A message from Matthew August 13 2017

Burnside Inter-Church Council receives Sustainability Award

Last night at a Schools Ministry Group (SMG) Community Event the Burnside Inter-Church Council was presented with a Sustainability Award for the
support they provide to schools in their local community. For many years they have raised funds to support SMG’s Chaplaincy and wellbeing services at Burnside Primary School, Glenunga
International High School,
Marryatville High School and Marden Secondary College.

The award recognised the initiatives undertaken by the group to actively fundraise through new ideas, events, activities, initiatives and partnerships, and to have strategies in place to maintain these
important services to students, families and school staff into the future. Recent
fundraising events have included fairs, talent shows and quiz nights.

Steph Agnew, Pastoral Care Worker at Glenunga International High School has been greatly encouraged and supported by the group “I nominated the Burnside Inter Church Council because they are really proactive with their support. Their priority is the students in the schools and having us there as carers and people to help when it is needed.”

Angela Jolly, Executive Director of Schools Ministry Group said “Today SMG
provides over 340 schools across South Australia with a Chaplaincy Service, it
continues to offer seminars and interactive workshops for primary and high school students, and contributes to the positive wellbeing of children with its Community Services. We do this in partnership with local community groups like the Burnside Inter-Church Council who also help in their local schools with breakfast clubs, lunchtime activities, mentoring and many other activities and programs.”

SMG Ambassador Brenton Ragless and SMG Executive Director Angela Jolly
presented Burnside Inter-Church Council representatives Malcolm Lake and Rex King with the SMG Sustainability Award.

 

A message from Linda 6 August 2017

Why on earth would we take on such a big event as Transforming Worship,
disrupting our Sunday and impacting so many people?

Through the Transforming Worship Conference, members of Burnside City Uniting Church were exposed to new ideas in relation to worship, new styles of worship and ways of worshipping, by internationally renowned teachers and preachers, wonderful leaders in this area of worship.

We volunteered and served in teams which involved meeting new people trying new things discovering new skills making new friends, or reacquainting with old ones and discovering that we can do brewed coffee and it’s really nice!

Our building and facilities were used for what they were designed to do – to be able to resource and equip the people of God to be able to worship God

Burnside City Uniting Church now has a reputation nationally of a church who makes people welcome in generous ways

We have been able to resolve some issues that have been challenging us for quite some time for example:

The air conditioning in the auditorium has gone from being quite problematic to resolved! 

We have developed much clearer, applicable  procedures for emergency
evacuation.  We have developed great confidence in what we would do in an
emergency these do need some further work but we have made big progress in this area because of the conference.

This of course was not our conference it was organised by the Uniting Church
Assembly’s National worship working group. It was our role to act as host, to
provide the facilities, to make people feel welcome, to manage our car park and to help resolve issues with the facilities. Members of Burnside City Uniting Church went above and beyond in giving their time and effort and working really hard to be able to ensure that every detail was attended to. There were so many who,
quietly behind the scenes, attended to many details that I won’t even know about. Thank you to the many, many, many volunteers who helped in so many different ways. 

Was it all worth it? I think so and I hope others agree.

Praise God for this opportunity! 

 

A message from Linda 30 July 2017

Welcome to Burnside City Uniting Church! To those of you who call this your church home, to those of you visiting for the first time and to those of you who are here for the Transforming Worship Conference:

Welcome, in the name of Christ!

A major part of the conference is helping people transform their times of worship so that through worship, God will transform people, the church and the world..

So, I’ve been thinking about transformation…

Transformation is about change – in fact, life is about change – whether we like it or not! Some of us love change, some of us find it unsettling, some hate it! But, change is inevitable!

As Christians, we understand ourselves as undergoing change, as we grow in our relationship with Jesus, as we come to know him and his Word more, we become more and more like Jesus. Adrian Rogers says that “the same Jesus who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future.”

In Scripture, we read: “.. we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor 3:18 NIV) and “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.. (Rom 12:2 NIV)

I read that worship is about the transformation of our way of seeing into God’s way of seeing, our perspective to God’s perspective. The Church of England says that “it is through encountering God within worship that we are formed (and transformed) as his people.”

