Reflections – Monthly Newsletter

Reflections is the monthly newsletter of the Brookfield Uniting Church.

If you would like a copy, please email Edith McPhee, emcphee@westnet.com.au

Following is the Minister’s Message from the August 2020 issue:

FROM the MINISTER’S DESK

Greetings to you all, in the Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Lord be with you.

We give All Praise and Glory to God that, on July 12, we were able to come
together in worship in our Church Hall after many weeks of isolation and social distancing, with the use of our monitors and multi-media (no singing). Although social distancing and compliance with COVID measures are still in effect, it was just wonderful to be able to see each other and speak with one another again – from a distance.

On 26 July we were able to have our AGM Meeting which had been on hold since the beginning of COVID restrictions – thank you to Cam and Bill for leading us through a wonderful meeting, where we were able to elect Rex Wilkie as a member of our Church Council – Praise be to God!

Our readings and messages over the last few weeks have had an emphasis on the Parables of Jesus.

Jesus said: ‘Let anyone with ears listen.(Matt.13:9)

Although the stories Jesus told come from everyday life, their meanings are not always obvious.

We are reminded that understanding Jesus’ parables,
require our deep listening, and a hearing of mind, heart and
spirit— in order to hear God’s Word.

The stories of Jesus invite us to look beyond the obvious – to see the unique
splendour of God, in what Jesus says and does.

When what is hidden is uncovered before our eyes, we cannot help but
marvel at its magnificence.

This reminds us that with the current chaos of what is happening in our society, within our world, there is a hidden message for us all to consider and open our hearts to.

This is The Good News that Jesus proclaimed and embodied, the Redeeming Grace of God, bringing mercy, healing and hope to sinful and broken people like you and me and so many of our brothers and sisters.

This is the Good News of Jesus Christ! The Good News we are bound to preach, teach and live out in sacrificial service.

Praise be to God!

Much Love and Blessings Church Family,               Malcolm Scanlan