Waranga Uniting Churches

Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura



Sunday 25th Sept 2022

Jeremiah Buys a Field – Hope in the midst of tragedy.

This weeks service will be streaming from Murchison and led by Joan McRae.

The prophet Jeremiah was in prison and the army of Nebuchadnezzar was besieging Jerusalem. The citizens of Jerusalem were starving and disease was running rampant. The situation looked hopeless and the people were desperate. Soon the city would be burned, its walls destroyed and its citizens dragged a thousand miles across the desert to the land of Babylon.

It seems to me that buying real estate would be the last thing on anyone’s mind. So why in the world would the prophet Jeremiah decide to buy his cousin’s field in a village outside Jerusalem, a part of the country then occupied by a foreign enemy? Why, indeed?

When his cousin came trying to unload this now worthless property, Jeremiah agreed to make the purchase. He signed the deed, put his seal on it and had the transaction properly witnessed. Then, in the presence of the witnesses, he weighed out the rather large sum of seventeen shekels of silver to pay for his purchase. Finally, he had the deed placed in a sealed clay jar so that it would endure for generations. Someday, someone would be able to unseal this deed and restore the land to its rightful owner.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.” Jer 32:

Join us on Sunday as we reflect,worship and share together.  The service led by Joan McRae from Murchison.
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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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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