CROSS TALK February 2021

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                                21st February 2021
                            First Sunday of Lent

                    Service will be lead by: David Pfeiffer
                       The theme of the address will be;
                  Today’s sermon is about baptism and Lent. .
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                          This Sunday 21st February 2021 
                         
Worship Service led by: David Pfeiffer

First Sunday of Lent.

Worship Service led by: David Pfeiffer

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Holy Communion: David Pfeiffer
Communion Assistants: Don McLean
Communion Prep.: Joan Rayward
Bible Readings: Sherry Thompson
1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-17 God’s covenant with Noah
2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 The flood a symbol of baptism
Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 The baptism, temptation, and preaching of Jesus
Prayers lead by: Barb Wakefield
Stewards: Corrine and John McLean
Music: Narelle
Audio/ Computer: Des Pfeiffer

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                   Next Sunday 28th February 2021
                   Second Sunday of Lent.

Worship Service led by: David Thompson

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Holy Communion: David Thompson
Communion Assistants: Joan Rayward
Communion Prep.: Joan Rayward
Bible Readings: Bob Rayward
1st Reading: Genesis 17:1-7,15,16 God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah
2nd Reading: Romans 4:13-25 Abraham received God’s promise through faith
Gospel: Mark 8:31-38 The cost of discipleship
Prayers lead by: Geoff Rogers
Stewards: Juta Cooley and Allan Bruhn
Music: Daryll and Lloyd
Audio/ Computer: Orion Thompson
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In our thoughts and Prayers:praying
John McLean,
Rosemary Conran,
Kathy Mitchell,
Renate Radmacher,
Ivan Francis,
Jenny Montgomery,
Les Mathies.
Tony Koch.
David Thompson.
  

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at my end, and at my departing

CATCH-UP’ COFFEEcoffee

Will commence on Friday, 12th February, 2021, 10 a.m. at Sea Salt @ Marina
Interested persons please give names to Carol McLean, 0427832156, for booking purposes

Coffee At Salt

Monthly luncheon is to commence on the 26th of February at Thai Touch Tide Restaurant 153 Gordon St
opposite Growers Market.

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Will be commencing at our church on Tuesday the 2nd of February at 9.30 am, any inquiries please see
Corrine.

Annual Congregation Meeting  meetingSunday 21st February after service

 

Something to think about:think

Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love.
Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked
that means pain.
There are two things we can do when this happens.
We can kill that love so that it stops hurting.
But then of course part of us dies, too.
Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.

‘Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time.’
Trust God and learn to live one day at a time.

An old dollar bill and an even older $20 arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired.
“I’ve had a pretty good life,” the $20 says. “I’ve been to Vegas, the finest restaurants in New York, and even on a Caribbean cruise.”
“You did have an exciting life!” the dollar says.
“Where have you been?” the $20 asks.
“Oh, I’ve been to the Methodist church, the Baptist church, spent some time with the Lutherans…”
“Wait,” the $20 interrupts. “What’s a church?”

“Do not resist growing old— many are denied the privilege.”
“One of the pleasures of old age is giving things up”
Abraham waited for 25 years. Joseph waited 13 years.
Moses waited 40 years. Jesus waited 30 years.

If God makes you wait, you are in good company.!!!!

 

If you’re ever headed the wrong way in life, remember the road to Heaven allows U-turns

Known by the Almighty:
Though you are one of the teeming millions in this world, and though the world would have you believe that you don’t count and that you are but a speck in the mass,
God says, “I know you.”

Our lives as Books:
There are people in the world around us who have never opened or read a
Bible. — But are they reading us.
Are they able to say of us to others “That man, that woman reminds me of Jesus?”
Do we let our light so shine that men may see, not us, but our Father in
Heaven?
This is the real test.

Stay connected with : Lutheran Media Livestreaming.
https://www.livestream.com/luthworship

World Day of Prayer Service
Will be held on Friday, 5 March at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 500 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie commencing at 10:30am. Due to the COVID re-strictions, registration is required prior to attending. You can RSVP to Sherry Thompson or ring Beate 65844097 as listed on the poster. Also, because of the current restrictions, there will be no morning tea held.
  Jesus Christ is not my security against the storms of life,
but He is my perfect security in the storm.
He has never promised me an easy passage, only a safe landing.

Bible Study:
Tuesday. 7.30pm at Kemp St.

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Church Stewards:
Please make sure all attendees sanitize, sign-in and supervise 1.5mm rul
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Roster: Church Cleaning:

March: Carol and Don McLean
Cleaners please wash hands before and after cleaning and wear gloves.

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All past sermons are available to read on our web page.
stpetersptmacquarie.com
Stay connected with : Lutheran Media Livestreaming.

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February/ March Birthdays:
26 Allan Bruhn
3 Renate Radmacher
4 Maddison Warrener

4 David Thompson
7 Carol Mclean
9 Jenny Montgomery

Web page.
32 People visited the website in the last week, including 21 Aust. 5 USA. 2 China
1 Ireland, 3 Bigeria

We now have 79 followers

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Statistic:
Sunday 14th February Attendance was 39

Weekly Devotion:

‘Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an ever-lastingpraying covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David’
(Isaiah 55:3).
Read Isaiah 55:1–5
The dream of things for free: water for the thirsty, food for the hungry, wine and milk. It seems too good to be true! Nothing in life is free, so what is this all about? This is Isaiah’s vision of the good life. You are invited to come to the feast. But what is this feast? It’s a metaphor of spiritually feasting on God’s word and promises and his free, gracious gift of salvation. This was written when the Israelites were in exile. It was a very traumatic time for them and affected them not only in a physical way but also emotionally and spiritually.
During the 2020 border closures throughout Australia, many of us were kept from our family, our loved ones. Many would have felt like these exiled Isra-elites. In Victoria, we had very strict conditions placed on our freedoms and liberty. While I don’t for a minute think that God caused the COVID-19 pan-demic, I believe that perhaps it was an opportunity to recalibrate our lives. Who would have thought that we would be stopped from gathering to wor-ship? Unthinkable! These situations cause us to think of what we take for granted and to be grateful for these blessings.
Isaiah 55 focuses on the life-giving and joyous quality of transformation through God’s word and promises to his people. God highlights the ‘everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David’. It’s a rainbow moment: God said, ‘I promise – no strings attached!’
What are we spending ourselves on? What is our focus, in the good times and the tough times?
Dear Heavenly Father, remind us to never take the joys, blessings and
freedoms we have for granted. Thank you for all that you have graciously
given us. Amen.

In our thoughts and Prayers:praying

John McLean, Rosemary Conran, Kathy Mitchell, Renate Radmacher, Ivan Francis, Jenny Montgomery, Les Mathies, Tony Koch, David Thompson.

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
(James 3:18)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1.)

Fink River Mission
Amazing leading story this edition. 85 years ago, a gravity fed pipeline from Kuprilya Springs brought life-giving water to Hermannsburg and this event if faithfully remembered and celebrated by the community every year.
Over 140 years ago German Lutheran Missionaries and their families brought the life-giving word to the Aboriginal People of Central Australia.
And in 2020, thousands of Aboriginal Christians led by dozens of Aboriginal pastors and church leaders, faithfully worship, sing and pray every week in Lutheran communities and family groups from across the WA border To QLD, from the top of SA to halfway up the NT. How amazing is that!
There are 5 copies of the News from Fink River Mission
“Christ in the Centre” Summer Edition – At the church entry.

Something to think about:
Mr. Smith,
I am pleased to inform you that I have made arrangements to pay off all your debts in full. I cannot proceed without your consent, however, and I ask that you contact me as soon as possible to receive your gift.
Your loving Servant. Jesus

Kindness:
You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.
You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.
You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around.
You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.
So! Don’t wait to be kind, don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.
Just be kind. Because you never know how much someone needed it.

Time:
We don’t need to fear that there is not enough time, but we only need to remember to appreciate the time God gives us.

Sacrifice.
In 1937, a man by the name of John Griffiths found a job tending one of the railroad bridges that crossed the Mississippi River. Every day he would control the gears of the bridge to allow barges and ships through.
One day John decided to allow his eight-year-old son Greg to help him. He and his boy packed their lunches with great excitement and hopes for the fu-ture and went to work. The morning went quickly and at noon they headed off for lunch, down a narrow catwalk onto an observation platform about 50 feet above the Mississippi. John told his son stories about the ships as they passed by. Suddenly, they were jolted back to reality by the shrill sound of an engine’s whistle.
Looking at his watch, John realized to his horror that it was 1.07 pm, that the Memphis Express was due any time and that the bridge was still raised.
He calmly told Greg to stay put and then ran back to the controls.
Once there he looked beneath the bridge to make sure there was nothing
below. As his eyes moved downwards he saw something so terrible that he froze. For there, lying on the gears, was his beloved son.
Greg had tried to follow his dad but had fallen off the catwalk. Immediately, John realized the horrifying choice before him: either to lower the bridge and kill his son, or keep the bridge raised and kill everyone on board the train.
As 400 people moved closer to the bridge, John realized what he had to do. Burying his face under his arm, he plunged down the lever. The cries of his son were instantly drowned out by the noise of the bridge grinding slowly into position.
John wiped the tears from his eyes as the train passed by. A Conductor was collecting tickets in his usual way. A Businessman was casually reading the newspaper. Ladies were drinking afternoon tea. Children were playing. Most of the passengers were engaged in idle chatter.
No one heard the cries of a heartbroken father.

A LITTLE EXTRA FROM THE PAST.

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Something to think about:

Never Argue with Children.
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it is physically impossible. The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah.” The teacher asked. “What if Jonah went to hell?” The little girl replied, “Then you ask him.”

Storms
Did you know that an Eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before
it breaks?
The Eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.
When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the Eagle is soaring above it. The Eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.
When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them – we can rise above them setting our minds and our belief toward God.
The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God’s power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm.
Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we han-dle them.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like Eagles” Isaiah 40:31

Beginnings:
Begin difficult things while they are easy, Do great things when they are small,
The difficult things of the world must have once been easy:
The great things must have been small ..,
A thousand mile journey begins with one step.

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Some-body would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that
Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

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