Sunday, 9.15am Holy Communion see also Readings

Year B 2005/2006

Later Thoughts       Year B 05/06      Year C 06/07       Year A 07/08 Year B 08/09 Year C0910

Christ the King November 26, 2006

we seek always to abide in the Divine

Christ the King

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Christ the King…… We come to the end of our liturgical year…. and soon we will start another, we will come to Birth again……..
In the in-between – we might reflect on these words of J Lennon….
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
This place of in-between is quite special…. It holds possibility and promise…. it holds past and future……. It is the place of Christ ….
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
So we wait….. ready for renewal……… Back to the words of John…
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear
War is over if you want it

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from The Cloud of Unknowing, written in the 14th century: Our intense need to understand will always be a powerful stumbling block to our attempts to reach God in simple love, and must always be overcome. For if you do not overcome this need to understand, it will undermine your quest. It will replace the darkness which you have pierced to reach God, with clear images of something which, however good, however beautiful, however Godlike, is not God. So, therefore, never give up your resolve, but beat away at this cloud of unknowing between you and God with that sharp dart of longing love. And so I urge you, go after experience rather than knowledge. On account of pride, knowledge may often deceive you, but this gentle, loving affection will not deceive you. Knowledge tends to breed conceit, but love builds. Knowledge is full of labour, but love, full of rest.

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From Last Sunday……………….
We need to move beyond that mechanistic orthodox view that we have of God – the supreme creator and us the fallen human creature – and look to the dynamic relationship, that which is alive and which enlivens the divine in all, to actually be aware of movement of the divine, rather than the being of the divine. And it’s maybe difficult to do because our religious culture constantly enforces a more static and more orthodox view.
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We participate in the birth of tomorrow: not just in the day after today but in the birth of every tomorrow.

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The Third Epoch or "Eighth Day of Creation"
Religious discussion centres upon the possibility of new revelation and a new spiritual epoch. All other questions are secondary. The new revelation is not at all a new religion, distinct from Christianity, but rather the fulfilment and completion of the Christian revelation, bringing it to a true universality. This we do not have as yet. But we cannot simply wait for the revelation of the spirit. It depends upon man's creative activity as well. It is not to be understood as only a new revelation of God to man: it is also the revelation of man to God. This means that it will be a divine-human revelation. In the Spirit, the divisions and contradictions of the divine and the human will be overcome, while the distinction between them will be maintained. This will be the crowning of the mystical dialectic of the divine and the human. (DH, 221)

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'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'

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Stir-up Sunday Wikipedia
Stir-up Sunday is an informal term in the Anglican Church for the last Sunday before the season of Advent.
The term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549 and later:
Stir-up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Through an association of ideas, the day subsequently became connected, especially in England, with the preparation of Christmas puddings in readiness for Christmas.
In the Book of Common Prayer of 1662 and later, this collect is listed for "The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Trinity", with accompanying rubric specifying that this collect "shall always be used upon the Sunday next before Advent". This reinforced the significance of this day as forming part of the preparation for the season of Advent.
The rubric is necessary because the last Sunday before Advent does not always fall on the twenty fifth Sunday after Trinity. Trinity Sunday is a moveable feast and the Advent season is fixed, so the number of weeks in between varies from year to year.
More modern practice in the Anglican Communion keeps this Sunday as Christ The King.

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 22 October 2006


From John O'Donohue's Divine Beauty:
In the beginning was the silence. Before anything was, there was silence everywhere. As the universe was born the silence was broken in the fiery violence of becoming. As planets settled in the cold, endless night of the cosmos, silence was restored, and it was a deep and dark silence. We can imagine the cry of the first wind as it billowed against the strange curvature of new mountains and warmed over restless boiling oceans. In time, the earth settled and entered the adventure of its own journey. The rippling of the waters and the wail of the wind were the only sounds. Gradually the earth developed its own music. Streams gave voice to the silence of valleys. Between the mountain and the ocean, rivers ferried the long songs of landscape. In fresh spring well the dreaming of stone mountains sounded forth. And from infinite distance the moon choreographed each sequence of tides.......

your Divine Love abides with us

 

And the Good News………………

whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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Quotable Quotes……
I do not think that evils can be cured by blind hatred of their perpetrators. This will only lead us to become like them. Although the effort is not easy, one should attempt....to understand the circumstances that turn men into fiends, and to realise that it is not by blind rage that evils will be prevented. Bertrand Russell, 1951

Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. Haile Selassie

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead.

15 October Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

May your body be blessed.
May you realise that your body is
a faithful and beautiful friend of your soul.
And may you be peaceful and joyful and
recognise that your senses are sacred thresholds.
May you realise that holiness is mindful gazing,
feeling, hearing and touching,
May your senses gather you and bring you home.
May your senses always enable you to celebrate
the universe and the mystery and possibilities in your presence here.
May the eros of the Earth bless you.

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your Divine Love abides with us

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what must I do to inherit eternal life?

Not really the primary question of our culture…. However when we translate it into a contemporary context, it reclaims its original import….

What must I do to be fully alive to the Glory of God
What must I do to shine as a light in the world
What must I do to live a life worthy of the calling to which I have been called
What must I do to be an integral part of creation’s unfolding
What must I do to discover who I AM…….

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead.

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Quoted in The Archbishop’s Charge to Synod
The Bible is full of God's call to all human persons but we have so often narrowed the idea of vocation to mean merely a call to religious orders. Now is the time to recover a sense of the call of God in each one of us. He gives us lamps so that we can unlearn and acquire the beginner's mind. He teaches us to look for him in unexpected places and people. He stirs us up to be watchful, to be expectant and to look for His always surprising Advent in this new wired up world rather than in a continuation of the same old trends. The Seventh Hobart Lecture, 20 September 2006
The Return of the Hidden God: Renewing our Partnership in the Gospel,

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Mateship fails 'values' test
Michelle Grattan, Political Editor – The Age - October 10, 2006
PEOPLE put freedom of speech and tolerance of different religions and cultures much higher in their lexicon of "Australian values" than mateship or a fair go………..
The executive director of the left-leaning Australia Institute, Clive Hamilton, has told the national civil society dialogue in Canberra that despite the mainstream churches being said to be in terminal decline, "they hold the key to a new progressive politics".
"To the extent that their field of concern is the deeper aspects of life, and to the extent that they articulate values that transcend individualism, materialism and selfishness, it is from religious thinkers and activists that progressives might learn to speak to the concerns of Australian citizens."

 

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 15 October 2006

Readings from Nanga Camp last weekend


May your body be blessed.
May you realise that your body is
a faithful and beautiful friend of your soul.
And may you be peaceful and joyful and
recognise that your senses are sacred thresholds.
May you realise that holiness is mindful gazing,
feeling, hearing and touching,
May your senses gather you and bring you home.
May your senses always enable you to celebrate
the universe and the mystery and possibilities in your presence here.
May the eros of the Earth bless you.

