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a short "post-Assembly" edition

June 07, 2021


It was just over a year ago that George Floyd died/“was killed at the hands of” or “by” the police (some people still argue at it being described this way). The Black Lives Matter movement began to protest. Some called it “rioting” and others called it “rebelling” – and there’s an interesting distinction there, all based on how you want to see it. Case in point: some considered what happened on Capital Hill January 6 a riot; others call it the beginning of a rebellion.

While the extended BLM protest continued and while there was so much interest in it at the time, I wondered for how long interest would hold. Sadly, it didn’t. Soon enough COVID and lockdowns and the United States presidential election and other world events pushed the “movement’s” activity from the front pages of the news to the back pages, and eventually out of the media spotlight. Occasionally thoughts of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin resurfaced, only to disappear again.  

I also wondered if, should interest wane, there would be any long-lasting (or even short term) change. Sadly, again, there wasn’t. Atrocities call to our interest, but it seems not to our collective souls enough to do anything about them.

Enter . . . once again . . . news of the latest find of bodies of young children in a mass grave at yet another residential school. Last year we heard a call to action on behalf of the underprivileged and marginalized and mistreated in the United States and in Canada. This year we hear it again. And I wonder . . . will this lead to action, or just more talking and committees and studies and inquiries that lead to nowhere? Can we finally go beyond wearing a ribbon or putting a frame on our Facebook profile and become more aware of what is happening in the lives of others so that we can actually get involved and do something?

If you are interested in learning about the situation, join Pastor Bill’s next anti-racism discussion group – go to pastorbill.ca and register. The four week study (1½ hour half sessions) run via ZOOM discussion for the next four Wednesdays (June 9, 16, 23, and 30) at 7:00 pm and at 9:00 pm. Begin to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report so that you can know what it actually says. Then you can talk about it knowledgeably.

 

This year’s District Assembly took place this past Saturday (June 5) – a condensed virtual gathering on Zoom that was live streamed on the District YouTube Channel.

A District Online “Family Reunion” service was streamed to the District YouTube channel Sunday that took the place of our local worship service.

I’d like to thank Pierre as our delegate to the Assembly and as assistant in my role as District Secretary as we followed the Assembly proceedings and tabulated votes. Among other actions taken, Rev. Steve Ottley was unanimously re-elected to his role as District Superintendent for the next four year. E-mail me for a full report of the Assembly if you are interested.

 

Our spring (early summer?) service of music and celebration is scheduled for this coming Sunday morning! We invite everyone to participate by sharing a song or a reading or a musical performance. Song will be interspersed with Scripture readings. This will be a great day in the Lord . . . let me know if you want to be part of this celebration.

 

Wednesday night we will again 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 me for log-on information.

 

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 . . .

 

With cross-Canada lock-downs about to end (we can hope) we should 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, along with . . . (planning continues: stay tuned!).

 

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 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!

 

Thank you . . . Pam . . .  our new “lawn care coordinator”. Note the designation: coordinator. She is going to be coordinating the cutting of the grass, not doing all the work herself. And if you would like to help out . . . well, it would be gratefully appreciated. Would you be willing to cut the grass once or twice through the summer? Let her know (or let me know and I’ll let her know). It would make life “nice” if those who can could do it a couple of times. She will create a list and let you know “your week”. Thanks!  

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.