OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
HE IS RISEN!
World Council of Churches Conference
Participants from the World Council of Churches Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) issued a “Call to Discipleship” on 13 March, the closing day of the conference. More than 1,000 people gathered in Tanzania for the CWME, and all are engaged in mission and evangelism, coming from different Christian traditions across the world.
“Despite some glimmers of hope, we had to reckon with death-dealing forces that are shaking the world order and inflicting suffering on many,” the statement reads. “We observed the shocking accumulation of wealth due to one global financial system, which enriches few and impoverishes many.”
This global imperial system has made the financial market one of the idols of our time and has strengthened cultures of domination and discrimination that continue to marginalize and exclude millions, the statement continues.
“Discipleship is both a gift and a calling, to be active collaborators with God for the transforming of the world,” the statement reads, then goes on to list the many ways in which people might follow a call to transforming discipleship.
“We are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ--the fullness of life, the repentance and forgiveness of sin,
and the promise of eternal life--in word and deed, in a violent world in which many are sacrificed to the idols of death and many have not yet heard the gospel,” reads one such call.
Another reads: “We are called to discern the word of God in a world that communicates many contradictory, false, and confusing messages.”
Participants also described their call to care for God’s creation and be in solidarity with nations severely affected by climate change.
“We are called as disciples to belong together in a just and inclusive community, in our quest for unity and on our ecumenical journey, in a world that is based upon marginalization and exclusion,” the list continues.
The document also emphasize breaking down walls and seeking justice with people who are dispossessed and displaced from their lands, including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and to resist new frontiers and borders that separate and kill.
“We are called to follow the way of the cross, which challenges elitism, privilege, personal and structural power,” the document concludes. “We are called to live in the light of the resurrection, which offers hope-filled possibilities for transformation.”
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Relay for Life
Unfortunately after 15 hours the Relay had to be abandoned due to bad weather. The 29 members of the Crossroads Team are proud to let you know that we raised $5439!!
Thank you to our Team Captains Lauren Duckworth and Frances Geilen for an awesome effort. Our theme was ‘Sock It To Cancer’. Thanks to Madelyn Savory for our team banner made of socks.
Some of the Crossroads Team!
Operation Christmas Child
After Easter Rose Geilen will be travelling to Fiji to distribute
gift filled shoeboxes to children. Please pray that many children will be blessed with the good news of Jesus Christ and the great joy the shoeboxes bring to communities in third world countries.
U.C. Adult Fellowship
The April meeting will be held at 1.00pm at Crossroads on Wednesday 4th April. All welcome.
Worship Plan for this week
6.15 am Sunrise Service at Werribee Beach
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
School holidays commence.
Wednesday: Uniting Church Adult Fellowship: 1 pm in the Foyer. All welcome!
Next Sunday — 8 April Easter 2
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
11.30 am Beach Patrol (Rob Bradley)
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for next week:
- Duty Elder: TBA
- Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Lorraine Sewell
- Flowers: Luciana Aragon
- Reader: Deb Cochran
- Greeting: TBA
- AV Desk: Paul Kirkham
- Prayers: Mary Dixon
- Piano: Gina Lee
Bible Readings next week: Acts 4:32–35; Psalm 133; I John 1:1–2:2; John 20:19–31.
Queenscliff’s Sacrededge Festival
Sacrededge is our response to a sometimes harsh and fearful world.
It is an opportunity to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and listen to their stories, music and poetry.
Faith and spirituality, including Aboriginal, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Christian traditions are woven through the festival. They are the voices from the edge who are vulnerable to not normally being heard.
There are over 30 top class musicians and presenters at Sacrededge.
Interested in purchasing tickets? Or checking out the evolving line up?
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.
We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.