Welcome to Waranga Uniting Churches
Seasons of Creation
With restrictions on gatherings now eased, our church buildings at Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth and Tatura will be open and all our congregations will now meet once again meet face-to-face. Remember to scan/register, wear a mask, social distance and if you are not well please stay home and join us on Zoom.
The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.
Over four Sundays from 5th -26th September we will celebrate God as Creator and our relationship to God’s world.
Sunday 19th September 9.30am streaming via Zoom from Colbinabbin
This Sunday is the third Sunday in the season of Creation. It is a time in which we turn to creation for its capacity to reveal something of God to us, for its capacity to remind us of our responsibility to care for creation and most of all for the joy that these two things bring.
We start in the book of Genesis with the ancient story of creation. The first thing that needs to be said is that this story is not a scientific account. It is a complex, many-layered story that speaks about God, the sort of life that comes to us from relationship with God and the relationship that we have with every other created thing.
In Genesis, the first act of God is self-revelation. God says, let there be light and there was light. The word that is used for light is the glory word. We see something of God, the wonder and the glory of God – and God says it is good – it is fitting for this to be so.
On Sunday our focus will be the sky and everything in it and we will join the sky in its praise of God by simply being itself – all that it is meant to be.
When the bible talks about the heavens, it is talking about the sky and although it is a bit more complex in ancient Hebrew understanding, the same can be said of the word firmament – it is what we see when we look up – and so we will take up the ideas of Psalm 19 – the heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.
Join us this Sunday as we will explore a little of God’s handiwork and we will reflect on the human privilege of care and the way in which caring for creation adds purpose and meaning to our lives…. fulfills us.
Gereldine Leonard will lead the service which 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!
Watch on Facebook Live Streaming
Watch the service here on Facebook
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.
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
Our church needs your support.
Please consider donating your offering online via the button below
or by direct bank transfer:
Waranga Uniting Churches.
Account No:162 446 371.
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.
Quixote Thinking Blog
Quixote Thinking “sees things different” I live my life by it
This is one of my favourite Bruce Springsteen songs. It seemed to be saying something to me during this Covid-19 Pandemic. The message that we need to support each other and wait for each other seems very relevant as different states and countries make progress at...
As winter has set in, keeping the home fires burning has been a constant task. Even more-so because our lounge room fire is beyond its use-by date. The glass broke last winter so at the start of this winter I removed the door and took it to the wood-heater shop in...
I got up early the other morning to watch the meteor showers. A 5.00am start isn’t that much earlier than my usual wake up hour. I normally start stirring about 5.30am and listen to the ABC for half and hour, before getting on with my day. But getting up at 5.00am...
We are in unprecedented times and unchartered territory, as we are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We need a miracle. There is no getting around the Easter miracles if you follow Jesus, but the truth is that the first followers of Jesus were not expecting the...
Back in the 1980’s, I was both a keen photographer and the proud owner of a basic , but well-made Pentax K1000 SLR camera. I was also a very keen footballer, and was in fact coaching an Aboriginal Football team, Coomealla, in the Millewa League near Mildura. It was...
I’d seen the abandoned car earlier in the morning as I was hurrying in to Colbinabbin to the General Store. It was an old, white Holden station wagon. The car was on a lean as the driver had pulled well off the road in order to stay clear of trucks and other traffic....
Don Quixote is a character in a novel by Miguel de Cervantes, first published in 1605. In the “real world” of La Mancha, Spain, Quixote is known as Alonso Quijano, a thin country gentleman, familiar to all as kind and friendly. He lives with his daughter and two servants. As a gentleman, he spends time studying medieval romance stories, full of knights, chivalry, castles, and jousts. This all goes to his head to the point where he goes crazy and actually starts outfitting himself as a knight. He believes that he has been called by voices to change the world and right all wrongs.
At this point in the story, art imitates life and life imitates art as the innkeeper doubles as a duke of a castle who dubs Don Quixote officially as “knight,” and a peasant girl at the inn becomes the princess and lady love for our knight errant. Don Quixote then goes out to fight perceived foes, both real and imagined in the name of his ladylove who stands for purity and perfection. Don Quixote has selective vision of the real world. Windmills are giant brutes, sheep are attacking armies, and slaves are oppressed gentlemen. Quixote is an idealist seeing things through rose-colored glasses at times. He fights impossible symbolic battles while the rest of the world says it can’t be done and mocks him for trying. It is ironic that a crazy man is showing humanity the “right way” to live. This character has survived the centuries demonstrating his universal appeal to all. Don Quixote is something of a Jesus figure, who saw meaning and purpose beyond the surface but endured mockery and humiliation from the crowd. This “fight for the right without question”, having moments of clarity in a sea of confusion and a belief in the transformative power of a crazy vision is what the essence of Quixote Thinking.