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the "it's almost been a year" edition

March 08, 2021


A year ago we knew about the coronavirus and were starting to understand that it was more serious than first thought. We still had no idea, though, about the implications of “a flu”. Have we learned! Or . . . maybe it’s have we learned? We have been shaken by the effects of the virus in our long term care homes. We have been disquieted by rules making us wear facial coverings and by lockdowns and by travel restrictions. We miss smiles and physical contact.

Solitude has become isolation, being alone has become loneliness, and despair and depression have become commonplace. What a difference a year has made.

Even Canada Post has become involved through its sending hugs campaign. You have probably received your (pre-stamped) post card in the mail. Use it – send someone a note – we could all use a bit of encouragement today. And then send someone else a note – a card – an e-mail – a text – a message – I think you get the idea. It is easy to become isolated and it is easy to isolate oneself. Telling someone that you are thinking of them helps them feel not so alone . . . and reminds you that you aren’t alone!

 

We were blessed to have Johania share the message in yesterday’s service. She has been searching for God’s direction for her life . . . for her place of ministry. Of course, everyone is called to serve God in some way – He gives gifts and graces to each person, and we should all seek our place in kingdom work. Johania has sensed a call to lead and serve as a pastor and is taking steps to confirm this calling by being involved in different areas of ministry, including preaching.

Her message yesterday gave interesting thoughts and persepectives on faith and trust from Mark 5, as she encouraged us to Claim It. I hope to have the transcript of her message available on our web site in the near future; 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). Our “tech team” continues to work to discover how best to stream our services – they are doing a fantastic job with the limited resources we have.

Thanks to those who “checked in” during our service yesterday. 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.

 

It’s almost spring! Really, it is . . . according to the calendar, and the weather seems to echo the thought with cold then warm then cold then warm days. And with the nearing of spring . . . Daylight Savings Time. Which is this coming Saturday/Sunday, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead. Our 11:00 worship service will be at 11:00 . . . just a different 11:00!

 

This coming Sunday we’ll start a two-part mini-series on Joseph. Two parts. Even though there is so much to see in his life: his coat (of course), his dreams of greatness and the falling out with his brothers, his slavery in Egypt, his run-in with Potiphar’s wife, his unjust jailing, his redemption, the reconciliation with his family . . . all in two weeks? It isn’t going to happen! We may have to return to Joseph later in the summer.

So this Sunday morning as we again gather on-line and in-building at 11:00 – with our worship team leading in worship and praise – we will look at Genesis 39 and Joseph’s relationship with Mrs. Potiphar (and as I said, the fallout) all that happened, even though Joseph was Favoured. 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 20   Mark 13-14
  • Day 21   Mark 15-16
  • Day 22   Luke 1-3
  • Day 23   Luke 4-6
  • Day 24   Luke 7-9
  • Day 25   Luke 10-12
  • Day 26   Sunday
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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 the church office for ZOOM 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 the church office for ZOOM information.

 

We have received thanks from Pastor Alberto Diaz and his family and from the congregation of the Almendares Nazarene Church in Cuba for our support. Your giving is a life-line.

 

“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 Thursday April 8 from 7:00 pm; 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!).

 

oh oh . . . the booklet was put on my desk but I did not get the word out: the Alta Vista Cooperative Nursery School is selling Purdy’s Chocolates as their spring fundraiser. Click here to go to the order catalogue – you'll have to sign in (you’ll need to reset your password) or open a new account – the customer number is 37568. They are thinking of replacing the dishwasher with one that is commercial grade, so you help “us” when you help “them”.

Orders must be made by THIS SUNDAY.

 

Upcoming Messages

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