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"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
'God made them male and female.'
what God has joined together, let no one separate
A theology of Marriage and Divorce based on Sacred texts – the Word of God! The religious conservatives, with their Flat earth theology still promote a simplistic understanding of Humanity and Human relationships.
We see however in today’s Gospel narrative – that these texts result form a trick question posed by the Pharisees….This is not definitive theology, rather it is seeking to stretch a point of law.
In Genesis – God created Humanity from the very essence of Creation – and in the Image of God… Diverse, Loving, Inclusive……
And the orientation of humanity is to become One flesh – One Body
One test of theology is to see if it is inclusive of the primary orientation of Life… toward God and of one body……
Theology that creates division and exclusion is a misunderstanding, and so easily done if you look at what was written in the times the earth was believed to be flat and then hold this to be a literal fully understood truth.

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Eighty percent of life is just turning up
True or False?

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead.

 

 

1 October 2006 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


Where is Everyone?
53 of our Community are at Nanga for our Community Week-End…. As we celebrate Eucharist here so they gather in the bush setting - We are One Body

Readings from Nanga Camp

"For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

There is an understanding that permeates the sacred texts we read each Sunday…… It is an understanding that we need to recall and reclaim in our modern world……. The Bible is not a DIY Book!
It’s truth, it’s mystery and it’s teaching assumes WE are IN Community.
Our journey into the fullness of life – into Christ is a journey with
one another

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

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You are my beloved; I am making all things new.

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From Last Sunday…….
Whether given or betrayed, the realization is in our hands, and how will it come to be? ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ The world changes, the world changes completely when we put the whole before the self.

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Our service today will have been different without those who are at Nanga and without our musicians and choir.
It gives us an opportunity to appreciate what WE bring when we come together to worship the Divine.
Please stay and enjoy a coffee/tea in the hall as we listen to a contemporary song that speaks an eternal truth.

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They say in heaven love comes first
We'll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth

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When I feel alone
I reach for you
And you bring me home
When I'm lost at sea
I hear your voice
And it carries me

In this world we're just beginning
To understand the miracle of living

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He called the twelve and sat down with them and he said to them,

‘whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all’.

This is the call to serve, the call to give of ourselves, to give to creation, to be imitators of God, in the image of God, co-creating with the divine in and through love.

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The Bible
The Bible is a book composed of many books, and in each one of them are many sentences, and in each one of these sentences, many stars, olive trees, and fountains, little asses and fig trees, grain fields and fish - and the wind, everywhere the wind, the mauve of the evening wind, the pink of the morning breeze, the black of the great storms. Today's books are made of paper. Yesterday's books were made of skin. The Bible is the only book made of air. It is a flood of ink and wind, a mad book, adrift in its meaning, as lost in its pages as the wind on supermarket parking lots, in women's hair, in the eyes of children. A book that is impossible to hold calmly between our hands for a prudent, distant reading. It takes flight on the spot, scatters the sand of its phrases through our fingers.
The Secret of Francis of Assisi - A meditation Christian BOBIN

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We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May The Divine enlighten our Intellect.

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Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

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Compassion: One of the cornerstones of contemplative life is going below the surface of the external and the negativity. The contemplative attends to the roots of wrong and violence. We recognize compassion in the willingness of someone to imagine himself into the life of another person.
The Presence of Compassion (An Interview with John O’Donohue) by Mary NurrieStearns

 

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May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 24 September 2006

The Divine Gift of Life – Creation and its Creatures
betrayed into human
Humanity, the image of the Divine
did not understand… and were afraid
Many of God’s Divine Children were silent… others
they had argued with one another who was the greatest
They argued so much that “Greatness” itself became a distortion…
The Son of Man… Betrayed and Killed
"The Son of Man…… will rise again."
This is not a Divine promise - it is a Divine Gift and its realisation is in our hands…..

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"Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all."
Some said Amen…. and others…. Pick me!

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From Last Sunday…….
The dawning of tomorrow is not caused by or created by John Howard, or by a change of government, a papal encyclical, an archbishop’s backflip or an academic conference. None of those create tomorrow. The dawning of a new day is shaped by that in which we invest our fear. That’s what shapes tomorrow.

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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Meister Eckhart says, I have been asked what God is doing in heaven. I answer; He has been giving his Son birth eternally, is giving him birth now and will go on giving him birth forever.........

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Compassion: One of the cornerstones of contemplative life is going below the surface of the external and the negativity. The contemplative attends to the roots of wrong and violence. We recognize compassion in the willingness of someone to imagine himself into the life of another person.
The Presence of Compassion (An Interview with John O’Donohue by Mary NurrieStearns

 

17 September, 2006 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

We sing for joy to the Living lord

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Jesus Asks
"Who do people say that I am?"
this is our question – our quest – so
Who do you say Jesus is?

Who and what is Jesus………… Where is he to be found……What is Jesus all about……
He started the Church! He was a Prophet, a political figure, an exceptional healer…………He was the Son of God……
Who IS Jesus
Our being, and our becoming are intimately related to this very question. As we seek and glimpse an answer… so too we realise the import of his following statement…..
"If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?

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May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love

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From last Sunday…..
The voice of the Bible, the divine word … is an alternative voice. It’s a voice that speaks to us and calls us into a new world order, a new way of being. The divine word is uttered in Christ and there too, we will find ourselves uttered….
The revelation of Christ is a revelation that calls us into Christ, it is an invitation and an opportunity for movement, movement from this world of unclean spirits into a world that is the world of the divine…..
Be opened and allow your light to shine, be opened and see the reality, the possibility, the promise; be opened to a path that leads to perfection, be opened and be holy, for that is our calling.

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Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

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We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May The Divine enlighten our Intellect.

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER

 

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 10 September 2006

The Divine peace abides with us forever

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"Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
These words of Jesus have already been heard by the East Wall of the church as is evidenced by the cracks……..
And as we hear hear them ourselves so our cracks also become apparent. For most this is an unsightly appearance much to be avoided…. However it is through the cracks that the light gets in and also through the cracks that we open ourselves up to the outside…. to the weather of the universe…. Just look again at the East wall.
Cracks are an opportunity for repair, for renovation and for resurrection.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?
As we look to the “Works” that will repair the east wall… so too we can look to the works that we undertake in bringing life to the world.

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Those who are generous are blessed

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May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride and
expectation with which God sees you in every moment.
(John O'Donohue, Anam Cara, p.161)

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

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May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

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From Last Sunday…….
We actually create tomorrow in the present moment, and the creative activity is love.
That which we beget, that which is of ourselves – that’s the place from which tomorrow is created. It’s as if the parallel of life lived in the spirit is brought alongside life lived in the world.

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We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May He enlighten our Intellect.

