You are invited to join us as we celebrate Communion this Sunday morning at 10:15 am (Winnipeg time) on ZOOM. (We will open the ZOOM ‘Meeting’ before 10 so you have lots of time to make sure everything is working with your connection.) Whether you are a regular worshipper in the Transcona Memorial United Church building, or part of our virtual congregation, you are welcome!
In preparation for ZOOM Communion please have something to serve as Communion elements – bread and juice; a cracker and water, whatever you have at hand is fine. The purpose is to be together and to celebrate the grace and love of God in prayer and community.
We hope that you will join us. Here is the information about participating:
To use a computer, smartphone or tablet to participate, you will be asked to join a ZOOM Meeting – here is the link:
To use a telephone to participate, you will not be able to see the people who are using tablets or computers or smartphones, but you will be able to hear everything:
And when prompted, enter the ‘Meeting ID code’ 753 844 9219
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. On Sunday at 10:00, let’s think about the gifts we have in our lives, and needs of our world, and then let’s all 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.
Once each week, the Prayer List will arrive in the ‘Inbox’ of those who want to read the names of those we know need and want our prayers. If you want to add a name to the weekly Prayer List, please do – ask for a person’s permission if you are adding their last name – and let us know by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org And, if you want to receive the list, please be in touch with that request as well.
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, November 15, 2020
We come to worship with the first verse of ‘Come Touch Our Hearts’
We gather together although we are apart.
We gather in community although we are alone.
We gather asking for God’s blessing on our lives, and on our world.
We gather knowing God is with us.
Our opening hymn is “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”
Jeff has a story
Doing the Right Thing
‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.
For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Carol offers a reflection:
Reflection November 15
Let us pray:
God, we are Your people at prayer.
We pray our thankfulness for:
– this precious world, Your precious Creation
– Jesus’ embodiment of Your love amongst us
– all people offering healing, peace, care, dignity, encouragement, learning and hope to others
We pray our concerns and yearnings:
– for humans to learn humility and respect in relating to Your creation
– for hearts cleansed of racism, divisive prejudices, attitudes of superiority or dominance, and indifference to others’ suffering
– for hearts grounded in love, compassion, peace, and right relations
– for all victimized by violence
– for all coping with illness, disease, old scars and new wounds
– for all who feel confined by poverty, unemployment, hunger or homelessness
– for all who grieve
God, hear the concerns and yearnings of our hearts.
God, renew our spirits, and bless us with courage, faith, hope and love.
In Christ’s name we pray. AMEN
Our closing hymn is “Let My Spirit Always Sing”
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