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19th September Newsletter

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17 September, 2021

Front and Centre

In each of the three synoptic gospels (Mathew, Mark and Luke) a key turning point is when Jesus asks his disciples the question ‘who do you say that I am? It is a key question for the disciples but its also a key question for us today? Who is Jesus to you? Your relationship with Jesus is the key relationship in your life. How you live and respond in that space is just so important. How is your relationship with Jesus is a key life question? We are called to model our lives on Jesus. Another church says it this way, ‘more people more like Jesus’. As we look at Jesus life and ministry we see him building relationships in 3 ways ‘His relationship with the Father (up), his relationship with his disciples (in) and his relationship with those from the world (out). As we focus on our relationships we too should consider our up, in and out and how we keep that balance. How is your relationship with God? Are you investing into that with daily time of prayer and reading scripture? Then there is the in, spending time with other Christians. And then there are your relationships with people who are not Christian. As disciples and followers of Jesus we should have healthy relationships both within the church and Christian community and outside the Christian community. As i have indicated before one of the challenges I have experienced due to COVID is the effect it has on relationships. How are you continuing to build healthy relationships? We certainly want to encourage that as a church. How do we help and encourage people build stronger relationships with each other. But also as individuals we need to continue to strengthen and build relationships, up with God, in within our Christian community and out with those outside our church community.

Brian Hoole

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Dig In At Home

Accessing Dig in at Home Resources

Access to these resources is restricted for copyright purposes. If you would like to access them, please log in to your account using the Log in icon at the top right of the screen.

Please contact Jess Pinkerton via jess@emmanueluca.org.au or 0438168706 for assistance.

These Sunday School and Dig in at Home materials provide great discussion starters and talking points for you to be able to start and continue faith and life conversations at home, linked with and based on the bible reading and material we use in worship each week.

All of the material is designed so that it can be used by anyone at home or at church, to easily lead children of all ages, engage them in bible discovery, and further their faith and discipleship journey.

The material on the page is designed to be used as a snapshot for engaging in Faith practices at Home. It uses the [FAITH5](https://faithink.com/about-faith5) practices of SHARE, READ, TALK, PRAY and BLESS as simple ways to connect and discuss faith and life. An additional PDF document is linked to each weekly page and provides more information and activities.

The first page of the document is what we use at Sunday School and helps us get to know each other through:

- Welcoming and setting boundaries for the session,

- Sharing highs, lows, and buffalos,

- Talking about the video that we saw in worship,

- Exploring the theme through a game or activity using our senses and bodies,

- Engaging in some Bible Discovery,

- And we always end in praying for and with each other and blessing the children as they leave.

The second and subsequent pages contain additional material and activities that can be used in Sunday School and at Home:

- The Leaders/Helpers/Parents Dig in section gives background and contextual information for leaders and parents to help them think about the material themselves before leading it.

- The Core Bible Discovery is the main lesson and is written to be lead in a large or small group at Sunday School or at Home.

- There is often a Pray activity that further extends on the core Bible lesson, and

- Family Together Time gives an idea that can be done at home together as a family to link the Sunday learning with activity and follow up during the week.

- The Deeper Bible extends on the core material and is particularly helpful for leading a discussion to further discuss the theme. It is designed specifically for older children (grade 5+) but can be used for any age.

- All printed materials that might be required are included and can be easily printed at home. Any additional materials for the activities are fairly standard things that most families will have access to at home, and are clearly listed in the relevant sections.

We often use parts of the material in our All-age worship services. I highly recommend you have a look and make time to Dig in at Home with your family whether you worship with us on Sunday or not.

If you have any questions about the material or engaging in Faith at Home with your family, I’d love to connect with you.

Jess

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6 June 2021 - Dig in at Home & Worship materials

SHARE

- Your highs, lows & buffalos (buffalos being something weird or funny or strange that has happened lately)

- How have you seen God at work in your life this week? Have you ever experienced transformation?

READ

Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Girls Brigade Vision

GIRLS’ LIVES TRANSFORMED; GOD’S WORLD ENRICHED

The Girls' Brigade Crest

The Girls' Brigade crest is a registered trademark of Girls' Brigade England & Wales. However, all Girls' Brigade companies around the world have the right to use it.

In the centre is a Cross, the symbol of Christ and his Church. Below the cross is a Lamp, which represents the light of the Girls' Brigade shining upon the World. Above it is a Crown, of Christ as King. Behind it all, is a Torch, the flame of Christ's living spirit.

