Entries by hopeuniting

Loaves and fish in the desert place

Last night I sat around a table with 8 friends. We ate well over shared conversation- soup and stew prepared lovingly for us.   We read and pondered Scripture together. We read from Mark 6, the story of Jesus and his worn out disciples, fresh from their time in villages seeing glimpses of God’s reign […]

Paying Attention

Over the last few weeks we have been asking- what does it mean to live as resurrection people? I’ve been enjoying our reading of Philippians as we wrestle with faith and life together. “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…”   Feminist theologian Janet Martin Soskice writes beautifully of parenting […]

Grief, mercy, hope

Today I opened the newspaper and my heart was heavy. So much grief. So much sadness. Executions in Indonesia, continuing death-toll and the difficulty of relief in Nepal, riots in Baltimore.   Sometimes there are moments which pierce through our complacency. These moments confront us with the shadows of our world. We cannot hide from […]

Resurrection Stories

I wrote a card recently to someone I haven’t seen in many, many years. She was deeply influential on my discipleship adventure. She modelled  for me the joyful service of others and stepping beyond comfort zones. I saw authenticity in her following after God that marked me deeply. I have often thought about this woman […]

Why the resurrection?

On Sunday we read from John 20:19-31. It’s the famous passage of Thomas the doubting disciple. It’s also the text set for us by the lectionary every year for the first Sunday after Easter, and contains that wonderful and terrifying passage in which the resurrected Christ appears to the disciples in the locked room. Showing […]

Gardens, God and Hope

A concern for the creation has been present within our church for many years. Both Maroubra Junction and Maroubra Bay congregations had significant commitments to engaging in environmental concerns – through the Friends of Malabar Headland group, Project Green Church and participation in the 350.org movement. More recently our church has launched a Community Garden […]

Entering the Dance

Have you ever been to a Turkish or Lebanese restaurant on an evening where there is a belly dancer? It’s a lot of fun … except for when you are the person in the room whom the dancer beckons and then pulls up to join her in the dance. These dancers have an uncanny ability […]

Feeding, healing, teaching… prayer

Over the last few weeks Andrew has been reflecting with us on Jesus’ ministry as feeding and healing. It’s been good to be reminded of the vibrance in Jesus’ response to the people he meets. I’ve noticed again the intensity and movement in the beginning of Mark’s story.   As we read together on Sunday […]

Garden Dreams

It seems only yesterday that December turned over into January and a new year began. Now, we’ve already found our way into February. And I find myself wondering what adventures will be set before us through this year.   Last year we had a lot of waiting to do. It seemed as though we waited […]