Ramblings for Keep in Touch, Kirwan Uniting Church's pew sheet 28 July 2019.

Rev Michelle Cullen is much more organised than I am. For example, she has sent me the names and contact details of all of the folk who will look after the services at Mossman and Port Douglas in a couple of weeks’ time, so that I can let them know what are my scripture readings and theme.  (Because, if you didn’t know, Michelle and I are swapping pulpits for that Sunday, 11 August, each of us having been on Retreat at Cardwell in the week leading up to it,, she south to KUC, me north to  her preaching-hang-outs).
Normally, as our musos will tell you with accompanying eye-rolls, I don’t even know what I’m preaching on the following Sunday, leave alone in two weeks, but I thought that I’d better not let the Mossman/Port Douglas side down,  and I discovered that Hebrews 11 is the set epistle, you know, “ … by faith so-and-so did such-and-such … “ (Come on, look it up ).

Now it happens that a tad over eleven years ago, I became a citizen of this absolutely gorgeous country of Australia.  I’d been living, or at least based, here since 1995, but just didn’t get round to seeking citizenship. We turned up in Melbourne first, then Sun Microsystems wanted me in Sydney, and then it didn’t matter where we were so long as I was near an international airport, so we moved to Brisbane to be near Leisa’s family, and we said to each other, “No further north than this!!” Ha! 
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
This is as much a pilgrimage for you lovely Kirwan Uniting members (which Leisa and I are, too) as it is for us. Who knows where it leads? Our Basis of Union declares that we are a Pilgrim People. But wherever its destination, that place’s architect and builder is God.

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