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.
COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
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As planet earth heats up, Australia’s major political leaders jostle for votes in the coming federal election. Treasury enjoys a fossil fuel export boom tax bonanza. The Great Barrier Reef experiences extensive coral bleaching. Will renewable sources of energy be this country’s salvation?
The Uniting Church’s Justice and International Mission Convention Saturday 30 April enables concerned persons to come together in conversation about the urgency of global warming. Key speakers will be indigenous UC minister the Rev. Tim Matton-Johnson, Kaj L of Regen Melbourne and Ella P, ecology PhD candidate.
Can the Uniting Church make a difference in how Australia impacts environment issues?
“At this conference we will particularly consider the issue of whether technological developments will enable us to continue with our current lifestyles without unsustainable harm being done to our planet,” says JIM director Mark Z.
It’s at the Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent Parkville, 9.30am – 4.15 pm. For $40 you can come to the conference personally ($25 concession) or for $10 you can join on-line. Contact Alicia T at Pilgrim College 93408815 or email Alicia.Torres@victas.uca.org.au (NT)
Messy Church report
Do you wonder what went on at Messy Church on the 10th? Wonder no more – have a look at the video at
Our next Messy Church will be 22nd May 2022. Please come along and join in the fun.
In the future, our online services will be put on both YouTube and Facebook. The Facebook address hasn’t changed and you will be notified of the link for YouTube.
Good Friday ecumenical witness
In a time when denominational rivalry seems to trump the ecumenical dream, it’s good to see the Good Friday Stations of the Cross revived in the City of Wyndham. After the Covid pandemic had caused a hiatus in the annual event, Anglican, Uniting and Catholic parishioners came together in co-operative witness.
This writer joined the large procession gathered under the trees outside the St Andrew’s Catholic Church, Greaves Street North. I was touched by the quiet solemnity of the occasion, as people listened to the reading of the crucifixion narrative. “Surely this man was God’s son,” said the Roman centurion.
In tableau, a young man portrayed the suffering prophet Jesus, accompanied by several women disciples and three Roman soldier guards.
We sang “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” and “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Inside the sanctuary, the Rev. Fr Albert Yogarajah, parish priest of St Andrew’s welcomed the interdenominational gathering. He said “On this sacred day, it’s important that Christians witness together.”
The Rev. Ken Bechaz of St Thomas’ Anglican Church Werribee led the singing of “When I survey the wondrous cross” with a youthful choir.
Afterwards, we all partook of St Andrew’s Catholic hospitality, with hot cross buns and coffee on the Presbytery verandah. (NT)
U.C. Assembly 6–9 May 2022
Our minister, Annetia, is a member of the 2022 National Assembly of the Uniting Church. An online section of the Assembly has already been held, and this is the in-person section, to be held on the Sunshine Coast Qld from 6–9 May.
The Assembly is the national body of the UCA which has specific responsibilities, including basic matters like the statements of faith (including the Basis of Union), the relationship with the Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, international relations with other churches, and church legal matters. It is held every two years.
The 2021 Victorian InterFaith Networks Festival
held recently was attended by 220 people at the Encore Centre, Hoppers Crossing. City of Wyndham and City of Melton co-sponsored the event, which included cultural singing and dances, speeches and food. Faith leaders attending included our minister Annetia Goldsmith, Sheik Abdullah of the Virgin Mary Mosque and the Rev. Bhakta Dasa, of the ISKCON Hindu community.
The spirit of love has a power, but it’s not the power of armies, wealth and empire. It is not the power of control. It is instead the power of a changed heart, the power of a forgiving spirit, and the power of a fearless hospitality. This is the spirit and power of Easter.
In forgiving past grudges,
In unlocking unwept tears,
WE EXPERIENCE EASTER.
In transforming buried anger,
In abandoning guilt and fear,
WE EXPERIENCE EASTER.
In the melting of the ice in our heart,
In the giving of our being to God,
WE EXPERIENCE EASTER,
SEASON OF NEW LIFE
The pattern of death and resurrection is the pattern of all our creating and all our loving
for out of darkness comes light
out of chaos comes new creation
out of silence comes the singing
out of stillness comes the dancing
out of desolation comes new hope
and out of the death of the old comes the birth of the new.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 2.30pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
- Saturday: 11am to 9pm Relay for Life
Bible Readings – 24 April 2022
Acts 5:27–32; John 20:19–31; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4–8
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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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.