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I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord…

for 14 August 2022

Last Sunday we began our sermon series on The Apostles’ Creed with its affirmations about God. This week we come to the longest section of the Apostles’ Creed with its affirmations about Jesus. Its length says something to those who read it and think deeply about what it is saying – ‘This is really important!’
 
Throughout the New Testament we see glimpses of the central truths of the Christian faith the Apostles’ Creed summarises. For example, read Acts 2:22-24, 32-33, 36 or 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 and you’ll understand what I mean. The NT writers were telling the story of the uniqueness of Jesus and how God was relating to the human race through him. The whole purpose of this divine initiative was to love people into a deep relationship with Jesus and through Jesus, a deep relationship with God – creator of heaven and earth – and their creator.
 
The Apostles’ Creed has become a concise guide to what Christians believe – not just Uniting Church people – but all Christians. In the face of opposition and persecution of Christians throughout the centuries the Apostles’ Creed has stood alongside the Bible as a sign of unity of Christ’s Church – ‘This we believe!’ At the very beginning of our Christian life, at our Baptism, the Christian community present affirms its faith in the words of this Creed. It also reminds us who we are when we gather for Holy Communion and affirm the ‘faith we believe’.
 
However, there won’t be much of an effect on our lives if our reciting the Apostles’ Creed is simply a giving of assent to a set of words. One dictionary defines the word ‘creed’ as ‘a set of beliefs that influences the way you live.’
 
How might our lives be different if this old Creed of the Church really influences the way we live?
 
Rob Williams

 

BCUC News

BCUC Movie Night

Save the date : Saturday Evening 10 September at BCUC – The Case for Christ.

BCUC Friday Friendship Club

The August meeting of the Friday Friendship club will be held on the 19th August. The meeting will be a special one, in as much as members will be able to sing a collection of their favourite hymns and hear the background as to why and when they were written.  We shall have the organ and piano in use.  The time is 2:15pm for a 2:30 start and the usual donation of $3 will apply.   Afternoon tea will be for members to bring a plate of food. Come along and make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Friends are welcome. If any one requires transport, contact James Wilson on 8365 2408.
 

Celebrity Quiz Night

Saturday 27 August 2022, 6:30pm. Raising funds for Circle of Friends Australia (Circles 114 & 115). bloodcurdling questions * astonishing prizes * gorgeous guest presenters * electrifying entertainment.  And Silent Auction (view here).  Cost: $20, Bookings: Click Here, BYO Everything.
 

Save this Date

Saturday October 29, full day of worship, workshops, food, and fun for the entire congregation. To be held at BCUC.  Our theme will be Abide in the Vine.  Stay tuned.

Sermon Series

What Christians Believe and Why

This Sunday we continue our 6-week sermon series on the Apostles’ Creed, exploring what Christians believe and why. Our small groups are following along with this sermon series using short videos and providing a space for in-depth discussion. Likewise our youth and children are also focusing on the Creed in their group times. This series offers us all an excellent opportunity to invite new people to come along to church and also for those not yet in a group to try out a small group for a few weeks. Particularly consider inviting those we know who may be exploring Christianity or those who have many questions about our faith.

Livestreamed Worship

Our worship service is livestreamed each week; watch it live as it happens or check it out later that day or during the week.  The livestream video can be viewed from the link on the homepage of the BCUC website and on our YouTube channel.

Sunday 10am
Worship Livestream

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.)

Breakthru Music

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

Minister

Rev Dr Benji Callen 0427 792 869; benjic@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Monday 


Minister in Association

Rev Rob Williams 0424 123 171; robw@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Friday
 

Connections Coordinator

Nancy Xu  0430 766 379; connections@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Wednesdays
 

Administrator

Stuart MacAdam 8331 3914; admin@burnsidecityuc.org.au
 

Office hours Mon-Fri. 10:00am-4:00pm; call 8331 3914.