Waranga Uniting Churches

Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura

FAITH | HOPE | MEANING | GRACE | COMMUNITY

Rash Promises and Grace

Sunday 14th July Streaming from Tatura, and on Zoom at Murchison, Rushworth, Colbinabbin, and for folk at home.

This Sunday, we reflect on a powerful and challenging passage from the Gospel of Mark 6:14-29. This narrative recounts the tragic beheading of John the Baptist, highlighting the devastating consequences of King Herod’s rash promise. As we delve into this story, we will explore the themes of rash promises, their far-reaching effects, and the boundless grace and forgiveness available through Christ.
In our busy lives, it’s easy to make hasty promises or speak words without considering their impact. Herod’s story reminds us of the importance of careful speech and the need for repentance when we falter.

This will be a communion service will be streaming from Tatura, led by Brian Spencer. Join us as we share, sing, pray and reflect together on these stories and open our hearts to the ways God is at work, transforming our lives and the world around us. And remember the most important things in the world are not things at all; they are love, hope, joy, grace, faith, peace, perseverance, and friendship!

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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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