So as we gather together to worship our God this morning and as we worship God in how we live out our everyday lives, let’s be open to God doing something
amazing in us and through us.

Blog 25 June 2017

Church meetings

Scripture Verse

“…we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)

 

Reflection

The Church’s life is not decided by democratic process, or by people who speak the loudest or most forcefully. There is no place for party interests, personality clashes or power blocks.

Church meetings are not based on a parliamentary model, or on business,
government, service clubs or other secular agencies. We are unique.  We are the Body of Christ, being led by our Head, Jesus.

This requires a commitment to seeking God’s will versus our own, to hearing and respecting others, being open and not defensive, and doing it all in an attitude of humility.

Genuine and mature prayer is required here. Individual prayer before the meeting, intentional group prayer when all are gathered, asking for the guidance of the
Spirit, extra time for prayer before making key decisions, and stopping for more prayer if there are conflicts, or if the meeting has reached an impasse. Saturation prayer indeed!

(This reflection has been extracted from the Burnside City Uniting Church website and has been
prepared by Colette Williams)

How could church meetings you attend become more grounded in prayer?

How respectfully do we listen for the voice of God in each other?

 

Prayer 

Lead your church Lord Jesus Christ into the future and command our faithful
following.

Amen

 

Reprinted from 40 Days of Prayer—Thank you Colette

 

A message from Matthew 18th June

Show me where you wish me to serve – Guy MacGillivray

 

Scripture Verse

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up: (Galatians 6:9)

 

Reflection

 

God calls us to ministry, into his service. You could be leading a
congregation or helping prepare morning tea after church or quietly
volunteering at your local Op Shop. The reality is that we all have a ministry and while it may change over our lifetime it will never cease. We have to keep making disciples and building God’s kingdom. We only stop serving when God calls us home.

Paul acknowledges that we can become weary in doing good, in serving our Lord, but we should not. You never know when the harvest is coming so we cannot leave the crop unattended. So, no matter the ministry in which you are currently serving. No matter the gifts you feel you lack. No matter your age or experience, God has called for you such a time as this. To serve Him. To spread the gospel.

God does not give us a minimum starting or retirement age. What are you waiting to happen before you become involved in serving the Lord or are you waiting to stop serving the Lord? 

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, please guide me towards my calling. Show me where you wish me to serve. Give me the strength to keep doing good, to keep serving the kingdom and may you harvest a crop 1000 times greater then I could imagine.

Amen.

Reprinted from 40 Days of prayer

Show me where you wish me to serve – Guy MacGillivray

 

 

A message from Matthew 4th June

Imagine if serving God was fun!               

Imagine what the church (and the
communities it influences) would look like if its people actually looked forward to serving God!

Imagine how the Kingdom of God could be advanced if people gave their time and their skills to God and prayed ‘Holy Spirit, use me!”

At BCUC we believe all these things are not only possibilities, but they are in fact God’s desire for His church and His people – including you and me.

The right people serving in the right places for the right reasons

The five week Ignite the Gifts of the Spirit resource is designed to help you
discover:

The unique ways God has created and gifted you

The power of the Holy Spirit in your daily living and serving

How you can find the right place to serve with the gifts you have

There are five daily readings each week for five weeks.

There are a number of individual assessments to be completed as part of the daily readings.

These daily readings are designed to be used in conjunction with your Small Group. Small Groups will spend time discussing together the results of your individual
assessments. It is best to be a part of a Small Group in order to make the most of this daily resource.

The daily readings and leaders guide are available in the foyer this Sunday
morning.

Please sign up today at the table in the foyer or contact the church office to join a Small Group for this five week season.

 

A message from Matthew May 28

Imagine if serving God was fun!

 

Imagine what the church (and the
communities it influences) would look like if its people actually looked forward to serving God!

Imagine how the Kingdom of God could be advanced if people gave their time and their skills to God and prayed ‘Holy Spirit, use me!”

At BCUC we believe all these things are not only possibilities, but they are in fact God’s desire for His church and His people – including you and me.

The right people serving in the right places for the right reasons

The five week Ignite the Gifts of the Spirit resource is designed to help you
discover:

The unique ways God has created and gifted you

The power of the Holy Spirit in your daily living and serving

How you can find the right place to serve with the gifts you have

There are five daily readings each week for five weeks.

