Welcome to Brighton Uniting Church
Our service times are Sunday 10.00am (traditional and contemporary music).
Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.
Message for this week
Today’s reading, Psalm 96, focuses on praising God for His goodness and strength. It is our role to acknowledge God and give thanks for all that God does in our world and our lives. The reading from Luke 7:1-10 is about finding God in the unexpected. The Centurion, a key player in the oppressive Roman government, sought help from this Jewish prophet called Jesus. He was seeking the help of the Hebrew God! The response from those around Jesus was probably not kind to the soldier’s request. He was their enemy. Why should their God help him? Some may have thought the soldier was desperate and had tried everything else. Yet the centurion came to Jesus because of his faith in the power of God based upon his own real-life experience. The centurion was a man of authority, in a chain of command and obedience. He came to Jesus recognising that if God was in charge, then Jesus would issue the request and it would be done. This is a story of faith in the actions of a God involved in our world; this was enough for the soldier to claim healing for his servant. This commitment of trust impressed Jesus, and invoked a comparison with those around Jesus who should have known better but who were blinded by their familiarity.
Ultimately, this story is not focused upon the healing of our sicknesses nor is it a template of how to get God to give us what we want. Rather it is a challenge to those who know God’s love and grace to recognise the grace of God in all sorts of people and places.
It is easy for us to become lost in the security of our common faith and practice of church and to miss out on seeing what God is up to in our society. People outside of the church can display faith in and gratitude for the blessings of God. Sometimes, in the church, we can become so distracted and disgruntled with our own internal politics that we seek shelter within our own differences, yet Jesus calls us to stand tall in praise of a God who continues to be active in many different ways and places with grace and love.
Information on the Presbytery Restructure (updated 2-5-2019)
Circulars and reports that have been received to assist the congregation on their vote on Presbytery options
Read our Blog on the same gender marriage debate
with letters and articles to help inform you