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.

LENT Event 2018

This year Uniting World will benefit from any donations made in response to their work in the world with partner churches from across the globe!! Live simply for 6 weeks and donate your savings, make a one off gift to support our engagement in God’s mission… Check Uniting World Lent Event website here ...
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Our Uniting Church

“Fix It Festival” Gathering 5.30pm Tues 6th February 2108

A range of individuals, organisations and networks have been invited to come and hear about, ask questions and contribute to a conversation about the idea of a “Fix It” Festival based in the Morisset & Peninsula Community. Come and hear about and help shape the possibilities, see if this idea can ‘fly’!! It’s a discernment this community could use some help, advice, support and skills to “value more, throw away less…” and to gain resilience through access to people and groups set up to serve their needs. Indeed “Fix It” may be the wrong term, it’s a working title. Morisset ...
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Christmas Eve All Age Worship 5.30pm 2017

Nearly 70 folks, including a number of children gathered for Christmas Eve Worship with Carols, prayer, story and ‘stations’ for people to engage in and many people found it meaningful, engaging and helpful!! It was great to see so many families and children we’ve met or re-engaged with during the year and others who heard about the service and decided to check it out alongside many from our 9.30am congregation ...
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“Fix It Festival” with a different spin

While we engage with local businesses, community groups and institutions around what might be possible as a “Fix It Festival,” here’s a different take on community development serving the needs of those who could use some help!! Our idea is about “more valuing, less throwaway…” and offering sewing, food, plant and bicycle help. Maybe medical, Services NSW and other ‘fixing’ too… Photo courtesy Newcastle Star Check the article about an equipment lending project here ...
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Who is Our Neighbour?

   The story of Jesus is one of a young man who grew t understand that hope, God’s love and abundant life for all people were all tied up in God’s dream for a world lived by values of inclusion; grace and compassion. Travelling in the manner of his day he travelled with a community of followers who glimpsed something of the hope his story embodied and who sought more from time hearing his stories, being included and in facing the challenges to live out their participation in God’s mission in the world.    Religious Leaders of his day were ...
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Dinner Church Movement in the US and Beyond

Facebook recently featured an article about ‘Dinner Church’ as a growing movement and the article talked about St Lydia’s in Brooklyn. They had already been on my list of things to visit in September on holidays [though I am not sure I’m going to match up with days they are gathering] BUT seeing the article since reminded me of a few similar initiatives as people move to exploring values/ethos of community alongside discipleship. The former “Life Gig” in Maryville [on a break] was inspired by a families desire to make space for hospitality and shared stories. It reached 100 punters ...
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The Extravagantly Generous Sower

Four Soils Greg Janknegt “Listen” said Jesus, as SUCH A CROWD GATHERED, standing on the beach, that he got in a boat to be able to teach them, sharing a PARABLE, an allegory, a simple story to teach those who are in fact, listening… While they may be simple stories, that doesn’t make them easy to understand. Sarah Dylan Brauer, a Minister I read often, invites a ‘simple rule for parables.’ If you’re reading one and not finding anything surprising or even shocking, It’s time to go back and read it again!! PARABLES are known for reversing the listeners expectations, for challenging well worn patterns ...
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“Threshold of the Future”

I’ve shared this quote at Morisset Uniting and again yesterday at the Induction of the new Rev at Toronto [Trona] Uniting, thanks Mike Riddell, as sharp as the 1980s writing!! “The essence of the church has always been mission. It is created by mission, renewed by mission, and participates in mission. That mission belongs to God, and the church has stakes in it only insofar as it shares the life of God through Christ. To take part in God’s mission to the world is to become a conductor of the divine energy which has been unleashed through the tearing open of the ...
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