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.

Hall Bookings
The hall of Leura Uniting Church is available for regular and occasional bookings.  Please contact Ross Neville on 024703175 or rossneville012gmail.com.

 

 

What’s happening….

.                        December

Mon 10 Church Council 7pm
Wed 12 Advent Bible Study 7.30pm
Mon 24 Christmas Eve:
.               Twilight Carols
.              Free Barbecue 6.30pm
.             Carol Service 7pm
Tue 25 Christmas Day Service 8am

 

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 …
Advent 2                        Luke 3:1-6            9 December,‘18
 

“Praise be to the Lord, the God if Israel, because he has come to redeem his people.” Luke 1:68 NIV.

 

When an angel appeared to Zechariah when he was serving in the temple, Zechariah had difficulty believing that they could have a child in their old age, and because of this unbelief Zechariah was made mute.

He had nine long months to think about what the angel had said about the child: “He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord” Luke 1:14, 15a and “Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.” Luke 1:16

When the child was born, John declared that he would be called John, as instructed and Zechariah’s voice returned.

Zechariah’s Song is a song of praise to God for “he has come to redeem his people.” He says: ‘And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; and you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of sins.”       Luke 1:76, 77 NIV.

And many years later John did do just that, “prepare the way for the Lord “, calling people to repent and turn from their sinful ways to God. John also told the people to deal fairly with others, and share their resources with those in need.

We too, are called to do this and share the good news with people we meet.

 

Stephen White

 

 

Quiet reflection,  …Advent 2   John the  Baptist

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Yet Jesus the Messiah transformed both these roles in ways that subvert them from within: he submitted to our sacrifice as the sacrifice to end all sacrifice, replacing the Temple with his body; and he died at the hands of the ruling political leaders in order to reveal to us our true enemies. It is the comic strip character Pogo who is purported to be the first to proclaim, “We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us.” The cross of Christ the King reveals that our human solution of violence against each other to stop violence makes us our own worst enemies.                                                    Paul Nuechterlein

 

 

 

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,
Find a Church

Current Activities

Advent Bible Studies

led by the Revd. Dr. William Emilsen

to help us be ‘Advent people’ and will be held on:

Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm ‘A Time for Thanksgiving’

Wednesday 5 December, 7.30pm ‘A Time for Patience’

Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm ‘A Time for Humility’

Wednesday 19 December, 7.30pm ‘A time for Joy’

People of hope in times and places of despair.
People who follow Jesus

to be held at the Emilsen’s home, 37 Grose Street, Leura

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