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Epiphany Devotions from Lutherans Connect

Living Our Faith

~ from a post on the Lutherans Connect Facebook Page dated January 3, 2019

Many of us would love to spend more time in spiritual practice than we do, but often find it hard to make space for it in the day-to-day challenges of our lives. As the hectic holiday season subsides, a new year can offer us a chance to make changes and deepen our commitment to what matters most.

In the spirit of our seasonal devotional projects, Lutherans Connect invites you to journey with us through January and the first weeks of the season of Epiphany. As always, we will combine scripture with prayer, images, reflection and music.

This Epiphany our theme is Living Our Faith. In collaboration with Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, we will explore ways to renew our spiritual practice while deepening our experience of what it means to be disciples of Jesus.

In our Sunday readings between Epiphany and Lent we hear the stories of the life and ministry of Jesus, the events that flow from his baptism to his transfiguration. How can we be like the first century followers of Jesus responding to these events in our own twenty-first century world? How can the waters of Jesus’ baptism flow through our own lives in building the realm of God?

Working with a single chapter of Scripture over twelve days and accompanied by excerpts from Praying the Catechism by Donald W. Johnson, LC† Living Our Faith will help us find ways to live our faith anew as disciples in a modern world.

Join us every other day from January 6 to January 28 as we Pray, Read, Worship and Love. And may the light of Epiphany guide us in living our faith now and always!

These devotions can be found on the Lutherans Connect Facebook Page or on the Lutherans Connect’s blog.

Daily Advent Devotions From Lutherans Connect

Faith in the Night

December 2nd to 25th

Image by Rafael Edwards

~ from the Lutherans Connect Facebook page

Many of us would love to spend more time in spiritual practice than we do, but often find it hard to make space for it in the day-to-day challenges of our lives. During the weeks leading up to Christmas it can be especially difficult to imagine a peacefulness in which we can experience God’s presence.

In the spirit of our ongoing seasonal devotional projects, Lutherans Connect invites you to make space for reflection and prayer this Advent by joining us in daily online devotions. As we have done in the past, these daily meditations will bring together scripture readings, poetry, songs and reflections, from a wide range of ecumenical traditions.

Our theme this Advent is “Faith in the Night”. Inspired by the annunciation to Mary, we will explore what it means to encounter God in the midst of darkness. Reflecting on the stories of biblical figures, including Jesus, who experience significant moments of their journeys with God at night, we will explore how God works with us in the darker passages of our lives to deepen our faith. In addition, we will hear contemporary stories of those who wait in faith to see hope and change in the midst of turmoil. How can we prepare the manger of our hearts to be renewed in faith by this birth? How are we then more prepared to help make change in the lives of others?

Join us daily from December 2nd to December 25th as we reflect together and anticipate a dawn of hope. And may you experience the peace of the coming Saviour this Advent and always!

The devotions can be accessed from the Lutherans Connect facebook page or their blog.

Bells of Peace – Sunday, November 11th at Sunset

Bell Will Ring Out at the Church of St Paul

1918-2018
Bells of Peace – A Remembrance of those who served in the First World War

An Initiative of the Royal Canadian Legion

 

Bells call us to wake, to pray, to work, to arms, to feast, and, in times of crisis, to come together.  “On November 11, 1918, the ringing of church bells erupted spontaneously across the country, as an outpouring of relief that four years of war had come to an end.” (BBC news).  The Bells of Peace initiative is designed to emulate that moment of remembrance in honour of our veterans who served in WWI.

 

There will be a gathering at the Church of St Paul in Barriere just after 4:00 pm to participate in the Bells of Peace Initiative.  Starting at 4:18 pm, which is “the going down of the sun”, until 100 peals are reached, individuals will take turns ringing the bell that is located at the front of the church.

The bell that had called the faithful of Clearwater United to worship until the congregation sold its building and the bell was moved to Barriere.

 

Statement on Attack on Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh

The United Church is profoundly saddened and outraged
at the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue.

~ from The United Church Website, published on October 29th and modified on October 31st

Memorials outside Tree of Life Synagogue [Photo: AP Photo/Matt Rourke] ~ from United Church of Canada website

The United Church of Canada is profoundly saddened and outraged at the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our deep sympathy and prayers go out to the families and community of those whose loved ones died or were injured in this act of horrific act of violence. Our hearts are with all in the Jewish community who mourn, and are once again experiencing the hateful outcomes of antisemitism.The United Church of Canada denounces such acts of terror perpetrated in the name of religion as well as the rhetoric and worldviews that makes them possible. The suspect, a White nationalist accused of hate crimes, felt empowered to attack innocents and take lives because of their faith. That is not a coincidence in the global atmosphere of division and hate. We will continue to speak and act against all such acts of hatred and discrimination. We are disheartened that violence motivated by fear and hatred continues to claim the lives of so many in our world. An attack on members of one faith community is an attack on the fundamental values of respect for human rights and dignity that are basic to building just and compassionate societies.

May the families and friends of those who were killed or injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue find strength in the days ahead as they grieve the unbearable loss of their loved ones or tend to the physical and psychological wounds of those who survived.

In the days ahead, may civic and political leaders rise above calls for retribution and blame and echo the wisdom and grace being demonstrated by so many from communities near and far responding with sympathy, support and solidarity to this attack.

In Bearing Faithful Witness, a statement made in 2003, The United Church of Canada affirmed our common calling with Jews and others to align ourselves with God’s world-mending work, and encouraged all people in our church to be vigilant in resisting antisemitism and anti-Judaism in church and society. We continue to affirm those commitments and to remind our members that we need to cultivate love, understanding, and acceptance of each other, rather than giving in to fears that provide fertile ground for hate and extremism to flourish.

We offer our prayers that together we may build a world where all are treated with dignity and respect. May you be strengthened and blessed as you minister with those so deeply wounded by this attack, and may God’s healing love be with your community in the days ahead.

Oh, God, your children cry out,
and cry out, to you.

We pray for your people
of Tree of Life congregation,
for those who are waiting,
for those who are grieving,
for those who have died
because of senseless hatred
of your people, Israel;
may they find healing in your love,
and support from the community.

May any who have been part of this killing
be found quickly, and held accountable
for what they have done.

Help us, God of all creation,
to challenge the rhetoric that fans the hatred,
especially the interpretations of Christian scripture
that equate “Jewish” and “evil”;
help us, God of all love,
to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms.

We pray to you, The Name,
as disciples of Jesus,
as people filled with your love.

Amen.

—A prayer for the victims and survivors of the attack on Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, by the Right Rev. Richard Bott. Originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.

Christmas Sale

November 13th – 15th from 9 am to 2 pm
at the Church of St Paul

This is your opportunity to easily look at all the Christmas items that the Church of St Paul Thrift Store has gathered over the year in the spacious surroundings of the Activity Room.  You are bound to find that decoration, trinket, or gift for which you have been searching!  As always, the prices make purchasing quite affordable.