Posted by: jwhes | April 23, 2020

Moment from Trinity – April 21, 2020

If you’d like to “see” a message in addition to reading the details, click on this video: https://youtu.be/2spKaNpEdSc
In the aftermath of the shooting and deaths in Nova Scotia, as we enter our sixth week of “being at home,” as we search for one more recipe or one more project to do, as wander the rooms of our home and walk around outside, as we light a candle in memory of the victims and their families and friends, we declare the light of God is with us.
Play the attachment as you read or hear these messages of hope from people:
Connie writes:
Here is a little calm for today. (see attached video)

A friend sent it and I felt a presence of peace as I quietly listened.

A note from Gale:
There is hope. There are some good things that can come from this time. We can become more aware of caring for our earth. Families can take some time together and get off the stressful treadmill that our lives have become   I realize that finances are a great concern and we can only hope for the best there. There may be some blessings that arise from this corona virus Crazy time. I believe that hope arises from gratefulness. The more grateful we are the more hopeful we will become. We do have much to be grateful for   Take care and stay well

I invite you to clench your fists tightly as you read the first line and then open your fist during the bold part as your spoken response…

Everything we hold on to, that holds us, shapes us, controls us, and makes us doubt your presence (pause)
help us to let go now. We receive your Holy Spirit.
The memories of hurt, that speak loudly to us, that cripple us, dull us, and make us doubt your presence (pause)
help us to let go now. We receive your Holy Spirit.
The words that linger, that have found a home in our reasoning, that haunt us, echo in us, and make us doubt your presence (pause)

help us to let go now. We receive your Holy Spirit.
The acts we have done, that have hurt and abused others, that linger in us and bound others, and make us doubt your presence (pause)
help us to let go now. We receive your Holy Spirit. (from p. 100 in Prayers for All Seasons  edited by Ellen Turnbull)

I add:

Everything we hold on to, that grounds us, guides us, and affirms our belief in your presence (pause)

help us to hold tight. We receive your amazing spirit.

The memories of love, that speak loudly to us, that bring us life, makes us shine, and affirms our belief in your presence (pause)

help us to hold tight. We receive your amazing spirit.

The words that heal, that have found a home in our hearts, that stay with us, and affirm our belief in your presence (pause)

help us to hold tight. We receive your amazing spirit.

The acts we have done, that have helped and inspired others, that linger in us and bind us to you, and affirms our belief in your presence (pause)

help us to hold tight. We received your amazing spirit.

Carley writes:
What is keeping me positive are some of the following:
  1. Knowing that I have a family to stay home with to keep me company, talk with, laugh with, and spend time with.
  2. I can still work from home.  I continue to have a job, working from home and contacting my students on the phone when needed.
  3. Seeing the beautiful window art in houses as I walk by on our many daily walks!
  4. Avery is unfailingly happy and unaffected.  Oh, to be a toddler!
  5. Seeing people outside and taking the time to smile and talk to them.  We are so unhurried these days, having all the time in the world, and really relishing our conversations and contact with people.
  6. I’m going back to school!  It seems like a weird time, but I’m going to be attending CDI College for their Addictions Counselling program
  7. Just having this time to think, reflect, and be intentional in words and actions.

What is keeping you inspired and positive?

 
As I think about the scripture for this week (Luke 24:13-35), I’m reminded that Jesus invites us to walk with him, to experience his presence in our midst, and to talk to him about things that are troubling us. May we remember that on our way through our days.
The shopping cart is ready for your donations of granola bars and juice boxes for West Broadway Community Ministry to supplement their lunches. I’ll be there on Thursday and Sunday from 9-11am; or speak with Carolyn Pierson, Gerta DeJong or Bill Pelton as they too will be in the church on different days.
 
As we wander through another week, may you know God’s amazing spirit is with you, in expected and unexpected ways, as we move through the difficult and hopeful moments of our lives.
blessings of the season of Easter,
Elizabeth
 
 
Rev. Elizabeth Brown
she/her
eliz.tuc@mymts.net
Trinity United Church
933 Summerside Ave
Winnipeg MB R3T4Y1
204 269 1632
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