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Worship on Sunday

In Sunday’s Gospel reading, we will hear Jesus say, “Peace be with you,” once again. We will explore what it means for us to be witnesses of this peace, especially in a world that is often fractured and divided. Worship will include communion, a celebration of our oneness in Christ. I look forward to sharing this time with you.

Along with your usual offering, you might wish to bring a gift of non-perishables for the food pantry. As we are fed at Christ’s table, may we share food with those who are hungry body and soul. 

Here’s a quote from Joan Chittister to get the conversation going. The photo was sent to me from Avril who is currently camping near Menindee Lake. Looks beautiful!

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]

Happy Easter 2021

Dear Friends,

Easter blessings to you this day. 

From our first steps into Holy Week with the Quiet Morning at the arboretum, to the community’s engagement with the Holy Week setting in the hall, to Thursday’s worship of word, symbol and song, to the Good Friday Prayer Walk, to this morning’s ecumenical dawn service at the foreshore followed by worship as the St. Andrew’s community, it has been a rich week. We have experienced the life, death and resurrection of Christ in a multi-sensory, multi-layered way. I pray everyone has been touched by some image, word, song or connection.

Attached is the order of worship from the 10:00 am worship and my reflection on Mark 16:1-8.

Thank you to Jennifer for providing green cuttings and flower arrangements for Holy Week and Easter Day. 

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]

Lent Day 39

Today’s reflection comes from our Good Friday Prayer Walk which will begin at 9:30 am. I look forward to seeing some of you there. The image of Jesus crucified between two unnamed others – suffering in-between – sets the tone for our walk and prayers. Jesus did not set himself apart from the pain of humanity, but entered fully into our lives. May we have eyes to see and, in our seeing, deepen our commitment to build a more resilient, sustainable, just and compassionate future.

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]

Lent Day 38

This was the prayer offered during our Tuesday evening community meal for Holy Week. Thank you to all who volunteered for this 5th Tuesday of the month. It was a happy gathering that fed us body and soul.

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]

Lent Day 37

During our recent Quiet Morning at the Waite Arboretum on Saturday 27 March, the group noticed it was impossible to behold things in decay in nature without also beholding things coming to life or in bloom within or nearby. Every stage was present at once. Some wisdom to contemplate during this Holy Week.

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]

Lent Day 36

Poet Mary Oliver paints a playful yet poignant picture of the sleepy disciples in her poem Gethsemane. As the rough edges of the Gospel story come into view this week, may we accept that the utterly human “must be part of the story” and be gentle with ourselves and others.

Peace,

Christine Gilbert

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]

Good Friday Prayer Walk

“As we approach Easter, the most holy time for Christians,

we are called to renew our commitment to embody

the presence of Christ in our communities.”

––Dr Deidre Palmer, UCA President

Palm Sunday Peace March

Dear Friends,

I would like to encourage you to consider taking part in St. Andrew’s Good Friday Prayer Walk for a more justice, hospitable and sustainable Australia. You may be uncertain about what this prayer walk will be like: What will it include? And what does walking for justice have to do with Good Friday?

Hope & Vision for the Prayer Walk

In short, the best responses to these and other questions will be discovered through our participation on the day. But since this Prayer Walk is a first for St. Andrew’s, perhaps I can attempt to share my hope and vision.

As a church called to be a place of hospitality, acceptance and care, we are privileged to hear many stories that reveal disparity, injustice and the need for reform in our society. On Good Friday, we remember the cost embodying a prophetic, loving presence in the world had for Jesus. We stand as faithful disciples before the cross, willing to take in the suffering of Christ in our day, to hear and stay with the truth of the stories we hear and, through prayer, we will express our desire for a different future. 

Walk Itinerary

We will begin at the front of the church and walk to Centrelink where we will pray for economic recovery that is focused on the common good. We will walk to the Backpackers and pray for paths of permanent settlement for refugees and migrants. We will walk to the foreshore and pray for new ways of being that are good for the environment. Finally, we will return to the church for a blessing and those who wish are invited to stay for hot cross buns and conversation.

Please RSVP

It would be helpful for me to know of your intention to come when I print the prayer booklets and for catering purposes. Please respond via email by Thursday 1 April if that is what is easiest for you.

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]