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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Easter 6

10 May 2015


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Spiritual Practices
I wrote recently about some of the principles of the spiritual life. Of course the ten I listed are only a few. This week I would like to look at "The Practices of the Spiritual Life." In fact, I think they are better called, "The Practices of the Christian Life." We are living in a time when there is such a rich diversity of spiritual and religious insight; in fact perhaps too many to take in. So it is important to focus on those that will give us the most advantages.

Practices are important because they both incorporate our thinking and our doing. Thoughts and beliefs come and go in our minds, but a practice is both regular and it means doing something. Now by that I don’t mean they have to be overly physical. A practice may mean sitting still for a few moments, or walking in a reflective, considered way. In fact, as a write this I am in the practice of having a cup of tea. We know that the Japanese have used the Tea Ceremony as a deeply religious practice, just by paying attention to drinking, a cup of tea can be rewarding.

So beginning with the commonly spiritual, here are a short list of daily or weekly practices that can help each of us live deeper and richer lives:

  1. Contemplation: Contemplation is the process of slowing down, reflecting and seeing things more clearly. It is the experience of truly being in the presence of… and being present to my life and the life around me. Try focusing on one thing at one time.

  2. Meditation: This practice is more "effort," (although meditators will tell you that mediation has no goal and there is no effort other than to just be.) This practice centres on breathing, silence, stillness, and sometime a gentle image that can carry us through significant experiences of everyday life. There are many forms of meditation and one can be found that is helpful to you.

  3. Centering Prayer: Centering Prayer is developed by Fr Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourdealt an Episcopalian nun, and takes us away from the "give me prayers," toward an inner awakening. This shift us from the grasping "false self’ to an awareness of a deeper authentic self. This can be done by repeating a simple prayer word, like alleluia or abundance.

  4. Reading: This form of reading is often referred to in Latin as lectio divina. It means reading for divine insight. Often it may be contemplation of a passage of scripture, "Jesus said, I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness." Or a poem or just a part of a poem, or a novel. All of life and creation is revelatory. And we can find truth in the most unexpected places.
There are many more practices to discover our "hidden wholeness" and I will write about them in the coming weeks.

Christopher Page


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Monday, 11 May at 10:30 Drop in Card Day. Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 12 May at 10:00 Co-ordinating Forum. Faichney Room.
Wednesday, 13 May at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 17 May - all day JMK working bee. Kindergarten.
At 10:15am Youth led Whole Church Service. Church.
Tuesday, 19 May at 12:00pm Prayers for Christian Unity. TUC.
At 12:00pm Management Team. Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 20 May at 12:00pm Prayers for Christian Unity. Swedish Church.
At 6:30/7:30pm Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 21 May at 10:00am Morning Group. Faichney Room.
At 12:00pm Prayers for Christian Unity. St John’s.
3:30 – 5:30pm John Macrae Open Day. JMC.
Friday, 22 May at 12:00pm Prayers for Christian Unity. St Peter’s.
Sunday, 24 May at 7:00pm Pentecost Service (TEM). TBA
Monday, 25 May at 12:00pm Time for Fellowship Lunch. Faichney Room.
Wednesday, 27 May at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 28 May at 7:30pm Church Council Meeting. Faichney Room.
Friday, 29 May at 12:00pm Prayers for Christian Unity. St Peter’s.
Sunday, 31 May at 11:30am Congregation Meeting. Church.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation and Election of Elders.
A meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, 31 May immediately after the 10:15 service.
The agenda items will be the election of elders and non-elder members of Church Council, the annual report, and the financial statements for 2014. These reports will be available from early May.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Time for Fellowship Lunch
The Time for Fellowship Lunch will be held on Monday, 25th May from 12noon in the Faichney Room. The topic for discussion will be ‘Something interesting on television last month (May)’.
All welcome. No need to RSVP. Lenore N. & Jean A.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item TUC ANZAC Centenary
Our ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Booklet is available from Pamela Wilson or from the Office. The research that has gone into it is astonishingly detailed.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Employment position
Catherine Charles has been doing an outstanding job on bookkeeping for TUC over the last two years. Unfortunately, her business has been growing and she cannot afford to spend as much time with us as she has been doing.

This role of bookkeeper will be under the general guidance from Catherine Charles. Essential requirements are: some knowledge of accounting systems; expertise in MYOB Account Right Live software or the demonstrated ability to acquire it quickly; familiarity with TUC’s mission, including outreach, and areas or activity.

The position will be 2 - 5 hours per week. Expressions of interest are invited. Please contact Christopher Page 0417 506 338.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Retreat

Exploring, Experiencing and Practicing
Contemplation, Meditation and Centering Prayer
The Retreat will provide personal and group reflection, meditation, silence and input through poetry, readings, reflective activities with quiet times and conversation. Includes all meals, study materials, accommodation in modern rooms.

At The Centre for Ecology & Spirituality
183 Burns Rd Glenburn Vic 3717
(Burns Rd is 2km past Glenburn on the right off the Melba Hwy)

From 9:30am Saturday, June 13 to 3pm Sunday, 14 June
Weekend Cost is $250 (Saturday only $80)

Register by Friday, 5 June by contacting:
Christopher Page at cpage@netspace.net.au (m) 0417 506 338
or Margaret Loftus at margloftuslc@gmail.com (m) 0418 375 229

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Baptism and confirmation
are for people of any age. They are both an identification with Jesus of Nazareth and the living spirit of God. If you have considered either baptism or confirmation please speak to Chris or phone him on 0417  506 338.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Nepal
Please uphold in prayer our Bible League ministry brothers and sisters in Nepal as they care for and support so many of their fellow citizens who have had their lives shattered. Pray too that they will be able to witness about Christ as they assist with some of the more practical needs amongst those affected.