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Compassion: One of the cornerstones of contemplative life is going below the surface of the external and the negativity. The contemplative attends to the roots of wrong and violence. We recognize compassion in the willingness of someone to imagine himself into the life of another person.
The Presence of Compassion (An Interview with John O’Donohue) by Mary NurrieStearns

 

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 3 September

We sing for joy to the Living lord
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Much of our tradition can be approached ‘outwardly’…… our prayers are directed toward some heavenly ‘out there’….. the sacraments are understood as an ‘outward’ sign of an inner grace…..
However, it seems that more and more an inner journey is being discovered and shared… are prayers become centring and seek to hear with an inner ear….. the sacraments are consumed and we are fed….. and in our lives we look for an inner reality that of itself is creative of the world around us…
"Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile." For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come
In these words we can perhaps appreciate the Power of Love and know that within each and every being there is a potential for creativity for sharing in the Divine activity of creation.
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Dying & Rising
As a community, and in community, we experience and share in each other’s pain and joy….
We find ourselves experiencing a fragmentation – a brokenness – as members of this body are hanging/hurting on the cross, and also as others look on hoping and wishing they could help…….. We can also feel a separation, a gap, between those in pain and those blissfully unaware..
Although the “Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost” is a long way from Easter in our liturgical calendar… Easter is an ever present reality in each and every life………
May we all remember the empty tomb – the life that finds its fullest Glory through the place of the cross…. as we are broken open may we remain open to resurrection… to new life and to the possibility that we are being formed and changed as we participate in the unfolding of creation.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi
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May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

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May those who live in the shadows be seen by those in the sun.
John Marsden

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From Last Sunday….
Scripture is like a mirror that reflects life - we have an opportunity to glimpse our place in life. Scripture is not a book of rules, nor is it a text of absolute truth; scripture and faith provides us with a window into relative truth: truth relative each other, truth relative to the divine.


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We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May He enlighten our Intellect.

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Religion often suffers from a great amnesia; it constantly insists on the seriousness of God and forgets the magic of Divine Glory. Prayer should be the wild dance of the heart ... In the silence of our prayer we should be able to sense the roguish smile of a joyful God, who, despite all the chaos and imperfection, ultimately shelters everything.


John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes,

 

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 27 Augsut 2006

 

Sunday, 9.15am Holy Communion see also Readings


Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 3 September 2006

We sing for joy to the Living lord

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER

Refugee Sunday
Refugees are of every race and religion and can be found in every part of the world. Forced to flee out of fear for their lives and liberty, they often give up everything – home, belongings, family and country – for an uncertain future in a strange land.
Their plight is one of the great tragedies of our time and their fate is linked to political and human rights questions that should be of concern to every one of us.
UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son
Jesus was a refugee

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As we are swaying – Lets Give Peace a Dance

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER

May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER

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We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May He enlighten our Intellect.

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER

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Compassion: One of the cornerstones of contemplative life is going below the surface of the external and the negativity. The contemplative attends to the roots of wrong and violence. We recognize compassion in the willingness of someone to imagine himself into the life of another person.
The Presence of Compassion (An Interview with John O’Donohue) by Mary NurrieStearns

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER

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Compassion is the ability to vitally imagine what it is like to be another the force that makes a bridge from the island of one individuality to the island of the other. It is an ability to step outside your own perspective, limitations and ego, and become attentive in a vulnerable, encouraging, critical, and creative way with the hidden world of another person.
The Presence of Compassion (An Interview with John O’Donohue) by Mary NurrieStearns

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The War in Iraq Costs
US$309,397,169,615
as at 10.22pm Thursday 24th August
Instead, we could have built
2,785,832 additional housing units.

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REFUGEES - THEIR NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 20 August 2006

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.
These words of Holy Scripture are our call to Holy Communion, our making Eucharist. However, their utterance is creative of more than a ritual for a few believers. They hold a truth that is the word of Life.

Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
We are to consume all that is revealed in Christ… To feed on him that we might grow and become Christ-Like.
We are to become consumers of the Divine – Rather than consumers of Creation….In Christ there is revealed a way of Life and a ‘being alive’ that looks nothing like the way that is determined for us within our culture.

the one who eats this bread will live forever
And surely that’s the best from of Retirement planning – One that looks from the present into the evermore and sees Life

 

 

"The mysterious reality of the Eucharist—
'My flesh is real food and my blood real drink' (Jn 6:55)—is a puzzle to some, a scandal to others. It has always been so.... But for those who believe in Jesus’ teaching because they believe in Jesus Christ himself, the Eucharist is, among all his gifts to us, the most cherished and the cause of our deepest gratitude."

U.S. Bishops, The Eucharist and the Hungers of the Human Family (1975) 18-19.

Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

 

 

 

In this temple of God, in this divine dwelling place, God alone
rejoices with the soul in the deepest silence.
There is no reason for the intellect to stir or seek anything, for the
Lord who created it wishes to give it repose here. Teresa of Avila

Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.
It is better to conquer yourself
Than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
- Dhammapada

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To sing well in a choir involves the enactment of a paradox; it means making a sustained, intense and private individual effort whose ideal aim is to make your individuality disappear. Choral singing embodies in one of its purest forms that tension between solitary and collective endeavour in which we are all held, one way or another, at every waking moment.
-Kerryn Goldsworthy

13 August 2006 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grace
"There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There is
nothing we can do to make God love us less."
Philip Yancey's What's so amazing about Grace.

"Go and see . . . go and do"
(Mark 6.38 and Luke 10.37)

Grace
'The story of the prodigal son appears in a string of three stories by Jesus - the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son - all of which see to make the same point, Each underscores the loser's sense of loss. tells of the thrill of rediscovery and ends with a sense of jubilation. Jesus says in effect, "Do you know want to know what it feels like to be God? When one of those two legged humans pays attention to me, it feels like I just reclaimed my most valuable possession which I had given up for lost"'
p. 52 Philip Yancey's What's so amazing about Grace.

Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.
It is better to conquer yourself
Than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
- Dhammapada

 

 

"Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life..., our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Ninth Sunday after Easter 6 August 2006

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lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called

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If we contemplate this exhortation or encouragement from Paul we contemplate for a lifetime….. our lifetime. Every moment is the new opportunity to respond to the Divine Word – to realise that which you are called to be (become)………. As we seek to understand our calling we find it is intimately linked to every other calling……

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one foundation           one body   one Spirit,
one Lord                    one faith    one birth;
one holy name            one Lord    one baptism
one o'er all the earth   one God    one holy food
one hope                     one another

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“You are the body of Christ and its members….. It is your own mystery that is placed on the Lord’s Table. And it is to what you are that you reply Amen.” St Augustine

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As we are swaying – Lets Give Peace a Dance

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love

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Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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Should we all confess our sins to one another
we would laugh at one another for our lack of originality!
Khalil Gibran

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There is no wilderness so terrible, so beautiful,
So arid, so fruitful, as the wilderness of Compassion.
It is the only desert that shall Truly flourish like a lily . . .
Thomas Merton

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From last Sunday…..The readings from Ephesians and the gospel call us and re-call us to the revelation that in each and every moment we can choose between abundance and scarcity. We can choose between them in our attitude toward each other, our own lives, the world and toward the creation of a common tomorrow.

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Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

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Gâyatrî Mantra
We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May the Divine enlighten our Intellect.

