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Summer 2016


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Welcome to St Michael’s

St Michael’s is a unique church in the heart of the city. Unique for our relevant, contemporary preaching that embraces inner wellbeing as our core message. Sunday services include a mix of traditional and modern presentations. Inspirational music is part of each Sunday service and we are honoured to have distinguished visiting musicians perform. In short, you don’t have to be religious to attend a Sunday service at St Michael’s. One of our congregation members recently stated that she had “been coming to this church since 1984, and I wouldn’t call myself a Christian. I love the feeling of hope and the conversations that are started each week”. St Michael’s offers a wide variety of experiences for growth and change. It is a place which affirms and encourages the best expression of who you are and who you can be, not only through the Sunday service but numerous wellbeing programs and our commitment to counselling and psychotherapy. We believe faith, spirituality and a meaning to life are vital ingredients for our health and wellbeing and that there is a need to get hold of a more authentic religious understanding and to express it more confidently and diversely. Sunday services commence at 10am.

A Blessing For You

Good Spirit of God, Spirit of Life Here we would be part of the good energy, the good hope, and the good direction of Life. Let this prayer bring together our gratitude for the many pathways that opened to us; for the many gifts that have come to us. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

- Francis Macnab

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A Message from Dr Francis Macnab It is very gratifying that so many people from scattered places world-wide have been touched by St Michael’s, its strengths and its symbols. We have opened possibilities for peoples lives and their communities remodelling, rebuilding, reconstructing, reshaping I have been privileged to be part of a congregation whose effort and enthusiasm have contributed to the rich story of St Michael’s, enhancing the significant presence of St Michael’s in the city of Melbourne and beyond. My time here is now ending. It has been an extraordinary time. We have shown again and again that there is a healing, creative and nurturing Spirit that encourages us to be part of a ‘new creation’. Each one of us can come alive to that ‘new being’ planted within us. With just ‘a spark’ of life we begin to flourish have flourished - and I hope the new generation of St Michael’s will continue to search for the relevant pathways and places where people will be encouraged and inspired to flourish. Over these 45 years, you have been a strong source of that encouragement and inspiration, I thank you for being an essential part of it.

A Message from the Chair of Church Council Over the past 45 years the St Michael’s community has been richly blessed. Each person fortunate enough to have been in the pews on a Sunday morning will have had their soul nourished, heart touched and spirits lifted. The Church was built on a foundation of progressive, liberal and independent thinking, with Dr Macnab continuing that tradition and taking it to new heights. Religion, Psychology and Spirituality have been embraced and the boundaries expanded to ensure the value of each was enriched by the other. These ideas, thoughts, concepts and revelations were developed into a New Faith framework, providing future generations with understandings and insights to assist them through the journey of life. The constant objective; living the best quality of life possible. Many words can be spoken and written about this remarkable phase in the life of St Michael’s Church. Maybe just two words can sum it all up – Thank You. Richard Siegersma Chair of Council

Dr Francis Macnab

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Unveiling the Sculpture: Transcend On Sunday, 13 November, Dr Macnab unveiled the newest addition to the St Michael’s Church, the sculpture Transcend. Ian and Margaret Smith assisted in the unveiling of the sculpture, which stands as a representation of Dr Macnab’s vision of the New Faith. The church was filled with sounds from the organ, performed by the St Michael’s Organist Rhys Boak. The congregation were invited to view and appreciate the sculpture in its beauty and awe after the service, where they passed on congratulations and thanks to Dr Macnab for his outstanding ministry. The sculpture can best be interpreted by Dr Macnab’s poem From by Melbourne artist Renée Maree McDonald (pictured below). All those who visit St Michael’s are invited read the poem which is inscribed on a plaque next to the sculpture. Enjoy the beauty of this exquisite creation.

