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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 31 May 2020

May 29, 2020 - 1:09am


Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford


Sunday 31st  May 2020Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSActs 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-35b, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13,John 20:19-23
PRAYER Almighty God, at the feast of Pentecost you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel; send us out in the power of the same spirit to witness to your redeeming love and draw all people to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God now and for ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

Donation to “So They Can.” Last week on 22nd of May the Education and SocialCommittee donated $850 to “So They Can,” to help them in their efforts to educate, support and keep the community safe. Some of funds will be used for Education packs, masks, and water stations. Part of the donation will be used for simple screens for the birthing rooms to provide privacy for the mothers during delivery. This would encourage larger numbers to come to the clinic for delivery. Which would provide a better health outcome for the baby and the mother. Currently lack of privacy, challenges many cultural norms, & keeps women away. This gift to so they can tie up with the beautiful jumpers knitted by the congregation which is so loved by the mums






Litany of the Holy Spirit – (also set to music)the first three verses of the Litany by Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
In the hour of my distress,When temptations me oppress,And when I my sins confess,Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
When I lie within my bed,Sick in heart and sick in head,And with doubts discomforted,Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
When the house doth sigh and weep,And the world is drowned in sleep,Yet mine eyes the watch do keep,Sweet Spirit, comfort me!





CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.



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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 24 May 2020

May 22, 2020 - 12:48am
Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 24th May 2020



Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 1:1-11 Ps 47 or Psalm 93 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53
PRAYER God of majesty, you led the Messiah through suffering into risen life, and took him into the glory of heaven: clothe us with the power promised from on high, and send us forth to the ends of the earth as heralds of repentance and witnesses of Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who lives with you now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856


Q: At what time of day was Adam created?
A: A little before Eve.
Q: Why didn't they play cards on the Ark?
A: Because Noah was standing on the deck

Q. Why didn't Noah go fishing?
A. He only had two worms.

Q. Did Eve ever have a date with Adam?
A. No, just an apple.

Q: Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A: Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.Marsden MissiveOur next Marsden Missive is due out for 01 June 2020. If you have any news or information to go in the Missive, then please contact Rev. John. The Missive gives us news and information for the coming three months.
Notes from Synod on Church UseChurches should not yet be holding any services of worship in the buildings where Sunday worship regularly occurs. This is in accord with the latest Information Update provided strongly recommending no gatherings in person on church property. Online worship services and the distribution (by email or Australia Post) of worship resources should continue for the foreseeable future.
CONTACTs
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/ Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com 

EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.

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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheeet 17 May 2020

May 15, 2020 - 12:39am

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 17th May 2020
Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community

Greetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

 LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSActs 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21PRAYER O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond our understanding: pour into our hearts such love for you, that, loving you above all else, we may obtain your promises that exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856


The Congregation at work.
I ran out of toilet paper and had to start using old newspapers. Times are rough.

In the foyer of a church, a young boy was looking at a plaque with the names of men and women who had died in various wars. He asked the pastor, “Who are these people?” The pastor said, “Those are members from our church who died in service.” The boy asked, “The early service or the second service?” 
Marsden MissiveOur next Marsden Missive is due out for 01 June 2020. If you have any news or information to go in the Missive, then please contact Rev. John. The Missive gives us news and information for the coming three months.
Limited Effect of Easing of RestrictionsAlthough restrictions due to Covid-19 are being eased Synod has issued us the following instruction:  with the safety and well-being of our community in mind, the consensus decision of Synod was that we should not be meeting in person for services of worship or face to face meeting in our churches. It is anticipated that the effects of COVID-19 will continue to impact our lives for the foreseeable future. Our commitment to supporting the safety and well-being of people must remain our priority. Reopening our buildings and resuming gatherings prematurely, even with the practice of social distancing, could unfairly force the choice between personal health and the desire to re-join the beloved congregation. Until we hear from Synod further, our worship at Marsden Road will continue by Zoom and the other forms outlined in Church Services.
CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.


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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 10 May 2020

May 7, 2020 - 11:50pm

                          Marsden Road Uniting Church

203 Marsden Road Carlingford

                            Sunday 10th May 2020

  Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14PRAYER Ever living God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856


  CHURCH COUNCILwill meet on May 12th via Zoom at 7.30pm. Please have your group’s reports into Ruth or Susan before the meeting. The Zoom for the meeting will open at 7pm.


