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Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.


See also UCA Anniversary and Refugee Week resources Readings 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23): The Israelites are taunted by the giant Goliath, but the shepherd boy David volunteers to fight him, and defeats by striking him on the forehead with a … Continue reading

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Refugee Week (World Refugee Day June 20)

In 2018, the dates are Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd June. #WithRefugees is the theme for Refugee Week 2018 in Australia. Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions … Continue reading

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Readings 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 God tells Samuel that God has rejected Saul as king, and God instructs Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king. Samuel sees the eldest of the sons and thinks that one of them must … Continue reading

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UCA Anniversary.22 June2018 (closest Sunday is 24thJune2018)

The Uniting Church in Australia celebrated the formal union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Church on June 22nd, 1977. Here is the combined service used at Pilgrim Church on UCA Sunday 2013. UCA Anniversary 2013 Order of service from … Continue reading

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Suicide: it’s no secret

Given the need in general, but particularly in the light of reports of the deaths of prominent people in the media who have taken their own lives, this may be a prayer to offer… From a Recovering Sucidalic Christ of … Continue reading

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Gospel Reading: Mark 5:21-43 In this passage we find a woman who has been subject to bleeding for 12 years (the age of Jairus’ daughter). For her, this is not merely a physical impairment – she is also a social … Continue reading

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Readings As ‘ordinary time’ returns after the Lent and Easter cycle, we return to semi-continuous reading of Mark’s Gospel. The lectionary also follows 2 Corinthians. Psalm 138 Praise and thanksgiving for God’s unfailing love, God’s promises, God’s answers to prayer, … Continue reading

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NAIDOC Week 8-15 July 2018

NAIDOC WEEK: 8-15 July 2018 NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from … Continue reading

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Arbor Day/Tree Day – 20June2018 (in Australia)

Arbor (Tree) Day in Australia – June 20, 2018 Arbor Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, but mostly organized on different dates. The first known Arbor Day was celebrated in 1594 in Spain. In the USA it’s … Continue reading

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Readings 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20):The child, Samuel, who is serving God with the Eli the priest, hears God’s voice in the night. He mistakenly thinks it is Eli, but then Eli explains it is God, and instructs him to say, … Continue reading

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