God: Call

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. John 1:35-38

God: Consciousness

Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’* So Abram went, as the Lord had told him... Genesis 12:1-3a

Caravan: Jonah

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Jonah 1:1-2

We love the story of Jonah at Cafechurch. This week at Caravan we are going to bathe in it together. Who is Jonah for us today? Who is this God who seems so preoccupied with working out a project of love and forgiveness?

God: Being

God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ’ Exodus 3:14
What does it mean to say that God exists? When Yuri Gagarin allegedly said that " I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God" did he (or at least his handlers) majestically miss the point?

God's desire for us

People talk about our desire for God easily enough. But what about the other side of the equation? What if your desire for God is as nothing compared to God's desire for you?

Join Anne, our Missional Spirituality Pastor and the rest of the community for a reflective evening on this surprising, life-giving idea. Tuesday 6/9/2022 at 7pm for BYO dinner.

Image: Jacopo Tintoretto, Christ washing the Feet of the Disciples,1575-80

Holy, holy, holy

Holy, Holy, Holy!

The Holy One of God meets us in Jesus Christ. How do we understand holiness? How do we experience the holiness God gives us?

Join us for Caravan, on Tuesday 30/8. Matt is going to be doing most of the leading, and will, unusually, preach!

BYO Dinner from 7pm. Chalice - Northcote Uniting Church

Picture: Dali, Christ of St John of the Cross


One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
Psalm 27.4

Is God beautiful?

If you put the word "beauty" into a Bible search engine, it is surprising how rarely it shows up in Scripture, and how ambivalent the word is. However perhaps, as Brian Zahn says, "beauty will save the world." This coming week we will talk about Beauty, about God, about worship, and all that good stuff.

Jesus and the Bent Over Woman

But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?"Luke 13:15-16

Keep your lamps lit

"Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit..." Luke 12:32-35

Caravan: Two Words

"He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name...."

The theme of this week's Caravan is two words: Father, & hallowed. Let's create moving worship experience together.

26/7/22 at 7pm at Chalice - Northcote UCA