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Looking Forward, Looking Back

We are almost at the end of the Exodus story. The promised land is on the horizon. The Israelites’ long and difficult journey through the wilderness is almost over. Because we know the end of the story, we know that there is still trouble ahead. We won’t be surprised when life in the promised land is no less challenging that life in the wilderness. It’s just that the challenges are different. Now, instead of an oppressed people escaping the powerful empire, the Israelites will have to resist replicating empire in their own territory. It’s not a straight line of progress for the people of God. There is a circularity to the life of faith: never quite arriving at what we imagine to be the promised land. Here we are, in a new cycle of the global pandemic which looks remarkably like the first cycle — with cases rising, leaders scrambling, fears increasing, fatigue and anxiety growing. Each new challenge for Israel was a new opportunity to return to covenant faithfulness, neighbourly love, and unexpected grace. May it be the same for us. 

See you Sunday, 
Jason+

Sunday Worship

Join us for online weekly worship held on Sundays at 10:30am

Join our services through Zoom Meeting on your computer:
https://zoom.us/j/777678934 
Meeting ID: 777 678 934

Or call in with your phone:
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Meeting ID: 777 678 934

If you do not have a copy of the Book of Alternative Services at home, you can download a copy here


COMPLINE – Wednesdays at 7:30 PM


Each Wednesday at 7:30 PM, we will gather for a short service of prayer. You can access the service through the same link that we use for Sunday worship.

Compline, which comes from the same Latin root as the word “completion,” is a form of prayer that marks the end of the day where we hand the night over to God and ask for a restful sleep.

PRAYERS: FOR USE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

The Church of England has produced an excellent prayer resource for use during the pandemic. The booklet includes prayers about the outbreak, personal prayers, prayers with children, and a pattern of daily prayer. 

The resource can be downloaded here
It is also available in other formats on the C of E website

 FROM THE DEACON’S DESK Prayers and Reflections   

I would like to share this prayer with you.  Please keep all of our brothers and sisters here and in the United States in your heart and prayers.

Healing God, ignite the hearts of all people to act for the benefit of others; hear our prayers for the repair of all that is broken in our world.  
May God’s peace and justice flow through me.

Hear our prayers for the leaders of government in the United States and in all countries of the world. We especially pray for those members of Congress who have it within their power to relieve the suffering of individuals most harmed by the impact of the pandemic.  
May God’s peace and justice flow through me.

We confess, O Lord, that we who have remained relatively unscathed by sickness, or food insecurity, or a change in employment status, have turned a blind eye to the gross inequities this pandemic has laid on
People of Color. Forgive us. Let us be reconciled as siblings in the One Family of God.  
May God’s peace and justice flow through me.

God of Truth, make us bold in our vision for a society built on honesty and fairness. Bring Your truth to bear in our words, so that we might speak peaceably with one another. Inspire us to take a stand for a world in which people of every race and color share equal access to health care, and jobs, and a well-balanced meal.  May God’s peace and justice flow through me.

Holy One, infuse our lives with your righteousness and love so that we might be generous toward others. Stir in us a prayer for those we see as “enemies.” Expose the lies that pit neighbor against neighbor, Republican against Democrat, Christian against Muslim or Jew, “us” against “them.”  
May God’s peace and justice flow through me.

We call on your Unsayable Name. In these days of uncertainty, relieve our fears of the continued spread of the virus, or the fear of protests, or the fear of losing control. By your strength, let us find courage to stare down our fears for the sake of doing what is right.
May God’s peace and justice flow through me.

Lord of Creation, renew our sense of Sabbath, where one day of honoring You brings all other days of the week into alignment with Your sacred purpose for all of life. We give you thanks for Your Provision for us, and for the redemption that is won for us in Jesus Christ.  May God’s peace and justice flow through me.

ALL: We commit all of our prayers for the repair of the world into the hands of Almighty God, Who was and Is and Is-To-Come. Amen.          
(composed by Rev. Dr. Tammy Wiens)



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