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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

postheadericon Vulnerability & the Beauty of Existence 2013

A Worship Series on Vulnerability

What spiritual and religious resources do we have to draw on in the midst of inevitable unpredictability and change? In a poem, Anne Hillman suggests the answer lies in learning to be “vulnerable to the beauty of existence.” In this worship series, we will explore, from theological and psychological perspectives, the role of vulnerability in our lives – how and when it can be a strength. For the first two Sundays, the focus will be on vulnerability in the cycles of life; for the last two, on vulnerability in relationships, both on a personal level and in community. Each service has been titled with a line from the Hillman poem which we will use as a meditative piece during the series.

Services in this series included:

  • Sun, Nov 3
    Vulnerability in Community: “Learning to Love”
    Reflection: A skit by Arise, a community supporting women who have experienced abuse, incarceration and addiction

  • Sun, Oct 27
    Vulnerability in Community: “Vulnerable to the beauty of existence”
    Tom Reynolds (Professor, Emmanuel College)

  • Sun, Oct 20
    Baptism - Vulnerability in the Life Cycle: “Something new is being born in us”
    Frances Combs, Pepe Elwert, Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, Oct 13
    Thanksgiving - Vulnerability in the Life Cycle: ”A softer, more permeable aliveness”
    Janet Zenwirt

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Next Service:

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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