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Domestic Violence in the Church

The Church of Christ Wembley Downs has expressed abhorrence of domestic violence in the community and has from time to time campaigned to raise awareness. As the spotlight falls this week on different expressions of the Australian church, this church’s leaders say there is absolutely no defence – theologically, pastorally, or biblically – for its support or perpetuation. We call to account its perpetrators and offer support and nurture to its victims and survivors.

Coastal Hymn to Advent

Rosemary Booth, our Worship Convenor, was looking for a suitable hymn for Advent that reflected local context. Not being able to find one, she wrote the following to be sung to the tune of “There’s A Light Upon The Mountains” (Together in Song #276).

Reflecting the habitat of Perth’s coastal plains, it is free for use and adaptation:

Now the early morning sunlight shows the deep blue of the sea;
It’s inviting us to dip our toes or get wet to the knee.
But it’s not the cool breeze blowing that prevents our daily swim,
But the faint elusive sound of a profound and ancient hymn.

There’s a Christmas tree a-glowing near the track down to the sea,
And its burning golden bloom now shines with great intensity.
But it’s not the fiery branches nor the wind along the track,
But a song of hope and peace that tells that we cannot turn back.

There’s a jacaranda flowering in the garden next to me,
And a gust of wind is rippling to create a purple sea.
But it’s not the wind that’s ruffling our impatient longing hearts;
It’s the promised new creation and the love that it imparts.

For it’s not the sea we long for, not the bush that we desire,
Not the flowers that we watch for, but the light that can inspire.
For Emmanuel is coming as a precious baby boy.
Yes! The Prince of Peace is coming! Let’s sing out a song of joy!

Words: Rosemary Booth (alt. D Cant and K Durbridge)
Public Domain

Service of Commissioning

Worship & Communion

9:30am, Sunday, May 5th, 2013

24 Images of John’s Apocalypse

(acrylic on canvas)

Counterpart

(detail)

Artist: Robert Brittain
Guest Speaker: Emeritus Professor Reverend William Loader
(New Testament Studies, Murdoch University)

All are welcome to come and contemplate this vast 24 panel panorama
exploring the prolific imagery of the Book of Revelation