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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.

resources in times of natural disaster/tragedy

Another school shooting – Lord have mercy. And more ‘thoughts and prayers’ and ‘thoughts and condolences’. Mike Rayson reflects: “Thoughts and prayers” are not enough for those who follow Jesus. The following text, written to the tune Hyfrodol (Come Thou … Continue reading

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COCU19B.Lent 1B.18thFeb2018

Readings Readings Lent 1B Genesis 9:8-17 God promises Noah that God will never again destroy all life through a flood, and God gives the rainbow as a sign of this promise. Psalm 25:1-10 A plea for God to be merciful … Continue reading

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Lent 2018

Lent begins after Shrove Tuesday (February 13th in 2018) and Ash Wednesday (February 14th in 2018) Lent, those 40 day’s leading up to the crucifixion of Christ, when we commemorate his 40 days spent in the wilderness preparing for his … Continue reading

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COCU18B.Ash Wednesday.14Feb2018

Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday in 2018 On the surface, the confluence of Valentines and ashes seems to produce an odd and uncomfortable couple, but it’s fitting to have one day of celebrating love in all its forms while also recognizing our … Continue reading

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This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Epiphany – a season in which we reflect upon and rejoice about the ways in which Christ is revealed to us. Readings Deuteronomy 18:15-20: Moses promises that God will raise up a prophet for … Continue reading

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Transfiguration Sunday is the last Sunday before Lent. Once again Epiphany closes with the Transfiguration of Jesus – the turning point, the final affirmation, before Jesus set his sights on Jerusalem and the coming confrontation and sacrifice. The challenge of this … Continue reading

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COCU13B.Epiphany 5B.4th February 2018

Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31 To whom can God be compared? God created the earth and human rulers are short lived. Why should God’s people complain that God has forgotten them? Those who wait on God will be renewed. Psalm 147:1-11, 20c … Continue reading

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Australia Day resources – various

Listen to the Whisper: Music written by Geoff Boyce, sung by Tim and Alison Solly, with images from Colebrook memorial (Adelaide, SA) – can be used for Acknowledgement of Land. Great Spirit, God of every people and every tribe, we … Continue reading

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Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr

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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COCU11B.Epiphany 3B.21Jan2018

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 A reflection based on Psalm 62.5-12 Beloved, for you my soul waits in silence. My hope is hidden in your silence. Life of my living, you are my earth. … Continue reading

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