The season of Pentecost, that began June 9th is a time to celebrate the breath and fire of the Spirit that lives and moves and acts among God’s people. This Spirit of liberation and freedom poses an inevitable challenge to a spirit of domination so present in the world. The Spirit gives us a new identity, one infused by God’s desire for the world. Acts 2:1-21 gives an identity faith. It is a rejection of the uniformity imposed by imperialism in favour of the rich and textured group distinctions which make up the diversity of our humanity. No one is forced to take Hebrew, Greek or English to understand the power of the Spirit at work. No one is forced to submerge or deny their group identity to be part of a movement that sees in its mission both the transformation of individual lives and the transformation of an unjust social order into one reflecting the realm of God. The embrace of diverse voices weaves through this Pentecost story.
Peter quotes the prophet Joel,
“I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy (no gender limitations or exclusion), your young people shall see visions and your old people shall dream dreams (no age barriers). Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy” (no small problem for systems based on hierarchy and subordination).
No matter the group, culture, gender, age, social economic status, or any other basis by which empire submerges group identities, the identity breaking forth challenges arrangements that deny the justice filled promise of God’s salvation.
As you enjoy the summer months and times at the cabin or “around the bay” or vacations take some time to reflect on how the spirit moves in your life. Allow the spirt to weave something new within you, a new way of seeing the world, a new way of expressing your faith, a new mission that grips you. Give yourself some time to experience God’s Spirit. You won’t be disappointed.
Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
Trinity and Confirmation Sunday
Worship starts at 11 am. Hope to see you there!
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UCW Summer Closing
Can you imagine the laughter, the chatter, the stories and the joyful noise when 35 good friends get together. On June 13th, the UCW wound down their year of work and activities with a delicious meal followed by a time for fellowship, games and fun. The meal was prepared and served by the Men's Club. No work for the women that night ... the men took care of everything, including the clean-up.
A BIG THANK YOU to the men for their help.
What's Coming up
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLOSING BBQ June 23rd: Can you believe another year has come and gone? Let’s celebrate the year by attending our year-end BBQ on Sunday, June 23rd after our worship service. Meet us down in Trinity Hall. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. If everyone could please bring a salad that would be great!
QUIILTING GROUP June 24th: The next group meet will be June 24th at 7:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room.
BOOK CLUB - June 26th: The final meeting of the Book Club before summer break will be June 26th. We are going out for supper, so please let Pam Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org, 691-0214) know if you are coming. The book under discussion will be ‘The Friday Night Knitting Club’ by Kate Jacobs. Come join the food and conversation. Happy Reading.
2019 GENERAL PROTESTANT CEMETERY
MEMORIAL SERVICE SCHEDULE
Mount Pleasant Cemetery - Monday, July 8th at 7 pm
General Protestant Cemetery - Monday, July 22nd at 7 pm
Memorial Gardens Cemetery - Monday, August 5th at 7 pm
**In the event of inclement weather, the services will move ahead to 7 pm the next evening.