Remembrance Sunday is always a special time at Transcona Memorial. A mailing will come to you on Tuesday, November 10, with a Remembrance Service that will include the reading of the Honour Roll, and recordings from our Sanctuary. The reading of the Honour Roll will feature the photos of all those collected for ‘We Will Remember Them’. You will also find that service on our website and on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCviSLSKU80zfkki7kv-kx9A
The Music Team met this week to select the hymns, carols, and special music for Advent and Christmas. Undoubtedly, we will be worshipping online in December – and maybe beyond – something we could not have anticipated even a few months ago.
The meeting was a moment of joy as we looked forward to familiar and favourite songs. The Music Team invites you to be part of the music that we are sharing. Would you like to record a song, or be part of the seasonal recording? Please send us a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to help in the recording.
And, if you have some computer skills and are interested in putting our music videos together, we would like to expand this team. Can you volunteer and help? Do you know of someone who could help?
Volunteers are essential to the ministry of the church, and this week, Bob Kirkhope, Chair of Building and Property, sent a special note of thanks to all those who were the TMUC ‘groundskeepers and grass-cutters’.
And, we know that every volunteer is appreciated! Whether you are calling people from home, or working at the Food Bank, whether you are serving on a ‘team’, or actively praying each day, thank you. Your share of Christ’s ministry in our community is a gift to us all.
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 email@example.com 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 8, 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 “Sleepers, Wake”
Esther and Emmett are wearing poppies for Remembrance Day and thinking about peace in the world.
Esther and Emmett and Remembrance Day
‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.”
Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.”
But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.”
And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.
Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Jeff offers a reflection:
Let us pray:
O God, our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come…
O God, our creator, in ages past, in present times, in the unknown future…
God, this week we remember…remember lives, faces, names of men and women who went to war, and who died in war.
We remember those who waited for news from loved ones gone to war…for news about loved ones gone to war.
We remember the courage, loyalty and desire for a better world…we remember the grief, the fear and the uncertainty …
We remember…and we pray for peace…we pray for peace…
We pray for a world of mutual affirmation and respect amongst all people, a world of equity of wealth, a world of generosity, humility and compassion.
We pray for countries facing political change; we pray for peaceful transformation to just and compassionate systems and structures. We pray for the people of the United States in this uncertain time.
We pray for all who are coping with climatic and ‘natural’ disasters. We pray for people in the Philippines following typhoon Goni.
We pray for all living in places of war and conflict. We pray for the people of Ethiopia. We pray for Palestinians whose homes on the West Bank have been demolished.
We pray for our global community facing the challenge of COVID.
We pray for all who seeking refuge, who seek food, who seek employment, who seek access to medical attention, to education, to safety.
We pray for all in need of healing.
We pray for hope for those who feel despondent; peace for those who feel anxious and love for those who feel alone.
God, we pray for humanity to journey towards Peace, journey towards just and right relations, journey towards being a people created in Your image.
We pray in the name and spirit of Jesus the Christ, whose life, death and resurrection invite us into the sacred mystery of Your grace and divine love.
In Christ’s name…AMEN
Our closing hymn is “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”
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