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postheadericon Pentecost 2014

Pentecost

The four services in our Pentecost series examined four different aspects of our Christian tradition and community. The first service reflected on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as first revealed to the disciples. Our Solstice Service celebrated the gifts of creation, and our role as stewards’ of these gifts. In our joint service with TSP we looked at the Iona community, and the life and practice of meditation. Our final service, held on the final day of the World Pride meeting in Toronto, celebrated our commitment to justice and inclusion for all, and honoured the LGBT members of, and visitors to our community.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, June 29 - Pentecost IV
    World Pride
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, June 22 - Pentecost III
    The Iona Community and its work
    Peter MacDonald, Leader of the Iona Community in Scotland

    The Iona Community was founded in Glasgow and Iona in 1938 by George MacLeod, minister, visionary and prophetic witness for peace, in the context of the poverty and despair of the Depression. From a dockland parish in Glasgow, he took unemployed skilled craftsmen and young trainee clergy to Iona to rebuild both the monastic quarters of the mediaeval abbey and the common life by working and living together, sharing skills and effort as well as joys and achievement. That original task became a sign of hopeful rebuilding of community in Scotland and beyond. The experience shaped – and continues to shape – the practice and principles of the Iona Community.
    A joint service with Trinity St. Paul's, held in the TSP sanctuary
  • Sun, June 15 - Solstice Service
    Held on the beach opposite 84 Hubbard

  • Sun, June 8 - Pentecost
    Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon Eastertide 2014

Healing Water

Following the Desert Spirituality theme of the Lent services, the Eastertide services – starting with the celebration of Easter on April 20 – were more reflective, with a focus on healing. The Worship Committee chose the name ‘Healing Water’ for this series, but the emphasis was on ‘Healing’. The first two services after Easter had a focus on pastoral care; why it can be difficult to offer care, to ask for it, and the importance of listening.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, June 1 - Easter VII
    Living Water
    Frances Combs
  • Sun, May 25 - Easter VI
    CPT in Kurdistan
    Esther Kern

  • Sun, May 18 - Easter V
    Water and Ecology
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, May 11 - Easter IV
    Spring Retreat at Crieff Hills
    (no service in the chapel at TSP)

  • Sun, May 4 - Easter III
    Listening
    Judi McCallum

  • Sun, Apr 27 - Easter II
    Pastoral Care
    Jenny Nedelsky, Jane Enticknap

  • Sun, Apr 20 - Easter
    Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon Lent 2014

Desert Spirituality

The Desert – literally and figuratively – is associated with an evocative spirituality, often tending to the “apophatic” and minimalist direction. The Desert is also associated with testing, perseverance, endurance, spiritual renewal and vision quests. The Israelites wandered 40 years in the desert wilderness and Jesus was tempted for 40 days in the desert. These themes and images moved through the Bathurst Lenten services as we approached the theme in diverse perspectives throughout the 40 days of Lent.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, Apr 13 - Palm Sunday
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Apr 6 - Lent V
    The Fertile Desert
    Reg McQuaid

  • Sun, Mar 30 - Lent IV
    Forty Years in the Wilderness
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Mar 23 - Lent III
    Henri Nouwen & Desert Spirituality
    Janet Zenwirt

  • Sun, Mar 16 - Lent II
    Jesus' Temptation in the Wilderness
    Sharon Goodier

  • Sun, Mar 9 - Lent I
    The Concept of Desert Spirituality
    Audrey Douglas

postheadericon Epiphany 2014

Deepening and Nurturing Community

Loneliness was the topic of an article in the Globe and Mail on November 23 which was brought to the attention of the pastoral Care committee. As a result the Worship and Pastoral Care committees planned services on “deepening and nurturing community”.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, Mar 2 - Transfiguration
    John DiNovo

  • Sun, Feb 23 - Epiphany VII
    Annual General Meeting

  • Sun, Feb 16 - Epiphany VI
    Reflections in light of Bonhoeffer on Bathurst as community
    Pastoral Care Committee

  • Sun, Feb 9 - Epiphany V
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s insight for strengthening community
    Jane Enticknap

  • Sun, Feb 2 - Epiphany IV
    Loneliness in our time and the need for community
    Frances Combs

  • Sun, Jan 26 - Epiphany III
    The Holy Land, a joint service with Trinity St. Paul's
    10:30 in the TSP sanctuary

  • Sun, Jan 19 - Epiphany II
    Living our mission - unity with others
    Janet Zenwirt

  • Sun, Jan 12 - Epiphany
    Making Faithful Change
    (a short service, followed by a congregational meeting)

postheadericon Living the Story, Telling the Story

An Exploration of the Theology of Douglas John Hall

The rapidly declining enrollment in mainstream denominations and the seemingly increasing irrelevance of the church in society raise the questions, ‘What has brought us to this point?’, and ‘What is the future of the Church?’

Inspired by the 2013 Cousland Lecture given by Douglas John Hall, we will explore some of Hall’s ideas about the future of the Church and the relationship between church and society.

The first three services will focus on issues and questions raised by Hall in the Cousland Lecture, and the three services in Advent will examine what it means to be church – to live and tell the story – in this postmodern world.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, Jan 5 - Christmas II
    Christmas breakfast (10:00 am)
    Choral Concert (10:30 am)

  • Sun, Dec 29 - Christmas I
    The Inner Bible
    Sharon Goodier

  • Sun, Dec 22 - Service cancelled due to ice storm

  • Sun, Dec 15 - Advent III
    “Go, and tell...what you see and hear.” (Mt. 11:4)
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Dec 8 - Advent II
    Living the Story - Puzzles of being an observer/bystander in Israel and Palestine
    Jenny Nedelsky

  • Sun, Dec 1 - Advent I
    Living the Story - In Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Palestine/Israel
    Frances Combs

  • Sun, Nov 24
    The Dialogue Between Context and Tradition
    Ken McEvoy

  • Sun, Nov 17
    Christian Foundations
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Nov 10
    The Church and Power
    David Barker

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

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