from Linda Driver – Sunday 8th June

Acts 2:1-4. When the day of Pentecost came.  Mark A Hewitt

Acts 2:1-4. When the day of Pentecost came. Mark A Hewitt

This Sunday we join the church around the world as we celebrate Pentecost. In Acts 2, we read how the Holy Spirit was poured out on Jesus’ first followers on the day of Pentecost. We celebrate today with fiery colours and imagery of wind and flame.

As we move together as a congregation to a new season in response to what we are learning through Spirited Generosity, let us pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, empowering us to join in on God’s mission with renewed energy and purpose.

from Rev. Matthew Bond – Sunday 1st June

Thank you to everyone who was able to make a time to meet with Carolyn Kitto during the last week to engage in the “Spirited Generosity” consultations. This has been a very effective time of people sharing from the heart, listening to Carolyn and exploring God’s purpose for our church. Linda and I have enjoyed getting out into the community with Carolyn and meeting school principals, politicians and leaders of other churches. We have been warmly received as we have discussed the role of Burnside City Uniting Church in our region. The next steps are vital as we determine together what we will do with this information and how we are called to serve God with the gifts we share. I am challenged by what I have learned. I pray that we will continue to listen to God and each other.

from Linda Driver – Sunday 18th May

When is the last time you blew a bubble, just for the joy of it?

We worship a God who calls us to be joyful believers, bubbling over with hope (Romans 15:13 AMP). Central to Jesus’ teaching and ministry is the good news of great joy for all the people. As Christians we can flourish as we choose to live thankful lives full of hope and optimism as a grateful response to what God has done for us through Jesus Christ.

Let’s choose joy!

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from Rev. Matthew Bond – Sunday 4th May

“Spirited Generosity” is coming to Burnside City! Carolyn Kitto is the creator of this program and will be our guest from Sunday May 25th to Sunday June 1st. During the Sunday services Carolyn will introduce us to the ideas that make “Spirited Generosity” so effective for the local church. During the week Carolyn is here she will meet with many people from our community to hear our heart for the mission of Burnside City Uniting Church in our local community and beyond. Please prayerfully consider how you can be involved in shaping our church for the future.

from Rev. Matthew Bond – Sunday 20th April

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This Easter week we join the church around the world as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. What is merely a long weekend for some and complete nonsense to others is the very core of our Christian Faith. Jesus is the son of God and was born as a baby into this human world. He grew to be a man and showed the world God’s love through His actions and teachings. Jesus died a brutal death on the cross. He was dead and buried. On the third day, by the mighty power of God Jesus was brought back to life, fully alive and fully human. For Christians, Jesus is the hope of the world. We have found light in darkness! This light is Jesus. We can’t go on holiday. We must celebrate. We need to tell the world, “Jesus is alive!”

from Rev. Matthew Bond – Sunday 13th April

Reverend Doug Hosking finishes up his time with us next week. Doug will be serving at Resthaven Leabrook on Easter Sunday afternoon as his final official duty here with us. Doug has been a blessing to our community as he has proclaimed God’s word and pastorally cared for members of the congregation as our supply minister over the past 6 months. We offer our gratitude and prayers as Doug and his lovely wife, Jennie take up the challenge of ministry at the theological library in the Philippines in June for 4 weeks. Please make sure that you personally thank Doug and Jennie for the blessing that they have been to you.

from Rev. Matthew Bond – Sunday 6th April

This has been an amazing week as our team of actors have gone into 7 of our local primary schools to tell the Easter story. This has been a regular event for many years & the children know us well. This year the play is about a little girl in the supermarket with her mum. They are told the meaning behind the symbols of Easter eggs & hot cross buns. The play clearly tells of God’s power through the death & resurrection of Jesus. We have wonderful sets that show the cross & the empty tomb. The children ask lots of wonderful questions about faith & new life. Thank you for your prayers & support of this vital local ministry.

from Rev. Doug Hosking – Sunday 30th March

In John’s gospel chapter 4 we read Jesus’ gentle conversation, at midday, with the woman at the well at Sychar in Samaria. According to the culture of the day this was a most unusual situation – a Jewish man talking with a foreign woman; at midday (when everyone else was resting); and Jesus knew everything about her. She was led to recognise Jesus as the Messiah; she returned to the city and told her fellow citizens who then came to see Jesus and hear for themselves. Many believed. Jesus encourages us all to have gentle conversations with others about Him and this leads people to believe in Him.

from Rev. Matthew Bond – Sunday 23rd March

This is the season of Lent. It is a time to prepare ourselves for the amazing message of Easter. God sent His only Son Jesus to live among us and to die on the cross in our place. Through God’s mighty power Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave. This is awesome news and requires some time to prepare our hearts and minds to receive its full impact. Some people pray while others fast and still others chose to give up something during this time of Lent. Whatever you have decided to do for Lent, please use this time to draw expectantly closer to God. God desires to do amazing things through you and your local church. All we need to do is to be willing to join God’s mission by giving God our best.

from Rev. Doug Hosking – Sunday 16th March

On our recent trip to French Polynesia on the Aranui 3, Jennie and I and an English couple left the ship early on a Sunday morning. We attended worship in an old small dilapidated Protestant Church. All the worship was in the Marquesan language – but we understood the message when the preacher pointed to an old oil lamp – Matthew 5: 14 “You are like light for the whole world.” This leads well into the Lenten theme: “Finding Light in Darkness.” Let us walk daily with, and in, the light of Jesus.