Uniting Churches in the Canberra region have been sending us details of worship services and gatherings being held over the week leading up to Easter Sunday, 20 April, 2014. You will find listed here services from Bateman’s Bay, Braidwood, Canberra, Moruya, Queanbeyan and Snowy Mountains.
A rally calling for justice and compassion for refugees and asylum seekers will be held on Sunday 13 April, Palm Sunday, 1 pm in Garema Place, Canberra City. The rally includes community, church, political and union groups.
For more information visit Canberra’s Refugee Action Committee.
Rev Dr Chris Walker is the Uniting Church Assembly’s National Consultant, Christian Unity, Doctrine & Worship. Chris invites Uniting Church groups to make use of the resources in the list available here for our season of teaching and learning in 2014.
1. Christianity in the 21st Century. Four studies for groups by Avril Hannah-Jones
2. Jesus Christ according to the Basis of Union. Four studies for groups by Geoff Thompson
3. Living the Christian life. Six studies for groups by Rod Horsfield.
The Safe Shelter project for homeless men is calling for volunteers to staff the overnight
shelter, in St Columba’s Church, Braddon during the coming winter.
The 2014 program will build on the experience gained in the 2013 pilot project and involve training for the volunteers. They will then be asked to work in teams of 3 to provide basic, sleeping-on-the-floor, overnight shelter in St Columba’s Lewis Hall on Fawkner Street, Braddon. Once trained, volunteers will be asked to commit to no more that one night each month.
Depending on the numbers of trained volunteers, it is hoped Safe Shelter will be able to
provide overnight shelter on 2 or 3 nights each week, between Anzac Day and early October.
Volunteers are asked to e-mail safeshelteract[at]gmail.com for more details and to be given the program for the training courses, which take place over two evenings. They then select which training evenings they can attend, and apply for their Working With Vulnerable People cards from the ACT Government.
We are in the liturgical year of Matthew. That is why the prescribed Bible readings include the Gospel of Matthew.
Bach’s St Matthew Passion is being performed at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 April 2014, by The Llewellyn Choir (140 voices, as a double choir) and Symphonia (double orchestra), at the Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. Details are here.
Johan Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) was a major German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.
Bach’s St Matthew Passion BWV 244 is a sacred oratorio from the Passions written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music.