Weekly email April 20 2017

Greetings in the Name of the Risen One! Come join us as we celebrate laughter this Holy Humour Sunday.  In this season of Easter how do we celebrate and embrace the gifts of laughter and levity and the subversiveness of humour.   Feel free to dress in your finest red and purple (just like those Read more…

Weekly Email – Dec. 2

Fellow Friends of Christ, welcome and greetings in the Name of the Expectant One, Advent continues this Sunday. Advent means “coming.” It’s about preparing ourselves for the story of the infant Jesus’ arrival. It’s about celebrating the gifts of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, made manifest among us. Throughout Advent we will be looking for, Read more…

This week @ SMRUC

Greetings as we turn another calendar page. Welcome to August – that time of transition.  Cooler nights, ripening gardens, soaking up the sun-drenched days and the last bits of holidays before schedules take over again. We continue our summer series on Fruits of the Spirit with this week’s focus on “Faithfulness”.  How do we live Read more…

This week @ SMRUC

Greetings of summer fullness, warm breezes, and cool refreshing water as we head into this August Long weekend, This week we continue our “Fruits of the Spirit” summer worship series with our focus on “Goodness”. Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa has a lot to say when it comes to goodness. He and his daughter co-wrote Read more…

What’s happening this week @ SMRUC

Greetings of hot days and stormy evenings, of sunshine and rain, of all of Creation’s wonders, This week our worship focus is on “Kindness” as we continue our exploration of the Fruits of the Spirits.  As I looked for quotes on kindness one that stood out for me was from Jewel’s song, Hands.  “In the Read more…

This Week @ SMRUC

Blessings during this season of growth, a season that require patience for the in-between, liminal, threshold times of planting and harvesting. Lyrics from “Fly Like An Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band are in my head as I think about these times of patience and transition. “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ Into the future … I Read more…

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Greetings of a more relaxed holiday pace, season of festivals, and time spent enjoying the awesomeness of Creation. In our worship series of “Fruits of the Spirit” we focus this week on “Peace”.  What does peace mean to you?  What does it mean to have peace?  Is peace a state of being or a verb?  Is Read more…

This week at SMRUC

Greetings of warm summer breezes, cooling showers, and Canada Day celebrations! Over and over today I’ve had the Black Eyed Peas song “Where is the Love?” going round and round my head “Whatever happened to the values of humanity Whatever happened to the fairness and equality Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity Lack of Read more…

Weekly E-mail – June 3

In the Name of the Risen One, “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?” –1 Thess 3.9 In other words: you fill us with Pride!; we are proud of all that you do and stand for in Read more…

Weekly Email – May 6th

In the Name of the Risen One,   God of our ancestors, in a world where chaos and ruin are as close as the wind, where fires rage out of control in Fort McMurray destroying homes, businesses, and livelihoods; Help us to find strength and courage from the stories of those who took refuge in you during their times of trial Read more…

Weekly E-mail – Apr. 22/16

In the Name of the Risen One, This Sunday, in the Tree of Life Sanctuary, we focus on “New Things”. Come and hear the Youth Band as they offer their acapella song “A New Day Dawning”. Journey continues our series on the New Testament book and sequel to Luke’s Gospel: The Acts of the Apostles. Read more…

Weekly E-mail – April 8/16

In the Name of the Risen One,    April 10th, 2016 after worship Congregational Meeting – The JNAC Committee report will be presented.   Tree of life explores calling, your calling. How do you follow your calling?   Journey continues our series on the New Testament book and sequel to Luke’s Gospel: The Acts of the Apostles. I encourage you to have Read more…

Weekly E-mail – April 1/16

In the Name of the Risen One, (I promise the following is not an April Fool’s joke…no seriously) We will be celebrating Holy Humour Sunday this Sunday in both the Journey and Tree of Life Worship Spaces. The idea of setting aside one Sunday each year to celebrate God’s gift of laughter and joy may Read more…

Weekly E-mail – March 18/16

In the Name of the Risen One,   This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and we worship all together in the Tree of Life Sanctuary. There will be a palm parade (no unicorn this year though, but Debbie has a colt!).   What was it about Jesus that people followed him? Yet more than follow, what led many to shout cries of Read more…

