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
Due to the latest COVID19 Lockdown restrictions the church will be closed until at least Friday 4th June.
Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action”, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians—as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.
How can we, the Second People of this country, keep on talking about Reconciliation when Aboriginal people still live in sub-standard, overcrowded housing and still die in custody in unacceptably large numbers? There is no peace without justice and no justice without action.
Senator Pat Dodson speaks
Senator Patrick Dodson lectured recently (10 May) – the UN Interfaith Harmony lecture -on the topic “Reconciliation and Multi-Faith” (NT)
Some memorable remarks from the Senator’s lecture:
“I was at Monivae Catholic college in Hamilton, Victoria, in 1967, when my people were not counted in the census. There I learned we were a dying race; on the contrary, years later Vincent Lingiari told me we were not going to die out.
I was ordained as a Catholic priest, and I found there things of my indigenous spirituality that were in common with Abrahamic religions. I have learned since then that no one religion has pure hands.
The First Nations people of Australia are a diverse group, from the inland, the sea coasts, the forests and the mountains with a belief system before time began.
The people who colonized us had no idea of the complexity of our society—ethics, kinship structures in which no one person was ever left out. For the colonisers, these had to be wiped out, so missions and religious orders (not all, I might say) generally denied our languages and cultures.
Our ancient civilization is still at risk—the need for heritage protection of sacred sites is still a huge challenge.
I have learned from the Commission on Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, that there is a new reality. We should use the apology of Prime Minister Rudd to go down the process of truth telling; but you can see how hard it is to get through to those in power.
Our task as humans is to enable others to be fully alive, and in that way give glory to whoever the creator is”.
Some of us will remember Raana Rashidi and Amir Senaee, an asylum seeker couple from Iran who were baptised by Mike Lewis here at Crossroads a few years ago. Shortly after that they moved over to Craigieburn to be close to Raana’s sister. We are still in touch with them and saw them recently. They now have a son, Ayden, who is a bit of a handful, being on the autism spectrum. Some good news is that they watch their local church services on line, and Raana is still using and appreciating the “With Love to the World” notes organised by Lyn O’Meara. They are very grateful for their welcome at Crossroads and their time with us and send their good wishes to you all. (From Mary Dixon)
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF)
UCAF will NOT meet this coming Wednesday at 1 pm.
Don’t forget your survey is due today.
Recent visitors: Siaki & Logo Seese
Pastor Jack and his wife Logo came to Crossroads Church last Sunday, and over after-church coffee they invited me to their home in Wyndham Vale (3 years now). I met their several grandchildren, and we talked about Jack’s life.
Jack grew up in Western Samoa (American Samoa) in a Mormon family with 8 brothers and sisters. Aged 20 he left for Auckland New Zealand. His musical talent on guitar led him to become a band leader, renowned for Bob Marley and reggae songs.
He got into bad company and the drug scene, and spent jail time in Auckland. In jail, he experienced a vision of Jesus on a throne, and like the prodigal son, he came to his senses. Jack says “Jesus called me to witness for him, and to tell everyone. This was 1985, when I was 32 years old. I gave up drugs, and gave the rest of my life to him.”
“See Romans 10:9 where Paul says ‘Your name is written in the Book of Life. After 2 years of study with the Samoan Pentecostal Full Gospel Church, I became a pastor. I planted 5 churches, 2 in New Zealand and 3 in Samoa”, he says.
Now, in Werribee, Jack continues making music, singing to the guitar in the main street, and talking of the Gospel. He is constrained by kidney disease, and receives dialysis treatment 3 days a week at Werribee Mercy Hospital.
What’s On This Week
- Crossroads buildings are closed in accordance with the Victorian Government Covid Restrictions until at least Friday 4th June.
Worship Plan for this coming week
6 June 2021
I Samuel 8:4–11, 16–20; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1; Mark 3:20–35; Psalm 138.
- Greetings: Julie Rees
- Flowers: Lorna Hodge
- Music: Asanka Pakura
- Online service:
- Prayers of the People: Neil Tolliday
- Reader: Ian Gainey
- Sign-in: Margaret Gook & Sandra Savory
- Cleaning: Margaret Forrester & Margaret Gook
- Morning Tea:
- CRUNCH: Sandra Savory & Lauren Duckworth
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.