The badge incorporates symbols from the three original organizations and is, therefore, in itself a symbol of union, as well as faith and allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Girls Brigade which formed in Ireland in 1893, brought in the Cross. The Girls' Guildry which formed in 1900 in Scotland, brought in the Lamp. Lastly, the Girls' Life Brigade, which formed in 1902 in England, brought in the Crown. They amalgamated in 1965. A competition was held to design the crest for the amalgamated organisation, it was won by Constance Fasham.

TALK

- What stands out for you in this bible passage?

- What does this passage tell us about God?

- What does this passage tell us about people?

- What is challenging in this passage?

Read the passage and the Girls Brigade vision again.

- How do you relate the Bible reading and the Girls' Brigade vision?

The GB crest helps us understand what it is that transforms lives.

- What are the parts of the crest? (see images and puzzle attached)

- How do these parts relate to transformed lives?

- What do you think God is saying to you? What can you do about it?

PRAY

- Pray for and with each other.

- Pray about your highs, lows, and buffalos.

Oh God, who prepared the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Make our hearts and minds ready, we beseech you, for the indwelling presence of your son Christ our Lord. Grant that the Officers and members of the Girls Brigade may be True and just in all their dealings, modest and Gentle in all their Word's and always loving and kind. Bless all others who Work for the extension of Christ's kingdom in the lives of young people, so that finally we may all come to the blessed home through Christ our Lord. Amen

A prayer from the Girl’s Brigade in Zambia

BLESS

- Bless each other saying, “May God Bless you this week”.

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23 May 2021 - Dig in at Home and Worship Creative Pack

[Additional resources attached](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/CuriXXtXIAXcbjwtkEEHe4d7h).

If you would like a 'creative pack' with these materials already prepared, please contact Helen (via 3355 2162 or office@emmanueluca.org.au) or Jess (via 0438 168 706 or jess@emmanueluca.org.au) to arrange a convenient time for collection.

SHARE

- Your highs, lows & buffalos (buffalos being something weird or funny or strange that has happened lately)

- What do you notice is different in the worship space today?

READ

- Acts 2:1-4

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit spread and moved among and within the people. But Pentecost is more than just an ancient story, it is about the ongoing life of the followers of Jesus. It is about us, here and now, and how through the Holy Spirit, we are filled, transformed, guided, and empowered to be the people of God, to share the joy and new life that it brings.

- What stands out for you in this passage?

- What do you think this passage teach us about God/People/Obedience/Discipleship?

- What do you think God is saying to you?

- What will you do about it? Who will you share it with?

TALK

- When have you experienced God’s Spirit or Power?

- Or, when was a time when you felt joy, had fun with friends or family, been excited by what’s going on, or felt brave about sharing?

- What would a party look like with God present?

- Who would you invite to the party? What would you do at the party?

DO

Pentecost is a day when we see the church being inspired by the Holy Spirit and we want to encourage and facilitate you to respond creatively. You can use the ideas below or engage your creative self and use these items and other items that you have in other ways.

Playdough

- Shape playdough flames above the heads of the disciples on the coloured mat.

- Use the playdough to make something.

- Imagine God is shaping and transforming as you shape the playdough into new creations.

Paper and colours

- Colour the flame, and as you fill the page with colour, imagine being filled with the Spirit.

- Sit with the blank paper and colours and listen to God and draw what he puts in your mind. What do you see/feel/imagine?

- Use the blank paper and word prompts to create a word cloud.

Candle or Sparkler (under adult supervision only)

- Light one candle or sparkler, use that one to light others and those to light others again. As the light increases imagine God spirit increasing and being spread throughout the world.

PRAY & BLESS

- Pray for and with each other. Pray about your highs, lows, and buffalos.

- Ask God to help you be filled with His spirit, transformed by its power, led by its boldness, and empowered to share the joy and new life that it brings.

- Bless each other saying, “May God Bless you this week”.

[Additional resources attached](https://emmanueluca.org.au/d/CuriXXtXIAXcbjwtkEEHe4d7h).

If you would like a 'creative pack' with these materials already prepared, please contact Helen (via 3355 2162 or office@emmanueluca.org.au) or Jess (via 0438 168 706 or jess@emmanueluca.org.au) to arrange a convenient time for collection.

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Sermons

19 September - God’s Word helps us live right.

19 September, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

19 September 2021

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Psalm 119:9-16 How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes. With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth. I delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches.

I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

2 Tim 3:16-17 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

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

- Read the passages again.

- What do these passages tell us about God?

