Posts from July 2021

Posts from July 2021

DREAM STAGES

So, what now? But before we think about that, what happened to dream stage 1? Did it turn out as dreamt way back in the mid 00’s of the 21st century? Was the dream just about promoting connections or did it consider that once linked, it would generate its own life journey and end up at this point. More likely the former I’d reckon. So, what now? Hang on a minute, haven’t we almost arrived, and shouldn’t we take the…

New homes for Westfield drive goods

On Saturday 26 June, Westfield Dr (WFD) was open to congregational members who came and helped themselves to kitchen or office equipment or furniture, which won’t be needed in MUC’s new building. In exchange they donated funds to MUC Connections’ fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. There was a great response and the total is already over one thousand dollars. Thanks to everyone for their generosity! Other items have found a variety of new homes: The Allen Organ was…

The Challenge of Change

As I began thinking about the ‘challenge of change’I remembered my mother’s quote: “A change is as good as a holiday.” No doubt, being part of the ‘post-war’ generation when my mother had four young children, holidays would have been few and far between, and could have been a distant ‘dream’. Keeping a positive attitude through tough times was difficult, I feel sure. Change in times of acute circumstances were necessary, and maybe some of you can identify with that…

Change is a fact of life

Change is a fact of life whether we like it or not. We don’t realise how much change governs our life from the day we are born to the day we die. For Instance, the weather changes all the time. Recently, I saw a young woman walking her dog. The weather forecast predicted a warm day although the morning was very chilly. The young woman’s outfit showed she was betting that change in the weather would come. To be prepared…

Embracing Change

Life is full of experiences, some pleasant, some less so. All of us have experienced much change – family life, work, health, church and other community groups, where we live, etc.. We can fear change or embrace it. Those of us who have been involved with MUC in recent years have been acutely aware that church life has also been changing – there have been aspects that have caused concern, and aspects that have caused excitement – some of us…

What I would have said at my induction on 27 June 2021 at 2.30 pm

First thing first, let me thank the triune God for the joy of serving the God who is Three but One. Second, I want to thank particularly Lisa, the chair of Yarra Yarra Presbytery for curating my induction. And particularly I would like to thank Ruth from MUC. She has tirelessly and patiently coordinated my induction, not one but twice (Added: now 3 times!). Thank you, Ruth. And I also want to thank my family, friends and colleagues who are…

I remember

It was a cold winters day. The phone rang. “Bob here,” said the voice. “We are having a dinner on Sunday night. Food and a nice wine provided. Why don’t you join us”?  I went, found people from other nearby congregations talking about merging. I soon learnt merging was a difficult word.  Sharing resources or working together were more acceptable phrases. As I reflect, I am tempted to do some research. But no, that will only sanitise my thoughts. It…