Sermon for 15 June 2021

This is the 96th Anniversary of the United Church of Canada. The national church has supplied a worship service to commemorate the date. Note the comments and the link.
Here’s the link to the 96th anniversary service of the United Church of Canada:

It’s a long service — one hour and 20 minutes. It starts with a 16-minute prelude of hymns in different styles, five pieces in all.

Moderator Richard Bott conducts the service and puts an emphasis on truth & reconciliation with indigenous people with a big mea culpa for the UC’s involvement in residential schools.

Assisting him are Alydia Smith from the General Council office, Franklyn James of B.C., Darla Sloan of Quebec City and Mitchell Anderson from Saskatoon.

There are hymns throughout provided by four singers, a guitarist, bass player and pianist from Nova Scotia.

The service concludes with a rousing two-minute organ postlude.

  1. The link should be all you need but if there’s any problems let me know and I’ll help to sort things out.

Sermon for 06 June 2021

Worship Service of Churchill Gilford United Churches

June 6, 2021
Sermon: Wisdom from Thessalonians

A strange thing happened the other day; I was reading the bible. Well if the truth was told – I was reading it because we were having bible study. I found a passage that I thought should be the sermon for this week
It is not the first time I have seen this passage but it is similar to when you pull out your summer clothes and find that money in the pocket from last fall; You remember it being there when you discovered it, but you had forgotten about it.
I remember this passage ( I am saying that so everyone will think I have read the bible before) but I have not thought about it. It is worth repeating.

Paul is the apparent writer. He was in prison at this point. If you don’t know his story, I will give you the brief synopsis.

Originally he was named Saul. He was a Pharisee in the Jewish faith. He was very intense and adamant that Judaism was the only way. For a while he persecuted Christians until he had a momentous experience on the road to Damascus. He saw a light which blinded him for 3 days and heard a voice saying “Why are you persecuting me?” That completely changed him and he became as adamant for the new Christian sect as he had been for the Jews. He traveled around the middle east on at least three different journeys preaching the gospel and starting new churches.

The Gospel was very offensive to the powers of the day. It was provocative for the religious sphere because he was starting a new faith and they were threatened. The civil was alarmed because they thought he was starting a revolution against them.

Paul had great concern for the churches he had started. He knew at this point that his life was limited. He was in prison and was fully aware that he would soon be executed. He wanted to leave his people with instructions on how to be a Christian in the future.

Unfortunately Paul was a product of his age and some of his writings are quite offensive to people today but some of his works are very meaningful. Many of you have heard his writing “Love is patient and kind…” at weddings over the years.

If you were about to die, what would you want to pass on to friends and family? I have thought that I would say, with my last breath “The money is in the…….”and die before the sentence was finished.
But Paul was a better man than me.
As you hear this, remember that this was what a man in prison on death row, thought was the important information to pass on to people.

I start part way through simply for the sake of time.

As you hear these, repeat them to yourself. Later on today or tomorrow repeat them again and think deeply about each one.

The first statement is “Don’t repay evil for evil”
We would often call that a knee-jerk reaction. Someone hits you or your car and immediately you respond with an equal or increased violent reaction. If someone shoves you, you want to shove back. We do the same thing in a non-physical way. If someone hurts you or causes some damage we seek an opportunity to repay it. People have been known to plot for years how to repay someone for something they did.

One of the most misinterpreted biblical passages says “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” It is used to justify repaying evil for evil, yet that is not what it means. Paul was a biblical scholar and he would have known that an “Eye for an eye” meant that if you take away another person’s vison, you must be their sight. You must replace the damage you caused.
If we don’t repay evil for evil we slow down the cycle of destruction.

The next sentence “Do good to one another”, seems to be a straight forward extension of the last but it goes beyond simply not repaying evil with evil. This sentence contains a proactive action. When we deal with others we can either treat them in a bad way, a good way or just ignore them. The challenge here is to seek ways to make life more positive for others.
We are being encouraged to go out of our way to make life better for others.
Imagine if you lay in bed each morning and picked one person and decided to make their life better that day. You would have 365 happier people every year.
In turn you yourself would become a much more positive human being.

The next phrase “Rejoice always” is much easier if you are a positive person. We live in a society that thrives on negativity. If you watch TV or listen to the radio for even a few minutes you will hear an ad about the availability of lawsuits. How often are you told that you are saying or thinking or doing, something wrong?
I recently talked to a poet who said he was afraid to be happy because he would lose his creativity. That is sad. It is possible to be happy and creative.
If you really want to drive people crazy – be happy, especially in bad times. Making people feel sad is a form of power but if you are happy they have no power over you.
The best part about “rejoice always” is that life is better.

The fourth piece of advice is; “Pray without ceasing”. It means to stay in touch with a higher power. In order to live the previous three challenges, you need the energy and support of something greater than yourself.

A theologian once said “If I closed my eyes every time I prayed I could not cross the street without getting run over”.
There is no such thing as a perpetual motion machine. Everything including people need to be recharged and renewed from time to time.

Finally the last sentence “Give thanks in all circumstances” is a humbling statement. We realize that we are privileged to even be here. We are privileged to have life and all that we have been given. We are privileged to know and to love.

It is possible to be thankful in all circumstances no matter how bleak things may seem. It helps us to focus on the positive and overcome the negative.
I have to admit that at this point I can hear Blake Constable sing out the Bing Crosby song “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive – and that is what being thankful does.

Anita Krizzan: You don’t have to move mountains simply fall in love with life. Be a tornado of happiness, gratitude and acceptance. You will change the world just by being a warm, kind hearted human being

Take a look at those five sentences.

