Monthly Archives: June 2021

What’s Emerging? Week 2: 17 June 2021

The Iona Community featured in our worship on Sunday. Today we receive a beautiful Iona prayer inspired by Ephesians 4:7-16. The pandemic has brought our mortality to the fore in many ways. This can be a source of anxiety but it also gives us the opportunity to consider deeply where our hope lies.

In Peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St. Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church
 
92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P: (08) 8295 1771
M: 0400 151 691
E: [email protected]

What’s Emerging? Week 2: 15 June 2021

Hugh Mackay is an Australian social psychologist and the author of twenty-two books. His most recent book is called The Kindness Revolution: How we can restore hope, rebuild trust and inspire optimism and it is comprised of Mackay’s observations and reflections on the 2019 bushfire season and the 2020 pandemic experience. 

Drawing on the universal human ties out of which Jesus lived according to last Sunday’s Gospel, Mackay writes the following.

In Peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St. Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church
 
92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P: (08) 8295 1771
M: 0400 151 691
E: [email protected]

What’s Emerging? Week 2: Monday 14 June 2021

Dear Friends,

We begin our second week of reflection on the COVID experience. Here are the links to download the worship guide and reflection from Sunday’s gathered worship.

During our sharing time in worship, we were made aware once again that many in our community are missing loved ones overseas at this time. Because of COVID, some have missed significant events, wedding celebrations, and funerals. Some may feel “homesick” in an acute way knowing they cannot travel to the land of their birth. This prayer is for them and all who feel separated from loved ones for whatever reason.

In Peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St. Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church
 
92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P: (08) 8295 1771
M: 0400 151 691
E: [email protected]

What’s Emerging? Week 1: Friday 11 June 2021

Amidst the toilet paper hoarding and fights over pasta in the shops we saw on television, many of us were privileged to witness and take part in a growth of love and kindness that is also happening. Throughout the pandemic, we at St. Andrew’s are holding open a space for giving and receiving. What a gift to be part of God’s outpouring of kindness in our community.

In peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St. Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church
 
92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P: (08) 8295 1771
M: 0400 151 691
E: [email protected]

What’s Emerging? Week 1: Wednesday 9 June 2021

Octavia E. Butler was an award winning, African American science fiction author. As a child, Butler was painfully shy. Paired with dyslexia, Butler was an easy target for bullies which led her to believe she was “ugly and stupid, clumsy and socially hopeless.” As a result, she found solace reading at the Pasadena Central Library. At the age of 10, she begged her mother to buy her a Remington typewriter on which she “pecked” her first stories “two fingered.”

Butler offers this beautiful poetic reflection on the organic nature of God, life and community:

In Peace,

Christine

Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St. Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church
 
92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
P: (08) 8295 1771
M: 0400 151 691
E: [email protected]