FYI – Norma is on vacation on Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 26 & 27.
Sunday, September 25, 2022 – the Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation - COSMOS & Blessing of the Animals
What can our pets teach us about the cosmos? How can we see the universe in Fluffy’s eyes? This week we learn about wonder and awe, while we bless our pets. Please bring your pets or an image of your pets to church on Sunday so we can offer thanks to God for the specific way that they reflect their creator’s glory. All of life on this planet exists because of star dust. We and our pets are all made from the same building blocks that also make up bananas and oak trees. Our pets can help us learn to take in the wonder of creation.
I wonder why it is that when I meet an animal, I have this urge to talk to it, to get it to look at me, to acknowledge our shared creatureliness? Are we simply built to connect? Or do we all just wish we could be the people our dogs think we are, but fear that we are actually who our cats think we are? I’m joking, I’m actually a cat person, if you make me choose, but I love to connect with all animals.
Our scriptures this week are about the wonder of the creator expressed in the creation. Wisdom, from Proverbs 8:22-31, and the Christ in Colossians 1:15-20 are the beginning of creation and its fulfillment.
(Rev) Eli Carter-Morgan (they/them)
Spirit West United Church
Proud to share the land through Treaty 6
BLESSING of the ANIMALS
As has been the custom at Spirit West, the Service on the last Sunday of September includes the Blessing of Animals. This date was chosen because of its relative proximity to the Feast of St. Francis. St. Francis was a great advocate of seeing and celebrating the presence of God in all of creation. So, you are invited to bring your pet(s) to church on Sunday. Please remember that your pet(s) must be under positive control, either on a leash or in a carrier. If your pet does not play well with others, tends to fight or bite, or does not travel well, just bring a picture.
Sunday School classes have started. Children, 4 years and older, are welcome to attend. If you haven’t registered your child(ren), just fill out a registration form at church and give it to one of the teachers. We continue to use the Seasons of the Spirit program.
We would also invite anyone interested in teaching to contact Sheila H at 780-504-7075 or 780-960-3878.
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 25 – 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 Wednesday, 7:30am to 12:30 pm Thursday
=> on vacation, Monday and Tuesday, Sep 26 & 27
Spirit West United Church
7003 - 199st.NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8
phone: (780) 481-1406