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postheadericon Epiphany 2013

Awakenings, Epiphanies & Revelations

This year, our Epiphany series looked at epiphanies, revelations and awakenings. Beginning with the story of the Magi, we continued with present day epiphanies including those that come through news events like the recent shootings and epiphanies on the road to mental health. The revelations and awakenings that come to us in our daily lives are seen as moments when God or the Spirit breaks in to our consciousness, or when Jesus meets us on the road and brings a new dimension or point of view to our struggles.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, Feb. 10
    Transfiguration: Making Faithful Change
    Ralph Carl Wushke & Judi McCallum

  • Sunday, Feb. 3
    Epiphany 5: Epiphanies on the Road to Mental Health
    Sharon Goodier

  • Sunday, Jan. 27
    Epiphany 4:Palestine Solidarity
    Lillian Patey

  • Sunday, Jan. 20
    Epiphany 3: Addressing Guns & God
    Cathleen Fillmore

  • Sunday, Jan. 13
    Epiphany: The Spirit's Call - the Baptism of Jesus
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sunday, Jan. 6
    Epiphany 2: Jazz Communion Service
    Ralph Carl Wushke, the Tony Quarrington Trio

postheadericon Advent and Christmas 2012

Seeking Shelter

Our Advent theme this year is taken from the recently published KAIROS Advent 2012 Ecumenical Resource for Justice Seekers, 'Seeking Shelter'. The resource focuses on a Central American and Mexican Advent tradition that may have indigenous roots called 'Las Posadas' (poe-SAH-dahs), a living and vibrant tradition in which Mary and Joseph walk through town searching for shelter. This ancient search for shelter and for open doors is a reality for many in our world, whether the shelter people seek is fair wages, land rights, or clean water. Join us as we mark Advent with this powerful resource.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, Dec. 30
    Sunday After Christmas: Seeking Shelter – The Posada, Migrants and Refugees
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 10:00 pm
    Joint Communion Service with Trinity-St. Paul’s (in the TSP Sanctuary)

  • Sunday, Dec. 23
    Advent IV & Christmas Breakfast and Seeking Shelter – The Posada and Bethlehem.
    Allison Piercey and Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sunday, Dec. 16
    Advent III: Christmas Choral Service
    Bev Lewis and the Choir

  • Sunday, Dec. 9
    Advent II: Seeking Shelter – The Posada and Women of Courage.
    Allison Piercey, Ralph Carl Wushke.

  • Sunday, Dec. 2
    Advent I: 150th Anniversary Story Telling Celebration.

postheadericon Building on Tradition - Nov 2012

Doing Justice in Today's World

During our November worship, we will celebrate and build upon Bathurst United's 150 years
of commitment to social justice in the local community and in the world. On the first Sunday,
our guest speaker will help us recall the earlier years of that involvement. On the following
Sundays, we will highlight some of the issues we are currently addressing through education,
action and advocacy. Throughout we plan to tap into the experiences of our members over
the years with the multiplicity and variety of ways in which Bathurst has consistently and
passionately sought justice.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, Nov. 25
    "Restorative Justice for Prisoners" This service came at the end of Restorative Justice Week. Shauna Mayer, Community Chaplain with Women, Mennonite Central Committee, talked about how community chaplaincy equips communities to support healing and reintegration among women after incarceration.

  • Sunday, Nov. 18
    A joint service with the Aboriginal Rights Solidarity Group, Trinity St. Paul's and Bathurst United

  • Sunday, Nov. 11
    "Mining Injustice and Accountability" The Social Justice and Community Engagement committee and Bill C-323, the international promotion and protection of human rights act. The Bill would require greater accountability for Canadian mining companies abroad.

  • Sunday, Nov. 4
    "A Catholic in the Basement of Bathurst United: Gordon Domm Remembered" Our guest speaker was Ted Schmidt, former editor of the New Catholic Times and a dedicated social activist, who grew up in the 40's and 50's on Palmerston Ave. and attended the boys' club at Bathurst United. He shared memories of those times, and also spoke to the need for churches to be socially and politically engaged.

postheadericon Rejoice! Rejoice! - Oct 2012

St. Paul often gets a bad rap in church circles, and for different reasons. Some object to the
perceived sexism; others to the high Atonement theology. Nevertheless, these letters, which
were very personal pieces of correspondence to young Christian congregations and individuals
are filled with the vibrancy of the apostolic church trying to figure out its way. Themes like
community, self-giving love, reconciliation, grace, and freedom in Christ are some of the grand
themes of Paul which continue to inspire and sustain.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, Oct. 28
    In a society where violence and power prevail, it is a struggle  to be neither the oppressor nor the oppressed. How can we find a path that does not involve either dominance or submission?
    Romans 14:1-23 – Karen Rodman
    Refreshments - Joan O'Laney and Reg McQuaid

  • Sunday, Oct. 21
    A YouthOnBloor special presentation on the tour to the Dene First Nation, NWT.
    Philippians 2:1-18 - The Self-emptying love of Christ - Ann Russell

  • Sunday, Oct. 14
    Philippians 4:4-11 "Rejoice in the Lord!" – Sharon Goodier

  • Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 7
    Galations: Faith, Freedom and Thanksgiving – Ralph Carl Wushke

postheadericon Life Rites/Transforming Rituals - Fall 2012

How do rituals and rites transform and sustain us in Christian community? This September we will have several joyful rites to celebrate, including a wedding, a baptism, and the welcoming of new students and members. These life passages give us cause to celebrate but also to push the envelope around the juxtaposition of community life and biblical texts as they come together in our Sunday gatherings. The first Sunday, Sept. 9, we will celebrate gathering as Christian community and share communion and the last of the four services will explore "endings".

Services in this series included:

  • Sept 30, Endings - John Wang (Refreshments: Bill Dunn and Cathleen Fillmore)

  • Sept 23, Wedding and Covenanting - Ralph Wushke

  • Sept 16, Beginnings & Baptism - John Griffin

  • Sept 9, Communion and Introduction - Ralph Carl Wushke

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Sunday, June 25

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

Pride Service - The Gates Shall Not Be Shut
Caro Ibrahim

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