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Easter Services from Churches within Generate Presbytery.

Easter Services Many of our churches are holding online Easter Services. If you are not holding your own you may want to connect in with one of these or share the links with your congregation and attend together.Here are some of the services and times we are aware of. Coromandel Valley Good Friday 10am Easter Sunday 10am https://coromandelvalley.online.church/ Journey Good Friday 9am, 11am, 6pm (kids 8:30am and 10:30am) Easter Sunday 9am, 11am, 6pm (kids 8:30am and 10:30am) https://journeyuc.online.church/ Encounter Good…

Keeping In Touch : April 5 2020

Philippians 2:5-11 This Sunday has two dimensions to it. Often, within the UCA, we think of it as “Palm Sunday” to celebrate Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Be we also think of it as “Passion” Sunday as it marks the beginning of the week of events that leads us to Easter. With both of those dimensions though we are invited to consider the character and person of Jesus. A Baptist minister in Melbourne, Nathan Nettleton, produces his own translations of scripture…

Keeping in Touch : 31 March 2020

Hi All, I hope you are all managing ok and keep yourselves well sheltered.  Thanks to everyone who watched the service on line last Sunday. You can catch up with it at… https://balhannah.org/ There is also a copy there of the sermon that I wrote, No promises that I will write future ones though. After I finished up with our service I “dropped in” to folks Bridgewater UCA using Zoom. They had done something different to our service but they…

Keeping In Touch – March 29th 2020

InTouch 29th March 2020 Stay connected – https://balhannah.org/ John 11:1-6 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it…

Keeping In Touch – March 24 2020

Hi All, You may have received some strange emails from me over the past few days as I have been sorting out some different means of messaging members of Balhannah Uniting Church that will better suit our needs through this time of transition. I call it a time of transition as I don’t think that things will return to normal. We are moving towards a new normal. This doesn’t mean that familiar things and behaviours won’t return. They will. We…

John 9:1-3

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 

The ninth commandment and COVID-19

You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness. You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to the poor in a lawsuit. Exodus 23:1-3 The Westminster Catechism says, “The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between…

Matthew 4:1-4

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’

2 Peter 1:16-18

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

1 Cor 3:8-9

The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labour of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.