Welcome to Waranga Uniting Churches
THIS SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER- LIVE: FACE-TO-FACE; ON ZOOM AND ON FACEBOOK
Service starts at 10:00 AM
And the word is “Mercy”.
This Sunday is last Sunday before Advent (the start of the churches Christmas celebrations). It is called “The reign of Christ” or “Christ the King”.
In the set readings for the day, in Matthew 25:31-46, we have a reading about people being judged by their actions.
“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” “
A question for contemplation is what has a King to do with sheep and goats and the third party “any of these little ones”. Well! there is a connection in the word mercy.
A reading from Ezekiel (34:11-16) gives us great joy as he describes the way the Creator looks after the created order of humanity.
“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak”
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (1:15-23) this love and mercy is extended even further to the whole creation.
“God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
The three readings reveal a Kingly rule where Jesus in His mercy looks after humanity especially those who do things in a way which he has shown to behave. Those who do not , the fat sheep in Ezekiel and those goats in Matthew are called to account in a way where they have discarded the leading of the King in the gift of mercy.
Join us on Sunday as we reflect on mercy given and mercy received and celebrate Christ the King.
You might like to listen to Billy Bragg and Wilco sing Woody Guthrie’s song “Christ for President”
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!
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The Waranga Uniting Churches comprise congregations from the towns of Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, and Tatura.
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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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