Sunday Services

Our morning service on Sunday 22 October will be shorter than usual and followed by the second in our Inter-faith Dialogue sessions, this time with Frank Selch from the Progressive Jewish Community.
All are welcome.

10-30 am Morning Service
This is our main service. You will find in it the familiar elements of a Christian service but it is informed by Biblical scholarship and progressive Christian theology and is invigorated by use of contemporary and inclusive language and modern prayers and hymns.
Communion is offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday in the month. As is the case in all Uniting churches, we practise an open communion table.
We encourage participation in the service. There is an opportunity for people in the congregation to express their cares and concerns; we pass the peace; and following the sermon, there is a time for comments or questions from members of the congregation.
Leadership of each service is shared between two co-presiders. Our Minister, the Rev Chris Lockley, usually preaches on the 2nd and 4th Sundays with lay leaders in the congregation taking this role on other Sundays.
Morning tea is shared after the service.
All are welcome.

5 pm Meditation
(In the Brindabella Room)
This is a small group which meets “in the round” for about 45 minutes.
We draw on Christian traditions of meditation or contemplative prayer. Our meeting comprises short readings, music and some practical guidance on how to meditate, all structured around 20 minutes of silence.
The guidance we offer follows the practice of the World Christian Meditation Movement (WCCM) http://wccm.org/
Sources for our readings, including spoken prayers, in 2017 include:
• John Main, Daily Readings – Silence and Stillness in Every Season [and other WCCM material]
• Francis Macnab, A Fine Wind Blowing [A modern interpretation of Psalms and other readings]
• David Johnson, A Quaker Prayer Life.
• This We Can Say, Australian Quaker Life, Faith and Thought.
For more information contact Evan on 0414 759 883 evan.mann@netspeed.com.au
All are welcome.

6 pm Evening Service
(In the Brindabella Room)
This is a small and informal service. It has three main elements: a simple liturgy, a period of sharing and a discussion led by one of the group. Recent discussion topics have included:
• Talks given at the 2016 Common Dreams conference in Brisbane on the theme of “Progressive Spirituality”.
• Selected passages from the Gospels.
• Violence in the Bible.
• Articles from the “Progressive Channel” of www.patheos.com
On the first Sunday in the month the group shares an Agape Meal, a simple meal which commences with the sacramental sharing of bread and wine. It recalls the meals Jesus shared with his disciples during his Ministry and is an expression of the fellowship and sharing of the community at St James. Singing, prayers and discussion over the meal are also part of the service.
All are welcome

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