Artist Renée Maree McDonald 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

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From From the darkness of nothingness and non- being, We emerge into the marvels and mysteries of light. From a place where someone once was, A finger points us to what we yet will be. From a world of absence and anxiety, A presence of kindness and comfort appears to us. From the scattering of the stars in the universe, The energy of cohesion and hope holds us together. From the moment the light of the world was given to us, The energy of the world lifts us to a larger view. From times darkly, when we can see the flaws in the glass, From shards and fragments ’round the cradle to the dying day The pointing finger turns our eye to see a better way. A faith that’s new, a hope that’s strong, a love that’s kind. The best of soul, the best of spirit, the best of mind. From all that binds and breaks the heart, the soul – A light releases, melts the darkness, lifts the whole, An inner strength, joins the outer world of sight – And we are once more transformed By ‘Celebrated light’!

Dr Francis Macnab

Dr Macnab performed three baptisms during the service. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

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Mingary Counselling Service

A Visit from Flash The Wonder Dog

In 2016 Mingary Counselling Service had twelve provisional psychologists working to gain valuable practice experience, as they complete their training to become registered psychologists. They have worked diligently and effectively together, providing counselling services across a wide range of issues for our clients. As a result of their efforts, 320 clients have been provided with counselling and vocational support, with 137 of those clients being new to the Service this year. Our clients have provided their feedback* as follows: • “Excellent service! The fact that the service is so affordable means you can come every week and deal with problems as they happen.” • “Just a big thank you for providing this service! Without it, I wouldn’t be able to afford such services to keep me on an even keel.” • “My counsellor is very supportive, understanding and knowledgeable. I’m very happy with my decision to use Mingary. Thank you for being here!” • “This service is invaluable and crucial.” • “My life has significantly improved since attending counselling. Thank you so much for this.” The provisional psychologists are all enrolled in Masters programs at The Cairnmillar Institute. They are supervised at Mingary by psychologists Serena Thorpe, Michelle Doolan, and Dr Lynette Kramer. We are grateful to our team of counsellors for their work and are proud of their development and achievements. They enable us to continue to provide a high quality, low-cost service to members of our community, from all walks of life. Ms Michelle Doolan, Assistant Director

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On Sunday, 4 December, Roz Rimes and her highly qualified Australian Labradoodle, Flash, visited St Michael’s to the delight of the congregation. Roz recently completed her Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Melbourne. Her final project explored savouring and human animal interactions to improve wellbeing. Flash was introduced to the congregation during the service. We are delighted to announce that we raised $3000 which will be split between The Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the Delta Societies Delta Therapy Dogs. Everyone enjoyed lightness and laughter as they watched Flash perform his portfolio of tricks in the Waratah Room after the service.

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The Laborastory Best of 2016

On Wednesday, 7 December, St Michael’s was host to an evening dedicated to the stories of science; the heroes, the egos, the breakthroughs and the mistakes. From forgotten history and lonely laboratories, science and scientists quite literally take centre stage. Five scientists from diverse backgrounds shared remarkable stories of the heroes of their fields. They told tales of the tragedies and triumphs of the men and women who made science their passion, leaving legacies of ground-breaking discoveries that inspire the scientists of today. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Tudor Christmas Carol Concert

The Tudor Choristers performed a joyful concert of Carols on Friday, 9 December, filling the church with song. Some of the Carols they performed were: • Shaw; How far is it to Bethlehem, Sweelinck; Hodie Christus Natus Est, • Joubert; There is no Rose of Such Virtue, Rutter; Quem Pastores Laudavere • Bax; I Sing of a Maiden that is Makeless, Walton; All This Time & What Cheer The concert was directed by Alexandra Cameron and accompanied by St Michael’s Organist Rhys Boak.

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All Creatures Great and Small Exhibition Opening On Sunday, 27 November, the St Michael’s gallery celebrated the opening of All Creatures Great and Small. A group exhibition featuring works of art depicting animals created by local Melbourne artists. Beautiful paintings and prints by Cherry Demir, Nadine Dudek, Clare Dunstan, Sarah Hardy and Claire Turner. The exhibition was a great success with many paintings selling during the opening. As the sold artworks were taken down to be collected by their new owners, the artists brought in new works; creating a continuously changing and evolving exhibition. Please contact the office if you have any enquiries about purchasing artwork.

