Wembley Downs Uniting Church
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  • Thinking about Miracles (Pastor Karen Sloan) 29.7.2018
    Reading: John 6:1-21

    In 2013 I went to Israel with Nev and Marg, and Cathie Lambert, for a two-week tour of some of the main places that feature in Jesus` life. While so many things have sadly changed over the past few years, what hasn`t ch ... read more

  • Song of Hope (Revd Marion Millin) 15.7.2018
    Readings: Amos 7:7-15; Song of Hope by Oodgeroo (Kath Walker)

    In recognition of Naidoc Week and acknowledgement of the prior inhabitants of this land, this poem The Song of Hope by Oodgeroo (Kath Walker) written in the 1960s has bee ... read more

  • Storm and Tempest (Douglas Lambert) 24.6.2018
    Readings: 1 Samuel 17:1a,4-11,19-23,32-49; Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

    The lectionary for this week is a colourful tapestry of drama, factional disputation, allegory, all woven together into a rich mixture, like good fruitcake. It beg ... read more

  • Trees and Weeds (Pastor Karen Sloan) 17.6.2018
    Reading: Mark 4:26-34, Matt 13:31-2

    I was catching up with Leanne Watson some months ago, and we were discussing our home offices and our propensity for having messy ones. I won the award for the messiest one when we compared photos of th ... read more

  • Where is my home? (Pastor Karen Sloan) 4.6.2018
    Readings: Carl Sagan quote; Mary Oliver: At the River Clarion; Ps 139:7-12

    Carl Sagan: By far the best way I know to engage the religious sensibility, the sense of awe, is to look up on a clear night. I believe that it is very diff ... read more

  • Getting into the Spirit (James Malcolm) 27.5.2018
    Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

    As you know, last week we did not join the other churches at the Anglican Church for the Pentecost service. There was a very good reason for just being together as a church, and our servic ... read more

  • A Common Family Tree (Pastor Karen Sloan) 11.5.2018
    Reading: John 17:6-19

    In a world with such inequalities, of opportunities, of wealth, of power, of safety, today I want to talk about unity. Not a unity where everyone believes the same thing, but a unity that combines who we are biological ... read more

  • On Being Fruitful (Revd David Robinson) 6.5.2018
    Readings: Acts 10: 44-48; John 15: 9-17

    In both the Lectionary and in the media there have been a lot of references to good and bad fruit with a Royal Commission revealing so many organisations and people profiting from handing out bad fru ... read more

  • The Lord is my Shepherd (Douglas Lambert) 22.4.2018
    Readings: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3: 16-24; John 10: 11-18

    The Psalm, and the reading from John`s gospel are very familiar. They conjure up warm and fuzzy pictures of a long-haired bloke in a dressing gown cuddling a cute little white ... read more

  • A Parable on Love (Pastor Karen Sloan) 16.4.2018
    Reading: Luke 24:36b-48

    I always have a bit of a problem with the time after Easter. It is a time in the scriptural readings when we hear about the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. While they appear in Luke, Matthew and John, Mark ha ... read more

  • Resurrecting Easter (Dr Richard Smith) 8.4.2018

    Resurrecting Easter: How the West lost and the East kept the original Easter Vision by John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan, 2018.

    Readings: Genesis 4:1-10; Micah 4:2-4; Matthew 27: 50-53

    Genesis 4: 1-10 - biblic ... read more

  • The Last Word(s) (Revd Neville Watson) 1.4.2018
    Readings: Luke 28:33; John 19:5; John 19:30

    Weep not for me. Weep for yourselves and your children.

