FROM THE MODERATOR
In recent years a lot of our activities have been carried out in order to welcome Good Friday and Easter. Whether inside or outside the church building even combining with several churches in formal ceremony. We practice rituals such as walking the cross, or the washing of feet just as Jesus had done to his disciples. It seems as though we want to take the mandate given to Jesus, and imprison God within the limits of our own
The poet Kahlil Ghibran, best known for his book The Prophet, was a devout Lebanese Christian. He wrote several books and poems about Jesus, and saw in him a kindred prophetic voice despised by most yet speaking truth from God.
Ghibran’s meditation ‘The Crucified’ is a very powerful re framing of the death of Jesus, not as weakness under siege, but as bold courageous love defeating death.
Read it silently or aloud at 2 pm
Good Friday or another time.
L Lee Levett-Olson, Intentional
On the verge of Easter, the Prime Minister has issued a letter encouraging Christians all over Australia to stay home during this Holy Week.
Scott Morrison notes that this Easter will be different stating that, “During a time of great challenge for the world, we will celebrate Easter not in our churches, but in our homes away from our congregations.”
Furthermore, he encourages Christians to practice their faith, and out others first.
“Every day our faith speaks to us about lives that puts
FROM THE MODERATOR
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Psalm 42:1
Longing is a feeling of wanting and hoping for something. This feeling is able to encourage someone to work hard and even wander to find what they miss. That desire is also felt by the psalmist, his longing for God is like a baby fawn that cannot hide his thirst. Just
THE Assembly Standing Committee (ASC) has approved temporary guidelines for Uniting Church congregations and faith communities to celebrate Holy Communion as part of online worship.
The new guidelines are a temporary pastoral measure for the period of COVID-19 isolation measures, and will conclude no later than March 2021 or when the Standing Committee advises otherwise.
Pastoral Letter from Dr. Deidre Palmer, President of UCA (PDF)
Guidelines – Worship with Online Communion (PDF)
Resources for Theological Discernment (PDF)
Full-time Ministry Agent – Congregational Minister of Wesley Mission
Queensland, Albert St Uniting Church
The key mission focus of the WMQ Albert St. Congregational Minister will initially include: leadership and coordination of the Servant Network; growing the multicultural ministry of the congregation, and developing strategies for missional engagement in the CBD alongside the usual operational duties of congregational life – including weekly worship and pastoral care.
More details in Vacancies
THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
27th March 27, 2020
FROM THE MODERATOR
There is a song that always echoes in my heart all the time when dealing with situations in life:
“Hidden down the road, close or still far away, I am guided by God’s hand to a land that I do not know.
Father teach me to follow what you purpose may be. No doubt or fear, my faith remains steadfast.”
For the last month we have all been shocked
The President and Moderators have prepared a weekly cycle of prayers for use by congregations and in people’s personal devotions, as a way of connecting Uniting Church members. as we pray each day for one another and the life of the Australian community. We hope these prayers nurture and encourage you.
Sunday Prayer : Dr Deidre Palmer – President of the Uniting Church in Australia
Gracious and loving God,
You call us to love you with our whole being, and to love our neighbours
The Uniting Church Adult Fellowship National Celebration for April/May 2020 has been postponed.
The committee is working towards running the Celebration at another time. The date currently under consideration is in February 2021. A decision will be made in April 2020
For further details, please contact the Secretary: Mr Max Howland
P: 08 8296 2508 M: 0414 910 419
Dear Colleagues in Pilgrim Presbytery,
By now you would have heard that we are asking PPNA congregations to join with
Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics and others in a united response to COVID-19 virus. We
now strongly urge all congregations not to continue with public worship.
The health reasons are clear: we have many people at risk in our congregations, and
we need to keep them safe. The best medical evidence is that no more than 15
people can be safe in a gathered context. It is not