with Him?

- What is challenging in this passage?

- Is there anything else the passage is saying to me?

- What am I going to do about it?

- Who am I going to share it with?

Be prepared to share back next week.

PRAY

Let us pray

Yours is the glory, O God, for raising Jesus from the darkness of death.

Yours is the glory, O Christ, for being prepared, to conquer death and give us the gift of eternal life.

And, as if that were not enough, you greet us by name, as you greeted Mary in the garden, and transform our lives forever with your Easter life.

Risen Lord, we worship and adore you; and we pray that the Holy Spirit, your life in us, will so transform us to your image, that we radiate your glory here, through our rejoicing and praise, and in all the places where people's lives are still affected by the powers of death and sin.

Yours is the glory, O God, for showing us the human face of your love in Jesus, your Son, our risen Lord.

Yours is the glory, risen Lord Jesus, and we rejoice that 'endless is the victory that you over death have won'. Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Amen

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APR

21 APRIL DAILY DEVOTION

Welcome to today's daily devotion for 21 April 2021 as we

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Ministries

Emmanuel Girls' Brigade

Emmanuel Girls' Brigade

Emmanuel Girls' Brigade is meeting again face to face with COVID Safe measures in place as addressed in the COVID safe plan [here](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/WUUvcFfJ7WhvOKBnANYizp3ox).

Before attending Girls' Brigade, all participants including children and adults MUST complete an online enrolment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/923f468a-4895-4b28-9012-37e6c73e34a9), and must check-in every week.

Girls' Brigade is great for primary and high school-aged girls looking for fun and friendship in a safe and supported environment.

We meet Thursday nights during school terms at Emmanuel Uniting Church

Prep - Grade 2 (Cadets) 6pm - 7:30pm

Grade 3-5 (Juniors) 6pm - 8pm

Grade 6-8 (Seniors) 6pm - 8pm

Grade 9-11 (Pioneers) 6pm - 8pm

All girls have the opportunity to earn awards and participate in leadership development appropriate to their age in smaller groups:

Girls' Brigade empowers girls and young women to be themselves, to develop and use their gifts and skills, and to discover what it means to have life to the full in their generation. Our weekly program includes a wide range of activities that supports the spiritual, physical, and emotional growth of girls and is committed to the values of:

- Living: We live our lives with God at the centre. Our relationships are centred on Him and rely on His word and direction.

- Community: We promote a sense of Community and belonging within Companies

- Partnering: We partner with churches to reach local communities with the good news of Jesus Christ

- Uniqueness: We accept the uniqueness of each girl & leader, using our individual talents to serve others as we grow

- Safety: We require safety for all girls and leaders

- Fun: We have fun in everything we do!

We would love to welcome you to Girls' Brigade soon.

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Emmanuel Sunday School

Emmanuel Sunday School

Sunday School at Emmanuel is again meeting face to face with 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 enrolment form [here](https://emmanueluca.elvanto.com.au/form/a5e52f18-e681-43e9-803c-7d761c3bea21)

We are also still encouraging households to continue with Faith at Home practices whether they attend weekly 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 will 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 2021 we will continue Digging into 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 at [www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home](https://vinteract.com.au/client/www.emmanueluca.org.au/dig-in-at-home), and we encourage you to connect with and talk about life and faith with your children during the week.

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

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Enoggera & District Eisteddfod

Enoggera & District Eisteddfod

Hello friends of Enoggera Eisteddfod,

Good news, we will proceed with the Eisteddfod for 2021 after cancelling last year.

However, in order to comply with Covid and Uniting Church restrictions, there will be significant changes from previous years.

The Eisteddfod will be scaled down considerably with some sections removed. There will be no food or drinks available at any time, and there will be no Prize winners concert. We are currently working through the details and cannot be any more specific at this time. There will also be significant limitations on the number of family or friends who can attend with each Competitor.

There is much work to do and our plan is to revise the schedule and send it out probably late April with approximately one month to submit entries.

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

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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