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13th Sunday after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

Exodus 3:1-15 This week we continue the story of Moses with the famous story of Moses and the burning bush.  This story has been told in many ways over the years including the 1956 film The Ten Commandments produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille and staring Charlton Heston as Moses. For younger generations […]

COVID-Safe Donald Rickard Hall

by Owen Hollands

We are registered as a Covid-safe workplace. The Donald Rickard Hall is able to be used following approval of a Covid-safe plan. Groups of up to 32 people may use the hall, provided they observe social distancing and practice good hygiene, including hand washing. There are other requirements set out in our Covid-safe plan, so […]

5th Sunday after Pentecost

by West Epping UCA

You have probably heard of middle child syndrome.  Middle child syndrome is the belief that middle children are excluded, ignored, or even outright neglected because of their birth order.  I wonder if Isaac would consider himself a victim of ‘middle child syndrome’ or maybe more accurately middle forefathers syndrome?  Isaac is the second of the […]

Trinity Sunday ~ Matthew 18:16-20

by West Epping UCA

Rev Tammy Hollands This Sunday is Trinity Sunday or as I like to refer to “heresy Sunday”.  It is unusual when compared to other days in the Christian calendar as it is the only day church celebrates a doctrine not an event or a person.  And what a doctrine!  There are multiple analogies to try […]

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

by West Epping UCA

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

by West Epping UCA

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

by West Epping UCA

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

by West Epping UCA

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

by West Epping UCA

“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!

by West Epping UCA

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 […]