Posted by: jwhes | September 17, 2020

Worship – September 20, 2020

Here is the link to our worship: https://youtu.be/ynxBwUMJsII

We hope this video or print worship reminds you of our regular time together on Sunday.

In September, we’ll be collecting fruit for West Broadway Community Ministry; more details to follow.

In addition, we are offering:
Holy Yoga is offered on Saturday at 10am (often in person at Kings Park if the weather is good) and Monday 3pm (zoom video call).
Bible Study, Mondays 7-8pm, has begun after the summer break. We are meeting online, video call. Please be in touch with Elizabeth if you’d like to join.
Committees can meet in the church or by online video call; please call the office to book your time and space.

Trinity United Church’s building is open for Trinity and Good Shepherd staff, volunteers, committees, Board and Vestry meetings beginning Sept 8th. Richmond Kings Nursery School opens Sept 8th. Please visit Trinity’s website for the building guidelines and protocols: trinityunitedwinnipeg.com. The building will be open for user groups and church groups the week of September 8th. If you’d like to meet in person, indoors at the church, please call the office to book your space and time.

The Board has approved Elizabeth visiting in person with COVID-19 guidelines in place. If you or someone you know would like a visit, please be in touch with the church (204 269 1632) or Elizabeth at home (204 275 0014). As always, if you need to talk, we are here for you. While the church building is still not completely open, we do care about you and will be there if you need us.

Know that we are praying for each one of you as you find your way through this time. If you have an idea, prayer or story you’d like to share with me, please send it to me at: eliz.tuc@mymts.net I am sending out a mid-week, short email with a thought for the day and I’d love to hear what brings you hope, where you see God’s love in our world, and what you find inspirational. If you have comments, suggestions, or any thoughts about worship or how you’re doing, please be in touch. Trinity is here for you and we will respond.

May you know God’s presence with you as we continue to move through this new reality,

Elizabeth

Posted by: jwhes | September 16, 2020

Moment from Trinity – September 15, 2020

Here is the short video to accompany this message: https://youtu.be/UBuMGbHhXvE

This Sunday Sept 13 at 10:45am we had our first indoor service at Trinity since March. Thank you to all who helped out and attended. This was a one time event that will be evaluated by the COVID-19 reopening group to help the Board make decisions about when and how we might worship together again. There is no in person worship next week. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them by responding to this email (or directly to Elizabeth eliz.tuc@mymts.net) as the COVID-19 group welcomes your feedback.

Here are the readings for this Sunday September 13th and the one we’re focusing on is in bold: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6,37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

In the season of Creation, we are contemplating the wilderness as a place of spiritual sustenance, a place that teaches us who we are. Perhaps like Jesus, when we journey into a wilderness, either physically or spiritually, it can be a time of self-discovery. How have you experienced/understood the last few months, have they been a wilderness time? How has hope shown up in seemingly hopeless times?

Because we are not resuming in person Sunday School, the Christian Education Committee has purchased and put together a “bag” of activities and creative ideas using the theme “Grateful for Fall“. This resource was created by the Pacific Mountain Region (BC); we are grateful to them! Included in the package is a small bookmark with the following:

September’s Blessings:
May the start of new things be deep and fruitful in you.
May the changes in the air bring changes your heart.
May the lengthening of nights bring deeper peace and rest.
May flocks of geese flying south bring you on a journey toward your own soul.
May falling leaves relieve you of what you do not need.
May new emerging colours spangle your spirit.
May summer’s soft departure give you courage to be, and be without.
May grace bear abundant harvest in your soul., extravagant bushels of belovedness, fit for the table of God. (unfoldinglight.org)

Scripture for the day: (Romans 8:26-27) Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Prayer for the week: May the wilderness spaces in our lives be times of growth and understanding of who we are and whose we are. Amen

May blessing, peace and the knowledge that we are not alone on this journey; may God be a part of our week as we wander through our challenging days and evenings, knowing the spirit of God is part of all our experiences! May we all remember God in a way that keeps us going and be strong and be kind.

Elizabeth

Posted by: jwhes | September 10, 2020

Worship – September 13, 2020

Here is the link to our worship: https://youtu.be/rD6dR0ROs44

We hope this video or print worship reminds you of our regular time together on Sunday.

This Sunday, Sept 13th, is our indoor, in person worship at Trinity; here is a video of what to expect as we worship together: https://youtu.be/dfG9etiBDyA Please visit our website for guidelines and protocols for Sunday worship: trinityunitedwinnipeg.com or consult the email sent this week, along with a letter from the Executive.

In September, we’ll be collecting fruit for West Broadway Community Ministry; more details to follow.

