Messy Church this Friday 29th March on Zoom at 4:30pm

Hello Messy friends and fans!

Our next Messy Church Zoom will be 4:30pm Friday 29th May- put it on the calendar!

We will send out the actual invite to the meeting later as another reminder.

Have a look at the story from the Bible we have attached.  It’s like a story book with pictures so you can print it out:

Phillip and the Ethiopian man

You can read it in the Bible in Acts 8 v 26-40 as well if you want.

Have a think about this question: “ How has the Holy Spirit Spoken to you?”

Some fun things are happening during our Messy Church Zoom.

So before the meeting have ready :

  • some lego
  • 2 pencils and a piece of paper plus some sticky tape
  • something red/orange/or yellow to wave or wear  to symbolise the Holy Spirit.

Sounds exciting doesn’t it?

We can’t wait to see you again and hoping you are all well ,

Love from St Luke’s Messy Church

Messy Church is one place we can mark special transitions. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stoel

 

Sunday 24th May: Online worship – Easter 7

Greetings friends!

Lloyd and Deborah are presenting today’s worship and they would love you to start with singing along to this song – Praise and Worship people should know it well!

And now join Lloyd and Deborah for worship led from the Sanctuary at St Luke’s:

Don’t forget to check your email for today’s update including the link to our Zoom meeting for sharing time at 10am.

The most recent edition of the Presbytery Newsletter is now available here:

PPPW Newsletter 21 May 2020

And you can also catch up on the latest news from Synod here:

Synod e-news

Finally, a big shout out to everyone at St Luke’s who volunteers their time to the congregation and the wider community – this week is national Volunteer Week when we acknowledge the amazing contributions volunteers make to enriching our community – Thankyou for all you do!

#waveforvolunteers

Stay well friends, more news will be coming your way this week,

Grace and Peace,

Robyn for the St Luke’s Leadership Team.

Sunday 17th May – Online Worship: Easter 6

Greetings friends!

Today’s worship will be premiering on YouTube at 9:30am, followed by our first Zoom gathering.  Details have been emailed and will also be posted in the Facebook Group.

The beautiful celtic flute playing in the prayers was by a group called Senor Cabrales, and here’s a little more of them:

For singing today why not join with the Notre Dame University Folk Choir?  They’re joyous!

Verse 1

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Refrain
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Verse 2

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow’r to save us.
Make us your living voice.

Refrain

Verse 3

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

Refrain

Verse 4

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

Refrain

Verse 5

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

Refrain

© Bernadette Farrell 1993.

Uniting have made their newsletters available online and you can find them here:

Supporter newsletter

Congregation Connect 

Be sure to read them and if you are able please continue to donate to Uniting as their services will be more in demand than ever in these coming months.

The Uniting Church Synod has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID 19 restrictions and what congregations are able to do.  You can find this information here.

Church Council are meeting online this Tuesday to review the changes in restrictions and see how they will impact St. Luke’s.  The Annual Meeting of the Congregation remains deferred, however we hope to have the Annual Report for 2019 out to you sometime this coming week.

Please continue to pray and care for one another and for our wider community.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Zoom today at 10.  The details have been emailed and are also available in the Facebook Group.

Grace and Peace to you!

Robyn

Sunday 10th May – Online Worship: Easter 5

Photo: Eric Sanman, Pexels

Hello friends!

This week our online worship focuses on Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the image of the church as a “Priesthood of all believers” – this is borne out today, where much of our ministry takes place within our own homes, in calls to friends and neighbours and simple acts of kindness to one another and to strangers we may meet.

Thanks to Yousef for presenting this week’s readings to us, and to Zoe for reading the Lord’s Prayer.

You can watch this week’s online worship from 9:30am on Youtube here:

For singing at home, you might enjoy this song from “The Jesus Record” by Rich Mullins and A Ragamuffin Band – “That where I am there you may also be” based on today’s gospel reading:

 

Paul mentions the Christian Churches in China and their home based gatherings – you may be interested in learning more in this story from SBS in 2017:

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/chinese-christian-churches-targeted-in-religious-crackdown

Our prayers also focus on those in need – through hunger, loneliness, or ill-health.  Uniting, our church welfare agency, plays a strong role in supporting people on the margins of our society and you can follow some of people’s stories here:

Recognise anyone in this photo?  Some of our St Luke’s Messy Church leaders met via Zoom with others across the Presbytery to share ideas for how to do Messy Church online – stay tuned!

If you’re taking the opportunity to visit other churches during the COVID19 lockdown, you might like to drop in to the UCA Assembly Facebook page for a livestreamed service with Rev Sally Douglas from Richmond UC –

Finally, this week we farewell Olive Hunt, a beloved and warmly remembered member of St Luke’s.  “She was such a humble, elegant lady, always there for other people.”

Olive Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay well friends, and remember this Wednesday morning at 8am will be our first Zoom prayer meeting from our Facebook Group.

Tips for recording yourself for online presentations

Dear friends,

It has been so lovely to see our people  in our online worship and other presentations, sharing greetings, bible readings and prayers.

As one of the editors, I get to see your recordings many times and come up  with creative ways to present your contributions so that you are clearly seen and heard.

I want to encourage those of you who are “brave” enough, to consider joining the “digital worship roster”, to help present and prepare items for Sunday morning, Messy Church, Kid’s church and other opportunities we have to share the story of Jesus’ transforming grace and our lives as a community of faith.

