The people gather
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Paul encourages us to hold our attachment to buildings and places lightly, and seek the presence of God in the hearts and lives of those around us. We are called to carry on living fruitful lives engaged with others.
In leading us into holy communion, Paul invites us once again to ‘remember’ – it is an invitation to once again reject fake news and fake rules, and to centre in Jesus.
Like the privileged tax collector in today’s reading, we are compromised and trapped; we participate in a world and a system that has terrible outcomes for many. But like that tax collector, we can choose to be honest about it, be humble, cry out for mercy, and then work from the inside to change the outcome. John walks us through three Bible stories that belong together and challenges us to be the sort of person who is at home in the new world Jesus is creating.
Karen leads us through this week’s theme of being persistent in prayer and action. She takes us through a local story of unaffordable housing and precarious living arrangements which exist in stark contrast to the wealth of our nation.
Paul presents a sermon adapted from one by David Barrow, that looks at how tempting it is to hanker after Christendom, founded on the great lie that state power and violence was compatible with the love of Christianity. We, however, are called to radical servant leadership that increasingly works and finds its identity on the margins of life amongst the powerless and dispossessed.
Michael leads us in prayer on Older Persons Sunday, while Paul reflects on what it means to be a faith community that creates dignity and hope for everyone regardless of ability or age.
Kathy and Sue take us on another celebratory journey of bird life and the places we love, while including lamentation for the silencing of the voices of indigenous people, and women in particular, while protecting creation. John unpacks a subversive tale of discipleship from Luke that urges us to creatively use our positions of privilege to rebuild community and pursue justice.
Kathy and Sue invite us to celebrate the wonders of nature, lament our social and political systems that puts profit before planet and people, and renew our shared commitment to preserving and restoring creation.
Postponed from earlier this year, Paul celebrates the wonder of a God of many names and deep wisdom, calling Christians to embody both oneness and diversity. We sing together: “How wonderful the Living God: Divine Beloved, Empowering Friend, Eternal Lover, Three-in-One, our hope’s beginning, way and end.”
Paul presides over our monthly service of communion, as he reminds us that Jesus invites you and me to a radically different and focused life, inviting our heart and hip pocket to be available for all of humanity.