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150 years of worship in Warwick

James O’Callaghan reports on the 150th anniversary celebrations for Warwick Uniting Church. On the 22 November 1870, the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was opened in Warwick. One hundred and fifty years later, the congregation has moved buildings and withstood natural disasters, continuing to thrive and provide vital services to the community. Despite COVID-19, the congregation was steadfast in organising a ...

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Moderator’s contribution to the Queensland Synod acknowledged in COVID-19 safe Service of Worship

As the term of Moderator Rev David Baker nears conclusion, a Service of Worship was held to mark the occasion with a distinctly COVID-19 safe approach to proceedings. James O’Callaghan reports. A closing Service of Worship for any moderator is a significant event in the life of the church. But in the COVID-19 safe era of physical distancing, gathering limitations, ...

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Without songs, worship would B–flat

The music flowed at Indooroopilly Uniting Church over the Australia Day long weekend with the 2018 Songwrite conference hitting all the right notes for creativity, collaboration and encouragement. David Busch reports.  Sponsored by the National Assembly’s Working Group on Worship, the Songwrite conference is now in its third iteration and this year saw 25 composers from four states attend. Indooroopilly ...

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How healthy is your worship diet?

This year’s Transforming Worship conference offered participants a great opportunity to explore the formative and transformative nature of Christian worship with like-minded lay leaders, ordained ministers and worship teams. Neil Thorpe reports. The Uniting Church’s guide for worship, Uniting in Worship 2, speaks of the importance of a healthy diet of worship for Christ’s people and this metaphor is helpful ...

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Worshipping together as one

Special guest Pat Morgan sings at the combined Calvary-North Queensland Presbytery service in Townsville.

A historic combined worship service of Calvary Presbytery and North Queensland Presbytery has taken place in Townsville, furthering the reconciliation journey. Rohan Salmond writes. A combined Calvary-North Queensland Presbytery worship service was held in Townsville on the last day of May for National Reconciliation Week. Calvary Presbytery, a non-geographical grouping of Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) congregations, has ...

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Generation whatever: Bridging the worship divide

Worship is hands-on at Burdekin Uniting Church, where the congregation enjoys coming together across the generations. Photo by Burdekin Uniting Church.

Whenever two or three gather together in God’s name there will be at least that many views on how to worship. Add different generations into the mix, and being one in the Lord is a challenging task for any worship team. Dianne Jensen reports. We know that there are big differences between age cohorts, but why is it so difficult ...

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Worship across cultures

ACCORDING to Leslene Woodward, worshipping in other cultures, buildings and even religions can broaden perspectives on what it means to be in relationship with God. Ms Woodward, a librarian from north Queensland who has volunteered with UnitingWorld in Bali, India and Kiribati over the past 10 years, has experienced the richness of worship in many different spaces and learnt valuable ...

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Singing from the heart of worship

"IF you are a fancy worship leader you are getting in the way," was the message of South Australian minister Rev Deane Meatheringham to the annual conference of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC). Held from 13 to 15 September in the Adelaide Hills, the 2012 gathering with the theme "The Heart of Worship" brought members and interested people together ...

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Pushing the pedals to worship

RELIGIOUS communities across Australia will leave their cars at home and cycle or walk to worship during Ride to Worship Week, from 5-11 October 2012. Ride to Worship Week is an initiative of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC). ARRCC President Thea Ormerod said the event, which is now in its third year, is an opportunity for religious ...

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At Heaven’s Gate: Reflections on leading worship

Canterbury Press, 2010, RRP $26.95 Reviewed by Barbara Bailey. THIS volume is a timely reminder of the privilege, responsibility and transformation possible through the journey of worship for pastors, while leading the congregant in the knowledge that their expectancy and participation are what forms an authentic worshipping community. The Very Reverend Richard Giles, former Dean of Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, USA, ...

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