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News from Mount Zion
June 12, 2020

Mount Zion’s Building to remain closed until at least September

As disappointing as it will be for members of our community, Mount Zion’s building will remain closed until at least September.

On Monday, the Ontario government issued guidelines around Stage 2 reopening. Worship places are now able to open but with only 30% capacity of our building. At our exec meeting yesterday we wondered what a church service would look like, with social distancing rules in place and no singing. As much as we enjoy it, the risk is high for transmission of the coronavirus when singing. Read More

In our

prayers

In Our Prayers

In our prayers may we continue to remember Emily, Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David and Conrad, for wholeness and healing.  Pray for Nancy and Bob Kelly and their family at the death of Nancy’s sister Ginny Knight. Let us uphold political and religious leadership that they would have the courage to work towards bringing about institutional and systemic changes to address the evil of racism.  Let us pray for openness to each other and a willingness to listen.     

The past week was a blur with the events of the week being so overwhelming; with the pain and frustrations of our racialized sisters and brothers being expressed through the protests all over the US and beyond. These events have shaken all of us to look within ourselves and to be more intentional  Read more by Pastor Philip

The Season of Pentecost

Readings and Psalm for June 14

Exodus 19:2-8a

Psalm 100

We are God's people and the sheep of God's pasture. (Ps. 100:3)

Romans 5:1-8

Matthew 9:35—10:8

Links and Lessons 

 June 21, is National Indigenous People’s Day here in Canada.  The history of our relationship as settlers with the original inhabitants of this land, the attempts to erase the culture, language and the very identity of the indigenous people is familiar to us.  It was in 1996 that the then Governor General of Canada declared June 21 of each year as National Aboriginal Day to celebrate the heritage, culture and achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

The day was renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 21, 2017.  This is a time for the country to examine where we are in our journey of reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers and recognize our original communities for who they are and their contributions to our land and culture from time immemorial. As a congregation we have had a long relationship with the Six Nations, journeying together as communities.  On June 21 we, as a congregation, will focus on Indigenous People’s Day during worship.  Pastor Philip

Zoom Links  

SUNDAY 10 am (Sign in any time after 9:30 am)

https://zoom.us/j/741745428?wd=N2QvYUZoS0NRZGIwc2xnc3ZGSmRmUT09

Meeting ID: 741 745 428  Password: 128324

VESPERS 7:00 pm (Sign in any time after 6:30, Service starts at 7:00 pm)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82644087778

Meeting ID: 826 4408 7778

MEN'S BREAKFAST  Now we have virtual meetings of those that attended Men’s Breakfast, meeting every Thursday.. Same great discussion, the only thing missing is the food.

 9:00 a.m. Thursday
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84760781137

Postludes and Preludes from previous services can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube icon at the  top of the page. 

The Year of Glen Gould

Music Director Amy writes about her love affair with microphones, how Covid has shaped her work with us and the influences of Glen Gould in this time of social distancing. 

How many people are familiar with Glen Gould? One of our most beloved and most-celebrated Canadian pianist, great interpreter of Bach, was a man who would have thrived in these times of Corona. Why? If you’re not aware, Gould chose to remove himself from the public eye, and he stopped giving concerts at the age of 31 to concentrate on studio recording and other projects. He argued that public performance devolved into a sort of competition, with a non-empathetic audience (musically and otherwise) mostly attendant to the possibility of the performer playing a wrong note or not meeting critical expectation.

 

One of Gould's reasons for abandoning live performance was his read more

Young People's Ministry

Kristina Kuhnert writes: My name is Kristina Kuhnert. Emily Savage and I are young, Canadian, Eastern Synod Lutherans doing synod-wide and synod-supported Youth and Young Adult Ministry on the internet (for now!). You may have seen us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@ELCICyoungadults), on YouTube (on the “Young Canadian Lutheran” channel) or perhaps you have heard of the "35 Under 35" project about Young Adults in the Church.

I'm emailing to introduce ourselves and our work, to let you know all that is going on, and to invite anyone 13-17, and 18-35 to join the community. See the list of events 

The Holy Trinity, by Andrei Rublev

A poetic look at the Trinity

Following last week's service, Nancy Kelly penned this short poem

Confounding One
Relating One
Belonging One

Communing One
Self Giving One
Interweaving One

Dancing One
Inviting One
Freeing One

Three in One
What have we done?

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