Journeying with Jesus – Lenten Studies

Prepare you heart to journey with Jesus to the cross and resurrection

The studies are based on The Gospel according to Mark. Passages have been selected which best present key elements of Mark’s message.

Study booklets need to be purchased and downloaded from Mediacom. Cost $9.00 (www.mediacomeshop.org.au)

The studies are a facilitated Presbytery-wide experience via Zoom.
Written by Rev Dr Robert Bos
Led by Rev Cynthia Page
Zoom Facilitation Brian Spencer

After a short introduction to the theme of the day we will break into groups for discussion.
We will re-convene as a single group to draw together the threads of our discussion and a time of prayer.
Congregations can choose to form their own breakout group or join with other congregations. Individuals can join in join groups with congregations, or with other individuals.

Pre-Reading: Cynthia has prepared a little pre-reading  which you can download here 

The Lenten Studies will run over five consecutive weeks.
Sunday evenings  6:30 to 7:45p.m,
February 21st, 28th, March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th.

Click on the link below to join the studies.

https://zoom.us/j/95726684231?pwd=cDlrTTJQNGNxQ1VLeHlwOVFrRlpyUT09

Meeting ID: 957 2668 4231

Passcode: 042802

For those who dial in by phone the numbers are:

  • Victorian Ph No is: 03 7018 2005
  • From the NSW side : 02 8015 6011

 

Welcome to Waranga Uniting Churches

FAITH | HOPE | MEANING | GRACE | COMMUNITY

10:00 am Sunday 28th February 2021.  Live: In church or at home on Zoom or on Facebook

Harvest Thanksgiving.

This will be a special worship service to thank God for not only providing the fruits of the harvest but for His bountiful blessings in our daily lives. 

Tatura Methodist Church, c.1900. Note that the church was sti ll using the term ‘Harvest Home’ at this time. Source: Tatura Irrigation and World War II Camps Museum, Image 100049.

Harvest Thanksgiving rests at the junction of liturgy, nature and memory. From the late-nineteenth century it was a major event in our church calendars, drawing crowds well beyond regular attendance.
By the 1980s it was viewed with nostalgia: a fondly remembered icon of a rural religious past. Yet it was our protestant churches’ uneasy relationship with icons, visual display and
imagery of all sorts that made the spectacular displays of fruit and vegetables associated with Harvest Thanksgiving so memorable, so marvellously out of the ordinary. Each autumn, in chapels which often did not even have a cross, the laity constructed crosses out of cauliflowers and hearts of oranges. Balancing fears of idolatry and kitsch, the people took snapshots of a parsnip moon and stars. Connecting deeply with vocation and place, sugar cane towered over pulpits in Queensland and an entire apple tree was cut from the earth and brought, laden with fruit, to a chapel in Victoria. Displays could take days to construct and then dismantle. Entire weekends of special events were sometimes scheduled. 

 

 

 

Join us this Sunday as together we continue the journey of Lent and give thanks for Harvest Home.

There are four exciting ways to join us in worship each Sunday.

Face to Face at one of our four congregations at Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth and Tatura

Every congregation is open for services which will be streamed each week into all four of our church buildings. Each week one congregation will host the service with people in other congregations participating in leading the readings, sharing news and fellowship via the magic of Zoom.

You are welcome to join us in person or from your lounge room via Zoom.

Through Zoom

It may not be “in-person”, but it is personal and live. Via Zoom we can all 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. From time to time we also celebrate Holy Communion together.

The live services will start at 10.00am with the “room” open for you to log-in to from 9.30am. Log-in, chat to others, be the church!

Click on the button below to join the Waranga Cluster Zoom Church Service

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Sunday at 9:30 am for 10:00 start

Through Live streaming

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Watch the recorded service later

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 10.00am with the “room” open for you to log in to from 9.30am. 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:

Account name:
Waranga Uniting Churches.

Bendigo Bank:
BSB 633-000
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

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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