Home Worship 6th September- what is community?

Hello sisters and brothers!
Here are all the worship deets for this weekend! Also- I will be taking two week’s leave from Monday. Some helpful worship resources will still be sent out both weeks, but there will be no Zoom worship during that time.
However, there will be a Zoom service this week, on Sunday at 10am. 
Here is the link, I’ll see you there!
Otherwise, the liturgy framework is here: At Home Worship 6th Sept, and the text for the reflection is here: Reflection Sept 6th.
Here is the first song, Community (you may not know it but the words are cool and the tune is fun!)
Here is the second song, Brother Sister Let Me Serve You.
And that’s it for now! Worship in spirit and in truth, friends!

At Home Worship: Share Sunday

Greetings to you all in the name of Christ!

Today is a special day; Share Sunday.

Share Sunday is an opportunity for the whole of the Uniting Church to celebrate the incredible community services being undertaken by our agencies, parish missions, presbyteries and congregations. It is also an invitation to continue to explore how we can partner together as we respond to Christ’s calling to serve humanity seeking to create an inclusive, connected and just world.

Worship resources and suggestions this morning have been (largely) supplied by Uniting in the hopes that we will join with other churches around the country in focussing our attention on a very important cause, that of youth homelessness.

The liturgy framework is here: Share Sunday At Home Worship , and here is the text of the reflection: Reflection Share Sunday

Here is the first song, Sing Out Earth and Skies,

Here is the Early Word (with apologies for bad editing) – you might like to have pens or pencils and paper for this one, we’re going to draw.

Here is the Reflection, written by our friends at Uniting,

Here are the two recorded stories recommended in the reflection:

Janet’s story

Jordan’s story

Here is the second song, I the Lord of Sea and Sky,

Here is the last song, a lovely version of Be Thou My Vision,

And here is the page where you can make a donation to the Share Appeal.

Also here is a sheet with some more facts about youth homelessness if you want to know more about this really awful issue affecting so many: Additional info Share Sunday

May your worship bring you closer to one another, to the God who calls you home and to those for whom we pray today.


At Home Worship 23rd August: creativity and ideas that can change the world

Greetings everyone!

I hope you’ve had a good few days despite the large patches of grey and rainy weather.
Here is all you need for home worship this Sunday.
Don’t forget that there is a Zoom worship on Sunday morning at 10. If you’d like a job (ie, a prayer or some such to offer or read) let me know.
Here is the link for the service:
Also: there is a way you can phone in to the meeting, so get in touch if you’d like to know how, or if there is someone you think would be interested in doing that, tell them to give me a call.
Ok. The liturgy framework is here:
and the text of the reflection is here:
Here is the first song, God who stretched the spangled heavens: it’s simply a piano version but the words are in the video also and it’s pretty easy to follow along.
Here is the second song, When I needed a neighbour were you there,
And here is an optional extra sung blessing that you might like to listen to and be uplifted from as you finish up. It’s quite long so it might not be your thing, but it’s also quite lovely.
Worship in spirit, truth and creativity friends.


At Home Worship 16th August- Jesus causes a bit of a scandal

Hello Friends!

I hope you’re ready for a mildly outrageous passage of scripture!
This week we look at Jesus’ interaction with the Canaanite woman, and what that says to us about Him, and the Kingdom of God.
Here is the liturgy framework: Home Worship 16th August
In place of a reflection this week you’ve got a (fun, conversational and accessible) chat with Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker, head of NT studies at my old college. She’s great, and hopefully this conversation will open up some interesting topics and thinking for you all.
Here is the first song: Gather Us In 
Here is the Early Word (content warning, it’s about poop).
Here is a recorded Kyrie, which you can use if you want in the Prayers for Others.
Worship well friends, and look out for details about a Zoom worship for Sunday the 23rd.
God’s blessings be upon you all,

Two things!

Good morning everyone!

I am here with a (very late) reminder about Ordinary Time today, which is simply a time to carry on with life in the company of others. Bring your device along as you walk, garden, cook, read, do a crossword etc.
Here is the link to click on:Join Zoom Meeting
And for those of us in Buninyong: Mark Schnerring from the Anglican church has put together another letter for the people of the town reminding them we’re here and that we care about them. He needs some help delivering, so if you or anyone you know could volunteer to do that, let me know ASAP. Bearing in mind of course that if you feel unsafe wandering around at the moment, that is completely fine.
Thank you all, I’ll talk to you more tomorrow!


