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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.

Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, 18th January 2021

Martin Luther King Jr Day is observed in the USA on the third Monday of January, which is around his birthday on 15th January. On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor … Continue reading

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World Council of Churches – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. … Continue reading

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COCU11B.Epiphany 3B.24thJanuary2021

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 God sends Jonah to Nineveh for a second time, and Jonah obeys. He preaches that God is going to judge and destroy the city, but the people repent, and so God decides not to do it. … Continue reading

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Day of Mourning 2021 (Australia)

The Day of Mourning allows Australians to stand together in remembering the truth of our history and honouring the culture of Australia’s First Peoples, their families and the next generations. The 15th UCA Assembly in July 2018 endorsed the proposal that … Continue reading

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COCU10B.Epiphany2B.17January 2021

Note: COCU coding relates to a way of indexing lectionary material. lectionary year b 2020-21 Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) The boy Samuel, who has been placed in Eli’s care to serve God, hears God speak as he prepares to … Continue reading

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COCU9B.Baptism of Jesus.Epiphany 1B.10th January 2021

Texts Genesis 1:1-5 On the first day of creation the earth is formless and God’s Spirit hovers over the waters. Then God speaks and begins to create the universe. Psalm 29 A psalm of praise for God’s voice which is … Continue reading

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COCU7B. Christmas 2B.3rd January 2021

Note: COCU coding relates to a way of indexing lectionary material. The full list is here. ReadingsJeremiah 31: 7-14A prophecy of restoration and salvation in which god promises to gather a faithful remnant from the ends of earth and bring … Continue reading

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New Year prayers and blessings

Resources: Songs for New Year on the Singing from the Lectionary website  (scroll down for more music resources) Jesus, You are the light in our darkness. You bring grace in our sinfulness, peace in our strife, joy in our sadness, … Continue reading

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Gratitude

At this time of the year, as we come to the end of November the USA prepares to enter the season of Thanksgiving. Although it is particular to the USA, it’s also celebrated in different forms (and for different reasons) … Continue reading

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COCU2B.Advent 2B.6th December 2020

Note: COCU relates to a way of coding for the lectionary year. See also Advent COCU2A and COCU2C Readings Isaiah 40:1-11 A word of comfort for God’s people, because a herald is announcing the coming of God to his people … Continue reading

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