FEBRUARY 18, 2018
First Sunday of Lent - Rev. Peggy's Reflection this morning was entitled "Lent: The Practice of Wilderness Living." Emphasizing this important transition in the church year, our opening candle ceremony has changed. In the worship folder, we are advised that "As this Lenten season progresses over the next six weeks we will light the Lenten candles of promise. As the light increases and the darkness slowly dissipates, we know that we are not alone. God is with us always. We are connected all - one to another - every creature, every life. In a time of quiet we prepare our hearts for this day."
The story of Jacob, found in Genesis, tells of how he wrestled in the wilderness during the days before he was to see his brother Esau for the first time in 20 years. "The man Jacob wrestles with in the wilderness is his very own self in the presence of God. He fights with his insecurities, the wrongs he had done and the belief that he was undeserving of God's love. ... In that desert place, Jacob awoke to the realization that he alone was responsible for his wrongdoing and that it had never been necessary for him to deceive his father and wrong his brother because he had always had his father's love and blessing. It took Jacob many years before he came to the revelation that he was worthy, good enough and was loved."
She invited us "to spend time in your wilderness each day during the week. Find a place that becomes your regular place of quiet and breathe deeply. Live in the wilderness and let yourself be with whatever arises."
Music ministry was provided by the Sanctuary Choir with Garrett on piano and Brent directing. Readings this morning came from Genesis 32:24-28, Mark 1:12-13, Romans 7:18-19 and a quote by Sister Joan Chittister.
FEBRUARY 11, 2018
Rev. Kelley presided over the "Transfiguration Sunday" service, focussing on the theme of "Daring to be Transformed." Eldon Godfrey, in his reading of 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9, added his personal reflections on transformation as it has occurred in his life. Rev. Kelley announced that she would be leaving her Pastoral Care Ministry as of July 31, 2018, in order to concentrate on her Master's Thesis. Needless to say, we have kept her too busy to devote time to her writing so, sadly, she will be "daring to be tranformed" as she moves into the future.
The Sacred Service team, led by Heather Chubb-Way, greeted, ushered and served communion during this very meaningful service. The Chamber Choir set a sombre tone to the service in their rendition of Missa Brevis Boreal - Kyrie by M. Emery and Missa Brevis Boreal - Agnus Dei.
Following our morning after service gathering in the T.M. room we were ready to "dare to be transformed" as we set off for this seventh week of 2018. Special thanks go to David Rider who culinary skills provided us with delicious baking to go with our beverages.
FEBRUARY 4, 2018
Rev. Peggy's Reflection was on February's Value of the Month - "Daring." Readings came from Luke 8:42-48 and from quotes by R.E. Goodrich, W. Newton Clark, C.D Lousbrough, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, from Rev. Peggy who used the book entitled An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God had in Mind by Pastor Erwin Raphael McManus.
"We are living in a time in history that is desperately in need of churches as spiritual anchors for thousands of people adrift in the confusion of life. Unfortunately churches do not understand how to be that spiritual anchor in this modern era which is marked by growing dependence on an individualistic and ego-centric mindset."
McManus was quoted as saying, "We kept our traditions and lost our children." Rev. Peggy cautions that we must "see beyond its (the church) own walls and reevaluate how it is living or not living its faith in the world." His and Rev. Peggy's message of hope is that, "We have to dare to be alive, to serve, to love our neighbour, to be passionate about our faith... A flourishing church is a mixture of peopl who learn lessons from everyone and find answers to accomplish results. They dare to be an energetic and vibrant presence in the world as they risk for justice, meet the needs of others, value and respect each other, dream fresh dreams, seek peace and make bold tracks." Check out the photo images for the poem by Steve Maraboli.
The Sanctuary Choir, with soloist, Marian Whitman, offered two anthems this morning: "You are the Branches" and "Hallelujah" in which the congregation joined in for verse 5. In spite of the bitterness of the winter morning, the warmth inside our church was tangible.
JANUARY 28, 2018
- Baptism Celebration Sunday: We had a worship service this morning honouring and celebrating the sacrament of baptism. The children, Eddie, Iris, Hugo and Xavier, participated in the service along with their parents, sibling, godparents and grandparents. Following the service, of course, cake was served in the beautifully decorated Tatanga Mani Room (i.e. lots of balloons). Thank you to the Rev. Peggy, Alison, Angel Voices with Brent, Colleen, Miranda Johns on oboe and Claire Sharp on Violin, Abby, Yvonne, Claire, Rachelle, Tapas, Barry and January's Sacred Service team for making the service so special for our little ones.
JANUARY 21, 2018
The "Contemplative Communion" service this morning was new and very special. As congregants moved to the stations, they had an opportunity to light a candle as a prayer of memory, thanks and/or healing. It was a time of ritual, quiet and prayer. The Sanctuary Choir added their gift of song with three anthems this morning, "Come, Share the Lord" by B.J.Leech, "Here is Love" by W. Rees and R. Lowry and "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" by S. DeFord. Thank you, Garrett, Brent and Sanctuary Choir.
Rev. Peggy's "Words of Hope" were most fitting. The question she asked was, "How can hope be nurtured in these disturbing times?" She reminded us the both Hebrews and Christians find God in the messiness of life. "Hope requires conscious action. We need to strive to live with a positive mindset, showing kindness, compassion, acceptance and understanding... All of life can reconnect us to the devine."
JANUARY 14, 2018
"The Spirituality of Southern Africa":We were privileged this morning to hear from Wayne Holst and several of the Spiritual Travellers reflecting on their trip last fall to South Africa. Doreen Bills, Bob Clare, Darlene and Frans Heynen, Ruth Cross, Dale Lamont and Joan Gray, as well as a written reflection and slides from Richard Christmas, gave us their stirring perspectives gained from their travels.
Alison's reflection with Faith Quest children introduced the sacrament of Baptism. On January 28, there will be a worship service honouring and celebrating the sacrament and the children and youth are learning all about it as they will be participating.
The Chamber Choir, directed by Garrett Krause, presented "Like as the Hart" by H. Howells and "The Lord is My Shepherd" by J. Rutter.
The congregation joined together for a "Welcome Back" Lunch following the service. Thanks to Darlene and the crew that made sure there was enough baked sausages, macaroni and cheese and green salad to satisfy the diners and the clean up crew that "disappeared" tables, chairs and table clothes. St. Davidians surely enjoy eating together.
JANUARY 7, 2018
This morning's service was presided over by Rev. Kelley with a focus on "Epiphany." The new value of the month "Inquisitiveness" is an invitation to be curious, to ask questions, do our research and be mindful of our lives as we approach the New Year. The Heynen January team launched into their month of sacred service.
“The grandest form of delusion is misconstruing the obvious. Persons with an open, inquisitive, and intuitive mind can detect hidden clues that aggressive, narrow-minded, and impatient rationalists fail to perceive.” - Kilroy J. Oldster
The Sanctuary Choir with Garrett on piano added their message in song. The copy of the worship folder can be found by clicking on the file attachment at the bottom of this page.
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