Posts by West Epping UCA

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Lent 1

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Over the next 3 weeks, the first 3 weeks of Lent, the lectionary provides us readings of God’s covenants; covenants with Noah, Abraham and with Moses.  While each covenant is distinct from the others, taken together they testify to God’s ongoing desire to be in relationship with humanity.  This desire is eventually expressed in Jesus, […]

Transfiguration : St Valentine’s Day

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This Sunday, 14 February is Transfiguration Sunday and St. Valentine’s day. So… Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Roman saint.  His feast day which we celebrate on February 14 first started in 496 AD. There is actually very little that we know for sure about St. Valentine.  One of […]

4th Sunday in Advent

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Luke 1:26-38, 46b-55 This week’s gospel reading is The Annunciation or the announcement that Mary will have a child.  The angel or messenger from God said: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.  And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him […]

3rd Sunday in Advent

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Mark Since the Gospel according to Mark is what we will be hearing from most this coming year I thought it would be good to give an overview of this Gospel. The Gospel according to Mark is the shortest of the 4 Gospels. Historically it has been seen as having little significance as it was […]

2nd Sunday in Advent

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Mark 1:1-8 Last week during our service we looked at the way the church year is arranged and the different seasons.  We are in our second week of the season of Advent.  Advent is the preparation for the season of Christmas and is also beginning of the church year.  Last church year we were focused […]

1st Sunday in Advent

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Mark 13:24-37 On Tuesday I had the great pleasure of preaching at the Catholic Church Our Lady of Hope, Epping as part of the Ecumenical Covenant Churches which includes Catholic Parish of Epping & Carlingford, Epping Anglicans, Epping Baptist Church, Epping Uniting Church and West Epping Uniting Church.  Together we celebrated the beginning of Advent. […]

25th Sunday after Pentecost

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Ezekiel 34:11-24 This Sunday is Christ the King or Reign of Christ Sunday.  This celebration is a relatively new addition to the Western liturgical calendar, beginning in 1925, less than 100 years old.  Even more recently, 1970, it was moved to this Sunday, the Sunday before Advent.  World War I left many countries in poverty […]

24th Sunday after Pentecost

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Judges 4 The book of Judges covers a time period after Joshua’s death and before the anointing of Saul as king.  The book is named after the central characters, the judges.  The term “judges” is broader than the meaning we associate with it today.  Judges are portrayed as tribal leaders who became regional leaders and […]

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Sometimes I look at the state of the world and wonder why the all-powerful God does not take charge and control things to prevent the horror, the pain and suffering that we see around the world.  Do you wonder this also?  Would you, like me prefer God did take charge?  I confess […]