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Induction (The Rev. John McKane)

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The Eastern Wheatbelt Uniting Churches welcomed their new minister, as Rev John McKane was inducted into the region on Sunday 24 August at Mukinbudin Uniting Church. John is now the new minister at Muckinbudin, Merredin, Bruce Rock and Southern Cross Uniting Churches.

John has come to the region fresh from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he had been serving as a minister to the Linden Presbyterian Church. He said that he considers the local church to be the hope of the world.

“If you want to go fast, you go alone,” John said. “If you want to go far, go together.”

Muckinbudin Uniting Church also celebrated their 50th anniversary at the event, to a packed congregation.

2013.09.01 Sermon (Kevin Tengvall)

 As Ride for Life #7 has just finished and I had prepared a 45 minute talk on it, for the UCA mission retreat, (which I was unable to go to and present) I felt I should give part of it here, as Ride for life the mission belongs to us (this congregation) not just me.

And I think it is important that we reflect occasionally on how our programs are going, are they achieving the goals we set out? are we reaching the people we are targeting?

Each course has been different and this one was no exception, I now feel that our goals and instruction are evolving with each program, and I think it is important that you are kept aware of our progress. once again I wrote lesson plans specific to this group of kids as led by God ( I think) but this time I also wrote trainers notes, which helped me if not the trainers. It was pointed out to me that at times I did stray from the lesson plan, which was true but I was able to point out that even though we deviate sometimes, we can always get back on track with the right leadership. (Isn’t that true of Life)?

Our weekly Devotion is setting us up I believe to step out in the footsteps of Jesus, who there will ever forget Sal’s devotion on toothpaste? Or Lisa attempting to set my pants on fire?

Each week we have a different theme which starts with team building and working together in week one and ends in week four with, helping others sharing and caring.

The second week’s theme is co-operation and understanding the lessons learned are, Awareness of actions theirs and those around them, safety. And how we can make them do what we want by our actions.

Responsibility

 Awareness of how your actions can influence those around you.

Week three the theme was Decisions and responsibility: making decisions and taking responsibility for their actions.

What worked? What didn’t?

Communication

Responsibility

Thinking ahead

Position awareness of each other and themselves.

Week three the theme is Focus or determination this third week is becoming a tradition in Ride for Life in that for the first time none of the horses are in yards, and it is up to the kids to work out how to catch them and who to catch first. It is up to them to set the pace, this group took two hours before we saddled up and they were too busy to be bored (now there’s a lesson!)

In week four as I have said is sharing and caring the lessons learned are (we Hope) working out that it is easier if they help each other (to think ahead)

Team work

Role reversal, putting themselves in the shoes of others

Trust, Timing, feel and balance.

I have just read a book “Believe” by Buck Brannaman who states that the following are Qualities for success, on these 8 principles I built a weekends lesson plan, these qualities I believe not only work when around horses but also in our general life and the people we come into contact with.

The 8 steps to success as laid out by Buck Brannaman are:

  1. Intuition: a gut feeling about something intangible, an unspoken sensitivity to what you’re dealing with, horses and other animals have a natural ability to sense the emotional state of people and animals around them. Whether we like it or not women seem to have more intuition than men. Men can acquire it especially if they listen to women long enough.
  2. Sensitivity: here Buck is talking about emotional sensitivity. Horses are very intelligent creatures and emotional sensitivity is something that all intelligent creatures possess. Everything around us can impact us and our horse’s emotions in some way. This is also true of humans, if we are sensitive to our own emotions and those of the people around us; we can better anticipate and respond to whatever comes our way. Once again women tend to be more sensitive than men.
  3. Change: This is the ability to back up, back down and change course if necessary as opposed to beating your head against a wall and doing the same old thing, hoping that this time it might turn out differently.
  4. Presence: means the feeling that flows off of any person who humbly but truly believes in himself and his abilities, someone at peace with himself and his abilities, someone at peace with his environment, being confident, at peace with your life, portraying a calm and healthy presence.
  5. A non-aggressive attitude: be assertive not arrogant or demanding. Don’t be a butthead.
  6. Determination: This is the ability to stick with something through thick and thin, even when things get very difficult.
  7. Humility: The concept of humility is so important, I’d underline it as being pivotal to a person’s success or failure in the world. Humility is the ability to listen to and really hear what is being said. Regardless of status or standing. Three words sum up how to gain this quality. Observe, Remember, and Compare. Observe what is taking place whether with man or beast. Remember what you have done to cause others to make a certain decision or take a certain action and compare the results of your actions this time round with results of actions you may have taken in the past, which outcome was better? Learn from it if you can observe, remember and compare effectively, and then have the ability to change course based on the outcome of what you’ve done you will map out your course for success.
  8. Love: is a complete and powerful thing. It includes the ability to love without being a victim. Sometimes love can end up being an excuse for being victimised taken advantage of, pushed around but you can still have a huge capacity for love without being a victim or being taken advantage of.

