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Parramatta City Uniting Church

Online Services celebrated in 2022, 2023 and 2024

25 February 2024 - Lent 2 - Mark 8:31-38 - Jesus asks his disciples to follow him into unchartered territory. Join Rev. Geoff Stevenson as we  head down 'the road less travelled’.

18 February 2024 - Lent 1 - Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, 1 Peter 3:18-22 - Rev. Russell Davies reflects on a constant theme in this weeks readings of "water" and how the messages are intertwined and asks what does it mean, for us.

11 February 2024 - Transfiguration of Jesus - 2 Kings 2:1-12, Matk 9:2-9 - When God asks Elijah to go to one more town, Elisha follows in faith and perseverance. Rev. Geoff Smith asks what does it take to be persistent and go the extra mile?

4 February 2024 - Epiphany 5 - Mark 1:29-39 - Rev. Helen Richmond is reflecting on the Mark 1: 29-39 passage. Helen reminds us that we all need to take time out of our busy lives, to breathe.

28 January 2024 - Epiphany 4 - Mark 1:21-28 - Why were people so astounded by Jesus' teachings? How did Jesus deal with the man with the 'unclean spirit'? Join Rev. Geoff Stevenson as he reflects on Mark 1:21-28.

21 January 2024 - Epiphany 3 - Jonah 3:1-5, 10 and Mark 1:14-20 - The Rev. Russell Davies takes us through the Old Testament story of Jonah, (the worlds most unwilling missionary) and reflects on what the moral of the story can teach us.

14 January 2024 - Epiphany 2 - Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, John 1:43-51 - Bruce Bennetts reflects on the "John 1" passage and the calling of Philip and Nathanael. Bruce goes on to think about "who are we seeing and not seeing in our community" and being loved for who we truly are.

7 January 2024 - Epiphany - Isaiah 60:1-6, 19-22 - Rev. Russ Davies reflects on Epiphany and Isaiah 60, when the expectation of the Israelites didn't quite meet up with the reality, what we can identify with and what expectations can we draw. A very interesting reflection.

31 December 2023 - Christmas 1 - Luke 2:22-40 - Rev. Geoff Stevenson reflects on Luke's story of the young Jesus, our eternal hope.

24 December 2023 - Advent 4 - 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 & Luke 1:16-23 - Bruce Bennetts shares his thoughts on Mary's journey into faith and how she responds to God's invitation despite her own fear and doubts.

17 December 2023 - Advent 3 - Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 & Luke 1:46b-55 - The Rev. Russell Davies takes us through the 3rd Sunday in Advent, with joy and preparation and tells us to hurry up and wait.

10 December 2023 - Advent 2 - Isaiah 40:1-11 - The Rev. John Barr considers "how do we think about peace in a world that is anything but peaceful?"

3 December 2023 - Advent 1 - Psalm 80, Mark 13:24-37 - Rev. Russell Davies reflects on what are we waiting for?

26th November 2023 - Reign of Christ, Sunday - Matthew 25:31-46 - "Just as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me." Join Rev. Geoff Stevenson as he reflects on Matthew 25 and what this means for our world today.

19 November 2023 - Pentecost 25 - Matthew 25:14-30 - The Rev. Russell Davies reflects on the Matthew story of the "Talents" and "Risking the way of Jesus"

12 November 2023 - Pentecost 24 - Matthew 25:1-13 - Rev. John Barr as he reflects on the story of the ten bridesmaids. What are we waiting for and what must we do to ensure we are not foolish?

5 November 2023 - Pentecost 23 - Matthew 25:1-13 - What a big week for the church. Reformation Day, All Saints Day and All Souls Day all in the same week. Join Rev. Russell Davies as he unpacks what they all mean and their relevance to us today.

29 October 2023 - Pentecost 22 - Matthew 22:34-46 - Rev. Geoff Stevenson channels The Beatles and tells us, 'All You Need is Love". Join Geoff as he reflects on Matthew 22 and the challenge of the Pharisees.

22 October 2023 - Pentecost 21 - Matthew 22:15-22 - What do you owe to the government? What do you owe to God? Join Rev. Russell Davies as he unravels Matthew 22

15 October 2023 - Pentecost 20 - Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14 - What are you worried about? Would you let go of everything to find peace? Join Rev. Geoff Stevenson as he explores the ideas of materialism and control.

8 October 2023 - Pentecost 19 - Isaiah 5:1-7, Matthew 21:33-46 - What happens when the tennants don't look after the vineyard? Join Russell Davies as he reflects on Isaiah and Matthew. How do we as Christians hear this call to care for creation?

1 October 2023 - Pentecost 18 - Matthew 21:23-32 - Rev. John Barr reflects on "truth decay" in our modern world and how we might combat it by seeing the world as Jesus did.

