Acknowledgment of Territory
We begin today’s service with an acknowledge of the traditional territory upon which we gather physically & virtually.
We are walking hand in hand on this safe and bountiful land which is part of the Grand River watershed, traditional territory of the Anishinabe, Hodenoshone and Neutral peoples, fellow sojourners.
We give thanks to the Creator for this great gift and recognize our responsibility as treaty people to care for the land and waters that nourish us and give us strength. We also acknowledge that it is our duty to do more to learn about the rich history of this land to better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, caretakers and sojourners.
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Sunday morning 10 am
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Monday to Thursday 7 pm
Watch previous Services:
Read our newsletter for July 24
Aug 16 - Bishop Michael Pryse visit
Oct 22 1 - 3 pm Fall Book Discussion
Nov 21 5:30 pm Caribbean Christmas Party
Feb 28 2021 Black History Month Celebrations
A note from Pastor Philip July 24, 2020
Thoughts on Reopening and the struggle with newness!
Last week I mentioned about the reopening of our facilities for in-person worship and how the response to it has been, where they did reopen. In that light I thought that a section from Walter Bruggemann’s latest book, “Virus as a Summons to Faith: Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief and Anxiety,” where he talks of the “matrix of groan” has something for us as we go through this transition into something that is different, something that is new.
The phrase “all creation is groaning” is employed by Paul in Romans 8:22 wherein he elaborates on the struggle for newness through the anguish and demand of labor pains, a new creation willed by God but not yet birthed, only in anticipation. My modest comment is that we must not pass over the labor pains, cries, and demands too easily. My colleague tells of a time of a characteristically demanding birth process in an earlier day in his family, when the father was, as usual, not present in the hospital at the birth. Soon after the birth, the father hurried to the hospital and reassured his weary wife and new mother, “Well, that wasn't so bad was it?” Even though he is often accused of being a sexist, Paul was under no illusion about the problematic nature of birth pangs- how deep, how painful, how would nearly unbearable they may be.
We do not know from whence Paul drew his insight, but perhaps like every male interpreter short on such an actual experience , he learned from a text. Long before Paul the poet of the Isaiah tradition has God say:
For a long time I have held my peace ,
I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labor ,
I will gasp and pant.
I will lay waste mountains and hills,
and dry up all their herbage spirit. (Isaiah 42:14-15)
Under this imagery, newness is never cozy; it arrives through a struggle that turns out to be birth, though along the way the struggle might have been mistaken for death pangs. Newness is not easy for the God who will create a homecoming for exiles, according to this point.
Newness is not easy in creation that is too long in the grip of deathliness. The process of newness, . . . . ., is a process of pain that is very deep , so deep that it cannot be lived through quietly or serenely, perhaps not by either the creator or by the creation.
Something to think about as we look into the future as a congregation along with our sister congregations in our synod and beyond!
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Let us continue to remember Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, and Conrad in our prayers, that they would experience wholeness and healing. Let us also remember the Ernst family as they grieve the death of Charlie. Let us remember Bishop Pryse, Pastor Adam Snook and the members of the Task Force who are giving leadership as we transition to in-person worship in the synod, for wisdom and discernment.
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29 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, ON
Main Entrance -
Lourdes St. & Westmount
Community entrance -
Dawson St. & Westmount
Region of Waterloo Bus Routes 8 & 12