Waranga Uniting Churches

Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura



Sunday 26th March 2023

Lent 5: the Disruption of Death.

Streaming from Rushworth 9.30am and via Zoom at Tatura, Murchison and for folk at home.

This Sunday is the last Sunday in the Church’s Season of Lent, the last Sunday of  our journey with Jesus towards the Cross. The following Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week and our remembering Jesus’ Passion.

This Sunday we hear together the story of the raising of Lazarus, which sets in motion the moves that lead to the arrest, condemnation and execution of Jesus. Going to Judea to give life to one he loves will in the end cost Jesus his own life. The story final in a series of ‘signs’ in John’s Gospel that anticipates and points to what God is doing in and through in the life, death and risen life of Jesus the Christ. The story taps into and addresses the disruption of death, and its associated grief. At the heart of the story we hear the affirmation ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ and we ponder what that means for us in the face of death, our own and that of those we love.

Join us on Sunday as we reflect, worship and share together.  The service led by Tim Angus.

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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Account name:
Waranga Uniting Churches.

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Account No:162 446 371.

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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