PRAYER CALENDAROur Prayer Calendar for May is available. We all want to support others in prayer but sometimes don't know how to do that. This calendar guides our daily thinking as we lift up others in their need. It has been sent by Email and some will receive it in their letter boxes. If you still need one, please contact your Elder.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
 The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. ~ G. K. Chesterton
CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.com  Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/  Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/ Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com 
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.






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Marsden Road Uniting Newsletter 03 May 2020

May 1, 2020 - 12:25am

Marsden Road Uniting Church
203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 03rd May 2020Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.


LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10.
PRAYER God of all power, you called from death our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep: send us as shepherds to rescue the lost, to heal the injured, and to feed one another with understanding; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.                                                             CHURCH SERVICES          Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website: http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

"As a lifelong hypochondriac, watching everyone freak out over coronavirus makes me feel so seen."



Lent Event 2020.The total from our congregation was $895. A big thank you to all who contributed from our congregation.
 CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to
assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues. Phone 9858 3222. CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct.
Living It Out
Jesus says he has come to give you life to the full, while others will try to lessen your life. In order to do this Jesus acts as a gate. Sometimes providing us with safety as if we are in a sheep pen, and at other times Jesus leads the sheep (people) out. They hear his voice and follow him.
Here's an exercise you might like to try take a piece of paper and make a list of when you can look/listen out for Jesus’ voice. It could be anywhere. Perhaps it will be when you are with people like your friends, parents or family and work or school colleagues.  Perhaps it will be a time like in the morning when you get up, during the day as you go about your daily tasks or when you reflect on the day in the evening.

CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
You know what they’re saying about 2020. It went viral faster than anyone thought it would.
 What’s the difference between COVID-19 and Romeo and Juliet? One’s the coronavirus and the other is a Verona crisis.
Minister Working from Home

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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 26 April 2020

April 23, 2020 - 11:42pm



  
       Marsden Road Uniting Church
        203 Marsden Road Carlingford

  Sunday 26th April 2020

Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4,12-19;1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35.PRAYER O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.                                                             CHURCH SERVICES          Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856
What types of jokes are allowed during quarantine? Inside jokes!

Lent Event 2020.The total from our congregation was $895. A big thank you to all who contributed from our congregation.
 CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues. Phone 9858 3222. CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct.
Facing Fears about Health
To gain a wise perspective, we have to face our fears. Fears can be healthy or exaggerated—and sometimes paralysing. It takes wisdom to admit that there are dangers around us that need to be properly, and fearfully, respected, and it takes wisdom to see through the exaggerations and fearmongering of those who use the pains of others for their benefit.We must seek wisdom and make the very best decisions we can as we all endeavour to act generously and selflessly, in ways consistent with all that we believe as followers of Christ, on behalf of others.All of us know there are basic health practices we must seriously follow, not only for ourselves but on behalf of others. People who are not in high-risk groups should not only set a good example for others but be willing to share the burdens that others feel. Apparently healthy people, those with no symptoms and no awareness of having the disease, can nonetheless carry it to others. We owe it to one another to pay attention to each other, to advise one another, to check on one another, and serve one another. It’s what we believe and confess as Christians, and these days test us to live out our faith. One of our great privileges every day is praying for each other and all the world.
CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
“Many of us spend most of our time indoors, in temperatures we can control artificially, obtaining our food neatly packaged from supermarket shelves and our water at the turn of a tap. We don’t experience our daily dependence on the well-being of the earth. The fruiting of berries and grains in due season, the springing up of water in wells and streams.” Sarah Bachelard in Eremos April, 2020 We do have, at the back of our minds, a vague sense of being connected to the earth and all its passengers, but it is at a distance and so our felt need to protect the planet is not so urgent.
Minister Working from Home
 The first day


After a week or two




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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 19 April 2020

April 17, 2020 - 1:10am

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 19th April 2020
EASTER 2 SUNDAY
Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.


LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31
PRAYER Glorious Lord of life, by the mighty resurrection of your Son you overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, who celebrate with joy Christ’s rising from the dead may be raised from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
WORSHIP SERVICES          Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
       A.   Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am       B.   On Marsden Road Uniting Website:http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/       C.   On Marsden Road Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/        D.  Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.      E.   Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.
Offerings·         Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.·         By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC·         A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting ChurchBSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

If you have time to worry, you have time to pray!
 CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues. Phone 9858 3222. CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct. 