Don’t repay evil for evil.
Do good to one another
Rejoice always
Pray without ceasing
Give thanks in all circumstances

Take a few moments this week and read them over slowly. Think about what they mean and it will become clear why Paul’s dying wish was to share this wisdom.

PRAYER
God, our lives are full of opportunities and routes. We are sometimes drawn to the path of least resistance when we know the true path is often the most difficult one. Help us to know you walk with us.
When we meet people and situations along our journey, help us to empathize with them. When we hear the story of children who died in residential schools, or people starving, or our fellow humans living in fear or violence; help us to walk with them. When we meet people who are celebrating new life or new moments; help us to be part of their joy. When we encounter rough times personally; help us to turn to you and allow you to walk beside us.
God this is the world and the life you have given to each of us; help us to live fully I it. Amen
Now we pray in silence for those who are suffering or need special prayers;

Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE June 6, 2021
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Opening Prayer
God, In the midst of confusion you are there. In the midst of silence, you are there. In the midst of our lives, you are present. May we feel your presence, now in the midst of our worship. Amen

Hymn – I’m gonna live
Scripture 1 Thessalonians 15-28
Reflection
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn Deep in our hearts
Benediction

Go now in Peace
Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

or panddcoborn@gmail.com
No security question
Another option is contact us and we will pick it up from your porch. Thanks

Sermon for 30 May 2021

Service for May 30, 2021 – Churchill and Gilford United Churches
Sermon: That God Might Exist

A troublesome individual (I am being politically correct) came to the minister and stated. “I don’t believe in God because God has not awarded me with what I feel I deserve. I need a sign from God that God exists”. The minister advised that person “Go stand in the rain”. A few minutes later that person came back soaking wet and stated “There was no sign and I feel like an idiot”. The minister responded. There are many ways that God is reveals what we deserve, this one seems to have worked”

God can be revealed in many different ways.

John Boger in a book called “The Great Hunger” tells a story about an engineer whose daughter was killed by the neighbour’s dog. The community turns against the neighbour but after a while the area is hit by a famine. The engineer goes out and plants corn in that neighbours field. When the local people asked him why, he said “That God might Exist”

It’s an odd phrase. Doesn’t God always exist? We are told that God is always there but sometimes God’s presence seems pretty removed and difficult to find.

Another story is of a child in a cathedral. The child looks up and sees the painting of an old man in the clouds. He asks who it is. The parent says that it is God. After contemplation the child says “But he is so far away”

Sam Levenson in a cliche and often repeated line states If God is so far away – who moved?

People come up with “Proofs” of God’s existence. Most are scientifically oriented in the sense that they are searching for “Proof”.
There is the Pool Table theory based in the concept that God started the motion of creation and the various effects continue to develop, but that God was the original mover.

There is the Watchmaker theory which claims that the world is so well made and so intricate that it could not be by chance.

There is the “Ought” which is just the idea that God exists because we have morals. Morals draw us out of our selfish human reality to a higher level.

Finally there is the Reaching up Proof. Every civilization has portrayed a god or gods by their prayer methods.

Even in the bible in Deuteronomy 4: 32, there is a list of ways by which we should know that God exists.

We question not just God’s existence we question our own as well. I have had many discussions with people over the years questioning whether or not we as humans exist. Descartes, “I think therefore I am” is a classic response to that. But we won’t get into that because if you don’t know you exist then there is no sense in asking for your contributions.

Sam’s statement about “Who moved?” is a clever line indicating the idea that God is always present but it does have some limitations in the idea that God doesn’t ever move or change. Perhaps God doesn’t change but our understanding of God does
I would counter that statement with a line that seems at first like an oxymoron by saying. If God is so far away who didn’t move?”

Often people have what we call a Sunday school faith. Their understanding of God was formed when they attended Sunday school. It is inadequate. It does not explain the adult questions and so it feels like God has disappeared. We have to move our minds to comprehend God in our lives.
When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus he told him he must be re-born. Unfortunately that term now has a great amount of baggage with it and in some cases a very specific protocol and mandated results. I was asked once if I spoke in tongues and when I replied that I did not, I was told that I was not reborn.
Being reborn really means entering a new reality where the spiritual life is predominate. Jesus was guiding Nicodemus away from the physical quest to the spiritual view.

The “proofs” of God’s existence don’t work because they are in the physical world. Our understanding of God only happens in the spiritual realm. We no longer prove that God exists, we must allow God to exist.
By our actions and our thoughts we permit God to exist in our hearts and world.

There is a wonderful story of a boy who goes to leave his house. His mother asks him where he is going and he tells her he is going in search of God. As he walks down the street he sees a puppy on the road with what appears to be a hurt leg. He also sees an approaching car. Because of his heart, he immediately runs out and grabs the dog out of harm’s way. As they lie together on the side of the road, the puppy realising what has happened, reaches up and gives the boy a kiss. The boy then takes the puppy back across the road to the house where he has come from. He leaves the little dog with the people and returns home. His mother asks him if he found God. The boy says “Yes, I was kissed by a puppy for no reason, and I realise that God’s love is everywhere”. The puppy on the other hand gets scolded by his mother for leaving the litter and getting hurt. She says “Well was the journey worth the injury?” The puppy replied “Yes, today I found God”

We allow God to exist by our actions. We create the space for God to occur in our world when we take the time to contact someone who is ill or missing; when we take the effort to clean up our world; when we stand up for peace; when we forgive; when we share; when we take the time to be concerned; when we love.
The Jews have a tradition called the Mezuzah. It is a little box over the door that holds the ten commandments or a prayer. Each time they enter or leave they are to touch the box to remind them to take God with them in their actions and thoughts. Perhaps we should have a reminder that helps us take God into the world, so that God’s existence will be seen in the world through us.

