Advent 2020

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love The season of Advent (29/11, 6,13,20/12)invites us to wait, to prepare, to hope.  We will create a space to reflect on the year, to ask: What has spoken to us of Christian hope?, How do we see God, know God at work in these times? We will continue to offer [...]

By |2020-11-04T07:21:13+11:00November 29th, 2020|Categories: |Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Blue Christmas 2019

Blue Christmas Our worship provided a space for reflection on God's Christmas gifts of hope, peace, joy and love.  We heard from the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of Luke, lit the Advent and Christmas candles, shared an adaptation of the Advent litany and sang our Advent song 'Come O God, we pray',  We [...]

By |2019-12-15T22:04:31+11:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: BUC Stories, Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Christmas Bowl – Advent 1

Harvesting hope in Zimbabwe  Hope is scarce for mothers like Nyevero, who couldn’t feed her family after losing her crops to Zimbabwe’s merciless drought. Most days, she and her husband, teenage son and two young daughters had just one thin bowl of porridge to survive on. Nyevero felt desperate as she watched her children get [...]

By |2019-11-30T05:23:40+11:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Ministry Stories, Taking Action|Tags: , |0 Comments

Defiant Hope

Easter hope after Christchurch. A reflection on Luke 24:1-12. I show a number of videos in this reflection: The haka outside the Al Noor Mosque (Tenei Te Ruru begins at 00:47) - I play three excerpts of this through the reflection 1973 All Blacks haka contrasted with the 2015 All Blacks haka Jacinda Ardern's speech [...]

By |2019-04-23T00:12:08+10:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sermon|Tags: , |0 Comments

Any hope for Palestine, now or ever?

Areej will speak at a forum after worship as part of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network Speaker Tour. The forum will conclude with time for lunch and further discussion. A 2017 FUNdraising event resulted in BUC becoming a major sponsor for the tour. The Justice & Mission committee is looking forward to sharing time [...]

By |2018-10-07T05:13:20+11:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: |Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Brokenness & Hope

Thinking Jesus dead, the disciples lock themselves in a room. And yet their gathering is interrupted and reshaped by someone passing through the door. What might this mean? We welcomed Matt Julius as our preacher.  Matt is a student at the Centre for Theology & Ministry, a member of the new Synod Mission and [...]

By |2018-04-09T07:48:43+10:00April 9th, 2018|Categories: Sermon|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Sunday Prayers 31/12

Prayers of Adoration & Confession Loving God, we praise you who did not close yourself away in a distant chamber of eternity, but pierced through the veil of our world, and became incarnate, pouring love and grace into a human body, and lighting a flame in the darkness. Dear Jesus, by the strength and [...]

By |2018-01-01T20:48:05+11:00January 1st, 2018|Categories: BUC Stories, Sunday Prayers|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Christmas Eve Prayers

Prayers of Adoration & Confession God of love, mystery and wonder your message of hope for the world comes to us in the form of a vulnerable baby for whom there was no place. You speak into the hearts of all who suffer offering words of love and comfort to those have no hope [...]

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