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September 13, 2021
Shocked was the word people used most often to describe their reaction to the announcement we made last Thursday of life changes that we plan to make, although not surprised “surprisingly“ was mentioned as well. It was an announcement that I did not plan to make. To be honest, I was – am – surprised by the direction that we feel God is taking us. Just this past summer as I was talking with someone, I said that I thought that we had many more years of ministry here at Trinity Church. However, God is leading us e...


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September 07, 2021
And here we are. The beginning of September. Already! Where in the world did the summer go? It was just June, wasn’t it? And yet here we are, post-Labour Day. Which means it’s back to school time! Which means it’s be careful on the streets time . . . for both drivers and walkers. So when you’re on the road (whether on foot or behind the wheel), watch out for one another. Slow down and pay attention! (Thus endeth the Public Service Announcement). Students are not the only ones returning to school . . . tea...


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August 23, 2021
And here we are still . . . summer . . . hot . . . COVID . . . with a few thoughts to update life at Trinity Church . . . This Sunday we’ll conclude our summer series looking at D Problems: this week’s emphasis is dissention (actually, our emphasis is on how there should be unity instead of dissention and on how to avoid divisiveness in God’s Church). Johania will lead our service and preach on Sunday September 5 (and I know, we need to create a more appropriate slide). I will be in Saskatchewan for my &ldqu...


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August 13, 2021
And here we are again . . . summer . . . warm hot . . . COVID. Just a few thoughts . . . This Sunday we’ll continue our series that looks at D Problems: our emphasis is discouragement (and how we can be encouraged). Please feel free to send me your requests for songs of worship and praise that you would like to sing. And if you aren’t receiving the lyrics to the songs each Sunday but would like them, drop me a line. Thanks to Matt and Johania for sharing our July messages while I was away. Their growth (and growing c...


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June 14, 2021
That was a great day. I know I say it often, but it’s true, that was a great day! Yesterday, I mean, Our celebration service of worship through music. So many participated. And so many were there! It was as if Premier Ford knew that we had planned this day and so the provincial government relaxed restrictions so that we could have people in the sanctuary (I know that’s not what happened, but it was still amazing to have people attending our service in person!). True, the service did not run “glitch-free”. Th...


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June 07, 2021
It was just over a year ago that George Floyd died/“was killed at the hands of” or “by” the police (some people still argue at it being described this way). The Black Lives Matter movement began to protest. Some called it “rioting” and others called it “rebelling” – and there’s an interesting distinction there, all based on how you want to see it. Case in point: some considered what happened on Capital Hill January 6 a riot; others call it the beginning of a rebellion. Whi...


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May 31, 2021
Last week I said that I am loathe to talk about politics. I will gladly talk ethics and issues, though, and sometimes those and politics intersect. Although I’m not really sure that the latest . . . disappointment (it’s not really a scandal, is it?) . . . is politics or ethics or an issue (a combination of all three, surely) as much as it is a sad commentary on what we were (it is we were, isn’t it?). More bodies. More bodies of children. More bodies of indigenous children who were taken from their homes and families...


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May 25, 2021
I am loathe to talk about politics. Of course, because I believe that my Christianity – my relationship with Jesus – should influence my politics more than my politics should influence my Christianity, I do have certain . . . leanings. Thoughts. Ask me and I’ll tell you what I think. About Canada’s political leaders. About Ontario’s provincial leaders. Even about the American’s political leaders (though I have a hard time understanding why some Canadians are more vocal about the leaders south of the...


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May 17, 2021
It may be a stretch to think this, but we celebrate three new years every year: the traditional New Year’s on January 1, the end-of-summer new school year the beginning of September, and a church new year after year-end reporting (which is also a time of looking back and looking ahead). Our church year ends April 30; yesterday we took time to review the year past (and a strange year it was) and to look ahead, using Ezekiel 37 as our scriptural launching point. How do we assess the year past? It is difficult to report church a...


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May 10, 2021
One of my favourite Mother’s Day cartoons is of a man and a child (husband and son) standing watching a lady sitting at a table with a cup of tea (obviously the mother) with the caption “Is Mother’s Day over yet? We’re starving.” It isn’t that husbands and children are incapable or incompetent, it’s just that . . . well . . . I don’t want to speak for anyone else, so I just won’t say any more. But you know that yesterday was Mother’s Day. And that the day after Mother&rsqu...


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