Posts by West Epping UCA

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Epiphany 2A, 2020, John 1:29-42

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What are you looking for? This question reminds me of a U2 song called “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.  These are some of the lyrics from the song: I have climbed the highest mountains I have run through the fields Only to be with you Only to be with you I have […]

Epiphany 1A, 2019, Matthew 3: 13-17

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1. Until I am seen, I do not exist!    Peter Senge and his colleagues in their book, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organisation, write that the common greeting for “hello” used by tribes in northern Natal in South Africa is the expression: Sawu bona, “I see you”. If […]

Advent 4, 2019 ~ Welcoming unexpected new life

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Do you know where you are going?Contemplative Spirituality, combining spiritual maturity and cultural consciousnessBy Joan Chittister (Adapted version) Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, seeks to revitalise faith as spiritual maturity that grows in cultural consciousness, by connecting with people in their experiences; that is inspired by holiness which then seeks to share that energy by […]

Matthew 11:2-11 ~ Faith seeking new meaning

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IntroductionImprisoned in Herod’s fortress John the Baptist now faces his own wilderness. Last week we read that this wild prophet supported people in their wilderness, providing water of renewal. Clear-sighted and confident, John had then announced God’s entering the world. Now, in prison, some time later, having heard of “the deeds of the Christ”, John […]

The Precious Gift of Love

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Christmas is the time to spread the message  of love, harmony and peace. Of course, it is a time we are showered with gifts and wishes, but in the midst of all commercialism, we should not forget the spirit of Christmas. The real spirit of Christmas is God’s love to all humanity, as He himself […]

Luke 1:39-45

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“Elizabeth and Mary, women and mothers bringing their creativity to the movement for change.” Rev Dr William Loader   (Uniting Church New Testament Scholar) This divine-human story celebrates women and mothers bringing their creativity to the movement for change. There is no marginalising of women’s stories here, although this is the exception rather than the rule […]

The story of the crucifixion and mockery!

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Luke 23:33-43Christ and the power of shared human existence: kindness, love and justice Rev Dr William Loader(Uniting Church New Testament Scholar) A different kind of king! The passage bristles with irony… Had he not said that the great among you shall as the one who serves? Had he not called into question the dominant models […]

A reflection on Luke 21:5-19

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“Prediction of the Temple’s destruction, future suffering, and how to live during suffering”. By Rev Dr William Loader Our passage begins with that prediction of destruction. The temple renowned in the ancient world for its beauty (Mark had emphasised the size of the stones) will be destroyed [which it was later, in 70ACE]. … For […]

God of the living

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Our gathering as congregations of Christians is largely about memory. We remember stories of peoples and cultures ancient and distant. We listen to their stories in which we hear wisdom and the voice of God coming through history, story and memory. They are ancestors in this spiritual journey, part of the movement that embraces God’s […]