Yours in Christ,
Tony McLennan
CEO, Bible League Australia and New Zealand


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Continuo Organ
Please do not put anything on top of the new Continuo Organ! It may look like a useful tabletop, but it is definitely not!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre

Kinross House Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3pm.
Thursday,
7 May
to
Sunday,
31 May
Home – Anne Cuming

A solo exhibition of paintings by Anne Cuming – sensitive responses to nature and contemplative moods.

On display in the Manse Gallery Café until Sunday, 31 May.

Thursday,
7 May
to
Sunday,
7 June
Gallery 1
 Surreal Encounters Surreal EncountersSarah Clark

About the artist:

Sarah Clark has always had creative flare. Her early artistic work was as a picture framer and leadlight window designer.
Currently, Sarah loves working with alcohol inks on Yupo paper because it creates joyous colours and a high sheen surface.
Some of her art uses complimentary colour schemes to make a bold statement, whilst others use analogous colour schemes to create a serene design which mesmerises the viewer.
Please come and enjoy this special evening with the artist.
The Opening of the Exhibition is on Thursday 7th May; 6pm - 8pm

Enquiries to: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au; tel 03 9829 0340

Open 8:30am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

Thursday,
21 May
10am-5pm
A Day of Beautiful Things – Sarah Clark
Stunning NZ Possum Silk Knitwear Gloves Scarves Socks Jumpers Slippers 100% Cashmere Dressing Gowns. Exclusive Range of Pashmina Shawls.

CATHERINE REYNOLDS, MISTIE MOUNTAIN - is a beautiful collection of New Zealand Possumsilk Knitwear, 50% Merino lambswool, 40% possum fur, 10% silk. These natural fibres combine to make a premium quality garment which is luxuriously soft, lightweight, warm and breathes with the body. Feel the difference, 100% Natural Luxury. Men's & Ladies' Zip Jackets, Vests, Jumpers, Scarves, Wraps, Fingerless Gloves, Fur Trim Gloves, Socks, Bed socks, Fur Trim Hats, Beanies, Knee Rugs, Throws, Shoe Liners, Slippers and more.

Contact: 0419613113 Email: catherine@mistiemountain.com Web: www.mistiemountain.com

JILL NAZAR - lives in Sydney and once a year comes to Melbourne to exhibit her unique & genuine collection of pashmina shawls, stoles, baby blankets & throws. The collection is very diverse & features 100% pashmina shawls & stoles in wonderful colours and designs - mostly "one offs" & of a quality not seen elsewhere in Australia. Some of these pieces are hand embroidered exquisitely and each trip become harder to find. Also featuring are Kashmiri hand embroidered in hook stitch woollen stoles, & 100% silk pieces in wonderful colours & patterns. Jill travels to India twice a year & hand picks her collection which are mostly hand made or hand loomed in Kashmir or Nepal. There are 100% Cashmere Dressing gowns for men & women in the colour of their choice. Plus hand carved soap stone elephants from Rajastan.

Contact: 0402 907 377 Email: becknazar@bigpond.com

Also exhibiting on the 22nd May at the Habitat Uniting Church, Hawthorne 10-5pm & 23rd May at St Andrews Anglican Church, Brighton 9.30-5pm.

Wednesday,
17 June
to
Friday,
31 July
Power & Purpose Ceramic Exhibition – by the Stables Artist Co-operative
A group exhibition of ceramics by women experiencing mental illness. Each artist has been mentored by professional ceramic artist, Ann Ferguson.
Generously supported by Stonnington City Council, Toorak Uniting Church and Boroondara Community Outreach.
Opening on Wednesday, 17 June from 6pm – 8pm.

Tuesday,
23 June
10:30-12:00
Tour of Duldig Studio, Museum and Garden – Malvern East
A tour of the fascinating and rare art collection of the Duldig family featuring sculpture and painting by Karl Duldig.
Tuesday, 23 June from 10.30am–12noon, $20 per person. Followed by morning tea.

Sunday,
21 June
3 – 4:30pm
Kinross Poetry Reading – With Henry Dobson & Lawrie Groom
The brilliant poetry readings by Henry and Lawrie are back in 2015.
Listen, discuss and enjoy!
Gold Coin Entry.

Manse Gallery Café
The café is filled with light, warmth, flowers on the table and good food. Please call in for great coffee, hot soup or delicious cake. It has a wonderful atmosphere with outstanding meals and coffee. Why not meet up with friends or conduct your next meeting there? The Café now has EFTPOS – no need to remember to have cash.
For enquiries and (group) bookings contact Raz Psonis on 9829 0341 email: meetatmanse@gmail.com
Raz and her team will make you very welcome. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am – 3:30pm.

Gallery Contacts: For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au or visit the Kinross House page on the TUC website. You are also welcome to call in to the Kinross House Office which is normally attended 10 am – 3 pm, Tuesday – Friday or by appointment.


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Lectionary Readings for 17 May 2015, Easter 7
Acts 1: 15 – 17, 21 – 26;     Psalm 1;     1 John 5: 9 – 13;     John 17: 6 – 19.
The liturgical colour for Easter is white.


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