We are back to gold for one Sunday, Trinity Sunday. You may remember that this is the Sunday that commemorates a belief or doctrine of the Church that many people have trouble understanding. I remember a “discussion” I had when I was a student minister in New Brunswick with a “Jesus Pentecostal” (as in “we baptize in the name of Je-sus”) Of course they do not accept the doctrine of the Trinity. I had to ask him if he believed in one God – Yes. Did he believe in Jesus, Divine Son of God – Yes. Did he believe in the Holy Spirit, the Advocated of God – Yes. Did he believe in one God – Yes. Sounded like he believed in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That’s three. We have called that the Trinity. He could call it what he wanted. Anyway, the Trinity is not a mathematical formula, it’s a way of understanding the breadth of God’s revelation to us. But I am leaving further elaboration of this to Edina. I am not going to be here on Sunday. I will be participating in the Intercultural Ministry Celebration at Kirk United
The Scripture readings for Sunday are Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a and 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13, you will also be sharing in the reading of Psalm 8. During the Time for All Ages, Edina will be asking the question, “What is Trinity.” The title of her reflection is “Three in One”
INTERCULTURAL WORSHIP SERVICE - SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2017
Marking 92 years of the United Church and 150 years of Confederation
Begins at 9:30 am for the Smudging Ceremony outside; then Pre-worship for Bible study begins at 9:45am
The Worship Service begins at 10:00 a.m.
KIRK UNITED CHURCH CENTRE -13535 - 122 Avenue,
As a special note, Saturday, June 10 is the 92nd Anniversary of the Inauguration of the United Church of Canada. This took place at the Mutual Street Arena in Toronto (demolished for condo development in 1989). The United Church of Canada was established by an Act of the Canadian Parliament (14-15 George V c. 100, The United Church of Canada Act) Legislation was apparently needed to facilitate the transfer of real property from the founding denominations to the United Church. United Church of Canada Acts were also passed by the Government of Saskatchewan (Statutes of Saskatchewan, 1924, chapter 64) and Manitoba (RSM 1990 c. 200) I am not sure why Manitoba passed legislation as late as 1990, there is reference in the Manitoba act to previous legislation from 1924.
With One Voice – Hymns and Choral Works of the Reformation Era
The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Alberta-BC District of the Lutheran Church-Canada, are pleased to invite you to an ecumenical concert on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The Concert will take place at St. Joseph’s Basilica, 10044 -113 St.
THE SPIRIT WEST WOMEN’S GROUP AGM – Monday, June 12
The Annual General Meeting of the Spirit West Women’s Group will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 12. The evening will begin with a catered supper at a cost of $20 per person. If you intend to go to the meeting and have not signed up, please contact the church or Terri-Lynn H. as soon as possible (or no supper for you). The AGM will follow the meal, and will include the election of Officers. If you have any questions contact Liz O. or Terri-Lynn H.
There is now a Spirit West Prayer Circle. We gather at the church on Thursday mornings at 10:30. We share a reading, share our stories or concerns, and pray. There is no “sign-up” for this, just come as you feel the need. If you are interested, join us on Thursdays.
EXTREME HUNGER APPEAL – United Church of Canda
The United Church of Canada is launching an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen reaches grave levels.
Starvation and extreme hunger are rapidly reaching a scale the world has not seen before in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. There is also extreme hunger, malnutrition, and starvation in Kenya. Vulnerable people are most impacted, including children.
Small-scale farmers supply the majority of food in Africa. But climate change has created a devastating and prolonged drought, resulting in both water and food shortages. Farmers are unable to grow crops and their livestock have died. Ongoing conflict is also contributing to the crisis as many families are forced to flee their homes, farms, and livelihoods.
The people of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Kenya urgently need your help. All donations raised for this appeal will go to our long-term Mission & Service partners, including ACT Alliance, which is saving lives in the region.
Online via the United Church of Canada’s secure donation page.
Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.
Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Extreme Hunger Appeal" on the face of your cheque.
Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.
Pray for the millions of people in Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen facing extreme drought, food insecurity, malnutrition, and conflict, and for our Mission & Service partners working on the ground to meet the needs of those affected.
CHALLENGES TO MOBILITY?
Spirit West has a Walker (Evolution Xpresso Lite) that is available for use at the church. The walker can also be borrowed by those whose mobility is temporarily challenged. For more information about the Walker, please contact the Church office (780-481-1406).
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 email@example.com . 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
- 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
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church