Charlestown Uniting Church - Services celebrated in 2020
 3rd May 2020,   Easter 4 - 1 Peter 2: 19-25 & John 10: 1-10
10th May 2020,  Easter 5 - 1 Peter 2:2-10 & John 14:1-14
17th May 2020,  Easter 6 - 1 Peter 3:13-22 & John 14:15-21
 7th June 2020,  Trinity Sunday - Matthew 28:16-20 & 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
14th June 2020, Pentecost 2 - Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 & Matthew 9:35-10:8
21st June 2020, Pentecost 3 - Genesis 21:8-21 & Matthew 10:24-39
28th June 2020, Pentecost 4 - Romans 6:12-23 & Matthew 10:40-42
 5th July 2020,   Pentecost 5 - Romans 7:15-25a & Matthew 11:19, 25-30
12th July 2020,  Pentecost 6 - Romans 8:1-11 & Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
19th July 2020,  Pentecost 7 - Romans 8:12-25 & Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
26th July 2020,  Pentecost 8 - Romans 8:26-39 & Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
2nd August 2020,  Pentecost 9 - Romans 9:1-5 & Matthew 14:13-21
9th August 2020,  Pentecost 10 - Romans 10:5-15 & Matthew 14:22-33
16th August 2020,  Pentecost 11 - Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 & Matthew 15:21-28
23rd August 2020,  Pentecost 12 - Romans 12:1-8 & Matthew 16:13-20
30th August 2020,  Pentecost 13 - Romans 12:9-21 & Matthew 16:21-28
6th September 2020,  Pentecost 14 - Genesis 2:4-22, John 3:1-17
13th September 2020,  Season of Creation - Land Sunday - Genesis 3: 8-19 & 4: 3-16  & Matthew 12: 38-40
20th September 2020,  Season of Creation - Wilderness Sunday - Joel 1:8-10, 17-20  & Matthew 3:13-4:11
27th September 2020,  Season of Creation - River Sunday - Genesis 8:20-22, 9:12-17  & Revelation 22:1-5
4th October 2020,  Feast of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals - Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20  & Matthew 21:33-46
11th October 2020, Pentecost 19 - message by Rev Garry Derkenne on Matthew 22:1-14
questions to ask on hearing this address:
  1. As you experienced the message what was familiar and what was strange?

  2. Describe times when you felt comfortable in your faith; and other times when you felt challenged because your life is relatively comfortable compared to others?

  3. How does your congregation both comfort you and challenge you in your journey?

  4. Do you find your wider community insular, or open to the challenges knowledge of the suffering in the world, brings?

18th October 2020, Pentecost 20 - message by Rev Niall McKay on Matthew 22:15-22
questions to ask on hearing this address:
  1. How often have you talked about personal finances at church or with other Christians? Has this been a comfortable conversation?

  2. The Church is often a place where rules have been highly valued. Can you think of times when breaking the rules has been the loving thing to do?

  3. The key insight in today’s reading is: “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and give God the things that are God’s.” What are some of the things we have been giving the emperor that we should have been giving to God?

  4. Can a different fresh understanding of rules and justice open up conversations with people or groups in your community that the church has traditionally found too difficult to connect with?

25th October 2020,  Pentecost 21 - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 & Matthew 22:34-46 "We recognise what our ministry and our life is all about."
1 November 2020,  Pentecost 22 - 1 John 3:1-3 & Matthew 5:1-12 "How to be a Saint"
8 November 2020,  Pentecost 23 - 1 Joshua 24:1-3a, 13-25 & Matthew 25:1-13 "Setting up for the long haul"
15 November 2020,  Pentecost 24 - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, 14-25 & Matthew 25:14-30 "Our Christian faith is not something received in a passive way …. but a call to action!"
22 November 2020,  Christ the King Sunday - Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 & Matthew 25:31-46 "call on the Spirit of God to invigorate in you a commitment to love – particularly to love those who are hard to love – because they are those most needful."
29 November 2020,  Advent 1 - 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 & Mark 13:24-37 "come with hope and expectancy as we wait for the coming of the Christ child, prepare our own hearts to receive God’s great gift of Jesus, and look towards the coming of Christ in the future."
6 December 2020,  Advent 2 - 2 Peter 3:8-15 & Mark 1:1-8 "we are invited to imagine ourselves taking hold of our line, our string, our pathway home to God."
13 December 2020,  Advent 3 - 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 and John 1: 6-8, 19-28 "we are invited to allow ourselves to not know, but all the same be wrapped in the saving love of God."
20 December 2020,  Advent 4 - Hebrews 1:5-2:4 and Luke 1:26-38 "reflect on what it has been for you to be a reflection of God’s love in your physical context."
27 December 2020,  first Sunday after Christmas - Galatians 4:4-7 and Luke 2:22-40