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the election day edition

September 20, 2021

Today is the day! After weeks of hearing party platform ideas (and nasty words from and about the political “leaders” – there isn’t much leadership when they act like that, in my opinion), it is voting day (unless, of course, you voted in advance). Take the opprotunity . . . let your voice be heard . . . and continue to pray for your leaders!  

Who knew that something as innocent as having a pedicure could possibly be encouraging modern slavery? Victims of human trafficking have been found working in industries like agriculture and fishing and in factories, domestic work, and restaurants. It is not just the sex trade that traps people, but nannies, house cleaners, and home health aides may also be trapped and enslaved. Who knew? Who knows? You do now!

Some may think that talking about human trafficking is fear mongering. Some may say that “it isn’t as bad as you think.” And yet as it is investigated, more people are being discovered in terrible situations: even in North America . . . even in Canada. We are becoming aware of the depths of the problem; once we know about it we (as people of God) must act on it.

How bad is it here? As I said yesterday, Barrie Ontario is a centre for human trafficking in Canada (click here) with children as young as 12 trapped (click here). Learn more about how to recognize those involved – the Polaris Project (click here) is a good information site. To discover what our own church is doing to help those who are trapped see the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries web site (click here).

Yesterday’s message has been posted elsewhere on our web site – download it to read it. Then . . . do something practical!

Our fall series – Keys to Kingdom Living – continues Sunday coming as we look at a very personal subject: finances (or more to the point, our finances). We are not hoarders; we’re givers . . . we think. But then Jesus challenges us even in this: while we may give, are we investors in His kingdom work? We’ll look at an example of lavish generosity . . . and listen to the challenge of God in our own lives.

Also this Sunday: an opportunity to give to a special church mission project. September’s emphasis is the Alabaster Offering. Based on the selfless giving of the woman who broke a flask of expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus [Matthew 26], we receive this offering which is used for the work of the Kingdom world-wide.

Money raised through this offering is used to purchase land and to build churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

The musical group JCL (Jesus Christ Living) has asked if they can lead in praise and worship in a more informal evening setting. Their first “concert” will take place this coming Sunday evening (September 26) at 7:00 pm. They will lead from the sanctuary; for those who cannot attend in person, the musical evening will also be streamed from our Facebook and YouTube sites.  

In the early years of the twentieth century Christianity as it had been traditionally understood came under review by some who called themselves historical critics and by those who called themselves textual critics (let’s just call them critics). They claimed to be searching for the real Jesus. From that comes the following, loosely based on Mark 8:27-29

Jesus said to them, "Who do you say that I am?"

They replied "You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerygma of which we find the ultimate meaning in our interpersonal relationships."

And Jesus said "What?

This Tuesday’s get-together-to-learn emphasis is a book discussion with a challenge that comes from Judah Smith’s book Jesus Is. This is an opportunity to discuss and to (re)discover Jesus and the simplicity of the gospel message. E-mail the church office for the ZOOM link.

Our “Discussion of Biblical Proportions” would normally be the last Tuesday of the month; however, I am unable to lead that night, so for September only we will meet together Thursday (September 30).

We continue to meet Wednesday evenings for a time of prayer together, though ZOOM: e-mail the church office for the ZOOM link. Please feel free to join us as we unite our hearts to meet with God (and He with us).

A little reminder about building use . . . the building is used by Trinity Church, by the Alta Vista Nursery School, by the Eglise Pentecotiste (Spanish congregation), by the Riverview School of Music, and by the Trinity Community Garden, as well as by other occasional groups. Each group is allowed very specific hours of use and other groups are not to be in the building during “their” time. Please contact me if you wish to use the building. Pastor

Upcoming Messages

  • Sep   26   Keys to Kingdom Living: lavish generosity
  • Oct     3   Keys to Kingdom Living: extravagant forgiveness
  • Oct   10   thanks for . . . our Thanksgiving message
  • Oct   17   Keys to Kingdom Living: inclusive hospitality
  • Oct   24   Keys to Kingdom Living: compassionate action
  • Oct   31   Keys to Kingdom Living: selfless service
  • Nov    7   Keys to Kingdom Living: creative non-violence
  • Nov  14   Keys to Kingdom Living: simple living
  • Nov  21   Interlude: Matt sharing