August 28: Contemporary Service @ GHUC – Beyond the Sea

We have begun planning for our next Contemporary Service on Sunday 28th August at 9.30am.

We will be having good music, stories and some surprises to make a special service for the whole family. Please note the date in your diary and plan to invite your family and friends to share with us. We will be inviting the families of the child care centre to join us as well, and morning tea will follow the service.

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Luke: Thoughts on the Gospel Reading

“In Luke we are offered the stark contrast between Mary and Martha. Mary stops and listens; Martha stays busy.”

“The core problem Jesus identifies with Martha in this story is not that she is busy. It is that she is in an uproar. She’s overwhelmed, distracted from what matters, and lashing out at everyone else. The one thing needed right now, Jesus says, is to listen, as Mary had chosen to do.”

“If you want to serve your guest, or anyone else, you need to listen first. Really listen. Do nothing else. Let go all other distractions. Turn off the livestream in your head that diagnoses what others need. Just listen. To love your neighbour as yourself, and to love God—both require this, first of all. Turn off the uproar. Stop. Listen.”

- From Rev Dawn Chesser
United Methodist Church,

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Upcoming: The Yurora National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC)

The Yurora National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) will be held from 8th to 12th January, 2017. Yurora is a 5 day festival that seeks to mobilise young people to experience Jesus, to act in faith, to shake the church and beyond, through bible study workshops, worship and various kinds of workshops that explore faith and culture, health, social justice and more. It is for young people aged 16-25 and will be held at The Tops Conference Centre at Stanwell Tops.

More details can be found at the web-site,

Our congregation is looking to support any of our church family who would like to participate, so if you are interested please see Shin Goo for more information.

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The Annual Abraham Conference

The Annual Abraham Conference will be held on Sunday 21st August, from 2.30-6.00pm at Parramatta Mission Fellowship Centre, 119 Macquarie St Parramatta.

The topic is ‘Hate Speech and Violence’. The keynote speaker is Rabbi Dr Ben Elton, Chief Minister of the Great Synagogue and there will be a panel of 6 people, two each from Jewish, Christian and Muslim backgrounds, and a Q & A style discussion.

Registration details are on the flyer on the notice board.

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Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church: The Sydney Welsh Choir

Date: Sunday July 24
Time: 2:00PM
Location: Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church, 32 Showground Road, Castle Hill
Admission: $20 – includes Afternoon Tea
Bookings and enquiries: Elaine or Warren Charlton: 96341156,  Margaret Smith: 9680 2332

The choir will be presenting a wonderful program of choral singing with the brilliant accompanist David Short, (St Matthews UC Baulkham Hills) and conductor Brian Lewis (Wesley Castle Hill).

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Generous Grace: A Retreat at Leura Uniting Church

Retreat Leader: John Bleyerveen
Theme: Generous Grace

Date: Saturday July 16
Time: 10:00AM – 3:30PM
Location: Leura Uniting Church, cnr Megalong St and Grose St

The spiritual writer Richard Rohr writes about the universal call in us all to embrace a new spirituality for the second part of life by falling upward into grace.

He says, ”if you have forgiven yourself for being imperfect and falling, you can now do it for just about everyone else. If you have not done it for yourself, I am afraid you will likely pass on your sadness, absurdity, judgment and futility to others. This is the tragic path of the many elderly people who have not become actual elders, probably because they were never eldered or mentored themselves”.

This retreat will invite participants to explore the theme of grace in their own lives. Grace is an always expanding sense of God’s presence as gift in the world. The retreat will have a variety of special moments formed with different inputs and include personal meditation, creative prayer exploration, small group work and whole community conversation. We actively seek people from a broad variety of backgrounds and God always blesses us with the richness of gifts in the people attending.

We hope to be an authentic experience of the communion of the Holy Spirit.

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