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In her recent article, “The Insane Brutality of the State of Israel,” American, Kathleen Christison, a former CIA analyst says, “The state lashes out in a crazed effort, lacking any sense of proportion, to reassure itself of its strength.” She continues, “A society that can brush off as unimportant an army officer’s brutal murder of a thirteen year old girl on the claim that she threatened soldiers at a military post (one of nearly seven hundred Palestinian children murdered by Israelis since the Intifada began) is not a society with a conscience.” The “situation” as it has come to be called, has deteriorated into a war without boundaries or limitations. It is a war with deadly potential beyond the imaginations of most civilized people.

http://www.j-diocese.com/DiocesanNews/view.asp?selected=234#slbl234

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'Styles of Vision'
To the fearful eye, all is threatening... The fearful eye is always besieged by threat....
To the greedy eye, everything can be possessed... Greed is poignant because it is always haunted and emptied by future possibility; it can never engage presence....
To the judgemental eye, everything is closed in definitive frames. The judgemental eye is always excluding and separating....
To the resentful eye, everything is begrudged. They never enjoy who they are or what they have. The resentful eye lives out of its poverty and forgets its own inner harvest.
To the indifferent eye, nothing calls or awakens.... indifference calls for a great commitment to non-vision - to ignore things demands incredible energy...
To the inferior eye, everyone else is greater... The inferior eye is always looking away from its treasures, it can never celebrate its own presence or potential; it is blind to its secret beauty.

To the Loving Eye, everything is real. The loving eye is bright because it is autonomous and free. The loving vision does not become entangled in the agenda of power, seduction, opposition and complicity. Such vision is creative and subversive. If we look at the world in a loving way, then the world would rise up before us, full of invitation, possibility and depth. Vision is central to your presence and creativity. To recognise how you see things can bring you self-knowledge and enable you to glimpse the treasures your life secretly holds
From Anam Cara, John O'Donohue, the section called 'Styles of vision' (p. 89 on):
via Gabby Dean

Eighth Sunday afer Pentecost 30 Jul 2006

It is a wonderful gift when a person prays for you; one of the greatest shelters in your life is the circle of invisible prayer that is gathered around you by your friends. When you are going through difficult times or marooned on some lonesome edge in your life ... or when your soul turns into a wilderness, it is the prayers of others that bring you back to the hearth of warmth.......
John O'Donahue's Eternal Echoes

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"Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life..., our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive."
Thich Nhat Hanh

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God is our refuge and deliverance

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…..and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
Many in today’s world know terror, not the politically motivated or media created terror of our comfortable world – but rather the terror of life that is born of oppression, power and greed…….
And many ask what can I do?

In today’s gospel reading we have a large crowd…… And the disciple’s wondering what they can do…One sees a Child - and a child shares his bread……..
In this simple story a Miracle is created…
Go and do Likewise

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In the realm of True Purity, there is no such thing as “I” or “He” or “She,” nor can “friend” or “foe” be found there. But the slightest confusion of mind brings innumerable differences and complications. Peace and disorder in the world, the distinction between friend and foe in human relationships, follow upon one another as illusion begets delusion. A person of spiritual insight will immediately recognize what is wrong and before long rid themselves of such an illusion.
- Muso Kokushi (1275-1351)

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Through the rise and fall of empires, through the creation of vast bodies of symbols that give shape to our dreams; through the forging of magic keys with which to unlock the mysteries of creation; through it all we are marching from epoch to epoch towards the fullest realization of our soul.
- Rabindranath Tagore ( 1861-1941)

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love

 

 

 

Peace
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.
It is better to conquer yourself
Than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
- Dhammapada

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 23 July 2006

anointed in Divine love

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God has called you out of darkness into his marvellous Light
Shine as a Light in the World to the Glory of God

Each time we celebrate Holy Baptism we are Recalled .. We hear again the Divine Word seeking a dwelling place in us and with us.
Every Baptism is an opportunity to remember – to re-member to come together and find ourselves in the common

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“The Glory of God is the Human person fully alive”
St Irenaeus

In the liturgy of Baptism we might recall and remember for ourselves our Divine Vocation – to be fully alive.
“To be fully alive is to Glorify God”
St Irenaeus

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Praying for Peace
There is a very real danger in “Praying for Peace” especially in these times when the “Coalition of the Willing-for-War” and the “Chosen people of Israel” have rationalized an aggressive position that is proclaimed as either “Pre-emptive” or “Responsive” on behalf of our “security”…
Often “Praying for Peace” is a seeking for Divine Intervention, and it can therefore deny the Divine reality that Peace is already a Divine Gift and a Divine given!
We are called to be creative of Peace and our Prayers for Peace are therefore to be realized in our Participation as Peacemakers.
If in our prayers we listen – perhaps we will hear the Divine voice praying to us, in us, calling to us ….. Praying for Peace.

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love

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I breathe you in - You breathe me out
You breathe me in - I breathe you out
I am who I am

Foundation + Cornerstone + Temple

 

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 16 July 2006

Lead us to a place – Guide us with your Grace

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He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved

More than a calling – we have a Divine inheritance.

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Christ our Lord instituted confirmation as the sacrament which complements, perfects, or strengthens the divine life implanted in us through baptism. Indeed, the significance of confirmation would be missed entirely were it ever to be considered apart from the act of Christian regeneration, of which it is the noble fulfilment. It is no less great in dignity precisely because its purpose is to augment and bring to completion our initiation into the mystery which is Christ.
"Rituale Romanun". De sacramento confirmationis 1624

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Grace is one of the most majestic words in theology. It suggests the
sublime spontaneity of the divine which no theory or category could
ever capture. Grace has its own elegance.... No one can set limits to
the flow of grace. Its presence and force remain immeasurable and
unpredictable.
Divine Beauty: the Invisible Embrace, by John O'Donohue.

The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 9 July 2006

May your Divine love be our guide for ever

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"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."
We have sufficient……. and we may even be aware of our weakness… we therefore have a prophetic opportunity to “Shine as a light in the world”.
However
"Prophets are not without honour, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house."
If we are to honour the gift of Christ, then we are surely called to realise the power of Christ in the world and among those not of our ‘own kin’.
and if that makes one feel weak at the knees, we might well remember the words of Paul…..
“whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”

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Today is Gail Falconer’s last Sunday with us, and with the choir, as she ‘goes forth’ from here to the Parish of Carlisle/Rivervale and the next 18months of testing her vocation to the priesthood.

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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If you have done your bit
If you have given all you have to give
If its time for you to rest and give others a go
If you’ve contributed all that’s asked of you
If you have no more to offer
Please let others know how to achieve such a Divine State

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Be still, Listen to the stones of the wall
Be silent, they try To speak your Name
Listen - To the living walls
Who are you – Who - Are you?
Whose Silence are you? (Thomas Merton)

We continue to listen to the East wall of the Church listening for what it calls forth from us

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Peregrinato ('pilgrimage') : a wandering at the will of God, seeking solitude across the ocean.
(from The Making of Ireland by James Lydon, Ch1 Early Christian Ireland)

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2 July 2006

your faith has made you well; go in peace

The Secular feast of the End of the Financial Year
Time to look at the year just gone and the new year ahead
a question of a fair balance
Time to consider again our cultural orientation to wealth
As it is written, "The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little."
And an opportunity to contemplate New Life – that which is called out of Death…. A time to imagine what changes we might be instrumental in making real….
How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

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Thank you for all who contributed to our Annual General Meeting and for our new Parish Council
Christabel Chamarette (Warden)- Kim Kemp (Warden) - Theo Mackaay (Warden) – Caroline Crichton – Feonagh Cooke - Gabrielle Dean - Laurel Ellis - Rosemary Horton – Sandy Ruthven – Anna Weldon
Theo Mackaay(Synod) - Val Pearson(Synod)
(Synod Alternates : Alan Albany & Michael Ellis)

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If you have done your bit
If you have given all you have to give
If its time for you to rest and give others a go
If you’ve contributed all that’s asked of you
If you have no more to offer
Please let others know how to achieve such a Divine State

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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God hugs you.
You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.
(Hildegard of Bingen)

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This lovely quote from a pilgrim to the island of Iona really spoke to me: '...when I stepped onto Iona the first time, the inner landscape suffused the outer, or the outer embodied the inner, and as I ... looked up at that great carved stone Celtic cross, some inner conviction took hold: there is an inner beauty in each of us hungering to be matched in outer experiences.'
Gabby Dean

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25 June 2006 Third Sunday after Pentecost

I will give you riches stored in secret places

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Our Gift – the Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gift we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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Jesus crossed the sea….. came to Fremantle…. sought out the community of his old friend St Paul…..
And happened to arrive on the Sunday of the AGM…….
When it was time for anyone to share their thoughts…..
He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?"