“It was not that I wanted to believe it. I knew it was true. It sounds trite, but at that moment, my consciousness changed. With a certainty born neither of overwrought emotion nor of cool analysis, I knew I carried something within me that reached beyond the limits of me. I was aware of not being alone.”With these words Erik Varden in his “The Shattering of Loneliness” tells of his unsought and newfound awareness of the “Other”, that Presence that stops us all in our tracks.He was listening to a symphony at the time, but God can reach out to us through any means.Erik Varden. “The Shattering of Loneliness” Bloomsbury, London. P6
CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com

Minister Working from Home
"If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr.
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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 12th April 2020

April 10, 2020 - 1:52pm


Marsden Road Uniting Church 203 Marsden Road Carlingford


 Sunday 12th April 2020

                  
EASTER SUNDAY
 A Happy and Blessed Easter to All., Alleluia.

Sunday 29th March 2020 Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10
PRAYER Glorious Lord of life, by the mighty resurrection of your Son you overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, who celebrate with joy Christ’s rising from the dead may be raised from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.                                               From Kathleen Norris:  1998, The Quotidian Mysteries. Paulist Press; New York.‘One prayer that I treasure, no matter what I am engaged in, comes from the great lyricist Isaac Watts in his rendition of Psalm 23, entitled, “My Shepherd will Supply My Need.” Watts interprets the ending of the psalm - “Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell forever and ever” - not as some future event, but as existing in the light of the present, the everyday.’ P83.Norris dwells does deeply in God’s embrace that every page of any of her writings is covered from top to bottom with such helpful sayings.

With the fragrance of expectation,the scent of loving grace,the trace of hope amid the fear,and the aroma of abundancemay we go in love today,and know God’s gift is always with us.



Christian Community Aid (CCA) provides a diverse range of support services to people living, working and studying in the Ryde, Parramatta and Hornsby Local Government Areas.During this time of the Covid-19 and increasing workload CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues considered to be co-morbidities by the Government regulations. Phone 9858 3222.CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct. A thankyou to the person who took the food at the Church down to CCA recently.
Ahead of attacks on its cities during World War II, the British government issued and displayed three posters with messages written to boost morale and mentally prepare its civilians. One of them, "Keep calm and carry on," has grown in popularity over the years because its message is applicable beyond its original intent. It's also poignant now that coronavirus is invoking comparisons to world war.
For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen:
a gaseous nebula must collapse.
So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction.
This is your birth.

Parramatta Mission Update amid COVID-19 As a church that provides hospitality, community and clinical services, Parramatta Mission are at the forefront of supporting individuals, families and communities who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and doing it tough.During this difficult time of COVID-19 Parramatta Mission continues to assist those in need.On the frontline, Meals Plus is operating as an essential service. In fact, our work here has never been more vital as more people in the community face increased hardship. We are committed to keeping our doors open by providing takeaway meals, food parcels and welfare to those who are homeless or facing hardship during the current crisis. With so many people losing their income we fear the numbers will continue to increase.Many of our other services are continuing to remain open so that we can support our clients. Where possible we have switched to video and telephone consultation to ensure we can be accessed in keeping with the physical distancing recommendations and by those who may be isolating. Your prayers for our services and the staff who are on the frontline facing the impact of Covid-19 would be greatly appreciated.If you would like to contribute to our work at this time please visit www.parramattamission.org.au/donate  Parramatta Mission is petitioning at this time for the change in language from “Social distancing” to “Physical Distancing”. We must maintain physical distancing wherever possible – this is crucial, but maintaining social connection is so important as we self-isolate, to be able to support ourselves and others in our community.

CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.com
Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:              Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:              Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:          Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:          Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                   margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com Minister Working from Home

WORSHIP SERVICES          Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:               A.  On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
1.  Go to http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/ 2.  Left-hand side of Home Page has List of Blogs3.  Click on Order of Service for …. or Marsden Road Newssheet or Blog.
B.  On Rev John’s Service Blogsite, Marsden Road Newssheet or Weekly Blog:1.  Go to http://whitestarhavent.blogspot.com/ http://whitestarhavenm.blogspot.com/and http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/
C.  On Marsden Road Facebook Page:1.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/2.  Service, Newssheet and Blog are all available on Marsden Road Uniting Facebook
D. Receiving Service, and Newssheet as a PDF Attachment by Email:1.  Either download to your own computer and use as above or just open and use as above.
E.  Receiving Service and Newssheet as a printed Document in Mailbox

