Sunday, September 4, 2022 – the first Sunday in the Season of Creation – Ocean Sunday
How do we experience the Holy? What language can we use to describe our encounters with one so far beyond us, yet as close as our every breath?
We will be celebrating communion this Sunday, so if you are joining us online, you can prepare your preferred bread and fruit based drink. At church we have grapes and rice crackers.
This Sunday is the beginning of the season of Creation, where we explore the majesty of God as experienced in God’s creation. This week, we look at the ocean. Take a moment to think about the ocean, and how you have felt if you have every been close to it. The scientists say there is really only one ocean, connecting all life on our planet. Science tells a story about how the earth acquired it’s oceans, which you can learn about in this national geographic video . Although Job (pronounced Jobe), didn’t know what we did about the planet, the author expressed in their own language the awe and majesty of the great waters of the earth. (Job 38-1-18)
With the kids, we will wonder together about the ocean. When we wonder, there aren’t right and wrong answers, just space for our spirit’s to explore questions.
How much fish would you need to retire? Peter, Andrew, James and John caught enough fish one morning that they could all retire – and follow Jesus. We will examine the miraculous catch of fish and think about what it means that Jesus provided for them – by paying them for the use of the boat for one morning’s sermon, so that they were free to follow him. The story is told in Luke 5:1-11. To think more about this story, you can also listen to Linnea Good sing about fishing on the other side – Cast Your Nets
I’ll be on the porch on Saturday from 10-2. I am also generally available by appointment 9-9, Wednesday-Sunday.
I will be on holidays September 8-14. Rev. Dr. Geoff Wilfong-Pritchard from St. Andrew’s United Church 780-452-4454 is available to you for pastoral care during that time.
(Rev) Eli Carter-Morgan (they/them)
Spirit West United Church
Proud to share the land through Treaty 6
Eli’s office hours – Wednesday to Sunday – hours vary so please first call Eli directly (780-298-4363) or the church (780-481-1408)
GARAGE SALE – September 24 – We need volunteers and donations!
We will be holding our first garage sale, since the pandemic, on September 24! Start saving your items now and bring them to the church during the week before the sale. Items to donate include:
- Household items such as Dishes, glasses, pots & pans, small appliances
- Books, games, CDs
- Pick up larger items (probably need a truck)
- Set up
- Price items
- Floor salespeople
APPLES, APPLES, APPLES
The church has an abundance of apples just waiting to be picked. There are crabs for jelly and others suitable for pies or eating (may be a bit tart yet). Everyone is welcome to come help themselves!
We have several people in our congregation who would love to come back to in-person worship but can no longer drive so are unable to get here easily. If you need a ride or if you can offer a ride to someone, please email the church or, if you prefer, call the office (noon to 5pm, Monday to Thursday).
YouTube Videos Worship Services – September 4 – in person worship service
To watch online, you will need to go to YouTube and google “Spirit West United Church”. This action will bring you to the Spirit West United Church YouTube page.
SPIRIT WEST PRAYER CHAIN
Prayer is important. We know that people face challenges and difficulties and we cannot forget them. Our Prayer Chain continues 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 may form part of the Prayers of the People in our Sunday Worship.
Please remember to have people removed from the prayer chain if the prayers are no longer needed.
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 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 of the answer.
- 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. NW 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 or place it in the mailbox.
- You can also donate online by checking 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
- Norma => Noon to 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday
Spirit West United Church
7003 - 199st.NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8
phone: (780) 481-1406