Posted by: jwhes | June 24, 2020

Trinity Moment – June 23, 2020

Here is the short YouTube video to go along with this Moment for June 23, 2020.

https://youtu.be/XsNG4WuGI78

The scripture reading for Sunday June 28 is from Genesis 22; 1-14. It is the story of God calling Abraham to take his son into the mountains. While it is a startling story, it is a story of the love of a father for his son and of faith in God.

Charles Powell will be the feature speaker in our virtual service for June 28. We will distribute information about the YouTube link for this service, later in the week.

Message

Last Tuesday we discussed the important place that the Trinity Community Garden has in our local area and the metaphors that the Garden provide for us. Among several things, it provides encouragement to “grow” a creative activity of our own in the coming week despite the limitations of our life of caution and care with COVID-19 still among us. Many have done so. In particular. I am thinking of the quilting ladies.

Mary Pelton has described to me the virtual quilting exchange she initiated, called: “The Fellowship of the Quilts”. Members of the Fellowship have continued their art and their association, taking photographs of their work that they distribute to others in the Fellowship. In this way the creativity and mutual exchanges of the pre-COVID quilting circle are continued without physical meetings. Two attached photographs demonstrate the quilters’ works. The first illustrates the creation by Joanne Muldrew. Joanne says of her work: “This quilt was started last August and finished May 12. It is the first quilt I have quilted on my regular sewing machine for a very long time”. The second of the attached photographs illustrates the work of Marion Inskip. What great illustrations of creativity and the “growing” of an art form! Thanks to these ladies for providing examples of their work.

I am led to think about the final verse of the 90th Psalm when considering the range of activities, both intellectual and manual, with which we are involved:

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it” (KJV).

I hope you will continue to “grow” your personal activities in the coming week and that, in so doing, you, too, will experience the blessing contained in this verse.

A prayer for today:

God who has given us the capacity to build and change the world in which we live, we seek your guidance in recognizing the inclusivity and compassion we must incorporate in our cultural and physical structures and in our own personal lives. Be with us in our struggles, and in our joys, that we may be constructive witnesses of hope to others.  Amen

Blessing

Elizabeth has provided us with the Blessing:

Peace and blessings of music, words, creativity, and struggle as we continue to move through these times”,

Harry Johnson

(for Elizabeth)

Posted by: jwhes | June 19, 2020

Sunday Worship – June 21, 2020

Please click on the link below and you should be redirected to the video; you may have to search by the date. The words to the hymns are on the power point. You can access it now or anytime, including Sunday morning.

Here is the link to our worship  https://youtu.be/FpRJ3FfpSXk  
We hope this video or print worship reminds you of our regular time together on Sunday.
In addition, we are offering:

Holy Yoga every Saturday at 10am and Monday at 3pm – led by Wynn

 
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.
If you’d like to support West Broadway Community Ministry, we are collecting juice boxes and granola bars. These will supplement the donated lunches they hand out every day. Juice boxes and granola bars can be dropped off Monday, or Sundaymorning, 9-11am or call the church (204 269 1632) for pick up. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.
Elizabeth is away June 15 to July 6th taking holidays and study leave that was cancelled due to COVID-19. Rev. Paul Campbell is available for pastoral emergencies and his contact information is on the church answering machine.
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 | June 16, 2020

Moment from Trinity – June 16, 2020

Here is the short video to go along with the Trinity Tuesday Moment for June 9, 2020:

https://youtu.be/5tnx3zE5tvE

The virtual service for this coming Sunday, June 21 will be led by Reverend Paul Campbell.   Paul is also on-call for pastoral needs during Elizabeth’s study leave and vacation time. The link for the YouTube video of Rev. Campbell’s service will be distributed later in the week. We are thankful for the wide congregation, well beyond our Trinity family, who watch these video messages from Trinity.

Growth During COVID Separations:
How is your garden growing?   Remember that nursery rhyme?   Well at Trinity, the Community Garden is growing very well. It serves as a metaphor to the congregation and the community: “Come grow with us at Trinity”.

Imagine! Almost fifty plots are being actively cultivated in the Trinity Garden. Beth Anderson has been leading the project and she comments: “The gardens provide more than the food that is grown. It gives the gardeners a sense of community, of purpose, of belonging and of fulfillment”.

You may not have a garden per se that you tend. You likely have a plant that you water, or some constructive activity that “grows” as you progress with it. Last week, in her Trinity Tuesday Moment, Elizabeth described Joanne’s quilting project. She included a picture from Joanne showing how her project had grown to a beautifully completed quilt. Such an important metaphor for us in this time of separation and caution!

We hope you have a ‘project’ or an activity that provides a creative outlet and helps you ’grow’ despite our caution during the COVID crisis.

God of Growth and Change, we seek your guidance as we address the changes occurring in our time. Be with us as we grow in our culture and in our personal lives and help us to be ministers of hope and change to others.  Amen

Elizabeth leaves us with this blessing:
“Peace and blessings of music, words, creativity, and struggle as we continue to move through these times”.

Harry Johnson
(For Elizabeth)

Posted by: jwhes | June 12, 2020

Worship for July 14, 2020

Please click on the link below and you should be redirected to the video; you may have to search by the date. The words to the hymns are on the power point. You can access it now or anytime, including Sunday morning.

Here is the link to our worship: https://youtu.be/Sskyfsez9Eo

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

Please join United Church of Canada on Sunday June 7th at 6pm in worship “United against Racism” led by the Black Clergy Network of the United Church of Canada. here is the link to the UCC youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFiumMG3PE8&feature=youtu.be

In addition, we are offering:
Holy Yoga every Saturday at 10am and Monday at 3pm – led by Wynn

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.

If you’d like to support West Broadway Community Ministry, we are collecting juice boxes and granola bars. These will supplement the donated lunches they hand out every day. Juice boxes and granola bars can be dropped off Monday, or Sunday morning, 9-11am or call the church (204 269 1632) for pick up. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

Elizabeth is away June 15 to July 6th taking holidays and study leave that was cancelled due to COVID-19. Rev. Paul Campbell is available for pastoral emergencies and his contact information is on the church answering machine.

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

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