Welcome to Waranga Uniting Churches

The Waranga Uniting Churches comprises congregations from the towns of Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura and Toolamba.
You are welcome to join us at any of our worship services or activities.

Many faces… Many places… Many forms
Our congregations throughout the district are caring communities to which all people can belong.
Some of our congregations may be a tiny community of a dozen people, but they are warm vibrant and alive.
They have many faces. There are older people and young, families and single people, people of one culture or many.

While our congregations can be different, each aims to embrace all people… to unite them with each other and with God. This is expressed in part by our having an open table for Holy Communion, to which all baptised people are invited, welcoming children for baptism and being willing to marry those who are divorced.

We are by no means perfect, but we know that God loves us as we are and as we grow. Our congregations are communities in which people seek to follow Jesus, learn about God, share their faith, care for each other, serve the local community, and seek to live faithfully and with real joy. This is the kind of engaging church to which we belong.

Picking Winners

By on April 4, 2019

Footy

For the first time in many years, I am in a footy tipping competition. My grandson decided it would be a good family bonding activity. When I ran an office we had a competition among the staff and it was good fun and strengthen relationships. These days Smart Phones and apps make it possible to be part of a tipping competition while the participants can literally be anywhere in the world.

Picking winners seems straightforward for most games; past performance and the commentators analysis of recruitment, injuries and coaching seem to present easy choices for most of the matches. There are some hard choices where either side could rightly win and with these generally I choose with my heart.

And then the results come in! Upset after upset. Teams that should have had no hope have found form, new talent and a better game-plan over the off-season. Successful teams from last year are either still basking in their glory or have had too many good players retire. By Saturday night I have just two winning picks, my daughter-in-law, who forgot to put in her tips, has 5 out of 5, because all the “away teams” have won.

“Monday’s Experts” will make it seem so obvious as to why those who won did so and you would think yourself a fool for not seeing it beforehand.

It’s a good lesson for life, nothing is certain and we can all be wise after the event. We have to live with uncertainty and wait to see what transpires. We think we know how the world works and then things happen contrary to our expectations.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people but that doesn’t mean God has abandoned them or is punishing them. The story of Easter is that God suffers with us and that suffering both has meaning and can be redemptive. The gospels were all written from the perspective of the early church and from their knowledge of what happened in the years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, but the writers make it clear that at the time they could not imagine the events that were going to transpire. The disciples clearly did not expect Jesus to die. They certainly did not expect the resurrection. And they most certainly didn’t see themselves being transformed into the leaders they became.

resurrectionOur lives never seem to run to plan and there can be many little “deaths” along the way, but new life, new possibilities are always present, beyond our ability to predict. God can transform failure and disappointment in ways beyond our imagination. So I suggest that we make plans for our lives but be ready for God to do something more wonderful and confounding.

This is the gospel, and it’s good news.

Brian Spencer, Minister

Parish Service 31st March – Guest Speaker Rev Tony Davies

By on March 27, 2019

Tony Davies is the Presbytery Minister for Pastoral Care and Mission will be the guest speaker at the Parish Service to be held at Colbinabbin Uniting Church at 9.30am. Tony commenced full time in this role with the Presbytery in

A murder in my heart

By on February 20, 2019

From early morning and periodically throughout the day a murder of crows descend loud and large into the vineyard. Their boisterous cawing can be heard from a few hundred metres away. People often tell me that “I’m living the dream”,

Sunny Side Up

By on February 15, 2019

At the Australia Day celebration I attended the SES was cooking breakfast and the BBQ plate was filled from edge to edge with dozens of eggs – all sunny side up. These were for the people who had come out

Saving the best till last

By on January 25, 2019

It’s a story that has become part of the collective consciousness, even for those who have never attended church and it has placed a couple of phrases into the language which are still very widely used. Whenever we say someone