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The Holy Trinity, by Andrei Rublev

Holy Trinity Sunday

Readings and Psalms for June 7

Genesis 1:1—2:4a

Psalm 8

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Matthew 28:16-20

Mrs. Bell, in the Mount Zion kitchen, preparing something scrumptious for the Caribbean Christmas Party.

Nurse Christine and Rita Schaus as featured in the Canada Lutheran 

News from Mount Zion
June 5, 2020

In Our Prayers

Let us continue to remember Emily, Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willi, David, Conrad and Ginny in our prayers for wholeness and healing.  Ginny Knight is the sister of Nancy Kelly, she had a fall and has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

Let us remember our leadership at the national, provincial and local levels as they guide us as a nation through these trying times.  May they have the wisdom and courage to lead in ways that would hold the well-being of all as their goal.     

May they be granted grace and wisdom as they lead through these trying times.     Pastor Philip

Synod issues statement against racism

This week Joy and I drove around downtown Kitchener and saw the sea of people that were gathering for the march in solidarity with those sisters and brothers that were victims of racism both in this country and the US.  The Racial Justice Advisory Committee of the synod and Bishop Pryse and Bishop’s Assistant Christie issued a statement declaring solidarity with the struggle and resolving that we as a church would “stand courageously, to advocate persistently, and to act compassionately as people of faith” against racism. (https://easternsynod.org/story/june-02-2020-letter-racial-justice-advisory-committee) What is happening in the US is heartbreaking; to see scripture and faith being used as ‘props’ or tools to advance particular ideologies and perspectives that is very far from the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We too need to be vigilant that we never get to that point as  nation and as people of faith we have the responsibility to hold our leaders accountable, or as former US President Obama said, make our leaders ‘uncomfortable’ till justice prevails. Pastor Philip

May Financial Report

Thank You to our faithful members who continued to support the ministry during this unusual time. The attached report indicates your outstanding dedication but we are not without future challenges. Read the full report. 

Links and Lessons 

Thank you to all who contribute to our Sunday Zoom worship services. Your gifts of music and reading makes  the services meaningful and memorable. Pastor Philip continues to prepare a Children’s sermon. Participation at the vespers is encouraging.  These intimate nightly services 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.

Please feel free to invite friends and family and forward them the invites.

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. 

A Mount Zion Covid Story...Mrs Bell, providing a ministry of food

We asked Mrs Bell what she was keeping busy with while the restaurant that she has been long been associated with, the Caribbean Kitchen is closed. She and the restaurant have been generous in supporting the community with gifts of food. She tells us that even as the restaurant is closed, she continues her ministry of food by cooking for a two to three families or individuals per week.  The recipients are mostly seniors in the Caribbean community. By also delivering the food it gives her the opportunity to check in with those individuals.  She also delights in cooking for family members especially her grandsons while they are home from university.  She expects to return to serving her long time customers at the Caribbean Kitchen for a few days per week once the restaurant reopens.  

The rest of the story

A few weeks ago, we featured the fact that Nurse Christine was featured in the most recent edition of the Canada Lutheran. We now have permission to share the full story.. Read it the full article right here.
 

Upcoming Book discussion features author Nancy Kelly

Fall Book Discussion, Thursday, October 22, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm 

Glebe Fellowship Hall

 

Health Council is pleased to be sponsoring a book discussion led by the author, Nancy Vernon Kelly, a member of our own Mount Zion community. In Souls at Risk, Nancy describes her memories, beginning in childhood, of the roots and consequences of her writer-producer father’s sudden turn to right-wing extremism which continued for many years, ingrained in Cold War American-Soviet hostility. 

By July 1, please call Di Groffen in the Church Office (519-886-5820) to 1) register and 2) let her know if you want her to order a book for you. The books will cost approximately $15-$20 each. Feel free to order a book even if you can't make the discussion!

Read more about the book

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

The 45th annual Interfaith Community Breakfast was held virtually this year. The breakfast is the largest event of its kind in Ontario. Music was performed by local jazz artist, Tim Moher, and a keynote reflection was offered by Sarah Pearson, who was scheduled to speak at the breakfast.  The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdHiuDSRMjw&feature=youtu.be 

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