Crossroads Connection


The cost of discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer  4 February 1906–9 April 1945) was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church in Germany. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book, The Cost of Discipleship has been described as a modern classic.
Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and half years. Later, he was transferred to Flossenbürg concentration camp. After being accused of being associated with the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler, he was quickly tried, along with the accused plotters, including former members of the Abwehr (German Military Intelligence Office), and then hanged on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing. (Extract from Wikipedia)
“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession...Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
“Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: 'Ye were bought at a price', and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship services

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Val Johnson)

11.45 am Lisu Service

2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup

Wednesday: 6–8 pm Church Council

Thursday: 8 pm Home Group (Savory' home)

Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)

Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)

Bible Readings – 15 September 2019

Jeremiah 4:11–12, 22–28; 1 Timothy 1:12–17; Luke 15:1–10; Psalm 14.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 15 September 2019

  • Minister: Rev. Ian Pearse
  • Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
  • Greeting: Margaret Gook
  • Morning Tea: Zelda Cations & Lorraine Sewell
  • Flowers: Elaine Belcher
  • Reader: Elizabeth Barnes
  • AV Desk: Roland Geilen
  • Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
  • Piano: Wendy Barnes

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten.  If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.


Congratulations to Suzanne and Matthew Walker on the birth of Sebastian, Tuesday 3 September 2019!

Getting ready for the church fête

Our annual Church fete will be held on Saturday 19th October between 9am and 2pm. Now is the time to start gathering items to donate to the book, trash and treasure, nearly new, jewellery and plant stalls.

If you can volunteer for set-up, pack-up or on a stall, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard. The first meeting of people interested in helping will be on Sunday September 1, after church. If you have items you would like collected, please leave your details at the office.

Hobsons Bay Refugee Network

Fan of Downton Abbey? The world’s favourite aristocrats, the Crawleys of Yorkshire, are back, this time on the big screen. New romances have bloomed, new liaisons been formed and babies have been born since the TV series ended in 2015.

The film is set in 1927, where a period of belt tightening measures are being introduced on the estate. That is, until an impending visit from the Royals, King George V and Queen Mary, sends the household into a flurry.

Venue: Sun Theatre, Yarraville, Friday 13 September
Time: 6.30 arrival for a 7 pm screening
Tickets: $25 through
Donations can also be made through the booking site.


September 22nd 11.30 am onwards. We will be trying another new venue at Werribee South. Ramae’s Café  Lounge on the Wyndham Harbour. It overlooks all the yachts in the harbour and has quite a comprehensive café menu. If it’s a fine day it might be quite busy. Contact Elaine 93952045 or Lorna  0419101766 for numbers. Everyone welcome.

The Smith Family Learning Club

Opportunities now exist for recruitment of volunteers for the 18 week programs run in partnership with schools across Wyndham, targeting students in families experiencing disadvantage. They are fun and safe learning environments where primary students aged 8–12 gain access to weekly support for 1–2 hours after school.

Excellent opportunity for adult volunteers of all backgrounds to develop community service skills, assisting students to build confidence in literacy or numeracy through provided activities, games and 1–1 reading time.

Screening and full training provided. Recruitment for 2020 programs begin now. Contact Gudrun Philipp (Programs Coordinator), email or mobile 0481 916 059.


Ian Menzies wrote about the Kyneton daffodil festival,


“This lovely display, with all the promise of spring and new birth it promotes, gives a charmingly simple introduction to other contemplations of the wonders of God’s creation”.


Sam Goodwin

Sam, a case manager at Uniting Wyndham, began her life connected with Crossroads Uniting congregation.  She was baptized here, and grew up attending the Uniting Church at Hoppers Crossing.

Sam’s uncle and auntie are well known members of Crossroads, Stan and Elaine Belcher; her grandfather was the Rev. Fred Belcher, who was a minister at Crossroads.

Seven years ago, Sam began placement with Werribee Support and Housing; now she is on the Early Intervention team, part of a co-operative arrangement called H3, (Health, Housing and Homelessness) funded by State Government, with City of Wyndham and Unison which manages head leasing of accommodation.

“Our typical clients are at risk of being homeless,” says Sam. “A large number are couch surfing, staying  with friends or family.  Others may be behind in their rent payments, on notice to vacate. We may be able to save a tenancy by going to with the client to VCAT, (Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal), in Duncans Road opposite our agency.  If that doesn’t work out, we sometimes arrange crisis accommodation in a motel.”

Sam Goodwin says: “Our Uniting Wyndham case managers provide financial management skills and emotional support; often for people who are experiencing the stresses of unemployment, sickness and low income.”

“Do you know,” says Sam, “that there is a 20 year wait for public housing for the general public. Those that are homeless go on a priority list, and can expect to wait 3 to 4 years.  In Wyndham, all public housing is fully occupied.   What we do is arrange sub-letting at a reduced rate, while Unison manages the full market rental.” (NT)


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.