Scattered Thoughts

Scattered Thoughts

‘Scattered Thoughts’ are just that! This is a blog from Minister of the Word, Rev. Rob Hanks. It’s a space for thought starters, themes, ideas, reflections, highlights, resources, music and pictures. Readers can follow our work for the ‘common good’, pick up worship themes, read important articles or find invitations to get involved in making the world a better place.

God’s Story Our Story

Coming soon!! A Photo Essay Exhibition and a chance to ‘put ourselves in the picture’ and share about our discipleship and faith journey!! ...
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“Open Kitchen” Food and a Chat

The “Open Kitchen” Team have started at Morisset Uniting “Church in the Trees” on last Fridays of the month 6-8pm all welcome (4pm to help prepare and set up) even if it’s to enjoy the meal and engage in the conversation all participants in our church are welcome to join guests from the wider community!! ...
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NAIDOC Week 2018

It’s been an important week in Lake Macquarie at Toronto and Speers Point for NAIDOC Week celebrating indigenous culture and “because of her, we can”!! Tuesday was Fun Day at Toronto Foreshore and Wednesday 9am Flag Raising at Lake Mac Council ...
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Bayside Aged Care Monthly Worship

Each month we take our turn to lead worship as Rev. and a volunteer team from “Church in the Trees” and it’s always one of the most rich, meaningful and challenging things I’ve done in ministry. Dementia, illness and frailty do not remove humanity and people relate strongly to their memories, history and tradition as well as a sense of faith and following!! Smiles, warmth and humanity require genuine prayer and care… It’s a huge privilege to engage with people in such a stage of life!! We’ll be there again each month for the rest of 2018 and beyond!! ...
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UCA Triennial Assembly July 2018

Our national Assembly meets 8th to 15th July 2018 in Melbourne to experience, explore and consider!! Shaped by worship, Bible Study and prayer, the Assembly will hear of our national work, farewell many staff in a restructure, install as President Dr Deidre Palmer and consider a range of issues. These issues include: responses to domestic violence in the Church; sovereignty of Indigenous People; environmental concerns; and responses to same gender marriage. The Assembly is always a reminder of our rich multi-cultural and indigenous church also highly represented by young adults from across the country. Worship and Bible Study will shape ...
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BIG Movies at Morisset UCA

Join us for a gold coin donation and see this launch of BIG Movies at Morisset Uniting “Church in the Trees” 2pm Sunday 24th June 2018!!              Invite your friends!! ...
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Ai Weiwei’s “Law of the Journey”

“Ai Weiwei’s “Law of the Journey”, 2017, a 60-metre inflatable boat filled with more than 200 oversized figures, made from the same rubber used to manufacture the precarious vessels that carry refugees across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, fills the cavernous space of a former industrial workshop on Cockatoo Island in Sydney… A remarkable part of Sydney’s Biennale, I’m glad I made it there for a flying visit. It’s time we changed our policy in this country. Spend our billions on UNHCR Processing Centres in Asia, negotiate a fair share of the security and response across those countries, ...
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“Fix It” Festival and the local area

While we still wrestle with what our idea is and which way forward, I’m interested that a number of similar ideas have sprung up. Namely a Repair Cafe in Toronto, Upcycling, Bicycle Maintenance, and the emergence of the quite brilliant “South Lake Marketplace” providing food and other items for those in need. More recently, Eat Street and now “Respect All” monthly markets both at Cooranbong are signs others feel the ‘lack’ in our community. Perhaps we might end up offering something of a ‘Showcase’ for these initiatives alongside what we work out to be our unique contribution!!! Food for much ...
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Favourite Hymns Worship

9.30am 22nd April 2018 is the time for “Favourite Hymns” worship at Morisset Uniting “Church in the Trees.” A great theme while I’m away for a week… and yet I have been reflecting on this and things like use of the traditional English words of the Lords Prayer at Funerals and the constant tension around music choice on the journey as a worshipping congregation wherever a place has a long history and strong connections to their tradition!! I know the deceased and many family members will know the Lords Prayer well… yet it risks the impression nothing ever changes in ...
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“The Greatest Showman”

Brilliant musical film that took eight years to get made and the music was ready before the composers scored “La La Land”!! Hugh Jackman and the cast pull together a pretty good representation of the story of PT Barnum and create an inspirational movie!! Out on iTunes today 18th April 2018 and potential first BIG Movie screening for gold coin donation at “Church in the Trees”!! ...
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