Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

United in our Grief

As I’ve been creating (and recreating) resources, and as I’ve been listening to you all share what you’ve been up to, I’ve been struck by something I couldn’t quite name until I was part of a collegial conversation – one of my colleagues said we were currently ‘united in our grief’.

Family Easter Charades by Zoom

Charades is a family tradition in our family over at least 3 generations. It is based on the charades from the ABC Argonauts radio program in the 50’s. I’m sure some of you will remember it. We have to guess a 3-syllable word from 3 short scenes where each syllable is used as a word

ANZAC Mountaintop Experience

The driveway of my house is far from being a mountain top. Everything around is flat and low lying, there is a creek across the road. Nevertheless, on ANZAC Day this driveway became a kind of mountain top.

The Bush Ball

There was great excitement in The Bush. It was the summer solstice, by far the biggest day in the bush calendar, for it was the day of the Bush Ball. It was the day when all enmities were put aside and all living bush things, fauna and flora, come together to celebrate their luck in being born into the great Australian Bush. What a range of creatures were in attendance. The biggest were the massive gumtrees, they were very popular…

A Strange, Secluded Time

How have we found these past weeks, during this time of isolation? What has sustained us, or pained us, during this period? We have had so much time on our hands. It has been possible to sit back, and quietly consider our current situation. There have, for all of us, been highs, and lows. By this last week of April, I feel that the highs have, so far, outweighed the lows, and hope that this has been the case for…

Worship 26 April 2020

Call to Worship Song – Do not be afraid, I am with you Bible Reading – Acts 3: 1-10 INtergen Activity Song – One more step along the world I go Reflection Song – Lord of earth and all creation Prayer of REMEMBRANCE Offering For more information about the opportunity for offering see here Song – I think of you A prayer for the world and the Lord’s Prayer Song – A Song of Peace Blessing What’s COming UP Cuppa Calls…

YOU NEVER KNOW

“You’ll never know what you can do till you try”, is a saying that Frank and I have come to understand since we have been doing ‘outside’ volunteering, with Outback Links, Blaze Aid and joining a work party to Tonga. It all started in 2005 when we were touring in South Australia. We heard on the radio about a volunteer group needing helpers to rebuild fences, plant trees and clean up after a bushfire on the Ayre Peninsular. This was…

MUC Prayer Offering #6

Just saying your name makes me breathe out and feel calm You bring stillness and clarity in troubled times You are our refuge and our strength To you I bring my greatest fears and my deepest concerns To you Lord I share my dearest hopes and my cherished dreams To you I pray for guidance and hope To you Lord I ask for love and forgiveness God, there is so much beauty and goodness in your Creation Help us to…

Holy Habits resource

Holy Habits is written by Rev Andrew Roberts and is a form of spiritual disciplines based on Luke’s model of a church of all ages in Acts 2:42-47. It focusses on ten practices and invites us to reflect on how they can be lived within gathered church community and wherever we live our day by day lives

Worship 19 April 2020

Song – Christ the Lord is risen today Welcome and call to worship Song – Living for heaven Bible Reading – Acts 1:1-14 Theatre piece Reflection Meditation Option 1: Photo Reflection Click/Tap on an image to make larger. Press esc/back again to return. Option 2: Lectio divina In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit…

Reflection Points 19 April 2020

Focusing on the following bible reading In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not…

How we celebrated Easter

We participated in the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service online We attended Easter Sunday church online We did the Intergen activity We pulled out a wall and put a new one back in We ate Easter Eggs and the walked of the chocolate

Easter Bag Delivery

Members of the Young Explorers team travelled from Greensborough to Forest Hill, Warranwood to Surrey Hills and in between, where we home delivered Easter surprise bags to the 26 Young Explorers and Playgroup families.  The bags have craft activities with craft supplies, recipes, an activity book, an Easter card to make, the Easter story, chocolate Easter eggs and more.  We’ve heard from some other families and they were very happy to receive theirs too.

MUC Prayer Offering #5

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Guide me to choose common sense and reason over anger, fear, racism Open my ears to the daily wisdom of the global medical world May I receive this with calm, gratitude and a sense of community Help me to dismiss the media hype while staying very aware Thank you for your peace and grace to us all God grant me the courage to change the things I can…