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S.A.G.E. 2017 Where to From Here?

Our Pillar of St Michael’s Patrons

Our patrons of the St Michael’s Pillars

Over the years the Healthy Ageing Seminars of S.A.G.E. have enlightened hundreds of people and addressed the elephant in the room; how to feel inspired when we are not feeling very inspiring? Living successfully in older age takes so much more inner strength and inner resources than other years. How to cope with the biological changes, the physical changes, the emotional changes? There is no second chance, rather it is the last chance – this is the challenge. It is about ageing with a stronger attitude, a greater strength than ever before. For 2017 we would like to take S.A.G.E. in a direction where we can work together on strengthening our reserves. We have time for the first time in our lives yet time is running out... Somethings will be the same, but somethings will be different! 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Gladys Baker Barbara Bedford Mr Leslie Bradley Judy Bruce Geoffrey Clarke Marilyn Cobain Irene Curran Marlene Drysdale Paul and Sandra Fowler Margaret Garrett Joan Isabel Garrett John Grutzner Jan Hart Laurence Frederick L’Estrange Donald Marshall Heather Martin Judy and Ian McNally Marie McVeigh Lorraine Nelson Sylvia Rhodes Smeeth Family Patsy Stubbs Kay and Klaus Wiegel If you would like to become a Pillar of St Michael’s call the office on 9654 5120 or download an application form from our website: www.stmichaels.org.au.

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45 Years With Dr Francis Macnab A Celebration The Man, The Myth, The Legend! St Michael’s Church was the first permanent building for Devine worship in Victoria and Dr Francis Macnab is the longest standing minister in Australia. During the 45 years of his ministry, Dr Macnab has been recognised as a renegade in religious teachings. He has married hundreds of people, baptised hundreds of children and spoke on behalf of many families during memorial services. Within his first ten years of his ministry in the early 70s, Dr Macnab rewrote the Ten Commandments of The Old Testament to reflect A New Faith which was a more positive, proactive version for today’s people. Dr Macnab’s work for the church encourages people of all ages and religions to join together and appreciate what it means to be a human in todays society. ‘Macnab’s preaching is an examination of contemporary issues. It does not use the Bible as an absolute authority to prescribe certain types of behaviour, but does develop a dialogue between scriptural authority and scholarly or scientific argumentation’.

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Dr Macnab was also the founder and previous Executive Director of The Cairnmillar Institute, a non-for-profit clinic for counselling available to the general public and a postgraduate school of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. As a registered and practising clinical psychotherapist, Dr Macnab has also written over 25 books ranging from spirituality and religion, to psychology and teaching. Through Cairnmillar and St Michael’s, Dr Macnab was able to identify the need for assistance in the older generations, which is why he developed a healthy aging program called Successful Aging, Growth and Enjoyment (SAGE) for people aged between 55-105. Dr Macnab also recognised a need at the other end of the spectrum, The Big Tent Project, aimed at supporting kindergarten aged children suffering from mental health issues. Mingary Counselling Service is another section of Dr Macnab’s on going support for the public. Under the leadership of the Director Dr Lynette Kramer, Mingary offers low cost counselling to the general public where counselled by interns of Cairnmillar completing placement hours. Thus providing students with the appropriate training, but also the public with a sustainable, affordable counselling service. Whilst the study of psychology and religion is not necessarily a new phenomenon, Dr Macnab is one of the only spiritual preachers in the city of Melbourne to accept and encourage people of vast backgrounds to join the congregation and discuss topics of self and living a fulfilled life. According to ABS statistics in 2011, over a quarter of the population stated ‘no religion’. Dr Macnab chooses to promote a spiritual awareness as opposed to enforcing religious views but also encourages people to accept them.

