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
7 Days of Solidarity
During the past week June 20–26 Crossroads Werribee Uniting congregation celebrated “7 Days of Solidarity”, along with many other congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia, and today is our celebration of the program in our service of worship.
We have learnt about and supported some of our partner churches: Protestant Christian Church in Bali, Congregational Church of Tuvalu, Methodist Church in Fiji, Church of North India, United Church in Papua and New Guinea, and Methodist Church in Zimbabwe in prayer and bible study.
These churches share with us in the loving mission of Jesus Christ to the world, expressed in different ways according to different contexts.
You can download the booklet: www.sevendaysofsolidarity.com.au
Make a gift to stand in solidarity with our global neighbours by using the envelops provided or online: https://donate.unitingworld.org.au/7dos/donate
Thanks from Moriin
Moriin K was the lovely lady from Kiribati who was supported by many at Crossroads and in the wider Uniting Church. Here she is with Gabrielle her 7 week old son born in Australia after having been stranded here due to Covid restrictions for 3 years. Usually seasonal workers are here in Australia working on farms for nine months of the year and return home for three months. Because of major concerns in the Pacific Nations about the dangers of Covid outbreaks which would put excessive drain on their resources which are already stretched to their limits many borders were closed to protect those at home on the islands.
Moriin wanted me to thank the Uniting Church and the Crossroads community for the financial, personal and prayer support she received. She was also grateful to the financial support and friendship of the Kiribati Social Group which made her feel cared for and loved. (AG)
Our good friend Metua was welcomed as a baptised member of Christ’s church on Sunday 19 June. Crossroads’ Uniting minister Annetia mentioned that this is her first adult baptism, since coming to this congregation.
Metua’s husband Matamaru was there to support her, and Church Council member Rose Geilen participated.
We sang “Come Holy Spirit, come! Inflame our souls with love, transforming every heart and home with wisdom from above.” (Michael Lindsay Forster TiS 422).
Metua tells me that she and Mata are living in West Werribee, “where the bus runs every hour.” Their five adult children are now working or studying in Melbourne. People from New Zealand are on a special visa which gives work and resident rights. After five years of living in Australia and earning a required income, New Zealanders are able to apply for Permanent Resident Status.
Mata’s father is a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, formerly placed in Griffith NSW. He has now resigned and moves sometimes to his family home in the Cook Islands.
Metua says: “Cook Islanders look to Australia to give leadership in the global community, raising awareness of the vulnerability of Pacific Islands peoples to the effects of global warming.”
Crossroads Uniting congregation is blessed with the coming of folk from our brother and sister churches of those former “missionary lands.” (NT)
Armando will present a book review during today’s service. It will be published next week.
Progressive Christianity—part 3: the Creeds
Last week I mentioned that the traditional creeds—Apostles’ and Nicene—were formulated centuries ago and gave a very black and white definition of Christian beliefs in a time of much conflict about what it is that a Christian was ‘required’ to believe. Today, Progressive Christians would not be able to make these statements if they were meant to be taken literally.
The Basis of Union says this in paragraph 9: The Uniting Church enters into unity with the Church throughout the ages by its use of the confessions known as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Uniting Church receives these as authoritative statements of the Catholic Faith, framed in the language of their day and used by Christians in many days, to declare and to guard the right understanding of that faith. The Uniting Church commits its ministers and instructors to careful study of these creeds and to the discipline of interpreting their teaching in a later age. It commends to ministers and congregations their use for instruction in the faith, and their use in worship as acts of allegiance to the Holy Trinity.
Conscious that many Christians, Progressive or otherwise, struggle or would refuse to say the words of the traditional creeds, several years ago the Rev. Tony Duncan and the Rev. Deacon Richard Arnold wrote a “Crossroads Creed” which many found helpful as a modern expression of faith.
“We believe in God the Creator. The One who sustains life and is caring of creation. The One whose presence can be felt in every living creature. The One in whose image all humans are made. The One who is at one with the Universe and all that lies within it.
We believe in God the Redeemer, who through Jesus the Christ, is selfless in giving, who shows hospitality to the outsider, accepting of all. The One who forgives and makes whole. The One who enables new beginnings.
We believe in God the Spirit One. The One who sustains us in our day to day living, who allows hope and encourages dreaming. The One who enthuses us to take risks along the road.
As God’s people at Crossroads Corner, we commit ourselves to become an inclusive community, willing to let God work a new creation through us, living the gospel message of healing and love, dreaming and working for a future when we will all be whole.
This we believe. This we will live. This we will dream. In the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Spirit One. Amen.” (RR)
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 2pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
Bible Readings – 26 June 2022
2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14; Galatians 5:1, 13–25; Luke 9:51–62; Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20.
Rev Annetia G
Jan B & Zelda C
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Sandra S & Margaret G
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.