In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Luke 1:39-40

Again and again in Scripture we come up against the vital importance of the women. Mary is the exemplar of the disciple, with her whole-hearted "yes" to God. The women who went to the empty tomb on that first Easter Day became the first to proclaim the faith.

Join us on Tuesday 14/12 at 7pm for our final proper session for the year as we join with Elizabeth and Mary in their mutual love and rejoicing.

Gaudete (Rejoice)

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation Isaiah 12:2-3

Traditionally this week is known as "gaudete" Sunday - rejoice Sunday. Jesus is near to us, As the prophet Isaiah wrote all those years ago: God has become our salvation.

What does the salvation of God look like in our world, and in your own personal context?

Tuesday 7/12/21 at 7:00pm. Bring your own dinner, and the serious bit kicks off at 8pm.


In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

Discernment and Discipleship

The world is baffling. A million different choices confront us all the time. How do we decide what to do? Sometimes it's fairly straightforward when it is a choice between a good and a bad thing. Sometimes it's a bit harder - a choice between two goods.

This Tuesday 23/11/22 Anne Pate, our Missional Spirituality Pastor, is going to be leading a session on discernment, using the Ignatian Tradition as a framework. Anne is a trained Spiritual Director within the Ignatian tradition, as well as a qualified Professional Supervisor.

Reign of Christ

Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." John 18:37

Wars and Rumours of Wars

When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come.Mark 13:7

The Second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed getting on for two thousand years ago now. What possible interest or relevance do Jesus' words have for us here and now in the post-Christian, plague-traumatised Melbourne of 2021?

Join us for dinner, prayer, and conversation 9/11/21 at 7:00 pm at Northcote Uniting Church - Chalice

What is the greatest commandment?

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" Mark 12:28

It's a good question. What is the most important question? What is it that we should base our lives around? The scribes are long gone, but the question is even more pressing now than it was two thousand years ago: how do we live?

Caravan This Tuesday 26/10 at 7pm - a reflective service of communion in person at Chalice Northcote

Job and Suffering

"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind.: Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?"

Job is one of the great characters in our tradition. It asks the question whether all suffering is justified? If something terrible happens to you, then is it your fault? Job maintains his innocence, to the dismay of his friends, but is finally shown to be in the right by the God who spoke with him.

When tragedy comes out of the sky like a cyclone and destroys everything which we held to, which we built our lives on: what then?

What are you looking for

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’ John 1:35-38a

What is it that you are looking for? What does it have to do with Jesus? What does Jesus have to do with the opportunities and discontents of locked-down Melbourne life?

October Caravan

Join us on Tuesday 5/9 at 7:30 on Zoom for Caravan - our contemplative communion service

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