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This Sunday we continue in Creation Time. There are people out there who don’t come to church, because as they say, “I can have a spiritual experience on the golf course or going for a walk.” I have sometimes met these people on airplanes. They share these thoughts with me when it comes out that I am a minister. It is probably true that golf and walks can be spiritual experiences, though for me, the only lesson I have learned in the few times I have golfed is abject humility. With the readings this Sunday we are called to look at the world around us for signs of God’s presence. Now, you will have to be here for that. Then the walks or golf game may have even more significance. The first reading is from the Book of Job, probably one of the most depressing narratives in the Bible. But the passage we will hear is a bright spot, “ask the animals and they will teach you; the birds of the air and they will tell you.” And the reading from the Gospels is the opening of Johns gospel, “In the beginning was the word...” My sermon is call, “Listen to my Wisdom.
The readings for Sunday are Job 12: 7-12 and John 1: 1-5.
We will also be celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism this Sunday.
MESSY CHURCH is this Saturday, September 19th
Messy Church is this Saturday, September 19th, The Good Shepherd. A number of people have stepped forward with some great ideas for a fun time. The is a family event, so kids bring your parents or grandparents or aunts or uncles with you. Come and learn why Jesus is the Good Shepherd and have a good time! You get dinner too!
If you are coming to Messy Church, could you let us know either by return email or a call to the Church office.
And remember Saturday, November 28th, Messy Advent. .
We have resumed Sunday School. Come join the fun as we learn together the stories of our faith through the Seasons of the Spirit.
We could still use a few people who are willing to give some time as teachers or helpers. If you are interested call the office or sign your name on the Sunday School sign-up sheet by the church office.
Journeys in Faith (Church Membership Program) continues This Sunday
The Journeys in Faith Membership Program continues this Sunday after church. Homework: Because so many were away last Sunday, the session was cancelled, so the home from the previous week is still on. You are asked to be prepared to share one story from the New Testament (Matthew – Revelation) which has some significance for you, either inspirational or confusing.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS SERVICE – Sunday, September 27
Following a now fairly long standing tradition, the Service on September 27 will include the Blessing of the Animals. You are invited to bring your pet to church with you on that Sunday, as we remember the many gifts God has given us, including our pets and companion animals. If your pet does not travel well, is apt to bite strangers or is uncomfortable in crowds, please bring a photo of your pet or pets.
For those of you who remember that the timing of the Service is related to the Feast of St. Francis which is October 4, we have been choosing the last Sunday in September, because the first Sunday in October (this year October 4) is a World Communion Sunday. The combination of Communion and animals appeared to us as potentially very awkward.
FALL SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION on October 18th
Mark Sunday, October 18th on your calendars as the date for the Spirit West Fall Supper and Silent Auction. More details to follow.
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 Shannon F. at 780-481-5262, Marian T. at 780-487-2851 or Bonnie C. at 780-444-2230.
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
See you Sunday,
(Rev.) Larry K. Wright, CD, BA, MDivMinister
Spirit West United Church