Reflections and Sermons

While we were going through the process of finding a new Minister during 2015 and 2016, many of our Congregation, and visiting preachers, delivered Reflections and Sermons on the Liturgy and/or on spiritual development. Some of these are presented below, mostly in the form in which they were presented (that is, orally) rather in in essay form. Sources (and quotes) are cited or acknowledged in the Order of Service and during presentation: they may not necessarily be fully acknowledged in the version below.

We plan to continue to post Reflections and Sermons.

They are reproduced here for later reflection.

2015 Reflections and Sermons

4 January 2015. Arto Avakian. Christmas 2 – Epiphany

18 January 2015. Roger Mauldon. Epiphany 2 – 18 January 2015

8 February 2015. Joan Pratt. Epiphany 5 – 8 February 2015

15 February 2015. Keith Fairbrother. Transfiguration – Sunday 15 February 2015

18 February 2015. Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday 2015

22 February 2015. Willa Mauldon. Lent 1 – 22nd February 2015

8 March 2015. Gwenda Bramley. International Women’s Day – 8 March 2015

22 March 2015. Jon Nielsen.Lent 5 – 22 March 2015

19 April 2015. Keith Fairbrother. The Journey to Emmaus – 19 April 2015

26 April 2015. David Cran.Easter 4 – 26 April 2015.

17 May 2015. David Cran. Easter 7. 17 May 2015

24 May 2015. Gwenda Bramley. Pentecost 1 – 24 May 2015

31 May 2015. Len Baglow. Trinity Sunday – 31 May 2015

7 June 2015. Evelyn Austin-Flannery. Take up your Cross – 7 June 2015 2015

14 June 2015. Doug Limbrick. A Pilgrim People – 14 June 2015

21 June 2015. Kirsten Preece. Refugee Sunday – 21 June 2015

28 June 2015. John Cope. Pentecost 5. Who Do You Say I Am_ – 28 June 2015

12 July 2015. David Cran. Pentecost 7. Who do You Say God is_ – 12 July 2015

26 July 2015. Roger Mauldon. Pentecost 9. Feeding the Five Thousand – 26 July 2015

2 August 2015. Rev. Elizabeth Richardson. Pentecost 10. A Witness to the Word – Pentecost 10 – 2 August 2015

23 August 2015. Jon Nielsen. Pentecost 13. Armour of God – 23 August 2015

30 August 2015. Len Baglow. Pentecost 14. How God is calling us – 30 August 2015

6 September 2015. Pastor Geoff Wellington. God’s Good News – 6 September 2015

20 September 2015. Keith Fairbrother. True Wisdom – 20 September 2015

11 October 2015. Keith Fairbrother. Turning to the Light – 11 October 2015

18 October 2015. Trish Cran. The ‘no brainer’ Questions – 18 October 2015

25 October 2015. Sue Baglow. Call – 25 October 2015

1 November 2015. Rev. Jean Shannon. This is called OK! I’m listening! 1 November 2015.

8 November 2015. Roger Mauldon. Unnoticeables – 8 Nov 2015

15 November 2015. Joan Pratt. Reflections on scripture and life – 15 Nov 15  and The dog proof fence – 15 Nov 15

November 20125. Len Baglow. SUBVERTING THE NORM is a three-day event that brings together pastors, theologians, philosophers, church practitioners, researchers in religion and all those interested in exploring the relationship between postmodern theologies and the future of the church. Subverting the Norm III was held in November 2015 in Springfield Missouri, USA. South Woden Uniting Church member, Len Baglow, gave a presentation and it can be read here at Subverting the Norm III V2

29 November 2015. Joan Palmer. Advent 1. Hope – 29 November 2015

6 December 2015. Advent 2. Sue and Len Baglow. Both Len and Sue attended the event described above – Subverting the Norm III – and spoke of their experiences. Sue spoke without a typed presentation, but with enthusiasm and the joy of the experience. Len’s presentation is at A Practical Way Forward_ 6 December 2015

13 December 2015. Rev Jonathan Barker. Advent 3. The Advent of Incarnate Love. The Advent of Incarnate Love – 13 December 2015

20 December 2015. Trish Cran and Gwenda Bramley, with Helen Swan – music. This Service was based on the concept of Readings and Carols, but was very much a SWUC version. The focus is on “welcoming the Light”, with the coming of Jesus.  The Liturgy comprises familiar and unfamiliar texts, poems, stories, music and a special text from the children. OOS The Light-A Service of Lessons and Carols v final

2016 Reflections and Sermons

We’re in to 2016, and yet to find a new Minister, although we continue the search.  Therefore the Reflections of our own worship leaders and, where available, visiting preachers, will be again posted for this year. Enjoy the diversity of views.