The Church is often symbolically pictured as a boat….. or as a ship sailing on the sea of faith….
As we consider What we should do about the cracks/hole in the East wall… we might consider the implications of our leaky boat!

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Let's forget and forgive,
There's a world to explore,
Tales to tell back on shore.
I just spent 6 months in a leaky boat,
6 months in a leaky boat.
(Split Enz)

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The Great Way has no gates,
Thousands of paths enter it;
When you pass through this gateless gate
You walk freely between heaven and earth.
(Zen Master Wu-Men Hui K'ai 1183 - 1260)

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Love, Love, Love; Love is all you need
Lennon & McCartney

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Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control

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It is in GIVING that we RECEIVE
and if we give to the St Paul’s National Trust –Heritage account
we also receive Tax Deductibility.

 

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Second Sunday after Trinity 18 June 2006

The kingdom of God is………
As we seek to answer this question for ourselves – perhaps we realise how our “traditional” teachings are directed toward a child’s understanding of faith and life…. Still in the modern world we have people talking of going to heaven as if it is a place just beyond the clouds……..
Without a deeper understanding – we can only play the “Church Game” and delude ourselves with the hope that there will be something better…
What if – we are part of the answer?
What if – the Kingdom of Heaven is for us to realise (make real)?
“The words ‘Kingdom of God’ have been hijacked as an ecclesiastical kingdom of church; a spiritual kingdom of souls; a heavenly kingdom of life after death; and a futurist kingdom at the end of the age – and have lost the Good News of Jesus about the Ruling Power of God on Earth, in humanity, here and now.
Cedric Mason

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Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control

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"Blessed are they who hear the Word of God, and keep it … and do it … These are MY family"
(Luke 8.21 & 11.28)

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May you be embraced by God in whom
dawn and twilight are one and may
your longing inhabit its deepest dreams
within the shelter of the Great Belonging.
John O’Donohue

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The Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love
Our offering - a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.
It is in Giving that We Receive

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‘The Trinity is the largest embrace in the universe…. All of us live within the circle of the Trinity. No one or no thing can fall out of this circle. In God there is no outside … regardless of how numbed, ordinary or dull a life might seem to itself or to others, each life is urgent with divinity… Each of us is born out of a different place in the circle of God’s heart. This is the reason why each individual is unique: each comes from a different nest in the Divine. It is towards this nest that our deepest longing tends: it is only here that the soul can discover her true poise and rhythm.’

John O’Donohue The Priestliness of the Human Heart.

 

Trinity Sunday

Worship the LORD in holy splendour.

Creator + Redeemer + Sanctifier

The doctrine of the Trinity provides us with an opportunity to contemplate the Dynamic Activity of the Divine… It takes us deeper than our initial Childish appreciation of God as ‘father’ to a place of child-like wonder..
The Trinity is a community, an intimate dance, and it provides a paradigm that can lead us beyond ‘self’ into the mystery of Self-in-Relationship.
It is also a playful doctrine……. for it invites us to find expression and to give voice to our understanding of the Divine Mystery – to move beyond the ‘seen’ and toward the ‘unseen’.

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"Christ has no body on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now."
Theresa of Avilla

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Being Christlike!
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
"If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
"Ryan, you be Jesus!"

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The trinity is the largest embrace in the universe…. All of us live within the circle of the Trinity. No none or no thing can fall out of this circle. In God there is no outside… regardless of how numbed, ordinary or dull a life might seem to itself or to others, each life is urgent with divinity… Each of us is born out of a different place in the circle of God’s heart. This is the reason why each individual is unique; each comes from a different nest in the divine. It is towards this nest that our deepest longing tends: it is only here that the soul can discover her true poise and rhythm.
From “The Priestliness of the Human Heart” by John O’Donohue

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Gender and the Trinity
By Rebecca Oxford-Carpenter
O God, Mother and Father to us all, who in love has made us, and through love has kept us, and who by love would make us perfect... (From a corporate Prayer of confession, Riverside Church, New York City, 1983).
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God, Mother of us all. (From a benediction, Dumbarton United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C., 1983).
The Word is everything to the child, both father and mother, teacher and nurse.... The nutriment is the milk of the Father, and the Word alone supplies us children with the milk of love, and only those who suck at this breast are truly happy. For this reason, seeking is called sucking; to those infants who seek the Word, the Father's loving breasts supply milk. (Clement of Alexandria, ca. 180 A.D.).
THESE three statements, two from modern church liturgies and one written by a revered early church theologian, present us with an androgynous image of a loving God who is both Father and Mother. Paradoxes leap from these statements, shatter our mental categories, and startle us out of old patterns. We are reminded that God surpasses all human constructs of gender and cannot be neatly contained in any verbal or pictorial packages. Paradoxes, especially those concerning gender, hint to us that God is (as Alan Paton said of his homeland) wonderful "beyond all the telling of it."

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From last week’s sermon……
Pentecost calls a church into being, not as a social club, not as a home for strays, not as an institution that manages and preaches about sin, righteousness and judgement, but rather, Pentecost calls a church into being a church that is seeking full humanity, a church that is seeking to realize what we are created to be – an image of the Divine.

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We and all people are spirit-filled, filled with the Divine.

The flame of Pentecost is within. The opportunity, the call of Pentecost is to find an expression of that flame, so that we might shine as a light in the world.

Pentecost – the Divine Gift of Life, Light and Love

The Passion of Red

The night breaks when the red fire of dawn is kindled and the world glows again in the beauty of colour. Of all colours, red is perhaps the most passionate and intense, red is never neutral. When red is present, something is happening: red is for danger. It is not a colour that dwells in some secure middle region where rest and stillness prevail. red is a threshold colour; it tends to accompany and intensify beginnings and endings. Red is also the colour of birth and is probably the colour in which the universe was born. It is believed that the Big Bang was the primal red explosion out of which the cosmos emerged. Our earth was born in a red fire. Despite its solid surface, the heart of the earth is a wild fire-dance of red magma. When a volcano erupts we begin to understand that ground is only vaguely solid.. The torrential red rivers that flow from a volcano reveal what a tenuous foundation ground is... The earth is grounded on a primordial red ocean. If it is red at the origin and red at the root, it is somehow natural that the intense threshold experiences of life are often accompanied by the colour red...

