St Ives Uniting Church
Finding meaning in Christ, finding purpose in life.

 

 

 

 

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We worship together with the Hwaebok Korean community at 9.30am each Sunday. The services are in English, with Korean translations available. Refreshments follow on our Fellowship Terrace.

We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month. The services cater for all ages and you are welcome. We are a warm friendly group who are progressive, open-minded and commited to helping people think through the big questions of life: relationships, meaning and hope.

Please click on the following link for a copy of Sunday Liturgies and Homilies - Sunday Reflections

You are invited to share worship with us during Easter

Palm Sunday
Sunday 14th April at 9.30am
Jesus enters Jerusalem confronting the powers that be.

Maundy Thursday
Thursday 18th April at 7.30pm
We gather to celebrate Tenebrae - The Liturgy of Shadows.

Good Friday
Friday 19th April at 9.30am
We gather round the foot of the Cross.

Easter Day
Sunday 21st April at 9.30am
We will share Communion and each have the opportunity to place a flower on the Cross, together expressing that in Christ, beauty transcends barrenness.

Easter 2019

‘He is not here, He is risen.’

THE MAGIC OF MUSIC PROGRAM 2019

Sunday May 19 2019 at 2.30pm - you asked for them! The acclaimed Sydney Welsh Choir with their latest program of stirring music.

Sunday June 23 2019 at 2.30pm - West End Musical star, Peter Cousens and legendary Flautist Jane Rutter bring a Magical afternoon of Musical Romance with pianist John Martin.

Sunday July 21 2019 at 2.30pm - The artistry of four talented musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, bring loved classics on harp, flute, violin and cello.

Sunday August 18 2019 at 2.30pm - The incredible performance of Simon Tedeschi (piano) and Australia's Living Treasure actor John Bell in their latest collaboration with Keats' poetry and Schubert's music "Bright Star". Not to be missed!

Click on the following links for The Magic of Music 2019 Flyer and Booking Form

For further information on our Concert program for 2019 please contact Mrs. Fay Laginestra on 9144 6044 fay.laginestra@bigpond.com or Church Office. Please also advise if you would like to be on our mailing list for the 2019 Concert Series.

PLAYGROUPS - Everybody welcome

Monday 10.00 am - 12 noon - Korean spoken on Mondays.

For further information contact Hee Jeon 0433 429 727 or Church Office.

Tuesday 10.00 am - 12 noon. Click on the following links for further details St Ives UC Playgroup flyer or Playgroup webpage.

For further information contact Eve Edmonds on 0422 388 258 or Church Office.

 

GARAGE SALES 2019

Our Garage Sales for 2018 were very successful and we look forward to welcoming you to our 2019 Garage Sales.

Our first Garage Sale is Saturday May 4th 2019 and the second is

Saturday November 2nd 2019.

For details of all events contact Church Office 9144 5795 office@stivesuc.com.au


Epiphany

Lent 2019

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent has been traditionally marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.
Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus' crucifixion by Rome. This is believed to have taken place in Roman occupied Jerusalem.
Increasingly the Christian churches that observe Lent – and not all do significantly these days – focus on two things. First, the drama of the period, reflected in singing, prayers and the liturgical arrangements: a means of entering into God’s humanity as he signs up with human beings and the creation in a very profound way. Secondly, Lent offers us the opportunity to think more deeply and critically about our own humanity: the human condition and the social, economic and political arrangements in which we live.
The readings this Lenten time are extraordinary, as they offer us a deepening understanding of the challenge of following Jesus: Lent 1 - the Temptations/Testing of Jesus, struggling to establish his own internal sense of equilibrium as he confronts, what the Bible refers to as the “powers” - the power of economics, the power of religion and the power of politics.(Luke 4:1-13); Lent 2, we read of the face-off between Herod the fox and Jesus the hen: two images which scream out about Jesus’ own perception of things (Luke 13:31-35); Lent 3,  where Jesus debunks the view that those who suffer are more sinful than those who don’t while adding for impact, that instead of making judgments about the brokenness of others, it may be better to attend to your own situation (Luke 13:1-9);  Lent 4, where Jesus attacks the religious people’s distinction between insiders and outsiders through the Story of the Lost/Prodigal son; Lent 5, the anointment of Jesus at Bethany before his assassination (John 12:1-8); and Sunday of the Palms, where Jesus enters Jerusalem, in an act of confrontation of the powers who lurk, always there in the shadows (Luke 19:28-40).  
During Holy Week, we come to the point of accompanying Jesus to his death, and finally his resurrection. As we do this, we use our imagination to not just think upon Jesus, but also those who are crucified in our times by rising nationalism, and tribalism, in the sense of deadly group loyalties. We also think about our own life journeys, and the suffering we have endured and do endure, as we experience the limits of our humanity, while still affirming and daring to celebrate the hope that the promise of resurrection in Jesus offers us.
After all, the glory of God is a living human being (Irenaeus of Lyon)

Geoff Dornan

Easter 2019 Brochure

 

ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

Click on the following links for copies of the Assembly Standing Committee Reports on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships. 08 Marriage and Same Gender Relationships and B23 Standing Committee Reports on Marriage and Same Gender Relationships

We are proud to be part of the Uniting Church in Australia.

For further information please click on the following link Uniting Church in Australia