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Entering Holy Week – did we pass through the Golden or Jaffa Gate?

Palm Sunday gave followers of the Way a choice between entering Jerusalem’s Golden Gate with the Prince of Peace or the Jaffa Gate, through which Pontius Pilate and his soldiers arrived to “keep the peace” of Empire.

We have a daily choice of which gate to enter. Accordingly we call on our government to end hostilities against asylum seekers through indefinite offshore detention  immediately. We also call for the reinstatement of bridging visas for community asylum claimants, no matter their manner of arrival.

Give them back their names

Give them back their names



A Palm Sunday Opportunity…

Palm Sunday Poster

Combined Worship Service at Uniting Church this Sunday

Sunday March 30th at 9.30 am

Continuing the custom of combining worship whenever a fifth Sunday of the month falls…

We gather  at Wembley Downs Uniting Church, corner of Calais Road and Merriwah Street

All Welcome

Big Book Sale

Saturday 29th March

8.30am to 3pm

Lots of books for all ages – sausage sizzle, bric-a-brac, baked goods
Come and join the fun
Proceeds to Kayelihle Children’s Village, Zimbabwe, Grey Water Project
YouthCARE Churchlands Senior High School Chaplaincy

Lenten Prayer Vigil – Justice for First Peoples

A Destiny Together

Justice for First Peoples
A Week of Prayer and Fasting
17-23 March 2014

What is A Destiny Together?

A Destiny Together is a call from the Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia to all Church members to participate in a week of prayer and fasting for justice for First Peoples. It is a reflection of the Church’s commitment to work together for justice, recognition and reconciliation and to bear witness to the genuine transformation of relationship that is possible through God’s love in Jesus Christ.

 The Uniting Church Wembley Downs
and the
Church of Christ Wembley Downs

 accept the summons to support this venture

as together we host a


Wednesday, March 19th, 7.30 pm

at the

Church of Christ Wembley Downs
10 Bournemouth Crescent


A daub of ash on the forehead

Why do people rush to embrace their mortality by inviting the church to smudge their foreheads with ash and dust. 

For the faithful and the questing, this act enables reflection on the inevitability of death, and further, rather than a thing of dread, the realisation that our mortality when integrated into the Christian journey and the Way of Jesus becomes a resource for spiritual depth and the new life anticipated at Easter. Stillness, prayer, reflection leads to the wider appreciation of how a seed dies and is buried in order to germinate, sprout and grow, yielding yet more fruit

Next Wednesday, March 5, 7.30 pm opens the joint 2014 Lenten Journey for the Church of Christ and Uniting Church at Wembley Downs.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Open House winds up 2013 in style!

Nothing like a bit of celebratory jazz before a festive dinner.


Christmas Bowl launched

Christmas Bowl launched

Young members of the congregation hold the Christmas Bowl aloft at its local launch. Gifts to the Christmas Bowl fund a variety of projects around the world in partnership with local churches. It as part of the National Council of Churches Act for Peace programme.

Onesimus wept

Originally posted on Wondering Pilgrim:

Denis Ladbrook leads reflection on the Philemon simulation

Denis Ladbrook leads reflection on the Philemon simulation

Church yesterday was an exercise in role-playing the 1st century church that met in the home of Philemon of Colossae. Creative imagination saw Philemon, his presumed wife Apphia and his presumed son and heir Archippus presiding over our regular congregation who had variously become the merchants, stewards and household slaves that met in Philemon’s atrium as a house-church.
The church meeting was in full swing when a messenger arrived bearing a letter from Philemon’s esteemed mentor, Paul. The porter was permitted to admit the messenger, who turned out to be Onesimus, a slave who had absconded Philemon’s household some time before.

Freeze-motion techniques enabled each group of participants to respond to what was about to unfold.

  • Philemon is suddenly confronted with a householder’s shame – a runaway slave.
  • Apphia presumably adhered to the strict Greco-Roman customs of managing the household…

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