Posted by: jwhes | September 3, 2020

Worship – September 6, 2020

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

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 2, 2020

Moment from Trinity – September 1, 2020

Here is the short video to accompany this message: https://youtu.be/ChEgJPlCSV4

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Here are the readings for this Sunday September 6th and the one we’re focusing on is in bold: Exodus 12:1-4; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

These days, many of us are feeling … something … that doesn’t feel quite right. Perhaps you’re have dreams that are very different than the dreams you normally have; maybe you are affected differently by something you hear on the radio, TV, social media or newspaper; the music you listen to is heard from a different perspective and seems to take on new meaning; or perhaps there’s an unsettled spot deep inside you. You are not alone in these feelings and many (if not all of us) can’t help but be affected by the more than five months of living differently, staying in our homes and not seeing all the people we normally see. And now we’re beginning to venture out, mask and hand sanitizer handy, figuring out how to go to familiar places, do familiar things, in a new way. And we’re different, too. There are many stories from the bible – both the Hebrew scriptures and the gospels – about people who have had to adjust to a new way of living. Not all of them adjusted well; not all of them loved their new homes; not all of them were happy; but they were faithful and believed that God would be with them. Many made new discoveries that enriched their lives; some found new friends in unexpected places; and others found blessings they thought they would never again experience. As we move through these changes, it’s good to remember what nurtures us, what makes our hearts warm, what leaves our spirits singing as we wander through this new life. This is what will sustain us when we have to sanitize our hands for the 100th time today or calm us when the skin under our mask is itchy or give us patience when we can’t understand or hear the person speaking to us through the plexiglass shield or encourage us even we hear the numbers in Manitoba are going up and we were just about to go visit someone in an area that now feels unsafe. Like our ancestors, we too can do this with God’s help. We can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and respond with compassion and kindness. We can feel that amazing spirit blow across our faces as we carefully take off our mask and know we are not alone.

A funny image from Connie: although we won’t be doing this, it does remind us that worship will be different – and it might make you smile! You will have received a letter from the Executive outlining some of the changes coming as we gradually reopen the building. As we prepare for an in person, indoor worship service on Sept 13 at 10:45am, know the Board and the COVID-19 reopening committee is working to keep everyone safe and following all the guidelines and protocols of the Province, Manitoba Health and the Prairie to Pine Region and United Church of Canada. Please visit our website (trinityunitedwinnipeg.com), find the COVID-19 tab and look for the information you need to know along with a short video to show you some of the changes.

Scripture for the day: (Matthew 18:20) Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.

Prayer for the week: Creating God, as we think about the future of the faith community we call home, we are filled with questions, concerns and some anticipation. Be with us as we work our way through the details; let your peace be a part of our being together. May your love guide us as we learn to be together in a new way. Amen.

May blessing, peace and the knowledge that we are not alone on this journey; may God be a part of your week as we wander through our changing 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.

Elizabeth

Posted by: jwhes | August 27, 2020

Worship – August 30, 2020

Here is the link to our worship: https://youtu.be/rrVxUjpXh68

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

Thanks to all who helped out and participated in the Outdoor service; just over 50 people attended!

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.

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 | August 26, 2020

Moment from Trinity – August 25, 2020

Here is the short video to accompany this message: https://youtu.be/hfOssb6MS-M

Here are the readings for this Sunday August 30th and the one we’re focusing on is in bold: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6,23-26,45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

The outdoor service happened on Sunday and just over 50 people attended with their lawn chairs, umbrellas, sunglasses, hats and masks. The parking was controlled by Arnold and Ken, keeping socially distant by Charlie and Irma, recording attendance for contact tracing by Susan, heard because of Kyle’s skills with the microphones and speakers, bells tolled from speakers by Tom and Terry, scripture read by Mary, all were prayed for by Gerta, humming along to the music by Bert on keyboard and with drums, offering counted by Gerta, set up and clean up by Ed and a host of volunteers! Thank you to all who helped out and all who participated!

This week (is it only Tuesday??) has reminded me that we have been in “summer time” at the church and at home and soon – maybe too soon – we’ll all be back to our regular lives. As we get ready for September and all the changes that will bring, Perhaps you have young ones getting ready for school or you’re getting ready to return to work at home or at your workplace (or a combination of the two) or you notice there’s not as many hours to spend in the light or meetings and activities are being scheduled or times are getting quieter again as family and friends are returning home or whatever else that might occupy your time as you realize that September is right around the corner. Let’s not forgot to make time for God, to think about the stories of Jesus and to experience that amazing spirit of God wherever we are. The passage from Romans (below) is filled with words and images to remind us of good ways to be people of God, followers of Jesus, in our world.

Here are two pictures from Mary of a couple of quilts by Jo-Anne with this message:
I have been having a busy fun time at the cottage for the last month and a half. The two”Tiny House ” quilts were made to use up some more scraps.


The placemats were made using fabric that has been sitting in my stash for a long time. It was definitely time to put it to use.


It’s nice to see the creativity that ensures even the smallest scrap of fabric can be made into something beautiful!

Scripture for the day: (Romans 12:9-21) Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good

Prayer for the week: Loving God, you invite us to be in with you in a variety of places and spaces. Sometimes those places and spaces are full of activity and people; other times, they are full of silence and nature. Wherever we find ourselves, may we remember that you walk with us throughout our day and night . Amen.

May blessing, peace and connection with God be a part of your week as we wander through our changing days and evenings, knowing the winds of God’s spirit blow with us! May we all find a moment to connect with God in a way that nurtures our spirit.

Elizabeth

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