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.
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:
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.
Good morning everyone!
Hello dear ones,
Greetings again sisters and brothers!
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.
Hello Party People!
Greetings in the name of the risen Christ,