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Exploring Wisdom

Yesterday (Sunday 26 September 2021) we began our exploration of wisdom – that different way of being, knowing and living. May the Spirit continue to reorient and realign our hearts and minds in these weeks. 

Below is a famous quote from the poet Rilke from the collection Letters to a Young Poet. As we long for answers and surety amidst the great uncertainty of our times, may Rilke’s words encourage a disposition of openness, curiosity and comfort with the pilgrimage of the Christian life.

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]

Letter to the Ephesians: 6 August 2021

On Sunday, our attention was drawn to the baptismal pool in Ephesus from the second century. Though the first church building has turned to dust and the second church (Church of Mary) built around the pool lays in ruins, the pool remains as a testimony of what is central to Christian community – our ongoing participation in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Here is wisdom from Rowan Williams:

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]

Letter to the Ephesians: 4 August 2021

From Sunday’s reflection on Ephesians 1:1-14:

Paul says that in Jesus, we have come to know the mystery of God’s will, “the plan” as he calls it, “for the fullness of time,” which is “to gather up all things in Christ, things in heaven and on earth.” In the Greek, the word which is translated as “gather” holds within it the image of a head. God’s will is to bring everything together into a harmonious body with Christ as the head. 

Here are some photos from last night’s community meal – a glimpse into what this grand vision looks like on the ground.

For those who missed it, the Worship Guide and Reflection on Ephesians 1.1-14 from Sunday 2 August are available for download or viewing on screen.

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]

Letter to the Ephesians: 3 August 2021

On Sunday 1 August we began a series on the Letter to the Ephesians. I promised to send an occasional email prayer or reflection during these weeks, so today, a verse from a morning hymn. It captures something of the emphasis in Ephesians on our participation in the life of Jesus.

– 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]

Newsletter for July 2021

Hello All,

It was a busy day at St. Andrew’s with lots of volunteers and many guests. The courtyard was full of conversation and activity. This week we met a few new people which was great but could also suggest something about the stress that the COVID outbreak has brought to some once again.

On Sunday, we are able to gather for worship. Masks are mandatory at this time and we will not be allowed to sing. However, it will be good to be together again. We will begin a series on the Letter to the Ephesians. This positive and inspiring letter will hopefully bring an uplift to these weeks and a new green-and-growing setting will greet us on Sunday. 

Attached is a newsletter for you.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

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]

Adelaide Lockdown: Tuesday 27 July

I thought a poem from Mary Oliver felt just right for today. “The Gift” is from her last collection of new poems published in 2015 before her death in 2019. 

A change is upon us today, not just the move from Stay-at-Home to Level 4 Restrictions that will happen at midnight but the weather is predicted to be churning and stirring. Please keep in mind the community who will gather at St. Andrew’s today and tonight amidst the bluster.

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]