There is an expression: If you can’t find kindness then be kindness. Maybe we should change that to read “If you can’t find God in your world then be God in your world”

PRAYER
God may we aspire to be your hands and feet in this world. May we be the reason someone realises hope; may we be the catalyst that brings forgiveness into a situation; may we be the vehicle by which people are fed, both spiritually and physically; may we be the dawn of a new life for someone who is failing. God help us to find you in everyday love of others. Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE May 30, 2021
Announcements
Etransfer info at bottom of page
Thanks to helpers: Cathy, Doris, Cheryl
Opening Prayer
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. No matter where we are Oh God, we are with you. Help us to hear, see, and feel you in this time of worship. Amen

Hymn – What a Friend
Scripture John 3: 1-10
Reflection
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn Give to Us Laughter
Benediction

Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

or panddcoborn@gmail.com
No security question

Another option is contact us and we will pick it up from your porch. Thanks

Sermon for 23 May 2021

Worship Service of Churchill Gilford United Churches
May 23, 2021
Sermon Igniting the Spirit

It’s a good job that May 24 was not around in Jesus day. If someone shows up to work next Tuesday and tells people a story of how they were in a room and there were tongues of fire on everyone’s head and then there was a big wind and after that everyone could speak several languages at the same time, your co-workers would just ask how much of what, you had to drink.

Even in that day that was the accusation against the disciples.

A story like that is hard to believe in any era. Yet that is the story we have. This day is called Pentecost Sunday and it is the celebration of the Spirit coming to the disciples.

The story starts with the disciples gathered all together in what we think was the Upper Room. Jerusalem was full of people because it was a Jewish holy week and many had come to celebrate Pentecost.. Pente means fifty and it is the Jewish observance of the fiftieth day after the Passover.

When it became such a significant day in the Christian faith, the early church took the term and used it to as a Christian term. Pentecost is now celebrated fifty days after Easter.

We have no way of knowing if the facts as presented actually took place in that way, or on that day but it doesn’t matter. Something happened.

For years the Church has formalized the Holy Spirit (used to be called the Holy Ghost) into an entity, part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit was and for many is, on a par with God and Jesus. The difficulty with that theology is that it isolates and itemizes the Spirit. It becomes something that is separate from the human being.

The other difficulty with that theology is that it implies that the Spirit entered the world after Jesus. There are many accounts of God in Spirit being active in the world before Jesus. For example the Spirit appears as a dove at Jesus baptism.

Perhaps a better way is to imagine what happened is to think of the Spirit as igniting instead of entering.

I remember being told by a Scout leader in the church, how they used to light their special campfires. The campfire was set up, (maybe with a little gasoline in it) and then a long string was tied to a tree. A flaming rag or something was allowed to slide down the string and of course when it got to the campfire everything burst into flame.

The point is that there was already something there to ignite. If the flame had just hit bare ground it would simply have gone out.

You have often heard that inside everyone is a divine spark. A little piece – if you will- of the Holy Spirit resides in us all. We are not alone.

That opens a lot of doors.
We are starting to realise that every human being has that spark, regardless of where they live or what religious exposure they have been raised with; regardless of their culture or heritage.

More and more we are understanding or contemplating the idea that animals and even plants have some kind of spiritual connection.

There have been a lot of barriers imposed over the years. Many groups have tried to own the Spirit or at least control it by setting limitations or conditions, but when we realise that the spark resides within each person the barriers disappear.

I remember a couple who seemed to have a lot of barriers in their relationship. They came from two different cultures, two different areas, two different religions and neither could speak a word of the other’s language. They got married. When people questioned them and said “What do you have in common”? They – (well one of them)- responded “Love – what else do you need?”

When the disciples went out onto the porch and spoke to the crowds, the record says that everyone could hear them in their own language. Maybe that wasn’t Latin or Greek or Aramaic or Hebrew. Maybe it was a spiritual language that they heard. Maybe they could hear each other because they were listening with the same spirit.

How often have you known what someone was going to say before they said it because you were on “the same wave length”?

If we realise that we already have the spirit in us then we simply have to
open the channels to receive the spark.

Again the best example is to use the illustration of the campfire. If the flame slid down the rope but ended up in an empty pit, it wouldn’t light. If it slid down and found the wood was wet, it wouldn’t light.

The disciples had spent three years with Jesus. They were in-tuned to him. They understood some of the ways of listening to the spirit. If their hearts had been full of hatred and anger, they would not have been able to ignite or energize their souls.

I believe that everyone has the spiritual capacity. We all have the same ability to receive the energy of the spirit just as the disciples did.

This weekend when you light the bonfire, watch and imagine that we all have that capability to be set on fire. Notice the glow and the warmth and remember Penetcost: the igniting of your Spirit.

PRAYER
God you created us in your image, with a divine spark within. When we look at others help us to see that flame. May we not be overwhelmed with the physical attractions or the monetary distraction: may we not be deceived by the noise and glamour: may we hear the voice of the Spirit trying to give us hope and power. May we be consumed by love, both giving and receiving. May we be ignited by the flame of the Spirit.
We pray also for the duration of the ceasefire in the middle east and anywhere else in the world where peace is struggling to survive. We pray in silence for any situation or person who needs prayer.

Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE May 23, 2021
Announcements
Etransfer info at bottom of page
Thanks to helpers: Cathy, Hugh Marion
Opening Prayer
Spirit of Life, Wind of God who moves over the face of all creation. We are humbled before you and we praise you asking that we may be filled with that Spirit in this time of worship.
Hymn -It only takes a Spark 289
Scripture Acts 2: 1-8
Reflection
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn Spirit of Gentleness 375
Benediction

Go now in Peace
Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

or panddcoborn@gmail.com
No security question
Another option is contact us and we will pick it up from your porch. Thanks

Sermon for 16 May 2021

Church Service from Churchill Gilford United Churches
Sermon Life is Always a Choice

There is a story about a man who sees his friend on the street. The friend looks quite upset. He says to his friend “I thought you were going to ask your girlfriend to marry you?” The friend replies that he did ask her. The man hesitantly says “By the look on your face I am guessing she said no?” The friend replies “She said yes. The look on my face is ecause I am not sure what to do with that answer”

In some ways many of us can relate to that moment. Did you ever notice that as soon as you sign a deal to buy a car or a house, a better offer comes along. Of course we all have the neighbour who tells you they could have gotten the item cheaper.

Decisions and choices are great but they are not always easy.

The story today is about a man named Matthias. He was elected to be the replacement disciple for Judas. Judas was the disciple who identified Jesus in the garden so that he could be arrested and eventually crucified. I personally believe that Judas thought the arrest of Jesus would bring about the apocalypse or end-of-the -world. When Jesus was executed Judas was overwhelmed and in the Gospels he hanged himself. In Acts it just says he burst open – not an image for the supper table.

This left the disciples short of the twelve that they felt Jesus wanted them to have. There were twelve tribes of Israel and so you can follow the symbolism.

The disciples gathered and the story says there were about 120 of them. They needed to pick a new disciple. There were two conditions of approval. The new disciple had to have been present at Jesus baptism and also at the resurrection.

Two names were brought forward; Justus and Matthias. (They both have alternative names). The disciples cast lots and Matthias was chosen.
I wonder how they each felt when they got the news. Certainly Matthias would have been overjoyed but at the same time he would have realized that his life was about to change.
We have very little information on him. We don’t know if he was married or if he had children. We don’t know if he was working but we do know that the life he had lived abruptly came to a halt.

By the preconditions we know that he had been very involved with the new faith and with Jesus. He would have heard many of Jesus teaching. There is even a book called the Gospel of Matthias, although most authorities don’t believe it to be authentic.

But for him his life changed completely. The history tells us that he went on to preach the gospel in Cappadocia and on the coasts of the Caspian Sea, residing chiefly near the port Issus. According to one history text his first sermon was in Judea, the province where Bethlehem is.

Another account called the “Acts of Andrew and Matthias”, places his work in “the city of the cannibals” or Ethiopia. There is a marker near the ruins of the Roman fortress in the region of Adjara claiming that Matthias is buried at that site.

We do know that by all accounts his death was violent. Apparently he was stoned and then beheaded.

That is relevant because he knew when he took the position that that type of death was likely.

So how did he feel when that decision was made?

In one way I am sure he was excited but also I am sure he was apprehensive. He knew the costs.

One of the advantages he had was that his mission was confirmed.
Many people would like to change their lives and become someone different. Many would like to devote themselves to a mission or a propose but they have to finish mowing the lawn; or paying the bills; or
Whatever it is that gets in the way.

Matthias was catapulted into that decision and with that came the respect and support of the other disciples. There was one hundred and twenty people there that day and every one of them would now know that they were to support this person because he was chosen.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone else made and supported that decision for you.
I give Matthias great credit for carrying on and bringing the news of Jesus to so many people at the final cost of his life.

There was another person there that day and that was Justus.
He was not chosen. The people believed that God had a hand in the way that the lots were cast which in effect meant that God did not chose Justus.
What effect would that have on him? We really don’t know anything more about him. There is speculation based on his name that he was the brother of Jesus and that is why he was chosen to run. Christian traditions says that this Justus went on to become Bishop of Eleutheropolis, where he died a martyr and is considered by the Roman Catholic church to be Saint Justus of Eleutheropolis but that is mere conjecture.

We certainly hope that he carried on even though he wasn’t chosen by his peers and he didn’t have the decision made for him.

In some ways we can relate more to this Justus than we can to Matthias. We have not been set aside as special by others. As I said, I think Matthias did a wonderful job but maybe Justus had a more difficult decision.
All of us have that decision that we have to make in private, whether or not we will follow Christ in our lives.

Whether someone tells you that you are chosen or not – you are. God has chosen each one of us to spread the news of life.

PRAYER

God, our lives take different journeys. We have different talents and gifts. Sometimes we hope to hear a clear message from you. Sometimes we desire that you tell us what we should do, but God we know that you have a purpose for each of us. You have a direction that we should pursue. You have made us each different.
Just as the disciples went to diverse areas and challenges, help us to use our gifts and talents to spread the word of faith to different people and unique situations. Guide us, oh God. Amen
Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE May 16, 2021
Announcements
Etransfer info at bottom of page
Thanks to helpers: Cathy and Cheryl
Check the link to the Innispirit Concert – in your email

Opening Prayer
Hymn – 222VU Come let us sing
Scripture Acts 1:15- 17 + 21-26
Reflection
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 209 MV Go Make a difference
Benediction

Go now in Peace
Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

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Sermon for 09 May 2021

Service for May 9 From Churchill Gilford United Churches
Sermon Let love be your Filter

Five days ago was the fourth of May. If you are a fan of Star Wars you may have said “May the Fourth be with you”. If you are not a fan of Star Wars you may have told someone else not to say it – again. However one of the quotes I saw this week was from Yoda, the Grand Master of the Jedi in Star Wars and it fit very well with the scripture today.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

From Yoda I move to Lady Gaga who said “It’s always wrong to hate but its never wrong to love.”

From that we move to Jesus who said “Love one another”

In the bible the phrase “Fear Not” appears 365 times. The word “Love appears over 500 times depending on the translation. The bible is 10 time longer than the Quran and the word for love appears 80 times in the Quran which means it actually appears more often.

