Learning Love (& Special Visitor)

for 22 January 2023
Gday Friends of BCUC,
This Sunday we explore our second value “Learning Love”.
Grounded in God’s word we are to love God, each other and ourselves as Jesus taught (Matt 22:37-39). “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,” Romans 5:5. Jesus commanded us to “love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12. To learn love is to learn God. Lifelong learners have a posture of humility. Every child of God no matter what stage can keep learning and growing in love and therefore Christ-likeness.
The story we will use this Sunday to explore this value is the calling of the tax collector Matthew by Jesus to come, follow him and be his disciple. This alone was an amazing act of grace and mercy, demonstrating that Jesus love and call to discipleship is truly universal.
We also have the very exciting and amazing privilege of welcoming Pastor Julia Lennon. A very busy bush chaplain with frontier services and pastor to the Oodnadatta community. She graciously accepted the invitation to lead us in worship this Sunday and is now driving 1000km to come and offer her gracious spirit-filled loving ministry. She will sing us songs from her own language and English for the first half of Sunday’s service. She has also offered to be available to pray for anyone who wants prayer a the end of the service. Please come and welcome her warmly this Sunday. 
I look forward to seeing how God will move this Sunday.
Your brother in Christ,
Benji Callen

Peter Wierenga

It’s with great sadness we announce the passing and promotion to glory of our dear friend Peter Wierenga. He was a great pillar of encouraging faith and Christ-like love to all who had the joy and privilege of knowing him. He will be greatly missed by many and warmly welcomed by Jesus. 

Peter’s wife Anne wrote this morning:
“Our dearly beloved husband, father & poppa passed away yesterday after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. The prayers & support of friends and BCUC family have been  “a  tower of strength & much appreciated “ (Peter’s own words).  Although we are heart broken & devastated we are comforted that he is now at peace, pain free and in the loving arms of our gracious Lord & saviour.
With thanks

Anne & family”

Jenny from the prayer chain writes:
“Please pray for Anne and the family as they grieve. May memories of Peter’s life and love and his strong faith give them all comfort and peace.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 NIV”

Blessings and prayers

Pick up an invitation in the foyer.  Register here.


Fifteen32 Youth Band Holiday Sleepover

Tuesday Jan 24th 5pm till Wednesday 1pm. We will have pizza, movies, pancakes and workshop playing some youth worship songs together as a budding band. Let Benji know and follow us on our WhatsApp group.

Combined Churches Prayer Breakfast

You are warmly invited to attend the next Combined Churches Prayer Breakfast –  Saturday, 4th February 2023, from 7.30am to 9am at BCUC.  A light breakfast will be provided. The Prayer Breakfasts include great times of fellowship, worship and intercession. Praying for our PCWs, our school communities, our Churches, our District and the Nation. Arranged for the Burnside InterChurch Council Inc by: Ps Alf Chehade, 0412 899 779.


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


Rev Dr Benji Callen – benjic@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Monday 

Minister in Association

Rev Rob Williams – robw@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Friday

Connections Coordinator

Nancy Xu  – connections@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Wednesdays


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

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