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The New Faith

In September 2008, Dr Macnab launched what he called a New Faith with a unique advertising campaign including posters reading “The Ten Commandments, one of the most negative documents ever written.” Dr Macnab has been instrumental in engaging the St Michael’s congregation and the wider community in the search for an intelligent experience and expression of faith for the 21st Century. He has done this through preaching, through an intense conversation between theology and psychoanalysis, and through an emphasis on a cohesive enjoyable congregational belonging. Dr Macnab describes the New Faith as “a new reformation to affect human behaviour, the New Faith looks for a stronger unity of body, mind and spirit to strengthen the way we live each day. Inciting conversation, thought and intelligence.” People from all over the world have been in contact with St Michael’s, wanting to know more about Dr Macnab’s New Faith. We have people from over 130 countries in some form of contact with us. Whilst the largest proportion is Australian based, we find interest in us from people spread far abroad, USA and UK, to the United Arab Emirates, from New Zealand to France, Germany, India and Hong Kong. Dr Macnab has always asserted that a strong practical theology requires a solid knowledge of people’s psychology. That, in turn, requires a persistent constructive conversation between the disciplines of theology and psychology and psychoanalysis. It is notable that many people, on hearing what the New Faith is really about, respond by saying, “That speaks right to me. I have been wanting to hear that for years.” And so the New Faith fulfils some of its major claims to be relevant, inductive, inclusive, affirming. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

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Invited Guests

Guest Preachers

Dr Francis Macnab and Dr Malcolm Sinclair Dr Francis Macnab and Professor Lisa Miller Under Dr Macnab’s guidance St Michael’s has hosted several important guests including: • The Moderator of the Church of Scotland; James Whyte • The Chief Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Scotland (retired); Bishop Richard Holloway • Past President of American Psychological Society; Professor George Albee of New York • Professor David Ferguson; Professor of Theology Edinburgh • Dr R.D Laing; London • Author Morris West • Edward deBono • Rabbi John Levi • Leading researcher of Psychology and spirituality, Professor Lisa Miller; New York • International Scholar; Leader of the Jesus Seminar, Dr Robert Funk • Archbishop David Penman (Melbourne) • Bishop and Archbishop Ian George (Adelaide, Melbourne) • High Court of Australia; Justice Michael Kirby, AC • Prime Minister John Gorton, Australia • Surgeon Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop • Prime Minister of the Netherlands 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Dr Francis Macnab and Bishop Ian George We have been honoured to have many influential national and international preachers be part of the fabric of St Michael’s. Including: • • • • •

Bishop John Shelby Spong Dr Ernest Campbell, Riverside, New York Dr Malcolm Sinclair, Canada Dr Forest Church, New York Professor Sir Lloyd Geering, New Zealand

Four American Assistants • Rev Steven Koski • Dr Steven Poole • Rev Ron Rosinsky • Rev Pamela McNally Other distinguished Assistants • Dr Louise Harms • Dr Debra Campbell-Tunks • Rev Kenneth Ralph • Rev Graham Wilks • Dr Noel Schultz

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The Beautification of St Michael’s In 1978 a major restoration, refurbishment and modification of the interior of the church was effected. A central aisle was opened through the church and the diagonal aisles regraded. The communion table was raised and the choir and organ console moved to their present positions, becoming part of the arc of its pews. The original wooden pews in the lower story were replaced with more comfortable padded ones. The lectern was replaced and a cross in the Celtic style was included in the items of the chancel. The two candelabras that flank the table give a beautifully cohesive effect to the interior. The candelabras are a ‘Devine presence’ and the symbol of the “Light of the World’ and symbolise the seven Churches of Asia. The people of St Michael’s are proud to be the custodians of such a beautiful church and the generosity of the congregation has enabled us to do great work for the pleasure and safety of all attending. Today the church is noted for its richness and unity. The intricacy and diversity of its painted surfaces is reinforced by the richness of its stained glass, an element excluded from its original design. The development of the interior of the church has been accompanied by fundamental changes in its precinct. In 1991, the modern office building of 120 Collins Street was completed, surrounding the historic church.

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The Interior of St Michael’s Dr Macnab oversaw the development of the interior of St Michael’s during his time as Executive Minister. The space reflects the spiritual philosophy of the church. The baptismal font, lectern, candelabra and pews all play a part in a faith that includes all.