24 September 2023 - Pentecost 17 - Exodus 16:2-30 and Matthew 20:1-16 - Rev. Niall Reid reflects on the story from Exodus Chapter 16 as the Israelites are led through the desert to the land of milk and honey. Why do many want more than they need?

17 September 2023 - Pentecost 16 - Job 28:20-28 and Matthew 16:1-4 - What does the bible tell us about our role in protecting the environment and caring for God's creation?

10 September 2023 - Pentecost 15 - Matthew 18:15-20 & Romans 13:8-14 - The Bible provides the Church with lots of rules. Rev. Russell Davies reflects on Romans 13 and Matthew 18. Is there a simpler way of understanding these?

3 September 2023 - Pentecost 14 - Matthew 16:21-28, Exodus 3:1-15 - Rev. Geoff Stevenson explores readings from Exodus and Matthew - "I am who I am!".

27 August 2023 - Pentecost 13 - Matthew 16:13-20 - The Rev. Russell Davies reflects on The Matthew 16 passage where, Jesus asks his disciples "Who do you think I am"

20 August 2023 - Pentecost 12 - Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15 - Bruce Bennetts reflects on Matthew's account of Jesus confrontation with a Canaanite woman and what this means for us today.

13 August 2023 - Pentecost 11 - Matthew 14:22-33 - Join Rev. Russell Davies as he reflects on Matthew’s account of Peter stepping out in faith.

6 August 2023 - Pentecost 10 - Genesis 32:22-31 - Have you ever been involved with a struggle with God? Have you felt spooked, ambushed, haunted or had issues with God that troubled you or made you angry? Join the Rev. John Barr, while he reflects on the passage from Genesis 32.

30 July 2023 - Pentecost 9 - Is joy the same as pleasure? Where do we find joy? Is it in a seed, or money, or a precious pearl? Join Rev. Russell Davies as he unpacks a few of Jesus' parables about joy.

23 July 2023 - Pentecost 8 - Do you think the bible only has stories of straight-laced people? Join Rev. john Barr as he explores some of the 'tricksters' in the bible and explores how we might understand these characters.

16 July 2023 - Pentecost 7 - Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 - The Rev. Russell Davies reflects on the Matthew:13 parable of the "Sower" and is thinking about what it means. Is it just about bad farming practices?

9 July 2023 - Pentecost 6 - Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 - ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.' Join Geoff Smith as he reflects on this life changing invitation from Matthew's Gospel.

2 July 2023 - Pentecost 5 - Matthew 10:34-42 - Rev. Russell Davies is reflecting on the Matthew 10 reading, which speaks of Jesus bringing not peace, but the sword, and setting people against each other. Jesus is considered the Prince of Peace. How can this be?

25 June 2023 - Pentecost 4 - Genesis 21:8-21 and Matthew 10:24-39 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson reflects on Families, Feuds, Failures, Faith and Life!

18 June 2023 - Pentecost 3 - Romans 5:1-8 - We join Rev. John Barr as we look at Romans 5:1-8. How did people understand 'Peace' 2,000 years ago? Especially when they lived under the yoke of the Roman Empire. And what does Paul mean when he talks about the 'peace of God'?

11 June 2023 - Pentecost 2 - Genesis 12:1-9 and Matthew9:9-13, 18-26 - With Geoff Stevenson, Abram and Sarai as we reflect on Genesis 12 and Matthew 9.

4 June 2023 - Trinity Sunday - Psalm 8 and Genesis 1:1-2:12 - In this week's Reflection, we join Rev. Geoff Stevenson as he reflects on Trinity Sunday through readings from Genesis and Psalms.

28 May 2023 - Pentecost Sunday - Acts 2:14-24, 32-36 and 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 -Today is Pentecost Sunday. Join Rev. Russell Davies as he leads us through the Acts and Corinthians readings on the blowing of the Spirit. How do we use the many gifts that God has given us?

21 May 2023 - Easter 7 - Acts 1:6-14 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson challenges us, if "we want the world to change, let it begin with each of us!"

14 May 2023 - Easter 6 - John 14:1-14 - What's more important; the journey or the destination. Take a walk with Rev. Geoff Stevenson this morning as we explore this question.

7 May 2023 - Easter 5 - 1 Peter 2:2-10, Acts 7:55-60 - The Rev. John Barr reflects on the story of the "Stoning of Stephen" and the existence and healing of differences in beliefs and theology, both then and in our churches, today.

30 April 2023 - Easter 4 - Psalm 23 and John 10:1-10 - The Lord is My Shepherd - What does that mean and how do we respond to Jesus' call to follow him, the Good Shepherd? Rev. Russell Davies shepherds us this morning.

23 April 2023 - Easter 3 - Luke 24:13-35 - Join Bruce Bennetts on a journey to Emmaus. Who do we encounter on our journey through life?

