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May 16, 2022
It was almost 28 years ago that the Chouinard family followed a moving van to a house that I hadn’t seen to meet people I did not know. Pastor, they called me. I hadn’t earned that designation yet. But they welcomed me. They welcomed our family. You welcomed me. You welcomed our family. Over the years we have grown together, pastor and congregation, friends, co-labourers in Christ. And Trinity Church has became my church home. So, in yesterday’s message it felt . . . off . . . for me to say that I was sharing my l...


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May 09, 2022
Some older (not “old-fashioned” – that implies an acceptance) ideas of the place of women both in society and in the church are still accepted. As an example, I recently spoke with someone looking for a church home but who decided not to become part of Trinity Church because our denomination ordains women. These ideas were – were – a central part of the philosophy of life in general and influenced life in the church . . . but were (I go so far as to say) wrong. As I shared last week (and again in servi...


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April 25, 2022
Last Thursday was Earth Day. Yesterday was Earth Day Sunday. While some wonder why we as the church of God should follow the lead of worldly teachers when it comes to climate change, a better question might be why the church is not taking the lead in creation care – after all, after God created all living things: He created mankind in His image and told them – us – to be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth  [Genesis 1:28] In yesterd...


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April 19, 2022
This is the post-Easter edition of our Monday Musings. I almost want to call this the “Oh Come On” edition as it is snowing once again – mid April! However, we know that “this too shall pass” and soon we will celebrate the warmth and sunshine of Spring. The “tag line”/purpose of this weekly newsletter is that this is our attempt to keep everyone up to date with what is happening in the life of (and the lives of the people of) Ottawa Trinity Church. Admittedly, the attempt is only as good as...


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April 11, 2022
It’s Monday. On Sunday Jerusalem had been turned upside down by the arrival of Jesus. The people had been stirred . . . moved . . . they were in an uproar . . . in turmoil . . . shaken . . . trembling with excitement because of the Triumphal Entry. The excitement was intense. And the buzz . . . what was to come? We don’t know what happened at the beginning of Holy Week. Some teaching, perhaps. Some time spent with the disciples. Smiles hadn’t turned to frowns and cheers hadn’t turned to jeers. Yet. By Hol...


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04
April 04, 2022
I get myself into trouble. Too often. By what I say. And by what I don’t say. For example, I once said that I don’t like country music. I may have been harsher than that in my comment. I know that I have joked that country music is an oxymoron. Since that time, I have had to either backtrack or try to make excuses. If something that we sing is the slightest bit countryish someone will raise an eyebrow at me. I’ve been told “Gone are the days of classic country music! Now it sounds more like pop music with...


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April 04, 2022
I get myself into trouble. Too often. By what I say. And by what I don’t say. For example, I once said that I don’t like country music. I may have been harsher than that in my comment. I know that I have joked that country music is an oxymoron. Since that time, I have had to either backtrack or try to make excuses. If something that we sing is the slightest bit countryish someone will raise an eyebrow at me. I’ve been told “Gone are the days of classic country music! Now it sounds more like pop music with...


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March 07, 2022
Tic . . . tic . . . tic . . . the countdown is on. I think. It is March, isn’t it? And that means that we are closing in on the spring equinox – emphasis, spring. And yet as I look out my window I wonder. We’ve gone from cold to warm and from freezing rain to rain to snow . . . and everything in between in these past few days. “Lakes” have formed on our pathways and on our streets (walkers: there is a “splash warning”; drivers: be aware of walkers!). Oh, and potholes develop right before our e...


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February 28, 2022
The word has been used much too freely in recent days. War. People talk about culture wars. About worship wars. About minor conflicts, as if they were major issues. And then . . . reality reminds us that we in North America are insulated from the horrors of what war actually is. We watch news feeds of a Russian invasion into Ukraine from the safety of our comfortable houses – events that push the complaints that “our freedoms are being eroded by government overstep” on the one hand and that those “fighters&rdqu...


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February 22, 2022
You may have noticed it: I've been "titling" our weekly Monday Musings. No longer are they just dated, but there's been "just a little bit more" to identify them. Last week was the "Valentine's Day" edition. A couple of weeks ago we had the "it's still cold" edition and the week before that the "snow my" edition (I admit it, I may try to get "too cute" at times). Today finds me in a quandary. We could call this the "2sday" edition (people are maki...


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