Desperation

Listen! Psalm 130 | Mark 5:21-43 I can’t remember many sermons from my childhood in Church. In my teenage years I regularly attended the evening service which immediately preceded the youth group I went to, and listened, as far as I can recall, attentively every week (although I do also recall that some Sundays I found myself trying to calculate the number of tiles that made up the Church roof) – I probably went to about two hundred services over four or five years.… Read More... Read More

National Assembly

The Uniting Church’s triennial National Assembly is coming up – on July 12-18th, in Perth. Chris will be attending as a representative of the NSW/ACT Synod, and Sureka will be there in her role as UnitingWorld Associate Secretary. The papers, reports and proposals are all available online. Please feel free to contact Chris if there is anything related to Assembly that you would like to discuss.… Read More... Read More

Storm

Listen! Job 38:1-11 | Mark 4:35-41 It’s been a long day. Jesus has been teaching, sitting in the boat on the lake in order to be able to address the great crowds that had gathered to hear him speak. And as evening falls, he asks his friends to take him across the lake to the other side.… Read More... Read More

Growing like a weed

Listen!Ezekiel 17:22-24 | Mark 4:26-34 Right back at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel the author gives us a one sentence summary of Jesus’ preaching: “Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’”.… Read More... Read More

Gerry Cull’s Funeral

Long time friend of St. John’s Gerry Cull died earlier this week at the Cotswolds retirement home. His memorial service will be held this coming Wednesday, at 11am, in the South Chapel of the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, followed by refreshments back at the Cotswolds.… Read More... Read More

Concert for Vanuatu

It’s not the specific project that we are supporting, but this Saturday there’s a concert in support of the Paama Seaside Presbyterian Church and School at Wesley Uniting Church, Castle Hill. Tickets are $25 with supper, and can be obtained from the Church office on 9894 8999. Radhika, one of the performers at the concert, is a good friend and an amazing singer, so it ought to be a wonderful concert….… Read More... Read More

Falling

Listen! Genesis 3:8-15 | Mark 3:20-25 Back before Easter we took the opportunity to walk through the six days of the poem of creation told in Genesis chapter 1. The story ends, of course, with God’s declaration, looking at all that has been made, that it is “very good”. It is the first, and the central statement of any Christian understanding of creation: God made it, and God made it good.… Read More... Read More

Burrawang Walk & Cape Baily Track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Saturday 20th June, 2015

The Cartophiles’ sixth day walk of the year takes us back to the National Heritage listed Kamay Botany Bay National Park, rich in both Aboriginal and European history to repeat a walk we did last June. We start and finish at the Kurnell Visitor Centre and cover two walks.  First is the very easy Burrawang Walk which passes several of the area’s historic sites, including Captain Cook’s Landing Place, and includes many interpretive signs outlining the park’s cultural and natural history.… Read More... Read More