Visions in the Cloud – Feb 07

February 7, 2021

Acts Now! Stories of Making Church Outside a Building

This week we journey 'down by the river' and hear the story of an early church leader, Lydia. Her story teaches us about the gift of hospitality. How do we cross cultural, gender, religious and economic boundaries to welcome the wisdom and insight of others into our experience of faith? This was a question for the early church; this is an important question for us today in the 21st century.

This week's reading: Acts 16:6-15

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Visions in the Cloud – Jan 31

January 31, 2021

A Council Table: Conflict and Creativity - A Third Way with the Spirit!

Our stories in Acts have taken us from the festival of Pentecost, through busy city streets and temple porches, to country roadsides and river edges, to rooftop decks and table gatherings. This week, we will hear a story of 'making church outside a building' at a Church meeting! Yes, even here the Spirit can find a way to create a new understanding of community.
 
(This week's reading: Acts 15)

 

 

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Visions in the Cloud – Jan 24

January 24, 2021

'Draw the Circle Wider'
This week, our story of 'making church outside a building' takes us to a rooftop. Peter's strange vision opens his eyes and heart to new possibilities, and an encounter with 'the other' transforms his thinking. Who is 'the other' in our lives and in our community inviting us to 'draw the circle wider', and wider still,
for the sake of Love?

This week's scripture story - Acts 10

 

 

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Visions in the Cloud – Jan 17

January 17, 2021

Weaving Life into Community with our Words, Deeds and Prayers
Join us this week as we continue 'Act 2' of our series, "Acts Now! Stories of Making Church Outside the Building".
We hear the story of Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, and ask ourselves, 'how do our words, deeds and prayers bring life in this world?'. (Acts 9: 36-42)

 

 

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Visions in the Cloud – Jan 10

January 10, 2021

Acts Now! Stories of Making Church Outside a Building

Join us for 'Act 2' of our special worship series based on the Book of Acts.

This second part explores the stories of transformation as people encounter the Spirit of Jesus at work in their lives. This is our story! We live in a time of great transformation as a society, as Visions United, and as individuals- each with our own faith story.

This week we hear a story about Saul, who we know better as Paul. This unlikely character becomes a key actor in the rest of Acts.

This week's story is Acts 9:1-35. A new outline of the Bible readings will be available soon so you can read through the Book of Acts with us.

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Visions in the Cloud – Nov 22

November 23, 2020

The Gospel is On the Move! 

"Acts" Now - Stories of Making Church Outside a Building

The gospel is 'preached' - 'Good News' happens - when we come alongside someone wildly different from us. Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch: a story of transformation, inclusion, and love 'colouring outside the lines'. We bring to a close 'Act One' of our theme from the Book of Acts.

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Visions in the Cloud – Nov 15

November 15, 2020

The Story of Stephen: Serving the Gospel with Persistence and Courage"

"Acts" Now - Stories of Making Church Outside a Building

We learn about the ministry of diakonia - serving the gospel with persistence and courage. You are invited to bring a stone as you come to worship. Stones can be used to build up or destroy. They can mark a path forward - like stepping stones - or they can be cast in harm, like a weapon. The story of Stephen challenges us to consider the call of faith, even in troubling times, even in times when the way is uncertain.

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