We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.
& THE COMING WEEK
“Father welcomes all his children to his family through his Son” (composer Robin Mann) was the hymn sung when Marcella Jane S was baptised on Sunday 2 May into the faith and family of Jesus Christ, at morning worship at Crossroads Uniting Church, Werribee.
Marcella’s parents, Sarah Jane and Harley, were welcomed by the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith and Wendy B assisted with the ceremony, and presented the certificate of baptism and the baptismal candle, signifying the ministry of baptised Christians; carrying the light of Christ into the world.
In the afternoon, Lucy Catherine Leanne P, daughter of Mathew and Victoria was baptised, due to covid restrictions, with 50 family members attending. Margaret G was elder attending; she presented the baptismal candle and certificate.
“Little children, come to me, for my kingdom is of these”.
Our Pacific neighbours
The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) has a shared history with the Presbyterian folk of Vanuatu. Missionaries like the Rev. John G. Paton (1860s) from the Australian Presbyterian Church, took the Gospel to the New Hebrides (as it was called then) and several UCA ministers have worked with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu in recent years.
Today the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV) has 400 congregations and 78,000 members. With 98% of people identifying as Christian, the church has a powerful voice and significant influence to lead.
Pastor Dorothy Jimmy is the Gender Equality Theology Minister with the PCV in a part of the world where women have never experienced what it means to live life to its full potential. Men are the traditional gatekeepers of power and authority, and women have been regarded as possessions, to be disciplined in whatever way a man chooses. 60% of women in Vanuatu have experienced domestic violence.
The PCV has begun to speak for the rights of women and girls, and to encourage men and boys the way that gender justice sets people everywhere free to live life to the full. Pastor Dorothy says: “We give women opportunities to lead in our homes, families, churches, communities and nation.”
Pray for the work of the church in Vanuatu. (NT)
Our Lisu brothers and sisters
I talked with Pastor Dennis of the Lisu congregation which worships in the Crossroads building.
“In Myanmar, it’s very hard, not just for Lisu people, but everyone is doing it really tough. The whole country is in chaos. The banks are partly closed; some ATMs are open on certain days like once a week, so it’s very difficult for us in Australia to transfer money to help our families and friends who are struggling to survive”.
Pastor Denis continues: “Our international students here from Myanmar are unable to get support from their families back home. Everyone in Myanmar is in need; buying basic foods in the local markets is unpredictable.
Many of our friends are involved in the civil disobedience movement; my sister is providing accommodation for some of these people. It’s difficult to keep in touch with my family, as internet is intermittent”.
“The foremost thing is prayer. No one knows what the future holds for the people of Myanmar. The fighting is coming from the jungle war zone to the towns. The extent of persecution and danger is huge. Whoever is even indirectly involved in politics or on strike is liable to arrest and prison. Pray for us, and if you are willing to help, talk direct to me. I thank the Crossroads folk for continued support”, concludes Pastor Dennis. (NT)
Neil T has asked the musicians about their favourite music in church. Our fourth respondent is Annetia Goldsmith.
“The song I would choose would be Amy Grant’s El Shaddai. Amy Grant’s concert was the first big music concert I have ever been to and one of only a few! It was off her Age to Age album released in 1982. I can’t remember what year I saw her in concert, but it would have been the late 80s. The song, however, has stuck with me for many years. I loved the song before the concert, but hearing it sung at the concert was a fantastic experience in itself!” Here are the words:
- El shaddai, el Shaddai / El-elyon na adonia,
Age to age you’re still the same / By the power of the name. / El shaddai, el shaddai, / Erkamka na adonai, / We will praise and lift you high, / El Shaddai.
- Through your love and through the ram, / You saved the son of Abraham; / Through the power of your hand, / Turned the sea into dry land. / To the outcast on her knees,
You were the God who really sees, / And by your might, / You set your children free. (Repeat Verse 1)
- Through the years you’ve made it clear, / That the time of Christ was near, / Though the people couldn’t see / What Messiah ought to be / Through your word … (Repeat Verse 1)
Don’t forget your survey is due by 30 May. Contact Bev L for further information or the office for a paper copy of the survey.
Abbas and Sakineh M are Iranian asylum seekers, linked with the Crossroads Congregation over the past seven years. Their daughter Leila is now in Year 12 and they are looking for a tutor for Leila in Maths and English. Please contact Abbas, Sakineh and Leila if you can help.
Vale Anna C
It is with sadness that we let you know that Anna C passed away in her sleep. Anna and husband Jim were long time Werribee residents and members at Crossroads. Anna has been living at Baptcare Wyndham Lodge for some time. She was 90 years old. Our thoughts and prayers are with daughter Lyn P and extended family. Anna’s funeral will be at Nelson Brothers, 81 Koroit Creek Rd, Williamstown on Monday 24th May at 10 am.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup @ Crossroads
- Wednesday: 2 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
- Thursday: 8 pm Home Group
- Friday: 6 pm African Youth
Worship Plan for this coming week
30 May 2021
Isaiah 6:1–8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12–17; and John 3:1–17
- Greetings: Simon R
- Flowers: Jennie K
- Music: Wendy B
- Audio-visual: Rob B
- Online service: Noel S
- Prayers of the People: Elizabeth B
- Reader: Elaine B
- Sign-in: Jan B & Elizabeth B
- Cleaning: Jan B & Helen G
- Morning Tea: Margaret G & volunteer required
Housekeeping & Help
Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.
Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.