One of my favourite Mother’s Day cartoons is of a man and a child (husband and son) standing watching a lady sitting at a table with a cup of tea (obviously the mother) with the caption “Is Mother’s Day over yet? We’re starving.” It isn’t that husbands and children are incapable or incompetent, it’s just that . . . well . . . I don’t want to speak for anyone else, so I just won’t say any more.
But you know that yesterday was Mother’s Day. And that the day after Mother’s Day is just another day where expectations are high for mothers . . . the supermom cape is back on and the expectations are back. So one more time . . . we do appreciate these ladies . . . and ask forgiveness as we continue to take you for granted (even while we say that we don’t). I trust that yesterday was a good day in your home as you remembered your mother or as you were remembered as a mother. For some it was with hugs and joy. For others it was with fond remembrances and sadness.
In our service we mentioned some of the joys and pains of the day. And we looked past the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth (particularly 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and the instruction to silence) to look instead at one of the many women that God used to instruct His people: Huldah. Her story is found in 2 Chronicles 34. Bailey Jo Welch says that We can’t measure up to [the Proverbs 31] lady – and I don’t think we are meant to. I agree. The ideals often presented are impossible to attain. Instead, our ideal (whether men or women) should be to serve as God calls us to serve.
And that’s what Huldah did. She listened to God’s call. She served as a prophetess (a prophet, I think, as she was no less than her contemporaries Jeremiah or Zechariah). She served, and because she served, people listened. The King, a priest, a scribe and three other men, on behalf of their whole nation, who wanted an authoritative word from the Lord, listened. To a woman. And of course, if Paul is right when he says that there is neither male nor female; for [we] are all one in Christ Jesus (and he is), then we encourage and promote equality in the work of the kingdom.
The transcript of yesterday’s message has been uploaded to this web site (click here if you want to download a copy from there). 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, whether live or delayed (the feeds are saved so that anyone can go back to them later). Please use email@example.com to check in rather than using the church e-mail address.
We’ll discuss our message this Tuesday evening at our Talk Together time. We’ll talk about the place of women in the church and society . . . although it seems that this topic has been “talked to death”, there are still some very strange ideas about this. Even though it is beyond 2015! E-mail the church office for ZOOM log-in information. Invite someone along as we discuss this important topic at 7:00 pm.
Our worship team will lead this week’s service from the sanctuary. While we look forward to another great time of celebration and praise through song with them, the provincial COVID regulations and limits mean that just the worship team is allowed in the building (we miss you with us and hope that the restrictions are lifted soon!). Please join us from home: 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.
This coming Sunday is our Annual Meeting Sunday, so we will review the past church year in our message (it is almost a look at what has not happened at Trinity Church in the strange last twelve months rather than what has happened), even as we ask God to direct our dreams and goals for the future. We will look at Ezekiel 37 . . . to see hope of life in the midst of dryness.
I was recently asked how people could pray for us a congregation. It was impressed on me that our prayer for the times ahead would be that . . .
- God would grant us a greater understanding of how we can serve the community around the church through being an engaged church community; that
- God would grant an outpouring of His Holy Spirit as we take this imposed time of isolation and rest and search for direction in preparation for God to work though the church once restrictions have lifted; and that
- God would help us as we refuse to accept the complacency of normal, and that we would have wisdom and power to engage in being Kingdom people, with Luke 4:18 as our guide to action.
Last year’s annual meeting was cancelled because of the COVID situation; the Government of Ontario has mandated that charitable organizations cannot miss two years in a row without presenting a financial report. We have scheduled a meeting for this Sunday following our service so that we can comply. This will be a hybrid meeting: we will meet by ZOOM, with the worship team participating “live” from the sanctuary. E-mail the church office for ZOOM log-in information. The meeting will also be streamed from our YouTube and Facebook sites.
We will use an on-line poll to vote on the business that is presented. A link to the poll will be e-mailed to members of the congregation later in the week.
Thank you for your faithful and generous giving in support of our ministry at Trinity Church (our financial statement will include a report on the amounts given to the various ministries we support including missions and Cuba). We continue to receive our tithes and offerings through e-transfer at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
I apologize for any confusion that may have been created regarding e-transfers – I had created a link to our e-mail address which may have opened your e-mail box. E-transfers are created and then sent through your bank account.
If you can, join us Wednesday evening as we meet to pray with and for one another in our “virtual” (ZOOM) prayer room. God hears our prayers, whether they are audible or silent . . . in fact, He wants to hear them! E-mail the church office for ZOOM log-in information to join us (the “room” opens at 7:00).
- May 16 rattle – our year end review
- May 23 Pentecost
- May 30 Invasion
- Jun 6 District Assembly Service
- Jun 13 a service of music and celebration
- Jun 20 How Holy (Pleasing the Father)?
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 “on the menu” this year; however, we will invite our “misfit friends” to our service for a blessing (personal as well as bike) if provincial COVID protocol changes.
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 (pending lockdown restrictions)
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”.
Pastor Bill Sunberg of our Toronto Emmanuel Church is leading a number of Anti-Racism Workshops on-line [click here to see a list of the books that will be discussed]. These discussions are interesting . . . and challenging! The current workshop began last Wednesday; it runs for three more weeks, and looks at Canadian author Desmond Cole’s book The Skin We’re In. Why not join the discussion?