March 17th 2019

Luke 4:1-4

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”

I know that this was from last week's scripture reading but it was a great comment I read....
"Temptation by nature, is not easy to spot. It is usually subtle and almost imperceptible. It gets us because it is just a slight variation on something good, not a glaringly obvious change. The devil did not say to Jesus, “You're hungry, why don't you go and mug an old lady and steal her bread.” Jesus would not have felt tempted by that. But turning a couple of stones into bread sounded harmless enough...
It's the temptation to just be normal. Just be nice, get on with quietly doing the right things, just like they've always been done. At the personal level it the temptation to just have a good job, get married, have kids, go to church on Sundays, join the Rotary Club, go for walks in the park, write a few cheques for World Vision. Just be comfortably anonymous. If we all did it the world would be a nice quiet peaceful place. At the church level, it is the temptation to run nice worship services, have morning tea after the service, have a Sunday school for the church kids, have ladies guild and a men's prayer breakfast, and perhaps a young adults social group, put on an annual fete, and all be very nice to each other. It doesn't sound too bad because it isn't. There is nothing much wrong with it.
It's just that there isn't much right with it either. A church like that might even grow, if it's in the right place. But it won't really have any impact on the world. It won't be helping to ensure that God's will is done on earth as in heaven. It won't be following Jesus on the road that involves lots of tough decisions and costly choices. It won't be following Jesus in the sort of radical confronting liberating love that got him in trouble with religious and political leaders. Jesus could not take that comfortable option without turning his back on us, and abandoning us to our own demise. We can't take that option without turning our backs on him and abandoning the rest of the world to its demise."
Nathan Nettleton (

Church Council meets this coming Monday 18th March

We are meeting at 7.30 pm to discuss a range of issues surrounding and supporting the life of this congregation.

Lenten Studies continue each Wednesday Evening

Our first bible study last Wednesday was well attended and proved to be enjoyable and thought provoking as we looked a wide range of bibles and considered how our modern bibles came into being. Next Wednesday we will consider why the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are so similar but still different. Exciting times! See you at 7.30pm

Women’s Night Fellowship Invite to All

Tuesday 2 April 7.30pm
On behalf of the BUC Women’s Night Fellowship, We extend an invitation for our next meeting which will be open to all. The meeting will be information from Paramedics Darran and Merrilyn Kelly. Helpful instructions for those of us in the latter age bracket to help keep us safe and information in emergencies. The meeting will be held at the Church at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 2 April Supper will follow. Merrilyn is our Kemp family daughter and Darran her partner.
I would appreciate numbers attending nearer the meeting.
Raelene 8388 4472. Mob. 0418 357 604

Bible Readings

Mar 17 Lent 2 Gen 15:1-12, 17-18 Ps 27 Phil 3:17 - 4:1 Lk 13:31-35
Mar 24 Lent 3 Is 55:1-9 Ps 63:1-8 1 Cor 10:1-13 Lk 13:1-9
Mar 31 Lent 4 Jos 5:9-12 Ps 32 2 Cor 5:16-21 Lk 15:1-3, 11b-32 P
Apr 7 Lent 5 Is 43:16-21 Ps 126 Phil 3:4b-14 Jn 12:1-8

Ministry in Action

Mar 17. Refreshments - J LIsk & N Rimmer: Door and Offering - S Adcock & C Kemp: Offering Count - R Windle & D Pearson: Flowers - G Adcock: Display - S MacDonald: Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera - R Wells: Lock-up - A Ballard: Cleaning - P Crispe

Mar 24. Refreshments - B&S Pugsley: Door and Offering - A Ballard & C Pitcher: Offering Count - R Wells & A Pobke: Flowers - M Bull: Display - S MacDonald: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - F Bowen: Cleaning - B Crispe

Breakfast Club Teams

Mar 22 Ron, Peter, Coralie, Phil, Barb, Brenton, Bev, Roger
Mar 29 Ron, Peter, Phil, Roz, Jo, Bev, Brenton, Roger

Woodside Lions Market Stall

Saturday16th March from 8am at the Woodside Institute. This month’s funds will support the Uniting Church Disaster and Recovery Ministry. Volunteers needed to bake goodies for the March market. Please speak to Julie Turner - Woodside UC, Thank you!


Minister: Geoff Hurst: Ph 0447 971 878:
Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048:
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Secretary & Property Bookings: Kathy Bassell: Ph 0419 833 039
Prayer Chain: Coralie: 0417 816 065: Raelene: 0418 357 604
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Banking Details: Bendigo Bank: BSB 633 000: A/c No 162707848: Balhannah Uniting Church