If we were to try to add up the times the word love appears in the English language we would never get to the end.
No one gets excited about hating someone but we get excited about loving someone.
No one runs home full of enthusiasm and joy and tells their parents that they have found a new person to hate.

The beautiful songs are not about hatred and fear but rather about joy and love.
Listening to the radio a couple of days ago I heard a song by the Youngbloods and it was encouraging people to “Get Together” in love.

If you try to send an offensive tweet, Twitter will ask you if you would like to reconsider what yo have written before you send it. It senses that there is too much anger and hatred in what you have written. It never says that you are sending too much love.

Today is Mother’s Day and we don’t celebrate a other’s hatred. We celebrate a mother’s love.

Are you starting to get the idea that Jesus along with every other religious leader understood that love is the only way to a full life?

In Bible study we are looking at Ephesians. Paul says that through the love of Jesus we break down the wall of hostility between us making one humanity.
Ironically one of the most powerful phrases today; “There is no greater love has this. That a person should lay down their life for another”, has been used to defend war which is the greatest culmination of hate. Yet that was not the intention of that passage. It was to show how far perfect love will go.
Even Madonna weighs in on that with “To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return.”

I carry on with some more quotes:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning says “Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

Kahlil Gibran “Love is quivering happiness.”
Pablo Picasso Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”
Mahatma Gandhi Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers,
never resents never revenges itself.”
Plato (ever the romantic) says “Love is a serious mental disease.”

In Corinthians we read “Love is patient and kind….etc”. Down to the part where it says Faith Hope and Love of these three, love is the greatest”

One of the comforts that we rely on is that even death cannot terminate love.
The Princess Bride sums it up with “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”

And to end the quotes I turn to Mumford and Sons in their song “Sigh no More” where they say. “Love; it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you. It will set you free.”

At what point do we get the message.
At what point does the world get the message
Love one another.
It is one of the most difficult things to do when everything is not going perfectly but it is the only answer to every problem.

The most uplifting poems, songs, stories, movies and experiences are ones where love wins. Whether it is the love of a couple or that of a person for a group or the love of God for the human race; those are the stories that move and inspire us.

Love is more important than money or fame or possessions. If you truly love someone and they truly love you then your life is full and abundant. If the world could learn to truly love each other, then the world would be perfect.

I think every so often we need to hear the words of Jesus when he said “Love one another”
Put love in your heart
Use love as the filter for everything you do and Love one another!

PRAYER God, thank you. We did not create this world and however you did it we are grateful. On this mother’s day we raise up the mothers wo have given us life and have nurtured us. We give thanks for all who have stepped in to situations where children are alone or in need. We give thanks for those who raised us and we give thanks for those who have raised the human race to a higher level of love and hope.
God we have learned from those who have gone before us. Help us each to be the person of value in the history of someone else. Help us to be the reflection of love in someone else’s life as Christ is the reflection of love in ours.
We pray for those who need special care this day.

Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE May 9, 2021
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Opening Prayer
Hymn – I got the Joy
Scripture John 15: 9-17
Reflection
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn Friends
Benediction

Go now in Peace
Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

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Sermon for 02 May 2021

Church Service from Churchill Gilford United Churches
Sermon Christ Connection

There is a standard cartoon sequence about a character who accidentally runs over the cliff. They realize they are going to fall and then they do and at the last minute they grab a tiny branch that for some reason holds them. So long as they don’t let go they will survive.
The story in John is the same. John likens Christ to the vine that we need to hang on to. As long as we hang on we will have life. Connecting with God is vital to survival.

For many years the church was the instigator and source for social programs. Outreach, education, social programs, health initiatives, welfare, even art were maintained by the church. Slowly the government took them over. In some situations it was better as the government had more money. But in some situations it became less human because the
connection was lost.

Welfare became more about economics then it did about caring. Ask anyone who has worked in that area about how frustration it is when you know someone s=needs financial help but you can’t give it to them because the don’t qualify under certain rules. For example if you have a car that is worth a certain amount of money, you can’t get welfare which becomes a vicious circle when you are looking for work.

In health care there is an estimated amount of time a person is supposed to stay in hospital. It has to do with optimum economic usefulness.
This is mental health Sunday and mental health in our country is terribly underfunded. I had a urgent need for someone to get access to mental health counselling in a November before the pandemic and I was told it would be June before they could get their first appointment.

The prison system with its “Super jails” is based on economics more than restoration.
Certainly in the last year we have been made aware of the situation in seniors homes. The list could go on.
It is difficult for caring people working in some of these situations because the spirit of concern has taken second place.

If a branch is torn from the vine – it soon dies

It is not just institutions that need connections to God – we do also
When I was going through to be minister you had to get interviewed (Just to be clear I did fail the psychological exam.) They had the standard questions about theology and beliefs but there was one man there who seemed to have a different angle. He wasn’t worried about the technical questions. He far more into the spiritual side. First he asked if I thought God had grandchildren. I will give you a minute – the correct answer is NO! We are all children of God.
His second question was deeper. He simply asked if I had ever been out walking and felt the presence of God. I responded that I had. He said that was all he needed to know.

Everyone wants to be independent but we’re not. We need certain things to survive. We need food, water, air and even fire. We are physically connected to the earth. But we also have a spiritual side to us.

We need to be connected to a spiritual source. If we try to operate without it, we become emotionally dead.
If you don’t eat or drink your body dies and you have nothing to offer anyone or the world.
If you don’t feed your spirit, you spirit is starved and you can’t be of any good to others

Many of you know the children’s story of the spider who spun a web in a tall building. It was supported by a long single strand that reached to the ceiling. After a few years the spider decided that the long strand that seemed to go nowhere was needless and the spider cut it off. Idon’t need totell you the end of the story.

