Epiphany 6A ~ Deuteronomy 30:15-20

by West Epping UCA

Choices, Choices! How are you when it comes to making decisions?  Do you like to make decisions quickly and get on with the decision?  Do you prefer to gather all the information and make as informed decision?  Do you wait as long as possible and make a decision only when you have to?  Do you […]

Epiphany 5A ~ 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

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I have always had a very inquisitive mind.  I was one of those toddlers that always asked “Why?  Why?  Why?  Why? Why?” “But why?” So it was probably not a great surprise that I went into science where discovery and an understanding of how the world works could be further explored.  My favourite field within […]

Epiphany 4A ~ Micah 6:1-8

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I thought I would share a little bit more about me and my background.  Before going into Ordained Ministry I was a High School Science teacher.  I still have a great love for teaching and learning and believe that learning should be lifelong as we never know it all and more understanding can enrich us […]

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

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Unity “Will you please stop bickering!” “Can you try getting on and being nice to each other!” These sentences have passed my lips more than a few times and especially in the past couple of weeks as the kids have been on school holidays and have been stuck with each other for company.  So I […]

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 […]