The pinnacle of love is realised in the spilling of the blood of Jesus. .... The ultimate gift is a red gift. After [On] Pentecost Sunday the priest wears red vestments at mass. Here red symbolises the flame of new courage and transfiguration which the Holy Spirit brings. On e of the most beautiful religious uses of red is the sanctuary lamp. It is lovely at night to enter a dark oratory and find the lamp aglow, a red womb-light that invites you to kneel before the Presence of Presences.

Gabby Dean sent this in for sharing.. from 'Divine Beauty - the Invisible Embrace' by John O'Donohue. (p. 107, 109)

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It is the centre hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.

Number 11 of the Tao Te Ching

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Repent – Turn toward the Heavens to seek that which is Divine. The Voice of Creation – the Word made flesh – The Spirit of Life. Turn toward that which gives life and turn from the smallness of the “self’ and from the selfish fears that hold us and deny the possibilities of a new tomorrow

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Encounter – the Christ – the Life born from the womb of darkness – the light that comes forth from the tomb – Encounter within the possibility of Divine life and encounter a world and all peoples seeking and sharing the creative light of Love.

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Devote – ourselves to the divine activity of creative unfolding –Devote ourselves to a tomorrow created in Love – and in our devotion let us become that which we are called to be – revealing ourselves as children of God.

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Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control

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Seventh Sunday after Easter 28 May 2006

Life is no brief candle to me it’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

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Fruits of the Spirit………. Pick your own
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control
And remember to share!

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PATHS CURL SUCH that they lead us on the straight and narrow way

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Sixth Sunday after Easter 21 May 2006

The first reading provides us with a reminder that the gospel – the revelation of the Divine in and through Christ – is for ALL, and is not something that can be contained within the Christian community.

The second reading points to the absolute dysfunctional nature of war and perhaps even questions any notion of national boundaries - for whatever is born of God conquers the world
And the Gospel provides a simple starting point for a new world view… "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” It provides us with an orientation toward life that looks beyond our own self-protecting desire for quantity instead of quality – “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.”

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The love of God is this….

“The God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts” (2 Cor. 4:6).
“God has sent the Spirit of God’s Son into our hearts..’” (Gal. 4:6).
“May you be strengthened in your inner being with power through God’s Spirit, that Christ may dwell in your hearts” (Eph. 3:16-17).

and more….

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Thank You for being here Today

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O God of many names,
Lover of all people,
Give peace in our hearts,
In our homes,
In our world,
In our universe.
The peace of our need,
The peace of your will.
George Appleton

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Fifth Sunday after Easter 14 May 2006

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing

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Our relationship with the Divine captured in the analogy of the vine suggests an organic and growing and integrated unity that when healthy and nourished produces wonderful fruit.
The same fruit that is shared at the altar!
The fruit of the Vine becomes the Blood of Christ as it passes through human hands…….
Easter also pointed toward the role of humanity and the blood of Christ in human hands…….
Let us open our hands to receive the divine gift and to bear fruit, and to find in our creativity the Blood of Christ – the Cup of Life.

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We will turn to the Lord and Live in the power of your love

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There is a divine restlessness in the human heart, our eternal echo of longing that lives deep within us and never lets us settle for what we have or where we are. The desire to belong is a desire that constantly draws us toward new possibilities of self-discovery, friendship, and creativity.
John O'Donohue

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It is not you who shape God; it is God who shapes you.
If then you are the work of God,
await the hand of the Artist who does all things in due season.
Offer the Potter your heart, soft and tractable,
and keep the form in which the Artist fashioned you.
Let your clay be moist, lest you grow hard and lose
the imprint of the Potter’s fingers.

(Irenaeus, 2nd century)

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A Reflection from “Mother” on Mother’s Day

Life
is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realise it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfil it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Mother Theresa

Fourth Sunday after Easter 7 May 2006

There is no passive path that leads us towards behaving as if the God in all life matters.

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With my whole heart I seek you

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'Our life has the capacity, the potential, the orientation, to be authored in the Divine'

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I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
We receive from him whatever we ask, because we do what pleases him.
We believe and love one another
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
The image of Christ the Good Shepherd quite naturally gives us, followers of Christ, an image of being sheep……..And for many – that is enough.
However our calling, and our claim, to BE the Body of Christ, confronts us with the responsibility of being the Good Shepherd and so caring for the Sheep!

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Gâyatrî Mantra
We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May the Divine enlighten our Intellect.

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From last Sunday’s sermon.
Easter was not a world event, it is not a world event: Easter is the passion, the intimate revelation of the Divine, the revelation of the Divine to the leaven in the lump, not to the world, to the leaven in the lump. Those who bear witness receive the revelation.
‘Christ is risen’ is a harmony and a chorus that is sung by the creative activity, the divine spirit in the leaven in the lump.

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Children of the Resurrection!

We know a detention centre is no home for a child. Between 1999 and 2003 alone, 2184 children were detained in Australia - one child for nearly five and a half years. Most were under the age of 12. There, they witnessed hunger strikes and suicide attempts. A national inquiry found many lacked appropriate schooling, healthcare and nutrition.
Together, Australians decided that no child fleeing persecution should be made to suffer this way again. But the government is scrambling to reverse our laws after 42 West Papuans were granted asylum, angering Indonesia. It is now understood that all asylum-seekers who arrive by boat will be shunted offshore, denied the right to appeal their cases or to ever settle in Australia.
This policy betrays our community's most fundamental principals. Please help stop this by adding your name to this important petition today.
www.getup.org.au/campaign/NoChildInDetention

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$$ Just some observations on money, costs, priorities, etc

1. According to the Dockers' website, membership ranges from $8.60 to
$3.80 per week - $450 to $200 a year for a single adult.
2. Eagles' membership $9.40 - $4.96 per week (from $493 to $258 / year)
3. The West Australian costs about $1.10/day, + $2.20 for Sat - $7.70/week
4. Membership of a gym costs between $10 and $20 per week
5. Cup of coffee - $2.50 - $4.50
6. Sandwiches - $2.70 - $7.00 +
7. Good choice of curries/salads at Juicy Beetroot - $6.50, the works $10
8. Take-away chicken and chips at Chicken Treat $5.50
9. Bottle of Coke - don't know never buy it
10. Putting $10/week in St Paul's collection costs $1.43 per day
11. Stamps cost 50c each
12. Packet of pet food from $4

What could be achieved if we had more opportunity to invest in building community together………
ALL expenses – including Peter’s stipend – are met by our offerings.. Everything we do, all that we support, results from our Giving.

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Our offering a reflection of the gifts we have received and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

 

Second Sunday after Easter 23 April 2006

Receive the Holy Spirit

But what for we ask? And how will it fit in with my daily schedule? What changes will it require of me and is it organic?
The Gift has been given – The Question is – How will it be received?

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"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.

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. Rather the son reveals the divine activity within humanity. Amazing! The outworking of God within humanity: Christ is a revelation of life in the fullness of the Divine, creature in full accord with Creator. We are creatures of divine origin; we are made in the image of the divine, and our wholeness, our path, our way, our orientation, our journey, is one of dying and rising.

