What’s different about the church in this picture?
Can’t get it?? Feeling stumped?? If you are feeling stumped you actually got it!
A few weeks ago TMUC received a notice from the City of Winnipeg that the elm tree on the corner of our property and the lane was infested with Dutch Elm Disease and needed to be removed. And, now it is gone – just a small stump remains.
And, speaking of things that get removed – it is time for our annual Scrap Metal Drive. Here’s the announcement:
Scrap Metal Drive
TMUC will be hosting a scrap metal drive on Saturday, September 26 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the parking lot behind the church. We’ll be accepting any metal material. If it pings or clanks when you tap it, we’ll accept it!
Once again, Meridian Hauling has been very generous and is donating the use of one of their bins.
To keep everyone safe, we ask that you;
• Wash your hands at home before loading up your scrap
• Wear a mask while you’re at the event
• Enter the driveway at the back of the church from the west and exit to the east
• Take advantage of our hand sanitizer stations if you’re going to help unload
For our part, volunteers will be wearing masks, sanitizing tools between users, and frequently sanitizing our hands. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th.
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, September 13, 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 ‘Like a Mighty River Flowing’:
Emmett is doing math and that leads Esther to a discussion on forgiveness and…apples and elephants!
Esther and Emmett_Sept 13
Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.
When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made.
So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’
And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.
But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’
Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’
But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt.
When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’
And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt.
So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Jeff offers a reflection
Jeff reflects on Matthew_Sept 13
Let us pray:
You love us beyond measure, and you offer us grace and forgiveness even when it is difficult for us to feel it or know it. Thank you for your mercy. Thank you for your love.
God of grace and glory, there is such beauty in our world. We see beauty in the brightness of the sky, in the colours of creation. Help us to care for creation in all we say and do.
God of peace, of mercy and kindness, your gifts call us to share with others. Help us to live the love we receive from you. Help us to bear your light to others. And, help us to see in ourselves your love and forgiveness. Help us to know that we are your beloved children.
Holy God, we pray for our hurting world. We pray for those who are sick and who need the touch of your healing hand.
We pray for those in the western United States who are battling wildfires, and for those who are fleeing fires. In this terrifying time O God, give strength.
We pray for those displaced by the fire in Greece that gutted a migrant camp. For those who are finding a new place to live, may it be a place of hope. So many around the world who live in camps and slums and survive on so little. O God, give courage and the sense of your abiding presence with them.
As COVID-19 continues to affect so many people around the globe, help us to care for each other. Help us to live with respect for each other and to see care and compassion even behind masks.
Help us to be agents of transformation in the world. Let us voice our love for all. And let leaders hear our voices and our prayers that the world might be changed.
O God, we pray to you for these, and all the concerns in our hearts and minds.
In Christ’s name we pray. AMEN.
Our closing hymn is ‘There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy’:
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