The following passage is out of a book titled “More Jesus, Less Religion” by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton
“We should not condone sinful behavior any more than Jesus approved of the activities of the woman at the well or the woman caught in adultery. But Jesus focused more on connection than correction. He knew that when the connection grew strong, so would the desire to do the correct thing.”

Connection to God is vital. We need to hang on to that vine.
I have mentioned several times that I think there is a change happening in the world. Religion is struggling but spirituality is growing. There are so many avenues opening up. Whether it is mysticism or Wicca or alternative faiths; people are searching for meaningful ways to grow their spirituality.

Another story to demonstrate the power of this is about some people at a dinner party. After the meal they decided to have an impromptu talent show. Various people stood up and recited or sang or acted out a scene. One actor stood up and recited the 23rd Psalm. The one that starts “The Lord is my Shepherd”. It was a beautiful rendition. An older woman in the corner was deaf and she was unaware of what the actor had done. She also recited the 23rd Psalm. When she was finished there were tears in people’s eyes. Someone asked the actor why she had this effect whenhe did not. He replied” I know the psalm, she knows the shepherd” For her there was a spiritual connection to the words.

If we are going to give to others and the world, we must receive, both physically and spiritually

Both we and our institutions need to stay connected. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.

PRAYER
God, just as rivers overflow their banks in the spring because of a surge in newness, help us to overflow with enthusiastic spirits because of the constant discoveries of the way you reach us. Help us to wake each morning thankful that we have another day to grow and live. Help us to seek nourishment for our spirits so we may share the faith that keeps us going.
We pray for those who especially need consideration today:

Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE May 2, 2021
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Opening Prayer
God, in this moment may we focus on you. May we give thanks for the faith you share and may we be filled with the spirit of Christ.
Hymn –
Scripture John 15: 1-11
Reflection The spiritual Connection
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn
Benediction

Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

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THE QUAILS A LEGEND OF THE JATAKA
FROM THE RIVERSIDE FOURTH READER

AGES ago a flock of more than a thousand quails lived together in a forest in India. They would have been happy, but that they were in great dread of their enemy, the quail-catcher. He used to imitate the call of the quail; and when they gathered together in answer to it, he would throw a great net over them, stuff them into his basket, and carry them away to be sold.
Now, one of the quails was very wise, and he said: —
“Brothers! I’ve thought of a good plan. In future, as soon as the fowler throws his net over us, let each one put his head through a mesh in the net and then all lift it up together and fly away with it. When we have flown far enough, we can let the net drop on a thorn bush and escape from under it.”
All agreed to the plan; and next day when the fowler threw his net, the birds all lifted it together in the very way that the wise quail had told them, threw it on a thorn bush and escaped. While the fowler tried to free his net from the thorns, it grew dark, and he had to go home.
This happened many days, till at last the fowler’s wife grew angry and asked her husband: —
“Why is it that you never catch any more quail?”
Then the fowler said: “The trouble is that all the birds work together and help one another. If they would only quarrel, I could catch them fast enough.”
A few days later, one of the quails accidentally trod on the head of one of his brothers, as they alighted on the feeding-ground.
“Who trod on my head?” angrily inquired the quail who was hurt.
“Don’t be angry, I didn’t mean to tread on you,” said the first quail.
But the brother quail went on quarreling.
“I lifted all the weight of the net; you did n’t help at all,” he cried.
That made the first quail angry, and before long all were drawn into the dispute. Then the fowler saw his chance. He imitated the cry of the quail and cast his net over those who came together. They were still boasting and quarreling, and they did not help one another lift the net. So the hunter lifted the net himself and crammed them into his basket. But the wise quail gathered his friends together and flew far away, for he knew that quarrels are the root of misfortune.

Sermon for 25 April 2021

Sermon from Churchill Gilford United Church Overcome Prejudice with Love

Years ago I was part of an unnamed organization. A man joined and then explained that he would like to apply for the position of treasurer. He eventually was elected but there were a couple of comments about his suitability for the job as he was black. The people who made the comments were much older and they had had very limited exposure to black people in that area. Most of what they knew was from books and movies. If I had asked them if they were prejudice, the answer would have been, no they were just stating facts. The fact apparently that black people don’t have the education. In fact this man was a highly educated accountant.

This story demonstrates what is called systemic racism.

This sermon is obviously a response to the results of the trial last week of the man who killed George Floyd.

I am not going to spend much time on drawing conclusions from statistics as they can be used to prove anything. For example in the police shootings across North America the percentage of male/female death remains constant at 92% male and 8% female. Some would draw specific conclusions from that and others would draw the opposite inference. It depends very much where you stand and it often ends up in a blame game which is not productive.
However it is relevant to note the numbers for yourself.

The Washington Post states that each year police kill about 1000 people in the USA. There are numerically more Whites than Blacks killed but Blacks only account for 13% of the population so their deaths are proportionately much higher in number.

The numbers for Canada are much lower in spite of the population difference. Police activity accounts for about 30 deaths per year. Again the number of Blacks and Natives are proportionately much higher than Whites.
In the Canadian prisons more than 30% of inmates are Indigenous – even though aboriginal people make up just 5% of the country’s population

The point of presenting the stats is to say that not everyone is treated the same. This is not a case of blaming anyone. It is a case of saying that there is prejudice in our world.

Prejudice comes from many different sources. It can come from fear of the unknown. I remember a person telling me that if they saw an alien landing they would get a gun and shoot them. Why? We react in a defensive manner if we are unsure of a situation.

