We are in a season of waiting, and from James we have heard the need to be patient, for the coming of the Lord. Be patient, like the farmer who waits for the precious crop. Be patient waiting for the early and late rains. Be patient through years of drought. Be patient through a flooded Spring. Be patient.

I’ve always struggled to be patient.

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Be still and know that I am God.

I imagine there are a few sore, stiff and tired people here today after all the work that is St. Margaret’s fete. Today we take stock of what has been achieved, slow down and take some respite, and reflect on the word of God as it is heard here afresh.

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Haggai reports that the people are worn down, fragile, beaten up by the challenges of their world. Over the past few months we have heard of some of those challenges. We recall from Jeremiah the warnings long before the exile to have a right relationship with God. We have heard of the pending exile to Babylon and the inability of the people to even call on God in times of trouble.

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Do we know what it is like to love and be loved? If we do, we are well on the way to a sound theology.

Lean in toward God’s love. You will find that Love has been there all along, leaning in toward you. 

Sunday July 24th, 2016 (pdf)

St. Margaret’s Uniting Church, Mooroolbark
Rev. Arnie Wierenga

In an angry and crazy world, there is need of only one thing. In a world where we point fingers at whatever storms around us, there is need of only one thing. Jesus calls us, to come, to sit as his feet, and to find life again.

Sunday July 17th, 2016 (pdf)

St. Margaret’s Uniting Church
Rev. Arnie Wierenga

When I stand in church and acknowledge the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of this land the question I asked myself was ‘how is it that we honour these people but do not ever meet with them and get to know them personally?

Sunday July 10th, 2016 (pdf)

St. Margaret’s Uniting Church, Mooroolbark
Rev. Arnie Wierenga

As we eat and drink we are welcomed, offered hospitality and healing, and find hope in the name of Christ. As we are sent out, where will our voices and actions speak of these things for the sake of the world?

Sunday 3rd July, 2016 (pdf)

St. Margaret’s Uniting Church, Mooroolbark
Rev. Arnie Wierenga

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