Waranga Uniting Churches

Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura



Sunday 4th June 2023

Trinity Sunday: The Great Commission

Streaming from Colbinabbin 9.30am and via Zoom at Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura, and for folk at home.

Our reading from the Gospel of Matthew this Sunday is often called the Great Commission. Some have understood it as the church’s Vision and Mission Statement. A Vision Statement is defining the purpose for the organization, the “Why” it exists. A Mission Statement states how an organisation will implement their vision. Done well this should lead us to setting strategies and action plans. 

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matt 28:18-20)

Like many terms and phrases in church-speak, missional is a buzz-word in church life today. Like most churches we too have a mission statement and the church world is inundated with admixtures of purpose and mission emphasizing a missional theme. There are missional communities, missional leaders, missional worship, missional seating, missional preaching and teaching, and even missional coffee. Maintaining the integrity of this word is critical, because recovering a missional understanding of God and the Church is essential not only for the advancement of our mission but, I believe, also for the survival of Christianity and our churches in modern Australia.

The most important part of the “Great Commission” is this: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew notes that some of those present, even after the resurrection, did not believe. We still struggle to believe: that this Crucified one was raised, that he can call all creation to full life, and especially, above all, that he is still with us. Mistrusting, we hear his call as a burdensome task, rather than as our sharing in the wave of love that overflows into all the world.

Join us on Sunday as we reflect, worship and share together.  The service will led by Brian Spencer

The service will start at 9.30am. The live Zoom “room” will be open for you to log-in to from 9.00am.  Log-in, chat to others, be the church!

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About us

The Waranga Uniting Churches comprise congregations from the towns of Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, and Tatura.
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.

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