 

The Reality of the Easter gospel…

… Christ gave himself, his fullness to God, self-giving in Love….
Our Average giving for Easter Sunday was around $7 each…..
The 100 ‘visitors’, those who doubled our usual numbers for the great feast of Easter contributed on average $2 each…….
Obviously this is not the whole story, but it is a part of our Story

Our offering a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community

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May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

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We are…. “a unique expression of the body of Christ and very beautiful”
Bishop David Murray

 

Palm Sunday 9 April 2006

Our focus today is on the ‘triumphal Entry’ of our Lord into Jerusalem… it is another beginning and so we read the whole Gospel narrative of the passion. We have an opportunity to know again the story that we will encounter during Holy Week and Easter. As we journey together through Holy week, and in particular through the great three days, we have the opportunity to “see’ for ourselves in the same way that the disciples saw, and to understand the enormity of turning toward Jerusalem, and of facing that truth that the crowds do not yet see.

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When we dote upon the perfections and beauties of some one creature, we do not love that too much, but other things too little.

Thomas Traherne

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Behold and see, we are beautiful. Their beauty is their confession of God. Who made these beautiful changing things - If not the one who is himself unchanging beauty?

St Augustine

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The greater part of our eternal happiness will consist in a grateful recognition, not of our joys to come, but of benefits already received.

Thomas Traherne - Christian Ethics

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We open ourselves to the Giving of Easter

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Dying & Rising
Giving & Receiving
Living a life worthy of our calling
Live to Give

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save me in your steadfast love

Fifth Sunday in Lent 2 April 2006

With my whole heart I seek you

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The quieter you become the more you can hear. (Baba Ram Dass)

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Sometimes we are give the gospel (the news of what is good) with such clarity that we ‘know’ what it means deep within ourselves ….
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Why do we seek to move in other orientations? Perhaps our Easter journey enables us to refocus and redirect our life-attention.

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Our offering a reflection of the gifts we have received and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

Indira Gandhi

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May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

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Far beyond our human telling is the perfect peace of God.

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I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.

John O'Donahue

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People think God has only become a human being there - in his historical incarnation - but that is not so; for God is here - in this very place - just as much incarnate as in a human being long ago. And this is why God had become a human being: that God might give birth to you as the only begotten Son, and as no less.

Meister Eckhart

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Fourth Sunday in Lent Refreshment Sunday 26 March 2006

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good

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The symbol of the serpent appears very early on in our biblical tradition…. Starting out in the Garden of Eden along with the two stars of that story, the serpent appears again in various places…What part does this symbolic creature play?
According to our first reading today - there is an account of serpents being sent by God to destroy! And this is paralleled in the Gospel reading where the comparison is made with Christ – Lifted up like the snake of Moses…

Is the serpent an image of the Divine?
For in the readings today we have an understanding of the forthcoming passion of Easter. We are being called into a consciousness of Life and Death.

We move beyond the literal realm of our small worldview and into the eternal paradigm of the divine.
Embracing Life and dying to the goals of contemporary living we become part of creations unfolding.. Finding ourselves in, and beyond, that first garden.

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Our offering a reflection of the gifts we have received
and an orientation of our giving to the life of this community.

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If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved,
love everyone.
Whether in their presence or absence,
see only their good.
If you want to be as clear and refreshing as
the breath of the morning breeze,
like the sun have nothing but warmth and light
for everyone.

Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Khair

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The activity of creation, of reorientation, of engaging covenant with the Divine, is the activity of birth. There is no passive path that leads us to behave as if the God in all life matters. – From last Sunday’s sermon

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Third Sunday in Lent 19 March 2006

In this temple of God, in this divine dwelling place, God alone
rejoices with the soul in the deepest silence.
There is no reason for the intellect to stir or seek anything, for the
Lord who created it wishes to give it repose here.
Teresa of Avila

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If the soul is vigilant and withdraws from all distraction and abandons its own will, then the spirit of God invades it and it can conceive because it is free to do so.” Abba Cronius

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As a season of Teaching and of Preparation Lent is a time in which those to be baptised were/are instructed and inducted into the Creeds of the Church.
And so an opportunity for us to become clear and committed to our Faith and the foundations of our belief – for Easter is for all Christians a time in which their baptismal vows are reaffirmed.

Today’s Gospel could be an opportunity for us to reflect on our life/faith orientation….

"Zeal for your house …..” – Where is your ZEAL directed or to be found?
“….will consume me." - What is your consuming passion(s)?
"What sign can you show us….” – What signs do we reveal to others?
"Destroy this ….. and … I will raise it up." – What do we need to reconstruct?
"This temple has been under construction for forty-six years” – What to we continue to build and do we continue with vision or with what?
“….. and will you raise it up in three days?" - What will we Raise up, as our part in creation’s unfolding?

 

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LENT
Don’t Give up
and if you do
Chocolate, Alcohol, Smoking, Etc
Don’t Give up
all together
But
Give
Give more
Give what you have never given before
Give with Love
to Create a tomorrow that is birthed in Giving

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‘To follow me’ is not be bounded in our own small world and its systems of inheritance - the dead passing on to the living. What we find in Christ is the living giving life to the dead.
Last Week’s Sermon

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Being - One of the British national daily newspapers is asking readers "what it means to be British?". Some of the emails are hilarious but this is one from a chap in Switzerland ..."Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And, the most British thing of all - suspicion of anything foreign".
So – I wonder what it means to be Anglican?

 

Second Sunday in Lent 12 March 2006

May your hearts live forever!

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The first week of Lent
Where have I/We travelled?
As we journey toward Easter what has attracted our attention in the week past, and what excites us about the road ahead?.
Where is Life calling to us and what deafens us to the Divine Word.?
LENT is a good opportunity to clarify the questions that form in our centred self, questions that need time to form and to be found.
When we come to the passion we will be looking at dying and rising – seeking that within ourselves that can rise to life’s abundant fullness.

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Native Wisdom – The Tale of Two Wolves
A Grandfather from the Cherokee Nation was talking with his grandson.
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves."
"One wolf is evil and ugly: He is anger, envy, war, greed, self-pity, sorrow, regret, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, selfishness and arrogance."
"The other wolf is beautiful and good: He is friendly, joyful, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, justice, fairness, empathy, generosity, true, compassion, gratitude, and deep VISION."
"This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other human as well."
The grandson paused in deep reflection because of what his grandfather had just said. Then he finally cried out; "Oyee! Grandfather, which wolf will win?"
The elder Cherokee replied, "The wolf that you feed."

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The quieter you become
the more you can hear.
(Baba Ram Dass)

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First keep the peace within yourself, then you can bring peace to others - Thomas A’Kempis - The imitation of Christ

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May creatures all abound in wealth and peace;
May all be blessed with peace always;
All creatures weak or strong,
All creatures great and small;
Creatures seen or unseen,
Dwelling afar or near.
born or awaiting birth,
May all be blessed with peace!

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"I ... lifted up from the earth, will draw all people unto ME"
[John 12.32 AV. See also John 6.44 & 8 28]

 

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Sunday Service Transfiguration 22 February 2006

And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus

Perhaps we are to know and to find this experience within ourselves before we go around shouting to others about the answers (salvation) we have encountered. As Church we are called to hold the question, to recount the story, and to seek the Divine I all that we have, and all that we are… We give thanks for the glimpse of the divine that empowers us towrd the light of the divine.

