Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 14 June 2020
Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community
Greetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.
We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS
Genesis 18:1-15, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, Romans 5:1-8,
Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)
O God, your Son has taught us that those who give a cup of water in his name will not lose their reward: open our hearts to the needs of your children, and in all things make us obedient to your will, so that in faith we may receive your gracious gift, eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
- Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
- On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
- On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
- Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
- Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.
- Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
- By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
- A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634 A/C: 100049856
A Reflection for Pentecost 2
Jesus has just described himself as ‘Lord of the harvest’. He then summons his disciples, and prepares to send them out on mission, as the labourers to help with the harvest.
But who are they called to serve? Matthew has a stern prohibition at the beginning of the disciples’ mission. How are we to understand it?
The context strongly suggests that only Israel is envisaged as the mission field, because Israel was the people for whom the Messiah of the Jewish Scriptures had been promised. In this Gospel, Jesus, the shepherd, is sent to turn the ‘lost sheep’ of Israel from following unrighteous and lawless leaders who will lead them astray.
These are challenging words for us as gentile Christians, as Matthew’s Jesus here envisages an exclusively Jewish mission field. But then we find in chapter 25:31-42 that just and righteous Gentiles are also welcome in the kingdom, through acts of kindness and justice. May be this is a timely reminder that there is more than one pathway to God, and Christians cannot claim they have exclusive rights to this road.
Thankyou from Margaret.
Margaret wishes to thank all the Marsden Road people for their support, kindness and prayers for her and David as she has gone through another major operation and is again slowly beginning to recover.
Minister of the Word
Rev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.
Church Council Chairperson: Ruth Henderson 9875 2194
Church Council Secretary: Susan Halgren 9858 1409
Elders’ Chairperson: Alan Craymer 9874 0531
Elders’ Secretary: Elaine Forrest 9874 7231
Congregation Meeting Chair: Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Property bookings/enquiries: Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/
Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AID
Did you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.