Waranga Uniting Churches
Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura
FAITH | HOPE | MEANING | GRACE | COMMUNITY
Sunday 4th December 2022
The Lion and the lamb – making peace in a troubled world
Streaming from Colbinabbin-
on Zoom at Tatura, Murchison, Rushworth and for people at home.
It is the second Sunday of Advent, and we’re making a declaration. Whether we are heeding the call of John the Baptist to “bear fruit worthy of repentance” or longing for the peaceable kingdom of Isaiah, we are taking our stand for the promise that Jesus offers for beloved community, a new way of living. We are declaring and leaning into this kin-dom of heaven, living it now in all the ways we can.
So, how does our worship reflect our decision to live as though God’s kingdom has come “on earth as it is in heaven”? By listening to our prayers. By telling our stories of service and witness and hospitality. By singing the songs that embrace this hope as a lived experience and that express our desire for the fulfilment to come. “Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.” We are living in anticipation of that freedom for all people, not just for us.
We’re beginning, here at the start of December, to have a bifocal vision looking back to the incarnation and the glory of that first Christmas, but also looking ahead to the completion and the hope that the joy we experience in this season will not be a passing thing but our whole existence in eternity. This might be time for an affirmation of faith that expresses our hope and confidence in the world that God is bringing to life around and within us.
It is also Communion Sunday and an opportunity to remember that the Christ we celebrate did not remain a baby in a manger, but grew to offer his life for ours, his body for our sustenance. Let our observance of the sacrament this time not be a solemn remembrance of death, but a joyous acceptance of the gift of life offered and shared. Let the openness of the Lord’s Table be a signal to the hospitality of the whole fellowship of faith of which this congregation is a part.
Join us on Sunday as we reflect, worship and share together. The service 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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ABC Radio Shepparton
Matt Dowling interviews Brian Spencer. Monday 5th July.
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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