Held from 27-29 August, The Hope We Have is a conference on evangelism, conversion and the mission of God, and will feature input from Rev Dr Karina Kreminski. In this article, Karina explores the idea of pre-evangelism and its importance in modern Christian life.
Reflection of the week
Posted in Faith
I remember one particular disappointment in my life that ended up being a blessing in disguise; through this disappointment God showed me a better way of living and serving.
As I read the story of two disappointed disciples on their way home from Jerusalem, I marvelled at the way Christ appears just when the spirit is at its lowest ebb (Luke 24:13-35). Their hopes were dashed when they witnessed the death of Jesus on the cross. Others had seen the Risen Christ, but so far, they had not. It was only when he broke bread with them, that they knew his identity for certain.
When we are disappointed by life, Christ still shows himself to us. As we break the bread of the Eucharist, as we read his Holy Word, and as we confess our disappointments in prayer, he shows us a new and better way.
Crucified and Risen Lord, continue to surprise me in unexpected ways so that I am empowered to overcome even the most crushing of disappointments. In your name, I pray. Amen.
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Prayers of peace and unity for the Korean Peninsula are shared in this week's reflection. Uniting Church members are encouraged to join Christians across the world in sharing prayers for Korea on Sunday 13 August, and in the lead-up to this date.
In this week's reflection, Linda Sutton sees Matthew 15:10-28 as a challenge to look past differences and love one another.