Monthly Archives: October 2020

Worship Resources for 25 October 2020

Dear Friends,

We continue to make our way through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. May our prayer be more and more the one we find in Paul’s letter: I want to know Christ. If by “Christ” we mean the physical manifestation of a spiritual God, what might knowing Christ look like for you and for the community we hope to be?

This evening our church will host a shared meal for those who are newer to Australia and a part of the community during the week. In our own small way, we hope to be an hospitable space that embodies our oneness in Christ.

A reminder about the conversation on the theology of worship that will be offered starting Sunday. (flyer is attached) If you have yet to choose a time but would still like to come along, please respond and let me know which time works for you. 

The Home Worship Guide for this Sunday is available here and the Reflection is available here.

In peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church

92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P:   (08) 8295 1771
E:   [email protected]

Worship Resources for 18 October 2020

Dear Friends,

As we continue to make our way through Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, we turn our attention to the self-emptying nature of Christ. In speaking about what it might mean to be a self-emptying church in a lecture given at Trinity College in Melbourne entitled “Running on Empty: Contemplation and Ecclesial Possibility,” Sarah Bachelard says this:

I believe that to be adequate to the depth of the world’s need, truly bearers of Christ’s reconciling love, calls for an expansion of the church’s imagination and our compassion. To live into this possibility means being willing to let ourselves go, to fall empty-handed into the hands of the living God so as to receive our life back as gift and renewed call. Dare we accept this invitation? Will we follow Jesus through the deep waters of chaos and death, being uncreated to be recreated, broken to be given as blessing for all? 

You might want to read the whole accessible and inspiring lecture here.

Those gathering for worship on Sunday will have the opportunity to receive communion, a beautiful, sacramental expression of our unity in Christ. Perhaps if you have yet to return to gathered worship, Sunday’s communion celebration may be a good reason to get out of bed!

The Home Worship Guide for this Sunday is available here and the Reflection in Solitude is available here.

Peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church

92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P:   (08) 8295 1771
E:   [email protected]

Worship Resources for 11 October 2020

Dear Friends,

This week, we continue our exploration of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi.

I visited the ancient city of Philippi as part of my seminary training, a three-week excursion through the cities of Paul and immersion into the Greek Orthodox Church.

Here is a photograph of the baptismal pool created in memory of Lydia, a place I found beautiful and inspiring – obviously because I later named my daughter Lydia.

As the unusual founding of this community (a Gentile woman and a Roman soldier) reminds us, God’s Spirit is at work everywhere including in surprising people and places. 

Also, here is a song that will be part of our worship for those who gather together on Sunday:

I made the mistake of playing it early in the day and it has stayed with me, just ask the volunteers in the kitchen! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

If you are worshipping from home, here are the links to the Home Worship Guide for this Sunday and the Reflection.

In peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church

92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P:   (08) 8295 1771
E:   [email protected]

What is worship for?

Dear Friends,

The pandemic has rearranged many aspects of life for us including how we are church. Anyone who has been part of St. Andrew’s over these months will easily see that life is not as it once was.

Now that the initial flurry of adaption seems to have settled down, we are given time to reflect and think deeply about our experience. One aspect of our life as a church is gathered worship. Being forced to worship in solitude and now in a COVID safe way has raised questions that are worth pondering together.

Attached is a flyer inviting you to a beginning conversation about worship. Sean Gilbert in his role as a Lecturer in Ministry Practice at the Uniting College has offered to provide his thoughts on the theology of worship. We are blessed to have Sean with us as he teaches worship and liturgy at the College. Combined with his many years as a Minister in Placement, he is in a good place to help us reflect on our experience in a meaningful way.

As you’ll see on the flyer, three sessions will be offered at the end of this month. These will be duplicate sessions so you are invited to come along to the one that best suits your schedule. One offering will be via Zoom to make it even more convenient. Please RSVP and let me know which session works best for you. You can respond to this email or email/phone the church. I look forward to hearing from you.

In peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church

92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P:   (08) 8295 1771
E:   [email protected]