Welcome to Waranga Uniting Churches
THIS SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER- LIVE ON ZOOM AND ON FACEBOOK
God is with us
Pressure. Expectation to perform. Results. The list goes on. Our world creates tense situations. Our Bible readings this week reflect a couple of tense situations of their day. In Exodus, the newly freed slaves have followed Moses into the desert, but now they are running out of water. One can vividly picture a mass crowd yelling at Moses, perhaps even shaking their fists, as he shrinks back feeling helpless and possibly somewhat responsible for their desert predicament. And all this arises because the Israelites lack the faith to believe that God is with them. In contrast, Moses who knows this powerful truth turns to God for direction.
In Matthew’s gospel scene, Jesus is in the temple when the Scribes and Pharisees show up and begin to interrogate him (whilst behind the scenes plans to plot his torturous death are underway). Their basic question “By what authority are you doing these things?” points us to the cold hard reality that, although they’ve witnessed both John the Baptism and Jesus at work, they don’t’ really have the faith and courage to believe that God’s hand is in it.
Our individual worlds are troubled at many times with daily pressures of work, raising a family, relationships with others, sickness, hardship and death. On top of this the COVID 19 pandemic has brought with it many trying times and a host of other troubling and distressing moments. One can only wonder “Is God in this?” Yes! God is with us in all our daily experiences. Let us come together and celebrate the Good News; God is with us.
A Special Family Focus
This service has a special family focus. Heather Woodman is a gifted primary school teacher and a authorised Lay Preacher. As a mother of two young children, Heather brings a unique perspective to her services and is a great story teller. If you have young children you can download a picture for them to colour (Click here to download picture). You may also like to have some plasticine or other craft materials handy for them.
Below is a little segment of the story taken from a practice session earlier in the week.
There are three exciting ways to join us in worship each Sunday.
Where we all can talk to each other, see each other, worship together, pray for each other, and have Church as we normally do but do it all via interactive video conferencing. In the weeks to come we may work out a way to have communion together!
The live services will start at 9.30am with the “room” open for you to log-in to from 9.00am. Log-in, chat to others, be the church!
Click on the button below to join the Waranga Cluster Zoom Church ServiceJoin Zoom Church Service
Sunday at 9:00 am for 9:30 start
Through Live streaming
Watch the service here on YouTube.
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Facebook records the service and it will be available to watch later or share with others in your family and friendship circle. The recording of the service can be found on this website
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The live services will start at 9.30am with the “room” open for you to log in to from 9.00am. Log in, chat to others, be the church!
Our church needs your support.
Please consider donating your offering online via the button below
or by direct bank transfer:
Waranga Uniting Churches.
Account No:162 446 371.
Rather stay anonymous?
We understand that you may prefer to remain anonymous. It may have been a while since you went to church, maybe you’ve never been to church and are just curious. We understand that you don’t want to be hassled just because you were curious.
If you want to remain anonymous there are four ways you can do it.
- Choose the “Join without video” option. You will be able to see, hear (and talk if you want to)
- Your name also appears in the bottom left of their picture in Zoom. This name will be the one you entered at sign-up. At any time in the meeting you can right-mouse click on your name and change or delete it.
- You can choose to attend via the Livestream option.
- You can watch the recorded service later on the website
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.
Quixote Thinking Blog
Quixote Thinking “sees things different” I live my life by it
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Don Quixote is a character in a novel by Miguel de Cervantes, first published in 1605. In the “real world” of La Mancha, Spain, Quixote is known as Alonso Quijano, a thin country gentleman, familiar to all as kind and friendly. He lives with his daughter and two servants. As a gentleman, he spends time studying medieval romance stories, full of knights, chivalry, castles, and jousts. This all goes to his head to the point where he goes crazy and actually starts outfitting himself as a knight. He believes that he has been called by voices to change the world and right all wrongs.
At this point in the story, art imitates life and life imitates art as the innkeeper doubles as a duke of a castle who dubs Don Quixote officially as “knight,” and a peasant girl at the inn becomes the princess and lady love for our knight errant. Don Quixote then goes out to fight perceived foes, both real and imagined in the name of his ladylove who stands for purity and perfection. Don Quixote has selective vision of the real world. Windmills are giant brutes, sheep are attacking armies, and slaves are oppressed gentlemen. Quixote is an idealist seeing things through rose-colored glasses at times. He fights impossible symbolic battles while the rest of the world says it can’t be done and mocks him for trying. It is ironic that a crazy man is showing humanity the “right way” to live. This character has survived the centuries demonstrating his universal appeal to all. Don Quixote is something of a Jesus figure, who saw meaning and purpose beyond the surface but endured mockery and humiliation from the crowd. This “fight for the right without question”, having moments of clarity in a sea of confusion and a belief in the transformative power of a crazy vision is what the essence of Quixote Thinking.