What’s been happening (Page 3)

What’s been happening (Page 3)

A Gift for the Least …

Instead of buying gifts for each other this last Christmas my husband and I decided to buy a gift for the birds who frequent our garden. We sourced and bought a birdbath which was made of terracotta. We soon realised the dish and stand could be separated. I had visualised we would put the whole unit in a garden bed, but when the birds seemed reluctant to go there, my husband placed the dish filled with water on the pavers…

Living hopefully in troubling times

This is a reworking of an article written by Ian Anderson and published in the MUC Magazine in 2017. We feel that it is even more relevant today. Living hopefully in troubling times A meme doing the rounds on the internet at the moment that our daughters have shared with us, suggests that 2020 has started so badly – with bushfires, floods and the corona virus that we should call a halt to the year and start afresh with 2021…

Panic or Opportunity?

Pandemic, panic-buying, social distancing, self-isolation,new normal.Words, which a few weeks ago we didn’t use.  The virus has not only given us new wordsbut a respite for our beleaguered planet. The virus has done what we humans couldn’t.Curtailed our movements and closed industries that were polluting our worldto a dangerous tipping-point.  While we take drastic action to ‘flatten the curve’,and our beleaguered planet takes a breather,this is our opportunity  to do some soul-searching.  As we self-isolate, we can seek a higher wisdom to ask, ‘what…

Resurrection

Sometime ago at a Family@10 Service, things were available to help us reflect on the theme of the day. One of the ‘things’ was a very hard, dry, shrivelled object.  When it was suggested that we take the object home and plant it to see what happened, I felt dubious. It looked impossible that anything good would come from the shrivelled object or that it could hold the possibility of new life. Nevertheless, we took it home and, as instructed,…

A Distressed Woman

I was introduced to Melinda Advincula on my first day at TESDA, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Manila. After an initial meeting with the Director General I was ushered into a room with several TESDA senior staff. A woman came up to me and introduced herself. “My name is Malinda; everyone calls me Melz” she said. “I am 42, a member of the Mormon Church, single with no intention of getting married”. She smiled and then said…

We’ll meet again

As we are required to keep separate Vera Lynn’s song has been going round in my head. Many of you will remember her as “The Force’s Sweetheart” during the war and while it is about people leaving for the front, perhaps some of the words still ring true for us at this time. We survived then despite the agonising wait and losses. No doubt the blue skies will drive the dark clouds far away once more. My time me with Manningham…

Prayer Resource #2

This prayer resource is offered in the hope that it will sustain you whilst we are worshipping in different places. Just because we are not gathering together in one place as we would usually do on a Sunday morning, it doesn’t mean we aren’t gathering together as a community of faith and prayer.

Crisis or Opportunity…

Recently we faced a crisis that threatened to overwhelm me. My husband’s Australian passport had expired, and as he was born overseas the rule was that he needed to prove he was an Australian Citizen. Until he could do that, my fearful imaginings rendered him stateless. At the height of this crisis, when I questioned the depth of my faith, someone I trusted helped me to go deeper by considering Jesu’ struggle in the garden of Gethsemane. Only when Jesus…

Learnings from Uniting Neurological Support Services (UNSS)

Six months ago I started with Uniting Neurological Support Services (UNSS) in a pastoral care role. At the time I wondered how it would fit in with my role at MUC, and what challenges I might face. The role at UNSS is quite different, and involves me meeting with and interacting with residents and staff at two locations in Burwood East and Glen Waverley. There are 36 residents who live at UNSS and each has different needs. Let me reflect…

‘When the going gets tough’

When I began as a Home Missionary, long ago, last century, we were appointed for a maximum of three years and there was a saying at the time amongst us to describe the experience of those three years which went: First Year – IdoliseSecond Year – CriticiseThird Year – OstraciseNo wonder we rarely got a fourth year!! I guess Jesus must have been in his second year in the reading John 6:1-13. He went to his home town and, as…

Lent Reflection (week 6)

Reading Our reading this Sunday is Mark 11:1-11, Palm Sunday. (see bible reading here) Our symbol is obviously palm leaves This is the beginning of what we call Holy Week and reminds us of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, a welcome which contrasts Good Friday. Palm Sunday is when people march for refugees – however this will not be happening this year given the COIVD-19 situation. However, Rev Claire has written a prayer march which you can do from your own…

Giving in a time of Crisis

We are all facing difficult times and some more than others. Even though we are not meeting physically we are doing many different ways to keep in touch. Some, who are in a position to do so, have indicated that they would like to keep on giving. Some who are better off at this time have indicated they would like to give more generously. This may even lessen the burden on others.

Earth Hour – 28 March 2020

What do you love most and not want to lose to climate chaos? Introduction Reading – Genesis Chapter 1 & 2 Lights If you can, please, turn off your lights to as a symbolic gesture that you are connected with a world wide earth hour community Welcome A Litany of Confession Response Except for the lone wave by Grace Nicolls Like a heiress drawn to her light-reflecting jewels, Atlantic draws me to the mirror of my oceanic small days and…

Prayer resource

This prayer resource is offered in the hope that it will sustain you whilst we are worshipping in different places. Just because we are not gathering together in one place as we would usually do on a Sunday morning, it doesn’t mean we aren’t gathering together as a community of faith and prayer. We will be adding to this resource over the next few days as members of our community write their own prayers and reflections. Please keep in touch…

Viral Kindness

Using this #viralkindness card extend love and support to your neighbours at this unsettling and difficult time. On Friday my kids and I placed the attached cards in our neighbours letter boxes complete with our contact details. Within 24 hours I was contacted by 2 of our elderly neighbours expressing their gratitude. In a time of great uncertainty and necessary social distancing and isolation you can not underestimate the power of kindness. We found the act of extending care and…

Farewell To The Fellowship Group

The Men’s Group of the Doncaster East Methodist Church was started in 1971 by the minister, Reverend Colin. We met on the first Tuesday of each month beginning with an evening meal at the Coffee Bean restaurant in Warrandyte followed by a guest speaker. The format of the meeting remained the same for many years through a number of significant changes – In 1977 we became part of the Uniting Church in Australia, in 2005 we amalgamated with the Deep…

Lent Reflection (week 5)

Reading Our reading this Sunday is Mark 13:1-8, 24-37 which describes how the temple was destroyed the Romans. (see bible reading here – Mark 13:1-8, Mark 13:24-37) Our symbol is a stone Stones remind us of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert, the stones thrown at people regarded as sinners, and Peter as the rock or foundation of the early church.  When the Romans destroyed the temple, they took the stones and used them elsewhere thus destroying the centre of…