As TMUC continues the safe practice of not gathering for in-person worship or meetings, we also continue to be a community that cares for one another and for God’s creation.
We are gathering as a virtual community on Sunday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. for Communion. The resource and the link were sent out yesterday, but just in case you missed it, here is the ZOOM link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7538449219
And, it is Messy Church next Tuesday night, January 26 at 6:10 p.m. The resources are at tmuc.ca All are welcome! We hope that you will join in the fun!
We continue to be a worshipping community that both creates online resources and shares resources from other sources.
Here is a link to worship resources for this week from ‘Illustrated Ministry.’These resources are based on our Gospel reading Mark 1:14-20. The resource includes the steps for a Jesus Journey in our own living spaces and the Bible verse for colouring.
We continue to be so grateful for those who continue to financially support the ministry of TMUC, through your donations on PAR, through www.canadahelps.org and in cheques mailed to the church. You are making a difference. Thank you.
Even though we cannot be together in one place, let’s continue to be a community at prayer together. We hope that you will join us for communion, but if you cannot, we hope that on Sunday at 10:00, you will 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.
The Prayer List is distributed separately and allows us to remember specific people with our prayers. If you want to receive the Prayer List, or add a name (with their permission), please be in touch.
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, January 24, 2021
Introit: Prepare the Way of the Lord, sung by Cheryl and Crystal:
We come to worship to hear Good News,
We come to worship to know God’s love,
We are united in heart and in community,
And everywhere we are God’s people.
Our opening hymn is ‘Here I Am Lord’
Esther and Emmett discuss discipleship and fishing!
Esther and Emmett_Gone Fishing
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishers. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired help and followed him.
Crystal Schau, Cheryl and Connor Jackson share ‘Jesus Saw them Fishing’.
Carol offers a reflection on this week’s gospel reading on following Jesus.
Let us pray:
God, Spirit that creates and animates,
love that inspires and reconciles,
hope that renews and restores,
we are thankful that we live within Your grace,
that all creation is Your creation.
We hold all of your creation in prayer.
We pray for soil, water and air that has been polluted.
We pray for land and resources that have been exploited and used with no thought of the consequences to Your creation.
We pray for the healing of human actions and attitudes that dangerously change weather patterns and result in the extinction of other creatures with whom we share this planet.
We pray for all who live in places of war and conflict. We pray for a world at peace.
We pray for refugees throughout the world. We pray for Eritrean refugees in camps in need of medical supplies and water.
We pray for humanity to reflect Your image God. We pray that we be freed from our spirits of racism and homophobia and fear of others and be freed of our desire to feel superior to others. Transform us to be people of compassion, mercy and blessing.
We pray for all who hunger. Let hearts be opened that we become individuals and nations that share with one another and care for one another.
We pray for all who live with cancer, with heart disease, with COVID-19, with physical, mental and emotional challenges and illnesses. We pray for healing, for courage and for an awareness of Your love that always embraces us.
We pray for all who grieve. In our times of loss, may we know that You are with us in our sorrow.
We pray, God, for peace.
We pray for hope.
We pray for reconciliation.
Renew our spirits.
May the resurrected Christ be our companion and guide in our living of these days.
In Christ’s name we pray. AMEN
Our closing hymn is “Jesus Calls Us’
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,
Carol and Jeff