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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
Locked Down But Not Locked Out
We are living in times with challenges that most of us have never experienced before. We may have heard stories passed down from those who lived through the Spanish flu epidemic in the early 1900s, or those growing up in the Great Depression, or coping with food rationing during WW 2. But to many of us they are just that – stories, albeit amazing stories of resilience amidst hardship and isolation, people making do with whatever they could find, being deprived of livelihoods, food and support; and the stories of grief and loss – just check out an old cemetery and notice the number of graves of children dated in the early part of the 20th century.
Perhaps in some small way, we now may have some appreciation for what other generations have endured as we manage life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with all the restrictions imposed upon us, and with the accompanying ramifications. I feel that this current lockdown has impacted us more than the previous prolonged lockdown of 2020.
We feel the acute sense of isolation, with all the flow on effects: loss of business, unemployment, challenges to physical (and mental) health, even our own mortality and the death of loved ones or friends. We perhaps feel, locked out of life!
In the midst of this anxiety, despair and frustration, I am encouraged by the words of comfort that comes to us so many times in the Bible: “I, your God, am with you.”
We may be locked down, but we are not locked out of God’s presence.
God is faithful to His promise and will never abandon not forsake us.
In the coming of God’s Son, Jesus, we not only have God’s action of identifying with our human condition with all its heartaches, difficulties and suffering; we also have a Rescuer who has secured the way into God’s presence for us, both now and into eternity. A way that is open and cannot be locked shut.
As the writer of Hebrews explains: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings … “ (Hebrews 10:19 – 22)
I pray that you may firmly grasp this assurance, and keep connected with God in these times when we can’t always connect with each other. God bless you,
Mission of the Month for September 2021
JESUS. YOU. UNREACHED PEOPLE.
Pioneers mobilises teams to glorify God among unreached peoples by initiating church planting movements in partnership with local churches.
Some cultures in the world have no neighbours who can tell them about Jesus Christ. Pioneers hopes to share God’s love with those people in places where the gospel is yet to be effectively proclaimed. BUC partners with Graham & Sarah Edwardes, with their children Sydney & Enzo, who are sharing the Gospel and church planting in Ireland. You can follow them on Facebook.