This Sunday – Basis of Union: Article XVIII – Of Church Order and Fellowship
For the next three Sundays I will be finishing my Basis of Union Lectionary Series. This Sunday we will be looking at Article XVIII (18) – Of Church Order and Fellowship. This article speaks to the church as it lives out its faith as a visible human community. It speaks of the necessity of a structure of governance with people set apart for that work. But for me, an important part of this article is the line which reads: “although the visible Church may contain unworthy members and is liable to err, yet believers ought not lightly to separate themselves from its communion,” There it is, in our foundational statement of faith, the church is not perfect, the community and its members make mistakes. Unfortunately this is also one of the reasons people give for not going to church, the people they find there are not perfect. But will absence make the church better?
The Scripture readings for Sunday are Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 17: 18-25. In the Time for All Ages I will talk about being “Part of the Family.” The Sermon takes its title from the Basis of Union Article.
This Sunday we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
Although there is no Sunday School during the summer, children are still welcome to be present for worship. To make things a bit easier, Activity Packs are available each Sunday at the Welcome Table.
SOCIAL MEDIA 101 (Social Media for Beginners)
The Social Media Seminar scheduled for July 14 after church has had to be postponed until the fall. Watch this space for further information!
Your Favourite Hymn
Do you have a favourite hymn that you’d like to hear included in one of our worship services? Please let Bonnie C. know your choice and she will make sure it is sung within the month.
A WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY
You don’t have offering envelopes, you are not on PAR, and you don’t get to church as often as you would like, but you want to make a financial contribution to work of Spirit West, and receive a tax receipt. Now you can! Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
RIDE TO CHURCH?
From time to time we encounter people who would like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because they do not have means of transportation. Can you give a ride? If you would be willing to make yourself available to provide a ride to church please call the church office. Do you need a ride? Would you like to come to church at Spirit West, but are unable to because you have no ride, please call the church office. (780-481-1406)
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 the church or call Edina T. at 780-481-3508
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Our Website is at www.spiritwest.org .
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SpirtWestUnitedChurch
On Instagram at spiritwestyeg
- Norma => on vacation – July 8 to 11
- Larry => 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church