The St Michael’s Chancel including the baptismal font, lectern, communion table, candelabras and cross

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Seven candles on the Candelabra

The Baptismal Font

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The Tapestry

The Tapestry Greets the Traveller by Dr Francis Macnab Ah! Memories of so many places Pause before this overflowing anticipation! Tyrannous flatlands, myopic myth Miniature loneliness Ambiguous searching Pause before this complex invitation! Evasive Source of all vitality Here discloses exuberant streams

The tapestry, titled Celebrated Light began with a poem, The Tapestry Greets the Traveller, written by Dr Francis Macnab. He was inspired to incorporate this poem into an important, colourful work of art to be displayed in the interior of the Church.

Of nascent life: Age’s most expansive song. All accepted in the surge of exultation All marvellously embraced – in this – Ebullient12 energy of celebrated Light.

The tapestry was designed by artist Lara Merrett as a response to the poem Celebrated Light, it took sixteen weeks and two weavers to complete. It was woven on its side to help facilitate the graduation of colour that occurs through the length of the artwork. Creating the washes of colours involves an in-depth understanding of the craft of tapestry and evokes the translucence and subtle pigmentation of a painting in woven thread. An abstract artwork, the organic nature of the design reflects the sentiments expressed in the poem and the peripatetic nature of faith. This splash of colour contrasts with the beige, ochre, gold and geometry inside the church. The colour and design differs from traditional iconoclastic art found in churches. It is a startlingly bold and energetic piece. As a celebration of life, its message is one of joy and healing. It is intended to convey a sense of welcome, sanctuary and spiritual uplifting to all who see it. In its place at St Michael’s, the tapestry greets the traveller and welcomes those who look upon it to contemplate the themes of life and faith and to interpret what it means to them. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

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Processional Staff

Streams of Consciousness by Dr francis Macnab Insignificant frightened and alone I breathe the wind of the stars And am carried beyond my hiding place I feel the winds of God lifting me to be a citizen of the world, guardian of the cosmos, discovering the gift and power of the New Creation. In this boat of fragile life On uncertain seas, ambient intermittent darkness,

The Processional Staff has become The People’s Staff and is carried each Sunday by a different member of the congregation who wishes to remember an occasion or person in their lives. As a member of the congregation carries this staff – it seems to say, “We are all in this. This Staff tells us we are all accepted and we are all part of that glorious and gleaming gift of life.” It is a symbol. As we hold the Staff up we are holding aloft the best human aspiration for new beginnings, for the exuberance and ebullience of life and our desire to partake in the gift of life. On top of the staff there is a depiction of the cleft rock of Mingary and the wing of the dove, remind us of the faith of new beginning and of hopeful transcendence.

we strain to see through the winds of the storm And hear that Voice of hope of one and everyone who dares to say It is I. Do not be afraid… and the boat finds its haven and its peace. And so the stream of life, flows around us beneath us and over us, being and non-being— Of water, wind, noise, and people and pathways in the sky And I lifted by the streams of new life to a new consciousness of who am I And what this life can be, of kingdoms here, and the kingdom which we pray will come. And I a worker, a leader, a follower, a healer, a prophet, a buyer, a seller with power of mind and heart, of pen, and voice, of commerce and computer, and heights and all the rush of day by day.

The four rich Australian opals reflect the opals on the chalice and remind us of the inclusiveness of God’s acceptance: in the north, south, east and west.

A victim of our dreams or others’ dreams, and minds

Set in the orb, coloured fragments or mosaics reflect the colours of the St Michael’s windows and the exuberance of life. The head of the staff evokes the orb of the world and the whole family accepted together by God.

lift up your heads—Behold how beautiful

Waves and ripplings of silver depict the upward surge of the streams of consciousness: the searching, proactive human spirit, joining with others and the full flowing spirit of life. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

and eyes tunnelled, turned and glazed Until we, here then there, hear again the word, are the feet of him who brings good tidings A new consciousness of who we are and what we —our children—will become. Break forth together in shouts of triumph, you who have longed for that liberation.

