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.

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.

At the bottom of this page are links to dedicated pages for some of the Services and Activities.

Hall Bookings
The hall of Leura Uniting Church is available for regular and occasional bookings.  Please contact Ross Neville on 0247 031 761 or by email, rossneville01@gmail.com

 

What’s happening….

NB.  This site will not be updated until the 3rd February 2020

.           February
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Ash Wednesday

A list of Leura Activities for 2020 are at the bottom of the page.

 

Reflections on this week’s Bible readings

from the last Bulletin  for 2019 …
Christmas 1   Matthew 2:13-23          29 December, ‘19

 

Matthew’s Gospel includes a number of parallels between Jesus and Moses, giving us a sense of Jesus as another Moses . This idea was needed for the Jews of that time to accept Jesus. Matthew includes: Jesus’ flight to Egypt to escape Herod (2:13-15) parallels Moses being hidden in the bulrushes to escape Pharaoh, who schemed to murder infant Jewish boys; The murder of baby boys by Herod (2:16-18) parallels the murder of baby boys by Pharaoh (Exodus 1:15-22). ; Jesus’ return to Israel (2:19-23) parallels Moses’ return from exile after the death of the king of Egypt (Exodus 3-4).; The coming out of Egypt leaving a life of slavery and bondage

Matthew’s inclusion of these grim stories today also highlights that whenever God’s love and caring is introduced into the world or a situation there is strong opposition. Personal and /or institutional

We see this still happening today.

Someone robs the RFS truck while they are fighting fires.

People impersonating fund collectors for……

Scammers on the phone trying to sell new / improved house insurance.

OR as a response to the message of love coming into the world at Christmas.

The increase in domestic violence and deaths in the home.

The increase in drunken accidents, as people try and use alcohol as a stimulant to experience joy and happiness.

The banning of the Christmas message of Jesus from schools/teaching carols many cards adds. Using the term Happy holiday not Happy Christmas

The bombing of Christian based hospitals or medical staff who are trying to care for the poor or afflicted.

We need reminding as Matthew does in this passage that the world will react violently, grimly and unfairly whenever Good or Love is being shown or is being introduced in a a human situation.

Ross Neville

 

Quiet reflection,  … Joseph from the last Quiet Reflection for 2019

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“…the Russian thinker Soloviev writes: “What we have most dear in Christianity is Christ himself; Christ himself and all that comes from him, since in him dwells all the fullness of divinity in the flesh,” and this motto is what I have always preached. I have always preached this because it is the central and repeated message of the New Testament. So at Christmas we remember the birth of the one who is everything in our precious faith.

Christian reality is God’s mystery that has entered the world as a human history.

The entry point of that mystery is both the womb of Mary and the mantle of Joseph’s honour that protected her and brought her safely to the stable in Bethlehem. When Jesus spoke of his father he meant God, but he imagined God through the memory of his earthly father and the quiet courage with which Joseph maintained the honour of his mother.”

Robert Hamerton-Kelly

 

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,
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Current Activities

Links, in red, lead to pages with more details about the activity.

Day Retreats  An opportunity for renewal and refreshment of faith. Restart date for 2020 to be advised.
Drawing and Painting Group     see Weekly timetable on Services and Activities Page.
Leisure Learning – Sew & Chat   see Weekly timetable on Services and Activities Page.
Open Table  a sharing place to assist all members of the Mountains community.
Pilgrimages   we seek God, and spiritual refreshment, walking in the bush.  Starts from Leura Uniting Church at 8am.   Restart date for 2020 to be advised.
Playtime   10am-12noon on Mondays during school term.
Primary Learning Support Centre  see Weekly timetable on Services and Activities Page.
Quiet Reflection a guided meditation and reflection on the readings for the week.  We will resume on 6th February 2020.
Taizé Service  renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.  On the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Restart date for 2020 to be advised.