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.

LUC Grose street copyMinister: Rev Myung Hwa Park – 0400191880

Face to Face Services have resumed

The Services is also available  over Zoom and the links are below.

The Zoom links are:

9.30 am Sunday Morning Service

Join Zoom Meeting

https://uca-nswact.zoom.us/j/92687697749?pwd=L0FBbjVWYmlTbEtPSi9uaUpnazM3QT09

Meeting ID: 926 8769 7749

Passcode: Leura

Normally, there are no restrictions on who is able to attend   
Complete details in the bulletin, available here

This weeks bulletin is:  Bulletin 4.12.22

 

Our Congregation

Our congregation is chaired by the Reverend Dr John Cox. 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.

 

You will find  resources for Worship by following the link Worship Resources
Service Times and other Activities. as restrictions allow

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 is unavailable until further notice. The hall of Leura Uniting Church is available for regular and occasional bookings.  Please contact Peggy Goldsmith or by email, tulipgold@bigpond.com

 

What’s happening….

 

.            November

Sun 13    AGM after Morning Tea 
Thu 17   Junction 142 Board      7pm

Material for Services is available on the page Worship Resources

Also,

The Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT has put out a list of churches who provide online worship services on a Sunday.
As well as reading our Leura services you might like to look at one of the “live” services on line.Just click on the link below.

https://nswact.uca.org.au/covid-19-information-for-presbyteries-and-congregations/livestream-options-for-worship-during-covid-19

A list of Leura Activities for 2022 are at the bottom of the page.

Reflections on this week’s Bible readings

From the Bulletin ….

Pentecost  22     6 November’22         Luke 20:27-38

Where, on Earth, is heaven?

Carl Sagan challenged faith based on the biblical flat earth understanding of the shape of the Universe by suggesting that if Jesus had ascended at the speed of light, and if he had kept up that speed for the last two thousand years, then he hasn’t left our galaxy yet.

There are many dangers in reading the biblical texts and worldviews literally.

It is possible though to engage the texts faithfully as parable and story.

Though Jesus’ own understanding of the Universe contained a flat Earth, he nevertheless points to heaven here and now on the Earth beneath our feet more than in an afterlife spent above the colander dome of the sky.

In Luke, Jesus counters the misdirection of the Sadducees who were looking upwards, by looking down at the Earth where God is concerned with the living rather than the dead. An afterlife did not seem important to Jesus.

So, friends, where might we see heaven now? Could heaven be in the soils beneath our feet? In a woman sweeping her house to find a lost coin? In a burglar imaging God surprising us by turning up at unexpected places and times?

It is in unlikely places like these, Jesus says in his many parables, that we might experience heaven … right here on Earth.

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As always, today’s preacher may have a different view altogether to the one expressed here. Which goes to show how wonderfully diverse are our interpretations of our Scriptures can be!                                                            Ian Pearson    

Quiet reflection,  Trinity

NB. Quiet Reflection is in temporary recess

Following is the most recent Quiet Reflection summary

 

And so the endless round dance continues with the overflowing love of dancers’ shared Desire that all humans be ecstatically the wiser for the dance

 

 
 
 
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

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

Day Retreats  An opportunity for renewal and refreshment of faith. Please follow link for details.
Drawing and Painting Group     Postponed until further notice see Weekly timetable on the Services and Activities Page.
Leisure Learning – Sew & Chat   Postponed until further notice see Weekly timetable on the  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 8.30am.  
Mel  will be walking to Mount Solitary on further dates to be announced. He will celebrate Holy Communion at the Southern Escarpment, overlooking the Southern Highlands. He will leave Leura UC at 8am sharp. Under Covid restrictions, he can only take 4 people with him, so please let him know if you intend coming ‘on our picnic’. Please note, though, that the walk to Mount Solitary itself is not a ‘picnic’!
Playtime   10am-12noon on Mondays during school term.
Quiet Reflection a guided meditation and reflection on the readings for the week. The text of the reflection is available on this website each week Here is the link. The quiet reflection is in temporary recess.
Taizé Service   renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.  On the 3rd Sunday of the month.