Thanks to the Building and Property Team for the Scrap Metal Drive on Saturday, Oct 16, 8:30 to 4:00!
We’ve spent the last few days with folk from Australia, the UK, the USA and Canada!
We have spent ‘virtual’ time with all these wonderful folk.
The Canadian Messy Church Conference (October 14 to 17) is all online. (If you want to join in, the agenda is on the messychurch.ca) Contact Carol for the Zoom link.
The Conference was originally scheduled to be held ‘in-person’ last year. The Conference was scheduled to be held at TMUC. Our TMUC Messy Church team, with a few other Messy Church friends, were to host the conference…but then COVID happened and many things that had been planned….didn’t happen.
So the Planning Team creatively and prayerfully developed an online conference. In doing so, they have reminded all of us that for 19 months we have been creatively and prayerfully worshipping and being church in new ways.
The current Manitoba Health Orders have allowed us to begin worshipping in-person again on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.
Everyone attending (unless under 12 years of age) must show proof of full vaccination or proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19.
Everyone must wear a mask (a medical grade mask will be given to each person when they arrive). Those leading in worship can remove their masks when speaking/singing from behind a permeable barrier.
Please note: beginning this Sunday, everyone will be entering the church building via the glass doors of the CE entrance.
The Monthly Book Group has also continued as an online community (meeting on ZOOM). Currently the group is reading ‘The Inconvenient Indian’ by Thomas King. If you have read this book and want to join the discussion, it is on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m..
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.
Thanks again to everyone for 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. Donations on PAR (note: the PAR program now accepts monthly credit card donations as well as automatic monthly bank withdrawals), CanadaHelps through www.canadahelps.org, e-transfers to the church’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org,
and cheques mailed to the church 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, 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, October 17, 2021
Cheryl and Crystal sing the Introit: “Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary”
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!
We open with the first verse of: “Come Touch Our Hearts”:
Esther and Emmett talk about “Jesus in the Middle?”:
Esther and Emmett – Oct 17
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?”
And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.
So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.
But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Our second hymn is The Servant King shared by Cheryl and Crystal
Jeff offers a reflection:
Jeff Reflection – Oct 17
Let us pray (this prayer is adapted from The United Church of Canada’s worship resources for World Food Day):
Bless farmers, fishers, gatherers, hunters, migrant workers…all agricultural workers here in Canada and around the world.
Bless those who transport, distribute, and prepare our food.
Bless those pouring their heart and soul into fostering and protecting clean water, healthy soil, and biodiversity.
Bless those advocating for safe, healthy, culturally appropriate food.
Bless those challenging systems that treat food as a commodity rather than a sacred right.
Bless those working hard to understand where their food comes from and to have a healthy relationship with it.
Bless those who share what they can so no one goes hungry.
Bless the breakfast programs, community kitchens, shared gardens, food banks, and agricultural training programs we support through Mission & Service.
Bless the work and ministries of 1JustCity
Bless our home kitchens, our tables, and all who gather around them.
Bless us as we bow our heads in thanksgiving for your abundant grace.
Bless those seeking truth and reconciliation;
Those who are peace-makers in a world of conflicts;
May your healing and grace be with those facing challenges of physical and emotional illness and disease,
May your healing and grace be with those who grieve.
May Your blessing and love be with all seeking to create a world in which all can live with dignity, safety and welcome.
Bless us in the name and compassion of Jesus the Christ. AMEN
Our closing hymn is “It’s a Song of Praise to the Maker”:
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