Posts by Daniel

Update: Sunday 29 March 2020

Hi all, Well, we tried out live streaming of worship for the first time this week, and, apart from a few technical difficulties, it seemed to go well. For those who were unable to join us live, you can still watch the recording of the whole service, or just the message on our Worship Recordings Page. This evening we have also launched…

PASTORAL LETTER: COVID-19 and Cancellation of Worship

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Hopefully you have already heard from your Pastoral Partner in the last day or so, but I am writing to confirm that Church Council met on Friday and on the very strong recommendation of both Presbytery and Synod, has agreed to immediately suspend all worship services and public gatherings on church property, including Adult Fellowship, Lenten…

Epiphany Discipleship Focus: Reading the Gospel of Mark

Epiphany (Jan-Feb) 2018 At Crookwell Uniting Church, our worship follows a pattern of readings called the Revised Common Lectionary. This is a three year cycle of readings which allows us to hear a broad variety of Scripture. Each year of the cycle one of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) becomes the centre of focus for the Lectionary, with the Gospel according…

Readings for this Sunday: 19 November 2017

Each Sunday morning we hear Scripture read during our worship gatherings. Normally, these readings come from a larger collection of weekly readings referred to as the Revised Common Lectionary. In the length of a Sunday sermon, it is only possible to explore these readings so far – but understanding these passages often takes much longer. As such, I am going to try…

What are our hopes for the church?

On Reformation Sunday (29 October) as part of our Sunday Service, we commemorated 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation in 1517, when, by legend, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. As we began to think about how the world is changing, and what it might mean to be the church into…

Readings for this Sunday: 12 November 2017

Each Sunday morning we hear Scripture read during our worship gatherings. Normally, these readings come from a larger collection of weekly readings referred to as the Revised Common Lectionary. In the length of a Sunday sermon, it is only possible to explore these readings so far – but understanding these passages often takes much longer. As such, I am going to try…

Trial of Sermon Recordings

I have had a few members of the congregation request that I record my sermons for those who like to relisten to ponder in their own time. Recording sermons also makes sense in a multicentre congregation, where not every location has a service every week. As such, I started trialling recording my sermon today. This has been interesting for a few reasons.…

What gives you hope?

Winter has well and truly arrived after our overnight freezes last weekend. It seems like perfect weather to wrap yourself up in a blanket in front of the television and hibernate until the summer returns. If we were in the Northern Hemisphere however, winter would be a really important time as churches, families and communities got ready to celebrate Christmas. In fact,…

Practice of the Month: Discernment

‘Christians believe that human beings have the capacity to hear, see, touch, and feel God – a genuine sensing of truth and beauty through which we know God and know God’s will. Christians call this discernment. Some Christians depict this capacity as a supernatural gift, a miraculous directive, or an extraordinary mystical experience. Others view finding God’s will as a mechanical process;…