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MtE Update – July 14 2022

  1. “Quarterly Conversations” is a new intiative by MtE, seeking to promote important conversations about Australian society; for more formation: Quarterly Conversations! Please let Craig know if you are interested in being part of this.
  2. If Facebook is your thing, you might be interested to “follow” the new MtE FB page, set up principally as a platform for sharing more widely what we’re doing…
  3. The most recent Synod eNews (July 14)
  4. See all the “Advance Notice” items added below!
  5. Church of All Nations (UCA, Carlton) is running a series of discussions on the “Statement from the Heart” on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, for six sessions commencing the Sunday July 10. The sessions will follow Sunday worship, around 11.30am, and run for about 75 minutes.
  6. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (July 13)
  7. This Sunday July 17 will we look at the Gospel reading for the week – the story of Mary and Martha, and the “one thing needful”. For commentary on the other lectionary readings for this week, see here.

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in August:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.

Advance Notice

  1. July 24 – Congregational Meeting following morning tea
  2. July 31 – Reflecting together on worship at MtE
  3. August 14 – Congregational Meeting following morning tea
  4. August 21 – Rosters and hymn-learning session
  5. August 28 – Worship Bible readers workshop
  6. September 11 – workshop for those leading the intercessions in worship

Quarterly Conversations

The Quarterly Conversation is a new (July-August 2022!) MtE inititative seeking to foster conversation in the community on important social and political themes. Our hope is that, through these conversation groups, we will broaden understanding of – and engagement in – what is happening in Australia society.

The conversations will be held quarterly, and have as their basis the corresponding issue of the Quarterly Essay — a widely-known journal which treats important community and national issues in a single extended, focussed essay.

Participants should get a hold of the current essay and read it in preparation for discussion in the group. Copies are available at your local library, bookstore or newsagent, and in hardcopy and electronic versions from various online sources or by direct subscription from The Quarterly Essay (QE).

Our first Quarterly Conversation was held on August 18, considering the June 2022 QE: Hugh White’s Sleepwalk to War: Australia’s unthinking alliance with America.

Upcoming Quarterly Conversations

October 20, 130-300pm in the Hotham Room of the North Melbourne Library. The session will begin with a consideration of the correspondence in response to the previous QE.

Sept 2022 QE: Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens’ On the ethics and politics of public debate.

This is an “experiment” on MtE’s part, with a commitment to run to project for a year to see how it goes. We look forward to having you join us! If you would like to attend one of the above groups, please indicate below.

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MtE Update – July 7 2022

  1. Church of All Nations (UCA, Carlton) is running a series of discussions on the “Statement from the Heart” on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, for six sessions commencing the Sunday July 10. The sessions will follow Sunday worship, around 11.30am, and run for about 75 minutes.
  2. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (July 6)
  3. This Sunday July 10 will take a short(?) break from the book of Revelation (we’ll probably get back to it!), and look at the “easier” Gospel reading for the week – “the good Samaritan”. For commentary on the other lectionary readings for this week, see here.

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in July:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.

Advance Notice

  1. Congregational Meeting following worship July 24

MtE Update – June 30 2022

  1. Our study groups next week will be looking at the work of grace and forgiveness – details
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (June 29)
  3. The most recent Synod eNews (June 30)
  4. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (June 29)
  5. This Sunday July 3 will continue with the book of Revelation, looking this week at the theme of divine vengeance (!!!) (16.1-7). For commentary on the other lectionary readings for this week, see here.

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in July:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.

Advance Notice

  1. Congregational Meeting following worship July 24 (previously erroneously advised to be July 17)

MtE Update – June 24 2022

Study Groups July – August
  1. Our study groups next week will be looking at the work of grace and forgiveness – details
  1. The most recent Presbytery News (June 23)
  2. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (June 22)
  3. This Sunday June 26 will continue with the book of Revelation, looking this week at the theme of martyrdom (6.1-11). For commentary on the other lectionary readings for this week, see here.

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in July:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.

Advance Notice

  1. Congregational Meeting following worship July 24 (previously erroneously advised to be July 17)

Free of Charge – Study Groups July-August 2022

Our third-quarter study groups in 2022 will look at Miroslav Volf’s “Free of charge: giving and forgiving in a culture stripped of grace”.

This text is available in paper and electronic form (Amazon, Koorong [e-book is in epub format], Book Depository, and elsewhere). Participants should get their own copy of the book ($11-$20).

The study groups will meet online for 60-75 minutes on:

  • Wednesday nights, 7.45pm from Wednesday July 20
  • Friday afternoons, 1.30pm from Friday July 22

You’re welcome to switch between groups if one week you can’t make your prefer. The groups will run for 6-8 weeks – about a chapter per week.

It will help if you register below, to received the Zoom meeting link (which is the same for both study groups).

REGISTRATION: Free of Charge

REGISTRATION: Free of Charge

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MtE Update – June 17 2022

  1. The most recent Synod eNews (June 16)
  2. Have a look at what is happening through Hotham Mission; details of the Hotham Mission EOFY appeal are here.
  3. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (June 15)
  4. This Sunday June 19 will continue with the book of Revelation, with another “take” on Revelation 21.1-6a. For commentary on the other lectionary readings for this week, see here.

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in July:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.

MtE Update – June 9 2022

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in July:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.

MtE Update – June 3 2022

News

  1. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (May 31)
  2. The most recent Synod eNews (June 2)
  3. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (June 1)
  4. This Sunday June 2 is Pentecost, although our focus texts will continue to be from the book of Revelation, with some glancing attention to Rev 21.1-6a: what heaven might be like.

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in July:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.

MtE Update – May 27 2022

News

  1. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (May 18)
  2. This Sunday May 29, we will continue with the book of Revelation, with some glancing attention to Rev 2.8-11 and the theme of life after death.

Worship

  1. Our COVID policy for worship continues to be as follows, to be reviewed again by the church council in June:
  2. Mindful of the health-vulnerability of some members of our congregation and the uncertain state of play with respect to the pandemic, the church council has decided that we will continue to wear masks in worship throughout March, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea, or who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Holy Communion continues to be servied in both kinds, the wine via small communion glasses only.
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