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John 16:12-15

by West Epping UCA

The movie Leap of Faith starring Steve Martin as a roving con artist evangelist who doesn’t even believe in God.  One of his trucks breaks down in a little town in Kansas, so they set up a revival there.  There is a drought and the people are poor.  Yet they put on a good show […]

Above the brim of contained existence

by West Epping UCA

Pentecost, 2019, John 20:19-23 But most people are only very little alive T S Eliot, After Strange Gods Issues from the hand of time the simple soulIrresolute and selfish, misshapen, lame,Unable to fare forward or retreat,Fearing the warm reality, the offered good T S Eliot, Issues from the hand of God, the simple soul A […]

From love comes glory

by West Epping UCA

Easter 7, John 17:20-26 “From love comes glory, not vice versa”, wrote Kosuke Koyama, the former Japanese missionary and Professor of Ecumenics and World Christianity at Union Seminary in New York.  This is the core teaching of John’s Jesus in his last prayer in John 17:24: My parent God, I want those you have given […]

‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’

by West Epping UCA

Reconciliation Sunday 2019, Easter 6C            ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’ During colonial history, race thinking lodged non-Western peoples globally “between animal and human” and concluded that “their lives are best administered under flexible governance produced by special emergency rules and exceptional … laws”.   … Racism is something that structures our life. […]

Love is not a feeling but commitment!

by West Epping UCA

In an interview of actor and entertainer John Travolta in the Parade Magazine (22 Oct 1995), John talks about the importance of love.  ’I love people and I have compassion and empathy for them, and I am alive to a degree that I do that.  But loosing people is tough because I don’t want to […]

Shepherding life’s wintry terrain

by West Epping UCA

Easter 4C, 2019, John 10:22-30 Psalm 23, a shepherding psalm, is the best known of the psalms. It is a shepherding psalm containing powerful images of God’s unseen, companioning presence with us in life’s most wintry moments. When Jesus uses this pastoral image in John 10, his commitment to shepherding gains force when we realise […]

Rising up into new life: the impossible possibility

by West Epping UCA

      Awake to the crisp dawn’s rising in your life 1. Peter avoids the impossible, returns to his former occupation As this crisp new day dawned in John 21: 1-17, Peter and his six friends return to their former life in the fishing profession; out with the fishing licence, tools of trade, boat and nets.  […]

Easter Reflection

by West Epping UCA

The Easter truth about ourselves is discovered at the tomb  by Joan Chittister It’s at the tomb that we discover things about ourselves. t’s at the tomb that we come to make sense of the questions that have dogged us down the weeks of Lent.  At the tomb they all come together in one great, […]