Another source of prejudice is what I would call programmed fear. If an authority wants to start a conflict or maintain control they will start misinformation about a group of people. All we have to do is remember the Salem witch trials. Anyone who claimed to have some spiritual knowledge outside the church was executed and the public lived in fear of the witches’ powers.

Right now there is a growing anti-Asian prejudice in North America. Partly it comes from confusion over the Pandemic but it also has huge financial ramifications. How often have you heard “Don’t buy Chinese goods”. That will definitely affect world economics.

A third source of prejudice is likely the most common and that is simply lack of exposure. Many areas of the world have traditionally lived in cultural and racial bubbles.

The barriers are weakening due to social media and media in general. A few years ago this congregation donated money to help a school build in Africa. We watched the build. Even though there was no electricity there were cell towers.

But the lack of real exposure has had tremendous impact on our perception of other races.
-I have in my lifetime met people who told me of their first experience
meeting a black person.
-National Geographic could produce pictures of topless women so long
as they had a certain cultural difference.
-The first black Barbie was produced in 1980. There was a friend of
Barbie before that. She was produced in 1968 and her name was Coloured Francie”
-How many remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto. It was a cowboy
movie in the 1940’s. Jay Silverheels was Tonto and he actually
was a Mohawk for Six Nations in Brantford. He was one of the
first natives to portray a native but his role was totally subservient
to the white man and his name Tonto means Fool in Spanish.
-It wasn’t too many years ago that Blackface shows were popular. I was
in a town where they were holding one and I declined to take part
in it on the grounds that I felt it was offensive. One of the coordinators told me that it was not prejudicial at all in fact Sambo was an inspiration to the local black kids. There weren’t any.
-We grew up with a white Jesus.

We look back on some of these situations and we are shocked at the narrow culture we lived in not that many years ago. That lack of exposure has had its impact on our perception of other races.

George Floyd was arrested because he allegedly was trying to buy cigarettes with a fake $20 bill. The store clerk phoned the police. When they arrived he was sitting in his car. If he had been white would the outcome have been different?

When we are dealing with prejudice it is of no use to throw blame at groups of people. That is merely a way to avoid recognizing our responsibility in solving the issue. It is like trying to decide who started the forest fire. It doesn’t matter. Our job is to put it out.

Martin Luther King Jr said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that, Hate cannot drive out Hate, only love can do that.”

What can you do?
First examine your own heart and see if prejudice exists there. Then, if you find it, ask yourself why it exists in you.

Second, if you see a situation where prejudice exists, counter it. Some would know the story of a gas station in the south who was going to hire a black man but some of the locals said they would boycott the station. A local minister told the owner if he hired the black man he would get new customers. The gas station hired him and the station grew.

A 17year old girl named Darnella Frazier said there wasn’t much she could do on the night of George Floyd’s death but the one thing she could do was film it. That video became very important.

Thirdly, follow Jesus example. Treat everyone as a child of God. Jesus went to strangers and outcasts. He visited with people regardless of who they were. Get to know people and your prejudice will disappear.

I close with this story

A number of years ago a man came to see me about his work situation. He had to work with a black woman and he was distressed. He had a fair amount of prejudice. I suggested that he get to know her as a person. He said that would never happen as he didn’t associate with “those people”. About a year later I saw them in a store together. He told me he was taking my advice, however when I noticed they were holding hands I thought he was really taking my advice to heart. When I got the call to perform their marriage I asked what had changed his mind. His reply was one that we should all heed. He simply said “Love won”

That is our goal. Let love win.
PRAYER
God, you created us. You know we are the product of our history and learning. Help us to discern the knowledge that uplifts people. Help us to discard understandings that harm others and ourselves. All through history you have tried to reach us and teach us, that you care for each one of us equally. Help us to mirror that love. Help us to receive and give this unconditional love,
We are your family.
We pray for those in difficult situations of life who could use some extra prayer
Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE April 25, 2021
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Opening Prayer
This morning, God, We gather no matter where we are, No matter what doors are locked. Those doors cannot keep you in or out. We live in your world. We have found new ways of being together. We are not alone. We are your people

Hymn – O for a World
Scripture Matthew 5: 43 – 48
Reflection
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn Draw the Circle Wide
Benediction

Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

or panddcoborn@gmail.com
No security question

Another option is contact us and we will pick it up from your porch. Thanks

Sermon for 11 April 2021

Sermon: Fred says the best word is a four letter word.

So last week I missed the service. Like the 58 weeks before that. Maybe it’s 158. See they said we had to have internet to get the sermon. There was a fella who came out to the cabin and tried to sell us that internet but we don’t even have two boats to put it between and we don’t do that much fishing anyway.
I do show up when I am preaching although I recognize there are limited numbers today. Apparently we are in the chartreuse zone this week. That was the name of a girl I dated at my family picnic. Anyway In case you haven’t figured it out, my name is Fred.

Anyway back to last week. I know some of you have heard the expression friends with benefits (Which as you get older means someone who can drive at night) but last week your minister said he heard “excuses with benefits”. People called in and said they couldn’t be there cuz they had other things to do, like – well I can’t mention them here cuz you would figure out who it was. The excuses varied but the benefit stayed the same. They got to stay in bed for the Sunrise Service.
Now just saying that term makes me wonder about the whole world we live in.
You see I am not what they would call a wise man. When I was going through grade school they often got my IQ and age mixed up, but you don’t have to be a rocket builder to know that people are just out of date. They use some funny words to describe what is going on.

You see I may not understand everything but I do know the sun don’t rise. It doesn’t set either. Nobody thought that since the greek chariots used to pull it across the sky.

