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the lion or lamb edition

March 01, 2021


March. Roars in like a lion or wanders in like a lamb (let’s not worry about what is supposed to happen at the end of the month just yet). So I’m trying to figure it out . . . how do we interpret the beginning of this month? It was nice enough this morning: +4°C when my day started. That’s lamb-like to me. But the forecast for this afternoon is for snow squalls. And overnight we are told to expect it to drop to -19°C with a wind chill of between -28° and -30°! That’s lionish!

Maybe it’s just better to sing about “the lion and the lamb” . . . how great is our God!

 

 It is a little difficult to segue from talking about powerful and majestic beasts to slumbering animals – from lions to sloths – but sloths (ants and grasshoppers) were the images of the day yesterday as we concluded our series on the classical Christian Virtues of the church. We looked at the seventh of the virtues: diligence opposed to/against/over sloth. Diligence talks about working hard. Diligence says keep going, even if the way is difficult. Diligence says be careful that you aren’t found to be lazy. Diligence talks of benefits to be reaped (that’s where the story of the ant and the grasshopper comes in).

At the same time, Qoheleth (the preacher, the writer/collector of the Proverbs) talks about the vanity of overwork and the loss of enjoyment of life when work is life’s only (or major) focus. Far too often we forget to seize life (and all that it has for us) and we let life seize us (and we let the expectations of others on and for us direct what we do and how we live). Our message reminded us that each day is God’s gift and that we should grab onto it and live it to its full.

Click here to download a copy of Sunday’s message. You can watch yesterday’s service on our Facebook page (click here) and on our YouTube page (click here); you can also link from our web site (click here).

Thanks to those who “checked in” during our service yesterday. We apologize for the YouTube glitch . . . but are thankful that David was able to sort it out and get us back on track. We do want to know if you joined us, either live or delayed (the feeds are saved so that anyone can go back to them later). Please use trinityconnects@rogers.com to check in rather than the church e-mail address.

 

This coming Sunday morning we’ll again gather for worship on-line and in-building at 11:00. Our worship team will lead (what a blessing that group is!) and Johania will share our message . . . call it an “interlude” between our series on the Christian Virtues and the next mini-series on Joseph. She’ll be speaking from the Gospel of Mark, the challenge: Claim It!

Again, for those who will join us online through our streaming services rather than in the sanctuary, click here to find us on Facebook and click here to find us on YouTube.

 

As we continue to open our hearts and find renewal in Jesus during Lent I offer a reading plan that walks us through the four Gospels during the season. We’ll read the complete story of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection to prepare for Easter from different perspectives:

Matthew presents Jesus as the one who has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and to usher in God’s kingdom.

Mark shows Jesus as the Son of God, come with authority to teach, heal and cast out demons, and the Son of Man, the true representation of what it means to be human.  

Luke presents Jesus as the prophet who has come to suffer for His people: healer, to the outcast, the suffering, and the oppressed.

John shows Jesus is the Word made flesh – God present since the beginning of time.

Readings and special fasting take place during the week; Sunday is a regular fast day.

 

Day 13   Matthew 25- 26

Day 14   Matthew 27- 28

Day 15   Mark 1-3

Day 16   Mark 4-6

Day 17   Mark 7-9

Day 18   Mark 10-12

Day 19   Sunday

 

Tuesday is our “check in” time, as we keep in touch with one another in the midst of our continued enforced isolation. Join us if you can – pop in between 7:00 and 7:30, say hi, and let us know that you are still fighting through. E-mail me at the church for log-on information.

 

Then Wednesday evening we’ll meet again to pray for one another in our "virtual (ZOOM) prayer room". Our God hears our prayers, whether they are audible or silent. To join us (the “room” opens at 7:00), e-mail me at the church for log-on information.

 

Thank you again for your faithful and generous giving in support of our ministry at Trinity Church. We continue to receive our tithes and offerings through e-transfer (ottawatrinity@rogers.com) and through the Canada Helps web site (click here).  You can also drop your tithe envelopes through the mail slot at the church or mail them to the church.

Sadly, we missed out on our International Food Fair/potluck dinner yesterday, which is held at the end of every February to emphasize our commitment to support the Almendares Church in Havana and La Maquina Church by Guantanamo. Even though our emphasis on giving to these churches is over you are still welcome to contribute to support the ministry of these churches and their pastors.

 

“The Church” is not perfect . . . in fact, she is merely (I am hesitant to use that word) a gathering of broken, hurting, yet growing people, searching together for a deeper and meaningful relationship with Jesus. Members of the universal church by a committed relationship with Him, there is something . . . special . . . about being part of a local church and part of a denomination . . . to be able to say this is my church; this is my home (even though it already may be).

We invite those who already consider Trinity Church their home church to “join” the church with official membership. We’ll hold a ZOOM membership class the beginning of April; please e-mail me if you are interested in joining us to discover more about the Church of the Nazarene (even if you think you already know!).

 

The funeral for Fredrick Archibald Lewis (Andrew’s father) took place yesterday morning. Please click here if you would like to watch the service, which was streamed and is now available.

Upcoming Messages

Interlude

Mar    7   Johania speaking

Thoughts on Joseph

Mar  14   Favoured

Mar 21    Unfavoured

Looking to Easter

  • Mar 28    The Rise and Fall of Jesus
  • Apr     4   The Fall and Rise of Jesus

Post Easter Services

  • Apr   11   Matt Speaking
  • Apr   18   Oops . . . Not Oops . . . a message for Earth Day
  • Apr   25   UN-chained
  • May    2   Waiting for the Dove: our Annual Meeting
  • May    9   Ah, Yes . . . a Mother’s Day message
  • May  16   a service of music and celebration
  • May  23   Pentecost
  • May  30   Invasion
  • Jun      6   District Assembly Service