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The Creation of Mingary, The Quiet Place In 1999, Dr Macnab oversaw the conversion of the St Michael’s chapel into Mingary, The Quiet Place: a peaceful sanctuary for people of all religions and cultures. Developed as a collaboration between Dr Francis Macnab and artist Akira Takizawa, Mingary is a place for personal reflection and offers a peaceful escape from the hectic demands of city life. It offers a haven where people may restore a sense of strength and vitality following trauma and tragedy. Mingary is devoted to healing, restoration, inspiration, vision and empowerment. In Mingary stands a sculpture where rock, water and light are brought together in exquisite harmony. They are ancient symbols of life and strength, healing, energy, and the lifting of the human spirit. The deep cleft in the table rock reminds us of the traumas and pains of our humanity. The white marble wing - a representation of energy and flight.

Opening the gates into The Quiet Place, The cleft on the stone and the white marble wing on the sculpture

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The Mingary Gardens The Mingary Gardens eluminate our vital connection with nature and what we can learn from it. The gardens come together in a work of harmony – a symbol of how we could live our lives working with each other and our surrounds to create harmony. The design was a collaboration between Dr Francis Macnab and artist Akira Takizawa in 2007.

Akira’s design sketches

Dr Francis Macnab, Akira Takizawa, Dr Lynette Kramer, and team

The Gardens in transformation in 2007

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The St Michael’s Suite Written for St Michael’s by the eminent writer Christopher Wallace-Crabbe The St Michael’s Suite is a testament to the importance of St Michael’s to the community of Melbourne and beyond. Portions of the poem can be see engraved on brass plaques within the Mingary and St Michael’s Gardens.

Smooth seagulls swirl around the tower As though their body language had Something implicitly to say About the give-and-take between A sense of liberty and faith. Open to being read like this, Gulls arabesque around the tower. Far off in Iceland Wise Hall of the Side Asked neighbour Thangbrand Why he was singing. “I keep mass today For archangel Michael,” Came his grave reply Across the green turf. “What follows that angel?” Hall then inquired. “Much good. He will weigh up All of your deeds And if you are pleasing him All of your virtues Will weigh greatly more, Through his and God’s help.” “I’ll make myself over,” Said Hall of the Side, “If Michael will then be My guardian angel.” And so he did then And so Michael was, While baptized faith Flowed on into Iceland 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

I never knew quite what To make of the building So bricky and grand At the Paris end Of our Collins Street. It was neither this Nor exactly that, But I didn’t know what.

This had no particular Meaning for your lofty church, But lodges in a corner of my mind. Mingary, in a truly ancient way Draws you into the quiet association Of water’s perpetual mobility With stable stone.

It wasn’t of bluestone Nor stuccoed in white, Nor was it a Georgian Home of religion.

Haled back from the city’s turbulence, You come into seclusion of a cavern Or hermit’s chapel, ready to brood on things As old as rock

Its arches looked almost Yet not quite Italian But its tower stood grand With an air of command.

Some kind of church in 1841 Stood here. It has true grandeur now, Yet underneath its eloquence we find Mingary’s water and stone.

Against the blue welkin Or glowing in the dark It completes the mixed medley Of easterly kirks.

Prayer’s Cave or Haven

Coincidence or irony? The very month when Italy won The World Cup final, somewhere else, St Michael's was all dressed up In that very shade of blue The triumphant Azzurri wore that day.

In brick and stone and glass The structure of St Michael’s stands Above a streaming Collins Street In brown, with ochre bands. Trusting the architecture may Convey an abstract thought, The gables and the tower reach up Implying something sought,

Something believed in, something true: In a modern city, you could say A meaning for the sky. Everything somehow interacts And all around that yearning tower With something new, or somewhere Seagulls and pigeons fly. else. Chris Wallace-Crabbe

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Thanking Sheila Macnab

St Michael’s: What it Means to me

Sheila Macnab and Jeanette Noy On Saturday, 29 October, a lunch was held at the home of Jeanette Noy to honour Sheila Macnab and to thank her for the significant role she has played over the last 45 years at St Michael’s. Twenty of her friends enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Heather Martin and there was much talk and laughter. Many spoke of special times spent with Sheila. It was a lovely warm spring day and the garden looked very special this of course added to the day.