Offerings·         Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.·         If going to the bank for own needs, please consider depositing cash offering directly into the church bank account. ·         By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them and bring to Church at the first service, we are open for. ·         A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting ChurchBSB: 634 634         A/C: 100049856
Holy CommunionThe Assembly of the Uniting Church is looking into how we can do Holy Communion during not attending worship. In the meantime, we are not having Communion until we hear from them.
Information from SynodAs we navigate this new and challenging time, our Synod is seeking to address concerns as they arise. Government restrictions must be followed. Synod has put out a set of guidelines - https://nswact.uca.org.au/ to cover this.
Within the SCC Presbytery feel free to join any of these services:
Cherrybrook Uniting Church
Service 9:30am by video/audio conference using Zoom and then placed on Church Website:  http://www.cherrybrookuc.org.au/home

North Ryde Community Church
We will be streaming our ’service’ 9.30am through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nrccuniting  
Terrigal Uniting Church
Available on Sunday morning on our Facebook page
 https://www.facebook.com/terrigalunitingchurch/ and on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRm7rkevIZzrARyyIZEPhJA
Turramurra Uniting Church
Livestreaming our 9am and 6:30pm worship services through Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/turramurrauniting
Click here for a link to Synod Resources for on-line worship that are currently available.
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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 05 April 2020

April 2, 2020 - 9:56pm


Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford



Sunday 05th April 2020


Sunday 29th March 2020





Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community
Greetings to you out there in your homes. These Sundays we worship together in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present. We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service sent out, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 118:1-2,19-29 Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21:1-11
PRAYER Everlasting God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son to take our nature,and to suffer death upon the cross: in your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your willand in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.                                                           From TEAR Lenten Reflections:
Reflection: Set Free Romans 8:19-21 By Jo Herbert-James
Creation is waiting. And this passage tells us what it is waiting for: for the children of God to be revealed (v19). This suggests that I – that each of us, as God’s people – are to be participants in the liberation of all of creation. Throughout scripture, God holds out this glorious promise of freedom for people. But the freedom of God didn’t just come for us, as the children of God – creation gets a part of it too. God’s children are revealed as they step into their inheritance of freedom, and then bring others, and creation, into that freedom and glory.
Freedom for creation looks like rivers that run clean, instead of being clogged with rubbish, or poisoned by chemicals. Freedom looks like seas that are a place of life, not hostile because of rising acid levels. Freedom looks like bird populations thriving, not being washed up full of plastic.
The world is hungry for us to step up in our calling to be people of hope. Let’s take a step today: to awaken to our own freedom and share it with creation.


Activity for Palm SundayPin Jesus On the Donkey all ageYou will need: blindfold, cut out of donkey mounted on the Wall, a cut out of Jesus, and blutack.You are playing the traditional pin the tail on the donkey but this time trying to get Jesus seated on the back of the donkey.


Take care of your family. Take care of your neighbours and your church family. Check in with older friends and acquaintances and those who may be more “at risk”. Share what you have with those who have needs (yes, even your toilet tissue).
We are not called to be “rash” but to be “radical” in our love for and service to others, as Christ showed us when Jesus, became human and accepted that his journey would end his life to give us eternal life.
We have no idea how long this “new normal” will last. I think it will be longer than most people would guess, and I hope I’m wrong. But one thing I know, God is still there and still with us. God is still in control and calls on us the church, to be the light that this every darkening world needs!
Christian Community Aid (CCA) provides a diverse range of support services to people living, working and studying in the Ryde, Parramatta and Hornsby Local Government Areas.During this time of the Covid-19 and increasing workload CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues considered to be co-morbidities by the Government regulations. Phone 9858 3222.CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct. A thankyou to the person who took the food at the Church down to CCA recently.
Today is Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph, riding on the back of a donkey. Palm branches are a symbol of peace and victory, and they were laid down in Jesus’ path as he rode into Jerusalem – leading to the name Palm Sunday.