16 April 2023 - Easter 2 - John 20:19-31 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson contemplates the meanings behind Jesus's post Easter appearances. "From Death to Life We Grow".

9 April 2023 Easter Day - John 20:1-18 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson reminds us that new life comes springing out of the least likely places, if we trust this one who was raised into new life and comes to us in the darkness of life, with love and hope!.

2 April 2023 - Matthew 21:1-11 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson reflects on Palm Sunday, the 2 processions, 2 ways - Of Love and Freedom or Fear and Violence!

26 March 2023 - John 11:1-45 and Ezekiel 37:1-14 - In this week's Reflection, the Rev. Russell Davies talks about the meanings behind Old Testament story of the "Valley of the dry bones" and also the real story behind the telling in John's gospel of "the raising of Lazarus"

19 March 2023 - John 9:1-41 - The Rev, John Barr reflects on the Gospel story in "John" and the difference between "Healing" and "Curing" and whether disease and disability is part of God's plan.

12 March 2023 - John 4:5-42 - Stuart Elliott reflects on Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. Why is this meeting so remarkable?

5 March 2023 - Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17 - Geoff Stevenson reflects on Abram and Sarai and asks 'what's stopping us from letting go?'

26 February 2023 - Genesis 2:17-17, 3:1-7 - Join Rev. Russell Davies and the team as we reflect on Adam and Eve, the Serpent, the Tree of Life and what it means to be 'really human'.

19 February 2023 - Matthew 17:1-9 - Rev. Geoff Stevenson reflects on the Transfiguration and those moments in our lives that call us out of the everyday and into God's transforming love.

12 February 2023 - Matthew 5:21-37 - Bruce Bennett reflects on Jesus' challenge in Matthew's Gospel. In this day and age, how are we to hear this reinforced focus on the commandments?

5 February 2023 - Epiphany 5 - The Rev. John Barr talks about what the "mind of Christ" means and reminds us that you don't have to be clever to be the "mind of Christ", just be Christ to others.

29 January 2023 - Epiphany 4 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson reflects, not only on the "Beatitudes" from the Gospel of Mathew, but also from the book of Micah and the instructions from God, to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly, with our God.

22 January 2023 - Our Day of Mourning - On this Sunday before Australia Day, we celebrate diversity with Rev. Russell Davies and recognise the importance of reconciliation with the First Peoples of this nation.

15 January 2023 - Epiphany 2 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson talks about the way in which the world doesn't seem to move on and challenges us to sing a new song.

8 January 2023 - The visit of the wise men - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson challenges us, following the lights and excitement of Christmas and New Year, with a post Christmas biblical passage from Matthew and how that might challenge us. "Light in our Darkness". Wherever there is pain and passion, love and hope, where kindness and compassion and justice flourish, God is present.

1 January 2023 - New Years Day - The Rev. John Barr reflects on the Matthew version of the Christmas story, of the three wise men and Herod and the subsequent horror of the massacre of the children and contemplates about how does "power" react when threatened and how should we use our "power", for hope and justice for all people.

25 December 2022 - Christmas Day - Luke 2:1-20 - Rev Geoff Stevenson talks about what extends him to Christmas and what are the moments where we experience Christ breaking into our lives.

18 December 2022 - Advent 4 - Matthew 1:18-25 - Rev. John Barr reflects on the story of Joseph and Mary. How hard must it have been to deal with the stigma of an unmarried pregnancy? And how amazing is the promise of God in His gift to the world?

11 December 2022 - Advent 3 - Isaiah 25:1-10 - Bruce Bennetts reflects on how and where do we find God in times of pain and despair, as well as in the good times.

4 December 2022 - Advent 2 - The Rev. Russell Davies reflects on a four letter word used in Advent.

27 November 2022 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson tells a true current story and explores being peace and hope in a world of pain and struggle.

20 November 2022 - Luke 23:33-43, 2 Samuel 5:1-5 - Rev. Russell Davies invites us to think differently about our leaders.

13 November 2022 - Luke 21:5-19 - Rev. John Barr shares his reflection on Luke 21. Understanding the signs of change and always focusing on the future.

6 November 2022 - Luke 20 -Bruce Bennetts reflects on Luke 20 and the challenge of the Sadducees. What happens in the resurrection to the woman who married seven brothers?

30 October 2022 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson talks to us about the way Jesus always saw the potential in people and how that relates to us.

23 October 2022 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson shares with us his thoughts on the Luke 18 passage and how we are all in the same mess and need grace.

16 October 2022 - The Rev. Russell Davies shares his reflection on the Luke 18 passage about the Judge and the nagging widow and the story's meaning for us.

9 October 2022 - The Rev. Geoff Stevenson reflects on the Luke 17 passage of the "Ten lepers" and what it's like to live on the borders of life that wants us to behave in one way and also be faithful to a God who seeks to have us live in another way.

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