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the "Christmas Week" edition

December 20, 2021


Since its inception the tag-line for our Monday Musings newsletter has been that this is an attempt to keep us in contact with what is happening in the lives of the people of Trinity Church. You have been invited to slip a note under my door or e-mail me with something you may wish included: a word of praise or a request for prayer, an update on family news or a reflection of your holiday time because this is your page.

It hasn’t always worked that way. Sometimes people have passed information along to me. Sometimes I’ve picked up snippets and have asked for more information. Other times I’ve just included what I (think I) know. I believe that – especially in these pandemic times – this has been a good way to stay in contact with one another.

This, though, will be the last “issue” of our Musings until the New Year. I do wish you a wonderful Christmas as you celebrate the reason for the season – the good tidings of great joy [for] all people – that there is born . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. May God’s blessing be on you . . . Merry Christmas!

 

Our Advent series has focused – is focussing – on those who were Lost and Found. We began by looking at Gabriel giving Direction; then we saw the not-so-wise men becoming Lost; two weeks ago we joined with the shepherds in their Surprise Find; yesterday our District Superintendent was with us (we were Visited). Our Christmas Eve service will look at our relationship with the Babe in the manger – that we’ve been Found.

Pastor Steve shared a message guiding us through The Long View of Christmas, looking at Genesis 12. While he did not “go back to the beginning” (Eden), he reminded us that God has always had a plan for our salvation . . . but that we are responsible to follow it (even if it means being uprooted from our comfort).  Continue to pray for our District Superintendent as he leads our district.

You can “revisit” our service . . . it can be seen on our Facebook page (click here) and on our YouTube channel (click here). Watch . . . be challenged . . . be blessed.

 

I would like to invite you to join us for this year’s Christmas Eve Candlelight service. Last year we pre-recorded the service for viewing on our Facebook page and YouTube channels. This year we will be able to meet together “live”, looking at the Christmas story together in song and in Word. Join us at 7:00pm, either in the sanctuary or on-line. May you find richness in Jesus this Christmas season.

 

While some people are still hesitant to be with other people inside a building for an extended period of time, and while our services will continue to be streamed on Facebook (click here) and on YouTube (click here), we can properly social distance in our sanctuary as we meet (be sure to have a vaccination certificate handy). If you prefer to join us on-line, drop a note to trinityconnects@rogers.com and let us know that you are with us!   

 

Can you believe it? This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the year! It has been . . . a year.  We had hoped (collectively) that by now the coronavirus pandemic would be waning . . . in its last stages. Instead, we find ourselves in yet another COVID wave (is it the fourth? the fifth? how many more will there be?).

COVID dominated our news cycles – again – this year . . . and our discussions (not always nicely) . . . and our lives. But while this virus has almost taken control of what we do, it has not taken control of who we are. We are God’s people and we seek to serve Him.

End-of-year is a good time to look back on what has happened in our lives – to “take stock” of the past as we plan for the future . . . and that is what we will do this Sunday as we gather to worship: we will look back on the year that was in our relationship with God. We will also take time to remember the saints who have gone before – those who have been associated with Trinity Church either directly or indirectly (through participation or family). It is a morning for Reflections.

 

Thank you . . . for all you have done and for all you are doing to support the work that we have been called to and are trying to fulfill as a church. You have been faithful to attend (in person or on-line), you have joined us in prayer and in learning mid-week, and you have supported this church through your consistent giving with your tithes and offerings. As the calendar year comes to an end, I would like to remind you that Revenue Canada’s policy is that receipts for the current year (2021) will be given for donations received either at the church or on-line by December 31.

I would like to point out that Anna prepares the end-of-year receipts for donations received either at the church through envelope giving and for on-line donations through e-transfer. Thank you, Anna, for your faithfulness in this ministry to Trinity Church. Receipts for 2021 will be available early in the new year.

We do continue to receive our tithes and offerings through e-transfer at ottawatrinity@rogers.com and through the Canada Helps web site (click here). Offerings received 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.

 

Compassion as a Lifestyle is the theme [the challenge] of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Inspired by Jesus, who said whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me [Matthew 25:40], we look beyond ourselves to see the needs of others – and act in His name to do something great for Him.

The focus of our compassionate ministries offering this December is Haiti and the devastation and restoration there. Offerings given for NCM or compassionate ministries (international) will be directed there unless otherwise designated. The MacMillan family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Pastor Al’s memory to NCMC.

We also support local compassionate ministries, and donations designated “local compassion” will be shared.

 

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: to join us click here . . . or when you open ZOOM in your browser or open the app the Meeting ID is 721 8896 7418, the passcode is HQ1m7M Please feel free to join us as we unite our hearts to meet with God (and He with us).

 

The JCL (Jesus Christ Living) musical “concert” scheduled for the evening of January 9 has unfortunately been postponed.

 

The Alta Vista Nursery School – "our" nursery school – is now under the umbrella of Andrew Fleck Children’s Services. They have accessed grants for facility improvements. In the next year we anticipate changes and upgrades to the outdoor playground and the washrooms (becoming accessible). The kitchen will be fully renovated!

We appreciate the efforts of AFCS/AVNS in accessing for this grant. All groups that use the building benefit from this work.