Last week I said that I am loathe to talk about politics. I will gladly talk ethics and issues, though, and sometimes those and politics intersect. Although I’m not really sure that the latest . . . disappointment (it’s not really a scandal, is it?) . . . is politics or ethics or an issue (a combination of all three, surely) as much as it is a sad commentary on what we were (it is we were, isn’t it?). More bodies. More bodies of children. More bodies of indigenous children who were taken from their homes and families so that they could become “Canadian”.
In my childhood I lived in a community that housed a Residential School. I heard . . . comments. To say that the comments were “unkind” would be to put it lightly. The collective guilt that is shared today by some (why am I not surprised that it is only by some – racism is strong in Canada whether we want to admit it or not) does not erase the actions and attitudes of the past.
The past. It was the past, some say. Leave it there and move on, some say. We can’t. The past influences the present and the future. There is no clean break. But there can be a change. There must be a change. And we who are people of God – who believe that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female . . . or white or black or indigenous/aboriginal – must stand for our brothers and sisters who are undergoing the pain of loss and the pain of abandonment and the pain of oppression by those who called themselves servants of Christ.
That’s easy to say. I’m not sure how. But let’s go beyond wearing a ribbon or putting a frame on our Facebook profile to becoming more aware of what is happening in the lives of others (maybe I should put in another plug for everyone to participate in one of Pastor Bill’s antiracism workshops?). Become aware. And then get involved.
Thus endeth this week’s semi-rant.
As we met yesterday for our third annual (though the second actual) Misfit Motorcycle Rally Day I suggested that if you ask most motorcyclists they’ll tell you that there are two kinds of people in this world: riders and cagers – those free on two wheels, and those caged on four wheels. And then I quoted Judah Smith (whose book Jesus Is _____ I recommend) who says that Jesus also says that there are two kinds of people in this world: people who think they are righteous and people who know they are sinners.
As we looked again at what happened on the day of Pentecost – the birth of the Christian church – we were reminded that if we are part of the second group (we are) and if we say we love Jesus (we do) and if we have been redeemed by Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit (we have been) then we are called to love other people and to . . . to be Stage 5 people: to remember I am loved by Jesus, just as I am, and so is everyone else and I will live like I am loved by Jesus and I will love other people like Jesus would . . . to be salt and light and to fulfill our purpose, to not be showpieces for the church.
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 this 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.
This year’s District Assembly will take place this Saturday (June 5). It will be a condensed virtual gathering on Zoom and will be live streamed on the District YouTube Channel between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please let me know if you would like to be a voting delegate. 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: click here to watch.
Our spring (early summer?) service of music and celebration is scheduled for the morning of 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.
We’ll discuss Sunday’s message tomorrow night at our Talk Together time. We’ll talk about what it means to be a “person of purpose”.
This will be the last Talk Together time until the fall. Join us . . . e-mail the church office for log-in details.
Then join us Wednesday 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 (the “room” opens at 7:00; e-mail the church office for log-in details.
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!
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 may be that the cross-Canada lock-downs will end and that we will be able to “go places”. I have booked a flight to Edmonton and hope to . . . plan to . . . will be gone the month of July. Matt and Johania will share preaching duties and lead our prayer times while I am away.
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. Or not. We thought that there was a frayed(?) wire in the circuit board and that led to the tractor shutting itself down at times. It seems that there is also a problem with the gas line. However, the mower still works!
We are awaiting for confirmation of a “lawn care coordinator” – we are asking for people to 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.