In comparison Buck goes on to say or describe the kind of person who will never get along with horses or get along period.

  1. Lack of Intuition: people who have no insight or ability to see beyond their own needs or desires, they have an expectation that what is on the surface is all there is to see.
  2. Lack of Sensitivity: Those who lack the ability or confidence to feel or understand anything that isn’t in their immediate sphere of existence, a lack of compassion for others.
  3. Stiff: people make up their minds they are going to do something a particular way regardless of the results, usually because of Pride. Which will almost certainly guarantee failure?
  4. Over-Presence: these people tend to project an overbearing presence of power, believing that their inner might will make them right.
  5. An aggressive attitude: some people go beyond projecting power and begin to exhibit it, this sort of threatening behaviour often backfires because the natural reaction to this is a feeling of extreme danger, Horses don’t react well to this and nor do people.
  6. Lack of determination: People, who don’t put their back into it, don’t get much out of it whatever that might be.
  7. Lack of Humility: we’ve all met people who spend an entire conversation thinking about the importance of what they’re going to say and then trampling all over us to say it , Deb accused me of doing this the other day which pulled me up short because if I am not listening then how can I possibly teach? Furthermore how can I or we learn if all we hear is ourselves? (I think we need someone sometimes to pull us back to earth).
  8. Anger and Hatred: Those who cannot love often believe the only way to avoid being hurt is to hurt others first.

As a Christian It is easy to see which sort of person we would rather be, but striving to have all these aspirations is not always that easy, for human nature being what it is (full of sin) we often slip up. Jesus died on the cross for our sins that we might be able to fulfil the steps to success if that is how we would like to be. Or walk in the path of righteousness as laid down in the Ten Commandments.

As you know we are now in our off season the time between this course and the next one in May 2014, it might be the off season for the kids, it is not for us, I am always looking for ways to improve the obstacle course and facilities also I am constantly in talks with the college and some government departments to improve and facilitate our referral process. I ask that you continue to support and pray for this program.

Let us continue in our endeavours to step out in faith, with this mission and the others that we do/support from this church, let us not rest on our laurels but look for other ways to reach out to the community through our Christian walk.

Amen.

Sermon for April 28th 2013

Jesus’ promise to us.

Every now and then I watch the news as we are having our dinner and every time we do I am reminded why we don’t watch it every night.

It’s always so depressing and if there is a good news story it’s usually slotted in briefly before the sport, is it because we humans have a macabre interest in anything tragic? What is it that makes us hunger for bad news? Or is it just the media telling us this is what we want to see? Because it sells more papers and TV time.

In the West Australian on Wednesday I listed these stories all of which made me raise my eyebrows in horror of varying degrees.

  • Crime stoppers (a whole page on theft and muggings in Perth)
  • French embassy in Libya bombed.
  • Japan cranks up Island tensions
  • Elite force to protect India’s wealthiest man (Government force because of his wealth?)
  • Dad forced sons to live in Cellar
  • Canadians foil Terror attack
  • Charges reviewed after shot woman dies
  • Guilty verdict in Kill case
  • Warning of jail for man on drug offer
  • Death sparks murder probe
  • Boston bombings
  • Killer of Langford boy found guilty of murder in New Zealand
  • Hidden toll of Modern diggers (Bob read to us)
  • Sex register gets 500 hits a day (statistics show that there have been 90,197 hits to the register in the last year)
  • Purring for a new home (cat thrown from moving vehicle)
  • $10m package for farmers (farmers in crisis)
  • Driver’s attitudes biggest WA road safety scourge. (attitude cause of road rage)

All that and more in one days newspaper no wonder people suffer from depression, which got me to wondering were these things happening in biblical times?

