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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Note: the Leura Uniting Church Service is being recorded, and can be downloaded  from the Worship Resources page here

DUE TO THE NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS
WE CANNOT CONDUCT A FACE TO FACE SERVICE.

 
 
The service will all be conducted on Zoom with a couple of participants only in the church.
 
 

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.

 

You will find  resources for Worship by following the link Worship Resources
Service Times and other Activities. when 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 Ross Neville on 0247 031 761 or by email, rossneville01@gmail.com

 

What’s happening….

 .           July

No activities  till  after lockdown
some activities via the internet.

 see bulletin for details of all items below. Bulletin is on this page

 

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 2020 are at the bottom of the page.

Reflections on this week’s Bible readings

From the Bulletin ….

Pentecost 9                 25 July, ’21              John 6:1-21

                        The Use and Abuse of Power

The texts this week offer two strands for reflection. One draws parallels between Elisha and Jesus. Frequently the Gospel writers draw comparisons between Jesus and prophets in Israel to demonstrate that Jesus was a prophet sent by God. After healing the sick raising the dead feeding the very large crowd, they wanted to make Jesus king. Rather than seek fame and fortune to be a popular King, Jesus withdrew to the mountain.

We have another story that I think is one of the most compelling stories of the Hebrew scriptures. The story of David and Bathsheba, a story of the abuse of power. It has all the hallmarks of the way sexual assault, predominantly by males. occurs within relationships and institutions such as church, government, political, legal and all the foundational structures of our society.

David as King saw and summoned Bathsheba to come to him. As his subject and as a female she had no rights to refuse David’s demands for a sexual relationship. It was not adultery. There could not be consent. It was nonconsensual sex. There is no indication of force, but it was akin to rape. Then an attempt to manipulate Joab to a lusty R & R break from war and Bathsheba’s pregnancy explained. Joab remained faithful to his position and his men. Having failed David orchestrates Joab’s death. David’s family relationships and his rule disintegrate after this.                                

Jesus by contrast continuously steps aside from either claiming power or having it thrust upon him.  Greatness and humility have always been difficult to express consistently.             John Cox                                  


 

Quiet reflection, feeding the 5000

 

 John is declaring that our deepest needs are to be found in him. They are found in him, because for John he is intimately linked to God, as God’s unique Son. In effect, to relate to Jesus is to relate to God.
 
 
 
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. The next Day Retreat will be announced shortly.
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.   next Pilgrimage will be on Saturday 17th April with a Communion Service in  Leura Forest.
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 will still be put online each week. The reflection is on Thursdays at 11.30am
Taizé Service  renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.  On the 3rd Sunday of the month.  The next Taizé Service will be on the 18th April.