10 January 2016. David Cran. Epiphany 1. What does it mean to be a Christian_ 10 January 2016.

17 January 2016. John Cope. Epiphany 2. An Epiphany Reflection – 17 January 2016.

31 January 2016. Joan Pratt. Epiphany 4.Food for the journey

7 February 2016. Evelyn Austin-Flannery. Transfiguration of Jesus.  Awe in the presence of the glory of God

14 February 2016. Our theme word for today, Lent 1, was Simplicity. Our Reflection was delivered by Sister Jane Keogh – without a script or notes! However, you’ll find all about her message by checking out her website at this link.

21 February 2016. Jon Nielsen. Lent 2: Sanctuary. Sanctuary

28 February 2016. Lent 3: Listening.

6 March 2016. Jenny Jarvis. Lent 4: Equality. International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day 6 March 2016

27 March 2016. Rev Gregor Henderson. Easter Sunday. The Women of Easter.  The Women of Easter. This Sermon refers to Hymn TIS 661, which we hope to include in its entirety for reference in due course once any copyright issues have been sorted.

17 April 2016. Joan Pratt. Identity and Belonging. Reflection – Identity and Belonging 17 April 2016.

24 April 2016. David Cran. There is Hope. ANZAC Day 2016 – Reflection- There is Hope.

8 May 2016. Roger Mauldon. A Reflection on Baptism. Easter 7 – A Reflection on Baptism

15 May 2016. Keith Fairbrother. The Holy Spirit. Pentecost 2016 – Reflection – The Holy Spirit.

22 May 2016. Gwenda Bramley. The Trinity. The Trinity 22 May 2016

29 May 2016. Trish Cran. Resilience. This resilient life

5 June 2016. Rev. Paul Bartlett. Compassion. The Offer of Compassion

17 July 2016. John Schmidt. Perceptions of God. Perceptions of God

24 July 2016. David Cran. Relationships. Our Relationships Matter

31 July 2016. Joan Pratt. Redemption and love. Becoming the people that God wants us to be.

7 August 2016. Evelyn Austin-Flannery. Sharing Spiritual Richness. sharing-spiritual-richness

14 August 2016. Len Baglow. Throw off everything that weighs you down. throw-off-everything-that-weighs-you-down

21 August 2016. Roger Mauldon. Jesus Cures the Crippled Woman.  jesus-cures-the-crippled-woman

18 September 2016. Joan Palmer. Creation Time. creation-time

25 September 2016. John Cope. It Isn’t Fair. it-isnt-fair

9 October 2016. John Schmidt. What is Love? what-is-love

23 October 2016. Arto Avakian. Who do you think you are? who-do-you-think-you-are_

30 October 2016. Evelyn Austin-Flannery. God is the God of the Living, Not the Dead. god-is-god-of-the-living-not-the-dead

13 November 2016. David Cran. Remembrance, Hope and Community. remembrance-hope-and-community-13-nov-16

11 December 2016. Len Baglow. What is your individual call? what-is-your-individual-call_

18 December 2016. Gwenda Bramley and Trish Cran. Lessons and Carols.  This Service utilised readings and music from a wide variety of sources. The authorship is recognised in the Acknowledgements, and their use in this spiritual uplifting is recognised and very much appreciated. 2016-a-service-of-lessons-and-carols

2017 Reflections and Sermons

We’re now in to 2017, and our new Minister led his first service with us on 26 February.  We will continue to post the Reflections of our Minister, our own worship leaders and, where available, visiting preachers,  this year. Continue to enjoy the diversity of views.

15 January 2017. Arto Avakian. Epiphany 2. What are you looking for? what-are-you-looking-for

12 February 2017. Rev. Geoff Bridge. A Nostalgia Trip. geoff-bridge-sermon-12-feb-17-south-woden

19 February 2017. Evelyn Austin-Flannery. Be perfect therefore as your Heavenly Father is perfect. be-perfect-therefore-as-your-heavenly-father-is-perfect

5 March 2017. Gwenda Bramley. Rethinking Eve. rethinking-eve