Fruit and vegetables from people’s gardens were displayed …
15-19 May in Sydney
Gospel Yarning is a cross-cultural gathering on evangelism in the Uniting Church. A great strength of the Uniting Church is our cultural diversity, so we will hear and build up one another in new wisdom for faith-sharing in many different ways. In the recent past, our evangelism has not been strong. We seek to establish the Uniting Church as a servant of the Gospel for our next forty years.
In the lead up to The Gospel Yarning Conference from 15-19 May, the Moderator Rev. Myung Hwa Park is encouraging the whole Synod to pray for this event. If you would like to join with the Moderator to pray, from next week Synod will be sending information about where you can meet and pray with the Moderator. Each week Synod will send out a prayer in a different language. For updates go to facebook page www.facebook.com/gospelyarning/
From NSW/ACT Synod’s Weekly Insights – view here
The Moderator, Rev. Myung Hwa Park encourages us to pray and support the disaster affected areas, specifically the communities and individuals who have been affected by the flooding.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities of northern NSW and south-east Queensland. We also pray for those who are tirelessly assisting in recovery and emergency relief efforts,” says Rev. Park.
What you can do
- Pray for the protection and safety of those communities and individuals involved in the floods
- Pray for volunteers and emergency services personnel who are involved in assisting those in distress
- Pray for Disaster Chaplains offering assistance to stressed and grieving individuals
Donate to the Moderator’s Appeal
Please note that as from 12 April the Moderator’s Appeal portal is temporarily down. The Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund mentioned below remains open https://assembly.uca.org.au/national-disaster-relief-fund/ Donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible.
Donate to the Moderator’s Appeal by visiting our donation page and selecting “Moderator’s Appeal” in the “I am donating to” section (temporarily down – please go to Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund instead).
Canberra Region Presbytery met at Weston Creek Uniting Church, Saturday the 18th March, for the first of three meetings this year.
The theme was Resourcing the movement with presentations from Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Congregation Futures) – see also his blog here – and Briony Griffiths, Church and Community Engagement Officer with Uniting who works in this Presbytery. Both Briony and Geoff can be contacted at the Presbytery Office 02 6248 9311 or see further contact details on this site or in Perspective.
The resources they spoke of are in their articles in the current issue of Perspective available online here and from your Presbytery rep or Minister.
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Resources from Doug and Isabel Hewitt, Synod Faith & Unity Committee
Throughout this letter and a further letter below, are resources available for this year’s celebration of the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity, observed in the week leading to Pentecost Sunday. The dates are 28th May to 4th June and the theme is RECONCILIATION, with the text from 2 Corinthians 5: “The love of Christ compels us ….”
This year the dates coincide with the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation, during which Christians focus on the challenge of reconciling with the nation’s First Peoples. More about that theme further on in this posting.
Provided here is a liturgy for ecumenical worship during that week. Other resources include a poster, reflections for each of the eight days which are valuable for private or group use, and sermon notes on the scripture passages chosen for the worship. The latter two attachments are related to an ecumenical project of the churches in the Newcastle and Central Coast region on NSW, initiated by the Ecumenical Social Justice Network of Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches. Here also is a resource for those organising.
Week of Prayer for Reconciliation – Standing together with the First Peoples of Australia