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….

.                   November

Mon 20   Book Group 3pm
Wed 22 Christmas Countdown 3.45pm

.                  December

Sun 10   Commissioning of Elders
Mon 11   Church Council 7pm
Sun 24   Twilight Carols
Mon 25   Christmas Day Service 8am

.              January

Sun 21              Safe Church Workshop

Note: Schedules of some Leura Activities for  2017  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

Messy Church a project on a new way to worship (see flyer at bottom of this page)
Youth and Children Activities   A description of activities for young people (see flyer at bottom of this page)
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’.
Taizé Service  renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.

 

Reflections on this week’s Bible readings

from the Bulletin …
Pentecost 24              Matthew 25:14-30                 19 November, ‘17

Today’s reading in Matthew is about how Jesus wants us to use our gifts of the Holy Spirit. Notice the gifts are in addition to and build on our abilities.

Jesus would appear to again be warning the leaders of the church not to be like the useless servant trying to preserve everything as is. The gift they had was the revelation of God. Today some are also saying the Bible is the exact word of God and can’t be added to or built on. Jesus’ teaching in this parable would indicate this is not so. The Uniting Church position is that the Bible is part of a continuous revelation of God to each particular culture and time.

The story also has warning to each Christian. Every believer is given a gift of the spirit. We have a responsibility to use that gift according to our abilities. If we have the gift of ‘prayer or hospitality’ we have to use that gift in the service of God and our neighbour. Notice that when we have a gift we are expected to build on it, add to it, grow it.

The reward for Christian work well done is more work. A person, if they do not recognize and continually acknowledge that what they are doing and achieving happens only because of God’s empowerment, will burn out emotionally and physically. Burnout doesn’t occur when we are doing God’s work.

If a person doesn’t try to recognize or use their gift they will lose it. We know this is true of abilities. If you don’t continue to practise singing, hiking, woodwork etc you lose the ability gradually. Similarly we need to continue to use our gifts of healing, teaching, encouragement etc..

 

Ross Neville

 

Quiet reflection,  … talents

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As we begin to trust allowing God to move through us, our lives change as individuals and our communities have a better chance of change.

William Loader

 

 

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)

Pilgrimages to Mt Solitary for 2017 are:

September 9
October 14
November 11.

We start from Leura Uniting Church at 8 am.
Taizé Service, 5 – 6 pm, for further details follow the Taizé link
The Taizé Service is in recess until Sunday 18th February 2018

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

Messy Church,
for further details follow the Messy Church  link

Began on the 23rd October 2016, and continues on the 4th Sunday of every month

Day Retreats,
for further details follow the Day Retreat link
Day Retreats are in recess until early 2018, dates to be advised

Day Retreat Schedule for 2017

22 April
15 July
16 Sep
18 Nov

 

Priority One Youth Group

see times and activities below

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