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the post-Easter edition

April 12, 2021


Resurrection Power. Needed, because too often we have pre-resurrection thoughts and because we live with pre-resurrection attitudes. I’m not sure why we do. The women went to the tomb with a  pre-resurrection mentality but left the place with fear and great joy [Matthew 28:8]. Peter and John went to the tomb with a pre-resurrection mentality and believed [John 20:8]. Their lives were changed!

And yet we, who have the Scriptures before us and know about the death and resurrection of Jesus . . . we who have read about the empty tomb . . . we who have heard about the power of the cross and of the resurrection still, for some reason, do not hear the voice of God that came to the shepherds and to those who saw the place where He lay and heard the words He is not here, He is risen [Matthew 28:6] and so live pre-resurrection lives . . . lives of fear of God’s rejection for the slightest error we might make.

Have we forgotten that perfect love casts out fear [1 John 4:18]? Have we forgotten that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us [Romans 5:8]? I appreciate Matt’s words to us yesterday reminding us that we can live in power because of the resurrection, without fear, and that our call is simply to live for God and grow in grace.

Yesterday’s service can be found 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. 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.

Our apologies for the technical glitches – the good thing is that our team is able to “right” them “on the fly” in our services.

 

Earth Day is April 21 (a week Thursday). I am occasionally asked “what does the church have to do with a secular event like that?”, and my answer is “Everything!”. Scripture says that The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it [Psalm 24:1] and that In the beginning God created [Genesis 1:1]. How can we not then pay attention to a day celebrating creation, even if it is secular-led (that leads to another question: why is it secular-led? . . . but we’ll leave that discussion for another time).

The theme for this year’s Earth Day is Restore Our Earth™ (I can’t believe that someone would be able to trademark that phrase). Rather than dragging her heals the Christian church should be at the forefront of the movement. Unfortunately, “we” are seen to be lagging and holding back in creation care. So this Sunday is our reminder of what God calls us to do as His people for His creation. Our message: Oops . . . Not Oops.

Our worship team will lead this week’s service from the sanctuary – we look forward to another great time of celebration and praise through song. While seating in the sanctuary is limited to 18 people, overflow is available in the Fellowship Hall. Those who wish to worship from home can click here to join us on Facebook or click here to join us on YouTube. If there are problems with one feed or the other someone will post a cross-link once the problem is known.

 

Wednesday evening we’ll meet to pray with and for one another in our “virtual” (ZOOM) prayer room. Our God hears our prayers, whether they are audible or silent.  E-mail the church office for links to the ZOOM meeting.

 

Thank you 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. Thank you!

Our response to Jesus’ instruction in His Great Commission – go into all the world (be witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth) and make disciples – is obedience. We go. We share. We might not be able to physically travel the world sharing the Good News of the resurrection, but we can help others as they go. That is the purpose behind the World Evangelism Fund, which we support through a special offering at Easter.

Thank you for sharing your offering to meet the needs of and to support our missionaries.

 

Upcoming Services

  • Apr   18   Oops . . . Not Oops . . . a message for Earth Day
  • Apr   25   Red and Yellow Black and White
  • May    2   Waiting for the Dove: our Annual Meeting
  • May    9   Ah, Yes . . . a Mother’s Day message
  • May  16   UN-chained
  • May  23   Pentecost
  • May  30   Invasion
  • Jun      6   District Assembly Service
  • Jun    13   a service of music and celebration

 

We were anticipating . . . but . . . we just don’t know how to plan. Some of our Sunday themes will stay as announced while others will change. That’s OK . . . we’ll just “roll”.

 

Staying the same: Misfit Motorcycle Rally Day, May 30

We hope to host the third annual (although the second actual) Misfit Motorcycle Rally Day the last Sunday of May. When we began this outreach to those in the Ottawa Misfits group we had a full day, starting with breakfast, followed by a service and a “blessing of the bikes”. Breakfast is not “be on the menu” this year; however, we will invite our “misfit friends” to our service for a blessing (personal as well as bike).

 

Staying the same: District Assembly Service, June 6

This year’s District Assembly will be a condensed virtual gathering on Zoom and will be live streamed on the District YouTube Channel Saturday, June 5th between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Local churches will elect delegates to the Assembly. A District Online “Family Reunion” service to be held the following day; this will take the place of our local worship service. It will be streamed to the District YouTube channel.

 

Date change: Service of Music and Celebration, now June 13

We invite everyone to participate by sharing one song or reading or musical performance in our yearly spring service of music and celebration! Barb will share a song story (I’m looking forward to knowing more of the background of the song she has chosen – you’ll have to wait to find out what it is). Others have indicated they’ll participate. Let me know if you want to be part of this great day. Because of the number of participants, please chose one song and let me know what it is. Matt and I will work on a “program order”.  

 

We are back into phase one of our protocol regarding meeting together Sundays. Please note that entrance is through the Braydon Place doors only; the Avalon Place doors will be locked and can only be used to exit (you can also exit from the Braydon Place doors). Please note that seating in the sanctuary is limited to 18 people (overflow is available in the Fellowship Hall).

 

In order to help streamline our entrance you can use the screening questionnaire that is sent out Fridays – print it, sign it, and bring it with you; give it to your welcoming team when your temperature is taken and you won’t have to answer “the questions”. It will speed our entrance up. We ask that you please make your way directly to the sanctuary while practising physical distancing on entrance. If you're a bit late and no one is at the door to let you in please text Richelle at 613-295-9065.

 

We do appreciate all that Lisa and Richelle, our welcome team, do to make our arrival safe.