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The Remembrance Day Edition

November 08, 2021

Last year’s Remembrance Day observation was a more private affair, as larger public gatherings were prohibited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year “the public” is allowed to attend the ceremony at the National War Memorial although all will need to remain distanced and wear a mask for health and safety purposes. The event will broadcast nationally on television.

Whether or not you are able to attend in person, take time, and pause at 11:00 to (as Veterans Affairs Canada puts it) remember “the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace”; particularly the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and all conflicts since then in which members of the Canadian Armed Forces have participated. We are free because so many gave their lives.

The thought has been attributed to George Santayana, to Edmund Burke, and to many others (and has been misquoted many times as well): Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it (Santayana said it first). Unfortunately, we have forgotten. Lest We Forget has become a slogan rather than a reality. World War 1 . . . World War 2 . . . and the many wars and conflict since (over fifty “conflicts” ongoing in our world right now) seem to prove that.

How sad is it that so many are homeless or destitute or maimed . . . how sad is it that cities are destroyed and that agricultural areas are ruined because different groups are fighting for control of a country. How sad is it that protests become violent in a “civilized” western culture . . . that groups fight with police and with each other. And how sad is it that Christian churches become centres of nationalistic fervor, where the flag is placed on equal footing with the Bible (or above!) and that to be a Christian means that one holds to the right politics. Am I over the top with that comment? Yes . . . and no, depending on the geographic location of the church, more-so but not limited to the United States. In some places Christianity has been melded into love for country.

We talked about war and peace and conflict and resolution from a Jesus perspective in our message yesterday (I tried to differentiate between a Jesus perspective and a “Christian” perspective – note the quotes around “Christian”, as different churches have different perspectives, so it is difficult to say which “Christian” perspective is “right”). What did Jesus say? Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you [Matthew 5:44].  Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also [Matthew 5:39]. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God [Matthew 5:9]. And Paul said Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse [Romans 12:14].

As I see it, we are called to be people of peace. So this Remembrance Day let’s be sure to remember the sad past of people grasping for power and let’s be aware of the sad present of people grasping for power . . . let’s pray for and live for a future where peace reigns. After all, that is the promise of God.

To download the message from our web page, click here. To re-watch our service visit our Facebook page (click here) or our YouTube channel (click here). 

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven . . . and this week our Together Tuesday evening is our time for Bible study. We are looking at the words of Qoheleth (King Solomon) and the book of Ecclesiastes. This week we will look at chapter 3 . . . and there is so much in this chapter to discover! Join us on ZOOM at 7:30: e-mail the church office for log in information

I realize that life is busy – that you are busy. And that while you might want to be part of our Together Tuesday book discussions, that it may not work for you to do so. So, if you do read a book that I recommend, just contact me, and we can set up a time to talk about the book together. This month we are looking at the Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.

Prayer is an integral part of the life of the church . . . I’d go so far as to say that it’s our life-blood as we search for God’s direction and power as a congregation. We continue to meet Wednesday evenings for a time of prayer together through ZOOM:e-mail the church office for log in information. Please feel free to join us as we unite our hearts to meet with God (and He with us).

Leo Babauta suggests that a simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person . . . and then, as many of us do, he tells us his meanings and values and implies that these should be everyone’s meanings and values. While I won’t go as far as he does, this Sunday we will look at life – at what is important in our earthly life – from the Jesus perspective, as we conclude our study of what I’ve called keys to kingdom living, looking at Simple Living. Be aware: getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process.

As you join us . . . join us! You’ve been careful. You’ve been “good”. You have taken care to social distance. You have worn a face covering. You have been vaccinated – with two doses. You can now – if you feel comfortable doing so – come back to church . . . to our in-person service. I realize that some people are still hesitant to be with other people inside a building for an extended period of time. That’s OK. Our services will continue to be streamed on Facebook (click here) and on YouTube (click here). If you join us on-line be sure to drop a note to trinityconnects@rogers.com and let us know that you are with us! But as you feel more comfortable, join those who are still social distancing while being actually together.

As you give . . . thank you for supporting the work of your church locally and internationally. We continue to receive our tithes and offerings through e-transfer (ottawatrinity@rogers.com) and through the Canada Helps web site (click here); offerings given in the offering plate (which is on the back table for those who wish to use their regular tithe envelopes) are deposited every second week.

The overall theme of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is Compassion as a Lifestyle. Jesus said whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me [Matthew 25:40, NIV]. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada gives many opportunities to compassionate involvement, including providing a “compassionate giving catalogue” for Christmas.

Print copies are available; an on-line catalogue can be found by clicking here. Giving that is designated “International Compassionate Ministries” through Trinity Church is sent to NCMC. This year’s compassionate ministries offering is designated to the relief work in Haiti.

And our own compassionate ministries commitment: each November we receive a special offering for Eliezer Suarez, who was left an orphan when his parents were killed when Cubana de AviaciĆ³n Flight 972 crashed in May of 2018. We as a church have committed to support him until he reaches 18 years old (3 more years). We also support children through NCMC sponsorship.

I don’t want to take over our Musings newsletter and make it my own. However, I will point out that I am part of the effort to raise money for men’s health – I do this in honour of Cindy’s father, who passed away of cancer at the age of 42. Click here if you wish to support me in Movember (thanks to those who have). There are many other good causes to give to outside of the church as well, and if you let me know that you are raising money for a cause I’ll include it, too.

Mark December 5 and January 9 on your calendar:

  • December 5 is a Christmas Carol sing – or, if we can’t “legally sing”, a Night of Christmas Music, with special song – and (of course!) carols.
  • January 9 JCL is “in concert”, sharing in music and leading in worship.

Our District SDMI (Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International) has given our church a subscription to Right Now Media – said to be the world’s largest library of video-driven Bible study resources (click here to go to the web site and explore). This resource can be used for your personal devotional time      . . . and we will be using it in some of our studies in the days ahead.

Click here to register to use the site; let me know if you give permission for me to put you on their sign-up/mailing list.

Upcoming Messages

  • Nov  14   Keys to Kingdom Living: simple living
  • Nov  21   Interlude: Matt sharing
  • Nov  28   our Advent series Lost and Found begins


Today we mourn the passing of a humble yet great man of God: Pastor Al MacMillan. Pastor Al was part of Trinity Church before it became Trinity Church – the MacMillan family led Grace Church before it merged with First Church to become Trinity Church.

Led by God, he, Goldie, and family planted the Bridlewood Church in Kanata, seeing it thrive. He was chaplain of the Ottawa Rough Rider football team for many years, and was involved in both his local and extended communities for years. He was well respected and well loved, and will be missed.