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Worship Resources for 2 August 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you well. The COVID numbers in SA seem to suggest stability, but our hearts and prayers are with Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as well as other parts of the world following another challenging week. May we also pray for those for whom the closing of the SA borders has brought personal impact and suffering. 

Attached you will find the worship resources for this week. The focus is on compassion, our full-bodied with-ness with God and one another. May your prayer and reflection bring peace and encouragement.

For those who would like, we continue to meet from 9:45 for 10:00 am start in the church hall to share worship together. Worship will include communion this Sunday, all observed in a COVID safe manner. We will be seated around tables tomorrow with a “café style” worship in the hope of maximising the feeling of community even as we observe physical distancing. 

All things are ready…

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

Home Worship 26 July 2020

Dear Friends,

It has been another full week at St. Andrew’s with the highest number of people coming into our Emergency Relief Centre to date. Despite the growing busyness, it remains an hospitable, cheery space where connection happens and support is shared among the community––guests and volunteers alike. My engagement with those in this space continues to impact me and shape my hearing of the Gospel and thus the reflections I share with you. 

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

All who wish are welcome to gather in the hall on Sunday 26 July from 9:45 for a 10:00 am start to worship together.

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]

Home Worship 19 July 2020

Dear Friends,

A reminder that those who wish are invited to gather this Sunday at 9:45 for 10:00 am start. The resources attached will be our guide for those worshipping together on Sunday and copies will be available.

Whether at home or 92 Jetty Road, a Sabbath poem by Wendell Berry welcomes us into the kind of prayer where fear and anxiety are quelled, and we sing our song in harmony with creation.

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

Peace be with 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]

Home Worship 12 July 2020

Dear Friends,

Along with the weekly guide and reflection, I have a couple of items to share with you. One is this compelling poster (Radici Studios) which was posted on the Benedictine Abbey Facebook page. I feel it is worth pondering in this time of winter seeding and transition.

Secondly, I wish to share a song called “Leaning into Darkness” by Velma Frye who composes music for different times of life and the day. This is a meditative piece for the season we find ourselves –maybe something to listen to with the lights off, as you give way to sleep.

And finally, the Home Worship Guide for this Sunday is available here and the Reflection in Solitude is available here.

Peace to you all,

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]

Tuesday Night Prayers

Simple night prayers (compline) are offered every Tuesday evening at the completion of the community meal for all who wish to take part.

This will be a time to reflect on the day, seek the support of one another and God through the offering of prayer (with candles), and invite God’s peace and protection as day turns to night.

All are invited to Tuesday’s compline prayer, even if you are not part of the community meal. Just come to the church hall around 7:15 pm to sanitise and sign in.

Shared Worship begins Sunday 19 July

Beginning 19 July at 10:00 am those who wish are invited to gather in the Church Hall for communal worship. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sanitise your hands and sign in as part of our COVID Safe practices. For more information, please read a detailed letter here.

The communal worship will use the home worship resources offered each week through this time of transition and uncertainty. The weekly contemplative prayer guide and reflection includes scripture engagements, artwork, poetry and prayers for use as personal or small group worship.

Home Worship 5 July 2020

Dear Friends,

As we continue to make our way through this time of transition and so much remains uncertain, may we find peace through our prayer and direction through our reflective practices. I will continue to provide at home worship resources and those who wish are invited to gather in the church hall for shared worship beginning 19 July at 10:00 am. Please arrive early to allow for sign in and hygiene.  

You may also want to gather for night prayer (compline) on Tuesday evenings at approximately 7:15 pm. As I expressed it to our friends at the community meal, it is like a good night kiss from God.

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

Peace be with 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]

Home Worship 28 June 2020

Dear Friends,

The winter solstice has come and gone. I hope you made space to celebrate the light and warmth that is with us always and especially apparent and appreciated in the cold and dark of this season.

Beginning this Tuesday (30 June 2020), we will trial a simple night prayer at the end of our community meal. All who wish are invited to a brief time of reflection and prayer with candle lighting. If you would like to participate in the prayer time, please arrive by 7:15 pm. If you haven’t been part of the meal (though, of course you are invited to that as well), you may walk into the chaos of clean up and transition. Welcome! We will begin the night prayer at approximately 7:30 pm when all is settled. Alternatively, I will email the prayer we intend to use each week for you to join us at home.

Alongside gathered worship on Sunday mornings beginning on 19 July (detailed letter to follow), Avril and I intend to continue exploring how to integrate prayer into spaces where our community is already gathered. As with everything in this season of transition, things will unfold as we move along the edges with the Spirit of Love.

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

Home Worship 21 June 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you rugged up as we make our way towards the shortest day/longest night of the year.

Here is a little song I heard this week that speaks of the little by little work of love in us. It is called “Slow Action of Love” by Australian singer/songwriter John Coleman. As this uncertain season lingers and we may be experiencing a myriad of feelings, I hope this song brings encouragement or at least a smile to our faces:

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

Refugee Week and Winter Solstice

Dear Friends,

As we move through our week, I would remind us that Australia is observing Refugee and Asylum Seeker Week and the winter solstice occurs here in the Southern Hemisphere this Sunday.

Last night at the Tuesday community meal, we read together the prayer below. I was touched as the quiet voices offered our shared longings for those who are Refugees and Asylum Seekers, especially in our midst. The prayer opened up several conversations about refugees which was also heartening.

Attached is a document with some poems and prayers for the winter solstice. In speaking with our congregation member Jennifer P yesterday, we questioned whether we should name it as the longest night or the shortest day.

How do you perceive it this year?

Regardless, I hope the attached provide fitting companions today and in the shortening days to come as we make this turning.

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]