In addition, we are offering:
Holy Yoga is offered on Saturday at 10am and Monday 3pm.

These are both offered through an online Zoom call and if you’d like to take part, let me know; you can join by computer or phone. Saturday Yoga – when the weather is good – is doing outdoor/distancing yoga at King’s Park and we invite you to be in touch if you’d like to take part.

Trinity United Church’s building will reopen for Trinity and Good Shepherd staff, volunteers, committees, Board and Vestry meetings beginning Sept 8th. Richmond Kings Nursery School opens Sept 8th. Please visit Trinity’s website for the building guidelines and protocols: trinityunitedwinnipeg.com

The Board has approved Elizabeth visiting in person with COVID-19 guidelines in place. If you or someone you know would like a visit, please be in touch with the church (204 269 1632) or Elizabeth at home (204 275 0014). As always, if you need to talk, we are here for you. While the church building is closed, we are still caring about you and will be there if you need us.

Know that we are praying for each one of you as you find your way through this time. If you have an idea, prayer or story you’d like to share with me, please send it to me at: eliz.tuc@mymts.net I am sending out a mid-week, short email with a thought for the day and I’d love to hear what brings you hope, where you see God’s love in our world, and what you find inspirational. If you have comments, suggestions, or any thoughts about worship or how you’re doing, please be in touch. Trinity is here for you and we will respond.

May you know God’s presence with you as we continue to move through this new reality,

Elizabeth

Posted by: jwhes | September 9, 2020

Moment from Trinity – September 8, 2020

Here is the short video to accompany this message: https://youtu.be/cIpQM3dfZbs

This Sunday Sept 13 at 10:45am we are having our first indoor service at Trinity since March. Please check the COVID-19 tab on our website (trinityunitedwinnipeg.com) or the letter from the Executive sent out last week for details and information. I’ve included another picture to remind us we are following all the provincial and Manitoba health and United Church of Canada guidelines for our building.

Here are the readings for this Sunday September 13th and the one we’re focusing on is in bold: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

A colleague of mine posted a reflection using the theme of hockey games as a metaphor for what we’re moving through these days; I thought it was appropriate for everyone and thought you might like it too. This is a little summary and perhaps some of note as we move into September:
As we prepare to go back to many of our fall routines, meetings, activities, school and work, we might look to hockey for some inspiration. Perhaps you’re not a hockey (or sports) person or you stopped watching when the Jets (and Leafs and Canucks lost) but you may have noticed that on any night, hockey playoffs are on TV – and have been for a while. And the concept of the “short shift” seems like a good way to go as we enter September. These very short times on the ice happen more in the third period or overtime because it allows the players to go out, give it all, then head to the bench before you collapse. You keep your shifts short. We can do this in our lives as well: go out and do the best we can, giving it everything we have and then head home. Don’t stay on too long and don’t be tempted to try to carry the play alone and be the hero. Don’t forget to trust your team mates and God, speaking in and through the world, each other, and yes, sometimes even hockey.

Scripture for the day: (Romans 14:7-8) We do not live for ourselves only, and we do not die for ourselves only. If we live, it is for the Lord that we live, and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Prayer for the week: from the Moderator, Right Rev. Richard Bott as we begin worshipping indoors and reopening our buildings:
God of all places, God of all times, God of the certain and God of the paradox – help us to know that you are with us as we wander this circuitous path. Some of us will move through the doors to physical places of sanctuary, soon; to join with others in our community of faith, in prayer and praise, in song and celebration. Others of us will gather in virtual spaces,where our hearts reach out to one another, as we worship together, apart. However we come together tomorrow, it will be different. Perhaps because of the changes required for safety; perhaps because of the changes needed for this medium; things will be… different. Help us to see those changes as opportunity, as possibility, as wonder! Help us to touch lightly on each other’s grief, each other’s frustrations, not knowing what will be missed, one from another. And, help us, O God, to be people who take each other’s safety seriously, who act wisely and compassionately, guided by your Spirit. Where hands are washed, and smiles are seen in peoples whole being; where masks are worn, and we sing with our hearts; where physical distancing is practised, but, socially, we are never apart… and remind us, please, that where two or more are gathered in your Name, you are – bless us, we pray; bless our communities, we pray; bless your world, we pray. Alleluia, loving God! Alleluia, AMEN!

May blessing, peace and the knowledge that we are not alone on this journey; may God be a part of our week as we wander through our challenging days and evenings, knowing the winds of God’s spirit blow with us! May we all remember God in a way that keeps us going and be strong and be kind.

Elizabeth

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