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 October 2019 issue:

FROM the MINISTER’S DESK

God Answers our Prayers

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 September.

An amazing month of celebration as we came together to give thanks to God for our 150th Anniversary on September 8 as well as celebrating the success of our Market on September 14. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and dedication in making both days a success. All Praise and Glory to God!

Our themes for our Services during September:

As we celebrated Father’s Day on September 1st with our ‘Ula Lole’ (Samoan Chocolate necklaces), our theme was the “The Table of God”.

As we came to the Lord’s Table that morning, we were reminded by
Luke we all come as equal before God: sinners in need of salvation;
beggars in need of bread! We were asked not to think less of yourselves, for we are “already” part of the family of God, and God has laid this table for us and Christ has given his life for us all, but rather – think of yourselves less, by putting others first.

September 15 Theme: “We are ALL valuable”
From the story of the lost sheep and the story of the lost coin there were two valuable themes:
1. We are all Valuable to God
2. Do not rush to make negative judgement of others

We are encouraged to pray – not only for the lost sheep but pray for those who do not value the lost sheep! For who among you would leave the other ninety-nine sheep and go look for the one that got lost until you find it!

September 22 Theme: “Saving the Lost” Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy that the first thing that God wants for every church, our number one priority, is the salvation of the lost, to PRAY FOR PEOPLE’S SALVATION.

One of the most popular preachers of the 19th Century – Charles Spurgeon had this to say about bringing thousands of people to Christ! Spurgeon said,
“I would rather teach one man to pray – than ten men to preach.”
That’s because he knew it was not his preaching that brought people to Christ; it was God drawing people to Himself in answer to prayer.

May God continue to lead us and open our hearts to hear his purpose for us and may we continue to uplift our community and each other in prayer.
Praise Be To God!

Blessings,

Malcolm