Holy Spirit 3 by Mark Jennings
Readings and Psalms for May 31
Acts 2: 1-11
Psalm 104: 24-34 +35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b - 13;
News from Mount Zion
May 29, 2020
In Our Prayers
Earlier this week we were all shocked to read about the state of our nursing and long term care facilities and the state of affairs there. This begs us to answer the question of where we are as caring, compassionate communities when we do not see the wellbeing of our seniors as a priority. That is one of the casualties of these days, not being able to be close to family, friends and loved ones when they need others most. This is a questions that all of us are struggling with, ‘How can we be authentically there for each other?’
Let us continue to remember Emily, Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willi, David and Conrad in our prayers for wholeness and healing. Let us also uphold Karen and Bill Gastmeier and family and also the wider family on Karen’s side in our prayers that they would have peace and comfort at the death of Karen’s sister, Lynda. Let us also remember our church leadership at the national and synodical levels, for Bishops Susan and Michael and the staff at these offices. May they be granted grace and wisdom as they lead through these trying times. Pastor Philip
Florence Moser's celebrates 98 years
Florence Moser, a long time member of Mount Zion celebrated her 98th birthday this week. Her neighbourhood drop by party was featured on CTV news. If you missed it you can watch the clip here.
Links and Lessons
Last Sunday's worship was a powerful occasion with great participation and wonderful music. If you would like to be a part of recording music for the services, please drop Amy an email.
Participation at the vespers have also been very encouraging. Vespers allows us to come together and look at scripture or examine issues from a faith perspective. We now we have a daily bible study instead of monthly one. Drop in any evening at 7 pm to be a part of this intimate service and study.
And please share the invites to the worship, vespers and the Men’s Group with those that may be interested to attend.
SUNDAY 10 am (Sign in any time after 9:30 am)
Meeting ID: 741 745 428 Password: 128324
VESPERS 7:00 pm (Sign in any time after 6:30, Service starts at 7:00 pm)
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
Postludes and Preludes from previous services can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube icon at the top of the page.
As the Deer... a poem by Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly wrote this poem after last Sunday service, where prior to the service Arlene Knight shared the very sad story of a deer crashing into a plate glass window in her apartment building.
As the Deer . . . .
longing for running streams,
came crashing into a plate glass window.
Bleeding and crying for help,
she lay on the ground.
Found among us.
She stunned us with
the sheer beauty of creation,
and the terror:
We are one
“This is the story we’re in,” one of us sighed,
glimpsing the holy ground we stood on.
“But where is this story going?”
Our common story.
The story we share
with the stunned and thirsty deer
who bounded up Westmount Road,
rounded the corner at the office building
and crashed head-on into a plate glass window.
Ascension May 24, 2020, Mount Zion Lutheran Church
With thanks to Arlene Knight, Pastor Philip Mathai and Amy Di Nino,John Oldham and Ron Klusmeier.
Bridges VBS announces online camp
In the news
Susan Brubacher suggested that we reprint this description of the church which was written in response to Donald Trump's urging the Churches to open "right away, this weekend." by the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri, Deon K. Johnson:
"The work of the church is essential.
The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential.
The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential.
The work of being a loving, liberating, and life giving presence in the world is essential.
The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential.
The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential.
The church does not need to “open” because the church never “closed”. We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbors and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe. We are the church."
It seems that every week when we gather to discuss the newsletter, one of us has read something that we would like to share. This week Philip shares this article about how, the pandemic is also being seen by some as a catalyst that spurred a necessary readjustment. (Don Pittis/CBC) https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/coronavirus-economic-change-1.5581084