'worship' Tagged Posts

'worship' Tagged Posts

At the close of Mental Health Week

On Sunday we are  basing our service around the issue of mental health. The 2014 Qld Synod meeting (State body of the Uniting Church) encouraged congregations to join in the Mental Health Week Day of Prayer which marks the end of Mental Health Week, a government initiative aimed at reducing the stigma around mental health in our community. This year’s theme is #valuementalhealth It is estimated that one in five Australians are affected by mental illness at some point in…

Easter – It’s all about you!

I don’t know if you noticed it… but we live in a culture where we are conditioned and encouraged to believe that life is ‘all about you’… your needs, your ambitions, your desires, your freedom, your way! Be who you want to be! Live how you want to live! The self is elevated above all else, even to the detriment of others. One need only glance at social media to see that society has embraced the narrative that it’s all…

What God Wants

Not only is it part of our human nature, we are conditioned by the constant bombardment of advertising  and media stories to think that life is all about us…. our wants, our needs, our way of doing things. This even can translate into our expectations in worship. Worship becomes what we want out of it, rather than what we give, or, to put it another way, what God wants from us. So ingrained is our thinking that life is all…

What the wise men teach us.

Ever wondered about the significance of those strange gifts given to the baby Jesus by the wise men from the east who followed the star? On January 6th Christmas is officially over! I know, Woollies and Coles moved on to Easter on Boxing Day with their hot-cross buns, but there are actually twelve days of the Christmas season. See, you didn’t have to take those Christmas lights down by New Years after all! Epiphany, celebrated on January 6th, marks the…