“Good Grief!” – Charlie Brown
“My life is full of unsuffered consequences.” – Snoopy
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end. It’s already tomorrow in Australia” – Charles Schulz
“I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it” – Sally Brown
“Each generation must be able to blame the previous generation for its problems. It doesn’t solve anything, but it makes us all feel better.” – Lucy Van Pelt
“Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is an excellent therapy for a troubled mind” – Linus Van Pelt
“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back” –Charles Schulz
The comic strips have been a cherished section of daily and weekend newspapers for over 100 years.
One of the most recognized comic strips has been ‘Peanuts.’
The last original Peanuts comic appeared in newspapers on Sunday, February 13, 2000. Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, had died the previous day.
The first Peanuts comic was published on October 2, 1950. Schulz created 17,897 installments, published in 2,600 newspapers worldwide.
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ brought to TV Schulz’s beloved characters – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, and others.
Peanuts provided memorable characters with memorable insights.
Are there some favourite Peanuts moments in your memory?
We are thankful for the grace and blessing of everyone engaging with us on this COVID-19 journey. We are grateful to share ministry with you and really appreciate your efforts to stay in touch and to continue to care about TMUC with your prayers and your financial support.
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Even though we cannot be together in one place, let’s continue to be a community at prayer together. On Sunday at 10, please think about the gifts we have in our lives, and needs of our world, and then pray the Lord’s prayer (you can pray silently, or out loud).
And, sometime, when you want to have a longer worship time, we are including some words and videos for your use.
As we share this week’s TMUC worship service, we are called again to listen to our faith community’s words of reconciliation:
We are gathered for worship and work in Treaty One territory, which is the traditional land of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dené peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation. For thousands of years Indigenous Peoples walked this land and knew it to be the centre of their lives and their spirituality. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
Worship for Sunday, February 13, 2022
Introit: “Joy is now in Every Place”:
Come, Holy Spirit!
Come to awaken our faith,
to inspire our hope
to embolden our love
and to let Christ live in us!
Come, Holy Spirit!
Today’s opening hymn is ‘For the Healing of the Nations’:
Esther and Emmett talk about ‘Woes and Whoa!’
Esther and Emmett – Feb 13
Thus says the LORD: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the LORD.
They shall be like a shrub in the desert and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.
They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.
And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”
Jeff offers a reflection:
Jeff reflection Feb 13
Anthem: ‘Blessed Are’ (written by Cheryl’s Dad, Nestor Guspodarchuk – and shared by Cheryl)
Let us pray:
God of all creation,
sometimes all we can say is, “Wow!”
When we see stars in the sky,
aware that some are thousands of light years away,
aware that this galaxy is part of a universe that expands beyond what is beyond…
We say ‘wow’ at the gentle, wondrous beauty of a tear
sliding down our face.
We say ‘wow’ at as an athlete rotates in the air before landing on upright aboard her snowboard on a mountain slope.
We say ‘wow’ with every breath we inhale and exhale.
Sometimes…all we can say….is…’wow’!
We are part of this wow creation.
We belong in this cosmic marvel.
We live in Your love and blessing….Wow!
So we are thankful, and we are hopeful, and
we seek to stretch our imaginations and our faith
to trust more deeply.
So we become aware of living in the midst of blessing and we become aware of living in the midst of blessings broken and of struggle and conflict in our lives and in this world.
We pray that we emerge from COVID lockdowns, but that we do so safely, thoughtfully and responsibly. We pray for all health workers providing care to those in hospitals.
We pray for civility and respect to guide people’s actions and expressions of disagreement in the midst of the protests initiated by truckers. We pray for a spirit of reconciliation.
We pray for all people living in places of war and conflict. We pray for people in Syria, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, Libya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We pray for the healing of this planet. We pray that humans change our relationship with the rest of creation, to lessen our impact on climate change.
We pray for all who hunger. We pray for all who lack access to medical care. We pray for all seeking refuge and a place to call home. We pray for all who live in poverty. We pray for all coping with physical, mental and emotional disease and challenges.
We pray for healing. We pray for all people to be included in communities of compassion and affirming love.
We pray that we learn the ways of peace. We pray that we bless one another as we share the blessings of Your love and creation, God.
We pray that the spirit of Christ guide Christians in being communities of hope and healing throughout the world.
From our faith-filled response of ‘wow’, we pray in Christ’s name. AMEN
Our closing hymn is “In Loving Partnership We Come”
May God bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you.
May God grant you peace and joy.
Be in the peace of Christ, this day and always. Amen
We keep you in our prayers,
Jeff and Carol