Love is…not

Sunday 17 January 2021

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight” Philippians 1:9

When the apostle Paul was writing to churches explaining the Christian faith and encouraging them, he would often write about love as something we can grow in understanding, knowledge and actions. When was the last time you thought about love as something you could aim to increase in your life?
That’s what we’re aiming to do at BCUC over January. We’re doing this by looking at 1 Corinthians 13. Last week we looked at Love is… patient and kind. This week we look at what love is not.

I pray that through this series we don’t just grow in understanding of love but in our actions as well.

Your brother in Christ



Check-in Reminder

Thanks to so many of you who are now using the QR code check-in when entering the building throughout the week.  The QR code check-in goes direct to the government and BCUC does not see this.  Consequently, for our Sunday/Monday worship services, we still need you to see the welcomers at the desk on entry so that we can record your visit.  This is the best way for us to know who is attending so that we can pastorally care for you as well as for those who are unable to attend.

So this Sunday morning, be sure to stop at the desk and greet our volunteer welcomers – Di and Nancy (and congratulate and thank Nancy for serving on Church Council starting this year!)

Summer Viewing Selection @ the Library

While the church is still in holiday mode and last year’s activities have wound down, why not take the opportunity to go through our church’s library and take out a good book or movie.  For example, we have two copies of the movie “The Case for Christ”. It’s a very entertaining and rewarding movie that tells the story of an investigative journalist whose beautiful new wife converts to Christianity. In his mind, his wife might as well be having an affair or have left him. She was now in love with someone else. So he goes on a journey to ‘win her back’ by using his investigative skills to prove to her once and for all that Christianity is nonsense and Jesus is not real. What happens next is an incredible journey!  4 Stars from Benji.


January Office Hours

For the remainder of January, BCUC office hours may be a bit unpredictable.  Please call first for an appointment if you need to come to BCUC during weekdays.

Summer Working Bee

This is a reminder to those who are taking part in our ‘Working Bee’ to clean the three kitchen areas on Wednesday January 27 commencing 9am. Morning tea will be provided and a short meeting will take place at that time.

Chats Contributions

Please email your contributions to the February edition of BCUC Chats to bcuchcats@burnsidecityuc.org.au by Tuesday January 26th at the latest.

New at Dr Jon’s Pantry

Nectarine relish available to taste and purchase today from Dr Jon’s pantry – delicious with cold meats.

Bring in Your Old Calendars

Any 2020 calendars can be left at reception. The pictures are used to decorate the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.For the remainder of January, BCUC office hours may be a bit unpredictable.  Please call first for an appointment if you need to come to BCUC during weekdays. 

Immanuel Zoom (Each Sunday evening!)

20 minute prayer, readings and reflections each week. Every Sunday in December and January at 8:30 pm. Don’t squeeze Jesus out of the holidays with cricket and turkey but finish and start the year well with the presence of God and the joy of Christian friendship and prayer. Immanuel is what the baby Jesus is referred to, meaning ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1:23). Join Benji and others via Zoom as we look prayerfully through Isaiah chapter 40.  Use this Zoom link.

Worship @ BCUC

This week we have two in-person worship services : Sunday at 10am (with kids and youth programmes) and Monday at noon.  We would love to see you at one of these COVID-Safe worship services.   We are also continuing our weekly Breakthru Worship videos for those of you whose health may be compromised or who are not comfortable with returning to in-person worship just yet.  These videos can be seen on this page near the top right and on our YouTube channel on Sunday morning.

Sunday Worship Services


Breakthru Worship

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.

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Ministry Team Contacts


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

Youth and Young Adults Pastor

Ashlee Littleford 0407 730 167; youth@burnsidecityuc.org.au


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

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