Resourcing Progressive Ministry and Worship No.4

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130 Calais Road, (cnr of Minibah Street)
Wembley Downs, Western Australia.
Phone 08 9245 2882
Ten kilometres northwest of Perth city centre,
set amongst the suburbs of City Beach, Churchlands,
Scarborough, Wembley Downs and Woodlands

Wembley Downs Uniting Church 

WORSHIP SERVICES are held in our multi-purpose building, the normal time for all services is 9.30 am, Second Sunday services are followed by sharing time and a sausage sizzle, on 5th Sundays, we share a combined service with Wembley Downs Church of Christ at 9.30am, the venue being each of the two church buildings alternately.

“A place for radical Worship and a place for Radicals to Worship”

that seeks to be a community of Christian people who:-

  • follow the way of Jesus, allowing his gospel to inform how they lead their lives in a changing world
  • welcome all, regardless of race, age, or gender
  • join together regularly in worship and activities which enable them to live out God`s love in the world
  • recognise that every person is unique and encourage all to share their wisdom and gifts
  • affirm, support, nurture and accompany each other on their spiritual journeys
  • are committed to living out their faith by serving wherever called.

Worship at Wembley Downs is multi-faceted. The first Sunday in the month is dedicated to diversity. On the second Sunday, we seek simplicity. On the third Sunday we have our Liturgical Service. On the fourth Sunday we push the envelope and go beyond the boundaries.

The word “Radical” is derived from the Latin word for “root”. On this fourth Sunday, we return to the root of our faith and seek to re-narrate it for our day and generation. We run the risk of irrelevancy if we look back and speak of a world that has gone.”






1 thought on “Resourcing Progressive Ministry and Worship No.4

  1. Kevin G Smith

    Good friends, the followig is not a reply but an essay, a story. :-
    Here we are looking at a jewish woman … let’s call her Esther …who has entered into a deep spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, whom in her language she calls Rabbi Yeshua.
    This resulted from casual then intense reading of the Second Covenant scriptures in a free New Testament book picked up at an airport.
    Perusing these texts for the first time Esther reads gospel accounts, understanding that Galilean fiancés Miriam and Yusef entered approved wedlock in spite of scandal concerning her pregnancy. The male child was named Joshua in its Aramaic form, Yeshua / Yehoshua. The boy would say his name to strangers as Yeshua-bar-Yusef. (His name as Yeshua bar Miriam occurs in texts witnessing that people remembered the scandal about Yeshua’s paternity.
    Baby Yehoshua was reared in a townlet called Nazareth on the outskirts of the Greco-Roman city of Sepphoris to whose market over many years they surely walked in order to do shopping and there they could barter wooden artifacts made in Yusef’s carpentry. They must have shoped using bazaar-Greek* and perhaps bazaar-Latin*. Yusef’s family dwelt in what the gospels call Galilee of the gentiles, that is, of the pagans, non-jews. Yusef often would surely have worked in Sepphoris as a roofer and carpenter in the building industry.
    “Growing in grace and wisdom” as he advanced towards adulthood, Yeshua was special in absorbing a rich knowledge of the glories of Hebrew, Israelite and Jewish history, culture, philosophy, spirituality and ethics. Even if he had not been academically inducted he was later easily identified as a powerful ‘rabbi’ (meaning teacher) by disciples and other people. But there was a difference. Because he was an original thinker people exclaimed, “He speaks as one with authority; you just have to keep listening to him for no one has ever spoken like this before.”
    It took a couple of years for Esther to realise that Yeshua was consumed by an extraordinary and unique ethical vision so strong that it violently overruled the highest of moral obligations such as the primary duty of loyalty to one’s own family. He asked disciples to abandon kinsfolk and children saying, “Following me justifies hating your brother and sister, children, husband and wife; even hate yourself!”. With his attitude like that Esther could easily comprehend texts that record: “He came into his own and his own did not receive him … a prophet is not recognised in his own family and hometown”. He made his life task the job of promulgating the hebrew israelite jewish ethics of neighbourly love.
    Yeshua’s ethical vision was so strong that he was ready if necessary to disrespect revealed divine laws such as the duties of Sabbath observance and ritual purity. Along with a lax attitude towards religious law Yeshua expressed hostility to some clergy and religious leaders, temple-priests, scribes, sadducees, pharisees, rabbis, law-doctors, elders, essenians, levites and pious zealots. He called some of them ‘hypocrites, lawless, snakes, brood of vipers and whitewashed sepulchres … your house is desolate’.
    Esther, through the gospel sayings and parables of Yeshua, has re-absorbed treasures from the First Covenant of her people and added new treasures from Second Covenant scriptures. She is now a disciple of Rabbi Yeshua-Anointed; he has for her become mentor, sage, philosopher, life-guide, master and tutor about how to navigate through the hardships and messiness of unrolling everyday life happenstance. Esther walks daily hand-in-hand with Yeshua bar Yusef of Nazareth. Some people may consider that she is not a Christian. [] Kevin G Smith in Sydney []

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