Greetings for another week of ‘Church at home’!
The summer months at Transcona Memorial have meant some special music is shared. This summer, our hope is to continue that tradition, even as so many other traditions have changed.
Here’s Crystal Schau playing and singing Count on Me:
If you would like to offer some music, please be in touch with Crystal Schau through firstname.lastname@example.org
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. (People who subscribed to the Prayer List before the pandemic will continue to receive it.)
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, July 12, 2020
We come to worship with ‘Spirit God, Be Our Breath’ (which is 150 in More Voices if you have a hymn book and want to sing along):
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 “Jesus Bids Us Shine”
Jeff tells a Story for All:
Printable Version: A Story for All_July 12
This week’s scripture reading is Matthew 13: 1-9
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”
Carol offers a reflection:
Printable Version: Reflection_July 12
Let us pray:
Spirit of hope,
Whisper of peace,
Music of wonder,
Breath of life,
Gardener of love…
You receive our prayers;
prayers we say,
prayers we think
prayers we sing, play and dance,
prayers we draw, sculpt and paint
and the prayers we cannot express:
deep prayers of yearning, love, fear, and peace.
You receive all our prayers God
and so…we pray our many prayers in many ways.
We pray for healing of relationships;
for healing of our personal anger, prejudice, indifference, intolerance…
heal us that we become more compassionate with each other.
We pray for all people as we continue to live in ways that are safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic.
We pray for healing of all creation;
We pray for the over 100 elephants that have died in Botswana from a yet unknown cause.
We pray for animal life trying to adjust to climate change.
We pray for humans to be agents of healing in preserving rainforests, cleaning oceans and waterways of discarded human garbage and plastics.
We pray for healing for all who are ill, who are anxious, who have no place or space of safety and welcome.
We pray for all who are oppressed, and for healing for those who seek to dominate and control others.
We pray for those who grieve.
We pray that we be people of prayer;
that as we offer our prayers to be received into Your sacred Oneness,
we be open to receiving Your prayers, Your blessing, Your Spirit of healing and hope and wholeness.
Guide us through the living of these days.
In Christ’s name we pray. AMEN
Our closing hymn is “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”
God bless you and keep you.
God’s face shine upon.
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