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German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote that the church is to stand in the centre of the village. Here are our prayers, songs, poetry, and sermons to help you live in today’s global village.
Do you ever look up to the stars and say, “How I wonder what you are?” This week we heard from Professor Matthew Colless, director of the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU guiding us in a meditation on Creation.
Today we are joined live from Bali by Dr Debora Murthy, Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator of Uniting World, for an update on their work amongst the poor under the strain of Covid.
Paul considers the effects of law and grace on our lives, and asks whether we use Jesus’ words to exclude and condemn rather than welcome and serve.
Our guest speaker Thea Ormerod tells us more about how the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change mobilises people of all faiths to take effective action. Kathy brings us prayers and bible readings from bushland around Engadine and Heathcote.
Sue brings us an appreciation of the wonder of the skies through a short meditation and set of prayers. Our guest speaker is Matt Anslow of Uniting Mission and Education.
We consider water justice and contemplate the stillness of the silent inland, as Paul brings a message about the spirit of wisdom and how she still ‘moves over the waters of creation’ in our life.
Paul leads us in worship and communion as we give thanks for soil, see Jesus grow in understanding of grace and faith, and commit afresh to caring for the earth and each other.
Jan leads us in prayers and songs of thanksgiving and praise, while John challenges our understanding of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
Our guest speakers Mark and Mary Hurst are both ordained Mennonite ministers who have been teaching and training for forty years in conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution in the church, as well as working in student and prison ministries in Canada, the USA and Australia. Loraine has designed the liturgy and chosen the music for this week.
Heather S combines bible readings, poetry and song as she reflects on our tradition of breaking bread together – of communing over food and drink, of ritual and sacrament, the presence and action of grace.