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 some of the Schau family singing Hallelujah:
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 5, 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 “Come Children Join to Sing”
Emmett has just had his grad photo taken and now TMUC’s puppet team of Esther and Emmett think about the gospel:
Esther & Emmett_July 5
This week’s scripture reading is Matthew 11:16-19:
“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
Jeff offers a reflection:
SERMON JULY 5
Let us pray:
You love us from our very beginning.
You love our world – every bit of creation.
And you invite us to love.
You invite us to love ourselves.
You invite us to love one another.
You invite us to love our world.
Help us to live love in all we say and do.
Help us to recognize your love in ourselves and to share that love with others.
Help us to seek justice in our hurting world.
O God, we do not know what the future will bring but we pray that this COVID time will help us to recognize the need for care for each other and for our planet.
Help us to act with thoughtfulness.
Help us to speak with kindness.
Help us to live with intention.
We pray for those who are sick and those who care for them.
We pray for those who are grieving and those who comfort them.
We pray for those who are hungry and those who feed them.
We pray for those who are alone or in prison and those who visit them.
We pray for those who need justice and those who work on their behalf.
We pray, we pray, we pray.
Hear our prayers O God for all the silent prayers of our hearts and minds.
Surround us with your grace and help us to let our hands and our living reach out beyond all divides.
In Christ’s name we pray. AMEN
Our closing hymn is “When Hands Reach Out Beyond Divides”
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 & Carol