St Michael’s to me is my whole meaning of life. I learn every Sunday something new from the Bible readings; from the address; from the congregation; especially the ones who greet me and share a few words about themselves. Prayer time is extra special; the presence of the Good Spirit of God spreading through the congregation filling me with a blessing.

Sheila has facilitated the Social Justice Stall after Sunday Services in the St Michael’s Hall for many years and raised over $300,000 for various charities. During her time working with the congregation of St Michael’s she has been truly valued for her friendship and kindness to so many people.

Music is my pleasure; singing hymns with jubilation. My voice is not good but I have such enjoyment in looking around the congregation and at the terrific windows – everyone singing with such enthusiasm – that is living indeed. I’ve was married 63 years ago at St Michael’s and it will always give me a feeling of belonging. Just being part of the congregation is my life. Sunday for me has always been a time when I put on my best clothes, take my bible and go to church this has been my life for nearly 80 years, beginning in England and for 66 years in Australia. Now that, is what really what going to church means to me.

We wished her good health and happiness in the future.

May peace be forever within all of us. Thanking good thoughts and smiling. Margaret Ledley

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The Bicentennial Windows

The windows were inspired by the poem Streams of Consciousness by Dr Francis Macnab and were commissioned to celebrate two significant events in 1988: The Australia’s Bicentenary and St Michael’s 150th Anniversary. The windows were designed by Klaus Zimmer who etched, fused, painted and stained the glass and sculpted the lead. They tell of each person’s journey from the experience of aloneness, alienation and questioning along several pathways to the Gateway to the New Jerusalem.

Chalice

The Chalice was beautifully crafted by silver smith artist Peter Gertler, who also crafted the People’s Staff. The Chalice is shaped to symbolise the gift of life coming into the world – symbolised by the shaping of the stem. Four opals – sacred jewels – indicate that the sacrament is given to the world - people from the north, south, east and west. The engravings at the base of the chalice depict of the Coat of Arms of Melbourne, the Mayflower ship of the pilgrims, the gum leaves of Australia and the Celtic Cross of the Reformed Faith.

Dr Macnab’s Books

Each window has at its foot a line from the poem and visually contains the Biblical references which closely follow the poem. The windows have an intensity of colour and have moods depending on the light that strikes them. They are full of symbolism and do not easily yield up their full meaning. For example the vertical blue line in each represents the Lifeforce in everything while the horizontal band of red in each window represents God’s Love which embraces the whole of creation.

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In the 45 years of exploring a New Faith Dr Macnab’s written word has been there to direct the conversation. One book contains Dr Macnab’s version of 75 of the Psychology of the Bible; another contains energy of Gustav Mahler, Edward Munch, and John Flynn; while others are reflections of the programs and sayings Dr Macnab has used in St Michael’s.

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The Kindergarten Field Officers and the Big Tent Initiative

Over 25 years ago Dr Francis Macnab, as the Founding Executive Director of Cairnmillar Institute, pioneered the Big Tent initiative providing supervised psychological training sessions to Kindergarten Field Officers (KFOs). The aim has been to enhance the KFOs capability, by providing them encouragement, support, and the skills to help children in their care who have been identified as having behavioural and emotional problems in Pre-School. Since the beginning, the program has continued to grow through the work of the team; Robyn Gordon and Julijana Chochovski, with the program expanding through adding sites throughout Melbourne, Wallan, Bendigo and Mildura. The program continues to be positively evaluated.

