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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

postheadericon Summer Services 2012

Bathurst Worship - Summer Services 2012

During July and August we didn't meet on Sunday mornings, but keep connected through mid-week pot-luck gatherings and programs. We had Wednesday evening meetings and worship at College St. United Church (College St. W and Bathurst St.), which was very convenient as the building is fully wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned.

We started with pot-luck suppers at 6:00, followed by a program that ran from 7:00 to 8:00.

Services in this series included:

  • August 29, General Council 41: Report Back
    - Ralph Wushke

  • August 22, Socialism and Christianity
    - Reg McQuaid

  • August 15, Reflection on the first question of Calvin’s shorter catechism: “What is the chief end of man?”
    - Frances Combs

  • August 8, Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth. A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering
    - Frances Combs & Ralph Wushke

  • August 1, Mining Watch Activism in Tanzania
    - Evans Rubara & John Wang

  • July 25, A selection from TVO documentary series on Mental Health
    - Joan O'Laney & Marie Simon

  • July 18, Film: How does it feel? The subject of the film, Kazumi, will attend with the director/producer Lawrence Jackman
    - Ronny Yaron

  • July 11, Psalms as a Human Prayerbook
    - Beth Theis

  • July 4, Documentary Screening: Spoil: The Great Bear Forest Under Siege from the Tar Sands
    - Diane Meredith & Marie Simon

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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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