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Anne Ryan

Anne Ryan

The Rev Anne Ryan has been the minister at Tuggeranong Uniting since 2010. Prior to that she was a Resource Minister in the Riverina Presbytery, and minister in settlement at other congregations throughout New South Wales. Anne is retiring from congregational ministry in July 2017.

Sunday, 04 June 2017 08:37

Pentecost

Melissa Sevier tells about her experience when she receives the occasional newsletters from the first seminary she attended. Almost invariably, it contains stories of ministers who have birthed large churches out of nothing in just a few years, or who have turned dying congregations into mega churches. These are spectacular “wow” narratives, and she assume they are designed to make the graduates feel proud of the institution that educated them, and make them want to give their support. And there is nothing wrong with that. Melissa says, she is always impressed.

But today we have the Pentecost story and it is even more astounding. It contains elements that are stunning, incredible, ecstatic. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability… Those who welcomed [Peter’s] message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added to their number.” 

Wow. 3,000 new members as the result of one sermon. Woohoo. Talk about impressive. An amazingly dramatic beginning to the story of the church. But I’m intrigued more by what happened after all the drama subsided.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:40

Good Friday

It wasn’t the nails, though they were bad enough. It was his head. And it seemed
to be getting worse.
When he tried to rest his head against the wood there had been a blinding pain
that made him cry out.
It had started with the beating. Blindfolded and tied to a chair in a cell. Then the
blows to the head, never knowing where the next one was coming from.
Finally, the hammer blow and the crack of fractured bone. What was that? The
centurion’s heavy, swagger stick? The man must have lost his temper, furious
that they could not break his will.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:21

Easter Day

What’s in an Ending?
Mark 16: 1-8

What’s in an ending? Nothing less than success or failure. A good story needs a good a good ending don’t you think? To my mind there are few things worse than a story which has an unsatisfactory ending. Movie makers excel at changing endings because they feel people want to go away feeling good. Perhaps they fear that a thought provoking ending won’t be a hit. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:57

Palm Sunday

Sara Miles tells a story: A couple of weeks before Easter, I was at the farmers market in our neighbourhood and I ran into some friends, radiantly happy, who were carrying their new baby. We stopped to talk, and the baby’s dad, who isn’t a Christian but has always taken a kindly interest in my church work, said, “I know you must be busy getting ready for Easter, right? Isn’t it soon? So what’s the thing to say — do you tell people “Happy Holy Week?’” 

“Well,” I said. “You could say 'Happy Easter,’ when it’s actually Easter day, or ‘Christ is Risen!’ if you’re hardcore, I guess. But until then it’s kind of confusing: there’s a lot of different stuff going on in Holy Week. You could get whiplash.” 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 07:07

Woman at the well

John 4-42

The story of the Samaritan woman has many parallels in our world. There are very many women who see themselves in this woman. She has gone to the well as part of her daily duties, a duty that is related to her survival of her family - water is a necessity – you have to have it. But then she was faced unexpectedly with a deeper thirst – one she barely knew she had.

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About Our Church

Our faith community began in 1975 as a small ecumenical gathering of people who settled in the new Canberra township of Tuggeranong. We have grown with the Tuggeranong Community, and our parish centre is the hub for our work, as a place of worship, of gathering and ministry.

We aim to help people have life to the full. We welcome people into a our Christian community where they can connect with God, with one another and with opportunities to make a difference in our changing world.

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