Journeying with God as we love and serve the community

The tables are ready!

Sometimes, our worship includes opportunities to sit together and share ideas. Opportunities to learn more about each other, and our faith.

The Bread of Life

Preparing to share in worship, reflecting on the impact of Jesus' words on our lives.

Active Easter Worship!

As part of our Easter Day service, we involved everyone in the celebration. it's great when all ages are active!

Easter Sunday rainbow

The rainbow was God's covenant to His people. It reminds us of His presence in our lives every day.

 

Special Events ...



The new Grapevine is out!

Find it in the information tab. 


Read it for lots of

news and information! 

######

Join us for Christmas Celebrations  

Christmas Day Services:

Mudgee 9.30 am 

Rylstone 9.30 am 

Gulgong Christmas Service:

Sunday 16 December 

2.30 pm

Gulgong CWA Hall. 


We wish everyone in our communities a happy and peaceful  Christmas. May you find love, joy and peace as you celebrate with family and friends. 

Travel safely, have some time out, and connect with others in this time of anticipation, preparaton and excitement. 

Jesus is the reason for the season! 





Mudgee Uniting Community Garden

Come join us, to garden, chat, relax, enjoy nature.    



November times:

Every Saturday

9.00 - 11.00 am


Every Monday

9.00 - 10.30 am


Kids in the Garden

Every Monday 

10.00 - 12.00 noon

Find us on
Facebook
Search for Mudgee Uniting Community Garden



If you are interested in being involved, please email




Community Activities

Chances to meet, share fellowship, enjoy the company of others.  




First Sunday of every month:
Crossroads Service
Mudgee Uniting Church 
6.00 - 8.00 pm 
An inclusive  time of worship and fellowship. 

Exploring the Lectionary 
Tuesdays: 
Mudgee Uniting Church 
7.00 - 9.00 pm
Tuesdays:
Rylstone Uniting Church
3.00 - 4.00 pm
Learn more about the readings that guide our worship each week. 
Everyone welcome!

Nitter Natter 
Wednesdays:
2.00 - 4.00 pm
Mudgee Uniting Church
A chance to spend time knitting for charity,
learning to knit,
sharing afternoon tea and
enjoying good company. 
All welcome

December  Events

During December each SUnday service focuses on the season of Advent. 

Children will be creating decorations for our tree and our services will include special worship elements, preparing us for this most special time of the year. 


Here are some links to Christmas reflections and readings: 

https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/spiritual-christmas-crib/

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/preparing-children.html

Copy and paste them into your browser. 

Scroll down on the main screen for more about Advent.  

 






  






About our Community


What is Advent?

For many Christians unfamiliar with the liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ%u2019s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there%u2019s more to Advent.

The word %u201CAdvent%u201D is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning %u201Ccoming,%u201D which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God%u2019s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.

By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the %u201Ccoming%u201D they had in mind was not Christ%u2019s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ%u2019s first coming at Christmas.

Advent Today 

Today, the season of Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.)  Advent 2018 begins on Sunday, December 2 and ends on Monday, December 24.

Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these %u201Clast days%u201D (Acts 2:17Hebrews 1:2), as God%u2019s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God%u2019s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis, they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ%u2019s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ%u2019s kingdom when he returns for his people. In this light, the Advent hymn %u201CO Come, O Come, Emmanuel%u201D perfectly represents the church%u2019s cry during the Advent season:   

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

While Israel would have sung the song in expectation of Christ%u2019s first coming, the church now sings the song in commemoration of that first coming and in expectation of the second coming in the future.

This informaiton came from this address: https://www.christianity.com/christian-life/christmas/what-is-advent.html.  To read more visit the link. 


  


Words of Wisdom

“ A compassionate nation starts with me. Be the first to make a change, ”

Anon.

“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance. ”

Joel Osteen

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. ”

Maya Angelou

“Without worship, we go about miserable. ”

A. W. Tozer