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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 20

11 October 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Trinity and the Dance
It is not something we often think about, but many of the images and symbols in our Christian theology are static; there is no movement. The Biblical image of God as King seated on a throne or even the Son of God represented as a lamb on an altar are not dynamic in as much as there is no movement in these mental pictures. Perhaps it is only the Holy Spirit as "breath" where we see a sense of dynamic movement. The "emergent" church theologian Brian McLaren has suggested that some of the early church fathers saw Christian faith, doctrine and theology in a more dynamic way. He writes in his book, A Generous Orthodoxy:

The early church leaders described the Trinity using the term ðåñé÷þñçóéò - perichoresis (peri-circle resis-dance): The Trinity was an eternal dance of the Father, Son and Spirit sharing mutual love, honour, happiness, joy and respect… God’s act of creation means that God is inviting more and more beings into the eternal dance of joy. Sin means that people are stepping out of the dance… stomping on feet instead of moving with grace, rhythm and reverence Then in Jesus, God enters creation to restore the rhythm and beauty again.

Movement is essential to life. We know that all of life is moving forward into a future. But the movement is not a march to the beat of a drum. Nor is it just a meaningless stroll; it is the dynamic dance of life evolving, growing, shaping and being reshaped. And like a dance the movement is forward and backward; inward and outward; around and about. But most importantly life and faith as a dance finds its meaning in the moment and in the movement not in its destination. The philosopher Alan Watts says in relation to meditation and prayer and by implication life itself:

In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest player would be the best. Also when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, and when we play music the playing itself is the point…

Some of our theological ideas and concepts have tended to calcify over the last two thousand years. The notion that God is the dynamic life-giving and evolving presence of love in us and the universe is captured more in the image of a dance than the static picture of three persons seated together in a heavenly realm. It was the song writer Sydney Carter who caught a vision of this in his song from the 1960s Lord of the Dance. The chorus goes:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

As Brian McLaren suggests we are all invited to this great dance of life which is led by the one who can bring beauty, rhythm and joy into our lives, because that is the life of God in our midst.


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church

Wherever you are on your faith’s journey,
wherever you have come from and wherever you are going to,
whatever you believe, whatever you do not believe, you are welcome here.
Please come and join us after the service for fellowship and a cup of tea or coffee.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Monday, 12 October at 10:30am: Drop in Card Day. Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 13 October at 10:00am: "Conversation with Wolfgang". Faichney Room.
Wednesday, 14 October 6:30/7:30pm: PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 15 October at 10:00am: Morning Group AGM. Faichney Room.
At 12 noon: Morning Group Luncheon. Faichney Room.
At 7:00pm: Dance Class Formal. Hall Complex.
Sunday, 18 October at 11:30am: Coffee & discussion Faichney Room.
At 2:00pm: V Davey Organ Concert. Church.
Tuesday, 20 October at 10:00am: "Conversation with Wolfgang". Faichney Room.
At 7:30pm: Management Team. Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 21 October 6:30/7:30pm: PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 25 October at 11:30am: Farwell morning tea for Stahlbergs. Faichney Room.
Monday, 26 October at 12 noon: Prayers for Christian Unity. St John’s.
Sunday, 1 November at 11:15am: Meeting of the Congregation. Church.
Sunday, 8 November at 2:00pm: V Davey concert: Flute Duo Church.
Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am Grandparents’ service and lunch.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers:
The family and friends of Rev Alan Crawford, Minister of this Church 1965-1970, following his recent death. His funeral was held on Friday, 9th October.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Morning Group
On Thursday, 15 October, Christy Faulks will be updating us on SOSK, her charity in Kenya. Revs. Wolfgang and Liliana Stahlberg will also be there.
10.00am, followed by lunch. All welcome.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Refurbishment of Toilets
The toilets will become available during the course of next week!!!
Some minor finishes have been deferred until our architect returns from the UK in the week commencing Monday 19 October.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation
There will be a meeting of the congregation on Sunday 1 November after the 10.15 service. The agenda will comprise the budget for 2016, appointment of the auditor and of representatives to Presbytery. The budget will be available in advance of the meeting.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Toorak Spring – Virginia Davey Concert Series 2015

 Dong-ill Shin Lady White Organ Recital – Dong-ill Shin
Sunday, 18th October, 2pm
Winner of the 20th Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition (France), Dong-ill Shin has been hailed as "one of the world's most promising talents of his generation". He also is a prize winner of the Musashino-Tokyo International Organ Competition (Japan), Ciurlionis International Piano and Organ Competition (Lithuania), Prague Spring International Music Festival and Competition (Czech Republic), and the St. Albans International Organ Competition (UK).
Dong-ill served as Adjunct Professor of Organ at Texas Wesleyan University.
Recently he moved back to his native South Korea to take up the position of Professor of Organ at Yonsei University, Seoul.
Program includes works by:
J. P. Sweelinck
D. Buxtehude
J. S. Bach
W. A. Mozart

Tickets: $30 and $25 concession – Free admission for children under 16
Book online to avoid the queue: www.trybooking.com/ITQL

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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.

Sundays after the 10:15 service
11:30 am – Coffee with Discussion with Rev Stahlbergnch.
Tuesday, 13 October
10:00am – Conversation with Wolfgang Stahlberg.
Tuesday, 20 October
10:00am – Conversation with Wolfgang Stahlberg.
Sunday, 25 October
11:30am – Farwell morning tea for Stahlbergs.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Church Fundraising stall
Sunday, 15 November, 9:30-12:00. Donations of cakes and produce essential! Contact Lyn McA or Lenore N.

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

Kinross House Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3pm.
11 October
Sacred, Classical and Celtic Music
with Jacqui Rutten (singing, guitar and tin whistle) and Livia Judge (flute)
$20 full price / $10 pensioner & conc/children free
Tickets at the door or book at: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au or info@sacredstage.com.au

Afternoon-tea may be purchased

17 September
31 October
Fiona Walshe

Solo exhibition of paintings and ceramics. Fiona is a former member of the Stables Artist Co-operative.

14 October
to Friday,
16 October
9:30am – 4:30pm
 Juliana's beaded Juliana's Beads – by Juliana Hoope

Beads, gemstones and metal work from all over the world hand-made into wearable jewellery for Melbourne life by Juliana Hooper.

Juliana Hooper: 0400 100 394 email: julianahooper@bigpond.com

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 has EFTPOS and Wi-Fi.
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 18 October 2015, Pentecost 21
Job 38: 1 – 7 (34 – 41) ;     Psalm 104: 1 – 9, 24, 25c;     Hebrews 5: 1 – 10;     Mark 10: 35 – 45.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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