This Sunday – SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – ORDINARY TIME
This Sunday is the Second Sunday after Pentecost, and in some Christian communities is the start of Ordinary Time. In a sense, Ordinary Time is just as advertised, it is the time when the Church is not preparing for or celebrating any major festivals. It is a time for the church to see the presence of Christ in the ordinary places of our lives. The colour for this Season or Time is green, the colour of growth. In the Scriptures we hear more about Jesus’ encounters during his earthy ministry. And we can reflect on what those encounters say to us in our day.
The story of Jesus in Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark does not start well. Jesus is accused by an angry mob of being out of his mind and of being possessed by Beelzebul, the prince of demons because he is able to cast out demons. Jesus’ family is concerned for his safety. His family may have been worried that what the crowd was saying was true. Mark says, “When his (Jesus’) family heard it, they went to restrain him.” But Jesus manages to turn an accusation of demonic possession into a lesson in relationships. He challenges the crowd’s assumptions about power over evil, and in some ways he redefines what is means to be part of the Christian family.
The Scripture readings for Sunday are ! Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20 and Mark 3:20-25. In the Time for All Ages I will ask “How can I help?” and my sermon is titled, “In Service.”
THERE WILL BE A ZOOM COFFEE HOUR (this is the Link for June!)
Join Zoom Coffee on Sunday at 11:30
Meeting ID: 828 7795 3866 Passcode: 738328
FROM THE SPIRIT WEST BOARD
Although “ministry” is something everyone in the church is involved in, we usually think of one person as the “Minister” in a congregation. In preparation for Larry’s retirement at the end of the month, two committees have been hard at work. The Pastoral Search Committee is working through the detailed process to “call” (i.e. hire) a full time minister for Spirit West. The Supply Search Committee has been working to find “supply ministry” for the congregation while the pastoral search moves forward.
On Sunday, the Supply Search Committee will have an announcement outlining what they have proposed for Spirit West. The details of that announcement will be included in next Thursday’s eMessage.
PLANT WATER-ERS NEEDED
There now are four beautiful hanging baskets at church, heralding summer and generally cheering up the look of our lonely building.
We are looking for people who could water them and the three pots on the deck that will be planted in the next few weeks.
If there are two or three volunteers, then the job could be shared. The plants need to be checked at least once a week and then depending on the weather may require a second watering. There are lots of watering cans at the church. Thanks so much for your consideration.
SPIRIT WEST WORSHIP VIDEOS
You may have gotten (or will get) a call from Diane H. our “Greeter Co-ordinator,” asking you if you would record a greeting for our Sunday Worship videos. If at all possible, please say yes. Recorded greetings should be sent to our “Recording technician” (Paul W.) at email@example.com or you can come into the church and we will record your greeting. Video greetings need to be sent in or recorded by the Friday before “your” Sunday.
Using the list of those who have volunteered to be Scripture readers, Norma has drawn up and sent out a schedule of readers for the next couple of months. If you have read scripture for one of the worship videos, you will be on the schedule and will have received a copy. Please confirm with Norma as soon as possible that you are available to do your reading. Readings can be recorded well in advance of the date required. Your reading can also be recorded at the church between 3:30 and 4:30 on Thursday afternoons.
Sharing our Celebrations
In this time when it is important for us to look for signs of hope and joy, opportunity is being given for you to share your celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries, new grandchildren etc) with the wider community. If you have a celebration you want to share please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the church. (must be sent in before noon on Thursday for inclusion on the Sunday) During the opening section or our Worship Video, I will announce celebrations that have been shared with me.
Spirit West Prayer Chain
Prayer is important. We know that people still face challenges and difficulties not related to Covid-19, and we cannot forget them. Our Prayer Chain will continue to be active. If you have a prayer request, please send it to email@example.com. These requests will be shared regularly with the prayer chain and will form part of the Prayers of the People in our Sunday Worship videos.
YOUR BOTTLES FOR THE CHURCH
You may have bottles piling up for recycling. You can bring them to the church (or you can call for pick up). If you want to bring your bottles (and any other recyclable beverage containers) in during our office hours and put them directly in the Bottle Shed (by the garage), give us a call, and we can have the shed open for you. All money raised from the return of bottles goes towards paying down the principal and interest on our mortgage.
We can now accept donations by eTransfer. The contact name for the eTransfer is Spirit West United Church, and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . If you include a security question with your eTransfer, please notify Norma at the church office by phone or email. And remember that if you are not on PAR(Pre-Authorized Remittance), you can also mail in cheques to the church office (Spirit West United Church, 7003 – 199 St. Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8, include your envelope number if you have one.) The church office is open and you can drop off your offering/donation in the offering plate just inside the front doors. You can also donate online, see below…
ANOTHER WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO SPIRIT WEST DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
You are stuck home, Spirit West is not holding services, you are not on PAR, but you want to make a financial contribution to the work of Spirit West, because the church has bills to pay even when we are not gathering on Sunday. Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Facebook: Spirit West United Church and Friends of Spirit West Outreach
YouTube: Spirt West United Church, Edmonton
The Spirit West Church office remains open.
- Norma => Noon to 5:00 pm, Monday to Thursday
- Larry => 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church