Here are some tips for helping you to prepare a great video recording:

In summary:

  • – Smartphones are fine
  • – Record from a fixed position
  • – Make sure the light source is in front of you, not behind you
  • – Record in Landscape, not portrait
  • – Record in a quiet environment
  • – Do a test to check if you are loud enough
  • – Pause at the beginning and end of the video, and after a stumble so that the editor can work their magic
  • – Don’t be nervous! We love to see our people in our worship!

Thanks to Abigail and Christopher for their help with photos and sound effects!

We look forward to seeing many more St Luke’s faces and hearing your voices as we continue to gather virtually to keep one another safe.  If you are interested in helping to prepare a segment for one of our online ministries, please let either Paul or myself know by emailing the office – info (at) stlukesuca.org.au

 

Sunday 3rd May – Online Worship: Easter 4

Greetings dear friends!

This week’s online worship is here, but it won’t be published until Sunday morning at 9am:

Thankyou to Paul and Colleen for presenting, and to Pam for her photo contributions,  a rose is featured during the Lord’s Prayer, and Pam  writes:  “This is a symbol of remembrance of the wonder of God’s creation.   (It is actually a bloom from the rose bush given to Beth [Allen] following Ken’s passing)”,

If you would like to hear the version of Psalm 23 that Paul mentioned today, you can find a beautiful recording here:

For a listening song, you might also enjoy this tune from Leigh Newton (if you haven’t already noticed, I’m becoming quite the fan!

We had our first Messy Church gathering via Zoom this week, and it was great to see the faces of our friends again after a long while!  We’re looking forward to trying out a lot of new ideas for next time.

Bible Lego Challenge

Our Presbytery is running a Great Bible Lego Challenge!

This is the way it will work…

It starts on 2 May 2020. You are invited to form a team for the Presbytery Bible Lego Challenge. Your team can be a family group or other Lego enthusiasts that you are allowed to be with.

You can have no more than 4 people in your team. There are no restrictions on number of teams per ministry context, they just need an individual name. An example could be “Team Zero from East Geelong UCA.”

Each week for 6 weeks a new Lego challenge will be issued for teams to complete – this will be posted on our Presbytery Facebook Page each Sunday – Regenerating the Church – Port Phillip West Presbytery.

A full copy of the rules is available on our Facebook page or you can download it here:

Presbytery of Port Phillip West LEGO Challenge

There will be prizes… so come aboard and join the fun!

Presbytery has also begun producing a regular newsletter – you can find a copy here:

PPPW Newsletter 30 April 2020

The Synod is also sending out more frequent e-news updates – here’s the latest one

Last year, our family watched this story on ABC’s Compass about a Minister in Surrey Hills trying out new ways of being in community, and of ministry.  It got us thinking about different ways of ministry for St Luke’s, too.

Take care this week, friends – and don’t forget to send us your photos and contributions for online worship – we’d love to see photos of you “attending” church these days!  Or perhaps you have some favourite photos or videos of Geelong or of the St Luke’s community you’d like to share.

 

Sunday 26th April – Online Worship: Easter 3

Good morning everyone!

You’re in for a treat this morning with a special morning hymn from Magpie!  Thanks to Barbara, Linda and Paul for preparing and presenting this morning’s worship.

We also have volume 2 of our Orthodox Easter greetings from our Messy Church families to share with you:

For some music today, other than the magpies, you might enjoy this thought-provoking tune from Leigh Newton:

Linda has sourced some multi sensory and multi generational activities for you to do at home here:

Easter 3 Resources

And we haven’t heard from her for a long time, but I thought many of you would appreciate hearing this Parish update from our friend Geraldine, the Vicar of Dibley (PS it’s a comedy sketch, for those of you who’ve never heard of her before!)

And speaking of Zoom, our first Messy Church gathering via Zoom is happening this Friday 1st of May at 4:30pm.  Details of how to prepare will be emailed on Monday, but in the meantime, don’t forget to pop it in your calendar!

Sunday 19th April: Easter 2 – Online Worship

Grace and Peace to you all, in the name of Jesus.

Heartfelt thanks to Linda Salamy for editing this week’s worship service so that I could catch up on some very behind university study!  Thanks to Paul and Sue for presenting our worship today.

We also have many families from our Messy Church community who celebrate Orthodox Easter this weekend as part of their traditions – here are some special greetings from some of them!

If you are wanting to sing today, you might enjoy this favourite – “Be Thou My Vision”:

We also have some multi-sensory activities for you to do at home:

Easter 2 Resources

You might like to try dyeing your own eggs with Costa and friends:

 

Please keep in your prayers our partners in the Pacific, particularly Vanuatu, as they deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Harold.    Here is an update from UnitingWorld about the impact of COVID19 on our partners from poorer nations:

Above all, we urge you to continue to uphold one another in prayer, and we pray that you and your loved ones stay safe and well, and know the transforming presence of Jesus through these challenging and uncertain times.

Easter Sunday – online worship

Easter Sunrise at Limeburner’s Point 2019.

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen indeed – Alleluia!

May this Easter morning bring you renewal and encouragement.

You can watch our online worship service here – there are even some opportunities for you to sing along with some favourite hymns today.

Here too is an Easter Message from the CEO of Uniting VicTas, Bronwyn Pike:

And of course an Easter message from our lovely Moderator, Denise:

 

Sunrise service at Limeburner’s Point with members of East Geelong Uniting Church, 2019.

Good Friday Reflection – Worship online

An opening hymn for your home worship:

In this Good Friday reflection, Paul considers the suffering of Jesus in light of Dietrich Bonhoffer’s hymn “We go to God when we are sorely pressed”.

We go to God in our suffering, and God comes to us in God’s suffering. The story of Jesus crucifixion is read from the gospel of Matthew by members of the congregation.

You may wish to listen to the hymn referred to by Paul here: