Reflections – Monthly Newsletter

Reflections is the monthly newsletter of the Brookfield Uniting Church.

If you would like a copy, please email Edith McPhee, emcphee@westnet.com.au

Following is the Minister’s Message from the August 2019 issue:

FROM the MINISTER’S DESK

Relationship

Greetings to you all in the Name of Our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ!
I give Thanks and Praise to God for his Blessing and Guidance upon our Church Family during this last month of July.

July 7th, God’s word was about Small matters matter, especially when those matters are God directed, and we are obedient in them in relationship with God.  The solution is not out there somewhere, where we spend time looking for it.  Rather the solution is right here! In the Word and that is, the word of faith that we  are proclaiming, the word God wants us to believe and act upon.

July 21st the message spoke to us saying, yes, some of us are more like Martha, and some of us are more like Mary. But there is in all of us, a need to combine the two within us for, without sitting and listening to God, our work for God can only lead to anxiety and anger; and without doing the word, our faith is clearly nothing.  Occasionally we need to put aside the work we do, and just spend some time being with The LORD:
– spend some time listening and learning from him,
– spend some time enjoying his presence,
– spend some time being refreshed and recreated by his Spirit.
There is a need occasionally to get the visionaries in the kitchen, and the kitchenaries in the vision.

July 28th’s message reminded us that Prayer is the spoken or whispered or
thought words of relationship, relationship with God and with each other. It is not about fancy language, it is not about format. It is about relationship; it is about opening the door to the God who dearly loves us and who wants the best for us, and wants us to be the best we can be. God is waiting on the other side of the door. What helps you to knock, to ask, to search? PRAYER! Use simple words.  The prayer that Jesus taught us! Or the simple analogy: Please – Thank you – Sorry – Wow.

I pray God will continue to guide us in His Word and in Relationship with one another as we journey into August. I leave you with this….

Father O’Malley answers the phone. “Hello, is this Father O’Malley?” “It is”
“This is the IRS. Can you help us?” “I can”
“Do you know a Ted Houlihan?” “I do”
“Is he a member of your congregation?” “He is”
“Did he donate $10,000 to the church?” “He will”.

Blessings,                                                Malcolm