SUNDAY OCTOBER 25

Welcome to this our 32nd week of CSBC Online.

Today we reflect together on one of the most quoted psalms of the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 8. We do so to hear afresh its extraordinary encouragement and its unsettling challenge.

Wherever you are, peace be with you!

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18

Welcome to CSBC online.

Carolyn leads us today with prayers and reflections on the connection between justice and worship and includes the compelling call of the prophet Amos: “let justice roll down like a river”.

While we look forward to a time when we can gather together again in person, we are so grateful to be able to share this experience of virtual church with you today.

With peace and hope,

Carolyn and Simon

SUNDAY OCTOBER 11

Today, Carolyn reflects on Jesus’s teaching from John’s gospel on the vine, the branches and the invitation to “abide in me”.

After watching the video you are invited to join us for a communion service via Zoom at 11am. Details have been sent via email.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4

Welcome.

Today we continue our two-week reflection on living well within limits.

As restrictions continue to constrain our movements, we consider ways to embrace the most immediate contexts of our lives as places of God’s presence.

Last Sunday we explored the home and today the neighbourhood.

Peace be with you.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27

Welcome.

Today we begin a two-week reflection on what it means to embrace our limits.

In this season of isolation our daily lives are constrained in particular ways. For months now we have been confined to our homes and neighbourhoods and it’s been challenging. Indeed, it can feel as though we’ve put our lives on hold.

The question we are asking in these two Sundays is this: What does it mean for people of faith to live well within limits? Today we explore that question in relation to our homes and next Sunday to our neighbourhoods.

Peace be with you.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20

Welcome to CSBC Online for Sunday September 20, 2020.

In today’s video Carolyn asks Simon Holt, Geoff Maddock and Sherry Maddock about what they imagine or hope for when they pray “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” as Jesus taught. Thomas Cheok leads us in the Lord’s Prayer.

Peace and hope to you all today and in the week to come.

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13

Today we pray for the world and for one another as Carolyn reflects on the story of Jacob’s struggle with the angel from the book of Genesis,
and David Cundy, Judy Morgan and David Morgan share their own stories of struggle. Thank you to Carolyn Newall for the beautiful scripture reading.

Next year’s promise

A reflection from Sherry Maddock, our Neighbourhood Engagement Coordinator and resident gardener.

I have always thought of seeds as a start, an origin point. Spring comes and it warms up and seeds embody the start of a season, the start of a plant’s life, the start of a relationship. Seeds are an enduring symbol of promise, something on its way in a very small package.

It wasn’t until I no longer had access to seeds (world-wide pandemic buying), that I went looking for them out in our Verandah Café garden. In search of future plants, I found both flowers and herbs with perfectly dried seed heads, waiting to be harvested. On this cold autumn day, I realised something for the first time – seeds begin at the end. It is not until the final stage of a plant’s life-cycle that seeds appear. Death prepares for life.

Thank goodness I found dried out flowers and pods standing ready to provide to the next generation a new version of themselves. Before I knew it, this errand of seed saving brought me hope. Hope and seeds are so closely related, the former materialised in the latter. Both promise something to come and contain so much unseen. Like hope, seeds hold time in captivity, demonstrating the power of dormancy and the wait for the right conditions.

For me, hope is a hard-earned present sense of longing that exists only for a future reality. Cultivated and experienced in the now, it is for something to come. A seed encapsulates hope – a tiny suitcase of goodness that unpacks itself in the future. Seeds are like genesis treasures; they have a priceless supply of life in exponential quantities, hosting all that is necessary for life to begin.

Today, in the presence of cold and tired plants, I witnessed the end of one life and the beginning of another. Life carries on through seeds. Seeds reassure us that we have what we need for next year.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6

Welcome.

In preparation for an online communion service today, our pastor Simon is joined by Barbara Martin and Katherine Jones in reflecting on the significance of this ritual for life and faith.

Following this and in honour of Father’s Day, we are led in prayers of thanksgiving for fathers and the role they play in our lives.

Peace be with you.

SUNDAY AUGUST 30

Today Carolyn shares some reflections on our experiences of discontent and what we might learn from the biblical prophets. The Melbourne-based performance poet Joel McKerrow offers a spoken word piece about the experience of lockdown, and our CSBC deacons lead us in prayer.

At the end of today’s video our friends from the Flinders St Baptist Church in Adelaide share a greeting and words of blessing.

Thank you for joining in with us today.