Reflections on Sunday Service Seventh Sunday after Epiphany 19 February 2006

Each time we truly believe these words, we open ourselves to the Divine gift. Each time we truly receive the Divine gift, we open ourselves to others. Each time we truly open ourselves to others we are open to becoming a Divine gift As we hear the Gospel today - perhaps we can also look at this illustration and see if we can find ourselves in the picture. Healing our paralysis is the key to fullness of Life

A short Story

Douglas Adams was at a train station in England waiting for a train and he went to the canteen and bought himself a cup of tea, a packet of biscuits ands a newspaper. He sat down at a table and because it was quite busy, another gentleman came and shared his table. They were studiously and politely ignoring each other when the man reached over and calmly opened the packet of biscuits and began to eat one. Adams was obviously furious, not least at the fact that the man didn't seem even slightly embarrassed at this act of theft. Adams defiantly reached over and took a biscuit from the packet, politely ignoring the fact that the packet had somehow inexplicably already been opened. The two men continued to eat the entire packet of biscuits in this way, Adams' anger growing with each bite. Eventually the stranger got up and left to catch a train. Some time later, Adams got ready to catch his own train and folded up his newspaper, only to find his own packet of biscuits.

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Reflections on Sunday Serivice Sixth Sunday after Epiphany 12 February 2006

Sing praises to the LORD, and give thanks

Today both the Old Testament reading and the Gospel reading provide narratives of healing – and in both cases the healing is being made clean. In the modern world we so often wash our hands of those issues that are associated with the healing of others.

However, if we consider our health as intimately linked to the health of all – then perhaps our hand washing would be more appropriately oriented toward the Maundy Thursday rite of foot washing. When we look to the other and to the whole for our wholeness then we see that our Divine orientation is in Giving. Leprosy was a visible disease – a decaying of that which was made in the image of God.

How many of us are clean – truly clean?

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HUNGER IN THE WORLD
More than 800 million people in the world go hungry.
In developing countries, 6 million children die each year, mostly from hunger-related causes. In the United States, 13 million children live in households where people have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. The financial costs to end hunger are relatively slight. The United Nations Development Program estimates that the basic health and nutrition needs of the world’s poorest people could be met for an additional $13 billion a year.
Bread for the World Institute, quoted in PREACH, Sept/Oct 2004, p 37.

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US President George Bush has submitted a $439.3 billion defence budget to Congress, seeking a 7% boost in military spending without taking into account the full cost of a protracted war in Iraq. ………
Weapons procurement spending will go up to $84.2 billion, an 8% hike over 2006, and to $73.2 million for weapons research and development, a slight increase, it said.
Aljazeera – Global news – 07/02/06

Reflections on Sunday's service: 5 February, 2006
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Do not be daunted immediately by fear and run away from the road that leads to salvation. It is bound to be narrow at the outset."

(The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue, verse 48)

Today’s gospel shows us a glimpse of the Christ-Like routine of “Ora et Labora”

The Benedictine rule of Prayer and Work .

The readings give us an opportunity to hear again the of God’s Divine creativity and so an opportunity for us to reflect on our response. And in the example of St Paul we hear that his GIVING all is in order to SHARE in the divine Blessing.

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I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

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A Reality Check

"... Lawrence LeShan's Alternate Realities [can be] helpful. He distinguishes four apparently incompatible modes in which we can regard reality:

(1) The sensory-physical mode. We spend most of our lives thinking in terms of see, touch, measure and reason. As a scientist you will inevitably largely focus on reality in this mode. When I read your work I am impressed by the power of your mind as you reason and think scientifically. And I see you carrying this kind of thought to your theological thinking.

(2) The mythic mode. This is when we think in terms of archetypes, poetry, legends, and often when we attempt to describe our spiritual experience in words.

(3) The transpsychic mode. This is really the mode of prayer, where we see ourselves both as separate entities, and yet as one with each other in Spirit.

(4) The holistic or clairvoyant mode. This is the mode of the mystic where all is seen as one. It is the mode of the peak experience, it is the mode when we are truly conscious of the God in whom we live and move and have our being, of the God who is in all through all and above all. It is the mode where love is most truly felt, of the I-Thou. This is also the mode of inspiration, clairvoyance.

Michael Cocks from the Feb 2006 GROUND OF FAITH

[Michael Cocks then wrote]: I believe that theological mistakes are made when we confuse these perfectly legitimate but apparently mutually incompatible modes."

 

 

 

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In prayer there occurs a turning of the heart to he who is always ready to give if we will but take what he gives.

Augustine, On the Lord's Sermon on the Mount 2.3.14

 

Reflections on Sunday's service: 29 January , 2006
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Paul takes on Jamie Oliver in today’s Epistle reading
Although Paul is not actually teaching in regard to dietary habits – rather he is addressing a particular issue and (as per last weeks readings) urging US to be aware of our actions and the consequences of our actions.

Meanwhile – the Gospel reading continues to develop our appreciation of the power of Christ – the Power of the Word made flesh – the Divinity incarnate in Humanity

Perhaps – still early in yhe new year we might again reflect on

What is it that we are attentive to?

 

What holds our attention?

 

What message(Word) to we send to others by our actions?

 

Where do we seek to realise(make real) the power of the Divine – in our lives and in the lives of all peoples?

 

 

WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST
Flowers of earth and buds of heav’n:

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Jesus and his disciples were walking around one day, when Jesus said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like 3x squared plus 8x minus 9."
The disciples looked very puzzled, and finally asked Peter, "What on earth does Jesus mean - 'the Kingdom of Heaven is like 3x squared plus 8x minus 9?'"
Peter said, "Don't worry, guys. It's just another one of his parabolas."

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We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly
alive in repose. (Indira Gandhi)

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"War is not about victory or defeat. It is about the total failure of human spirit," Robert Fisk, The Independent's Middle East correspondent

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Reflections on Sunday's service: 22 January, 2006
Third Sunday after Epiphany

The quieter you become - the more you can hear. (Baba Ram Dass)

This week’s Gospel has some simple advice/instruction
This IS the sacred version of the Secular “new Years Resolutions..
Let us take each call to action and find its meaning for ourselves
Repent
What are the changes/re-orientation I need to make that will Give Life?
Believe
What are the fruits of my belief – where do I have my treasure stored?
Follow
Who do I follow and to where am I being led?… as a clue make a list of what you watch on TV.

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'Be not lax in celebrating. Be not lazy in the festive service of God.
be ablaze with enthusiasm. Let us be an alive, burning offering before
the altar of God.'
Hildegard of Bingen

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Jesus was born away from his parent's village because of a governmental decree. Mary and Joseph had to flee with their new born from the terror of Roman oppression and threats to their lives. It is appropriate then during this Christmas season that we reflect on the issues related to immigrants and refugees and to the decrees of OUR government.

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The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.
(Meister Eckhart)

 

THANK YOU
For being here, for being part of our search for all that is divine, for participating in, and thereby creating our worship and our prayer