Leura Uniting Church

Leura is located in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales,
100 kilometres west of Sydney.

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Leura Uniting Church is located on the corner of Grose and Megalong Streets, Leura.

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 Our Congregation

Our congregation is chaired by the Reverend Dr William Emilsen. More details can be found by following the Our Community link.
We embrace diversity, and welcome all who seek to know more of God.

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Leura Uniting Church, in addition to this website of information and activity pages,  has a Facebook page.

The web address is https://www.facebook.com/LeuraUnitingChurch , or,  just search for Leura Uniting Church on Facebook.

 

What’s happening….

.                      October

Sun 21 Taize 5pm

.                       November

Sat   3 Retreat
Sun 4     Welcome to Newcomers to our Church during the service,
.                BBQ lunch for Frontier Services
Sun 11   Election of 2 Elders (for Worship and Pastoral Care)
.                Nominations due by Sunday, 21 October.
Mon 12 Church Council 7pm

 

Note: Schedules of some Leura Activities for  2018 are at the bottom of the page.

Service Times and other Activities

Our regular service is on Sundays at 9.30 am. The first Sunday of every month is a Contemporary Service, the third is a Communion Service. We also have a children’s group, a youth group, a Taize service, a reflective service and various community support activities. Details of services may be found by following the Services and Activities link.

Following are links to dedicated pages for some of the Services and Activities

Day Retreats  An opportunity for renewal and refreshment of faith.
Open Hearth  a sharing place to assist all members of the Mountains community.
Pilgrimages   we seek God, and spiritual refreshment, walking in the bush.
Quiet Reflection a guided meditation and reflection on the readings for the week.
Reflection and Expression Retreats  are about creative movement, dance, improvisation and music . They are inspired by being ‘enlivened by the Spirit’.  In recess
Taizé Service  renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.

 

Reflections on this week’s Bible readings

from the Bulletin …
Pentecost 21              Mark 10:17-31                       14 October, 2018
Living eternally – now! (Mark 10: 17-31)

The rich man in today’s Gospel passage has ‘so much going for him,’ as we often say. Then why does the man experience “shock and grief” (verse 22)? There are clues in the text.

One clue is that the rich man was expecting praise from Jesus for being such a good bloke. If so, then Jesus burst his bubble by saying that there was more he could do. Another clue is in the teaching on divorce in the previous verses. Rather than Jesus simply repeating the commandments given to Moses, Jesus subverts the law by over-emphasising it. He makes demands for greater obedience than the law itself required. In so doing, he breaks the power of legalism and makes way for a discipleship completely reliant on God’s love and grace.

Yet another clue to help us understand today’s Gospel is found in the response of the disciples. They too are perplexed and astonished that such a rich and clever man could be lost to their team. Verses 23 to 31 indicate a lengthy debriefing for the disciples. The man wanted to “inherit eternal life,” and Jesus invited him to begin straight away: to live eternally, starting immediately. Jesus knew this man’s heart, and longed to see him trust in God. Søren Kierkegaard said: “Purity of heart is to will one thing only.” What is the one thing that the rich man needed? More importantly, what is the one thing that is everything to you?

                                                           Mark Hillis

           

 

Quiet reflection,  … the deeply religious rich man

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All the early Christians came to believe that with Jesus’ death and resurrection the Age to Come had indeed broken in to the Present Age. That’s one of the hardest points for us to grasp today about their way of looking at the world, and at God. But if we even begin to take it seriously, we’ll see that there is nowhere to hide from Jesus’ uncompromising – though cheerful and celebratory – demand for discipleship. The call ‘Come on! Follow me! echoes down through history, and everyone is judged by the answer they give.

N.T. Wright

 

Other nearby Uniting Churches

Katoomba – Sunday Worship   9.00am – Contact Ann Palmer 4782 1880

Blackheath – Sunday Worship 10.30am – Contact Bob Hendy 4787 7007

Hazelbrook – Sunday Worship 9.30am – Contact Marjorie Leggatt 4759 1228

 

 

Other Uniting Church Congregations

To view other  Congregations of the Uniting Church in Australia follow the link,
http://nsw.uca.org.au/congregations/

Pilgrimages to Mount Solitary
(for more details follow the Pilgrimage link)

We start from Leura Uniting Church at 8 am.

Taizé Service, 5 – 6 pm, for further details follow the Taizé link

NB. Taizé Service is on the third Sunday in the month.

Day Retreats, for further details follow the Day Retreat link