There are a number of individual assessments to be completed as part of the daily readings.

These daily readings are designed to be used in conjunction with your Small Group. Small Groups will spend time discussing together the results of your individual
assessments. You need to be a part of a Small Group in order to make the most of this daily resource. Contact the church office to join a Small Group during this five week season.

Each week is themed and builds on previous weeks. The themes for these five weeks are:

Week 1:  The Uniqueness of You

Week 2:  The Power to Serve (the role of the Holy Spirit)

Week 3:  Discovering Spiritual Gifts

Week 4:  Just Do It! (finding your place to serve in the Kingdom of God)

I pray that this preaching and small group series, starting on June 11,  will be a blessing to you and that it will motivate, equip and empower you to become a blessing to others.

 

A message from Matthew 21st May

“Ignite the gifts of the Holy Spirit”            

The next study in our series of small group studies will begin on Sunday June 11th and will run for 5 weeks until July 15th.

We are excited by the response to the “Refresh” and “New Life in the Spirit”
studies we have been doing this year. The good news is that we can all grow
deeper in our faith as we gather together to share and learn. Now is the time to decide which small group you would like to join and what time of the week suits you best. Groups are meeting at various times of the day through the week and it is hoped that everyone can find an hour and a half somewhere in the week to join in. Perhaps you have been part of a group before and you know how much you can gain through this practice? Maybe you are newer to faith and have not experienced the benefits of listening to people just like you talk about their faith? Whatever your experience, I assure you, that you will find this small step of faith and
commitment of time will change your life. A bold claim, I know, but one that has been proven over the centuries of Christianity. It is vital for our Christian growth that we share what we know and are able to ask questions to learn more.

The studies will be linked to the message each Sunday. From Pentecost as we
celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Christian church we will explore what this means for us as followers of Jesus Christ today. The Uniting Church recognises that every member has gifts and that we have a responsibility to discover and use these gifts in God’s mission in the world. This is our opportunity to learn about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, discern what gifts we have and how we can use them. Of course many people in our community are already using their gifts. Just look around and you will see gifts of hospitality, mercy, prayer, faith, teaching and others in action every day. With discernment and teaching we will all be able to recognise these gifts in others and appreciate what God is doing here every day. We will also be able to use our gifts more effectively, with greater
excitement and with improved harmony.

There will be a small group leaders meeting on Tuesday May 30th from 7.30 to 9pm to prepare and ensure each group knows what is going on.

Sunday the 4th of June we celebrate Pentecost at each of our three services.

Tuesday the 6th of June we will be led in a special night of worship with Ignite Ministries. “Come along and engage in inclusive community and passionate
worship, while being encouraged and equipped as you serve at your local church.” There will be more information soon.

We hope to see everyone making the most of these wonderful opportunities
together.

“Ignite the gifts of the Holy Spirit”            

The next study in our series of small group studies will begin on Sunday June 11th and will run for 5 weeks until July 15th.

We are excited by the response to the “Refresh” and “New Life in the Spirit”
studies we have been doing this year. The good news is that we can all grow
deeper in our faith as we gather together to share and learn. Now is the time to decide which small group you would like to join and what time of the week suits you best. Groups are meeting at various times of the day through the week and it is hoped that everyone can find an hour and a half somewhere in the week to join in. Perhaps you have been part of a group before and you know how much you can gain through this practice? Maybe you are newer to faith and have not experienced the benefits of listening to people just like you talk about their faith? Whatever your experience, I assure you, that you will find this small step of faith and
commitment of time will change your life. A bold claim, I know, but one that has been proven over the centuries of Christianity. It is vital for our Christian growth that we share what we know and are able to ask questions to learn more.

The studies will be linked to the message each Sunday. From Pentecost as we
celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Christian church we will explore what this means for us as followers of Jesus Christ today. The Uniting Church recognises that every member has gifts and that we have a responsibility to discover and use these gifts in God’s mission in the world. This is our opportunity to learn about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, discern what gifts we have and how we can use them. Of course many people in our community are already using their gifts. Just look around and you will see gifts of hospitality, mercy, prayer, faith, teaching and others in action every day. With discernment and teaching we will all be able to recognise these gifts in others and appreciate what God is doing here every day. We will also be able to use our gifts more effectively, with greater
excitement and with improved harmony.

