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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:   of[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]

Worship Resources for 4 October 2020

Dear Friends,

This week we begin a series of reflections on Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. It is a brief and joy-filled letter, one we can probably read in about 20-minutes. Some of you may wish to do so sometime during these weeks. I find it an uplifting and encouraging letter.

A few of us have worked together to create a new reflective space in the hall for this series. One of the gifts of sharing the space throughout the week is many are invested in and interactive with the space setting. Thank you to all who have added their touch or assisted in some way.

Remember that our clocks will spring ahead tonight, so if you are planning to gather for worship in the morning, you’ll need to change your clock.

Attached are the Home Worship Guide for this Sunday and the Reflection. Also, attached is the Uniting Care Glenelg newsletter for this month summarising activities at the Emergency services centre. There are hard copies available at church for those who wish.

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 27 September 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope you are staying warm during these days of wild and unpredictable weather.

This week we conclude our journey with the Exodus narrative.

Some will miss the wilderness setting that has been a centrepiece for community over these weeks.

I think the succulents may be pleased to see the light of day again, though!

(Thank you to Paul McGrath for the photo!)

Those who wish are welcome to gather at 9:45 am for 10:00 am start on Sunday 27 September. Please keep in mind that the Bay to Birdwood will be happening so some road closures will apply. 

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

Peace to you,

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 20 September 2020

Dear Friends,

This weekend we move towards the spring equinox – the actual spring equinox, that is, not our wishful 1st September declaration of spring! On 21 September, we will experience approximately an equal amount of daylight and darkness.  

I thought you might appreciate a little Leunig to go along with the change happening in the air:

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend filled with all of the above, especially teapots.

Worship resources for this weekend are here for the Guide and here for 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]

Worship Resources for 13 September 2020

Dear Friends,

This week, as we move further along in our journey towards freedom, the Exodus story takes us into the desert. The wilderness is a traditional place for deepening wisdom and prayer as well as sacred encounter and transformation. You might recall your experiences in the wilderness and bring these memories to your prayer.

Flowing out of the story of receiving manna in the wilderness, those who are able to gather for worship tomorrow will be invited to share in communion. I look forward to celebrating Eucharist together and all are welcome.

Finally, I neglected to attach the UCG newsletter last weekend. Some of you may have collected one on Sunday morning. I’ve attached it for you today and hope it helps to keep you in touch with what is happening at St. Andrew’s during the week.

Worship resources for tomorrow 13 September are the Guide and Reflection on Exodus 16:2–15.

Peace to you,

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 6 September 2020

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope this email finds you well and perhaps aching from time in the garden, exercise outdoors, or cleaning the BBQ in preparation for Father’s Day. Tomorrow is promised to be a lovely day however we choose to enjoy it.

I’ve attached the worship resources and reflection for this week. We continue to explore the journey towards freedom with the Exodus story. This week the theme is thresholds – the movement from one place to another, literally and metaphorically. The Iona Community wrote a new song for the global threshold the pandemic has cast for us. You might want to listen to it here: 

Peace to you,

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 30 August 2020

Dear Friends,

Predictions are that today (Saturday 29 August 2020) will be a glorious one here in Adelaide. May we find ways to enjoy the warmth and sun.

Attached are the worship resources for this week: The Home Worship Guide and the Reflection in Solitude.

Also, a reminder of the invitation to come along to a Zoom gathering starting this Thursday to learn more about meditation and practice this silent, emptying prayer together. I’ve attached the information flyer for your consideration. Please let me know of your interest to attend so I can send the Zoom link to 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]