Wolfgangs Still thinking "Who do you say that I am?
The book "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & the Heart of Contemporary Faith" by Marcus Borg came out in 1994. I read it in 2001, and the book spoke to me, it really touched me.
In the first chapter, Marcus shares some of his own journey of faith, how from childhood to adulthood his understanding of Jesus changed, and with it his faith. He describes, how the childhood faith of his Lutheran upbringing collided with the modern worldview he began to understand in adolescence. As a young adult in college and seminary, he understood that the traditions about Jesus were adapted and grew in changing circumstances during the early Christian movement. It became more and more clear to him that the Christian tradition had human (and not divine) origins. Later, Marcus could discover the spirituality of Jesus and his foundational experience of Gods spirit. One of Marcus important conclusions was to see the difference between the Jesus of history and how the gospels and later Christian tradition speak of him.
Marcus description of his journey resonated with my own. Marcus Borg became an important teacher, mentor, and friend for me. He has given me inspiration, questions, conclusions, and language for my personal quest to grow in my faith experience without leaving my intellectual capacity behind. I am still grieving after his untimely death earlier this year.
I think that my life as a Christian is not so much about believing certain things checking off a list of doctrines that you "have to believe" as a good Christian but about a way of living in relationship with the Sacred (God). This relationship challenges me continuously to transformation, it inspires me to grow and mature in my life as a believer and follower of Jesus, and it lets me ask questions about God and neighbour, about life and death.
For me personally, Jesus is the Way (an early name for Christianity) in the Kingdom of God (what the world could be like if God really ruled). Believing in Jesus is for me a way of life, it means to give my heart, myself at the deepest level, to the God of Jesus, whom I meet in the stories and metaphors about Jesus of Nazareth. Being a follower of Jesus includes having companions, a word that means someone with whom one shares bread. As Christians, as disciples of Jesus the Christ, we belong to a community not only here at Toorak Uniting Church, but also in the whole worldwide church.
Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church
|Sunday, 13 September at 2:00pm:||SoO Organ Students Concert||Church.|
|Monday, 14 September 10:30am:||Drop In Card Day.||Faichney Room.|
|Tuesday, 15 September TBA:||Management Team.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Wednesday, 16 September at 6:30pm:||PB Handbells rehearsal.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Thursday, 17 September at 10:00am:||Morning Group.||Faichney Room.|
|Saturday, 19 September 10:00 noon:||PB Handbells rehearsal.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am||Grandparents service and lunch.|
Organ Students Concert Today
This afternoon at 2pm there is an organ students recital in the church by the Society of Organists (Victoria). Both Alec and Robert Barber are taking part. A few students from Warrnambool will be performing via Skype! Please come and support them. The concert is free.
Do you have a car that you could spare for a few weeks?
Wolfgang and Liliana are finding it challenging to navigate around Melbourne from East Doncaster with just the one car. If you have a second car that you are not using so frequently, or feel that perhaps you could do without driving for the next few weeks, they would be delighted to be able to borrow it. Please call the office on 9829 0300 if youre able to help out.
Attention Kitchen users
Please take care with freezing food, gently moving the drawers and ensuring that the freezer is securely shut before you leave. Thank you.
John Macrae Centres Annual Spring Dance
Refurbishment of Toilets
Renovations should be completed by mid-October. While construction is in progress, men are encouraged to use the Kinross loos and women the disabled loos off the Faichney Room. (Entry to the Faichney Room during the week is available using the concrete ramp at the Eastern entrance.)
The Congregation Directory
is now available at the rear of the church. For privacy reasons, only those whose names appear in the Directory will receive a copy. Please dispose of your 2014 directory by shredding it. Youre welcome to bring it to the office where Kimberly or Catriona can shred it for you.
Strength and Vitality Foundation
|Where:||Manse Gallery Café|
|Address:||603 Toorak Rd, Toorak|
|Date:||Sunday 13th September|
|Limited numbers:||booking essential|
|Bookings contact:||Michelle Sorensen|
|Mobile:||0405 040 217|
Daydreams and Torments of Love
A romantic literature and musical event dedicated to Frédéric Chopins 205th anniversary.
Program features Sergei Suetin, pianist.
TUC, September 20th at 3.00pm. Tickets at the door: $25 / $20 (conc).
Call Sergei on 0402 831 304 for details.
Time for Fellowship Lunch
Monday 28 September 12-2pm. Topic is "Advice from a male forebear." All welcome.
Missing from TUC archives
Videotape of a Service recorded 3 Sep, 1978, telecast on ABC TV, 11 Feb, 1979. Unfortunately, the ABC no longer has a copy in its archives either. I am hoping someone might have a videotape of this Service and allow me to borrow it to convert to DVD. This recording is significant. Not only was it David Hodges last televised Service before his retirement in 1983 (including his excellent sermon Man and Society), but it is also an historic document. This video will show images of the interior of the Church before refurbishment in 1979, with the old pipe organ and choir stalls in the east transept! If anyone can help, please contact me on 9809 0550 or 0429 907 908. Thank you. David Ross-Smith.
Roach Ministerial Exchange
The Roach Exchange provides a wonderful opportunity for our congregation to experience a minister from a different country and tradition. The Messiah Community Church in Denver is well established and well attended with similar worship and activities to TUC. It is a church in the Lutheran tradition and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) - a progressive denomination in a traditional environment.
2015 Christian Singles Network Conference
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
Solo exhibition of paintings and ceramics. Fiona is a former member of the Stables Artist Co-operative.
The Australians Kinross Poetry Readings
Readings will include: Adamson, Dawe, Rosemary Dobson, Lisa Gorton, Robert Gray, AD Hope, Clive James, David Malouf, Les Murray, Dorothy Porter, Slessor and Judith Wrigh
For all enquiries, please call Henry 0478 712 881 or Lyndel Wischer at Kinross Arts Centre 9829 0340, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: email@example.com 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.
Lectionary Readings for 20 September 2015, Pentecost 17
Proverbs 31: 10 31; Psalm 1; James 3: 13 to 4: 3, 7 8a; Mark 9: 30 37.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.