St Michael’s Day and The St Michael’s Medallion

The St Michael’s Medallions In 1993 Dr Francis Macnab launched the annual St Michael’s Medallion. The Medallion has since been awarded to twenty-two individuals whose contribution to society identifies with the ideals of St Michael’s. The wording on the Medallion reflects this “For outstanding service to the community”. The Medallion is awarded each year on St Michael’s Day, the last Sunday of September. Filled with colour, music and inspirational speakers, it is a celebration of life. St Michael’s Day reminds us that the good spirit is in all life, no matter how humble and no matter how exalted, to reach out to others in a positive and peaceful way.

In 2017, The Cairnmillar Institute Big Tent team will expand the program to include an optional “Working with traumatised children” education and resource component. We are currently in discussions with Aboriginal services, and various family care services. We hope to reach out to other interested groups who may benefit from participating in these programs. Please feel welcome to contact Julijana Chochovski on 03 9813 3400 for more information. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

The congregation gathered for St Michael’s Day

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CDs and DVDs

Vale

Do you have a favourite service you would like to have a record of? Perhaps you or a loved one would like to catch up on a service you have missed. Recordings of Dr Macnab’s addresses can be ordered in the hall after service or by contacting the office. Recordings of individual services are available for purchase or alternatively you can purchase a whole month of services. Payment is required with the order: $10 per DVD ($7 Pensioners) for one address. $25 per DVD for the addresses of one month. $8.50 per CD ($5.50 Pensioners) for two consecutive addresses.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long-time members and friends of the St Michael’s congregation: • Wilma Bain • Brian Christensen We offer our condolences and support to their families and friends at this time.

Book Sale

Gumnut Crèche Dr Francis Macnab’s books are on sale for $5. Purchase these at the Information Table on Sunday, by visiting the office or our website: www.stmichaels.org.au. Get in before they all go! Gumnut Crèche is located on the first floor of the St Michael’s administration building. It’s open for children aged 0-6 years of age whose parents or caregivers are attending the church service. The crèche is free of charge and is open between 9.30am-11.30am every Sunday - excluding the 1st and 8th of January. Gumnut Crèche delivers a safe and nurturing environment for children and the highly qualified staff are committed to providing the safest care possible. Please bring necessary items such as water bottles, healthy nut-free snacks, formula, nappies, wipes and spare clothing. All children must be signed in and out from the crèche. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Donate Flowers

Each week there is a beautiful display of flowers in the church donated by people like you. If you would like to donate the flowers for a Sunday service in celebration or remembrance of a special person or moment please contact the office on 9654 5120.

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Coming up at St Michael’s

Rev Ron Rosinsky 10am, Sun 1 and 8 Jan Rev Ron Rosinsky will be presiding over these Sunday Services

Rev Paul Stephens 10am, Sun 15 Jan Rev Paul Stephens will be presiding over the Sunday Service

Flora Exhibition Opening 11am, Sun 15 Jan An exhibition celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Featuring Kate Hudson and Celia Moriarty

Rev Ric Holland 10am, Sun 22 Jan Rev Ric Holland will be presiding over the Sunday Service

Rev Peter Burnham 10am, Sun 29 Jan Rev Peter Burnham will be presiding over the Sunday Service

Rev Ric Holland 10am, Sun 5 Feb Rev Ric Holland starts his tenure as Interim Minister

Reflections Exhibition Opening 11am, Sun 12 Feb An exhibition of that explores the meditative power of mountains

St David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu 3pm, Sun 26 Feb Organised by the Melbourne Welsh Church

Ten Thousand Miles Exhibition Opening 11am, Sun 5 Mar An exhibition featuring beautiful faces and places around the world

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Mingary Counselling Service Confidential, low-cost counselling If you are seeking relief from painful or stressful experiences, assistance with major life changes or help reducing anxiety, fear and uncertainty, call Mingary Counselling services to make an appointment today. Or visit The Quiet Place (pictured above): a peaceful, nondenominational sanctuary for people of all religions and cultures. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm Sundays; enter from the Russell Street side of St Michael’s.

St Michael’s Place, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne www.mingarycounselling.com.au | (03) 9654 5120

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