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6.10pm (AEST) Set Free(Ken Legg) -Ken ministers the Grace of God and has a unique way of sharing this message, which sets people free from legalism and striving and brings them into the liberty Christ intends for us.
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 15:41
Ok, as you may have noticed Greg Newman has been taking my place this week on the Afternoon shift. That's because I am transitioning out of this shift into a permanent position with UCB News.
The producer of our 2020 program for the last 2 1/2 years, Amy DeGraaf, is moving on to new adventures and I have been asked to take her place. So I guess this will become Greg Newman's blog, but I will still be heard on air, doing what I love - interviewing exciting and interesting guests for Twenty20. Anyway in the meantime I wanted to share with you a book review of one of the new products at UCB Direct. I've been telling you for AGES how much I LOVE Lamplighter Theatre. Well now you can get them from UCB Direct and they are even looking at stocking some of Lamplighter's books.
Teddy’s Button is a wonderful tale set in England in the 1800s and published in 1890. Teddy is a fun loving boy with a penchant for storytelling, but his favourite story is the one of his most prized possession...a button from his father’s soldier’s uniform and the brave heroics of his father on the battlefield. One day though he’s challenged over the authenticity of the story by a little girl whose father is serving in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.
Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:41
Easterfest rocks Toowoomba in 2012
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:45
The annual festival that started as the Australian Gospel Music Festival (AGMF) and changed its name 5 years ago to better reflect the festival's aim of being a festival at Easter about Easter; continues to attract massive crowds every year. "Easterfest" festival director Dave Schenk said “with the introduction of Easterfest TV this year and the ability to stream live across the world for 16 hours a day, we’re really hopeful that this will boost the profile of our festival globally. We continue to attract quality entertainers in the Christian Music Industry and this will just increase our credibility as Australia’s largest Christian Music Festival”. With international bands like Mercy Me, POD, The Lads and solo artists like CCM veteran Michael W Smith, this year’s Easterfest lineup promised big and certainly delivered.
Based in Dallas, Texas; Mercy Me have been playing gigs all over the world for the last 17 years and yet this was the first time they have been to Australia. With a tight tour schedule, Mercy Me played in Sydney, Toowoomba and Melbourne with a press conference at Easterfest in Toowoomba attracting a huge crowd. Lead Singer Bart Millard told the crowd that their name came from an exclamation made by his grandmother when he told her he was trying to start a rock n roll band “Mercy Me, why don’t you get a real job” was the response; and so Mercy Me the band became. Their performance on Main Stage on Good Friday was filled with hits from their current album “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” and past hits including their biggest “I Can Only Imagine”.
Michael W Smith performs on the main stage at Easterfest 2012
But it wasn’t just the festival goers who benefit from this festival. Easterfest City is part and parcel of this massive Easter celebration with artists and patrons spilling out of Queens Park in the CBD and frequenting the many café’s, restaurants and retailers within walking distance of the festival hub. Local businesses were busy over the public holidays many doing equivalent to two weeks normal trade in just one weekend. Co-owner of local café “Raw Sugar”, Cindy Cook, said that they have a prime position just across the road from the festival and every year open their business at Easter. “We do a massive trade every year, so it’s definitely worth it” Cindy said. “We have always had artists playing here and this year for the first we had one of them not show up for a scheduled spot. But the organisers of the festival are great to work with and if there are any hassles they are always happy to help sort it out.”
Raw Sugar cafe in Maragaret Street
Tickets were on sale at a special discount price over the Easter weekend for the next festival, despite no major announcement being made of who will be on the 2013 roster. “This has been the biggest year of pre sale tickets so far” said Festival Director Dave Schenk “which is surprising considering we haven’t yet been able to secure anyone for next year’s festival. We only announce that an artist will be playing once contracts are signed. In previous year’s we’ve had that sorted out sometimes only hours before it’s announced. But we’re just really excited that there is that the experience of being at the festival is what seems to draw people back again and again.”
Thursday, 05 April 2012 14:36
Palm Sunday however has many different ways of celebration in the Christian Church. One of the most common is to have a procession into a church waving palm branches and singing Hosanna! Sometimes this procession features someone posing as Jesus riding a donkey.
In Holland though, the traditions are a lot different and those traditions were introduced to the Wellers Hill-Tarragindi Uniting Church (WHATUCA) in Brisbane QLD recently.
The first thing about these traditions is that it is based on the northern hemisphere season cycle where Easter falls in Spring and there is a sense of excitement of new life. Easter is a celebration of the Christian faith and of new life.On Palm Sunday its almost like the lead up to the final celebration a week later in Holland. “I remember for Palm Sunday it was a wonderful pre-celebration for Easter and quite a big deal in our family compared to what it might have been like in other families” explains Lydia Pitcher, a first generation Australian whose parents emigrated to Australia from Holland in the sixties.
|Lydia Pitcher explains to the children how to dye their eggs
“In our family, in preparation for Palm Sunday we would bake special bread in the shape of Roosters and this would be part of a traditional celebration centerpiece with little roosters and a braided basket and in that basket we would put coloured eggs that had been coloured with food dye.” Lydia says
“My Mum would teach us how to do the dyeing in bowls with hot water and a little bit of vinegar and food colouring. As a child just watching those eggs change colour and the patterns you could make and then polishing them up with a bit of oil, it was a wonderful happy kind of feeling.”
|The Palm Paas Stock|
Another element that was introduced to WHATUCA was “Palm Paas Stok” – a wooden cross with some ribbon and a rooster on top. It could also have an orange or some coloured eggs that were hand blown and dyed or even a wreath plaited out of bread. “In Holland each child would make their own cross and in some villages have a parade through the village and the children would add some twigs and greenery to symbolize new life” Lydia says “much the same as some of the young kids would have an Easter bonnet parade here in Australia”.
|3 year old Alexandra Gees gets into the dyeing of eggs
With Australia being regarded as a multi cultural society more and more, it’s fascinating to discover the rich Christian heritage that exists. The Children and parents at WHATUCA had a great time colouring hard boiled eggs and sharing in just a small part of a tradition that would have seen many children on the other side of the world doing the same thing.
|Nathan and Daniel Godfrey proud of their efforts
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