Words that Bear the Word

Yes, God’s Word is available through the Bible, but not only through the Bible.  We believe that, throughout history, revelation has come to men and women, and some of these people incorporated it in their writing… It would be folly to believe that revelation has ceased or that people have stopped communicating the fruits of revelation in writing. We continue to be blessed by God’s Word as it comes to us through modern artists. (Click here to read more)

Joan engages in an Act for Peace

A couple weeks ago Joan Calcutt received a request from Act For Peace to sign up for the ‘Ration Challenge’, as the situation in refugee camps is more challenging than  ever before, given the threat of catching the Covid virus in the overcrowded situations, the lack of hygienic facilities and food and medicine shortages etc.

As Joan has done for a few years, she registered to represent the church’s JIM group in the Challenge. Her family and friends in both Ocean Grove UC and Barwon Heads UC have been very supportive in the past, raising around $2000 for the work of Act for Peace each year, so she hopes this year will be no different. 

Anyone who would like to contribute to Joan’s effort can do so online by clicking on the following link:   https://actforpeace.rationchallenge.org.au/joan-calcutt

NEWS FLASH! Joan reached her target!
Thanks to all who have helped…

…But wait! OH! Her target has been raised!

Joan now has begun the challenge, which takes place September 13-19, so act now to sponsor Joan and cheer her on.  (Click here to see a progress report from Joan at the halfway point)

NEWS FLASH! Joan reached her target AGAIN!!

Thanks AGAIN to all who have helped…

The money  raised will help bring emergency food, hygiene kits and life-saving support to the people that need it most. Let’s show we really are ‘in this together’.

Click here to read a note from Joan

30 Of The Most Savage Things God Has Said On Twitter

If you didn’t know just yet, God is on Twitter. The Almighty has over 6.1 million devout fans eagerly awaiting His latest posts while He Himself follows only one account—Justin Bieber’s. The parody account is full of hilarious jokes and witty comments that will hopefully make you laugh and raise your spirits…except if you are easily offended by a bit of off-colour language and a suggestion of heresy 🙂  (Click here to read more.)

New Addition to Glossary

Progressive Christianity

Rev. Dr. John Bodycomb was certainly progressive; however, but he thought the term was needlessly smug, and preferred using “evolving” to describe the “variegated stream of thinking” (Two Elephants in the Room, pg.770) that has been spreading over Western Christianity for the last 70 years. Dr. Bodycomb characterised it as “a ‘grass-roots’ cry from members of all mainstream denominations for a faith worth living and dying for,”…  (Click here to read more)

Join Us for Worship with Zoom

All Sunday worship services are streamed via Zoom, and can be joined at 10am through the link:

https://zoom.us/j/92890231567?pwd=T3k0bFJkUm4zNTc4RDM2MUkwR0Fldz09

Meeting ID: 928 9023 1567

Password: 019055

In addition to the ‘live’ worship on Sunday mornings, a text and audio service can be accessed at any time from this site. The worship service for September 13th is now available at “Minister/View From the Pulpit/Sermons”

If you would like a little practice with Zoom before you try worship online, Geoff Naylor is happy to help.  You may contact him by email at drgeoff.naylor@gmail.com

Alternatively, you may email Rev. Bob at bobuc2@juno.com

UCA Birthday Celebration

The 43rd birthday of the Uniting Church in Australia was celebrated on June 21st with a Geelong-wide Zoom worship service. The service was well received on  the full allowance of 100 devices; however, the number would have been considerably more but for an administrative error that prevented the use of the 500-device licence purchased for the occasion.

The Presbytery apologises to those who tried, but who were unable to ‘find a pew’ on the Zoom service.  Some of these people were able to watch the service on Facebook, but those who missed out may watch a recording of the service here::

Just click on the play ‘arrow’.  There are about 12 minutes at the beginning before the start of the service that can be skipped by adjusting the sliding bar to the right of the play/pause button,

The text for a ‘local’ service is also provided at “Minister/View from the Pulpit/Sermons/Season of Pentecost”

 

The Joys of Digital Technology

To the regular visitors to this site,

apologies from our web hosting service.  

A gremlin in the system hid or destroyed four weeks of content that had been added to this site from May24th, including the worship services from Pentecost (May 31st) to June 14th, plus 20 or so of the songs that had been added to Jesus’ repertoire and any other posts between May 24th and June 21st.

The content is gradually being replaced, but it will take a while, so bear with us.   Many of the links (literally hundreds) between pages were lost as well, so though most have been repaired, you may be unlucky enough to get a “Not Found”  error message.  Eventually, all links will be fixed, but if you discover one, please email your discovery to bobuc2@juno.com

An open, virtual door to the world