Soprano, Fiona Jones
Next one – November!
On the weekend of the 19th and 20th May the town of Moruya celebrated the River Of Art. As part of this Moruya Uniting Church held a Gospel church service.
Well the Gospel Service went off on the morning of 20th May and it was a ripper! Kay’s sermon on prayer was half as long as the one at the big wedding the night before and twice as good.
Congratulations and thanks to Kay Killick for putting together such good group and individual set of support acts and leading the service.
On 9 May 2018 Vanessa Crimmins, Canberra Region Presbytery Co-Chair, attended the 30th Anniversary celebrations of the opening of Parliament House, representing the NSW/ACT Synod Moderator, Rev Simon Hansford.
Faith leaders were invited to give the final prayer of blessing, having a minute each. Vanessa gave the following prayer of blessing from the Uniting Church.
“I pay my respects to the Ngunnawal people on whose land Parliament House sits and honour past, present and future elders. May we always have a heart to hear the wisdom of our First Peoples, who have cultivated and respected this land for more than 60,000 years.
I was blessed to work in this grand building of great beauty and was struck by the glorious aesthetics of the often small details of its design. I pay tribute to all who brought it to fruition, including the Hon Malcolm Fraser for his determined vision, and those who maintain it.
I loved this building and it loved me back. It still does.
Love is all powerful. Greater than fear, the lust for power, and contention.
Jesus commands us to love God and our neighbour as ourselves. Love is above all. It makes straight the path and fosters unity which this nation once knew and now craves.
Living God, please nurture and encourage all who work here to live with love and kindness and to respect one another in the face of diversity and difference.
May Australia be known for its unity, kindness, and compassion particularly for the stranger in the land.
Loving God, please bless all who serve in this House, and through them, the nation, now and forever.
“Brian Triglone, founder, director/conductor of The Gospel Folk choir is a longtime member of South Woden Uniting Church and has been the instigator and supporter of so many community events throughout the Canberra Presbytery,” says Trish Cran from South Woden.
Brian recently stepped down from The Gospel Folk choir but continues to bring his professional skills as a musician, leader and music educator to the choir, Alchemy Chorus which he founded in 2016, based on the Giving Voice Chorus in Minnesota, USA. Alchemy Chorus caters for people living with a mild to moderate level of dementia, and their carers. Using the current model, Brian’s aim is to expand the choir to other regional centres. Read more here
This new venture is once again supported by a group of members of South Woden Uniting Church. Alchemy Chorus will give a performance on 19 May at Weston Creek Uniting Church (South Woden’s sister church) and is supported by that community through free use of its facilities.
If you are anywhere near Moruya on the 20th May at 11am, there is to be another Gospel Service in the beautiful Moruya Uniting Church in Page St followed by a $5 lunch in the church hall.
The service will include the haunting soprano voice of Fiona Jones, along with soloist Jeff Westbrook, the ‘Sing Australia’ choir, and the town brass band under the baton of Denis Buckley.
“It should be a wonderful, uplifting experience,” says Moruya UC Council Chair, Ross Hosking.
The 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church will take place 8-14th July 2018.
The theme of the Assembly is Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope.
If you are interested there is a lot of information about the Assembly, including reports and proposals that can be accessed here: https://uniting.church
On the website there are also ways you can keep up with what is happening at Assembly and ways you can be involved even though you will not be attending. Please pray for the Assembly and those attending as they discern God’s leading on many proposals and action of the Uniting Church nationally.
Proposal on marriage
You may be aware by now that a proposal will be presented to the Assembly on marriage and below is a summary of that proposal written by Rev Karyl Davison one of the Canberra Region Presbytery members to Assembly. There are also two short video links you may like to view giving an over view of this particular proposal.
Rev Dr Ji Zhang https://vimeo.com/264924501
Rev Alistair McRae https://vimeo.com/264923268