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Elizabeth Raine

Elizabeth Raine

Elizabeth is minister at Tuggeranong Uniting, beginning her ministry here in December 2018. 

Over the years, she has had a number of diverse and interesting placements, such as a school chaplaincy, a tenancy worker with UnitingCare, a congregational minister, a lecturer at UTC, a Presbytery minister, and as an Intentional Interim minister. 

Friday, 15 February 2019 16:08

Epiphany 6

Luke 6:17-26 

I feel that for the last few Sunday, the readings from Luke have been what scholars refer to as hard readings, that is, readings which make us uncomfortable and prod us about our way of life. This had led me to say difficult things in my sermons. This week, I thought, maybe it is time for a breather from such things. Then I read the text. Whack. It is another hard text from Luke, and there is no way of disguising or misrepresenting it, it is so stark. And it is aimed at people like me.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:44

Push out to the deep

Luke 5:1-11

The readings this week share a common theme, a theme centred around whom God calls, and whom God chooses to be God’s followers and disciples in the world. In addition, the readings also particularly highlight the weakness, sinfulness or unworthiness of those who are chosen. Isaiah, when faced with God, immediately proclaims his own uncleanness, and the unworthiness of his own people. Paul, rejoicing in the resurrection appearances of Jesus, states that he is unfit to be called an apostle. And Peter, faced with Jesus’ presence and power, after the great catch, falls to his knees with the cry he is a sinful man.

Despite this, each of these people did ultimately respond to God's call and were used by God in significant ways. It would seem that when God calls someone, the normal criteria for job fitness or suitability don’t seem to apply. In a nice biblical paradox, those who least expect the attention of God and a call to mission, are the very ones most likely to receive it. This, of course, would be a problem today in world where everyone must be over qualified for many jobs, and where the power and status of leadership are often held by the few.

Saturday, 02 February 2019 01:07

They raged at Jesus' sermon

Luke 4:21-30

Jesus starts well in this visit to his native synagogue. A good Jewish man, Luke tells us he attends the synagogue regularly, and on this occasion, he was invited to read by the local leaders. He chooses a passage from the scroll of Isaiah, and claims that “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

I wonder at this point if the congregation understood what Jesus was saying, as it seems a rather boastful statement. Yet they “all spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips”.

Friday, 18 January 2019 07:54

Water to Wine

John 2:1-11

This week’s reading is the story of the wedding at Cana, and is the first miracle in the gospel of John that is rather scarce in that department. In total, John has seven ‘signs’, beginning with this one and culminating in the raising of Lazarus.

The miracle at Cana has been interpreted in a number of ways. The first, perhaps a little too simplistically, suggests that Jesus turned water into wine simply to please his mother.

Thursday, 10 January 2019 18:29

Baptism of Jesus

Luke 3:15-22 & Psalm 29

The words of this week's texts declare the mystery, power, and terrible beauty of the saving power of God. In poetic and powerful images, creation is described, and the concepts of spirit and water are explored. We find chaos in mind-blowing proportions, impenetrable darkness, all-conquering light, storms, supernatural winds, floods, trees being uprooted, calm in the midst of the storm as God is depicted enthroned on the flood, the united voice of all in the temple crying out "Glory!," the image of the wild-eyed, wildly clothed John pronouncing salvation through the pouring of water, the powerful picture of the heavens splitting apart and the divine reaching out to touch the earth. Both the images and the sound scapes of these texts are overwhelming, even terrifying at times. The voice of God, the presence of God, the power of the divine to transform, is not only mysterious, but deeply evocative and deeply disturbing.

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Quote for today

...But you know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you. John14:17

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About Our Church

Our faith community began in 1975 as a small ecumenical gathering of people who settled in the new Canberra township of Tuggeranong. We have grown with the Tuggeranong Community, and our parish centre is the hub for our work, as a place of worship, of gathering, fellowship and ministry.

We come together for authentic and Christ-centred worship. While we worship in a variety of styles, we share a common focus on faithfully listening for God’s Word and sharing His kindness and compassion with others. We express our love for God and others through a range of ministries, and connections with our community.

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