Worship Reflections on Mark

Worship Reflections on Mark

16 June 2024

Manningham Uniting Church Fellowship@10                  16th June 2024: Pentecost 4 Theme:                     The Power of Small                        Text:              Mark 4:26-34 Introduction“The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.” (Mark 4:26,27). “He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of…

7 April 2024

Manningham Uniting Church 7th April 2024 Easter 2 B Theme:         Exposing our Wounds Text:              John 20:19 – 31 Introduction Now who wants to share some of the feelings that you have identified in the various characters in John 20:19-31. Congregation share… Let us pray. All we have are a few brief stories. There’s the one about the empty tomb. A stranger robed in white, a gardener perhaps. Folded grave-cloths. Weeping women. Fleeing men. Horrible wounds. Rumours. Confusion. Doubt. Joy. Love. Fear. And always the nagging question. Why?…

31 March 2024 Easter Sunday

Manningham Uniting Church 31st March 2023 Easter Sunday Text: Mark 16:1-8              Rev Swee Ann Koh Introduction  Good morning. “Where you there when they laid him in the tomb?” That’s where we left our story on Good Friday. “Where you there when they laid him in the tomb? Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Where you there when they laid him in the tomb?” On Easter morning, when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I have to confess that it is hard to come up…

24 March 2024

What Makes You Safe? (Mark 11:1-11) Introduction Theme: Uses Goya’s famous painting of the shooting of Spanish prisoners who resisted Napoleon. (‘The Third of May’)  Quote: saying adopted from Andrew Lang Scottish poet “Beware of using safety as a drunk uses lamp posts… for support rather than illumination”. (Original quote: “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts…for support rather than illumination.” Safety Illustration: Alarm Fair to say that in our time in Port Melbourne living onsite we would regularly havevarious…

18 February 2024

First Sunday of Lent 18th February 2024Text: Mark 1:9-15Theme:     Wilderness in Life Introduction Good morning. Wherever you are, whatever thoughts and emotions are sitting with you this morning, welcome. Today is the first Sunday of Lent, Year B of the lectionary reading cycle —which means that last year we read Matthew’s account of Jesus’ temptation by the devil, in the wilderness, and next year we will read Luke’s account of Jesus’ temptation by the devil in the wilderness. Each story…

11 February 2024

Manningham Uniting Church 11 February 2024 Theme: THE WAY OF LOVE: Love God and Love Neighbour Readings: Psalm 50, Romans 12:1-10, Mark 9:2-9 Thank you Swee Ann for the our theme for today. Today there are going to be bits of philosophy, ethics and theology to frame this theme The Way of Love: Love God und Love Neighbour from my point of view. So,there is quite a risk today my offerings may land like earnest minister sermonese. There is a person in…

4 February 2024

Manningham Uniting Church 4th February 2024       Together@10    Theme:   Generosity Encouraged Texts: Mark 12:28-34   2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Introduction In the Uniting Church Basis of Union, the section on Gifts and Ministries states:“The Uniting Church…  acknowledges with thanksgiving that the one Spirit has endowed the members of Christ’s Church with a diversity of gifts and that there is no gift without its corresponding service: all ministries have a part in the ministry of Christ.”  In short, the Uniting Church believes in the priesthood of all believers. This morning’s commissioning service is…

10 December 2023

Advent 2 Date:         10.12. 2023 Text: Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark1:1-8 Title: Comfort and Peace Introduction “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 4O:1,2) I don’t know about you but I certainly need the Comfort that God offers to God’s people. The context of these comforting words. The Hebrew people were definitely in need…

3 December 2023

Sunday, December 3, 2023 – 1st Sunday in Advent, Year B Texts: Isaiah 64:1-9Mark 13:24-37 Theme: Naming Where We Are Introduction The relentless war in Ukraine.  Unspeakable violence in Israel and Gaza.  Blistering wildfires in western Australia. The rising cost of living and homelessness, significant overrepresentation of First Nations people in the criminal justice system and climate change policy and impacts.   As we approach our next liturgical season and a new Church year, we find ourselves, once again, in a world that threatens…