I am loathe to talk about politics. Of course, because I believe that my Christianity – my relationship with Jesus – should influence my politics more than my politics should influence my Christianity, I do have certain . . . leanings. Thoughts. Ask me and I’ll tell you what I think. About Canada’s political leaders. About Ontario’s provincial leaders. Even about the American’s political leaders (though I have a hard time understanding why some Canadians are more vocal about the leaders south of the border than our own leaders, but that’s another matter). To be honest, I am quiet about politics because I don’t want anyone to say “Pastor says . . .” regarding a strictly political situation. I have seen the damage that can cause!
However (you know that was coming, didn’t you?) . . . however, as the world around us goes on we can’t escape or avoid the issues as much as we might like to. This morning I bring to your attention: the tenuous cease-fire between the state of Israel and the non-state of Palestine. As I understand it, many of the Christians who support Israel in this conflict do so as a biblical imperative, as they see the Jews as God’s Chosen People. And many of the Christians who support the Palestinians in this conflict also do so as a biblical imperative, as they see this as a social justice issue. And never the two shall meet!
Except . . . and I just used my backspace key and my delete button liberally (not liberal-ly, but liberally). Because the political so easily overshadows the Christian in matters of politics. So. I’ll talk with anyone who wants to about what I think about the situation (admitting to opinion without answers), but can we as people of God pray for the people who are involved whose homes have been destroyed and who live in fear daily – Jew and Palestinian – that peace will reign and that God’s will would be accomplished (God’s will, not what we see as God’s will)?
Thus endeth the semi-rant.
Yesterday’s service focused on the Spirit of God being in control of our lives. It was Pentecost Sunday . . . the “birthday” of the church . . . our remembrance of the day that the Holy Spirit “fell” on Peter and the others who were in the upper room waiting for what Jesus had promised to happen. With that anointing the followers of Jesus received power: power to be “influencers” for God in a world that we say needs Him: the power to be and the power to become – and most importantly the power to share the Good News of Jesus in word and in deed.
I’ve attached a copy of our message with this e-mail; the transcript of yesterday’s message has been also uploaded to our 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 Sunday’s message tonight at our Talk Together time. We’ll talk about being an influencer and about God’s promise to help us become all that He wants us to be through the power of the Holy Spirit and about . . . to join us send a request for the link to the church office.
Then join us tomorrow night 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! To join us send a request for the link to the church office.
We had hoped to host the third annual (although the second actual) Misfit Motorcycle Rally Day this coming Sunday; alas, the provincial lockdown prevents us from doing so. Our “traditional breakfast” (we did it one time) has been cancelled as has our gathering at the church. However, our “misfit friends” are invited and will gather (at a distance!) for a blessing (personal as well as bike) at a “Rusty Riders Refresher” on June 6.
We, of course, will still gather at 11:00 on-line to celebrate together. Our worship team will lead in song (e-mail me at the church if you do not receive the lyrics and would like them sent to you). Our message will look at what happens when people invade their world: sometimes we are not welcome or welcomed (motorcycle gangs like those not-so-angelic Angels and the newly forming New Testament Church, for example); sometimes we can make a difference in our world anyway.
Our message: Invasion. Please join us: 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.
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 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!
Our financial statement (contact Pierre for a copy) includes a report on the amounts given to the various ministries we support including missions and Cuba. Again, you are amazing! Pierre wishes to remind everyone that tithes and offerings are used to fund the operation of the church (administration and building) and that special giving is directed specifically to the cause mentioned. We emphasize one special offering each month during the year, except through the summer months. We will receive an Alabaster Offering in September, a Thank Offering in October (for world evangelism), an offering for our sponsored child in November, and compassionate ministries offerings in December.
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 (let me know if you are interested). A District Online “Family Reunion” service to be held Sunday the 6th; this will take the place of our local worship service. It will be streamed to the District YouTube channel.
We are still planning for a spring (early summer?) service of music and celebration, to take place June 13. We invite everyone to participate by sharing a song or a reading or a musical performance. 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.
On Father’s Day we’ll look at just How Holy we are called to be as children of the Heavenly Father . . . and why holiness is (or perhaps, should be) such a big deal to us. Why is it that we live as we do? Are we under duress? Are we afraid of disappointing Him? Are we just wanting to please Him? Some interesting questions to look at . . .
It’s a miracle! Or maybe, it’s about time! It appears that the problem with the lawn tractor – an ongoing problem since we got it – has been discovered and repaired. There was a frayed(?) wire in the circuit board and that led to the tractor shutting itself down at times (technology is finicky, as we know!). We are hoping that the machine will work through the season. Please sign up to cut the grass once or twice through the summer (a list will soon be created and available).
There are other needs in care of our building as well . . . some painting, some cleaning, some general maintenance. Contact Pierre if you’d like to help as we take care of the facility.