The Faith that Heals

Then Jesus said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well." Luke 17:19

What is this faith that makes us well? With COVID keeping us Melbourne people locked in our homes for weeks and months on end, it seems a more pertinent question than ever.

Tuesday 13/10/20 via Zoom - hit me up for the link

Image: The healing of the man born blind, Duccio, 1311

Golden Calves

Moses spent such a long time on the Mountain of God that the people despaired of him ever coming back down again, so they built themselves their own custom-made god. Was that all resolved a long time ago - or are we still busily making ourselves gods to worship?

Tuesday 6/10/20 a5 7pm. Hit me up for the Zoom invite.

Image: Worship of the Golden Calf, Hofheinz-Döring, Margret, 1962

Caravan: Freedom

What does freedom look like? What does it have to do with the Good News? How would you know if you were free?
Caravan - our contemplative Eucharist - at 7pm on Tuesday 29/9. Hit me up for the Zoom link.

Season of Creation

Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God.
Meister Eckhart

In September, many churches including the UCA mark the Season of Creation. We at Cafechurch are alive to the theological and practical implications of the environment, even under COVID19 restrictions. So, this week, 22/9/20, Anne will be leading us in a reflective session on God's care for creation.


“It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”
Abraham Harold Maslow

Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.
St Augustine of Hippo C.4th.

What do you really want? Underneath the ebb and flow of momentary likes and dislikes, beneath the desires that advertising implants in you, behind the facade of your false self, in your centre - what is it that you really want?

Wine and Grace

This week we're going to look at a reading which includes two of my favourite things: wine, and grace. Well, not wine, but vineyards - close enough imho. And is it about grace - or about the dangers of resentment? Or maybe both? And it also gives me a chance to tell perhaps my favourite dad joke: I love hard work, I can stand around and watch it all day!

Join us as we engage Matthew 20:1-16.
Join us by Zoom on Tuesday 15/9/20 at 7pm - hit me up on Zoom for an invite.

On Taking Up One's Cross

If it were up to me, I would probably pass on Jesus' suggestion about taking up one's cross and following. Couldn't I just opt for a less demanding, more enjoyable life? The idea that following Jesus is so tough that it can only be described as being like carrying your instrument of execution to an imminent, humiliating, and excruciating death is a bit of a hard sell IMHO. However: What if there is no avoiding crosses? What if the real question is: you're going to get a cross - what are you going to do about it?

Who do you say that I am?

And you, Jesus asked his disciples. Who do you say that I am? It's the big question of Christian faith. It's where the rubber hits the road. Who is God calling you to be? What is God calling you to become?
Join us for Caravan - our contemplative Eucharist - on Tuesday 25/8 at 7pm via Zoom - as we engage this most provocative of questions through song, contemplative exercise, and food for the journey.

Who do you say that I am?

Who is Jesus? And who are we - as individuals, but also as a church? Always good questions, but they seem particularly relevant to Cafechurch as it works out how to be the Northcote Uniting Church
As always, join us over Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday 18/8 to engage the Scripture, and to reflect on our identity and call.

The Faith of the Canaaite Woman

Jesus answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."

The woman said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly. Matthew 15: 21-28