Celebrating Christmas at BUC in 2019
Services before Christmas – Sunday, 22 December
9.00 am Carols and Lessons
10.30 am Carols for Kids
5.30 pm Carols
Christmas Eve Service – Tuesday, 24 December
6.30 pm Carols
Christmas Day Service – Wednesday, 25 December
- all about following Jesus. We are a community of imperfect people who have experienced the love and forgiveness of a wonderful God. We are a local expression of God’s eternal and universal church, called to be God’s people who love, worship, glorify, and serve our living King, Jesus Christ;
- part of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations of the Uniting Church, joining with other Uniting Church congregations in contending for the Biblical faith: Confessing the Lord Jesus Christ, Proclaiming the Truth and Renewing the Church; and
- “evangelical” Christians, which means that Jesus shapes the heart of our worship, the Bible shapes the heart of our life, and the Gospel (the Good News about Jesus) shapes our heart for a broken world.
Our Statement of Faith & Core Values
A Message from Rev Ian Weeks
2020 Vision – Seeing the Past and the Future!
A man was recently asked: “What’s in store for you next year?” He replied, “I don’t know. I’ve just been to the optometrist and he said I don’t have 20-20 vision!” 😊
As the year 2020 unfolds before us, wouldn’t it be good to have a clear vision of the future! To know exactly what’s coming up. We can usually look back over the past with some clarity – hindsight is a wonderful thing as they say. But the future? That’s a different matter.
We have hopes and dreams. We make plans. And these are good and Godly things to do. But at the end of the day we don’t know for sure what is coming around the corner – our future is marked with some uncertainty, and possibly anxiety.
However, we can be certain of at least one thing: God knows what’s going on today, and what is going to come tomorrow! A great promise was given to the people of Israel at a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. God said to them:
I have rescued you. I have called you by name; now you belong to me.
When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you, and you won’t drown.
When you walk through fire, you won’t be burned or scorched by the flames. Isaiah 43:1, 2
A wonderful assurance that whatever the future holds, whatever they faced, God was with them and would carry them through it. This same faithful God has given us assurances that we too can be confident of His sovereign care for us – for He has rescued us in Christ Jesus and made us His own.
And so the NT writer Jude is able to rejoice in this as he writes:
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude 24, 25
As you face the new year, I pray you will do so with the confidence and reassurance that God is in control and you can trust Him. We may see vaguely, foggily, and with uncertainty – but God sees perfectly clearly!!
May God’s richest blessing be upon you this coming Christmas and New Year season!
Missions of the Month for December 2019
Dalmar Family Services
Wesley Dalmar began its life as the Central Mission Home for neglected children at
Waverley House in Woolloomooloo in 1893. Today Dalmar provides homes for more
than 620 children and young people in foster care.Dalmar provides homes for children and young people who cannot live with their families, by recruiting, training, and
supporting foster carers. Dalmar also provide aftercare support for young people (until they are 25 years old) who have previously been in care, and supplement our foster care programs with wrap around services so that each team also has direct access to education and clinical specialists.
Poor Families in the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
Pastor Jack Harradine leads the UAICC Congregation at Broken Hill. Jack writes: “We have poor families in our church. I am having a Christmas party for some special children whose families will struggle this Christmas. I am trying to raise money to buy each child a present or two. People can either buy gifts or contribute money and we will buy the presents for the kids. What’s left over, they can use to buy food for Christmas day.” Please take an envelope from our Christmas tree in the Foyer and return it with $ by 15 December.