Category Archives: UCA News and Other Upcoming Events

MtE Update – October 15 2021

  1. Worship this October 17 will  be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. Our Melbourne Uniting Churches’ Justice Coalition is hosting an online event on asylum seeker issues on Oct 24: details.
  3. Wesley UC (Lonsdale St) is running a new online film group
  4. A pastoral letter from the VicTas Moderator (re: vaccination and the ministries of congregations; Oct 8)
  5. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (Oct 14)
  6. The most recent Synod eNews (Oct 12 [vaccinations and church]) and general news (Oct 14)
  7. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Oct 13)
  8. This Sunday October 17, and perhaps for the remainder of the year, we will return to set Sunday readings in the lectionary. This Sunday we our focus text will be Mark 10.35-45. See here for some commentary on the gospel text.

Melbourne UCA Justice Coalition

‘The Melbourn UCA Justice Coalition’ needs a better name but, for the moment, this labels an informal coalition of members from several Uniting Churches in or around the Melbourne CBD. Coalition participants presently include members of the Carlton, North Melbourne, Richmond, Wesley (Lonsdale St) and St Michaels (Collins St) congregations At the moment we don’t have our own web presence, so this is a ‘borrowed’ post on the Mark the Evangelist site while we wait to see how the coalition develops.

The purpose of the coalition is for participants to think together about ‘live’ justice and peace issues in our congregations and wider society, in order to learn more about them and to begin to act to make a difference. We’re just beginning to find our feet in this intention!

Two projects are presently in place: (1) attention to issues around asylum-seeking in Australia; and (2) promoting peace through diplomacy.

The first of these will feature an online forum – ‘Shining a light on asylum in Australia’ – on October 24 2021; details are here.

The peace and diplomacy project will also feature an online presentation in October or November 2021

Meetings of the coalition are presently held online via Zoom. If you are interested to become part of these conversations, contact Craig (MtE minister) to be added to the email group for notification of meetings and events.

MtE Update – October 7 2021

  1. Worship this October 10 will  be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (Oct 5)
  3. The most recent Presbytery News (September 17)
  4. The most recent Synod eNews (Sept 30)
  5. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Sept 29 and Oct 6)
  6. This Sunday October 10, and perhaps for the remainder of the year, we will return to set Sunday readings in the lectionary. This Sunday we will hear from Amos, Psalm 90 and Mark (the last will be our focus text). See here for some commentary on the gospel text.

MtE Update – September 17 2021

  1. Worship this September 19 will be again be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. Hotham Mission in the news
  3. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (Sept 14)
  4. The most recent Synod eNews (Sept 16)
  5. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Sept 15)
  6. This Sunday September 19 the service we come to what is likely to be the end our series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (6.10-20), hearing also Mark 9:30-37 and Psalm 1; see here for some commentary on the gospel text. For more information on the Ephesians series, see the series page.

MtE Update – September 11 2021

  1. Worship this September 12 will be again be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Sept 8)
  3. This Sunday September 12 the service we continue our series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, this looking at the somewhat probelmatic 5.21-6.9…, hearing also Mark 8:27-38 and Pslam 116; see here for some commentary on the gospel text.

MtE Update – September 3 2021

  1. Worship this September 5 will be a gathered service in the church at 10.00am – masks on for the duration of the service. The service will include the sacrament of baptism. The service will also be live-streamed. This all depends, of course, on the developing C19 situation and the possibility of another lockdown — Check the web site for more information if there is any doubt.
  2. An update from Hotham Mission (August 28)
  3. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (Sept 1)
  4. The most recent Synod eNews (Sept 2)
  5. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Sept 1)
  6. This Sunday September 5 the service we continue our series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, this looking at 5.8-17, hearing also Mark 7:24-37; see here for some commentary on the gospel text. For more information on the Ephesians series, see the series page.

MtE Update – August 25 2021

  1. Worship this August 29 will be again be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (August 23)
  3. Illuminating Faith is an online resource of congregational study and liturgical resources prepared at MtE for the use of the wider church; in the last 3 1/2 years there have been over 7000 downloads from the site. You can see some of what is available here.
  4. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Aug 25)
  5. This Sunday August 29 the service we continue our series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, this looking at 4.25-5.2, hearing also Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. For more information on the Ephesians series, see the series page.

MtE Update – August 20 2021

  1. Worship this August 22 will be again be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. The most recent Synod eNews (August 19)
  3. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Aug 18)
  4. The most recent Presbytery News (August 19)
  5. This Sunday August 22 the service we continue our series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, this time looking again at the ‘peace’ theme in Ephesians 4.1-17. For more information, see the series page.

MtE Update – August 13 2021

  1. Worship this August 15 will be again be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. The slowly -forming CBD UCA churches justice coalition is meeting on Zoom again Tuesday August 17, 7.30pm. The group is presently focussing on two projects — one in relation to theme of peace, the other in relation to asylum-seeker issues. Please contact Craig directly if you would like to know more or to have the Zoom details for the meeting.
  3. The New Testament study groups will not meet this coming week, resuming again on Wed Aug 25 and Fri 27
  4. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Aug 11)
  5. This Sunday August 15 the service we continue our series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, this looking at 3.7-21. For more information, see the series page.

MtE Update – August 6 2021

  1. Worship this August 8 will be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording.
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (August 3)
  3. The most recent Synod eNews (August 5)
  4. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Aug 4)
  5. This Sunday August 8 the service we continue our series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, this time a return to 2.1-10. For more information, see the series page.

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