CONNECTION – 31 JANUARY


EPIPHANY 4

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

Connecting…

As February comes hurtling towards us, it is sometimes hard to imagine that 2020 has already finished!  

Welcome to 2021!

This year my personal and overall theme is going to be HOPE. I hope that the struggles and fears of last year are behind us. That this year will bring a greater sense of possibilities and hope for all of us here in Australia and around the world. It is important to remember that the Christ child born to the world was the great sign of hope showing God’s love for the world for the darkest of times. This year there is a new President of the USA, there is a promise of vaccines to help protect from and to stem the Coronavirus, and we are coming back to worship in person! Online services will be continuing! Lent and Easter are early this year, with Ash Wednesday February 17 and Good Friday April 2, with Easter Sunday April 4. I am hoping that this year will be an easier one and a happier one than last year for all of us. We have a lot to be grateful for that we were able to achieve through the lockdown and restrictions of last year.  We have shown resilience and creativity in faith and in worship. Many people have learnt lessons about slowing down and living deliberately. We have had time to spend time with families and to spend time with God.  I hope that this year we get to spend some time together in community and in sharing in worship together.

 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Peace and Blessings

Rev. Annetia Goldsmith

In-person worship starts next week

Commencing next week, in-person worship services will be held. They will be videoed and then broadcast on Facebook from Wednesday morning for people who are not at the Sunday in-person service.

  • Two services, 9.30 and 11am—same content each time. 9.30am service is to be filled first. Maximum number able to attend at either service to be determined by social distancing requirements. Bookings through church office required prior to the Sunday, and QR electronic registration will be required (help will be available).
  • Face masks required inside the buildings.
  • No entry before 9.30 or 11am. Buildings must be cleared after 9.30am service before 11am attenders can enter. (Cleaning of church/toilets required between and after 11am services.)
  • No morning tea or social time after either service at church! (Maybe coffee at local café?) We suggest that you bring a water bottle.
  • Service will be videoed and put online on Facebook for those who don’t attend in person.

More volunteers needed!

Please contact the church office if you are willing to help by volunteering to manage the entry/exit, QR registration, and cleaning after each service. We cannot provide the return to worship in the church without sufficient volunteers to form a roster.

No gas-led recovery

A petition before the Commonwealth Parliament calls for economic recovery to be led by renewable energy development, not a gas-led recovery. If you are interested to read and sign the petition, please go to https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN2239 If you want more information, please contact Robert R

Invasion Day Rally

Neil T and Mary D went to the 2021 Invasion Day Rally and were encouraged by the quiet, peaceful intensity of thousands of young, serious people, here to make a political statement. We were protected on the steps of the Victorian Parliament by a line of good-humoured policemen and women, with six gallant horses. (A contrast with the armed tactical response National Guard surrounding the White House last week).

We were welcomed to country with a smoking ceremony, and observed one minute’s silence for the past elders and were reminded of the 56 massacres during the Black Wars in the time of Victoria’s early settlement history.

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe said “Today is Invasion Day.” She spoke of Australia’s 250 years of genocide, dispossession and the destruction of country. “Racism is the far right pandemic in this country. Politicians take notice when large numbers of people such as we have today take a stand,” said Senator Thorpe.,

Mary said “It was very encouraging to see the crowds of mainly young people. The Aboriginal speakers spoke on behalf of a marginalized people. I felt at one with the people around me, in Spring Street, in front of the colonial architecture of a white man’s parliament house.”

Worship Plan for this coming week

7th February

Bible Readings

Isaiah 40:21–31; I Corinthians 9:16–23; Mark 1:29–39; Psalm 147:1–11, 20c.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret G
  • Sign-In Assisting: Luciana A & Jan B
  • Flowers: Lorna H
  • Prayers of the People: Rose G
  • Reader: Kevin E
  • Music: Asanka P
  • AV operator: Paul K
  • DV operator: Lauren D
  • Cleaning: Luciana A & Rose 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.

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.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au