Many each year celebrate by attending Palm Sunday parades, or going to Service, where they are given small crosses made of palms to take home with them. These are burnt later on to create the ashes put on peoples’ heads on Ash Wednesday the following year. This year however, we might; like to find a palm or branch in our own home and wave it in remembrance.
Parramatta Mission Update amid COVID-19 As a church that provides hospitality, community and clinical services, Parramatta Mission are at the forefront of supporting individuals, families and communities who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and doing it tough.During this difficult time of COVID-19 Parramatta Mission continues to assist those in need.On the frontline, Meals Plus is operating as an essential service. In fact, our work here has never been more vital as more people in the community face increased hardship. We are committed to keeping our doors open by providing takeaway meals, food parcels and welfare to those who are homeless or facing hardship during the current crisis. With so many people losing their income we fear the numbers will continue to increase.Many of our other services are continuing to remain open so that we can support our clients. Where possible we have switched to video and telephone consultation to ensure we can be accessed in keeping with the physical distancing recommendations and by those who may be isolating. Your prayers for our services and the staff who are on the frontline facing the impact of Covid-19 would be greatly appreciated.If you would like to contribute to our work at this time please visit www.parramattamission.org.au/donate  Parramatta Mission is petitioning at this time for the change in language from “Social distancing” to “Physical Distancing”. We must maintain physical distancing wherever possible – this is crucial, but maintaining social connection is so important as we self-isolate, to be able to support ourselves and others in our community. CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.com
Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com Minister Working from Home
WORSHIP SERVICES         Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
A.   On Marsden Road Uniting Website:1.   Go to http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/ 2.   Left-hand side of Home Page has List of Blogs3.   Click on Order of Service for …. or Marsden Road Newssheet or Blog.
B.   On Rev John’s Service Blogsite, Marsden Road Newssheet or Weekly Blog:1.   Go to http://whitestarhavent.blogspot.com/ http://whitestarhavenm.blogspot.com/and http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/
C.   On Marsden Road Facebook Page:1.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/2.   Service, Newssheet and Blog are all available on Marsden Road Uniting Facebook
D.  Receiving Service, and Newssheet as a PDF Attachment by Email:1.   Either download to your own computer and use as above or just open and use as above.
E.   Receiving Service and Newssheet as a printed Document in Mailbox
Offerings·         Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.·         If going to the bank for own needs, please consider depositing cash offering directly into the church bank account. ·         By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them and bring to Church at the first service, we are open for. ·         A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting ChurchBSB: 634 634         A/C: 100049856
Holy CommunionThe Assembly of the Uniting Church is looking into how we can do Holy Communion during not attending worship. In the meantime, we are not having Communion until we hear from them.
Information from SynodAs we navigate this new and challenging time, our Synod is seeking to address concerns as they arise. Government restrictions must be followed. Synod has put out a set of guidelines - https://nswact.uca.org.au/ to cover this.
Within the SCC Presbytery feel free to join any of these services:
Cherrybrook Uniting Church
Service 9:30am by video/audio conference using Zoom and then placed on Church Website:  http://www.cherrybrookuc.org.au/home

North Ryde Community Church
We will be streaming our ’service’ 9.30am through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nrccuniting  
Terrigal Uniting Church
Available on Sunday morning on our Facebook page
 https://www.facebook.com/terrigalunitingchurch/ and on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRm7rkevIZzrARyyIZEPhJA
Turramurra Uniting Church
Livestreaming our 9am and 6:30pm worship services through Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/turramurrauniting
Click here for a link to Synod Resources for on-line worship that are currently available.


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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 29th March 2020

March 26, 2020 - 11:40pm

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 29th March 2020


Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. These Sundays.we worship together in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service sent out, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS
Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45
PRAYER Life-giving God, your Son came into the worldto free us all from sin and death:breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit,that we may be raised to new life in Christ,and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days;through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever. Amen.                                                             WORSHIP SERVICES          Rev John is currently preparing worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. The following is how you can access these services.
A.   On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
1.   Go to http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/ 2.   Left-hand side of Home Page has List of Blogs3.   Click on Order of Service for …. Marsden Road Uniting (date will change each week) 4.   Hymn tunes can be accessed on YouTube by right clicking on the address.
B.   On Rev John’s Service Blogsite:1.   Go to http://whitestarhavent.blogspot.com/2.   Information on content and hymns in A. applies here.
C.   On Marsden Road Facebook Page:1.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/2.   Information on content and hymns in A. applies here.
D.  Receiving Service as a PDF Attachment by Email:1.   Either download to your own computer and use as above or just open and use as above.
E.   Receiving Service as a printed Document in Letter                 box

As we navigate this new and challenging time, our Synod is seeking to address concerns as they arise. Many our congregations have been asking about how weddings and funerals can happen during the coronavirus pandemic. The answer is that in all situations, the Government restrictions must be followed. Currently, this has seen the closure of all non-essential services, which includes places of worship. Our Synod has put out a set of guidelines - https://nswact.uca.org.au/ to cover this.


CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.com
Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com

Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com

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