The year 2021 has arrived – a new year with new opportunities. In January we often reflect on what has been and make plans for the coming year.
New Times - Faith
As the Advent season draws to a close, we are asked to contemplate the spiritual truth of this season: ‘Unto us a child is born.’
Christmas won’t be normal for many Australians this year, but for Ron and Mary, Christmas isn’t even on their minds.
Christmas is a time of expectation and preparation. It is also a time of waiting and watching.
On the Second Sunday of Advent, the Gospel reading (Mark 1:1-8) commences the story of Jesus Christ with the preaching of John the Baptist in the desert wilderness ...
Rev Kaye Ronalds, a member of the Uniting Church Defence Force Chaplains Committee and the Uniting Church Member Religious Advisory Committee to the Services has written in relation to the recent announcements by the Chief of the Defence Force relating to the Afghanistan Inquiry.
As we light the Advent candles, like the Psalmist, we are also confident that God will rekindle our faith.
Here in South Australia this last week has been especially challenging for many of us.
We all know the story Jesus told about the good shepherd who went in search of the one sheep that was lost (Luke 15:3-7).
Faithful risking is scary. In Matthew 25:14-30 one servant didn’t know their Master very well because they hid their one talent rather than risk losing it.
Waiting is hard especially if you are an active person and would rather be ‘doing’ than ‘waiting.’
The alternate reading for All Saints Day, Matthew 5:1-12, The Beatitudes are a series of blessings declared by Jesus during his ‘Sermon on the Mount.’
Jesus invites himself to my house because, as he said in Luke 19:10, ‘the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’
David Gardiner reflected on an article that he wrote back in 1995, which took a look (with a certain amount of humour) at his thoughts on the church of the future … given the year that we have experienced he was not far off the mark!
What do I make of Jesus’ instructions regarding responsible stewardship? I meet my obligations. I pay my taxes, and pay for my utilities by the due date. I place my tithed offering in the collection plate each Sunday. I wonder what else I should be doing?
‘Who is God?' - Pastor Cyrus Kung speaks passionately about his own faith: who God is for him as a 2nd-generation Australian of Chinese ancestry, and the distinctive ‘lens’ that his heritage gives him in his exploration of matters of life and faith.
‘How much walking is too much for a mature dog?' - from the keyboard of Rev Wendy Prior, Staff Chaplain, Synod of SA
Through UnitingCare Emergency Relief Centres, Uniting Churches all over South Australia work with people who are in poverty and they have seen some new and unexpected faces in the last few weeks!
‘Reflection' - from the keyboard of Rev Wendy Prior, Staff Chaplain, Synod of SA
‘We are a pilgrim people' - from the keyboard of Rev Wendy Prior, Staff Chaplain, Synod of SA