This Sunday: We live, these days, in such a goal oriented, purpose driven, control minded society, it’s hard to imagine that anything important could happen without human initiative. Perhaps, during these days of summer, Jesus’ message might be to step back and trust that there is a will for good operating in our world that is not subject to our control.
Readings: Psalm 119:129-136; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
This reflection is from Steinbach United Church.
This Sunday: As June gives way to July and many of us take a break from usual routines and responsibilities, perhaps there is time to disengage a bit and think again about the touchstones of a worthwhile life and the habits and priorities we might want to cultivate.
Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
This Sunday: Through scripture and promises, we end the work of the Transition Team and of our Intentional Interim Minister, Rev. Ken DeLisle. We step forward into tomorrow with confidence and a solid foundation of faith and identity. “For all that has been – Thanks! To all that shall be – Yes!” – Dag Hammarskjold, first Secretary General, United Nations
This Sunday: June 21, Summer Solstice, is a special time in the Indigenous community, a time to celebrate identity and culture. It is also a time for us as non-Indigenous Christians to ponder systemic racism, the breakdown of cultural relationships and reconciliation, in the context of Matthew’s instructions to disciples.
Reading: Matthew 10:24-39
This Sunday: The Gospel of Matthew has been described as a training manual for disciples. Most of us would love to come to church and enjoy resting in the comfortable companionship of like minded people. Truth be told, God has other plans for us.
Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:23
This Sunday: Today is Pride Sunday. The United Church of Canada dedicates this Sunday to the LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit community. Have you encountered the queer Jesus? The strange Jesus? You will this Sunday, along with stories of allies. Come celebrate all of us and all we are.
Readings: Mark 9:38-41; John 15:12-14, 17-19
This Sunday: Pentecost – the rush of wind and fire and no destruction! It was a day of celebration and chaos and confusion. Can you be drunk at 9:00 in the morning and still be wise? Can you learn languages in an instant? What happened that day? What happens today when you encounter the Spirit? Can words explain it or is it just a stunning, warm feeling? Let’s talk about it.
Readings: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b
This Sunday, we will celebrate the sacrament of communion. For that you need to be prepared with something to eat (bread or a cracker work fine) and something to drink (juice, water, milk, or tea will all be appropriate, even wine.)