This Sunday, the fifth after Pentecost, is another Sunday that marks a couple of significant dates. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, and this Sunday is Aboriginal Sunday. While this will not be the focus of the service here on Sunday, it is nonetheless an important occasion to consider how we as a church and as individuals relate to our First Nations people. I would suggest that you take time on Tuesday to learn at least one new thing about our First Nations peoples and their history, because it is only through knowledge and understanding that we will be able to establish right relationships. Sunday is also Fathers’ Day, and we will briefly acknowledge this during the Time for All Ages. The main focus of the Service will be on the themes brought out by the Scripture readings for the day. In the reading from Galatians, Paul makes the radical statement that in Christ all divisions that mark his society are wiped away. All who follow the Way of Christ are equal. In the structured society of Paul’s day and even in our own day, recognizing the equality of those different from “us” can be very challenging. The Gospel story is that of the “Gerasene Demoniac.” He’s the fellow who lived naked among the tombs of the Gerasenes, and has the famous line that have even made it into video games, “I am Legion.” The story is not so much about encountering differences, but about responding in a different way than expected in order for healing to occur.
The readings for Sunday are Galatians 3:23-28 and Luke 8:26-29. In the Time for All Ages I will be looking at “Differences” using tea bags. I have called the sermon “That’s different.”
The Men of Spirit West will be gathering for Breakfast this Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 am in the Lower Hall. Breakfast is open to any man who wants to come out for a great breakfast. As a note, each man usually put in $10 dollars, this covers the breakfast supplies and the surplus is put into a fund that offsets the cost of minor repairs around the church.
KEEP THE DATES – THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 AND FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Spirit West Community Garage Sale: Table can be rented for $20 or you can donate items to a Spirit West Table.
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.
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 office at 780-481-1406 and be directed to someone.
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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
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDiv
Spirit West United Church