Weekly E-mail – March 11/16

In the Name of the Risen One, I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine. Hope is in the air, and dust, but mostly hope. Apologies for anyone who liked the Kevin Costner western, Open Range, but every year, at about this time, I remember that ridiculous scene where he struggled to cross the road. To Read more…

Weekly E-mail – Feb. 19/16

In the Name of the Risen One, Huge Thanks to all helped in the Welcoming and hosting of Zeebu! And if you missed the chance last week, make sure to introduce yourself to the new minister, Debbie Coss. This Saturday, tomorrow, there will be a Godly Play Volunteer Workshop at 1pm. It is a good Read more…

Weekly email – Jan. 22/16

Greetings in the Name if the Risen One, Special thanks to all that organized and contributed to Alice’s farewell. This will be Rev. Alice’s last Sunday with us. With the Apostle Paul’s word’s, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain,” the Tree of life will study the question ‘what do Read more…

Weekly e-mail January 17/16

Greetings in the Name if the Risen One, Alice is with us for just a short while longer; her last Sunday is January 24. Our farewell gathering for Alice is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan 16 from 2-4pm with a light lunch provided. Tree of Life will focus on scripture in Isaiah and Acts. In our Journey worship, this season of Epiphany, we’re exploring aspects of the gospel going into the world and the joy of community. We’re using the Gospel of John Read more…

Weekly E-mail – Dec. 11/15

Greetings in the Name of the Risen One, “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” –Julian of Norwich Even when it’s hard to hope for– Especially when it’s hard to accept– The Immanuel’s prayer, the God-with-Us’s promise, is that, “I speak in the world so that Read more…

Weekly E-mail – Nov. 8

Greetings in the Names of the Risen One, “Make yourselves at home in my love… I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Read more…

Weekly email October 30

Greetings in the Names of the Risen One, The Visioning Team is pleased to invite you to join them as they share the vision (draft)  for St. Mary’s Road United Church.  The vision will be shared on Sunday, November 1st between 11:45 and 1:30 in the Journey Sanctuary; a light lunch will be served.  The Visioning Team welcomes your feedback and suggestions as they continue to shape the draft into the Vision for SMRUC.  Read more…

Weekly email Sept 25

Greetings in the Name of the Risen One, Membership and Confirmation classes start this week after worship. It’s a brown-bag lunch gathering from about 11:45-12:30. They will run until the middle of November. They are for anyone aged 12 and up wanting to explore questions of faith and their place in the church. This week Rainbow Worship at St. Mary’s Road United Read more…

Weekly email Sept 18 2015

Greetings in the Name of the Risen One, There is an electricity in the air right now. I can feel it. Something is happening. It’s more than the opening of the Jets training camp; more than school starting; more than church resuming its activities; more than election season. I’m sure that’s all part of it. Read more…

Weeky Email Sept 11

Greetings in the Name of the Risen One, With so much going on in our lives and in the world, it can be nice to just take a deep breath in and enjoy an autumn walk. Trees are towering witnesses to the happenings around them; let’s get out there to hear their rustling leaves songs before they’re silent until spring. I hope Read more…

Weekly Email – Sept. 6

Greetings in the Name of the Risen One,   It’s on days like this that I lean into that promise: “the risen one.” How do we have hope and joy when images of Alan Kurdi slice through our hearts? “How long, to sing this song?” (Psalm 40) The gospel does not leave us only with Read more…

Weekly E-mail – Aug.30

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings in the Name of the Risen One!   “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? … If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your Read more…

Weekly E-mail Aug. 23

Weekly E-mail Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings in the Name of the Risen One! In Genesis 1:28 God says: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” How we, as Christians (or just as simply humans) deal with responsibility? How do we respond to God’s call in our life? Worship Read more…

Weekly E-mail Aug. 16

Weekly E-mail Sunday, August 16 Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings in the Name of the Risen One! “Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est (Where true charity is, there is God.)” I hope to see you this Sunday for our 2nd (possibly annual) “Thin Places Worship.” Thin but not shallow. We often talk about Read more…