At Home Worship 9th August- why was Jesus walking on the water?

Hello dear ones,

Here are some things you can use to worship at home tomorrow morning (or indeed whenever you like):
The liturgy framework is here, Home Worship August 9th and the reflection text is here Reflection 9th.
Here is the first song, Christ Be My Leader At Night As By Day,
Here is the (utterly marvellous) early word video,
and here is the final song, Jesus Calls Us O’er The Tumult.
Special thanks this week to the Pearce family for their very artful contribution!!
Worship well friends, remember you are not alone, and I’ll talk to you soon.


At Home Worship August the 2nd- Jacob having a wrestle, the feeding of the five thousand, and even some spiders

Greetings again sisters and brothers!

Before we get into it, this week I have something quite special for you. 
As well as a reflection (written only this week) and early word bit and a song and stuff, I have an optional video for you to watch at your leisure. I had the pleasure of speaking to my old teacher Monica, head of OT and Hebrew Bible at Pilgrim Theological College about the Old Testament and in particular the OT text for this week and what it has to say to us at our particular strange spot in history.
Now it’s a bit long, but she really is great and it’s worth a watch so why not take your time, watch it in shifts, stay with it, take notes for later- it’s great. Also forgive the clumsy editing.
Ok. So liturgy framework is here: At Home Liturgy 2nd August, and the text of the reflection is in there. 
Worship well, and I’ll talk to you all soon. 


Latest Decision Regarding Church Buildings

My friends!

Greetings on this lovely, strange day.

The Ballarat South church council met on Wednesday night over Zoom -which was exciting for some and I’m sure trying for others- to discuss again the status of our church communities and our worshipping life.

At this stage, we have decided once again that our buildings* will remain closed until at least the end of August, when we will reconvene and make another decision. Obviously we can’t know what state-wide restrictions will look like at that point, but we’ll be monitoring them, and hoping for the best.

In the mean-time we’ll be working to make sure that whenever we do return to collected worship that we can do so safely and in a way that includes the most people.

We feel like this is the right decision to have made, particularly as our restrictions will increase somewhat over the next couple of days.

It’s obviously hard to be separate from one another for such a prolonged period but we have to act in a way that keeps us all safe and well.

We’re all aware that this time is fraught and difficult in so many ways, many of which take us completely by surprise. I’ve been thinking lately about how so often our pain, or our individual complications may feel completely unique to us, but are actually experienced, perhaps slightly differently, by others nonetheless. We are connected in our joy and in our difficulty. We are offered chances to see ourselves in one another’s lives, and invited into empathy as a choice we continue to make.

Please keep checking in with one another. As visiting becomes more difficult, use the phone. Pray for one another and know that you in turn are loved and held in prayer.

If you want to continue visiting your friends (those in areas where this is allowed), or hosting worship at your home, please make sure you are doing so safely and as ever, if you feel at all unwell, please stay home.

We love you all, take care of yourselves, and if I may, can I invite you to do something that brings you joy this weekend? It’s important to remember that we are living, not just surviving.

Peace to you in the name of Christ our liberator and friend,


Ps *some good news- the Op Shop will open next week!

They will be open from Weds – Friday, 10am till 1pm, using any and every social distancing and hygiene tool available to us.

Big thanks to the op shop team who have been working really hard behind the scenes to get the shop ready to go.

Reminder: Ordinary Time!!

Hello Party People!

Just a reminder that tomorrow we have Ordinary Time!
Ordinary time is a place to come and catch up with members of your community, and to pass the time by undertaking your daily tasks as you do it, if you wish.
So join us at 11:30 for a chat and maybe a pray if I remember this time.

At Home Worship 26th July- 3 mini parables about the Kingdom

Greetings in the name of the risen Christ,

who offers us the Kingdom and invites us to help create it!

Here are the ingredients for your home worship on Sunday 26th.
Big, big thanks go to Sandra, Bron and Sylvia who put worship together this week! May it enrich and enliven you.
The liturgy framework is here Home Liturgy 26th July , the text of the reflection is included.
Here is the first song, The Great Love of God
Here is the second song, O Let the Son of God Enfold You
Have a great weekend everyone, and worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.