    On Good Friday 2018, Neville Watson conducted worship in the Wembley Downs Uniting Church and preached his last sermon. In his ... read more

  • Easter Day (Revd Marion Millin) 1.4.2018
    Readings: Acts 10:34-48; Mark 16:1-8

    When Karen played that song (called `Sun` by the group `Sleeping at Last`) a month or so ago, one particular phrase intrigued me. I guess space, and time Takes violent things, angry things And makes ... read more

  • Fresh Understanding (Revd Marion Millin) 18.3.2018
    Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

    Not long ago I went to a show called `White Spirit` as part of the Festival of Perth. Led by the haunting voice of Noureddine Khourchid, the son of a Syrian Sufi sh ... read more

  • Which Story? (Pastor Karen Sloan) 11.3.2018
    Reading: John 3:1-10, 14-21

    Lent. We started this journey a few weeks ago when we shared in an Ash Wednesday service at the Church of Christ. It was a beautiful service led by Dennis Ryle, and perhaps not as dire as many of you might think. ... read more

  • Love Rules! (Jim Malcolm) 4.3.2018
    Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 5: 21, 22a, 27, 28, 31 to 48; Galatians 5:13-23

    You have to have some sympathy for Moses. He was in charge of a vast horde of refugees. They were escaping from Egypt - let`s face it they were kicked out! T ... read more

  • Miracles (Pastor Karen Sloan) 4.2.2018
    Reading: Mark 1:29-39

    Miracles. While I don`t want this sermon to be about miracles, or the lack of them, because I think the reading from Mark today says so much more to us about Jesus than a mere miracle worker, I feel that I might start ... read more

  • A Univeral Message (Revd Marion Millin) 21.1.2018
    Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10;1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

    The story of `Jonah and the Whale` ranks alongside `Noah`s Ark` as one of the classic bible stories, and amongst the few that children continue to know today. It was indeed comp ... read more

  • Joy is like the rain (Doug Lambert) 15.12.2017
    Reading: Luke 1: 46-55

    That excerpt from Miriam Therese Winter`s song takes us back to the 1960`s when we too were young and full of energy and naivety. For many of us the music which this particular song typified was revolutionary. Here w ... read more

  • Signs of Hope (Revd Marion Millin) 3.12.2017
    Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; 1Corinthians. 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

    Well I wonder what you made of those readings?! In terms of my own theological framework they are way past their use-by date. The one from Isaiah would seem to bear echoes of a vol ... read more

  • Our Debts (Revd David Robinson) 22.10.2017
    Readings: I Thessalonians 1: 1-10, Matthew 22: 15-22

    A couple of weeks after hearing a sermon on Psalms 51:2-4 (knowing my own hidden secrets) and Psalm 52:3-4 (lies and deceit), a man wrote the following letter to the Taxation Department ... read more

  • Forgiveness (Karen Sloan) 17.9.2017
    Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

    We live in a world that expects perfection. We are to have the perfect life, the perfect job, the perfect children, and we are to be the perfect parents. Ouch, I think I might have failed there. I wanted the boys ... read more

  • Armour of Light (Revd Marion Millin) 10.9.2017
    Readings: Exodus.12:1-14; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

    First let`s hear about the Old Testament context for our Exodus reading for today. Some of you may have seen an SBS documentary not long ago linking the biblical plagues recorded i ... read more

  • New Understandings (Jodi Lambert) 20.8.2017
    Readings: Isaiah 56: 1-8; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: 21-28

    In Isaiah, God we hear of a God who does not discriminate. All people are welcome in God`s house. God`s house is a place of welcome and prayer for all of God`s children, in ... read more

  • Wheat and Weeds (Rev Dr John Shepherd) 23.7.2017
    Reading: Matthew 13:24-30

    The way we usually think about God is that he will always say `yes` to us. He will welcome us, we say. He`ll accept us as we are: `Just as I am, without one plea`. He`ll love us, even though we might not love ourse ... read more

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130 Calais Road, (crnr of Minibah Street)
Wembley Downs, Western Australia.
Phone 08 9245 2882

Ten kilometres northwest of Perth city centre,
set amongst the suburbs of City Beach, Churchlands,
Scarborough, Wembley Downs and Woodlands