- What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

- How do we understand the bible to give us guidance for our life?

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are 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

You, Lord, are our Counsellor, Comforter and Keeper. Help me to live for you by your word. Help me to keep my way pure. Right at our fingertips, we have access to you through your word. This is amazing and yet so often we turn to everything but you for wisdom and counsel. So, would you help me think of you first, and go to you with all things? Would you bend my ears to your truth and renew my mind by it? Would you fill me with wisdom and truth, guide my decisions, and guard my mind from the enemy. Satan would love nothing more than for me to forget the gospel and fall prey to lies about who I am. But, O Lord, I pray your voice would always be louder and that I will never forget that you call me Beloved. We ask all this in Jesus name

BUSY HANDS - Footprints

Start with a blank piece of paper or footprint template (attached) and some pens, pencils, crayons and scissors.

1. Trace around your feet on the paper (or use the footprint template) and cut them out.

2. On one, write your favorite verse or verses. Think about how these help your life.

3. On the other, write parts of Psalm 119:9-16 and other verses or words that you hear during worship.

4. Share what you have written and then add the feet to the mural in the church foyer, remembering that God’s word helps us live right.

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12 September - God blesses us

12 September, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

READ

Ruth 2:8-12

Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Keep your eyes on the field that is being reaped, and follow behind them. I have ordered the young men not to bother you. If you get thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” Then she fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!”

Ruth 4:13-17

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. The women of the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.

DISCUSS

1. How has your week been?

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

3. Read the passages again.

4. Ruth’s life reflects the green pastures, and the dark valleys and comes to the feast. Which part of this journey do you feel your life is at?

5. What do these passages tell us about God?

6. What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

7. What is challenging in these passages?

8. Is there anything else the passages are 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

Lord of the 23rd Psalm,

I have known death,

and you have refreshed my soul.

I have known fear,

and you have comforted me.

I have known hunger,

and you have set a feast before me.

In the darkest valley

no calamity of humankind or nature has separated us.

Teach me to walk as you walk

Beside those in mourning

so that they will know joy,

Beside those in fear

that they will know comfort,

Beside those in hunger

that they will feast until their cup overflows.

As your goodness and love follow me,

May mine follow my neighbour

That the threat of the worst terrors

May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of

the house of the Lord,

Where you have invited us to dwell forever.

And so let me strive to help build on earth

What you have promised us in heaven.

In the face of all calamity, present and yet to come,

Let me lead my neighbour beside quiet waters,

The quiet waters of the Good Shepherd.

AMEN

Connect with the Sermon and our Worship Service on our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3FKu0AdcO-Y4nR_BgxZC4A/

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5th September - God is with us in hard times.

5 September, 2021 Rev Brian Hoole

READ  

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Exodus 13:17-22

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” So, God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle. And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, “God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.” They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

DISCUSS

- How has your week been?

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

- Read the passages again.

- Where are you at the moment? In green pastures or in dark valleys?

- Does God feel close or far away?

- What would help make it closer?

- What do the passages tell us about our relationship with God?

- What is challenging in these passages?

- Is there anything else the passages are 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 

Lord of the 23rd Psalm,

I have known death,

and you have refreshed my soul.

I have known fear,

and you have comforted me.

I have known hunger,

and you have set a feast before me.

In the darkest valley

no calamity of humankind or nature has separated us.

Teach me to walk as you walk

Beside those in mourning

so that they will know joy,

Beside those in fear

that they will know comfort,

Beside those in hunger

that they will feast until their cup overflows.

As your goodness and love follow me,

May mine follow my neighbour

That the threat of the worst terrors

May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of

the house of the Lord,

Where you have invited us to dwell forever.

And so let me strive to help build on earth

What you have promised us in heaven.

In the face of all calamity, present and yet to come,

Let me lead my neighbour beside quiet waters,

The quiet waters of the Good Shepherd.

AMEN

Connect with the Sermon and our Worship Service on our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3FKu0AdcO-Y4nR_BgxZC4A/

Did you know that if we get a few more subscribers to our YouTube channel we could rename it? What does that mean?

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22 SEPTEMBER 2021 DAILY DEVOTION

Welcome to today's daily devotion for 22 September 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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92 Laurel St, Enoggera QLD 4051, Australia

Best parking is via Laurel Street where there is some off street parking. Also the sight is wheelchair friendly (ramp access and suitable toilets etc.) If you are looking to hire our facilities for your next event please contact the church office via office@emmanueluca.org.au and Helen will be able to assist you with this.

Sunday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Sunday, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM