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 Gods 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.
In this respect its unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we dont 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
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!
Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church
|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 Johns.|
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toorak Spring Virginia Davey Concert Series 2015
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.
Church Fundraising stall
Sunday, 15 November, 9:30-12:00. Donations of cakes and produce essential! Contact Lyn McA or Lenore N.
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Afternoon-tea may be purchased
Solo exhibition of paintings and ceramics. Fiona is a former member of the Stables Artist Co-operative.
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: email@example.com
For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.