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Downtrodden or Delivered?

for 23 January 2021

Let’s start by saying thank you. Thank you to those who attended in person on Sunday, who sat separated from other groups, and who all left the building promptly afterwards. We greatly appreciate your efforts in helping to keep yourself and others safe from this virus. Also thank you to those who attended on-line and kept all of us safe.
 
What strange times we are in. Perhaps a quote from ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ by J. R. R. Tolkien might be of use;

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”


What to do with the time that is given us? Perhaps we would do well to consider the Apostle Paul and his life. He describes himself as someone who, in himself, is weak and vulnerable but who, through God, has the capacity to contribute in a meaningful and uplifting way to others, enabled to overcome even extreme afflictions. This perspective allows him to see himself, not as a passive victim, but as someone who can overcome adversity. He remains focused on the welfare of others, especially in the midst of suffering. His words in 1 Corinthians 13 are a summation of his way of using the time given to him. He says that love endures all things.
 
Love is important in all areas of life, especially in dealing with adversity and suffering. Like faith, love is not dependent upon outward circumstances but is entirely possible through the sure and certain knowledge that you are not forsaken.  God is with us in our complexity and our fragility and God’s love for us is always reason for great hope and celebration.
 
I conclude with words from the Apostle Paul:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. … And the God of peace will be with you.
(Phil.4:8-9)

Stay safe and well.
Ashley

 

BCUC News

Worship @ BCUC this Sunday

This Sunday at 10am, we invite those who feel their COVID risk is low to join us for worship.  Please familiarise yourself with our “COVID-Safe Policy for BCUC Worship Services” which can be read below.  It can be summarised as “Mask up, straight in, spread out, straight out“.  For anyone with concerns over the risk of contracting COVID while attending worship at BCUC, we invite you to please take part by viewing our service online live at 10am or later in the day.
 

Kids Worship Online this Sunday

Kid’s Worship this week remains online only.  The programme for this Sunday can be downloaded here.  We will be looking at Jesus teaching at the Synagogue where he revealed who he is and why he came (Luke 4:14-21).
 

Cancellation of Gatherings at BCUC

Due to ongoing concerns over the current state of the COVID pandemic in SA, all church events (other than our Sunday Worship Service)  are cancelled for now.  This includes meeting of bible study groups, children’s programmes, fellowship groups, etc. We hope to resume activities from Monday, February 14th but we will assess the situation closer to that date and provide an update via this weekly email.
 

January Sermon Series

Ashley has prepared for us a sermon series for the month of January titled “The Best Year Yet”.  Are you doubting that possibility?  Tune in to learn more.  Links to the sermons will be provided here each week :

A New Year. A New Beginning (Jan 2)
Baptism of the Lord (Jan 9)
Celebrate  (Jan 16) 
Downtrodden or Delivered? (Jan 23)
Earnestly Love (Jan 30)

 

Library News

Though our building remains closed to gatherings and events for the time being, our BCUC LIbrary can still be visited throughout the week.  If you’d like to drop by, call the office first to ensure someone will be here to let you in.  This month we highlight “Christians – the urgent case for Jesus in our world”  by Greg Sheridan – well-known Australian journalist and author. “‘Vividly written, compellingly argued, this will captivate believers and non-believers alike … Jesus jumps from the pages of this book.‘ Richard Glover, ABC broadcaster”  Read more about it here.
 


COVID-Safe Policy for BCUC Worship Services

In order to minimise the risks and consequences associated with having a close contact exposure, we ask that everyone attending please follow these rules while at BCUC :
  • If anyone in your group is feeling unwell, please stay home and enjoy the services online.
  • Wear a mask at all times while in the building and ensure it covers your nose and mouth.
  • Check-in using the COVID-Safe QR codes posted on the doors outside the building.  A paper sign-in sheet will also be available at a table near the entrance.  
  • Proceed directly into the worship space and do not congregate in the foyer.
  • Sit with your family group or those you came with and separate from other groups by leaving two empty chair between.  This will ensure 1.5 meter separation.
  • When the service is over, leave the worship space and exit the building promptly but also carefully to avoid queueing at the exits. If you need to catch up with friends, do so outside after exiting the building.
Please continue to read our weekly email for any changes to how we will be doing Sunday worship in future weeks.

 

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.
  

Benji on Leave

Benji is now on long service leave and will be returning to BCUC on February 8.  Rev Ashley Davis has come to join our team during this time and will be preaching throughout January.  He can be contacted at ashleyd@burnsidecityuc.org.au, 0467 161 075.

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.)

If you are looking for our Breakthru Worship videos from 2020 and earlier this year, you will find them here.

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

Supply Minister

Rev Ashley Davis 0467 161 075, ashleyd@burnsidecityuc.org.au

Minister

Rev Dr Benji Callen – On Leave (from Dec 20, returning Feb 8)

Minister in Association

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

Administrator

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

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