Yes there were, I found so many references to wars beatings robberies murders and prostitution that I would bore us all to tears if I read every reading I found, suffice it to say that I have attached 25 of those readings for your appraisal which will be found later, on the uniting church website.

Why do we feel that the world is out of control and evil is running rampant towards a doomed future? Because we are living it now.  Ask the Israelites how they felt going up against such great armies as the Philistines and Canaanites.

In today’s society we have instant access to world events at the press of a button we can see or hear what is going on anywhere in the far reaches of this planet, with such vast resources at our finger tips is it any wonder that our very beings become saturated with the horrors of the world?

In comparison in biblical times news of war and other tragedy’s was carried from place to place by messenger. Did this make the tragedies any less painful? No of course not! They had less to deal with mentally; maybe that is why mental illness is becoming a modern epidemic in the western world.

As I said in the beginning the news of the world is so depressing and I’m sure we overload our senses, is it any wonder then that people feel such despair? I had a call on Friday from a lady who told me that she and her daughter couldn’t come and meet us as arranged because her daughter’s condition had become critical and they were fighting just to keep her alive.

Suicide is a symptom I believe of bad news overload, we become so saturated with everything around us that some people are just unable to cope and the tragedy is that to some death is the only way to escape the torment they find themselves in.

Suicide does not end the chance of life getting any worse; it eliminates the chance of it ever getting better.

But there is hope in the book of Nahum verse 7 we Read,

The Lord is good, a refuge in the times of trouble, he cares for those who trust in him.

In Ecclesiastes 3: verses 11- 13 we read,

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.

13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil–this is the gift of God.

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8th to September 14th 2013 I encourage us all to keep eyes and ears open so that we may possibly be a refuge for those who think suicide is the only option left. We may not feel able or qualified to offer advice, but sometimes there is a time to listen as well as a time to talk. We can also encourage those who seem suicidal to seek medical help.

How can we as Christians help those in need? What authority do we have to help others? How do we get the strength to be able to fight at the front line?

In Ephesians 6 we are given the tools to help us fight the evil in this world, let me add a word of warning do not fight unarmed, go in fighting only when clothed in the full armour of God for the battle is a spiritual one and only with God through Christ can we win.

Ephesians 6:11-17

Put on the full armour of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armour of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

So in conclusion I believe I have shown that there is nothing new in this world in

Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV we read.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

 There is joy in Christ Jesus Philippians 1:26 NIV

So that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.

Benediction

Romans 15:13 NIV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Bible Readings for Sermon on Relevance 28th April 2013

  • 1 Timothy 1:18-19

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

  • Ephesians 6:11-17

Put on the full armour of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armour of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

the West Australian text for Wednesday was from the little read book of

  • Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a refuge in the times of trouble he cares for those who trust in him.

  • Ecclesiastes 3

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil–this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men  will revere him.

  • Exodus 1:22

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

  • Judges: 1-4

 1 After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who will be the first to go up and fight for us against the Canaanites?” 2 The LORD answered, “Judah is to go; I have given the land into their hands.” 3 Then the men of Judah said to the Simeonites their brothers, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them. 4 When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.

  • 1 Samuel 31

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 The Philistines pressed hard after Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. 3 The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically. 4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. 6 So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day. 7 When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them. 8 The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people.

About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!”

” ‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.

” ‘They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands, because priests are holy to their God.

He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, but only a virgin from his own people,

He oppresses the poor and needy. He commits robbery. He does not return what he took in pledge. He looks to the idols. He does detestable things. 

The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.

Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;

but if it happens after sunrise, he is guilty of bloodshed. “A thief must certainly make restitution, but if he has nothing, he must be sold to pay for his theft.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,

Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. His images are a fraud; they have no breath in them.

“Every man is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. His images are a fraud; they have no breath in them.

But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish

guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.