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New Beginnings

 

 

It is Pentecost Sunday – the day when the Holy Spirit blew in on tongues of fire and transforCummins logo jpegmed the lives of some pretty ordinary people, in a room in Jerusalem.  These people went out telling Good News and the Christian Church was born.

Today at Cummins, we are on a New Beginning….we are starting a new congregation, by planting a new leadership team into a dwindling, aged congregation.

Not any new leadership though.  A vision was given by some elders, prayed through my myself as the minister and then preached to a larger church.  The vision touched a couple, with a young family.  God has already given them a heart for the dwindling aged congregation.  They offered to begin something new.  Four people have prayed together for  6 months most weeks and today, we offer all we believe we have received in prayer back to God for the work of the Holy Spirit among those God is calling to be part of the Uniting Church here in rural Cummins, South Australia.  Everything we can do is ready.

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Easter Dawn

I love the fact that women are the discoverers of the Resurrected Jesus.  The women were doing something about their grief and loss: they were going to the place where Jesus lay to tidy him up; to anoint his body. They were doing their caring role and in the doing, they were processing their grief.  What about our grief?  What do we do about it?  People often look for closure, but I doubt that we ever achieve that elusive state over a death.  What we can do is find things to do that help us process our grief: tend a grave, shed a tear, sort through photos, write remembrances, plant a tree, bush, flower bed for our loved one….and in the doing, we often discover our loved one is still with us in spirit, in love. Maybe not in person as Jesus was, but in the promise that Jesus made….that where I am, you may be also.

Jesus the Mother Hen

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. Luke 13: 34

As a single parent, these words of Jesus echo in my head. I wanted so much to protect my children from the stigma of poverty, of not having a father living at home. I wanted to protect them from feeling rejected or feeling less than anyone else – feelings I oftenn experienced as a child. So I felt I was like a mother hen, protecting my brood.

I can remember when daughter #3 had chickens for a time with her prize specimen being a rooster named Keiren ( yes, after the swimmer). Looking out of the kitchen window one day I saw Keiren’s progeny with their mother hen running around our backyard. When something startled the hen, she clucked and her babies came running and snuggled under her. She fluffed her feathers and tucked her beak down…a formidable barrier!

When I feel close to God, I feel like those little chicks. Warm, loved and protected. My God is like a formidable barrier and nothing can take me away from his love and protection. Sometimes I feel very small – like a chick, especially when I am feeling vunerable…I’m so pleased I said Yes to Jesus all those years ago and can run to him and feel safe and strong, to venture out and grow more.

Welcome!

Hi, I am Reverend Sue Ellis of the West Lakes United Church. Follow my writings on this blog to see my thoughts about Sunday sermons and also leading worship in an aged care facility.

I hope you find it useful and stimulating.

Blessings,

Sue