Please join us in celebrating Pentecost via our online worship. Rev. Rob’s sermon is called God’s Special Ways and his texts are Acts 2:1-21 Links will appear on this page on Sunday.
Ascension Sunday – Just click on the link below.
Please worship with us online this week. Our service celebrates Ascension Sunday but allows us to explore what it is to live in the NOW and NOT YET! We’ll also have a bit of fun with getting ready for the starter’s gun in the lead up to Pentecost. Rev. Rob is using the texts Joel 2: 27-32, Acts 1:6-14 and Luke 24:44-53. Come back to this page on Sunday for the link to the service on YouTube.
This Sunday we will praise our wonderful God and explore what it means to be his hands, feet and voice in the space in which we have been planted. Rev. Rob uses Psalm 66: 8-20 and John 14: 15-21 as his texts for his message. Please join us in worship this week.
12 May 2020
Notice on Gathering with specific regard to worship and group meetings from the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia.
People in leadership in the Uniting Church in the Synod of NSW.ACT,
Presbytery Chairpersons, Ministers and Synod leaders met on the 11 May 2020 to review the situation regarding worship and groups meeting in Uniting Church facilities following the easing of restrictions in some states.
With the safety and well-being of our community in mind, all leadership across the Synod agreed that the following guidance is provided to all entities across the Synod.
The consensus decision was that we should not be meeting in person for services of worship or face to face meeting in our churches.
It is anticipated that the effects of COVID-19 will continue to impact our lives for the foreseeable future. In the coming months we will be asked to make difficult choices between conflicting needs and imperatives. We must avoid framing our situation in terms of a false choice between reviving the economy — or our churches — and saving lives. Our commitment to supporting the safety and well-being of people must remain our priority. If we don’t continue our efforts to contain the virus, a new wave of infections and deaths will cause further pain. All that we have gained in this time of isolation could be quickly lost. Reopening our buildings and resuming gatherings prematurely, even with the practice of social distancing, could unfairly force the choice between personal health and the desire to re-join the beloved congregation.
In this spirit we therefore:
- Request Uniting Church congregations to continue to suspend face to face worship.
- Encourage and affirm the continued delivery of worship via alternate means.
- Reaffirm the provision of essential services and activities that support vulnerable people in our communities, practicing strict social distancing and hygiene. (These activities are likely to have been clarified with Synod Office already, but should you have questions, please make contact).
- Encourage Ministers and leadership teams in their continued efforts to: * foster social contact amongst their people in safe ways, * encourage people to maintain fellowship and pastoral care by other means: Australia Post, telephone, internet, Facebook, online resources (Saltbush, Insights, Facebook, etc), and * utilise the various options available on the Synod COVID-19 Hub for online activities as a church
- Continue to encourage people to use this time as an opportunity for personal retreat and reflection, for enriching and renewing their life of faith, for discovering new ways of reaching out in friendship and support to others in faith, even in the midst of the challenges being experienced.
Presbytery and Synod leaders will continue to meet each week and will continue to monitor future developments
Join us for our Sunday worship at Lismore Regional Mission. Rev Rob’s message is called ‘Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled – Life in the Messy Middle’ and is taken from John 14: 1-6, 7-10 and 18-27. We have also incorporated elements of the Synod’s Creation Sunday liturgy. We may be socially distanced from one another but we can worship together whilst in different spaces. Just Click on the video below.
Wishing all our mothers and mothering women in the Lismore Regional Mission a wonderful Mothers’ Day. We thank you for all the love you bring to the world and the lives you have touched through your care and support of children, young people and other women. We offer this prayer:
Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers and mothering women whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mum gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, backing, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.
We thank you for the gift of time mums give for their kids, whether it’s stay-at-home mums, working mums, and mums who have some combination of the two. We thank you for the flexibility of mums, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.
We pray you give each mum strength especially in these Covid-a9 times. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.
We especially pray for single mums, who must lean solely on you for the fathering of their children. We thank you that you’re big arms surround children who may never know their earthly father. We also pray for mother who never had the honour of bearing children, but whose nurturing extends to the many poor and needy who cross the threshold of their lives. We pray for mothers with empty arms whose children are with you.
We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.
Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.
Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb. Amen.
Have a wonderful Mothers day!
adapted from a prayer by Daniel Darling on https://www.crosswalk.com
The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace
As we receive, we agree, amen
Amen, amen, amen
May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children
May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you
Original Song “The Blessing” by Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Elevation Worship.
Written by Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Steven Furtick
Join us online this Sunday via YouTube (click the link below) for our Easter 4 worship service. Rev. Rob will be discussing the Good Shepherd and exploring the idea of patience as an important tool of the ‘shepherd’. He will use Psalm 23 and John 10: 1-10. Please join us and tell your family and friends.
Stay safe and be blessed.