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postheadericon 2017 Easter Season

Living Witness – Living Hope – Living Faith

Every age is a crucible, a refiner’s fire for people of faith. The Book of Acts, the first letter of Peter and the Easter gospels attest to the tests and fortitude of the first generation of believers. Our Easter series will seek to find resonance between these ancient witnesses and the contexts of our time.

Services in this series include:

  • Sun, May 28 - Power & witness in the Holy Spirit
    10:30 am in the chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Ralph Carl Wushke

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sun, May 21 - John 14:15-21 - If you love me, keep my commandments
    Caro Ibrahim

  • Sun, May 14 - Thomas & Phillip, faith will issue in works
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, May 7 - Retreat at Crieff Hills

  • Sun, April 30 - Luke 24:13-35 - Their eyes were opened at the breaking of the bread
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, April 23 - Aliens and Resident Visitors: YOU Belong!
    Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon 2017 Lent

Flesh and Spirit: Born of Swirling Stardust; Called by Desire

Our Lenten series was grounded in the images of the Ash Wednesday Evening Prayer, with its theme of dust and ashes enlivened by God as holy Desire, and Elder Diane Longboat's reference to the swirling stardust on Lent.

The Ashes that begin our Lenten journey call us to awe of the capacity of stardust melded with Desire to become partners in Creation. Lent invites us to see ourselves as we really are, and re-discover God who is with us there. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the arc of history is long, and it curves toward justice. That is the promise and the call of the Lenten gospels. The question the ashes pose, is a question of self-awareness and self-examination: do our lives curve with the arc of justice?

Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman at the Well, the Blind Man and Lazarus's resurrection inspire us to mindful awareness of our ultimate mortality, and penultimate possibilities of lives lived pursuing oneness with Divine Desire and the Eros of God, the Eros of the Cross. Are you ready to walk with us this Lent?

Services in this series included:

  • April 16 - Easter Sunday­ Breakfast and Messy Church
    10:00 am
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Saturday, April 15 - Easter Vigil, Ralph Carl Wushke Presiding
    Bloor Street United Church
    9:00 pm ­Silent Vigil
    10:00 pm Service

  • April 14 - Good Friday - Contemporary Reflections on the Passion
    Joint Service at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church

  • April 13 - Maundy Thursday Foot-washing Service
    Joint Service at Bloor Street United Church

  • Sunday, April 9 - Palm/Passion Sunday
    Michael Carens-Nedelsky & Allison Smith

  • Sun, April 2
    Joy Cowan

  • Sun, March 26
    UCC Remits
    Ron Macfarlane

  • Sun, March 19
    Samaritan Woman
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, March 12
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, March 5
    Healing Journeys in Indigenous Communities
    Diane Longboat

postheadericon 2017 Epiphany


Church in the World – What Are We Called To?

The Epiphany season begins with Jesus’ baptism and ends with the transfiguration. In between, all of this year’s lectionary readings in the Gospel of Matthew describe Jesus’ ministry – his work in the world. We see him getting out there - preaching, healing the sick, and gathering his disciples.

Bathurst’s focus this Epiphany season is on the work that is being done and that needs to be done in our global world. We are looking at national issues, from prisons to United Church remits, and also to international issues by focusing on issues in Bangladesh, Israel/Palestine, U.S./Mexico.

There are some powerful readings in Matthew’s Gospel which may help inspire our explorations in Epiphany this year.

  • Matthew 5
    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”
    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”
  • Matthew 20:14-15
    “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds”
  • Matthew 5:44
    “Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you”

The remaining service in this series is:

  • Sun, February 26 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Annual General Meeting
    Ralph Carl Wushke

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sun, February 19 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Bangladesh Report: Migrant Worker Justice
    Caro Ibrahim

  • Sun, February 12 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    White Privilege
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, February 5  - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    An Alternative Tour of Palestine/Israel: Stories Heard and Not Heard
    Jane Enticknap

  • Sun, January 29
    The Holy Land
    A joint service of Bathurst and Trinity St. Paul's United Churches

  • Sun, January 22
    Prison Issues
    Cathleen Fillmore

  • Sun, January 15
    The United Church Remits
    Ronald Macfarlane

  • Sun, January 8
    Border Issues
    Matthew Morales

postheadericon 2016 Advent and Christmas

The first Sunday of Advent also covers the last of the Seven Sacred Teachings, our theme for the previous series.

In the second service, we use drama to explore the two different Christmas stories.

Our traditional Christmas Concert is on Dec. 18 (bring friends and family), followed by a Christmas Breakfast on Christmas morning.

Services in this series include
(all services at 10:30 am in the Trinity St. Paul's chapel unless otherwise specified):

  • Sun, December 11 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Despair, Hope, and the Prophetic Voice
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, December 18 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    The Annual Choral Concert
    Bev Lewis

  • Sat, December 24 - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Christmas Eve Service
    A family friendly joint service of Bloor St. and Trinity St. Paul's

  • Sat, December 24 - 10:00 pm in the Sanctuary at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Christmas Eve Communion Service
    A joint service of Bathurst and Trinity St. Paul's United Churches

  • Sun, December 25 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    Christmas Breakfast
    Christmas Service
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, January 1 - 10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's
    New Year's Day service
    A joint service with Trinity St. Paul's

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sun, December 4
    The Two Christmas Stories
    Joy Cowan

  • Sun, November 27 - First Sunday in Advent
    The Seven Sacred Teachings: Honesty
    Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon 2016 Fall Series II


Honouring Indigenous Spirituality
A worship series inspired by the Seven Sacred Teachings

Long before [our] people journeyed to this land your people were here,
and you received from your Elders an understanding of
creation and of the Mystery that surrounds us all
that was deep, and rich, and to be treasured.

… We tried to make you be like us and in so doing we helped to destroy
the vision that made you what you were.
As a result, you, and we, are poorer
and the image of the Creator in us is twisted, blurred,
and we are not what we are meant by God to be.
-    from the 1986 apology made by the United Church to First Nations Peoples

The traditional concepts of respect and sharing that form the foundation of Indigenous spirituality are built around the seven natural laws, or sacred teachings, of Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth. Each teaching honours one of the basic virtues intrinsic to a full and healthy life. In our second series this fall, we will reflect on each of these themes, and what they mean to us as members of a Christian community.

We are not trying to convey the teachings themselves; we have much more we need to learn, and to do, before that would be possible. But by choosing the themes of the Seven Sacred Teachings, we are expressing our recognition of the value of Indigenous spirituality.

We have much to learn from those who have lived on this land for so long, and whose culture we did not value when we encountered it. By reflecting on the teachings, our intent is to continue the process of living into right relation with those who were here before us, and to honour their understanding of living in harmony with each other, the land and the Spirit.

The last service in this series is:

  • Sun, November 27 - First Sunday in Advent
    Ralph Carl Wushke

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sun, November 20
    Ken McEvoy

  • Sun, November 13
    A joint service with Trinity St. Paul's
    We Are All Treaty People: Walking the Talk of Reconciliation
    Rt. Rev. Stan McKay, Cree Elder and former moderator of the United Church of Canada
    (there will be no service in the chapel, but Bathurst refreshments,
    discussion and choir rehearsal will follow the service at TSP)

  • Sun, November 6
    Caro Ibrahim

  • Sun, October 30
    Howard Williams

  • Sun, October 23
    Lindsay Tyler and the Worship Committee

  • Sun, October 16
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, October 9
    Ralph Carl Wushke

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Sunday, May 28

10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre
427 Bloor St. West

Power & witness
in the Holy Spirit
Ralph Carl Wushke

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