If Jesus had not died …
Two disciples cling to the memory of their teacher who is dead. They are in obvious grief as they travel the road to Emmaus. An extraordinary encounter happens along that road as a stranger breaks open the Scriptures, breaks the bread and breaks open a new presence they would never […]Read More
Peace be with you
Jesus shocks, surprises and commissions the disciples. They have been rocked by an empty tomb, unsure of what it means. They gather behind locked doors in fear of their lives. Somehow they encounter the presence of the risen Christ inside that locked room, and they encounter a new peace. Easter 2 Reflection […]Read More
Can you see it?
As we consider John’s account of the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene is so fixed on her care for the body of Jesus that it takes a while to see a new reality. On this day of new dawnings and new hope, we look for what we might see. Easter Sunday […]Read More
Music at St. Margaret’s
Music returns to St. Margaret’s on Sunday May 1st at 2:30pm with the Music at St. Margaret’s program. Entry is by gold coin donation and includes quality music and singing and a wonderful afternoon tea. All are welcome.Read More
Holy Week at St. Margaret’s
Holy Week services at St. Margaret’s Uniting Church, 219 Hull Rd, Mooroolbark include: Thursday 21st 6:30pm: Upper Room Meal with communion, footwashing and service of the shadows. Friday 22nd 9:30am: Into the darkness Good Friday worship service. Saturday 23rd: 1-3pm: Easter Vigil labyrinth walk. Sunday 6:30am: Dawn service at Lilydale […]Read More
Which Messiah do you want?
As Jesus enters Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, we encounter a clash of powers, social orders and kingdoms. We might hope and cheer with the crowd, but the lingering question from them is: ‘Who is this?’ How we answer the question is all important because of the temptation […]Read More
New life for old bones
With so many floods, droughts, earthquakes and even locust plagues in recent times, it is no wonder we long for things to be restored. The problem is that with so many personal and global disasters occurring, it gets difficult to see the story of God. This was the place of […]Read More
Is the Lord among us or not?
This can be a haunting question. It hangs at the end of our reading today from Exodus 17 as the people of Israel find themselves lost in the wilderness and desperately thirsty for their lives. We reflect on those difficult places and that answers are often not easy. We see […]Read More
Knowing our story
The story of Abram’s call is striking in the way it reads. God calls, Abram goes … To this point we know nothing of Abram or what it might mean for him to be involved in God’s story in such a dramatic way. As we reflect on the story of […]Read More
A path back
Many of the stories of Lent this year involve pilgrimage or journey in some way. As we reflect on Psalm 32 today we find that we often get stuck in groaning all day long. We perceive that the weight of our wrongs or those done to us make it impossible […]Read More