Everybody says religion is backwards but I got to thinking about it. Religion does use a few funny words like transubstantiation. I always thought it was a power station below the dam in my river back home. But apparently it’s a religious thing

And then there’s pseudoepigrapha I thought that was the false fear of eating pigs but apparently it’s a bunch of books that originally got left out of the bible

But everything has its special words;
My favourite word in math class was Pi but I never got any.

Look at the medical profession and the words they use. That is, if you can read that piece of paper they send to the drugstore.
My cousin had a Myocardial infarction. I think it was something he ate.
Something I would never get is Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. More commonly known as brain-freeze. You can figure out why I wouldn’t get it.

OR you might get an obdormition. That’s when your arm falls asleep.
I think they call it that cuz your arm is taking an obdormition from being useful.

My gramma used to say that you can cure a synchronous diaphragmatic flutter with a brown paper bag or just by holding your breath. Some uneducated people call it a hiccup.
And finally you should not sternutate in public especially right now.

And you think religion has weird words!

But it’s not just the medical profession. Take a look at the legal profession. If a lawyer tells you that you have an eminent domain, you might think they like your house but really they are telling you that the government can take your house if they want it. Bet that isn’t confusing.

And you don’t want to get the different professions mixed up. When I was in Sunday school I learned that Saul was after David but in court I learned that an after-davit means you got to swear.

If you’re in Lacuna you don’t have to obey the law cuz there is no law. That’s what it means in legal terms, which reminds me of traveling.

I have always wanted to go and spend time Incognito, or you might want to make a trip to Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake. In case you are wondering it is a lake in Manitoba. In Cree it means: “where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks.” It is 31 letters long.

And you thought religion had weird words!

If you’re an architect you may want to copy some style, so instead of saying you copied it you just say it’s a pastiche (past itch). My dog has lots of those.
Or if you want to say that something is bent, you just say it is Curvilinear. I think you can get drugs for that.

Speaking of drugs, if you are looking for some at the pharmacy (which has nothing to do with the farm, you have to line up in a queue. That has to be the dumbest word in the world next to supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The word Queue is just the letter Q followed by a bunch of useless other letters that have no sound. (I could make a political joke here, but I won’t)

I had a friend who got a degree in psychology and then another in reverse psychology so basically he ended up learning nothing.
Words are strange.
Right now we are in the grey zone but there is a tinge of red and we are hoping to go into the green or yellow zone. If anyone can tell me the difference between these colours I would be much obliged. I understand they are putting a grey light at the intersections and it means “lock your doors.”

Back to the sunrise /sunset thing. We should call the sunrise, “earth-turn-down time”, which would explain why it’s hard to get out of bed. The sunset is “Earth turn up”, which might explain some of the parties.
I never did get into the swear words cuz there has been some doozies but I can tell you that
“By St. Boogar and all the saints at the backside door of purgatory! You need to learn the most important word there ever was or will be.

People have all kinds of fancy big words to make themselves look important, and describe who they are, but there is no word that makes you more important than this one.

It is all through the bible but the passage today from Corinthians says it better than anywhere else.

There is faith. There is hope but the most important word is love. Kind of funny that the most important word is only four letters long.

So between now and the earth-turn-down service next year, see how many times people can use that word, love to describe who you are and what you do with your life.

PRAYER
God, Jesus tells us to give in secret; to pray in secret and to love all others. Help us not to feel that we are more important than anyone. Help us not to raise ourselves. Help us not to describe ourselves in terms tha make us seem superior. Help us to be open-minded and genuine. Help us to forgive. Help us to be able to describe our lives as loving.
Thanyou for the return of spring and the way the seasons roll out one after another giving us variety and growth. Thankyou for the way the faith has unfolded over the centuries also giving us growth. Help us to continue to grow in love and faith.

Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

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Opening Prayer
Hymn – Give to us Laughter
Scripture ! Corinthians 13: 1-7
Reflection Fred say the best word is four letters
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn Come as a Child
Benediction

Go now in Peace
Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

or panddcoborn@gmail.com
No security question

Another option is contact us and we will pick it up from your porch. Thanks

Sunrise Service Easter Sunday 04 April 2021

Sunrise Service

At this time we are expecting to have a Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday at 6:53am in the Belle Ewart Park.  If anything should change I will send out an email by supper time on Saturday.

Directions: From Ewart Street turn towards the lake on Arnold St. Turn right on Emily and immediately you will find the parking lot or park on the street

Protocol: We are in the Red Zone with faith based exceptions. This means we can have 100 people gather outdoors HOWEVER we must maintain 2 meter distance between “bubbles”. Masks must be warn if you are closer than 2 meters to someone not in your “bubble”. It is likely easier to wear a mask all the time as people are moving about. Singing must be low. (especially if you are a poor singer). There will be no song sheets so please print your own or bring them on your phone. Also there will be no offering

Due to restrictions there will not be a breakfast gathering after the service.

When you enter there will be a table with sanitizer and masks available. Please refrain from mingling after the service. There will be some pictures taken as we are to keep track of everyone who attends in case a complication develops.

 

 

MORNING HAS BROKEN

Morning has bro-ken, like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird.

Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!

Praise for them, springing, fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new   fall,   sunlit from heaven,

Like the first dew   fall,     on the first grass,

Praise for the sweetness  of the wet garden,

Sprung in completeness, where God’s feet pass.

Ours is the sunlight!  Ours is the morning

Born of the one light, Eden saw play!

Praise with elation, praise every morning,

God’s recreation   of the new day

HE LIVES

I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today

I know that he is living whatever people say

I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer

And just the time I need him, he’s always near

CHORUS

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today

He walks with me and he talks with me along life’s narrow way

He lives, he lives, salvation to impart

You ask me how I know he lives…..He lives within my heart

Rejoice, Rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing

Eternal Hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King

The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find

None other is so loving, so good, so kind.