Firstfruits or leftovers?
for 3 July 2022
Dear friends of BCUC,
Have you ever stepped back and thought about the bigger picture of worship? If you think about it, every culture around world and throughout history has developed religion and with religion comes an expression of worship. ‘Giving worth’ to the deity of that religion. It seems pretty clear that we have been made to worship. It’s only in recent centuries that “no-religion” has been an acceptable norm. It had always been assumed that in general if you are human, you have a religion and you worship. The recently released census data for Australia shows that the people who ticked “no-religion” has grown from 22.3% to 38.4% in 10 years (now 45.3% in South Australia). The question that atheists now have to wrestle with is why would humans have evolved to have religion if it isn’t real?
Those of us who are happy to accept the reality of the spiritual have to face the question… who or what is the focus of our worship? As we were reminded recently, for Christians that worship focus is God the Trinity.
As it says in verse 3 of the wonderful hymn “Great is thy faithfulness”:
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
We do it together, with songs and prayers, with dancing (for many cultures), with listening to the words of scripture and a message of encouragement, with service and with our offerings. Proverbs 3:10, which we will look more closely at this Stewardship Sunday, says:
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
I think this is great attitude for our approach to all of worship. Come along Sunday not to worship God with our leftovers but the first fruits of our week and ourselves. Worship is one of the core functions of being human.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.
Your brother in Christ,
It’s with sadness that we announce that Mal Warrick passed onto glory last Tuesday evening. Mal has a been a wonderful, faithful member and supporter of BCUC since it began and prior to that at Tusmore Memorial. Just a few weeks ago I recorded a short video of Mal praying for and encouraging the youth group before their Ice Skating adventure. He had himself led a successful and large youth group at Tusmore during the 70-80’s. Mal was one of those warm, welcoming, helpful and cheerful souls that made you feel glad to be alive. The loving light of Christ shone greatly through him. He will be missed by many. I thank God for his encouraging influence on many. His funeral will be at BCUC Wednesday 6th July 2pm. We pray for Helen and their family.
Successful “Meet the Candidates” Event
Last Monday evening BCUC hosted a “Meet the Candidates” event to help our community of Bragg better discern who to vote for in the by-election this Saturday. Over 100 people were in attendance and by all accounts its was a very successful and respectful meeting. The candidates and members of the community thanked Benji and BCUC for putting this together and were hopeful that similar events would occur in the future (though not too soon!). Watch the video of this meeting to help you decide your vote this Saturday.
By-Election Voting at BCUC this Saturday
BCUC will again be a polling place for the election this Saturday. Benji and a team of baristas will be on hand to offer coffee and biscuits for sale. Due to election fatigue we wont be having the usual sausage sizzle or Pantry sales.
Kids Holiday Program
Monday Holy Communion
Our Monthly Monday Holy Communion service led by Rev. Rob Williams will be held on July 4th in the Worship Space. The service will start promptly at 1pm and conclude by 1.25pm to allow you to share in the Monthly Monday Coffee, Cake and Conversation at 1.30pm.
Friday Friendship Club
The July meeting of the Friday Friendship Club will be held on the 15th at 2:15pm for a 2:30 start. The speaker will be well known local gardening Celebrity, Trevor Nottle who will talk about “Gardens Here and There”. Trevor is often heard on the radio and also contributes in the written media. The usual donation of $3 will apply and we shall be reverting back to members bringing their own afternoon tea. Wearing masks will be optional and if you want to bring a friend, all are welcome. If someone needs transport, call James Wilson on 8365 2408.
BICC Prayer Breakfast
You are warmly invited to attend the next Combined Churches Prayer Breakfast. Saturday, 2 July from 7.30am to 9am at Burnside Family Church, 88 Lockwood Rd. A light breakfast will be provided. The Prayer Breakfasts include great times of fellowship, worship and intercession, Praying for our Churches, our District and the Nation. Burnside Inter-Church Council. Enquiries : Ps Alf Chehade 0412 899 779.
Ever wanted to sing with others? Love to worship God with your voice? Want to be part of the new BCUC Community Choir (yet to be named)? Singing parts in a community choir is a great way to learn how to sing. Singing together has shown to increase your dopamine (happy hormone) levels twice as much as even seeing good friends. We practice 7pm every Thursday @ BCUC. Come and join us. Please contact either Benji or Richard.
The link above will take you to our YouTube playlist. Select the first entry in the playlist to watch this week’s service (from Sunday 10am or anytime later in the week.)
If you have enjoyed the worship music that our congregation has created for our Breakthru Worship videos, you can listen or download them from our
Breakthru Music playlist.
Ministry Team Contacts
Rev Dr Benji Callen – 0427 792 869; email@example.com; Day off : Monday
Minister in Association
Rev Rob Williams – 0424 123 171; firstname.lastname@example.org; Day off : Friday
Stuart MacAdam – 8331 3914; email@example.com
Office hours Mon-Fri. 10:00am-4:00pm; call 8331 3914.