I am so excited I actually managed to do this doodle drawing this week. In 2 weeks we are celebrating the 40 year anniversary of the Uniting Church, where the Methodists, Congregational and Some of the Presbyterian Churches came together to create this new Church. I was only new to the Church (by a couple of weeks!) at it’s 10 year anniversary and remember going to the Horden Pavilion with bus loads of people from all over the state to celebrate. Ever since then I have grown in love for this Church God has raised up and I have found my home here.
This is my doodle of the Uniting Church logo(it might be hard to recognise but I promise it is there! ) and what the Basis of Union says who the Uniting Church is in relation to the areas covered in the logo..
The Basis of Union is the foundational document of the Uniting Church and it says what is important to who it is. You can read it here. I love it! (I know super Church nerd, but I am ok with that!)
So what I noticed when I drew it.. or Karen’s translation of bits of the Basis of Union!
It started with God who brought the world into being.. (I had to draw the circle first) It was beautiful and good. Unfortunately it didn’t stay that way, even into the Heavens we have dumped our junk and used things however we want, including people.
So Jesus came along to help us understand how much God loves us and that we are God’s children. We are called to acknowledge Jesus as Lord. His death acted as a sacrifice for all people, his ressurection reminds us that God does not finish the story with our own mess but gives us a chance at new life.. We are a ressurection people! You can’t see Jesus face, only through the Spirit, we do not have that human with us anymore, but the Helper who was sent for us. Jesus uses the Spirit to awaken the people in the Church to be his disciples, who God calls them to be.. (Note the alarm clock and people asleep), and in “His own strange way constitute, rules and renews them as his Church” paragraph 4
The Spirit leads us, moves us, teaches us and stirs within us particularly through the sacraments, of Communion and Baptism. I tried to make the water touch both the adult and the Child as whilst we beleive in one baptism it is for all. It blows through us like a cleansing wind and sets our hearts on fire.
We are given the gifts of the New and Old Testament, to guide, direct and inspire the people of God. Our life in faith is directed and guided by the Biblical witness.
The Church is ever reaching out, both to the world and to the other faithful of God, it is an incomplete circle because we are still Uniting in how we are Church together.
The Church relies on the Saints who have gone before us, those who have studied God’s word and share it with us through their writing and the Creeds. Yet God still calls up God’s people to ponder and see it afresh and anew in the light of the churches current context. We as Christians are called to use our brains!
God has created the Church with great diversity, we have a priesthood of all believers, where everyone from our youngest to our oldest has a place and is gifted with gifts and skills to share with the community and the whole world. In the Uniting Church we have the ordained ministries of Ministers and Deacons, who are called to work alongside the Church offerring their gifts in leadership.
“The Church belongs to the people of God, on the way to the promised end. The Uniting Church prays that through the gifts of the Spirit, God will constantly correct that which is erroneous in it’s life, will bring it into deeper unity with other Churches, and will use it’s worship witness and service, to God’s eternal glory through Jesus Christ. Amen!” Paragraph 18