United Church Moderator’s 2019 Lenten Message

How Is It With Your Soul?

 

The Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott, 43rd Moderator of The United Church of Canada
Credit:
The United Church of Canada

In his Lenten message, Moderator Richard Bott reminds us that this season is a time to think, deeply, about our relationship with God.  He asks us each to consider meeting with another disciple of Jesus, and exploring the question, “How is it with your soul?”

This video message is found on the United Church’s website.

Or if you would rather, read the transcript.

 

 

2019 World Day of Prayer

Join people all over the world on Friday, March 1st for the 2019 worship service and celebration written by the Slovenia World Day of Prayer Committee and adapted for use in Canada by The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.

In Clearwater, the service is being hosted by the Clearwater Christian Church and the Clearwater World Day of Prayer Organizing Committee at the Star Lake Ministry Centre at 1:30 pm.  In Barriere, the service will be held at the Church of St Paul at 2:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served following both services.

Come – Everything Is Ready!

This program was written by women in Slovenia, one of the smallest countries in Europe and a pretty young committee in the WDP movement.

Artist Rezka Arnuš, born in 1953, depicts two topics: the country of Slovenia and the main Biblical story of the worship service.

At the core of the theme, an invitation – Come; and to enable the response – Everything is ready. Come to praise, thank, and proclaim the kingdom of love.

The invitation is grounded in the parable that Jesus told about a great dinner which was attended by the ones called off the streets, as the ones invited excused themselves. The community formed around the table is not enough to fill the house – there is still room. Who are missing from the table in your community? How would you invite and prepare the feast?

Throughout the worship service, we hear the stories of those who are coming to the table of bread, wine, water, and salt. Their stories reflect the political and economic situation from the time Slovenia was a socialist-communist state to today. Their stories are the voices of the refugee and migrant workers, the mothers, the grandmothers, the wives, and the Roma people. While listening to their stories, we ask for forgiveness for being silent in the face of injustice, and we pray that God open our hearts to compassion and understanding. And we leave with a blessing prayer to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice, and peace.

May the welcoming God enable us to set the table and fill the communities with hope, love, and joy!

~ from the World Day of Prayer International Committee’s Website

New Web Hosting

Today we switched from the hosting service provided by Kamloops Presbytery to one provided by Kamloops United Church. We thank KUC for their generous hospitality in sharing this service with us.

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.