There is a lot going on at the church (see Community Garage Sale) and with one thing and another, this Thursday eMessage is coming out on Friday.
This Sunday I am looking at the images that Paul uses in his letter to the church at Ephesus. In the passage we will be hearing, Paul instructs the faithful to put on the whole armour of God. He characterizes the Christian as a warrior in a great cosmic battle with evil. These are images that are uncomfortable. There is a violence behind Paul’s words that can be frightening. Of course, with my history, images of battle may not be viewed in quite the same light as the majority of the church. I am going to examine what Paul’s message might mean for us today.
The readings for Sunday are Ephesians 6: 10-20 and John 6: 56-69. My sermon is titled, “The whole armour of God.”
At this service, we will be welcoming into the church through baptism, Pearce Mason and Charles Bryan, sons of Daniel and Dana Robinson.
Community Garage Sale
Started at noon today (indoors at the church) and runs until 7:00 pm tonight and continues tomorrow from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The money raised from table rentals and sales from the church tables goes to paying down the mortgage.
Church Membership Program starts September 6
I will be starting a Membership Program on Sunday, September 6 right after church. The program will continue for 5 Sundays, with Confirmation or Reception on Thanksgiving Sunday. This is open to anyone, youth or adult seeking to confirm their faith, those wishing to join the United Church from another faith community, or anyone else looking for an opportunity for some faith exploration. If you are interested, or just have questions, please give me a call.
I was recently asked: Do I have to be a member to be part of worshipping community at Spirit West? The answer is: No, everyone is invited to participate in the life and work of Spirit West.
We will be starting Sunday School soon, and in order to do that we do need people who are willing to give some time as teachers or helpers. If you are interested call the office.
Mark your calendars for Messy Church! Saturday, September 19th, The Good Shepherd. A number of people have stepped forward with some great ideas for a fun time. Come and learn why Jesus is the Good Shepherd and have a good time! We could use a few more volunteers who want to help.
And remember Saturday, November 28th, Messy Advent. .
Spirit West Prayer Chain
The Spirit West Prayer Chain is a group of people who have committed to continue our prayers of concern from Sunday through the week. To be part of this ministry, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also email a request for prayer to the same email address. If you would prefer to talk to someone, you can call Shannon F. at 780-481-5262, Marian T. at 780-487-2851 or Bonnie C. at 780-444-2230.
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Our Website is at www.spiritwest.org .
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- Monday to Friday 9:30 – 2:30
- Norma => 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Thursday
- Larry => 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday
See you Sunday,
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church