There will be a small group leaders meeting on Tuesday May 30th from 7.30 to 9pm to prepare and ensure each group knows what is going on.

Sunday the 4th of June we celebrate Pentecost at each of our three services.

Tuesday the 6th of June we will be led in a special night of worship with Ignite Ministries. “Come along and engage in inclusive community and passionate
worship, while being encouraged and equipped as you serve at your local church.” There will be more information soon.

We hope to see everyone making the most of these wonderful opportunities
together.

 

 

A message from Matthew 14th May

A lesson for parents and the church

As Mothers Day approaches, Rev Steph Tai  reflects on an important lesson
motherhood taught her – one that she believes also applies to the church. Used by permission.

It was five years ago, I had been a mum for all of about a minute and I was feeling pretty out of my depth as you can imagine. I was tired. Really tired. My whole
routine had changed and been taken over by the whims of this little man. I was somehow supposed to know what he wanted… but rarely felt like I did.

I used to spend my days engaged in practical, spiritual and strategic conversations. Now I spent my time in vomit-covered pyjamas and my greatest achievement for the day was a shower, if I was lucky. I was driving along in the car, the baby was screaming as usual, and I had a thought land in my mind: “Wow, I am really selfish. I guess God has a lot more work to do in me than I thought.” This thought wasn’t based in a feeling of guilt – self-care and having a village around you is vital to all people, including mothers.

Instead, the thought came from the sudden realisation that there is something in me that is deeply driven by me and my needs, placing them before anyone else – even my son, whom I love.

Here was this little baby, who really didn’t have a choice about coming into this world, who needed me to survive, and all I could think about was how it was
effecting me and my life. I realised my preferences and the way I lived my life had to change. It wasn’t comfortable, and certainly wasn’t always enjoyable. Sure, my son was cute, which helped, but at 3am it still wasn’t enough for me to forget the comfort of my bed. Our own preferences, the way we have always done things, or what makes us comfortable can be a very strong factors in our lives. But what if we need to reassess them to allow the next generation to survive?

While I was originally reflected on this from my perspective as a mother, I have since realised that it is something that also applies to the church. If we – as
Christians and church communities – hold too tightly to our preferences, we won’t be giving life and room to grow for the generations that are following. It may not be easy or enjoyable to think about, but for the kids, young people and new
believers to thrive, we are going to need to be uncomfortable. For them to grow, we are going to need to change the way we have always done things. It will be messy. We may even lose sleep. And they will not always be cute… But it will be worth it.

I guess God has a lot more work to do in all of us. Being a parent, even a spiritual parent, means that you do what it takes to love and provide space for them to grow – not into carbon copies of ourselves, but into who God has created them to be. Amazing things happen in ourselves and our communities when we choose to put aside our preferences and raise a new generation to thrive.

 

A message from Matthew May 7

We are very pleased to have Dan McAloon, the Relationship Manager from the National Office of Frontier Services in Sydney here to speak with us today at all three of our services.

Here is some information from their website.

Frontier Services is a national charity working on behalf of people living in remote areas, which covers 85% of Australia. Our primary purpose is to raise funds in order to support the Uniting Church in Australia, through its network of Patrol Ministers, in their pastoral work with Indigenous communities, isolated properties, mining sites and other remotely located communities. 

Frontier Services also provides drought relief and other forms of practical
community support through its volunteer assistance program known as “Outback Links”.

Our mission: “To support, link and empower the people of Outback Australia by creating connections and mobilising resources”.

Frontier Services is a charity and national agency of the Uniting Church that grew out of the pioneering work begun in 1912 by the Rev John Flynn “Flynn of the
Inland” – the man on the $20 note.

As the successor in the Uniting Church to the Australian Inland Mission, Frontier Services has sought to work with and empower communities and individuals to overcome the disadvantages of living in remote locations for more than 100 years.

We are able to support their work today through our retiring offering.

https://www.frontierservices.org/