Posted by: jwhes | June 10, 2020

Moment from Trinity – June 9, 2020

Here is the short video to go along with this moment for June 9, 2020: https://youtu.be/dEoi_o86U-c

The scripture reading for this Sunday is the story of Abraham and Sarah receiving the news from three strangers that they will be parents very soon. it also reminds us of the ministry of hospitality as the strangers are welcomed. Between Sarah’s laughter and the extravagant feast prepared for the strangers, this is a story of God’s abundant grace and love. There is no judgement involved; it is a story of faith in God being active and alive in our world.

As we continue to see, hear and experience the protests (mainly peaceful) against racism in our city and beyond, we are invited to think about our individual response. Please take a moment to read an important message from Rev. Dr. Paul Douglas Walfall, a United Church minister in northern Alberta, whose picture is attached:
https://www.united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/dear-white-people

Jo-Anne writes and sends this picture:
My eye surgery is complete and now so is this quilt; a good reminder that moving through our everyday – and sometimes challenging – tasks

Carolyn and Jo-Anne write as we enjoy the music attached here:
A school teacher in the town of Banff, AB named Heather Jean Jordan, who has been climbing the steeple of a local place worship, St. George’s-in-the-Pines Anglican Church, each day since the Coronavirus outbreak shut down so much, playing “Amazing Grace” on the bells for anyone within ear range to hear.

A prayer for today:
God of Compassion, be with us in our struggles, and in our joys that we may be ministers of hope to others. Amen

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

Elizabeth

Posted by: jwhes | June 4, 2020

Trinity Worship – June 7, 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/uQwJ-sDnjmE

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

In addition, we are offering:

  • The Big Question – Sunday June 7th at 9am – led by Irma
  • Holy Yoga every Saturday at 10am and Monday at 3pm – led by Wynn

All of these are offered through an online Zoom call and if you’d like to take part, let me know; you can join by computer or phone.

Have you been cleaning out your closets, basements, garages and found some electronic recycling? The depots are now open and you can drop these off at the church Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday mornings from 9-11am or call the church and we’ll come pick them up.

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, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday morning, 9-11am or call the church (204 269 1632) for pick up. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

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 2, 2020

Moment from Trinity – June 2, 2020

Here is a short video for this moment: https://youtu.be/cALKWnvTH10

This Sunday we are celebrating Pride Sunday, the 95th anniversary of the United Church and communion. If you can bring a rainbow, a candle (flameless or regular one), a piece of bread (cracker, bun, cheerios), and a drink of juice (grape, orange, apple, water) to celebrate together while we are apart.

If folks have any extra bedding plants and would like to help us beautify the outside of the church, you can drop off on the church steps either anytime Thursday or Friday morning and they will be planted on Friday afternoon.
If you are making your way to the church, please be advised that the city is repaving Caledon St. in front of the church. It may be difficult to get through and you may have to use the back alley accessed beside the 7-11 or behind Starbucks.

Many of us are feeling devastated by the events happening in the US. Many of us are uncertain what to do, what to say, how to react. We are thinking deeply about what it means to be children of God, followers of Jesus, spirit-led people in our world. We are thinking of family and friends who might be a victim of violence and are fearful. I cannot give an answer here for everyone; all I can say is that we – each of us – need to think deeply, to pray deeply, to listen to the black voices in our midst, to talk with one another, to act with our hearts, minds, spirits, knowing that these killings are not what God wants for our world, that we are ALL children of God, that this is our issue too. This Sunday, in the scripture for the day, Jesus commissions the disciples and us to ministry in the world; to follow the commandments he taught: love God, love your neighbour as yourself. Being a disciples is never easy. We care, love, and speak knowing that God will be with us day by day by day.

Listen again to the words of the song (shared by Wynn) “We Rise Again” as we think, pray, listen and act in the midst of these troubling images:

Harry writes to accompany the pictures:
We sing: “God sees the little sparrow fall …” . But in watching these little birds, there is more with which they have been gifted than just the passive watchful eye of God. In the first image, the forager parent is handing off a food delivery to the caring parent on the “porch” of their home, just as our family have provided groceries on our porch during our isolation. The second picture shows the reaction of the parents when an intruding squirrel comes close to their home. They stand on ‘tippy toes’, puff out their chests and spread wide their wings in a great display of courage to protect their family and successfully scare off the intruder. So there is more to the metaphor of the watchful eye of God than just in the demise of a little sparrow. These lovely little creatures have been given gifts of love, courage and the knowledge of bringing up their families as part of the great gifts of God.

Listen deeply, pray deeply, think deeply, be deeply, are we rise again as people of God, followers of Jesus, and spirit-led faith-filled people in the world.

In the midst of the events happening to our neighbours in the US, this prayer was written by Nadia Bolz-Weber

God whose name has been used to enslave those who bear your image,
God whose name has been used to steal this land and kill those who bear your image,
God whose name was called upon by Moses and Miriam and Martin Luther King Jr and Sojourner Truth, Brionna Taylor and George Floyd.
God who raised up prophets to speak truth to power, and poets to speak truth to stupid,
We call on your holy name to give us what we need to undo what has been done in your name.
We call on your name to bring your fierce mercy upon us and remove our complacency and our complicity.
We call on your name to heal the wounds of those whose daily reality we do not understand.
We call on your name to give us a holy curiosity about what being Black in America is really like, Lord.
We call on your name to free us from our cherished notions of being “good” that keep us from hearing this truth,
We call on your name to give us this day our daily truth, our daily humility, our daily rage, our daily hope.
This country is burning Lord…may is be a cleansing Holy Spirit fire.
Guide us to believe that the true name of God is stronger than what has been done in God’s name.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Posted by: jwhes | May 29, 2020

Trinity Worship May 31, 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/7OsqcuwwHvw

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

In addition, we are offering:

  • The Big Question – Sunday June 7th at 9am – led by Irma
  • Bible study – the last one until September is Monday June 1, at 7:15pm;
  • Holy Yoga every Saturday at 10am and Monday at 3pm – led by Wynn

All of these are offered through an online Zoom call and if you’d like to take part, let me know; you can join by computer or phone.

Have you been cleaning out your closets, basements, garages and found some electronic recycling? The depots are now open and you can drop these off at the church Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday mornings from 9-11am or call the church and we’ll come pick them up.

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, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday morning, 9-11am or call the church (204 269 1632) for pick up. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

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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