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Quick Thoughts for a New Year's Monday

January 03, 2022


I think that I probably use this in some form every year, post-Christmas . . . but then again, it is appropriate to use every year! The challenge – or reminder – comes – from Howard Thurman:

When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins: 

to find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart…And to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.

 

I began last year by suggesting that expectations were high for a vaccine roll-out and for an end to lockdowns. Well, one out of two and all that . . . we’re into boosters, but into wave 5. Sigh.

 

The worship team continues to lead our services from the sanctuary each Sunday. Even with the current lock-down restrictions, churches are allowed to meet (with limits on attendance, proof of vaccination, and *ahem* no congregational singing . . . though because everyone is masked how can we tell if people are singing?).

Click here to join us on our Facebook feed; click here to link to our YouTube feed, or link from our web site (click here). Please “check in” – let us know if you worship with us “live or delayed”.

 

Yesterday Matt shared on The God of Change Who Never Changes. The service can be found on those Facebook and YouTube feeds. It was good to have most of our worship team with us . . . it’s been a long while since that has happened. It appears that the minor problems with sound have been resolved, but we continue to work on the stream (thanks, Glenn).

This coming Sunday I’ll begin a series on Directives of Christian Living – More from the Mount, looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. We’ll be looking at our influence in our world, and Jesus’ instruction that we are to Shine!

  

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 at 7:00 . . . join us this week as we gather for our virtual prayer time through ZOOM. E-mail the church office for log-in information.

 

December was Compassionate Ministries Month at Trinity Church. Thank you for supporting our international compassionate ministries work. This year we are designating our compassionate ministries offerings to help meet the ongoing needs of those working with the people who were affected by Hurricane Grace in Haiti in August.

As well, the MacMillan family has asked that donations can be made in Pastor Al’s memory to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada. Print copies of NCMC’s gift catalogue are available; an on-line catalogue can be found by clicking here.

 

Thank you again for your faithful support of the work we are trying to accomplish for Christ through what we do as a church . . . for giving generously of your tithes and offerings to the meet the needs of the local church. We continue to receive our tithes and offerings through e-transfer (ottawatrinity@rogers.com) and through the Canada Helps web site (click here).

 

Receipts will be given for last year’s giving (through envelope at the church or through e-transfer) in the next short while. We appreciate Anna, who is faithfully giving her time as a ministry to record our giving and to prepare these receipts. Immediate receipts are provided to those who use the Canada Helps site.

 

Cindy and I would like to thank you for all that you have done for us through the year past . . . through the years past. We appreciate your prayers, your support, and your friendship. We also appreciate your gift to us this Christmas. We continue to pray God’s best on each of you who are part of the Trinity Family, today and always. May He continue to be near and bless you and make you a blessing.  Pastor

 

A re-thought . . .  

I’m far from comfortable with the COVID-19 lifestyle. It’s lonely not being able to see my friends. It’s financially stressful to not be working. It’s honestly boring to be unable to travel and stuck in a house all day. However, I’m reminded that there’s actually a gift to being uncomfortable right now. The beauty of discomfort and disruption is that it’s an invitation to reveal and refine our false senses of security, our temporary comforts and our circumstantial peace.

Danea Zeigle