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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 […]

A reflection on Luke 21:5-19

by West Epping UCA

“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

by West Epping UCA

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 […]

Zacchaeus!

by West Epping UCA

The story this week (Luke 19:1-10) is about Zacchaeus, a tax collector.  This meant that he collaborated with the enemy, the Romans, and collected the high taxes for them.  To these taxes he added something more on top for himself – he ripped off his own people.  Zacchaeus was despised, hated, rejected, excluded and ostracised.  […]

Pride Versus Humility

by West Epping UCA

The parable of the pharisee and the tax collector in this week’s gospel bears out the common theme with the previous week’s gospel, the parable of the unjust judge. The common thread is the theme of vindication, justification, exoneration. Last week, the widow’s just cause was vindicated; the widow represents those who were suffering oppression. […]

Persistence in Prayer

by West Epping UCA

The gospel this week (Luke 18:1-8) tells about the parable of the unjust judge. He draws sharp lines of contrast between this man and a widow who comes to him for justice. This widow, because of who she was and where she found herself, this widow had no other option than continually beating a path […]

Gratitudes

by West Epping UCA

Most of us have felt the sting of ingratitude, but few have felt it as painfully as Ed Spencer.  He was a divinity student at Garret Theological Seminary, Illinois.  On 8 September, 1860, Spencer was drawn into a situation that changed the direction of his life.  That night he was awakened by the shouting of […]