Sunday morning worship can be found each Sunday at 10:30 am on our Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkSYmhIYagMxAaqG5b0Wruw
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Gathering Music on Thanksgiving Sunday
The Psalmist sings:
I will sing to you all my life, I will make music for my God as long as I live.
— Psalm 104
Our worship this Sunday will begin promptly at 10:30 am on Youtube with three of our favourite songs from More Voices, so be ready to join in our song of thanksgiving with all of creation.
Rev. Craig S. Miller
“And if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” - 2 Corinthians 5: 17
What does it mean to be a “new creation?” Many of us yearn for transformation, newness, and growth, particularly during challenging times, but are we willing to pursue this transformation? How is our own personal renewal connected to “new creation” in others, in our communities and in the world itself? Our tradition reminds us that this becoming requires attention, it requires tending. “Tending” means to lean in the direction of something… to “attend” to something is to nurture it, grow it, build it, and pay attention to it.
Paul is one example in our tradition of the mystery of the type of becoming, of growth, that we are talking about. His story is a great adventure.
Paul’s writings indicate that as he grew, he became committed to discerning what aspects of Judaism needed to be left behind and what needed to be carried forward. This was a result of his mystical encounter with the risen Christ. Saul initially was opposed to the wisdom, teachings, and theological reforms that the upstart rabbi from Galilee offered. But he was so shattered by this encounter that he underwent an identity shift which was so significant that he needed a new name. Saul became Paul. And so he writes of becoming “a new creation.”
We are invited, individually and as a community, to join the adventure.
18 October - Small Things Count, Planting with Care - World Food Sunday
“What’s a good image for God’s kin-dom? What parable can I use to explain it? Consider a
mustard seed. When scattered on the ground, it’s the smallest of all the seeds on the earth;
but when it’s planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all vegetable plants. It produces
such large branches that the birds in the sky are able to nest in its shade.” - Mark 4: 26-34
Every little thing we do with compassion is a small seed that can sprout into good things beyond our imagining. Like “paying it forward” or “random acts of kindness,” we can tend a new creation with a small droplet that ripples out in ever-larger circles of caring relationships. Can you think of small acts of compassion that changed your life? Love is working through others and through you!
25 October - Expanding Kinship - 10th Anniversary of Affirming Ministry
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Looking around at those seated around him in
a circle, he said, “Look, here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does God’s will is
my brother, sister, and mother.” - Mark 3:20-35 CEB
Tending a new creation may involve the creation or expansion of our concepts of “family.” In the scripture Jesus confirms that kinship in God’s Realm can go beyond bloodlines. We can re-create family in so many ways, whether we grew up with a family of origin that offered us support or did not. Who is our kin? All those who seek to live together in love!
1 November - Living Out Loud - All Saints Communion
“Dear, dear Corinthians, I can't tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open,
spacious life. We didn't fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your
lives aren't small, but you're living them in a small way. I'm speaking as plainly as I can and
with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!” - 2 Cor 6:1-13 The
The poet Mary Oliver asks in one of her works, “what are you going to do with your one wild,
precious life?” The Apostle Paul is trying to spread the Gospel news of new life in Christ but new Christian communities like the one at Corinth frustrate him with their petty feuds and small thinking. “Open yourselves!” is the message here. What do you tend and nurture? Fear or hope? One leaves us small, the other offers us expansive possibilities!
8 November - Healing Old Wounds - Remembrance Sunday
“Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she sensed in her body that her illness had been healed.” Mark 5:24b-34 CEB
When we tend to our relationship with the sacred, we connect with the power of new life and healing. Sometimes there are wounds that have remained with us over the years and we continue to “bleed” even though we think ignoring them will make them go away. Jesus says to the woman in our scripture story for this week that her faith has healed her. Is there a source of spiritual healing that can end the pain that we’ve carried around for a long time?
15 November - On the Road Again, Sharing our Stories - Stewardship Sunday
“Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition… Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.” -Mark 6:1-13 The Message
As followers of the way of Jesus, we are called to believe that living a new way is possible, and also to share that good news with others. You don’t need to think in traditional terms like preaching, healing, or being a missionary. But by our very attempts to live in peace and wholeness, we can live a life of example and witness to others. We don’t have to wait until we are perfect to do this… certainly the community of Jesus had questions and doubts until the very end of Jesus’ ministry. But he sent them anyway and lives were changed.
22 November - Breaking Down the Walls - Universal Christ Sunday
“That's plain enough, isn't it? You're no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You're no longer strangers or outsiders… God is building a home. [The Source of Life and Love] is using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what [Love] is building… with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together.” - Ephesians 2:11-22 The Message
Our final service of this series offers the vision of the New Creation, a world where we are no longer strangers or aliens because of our differences. Reconciliation happens as we form new relationships, challenge privilege, and affirm and celebrate what makes us distinct, unique, and similar. We are the human ones of creation, a new creation, day by day. Let us tend to building this house, this new creation, together!
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