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January 7, 2019

Welcome to 2019. The seasonal songs that began playing just after Halloween are over. We won't hear the controversy about Baby, It's Cold Outside for another year. We won't hear So this is Christmas and what have you done; Another year over, a new one just begun [which is better, I think, than Ring the old year out. Ring the new year in. Bring us all good luck. Let the good guys win] for another ten months [unless Costco and WalMart begin their carol assault in October, which is very possible]. We won't hear the songs until then. We won't sing the carols until the next Advent. But . . . as I seem to remind us every year . . .

When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins:  to find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart . . . And to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.[Howard Thurman]

Spirituality

And so we bravely enter a brand new year . . . a year full of hopes and dreams and expectations. We may – we probably will – have some surprises along the way, much as Zacharias and Mary and Joseph had [as we discovered during our Advent series]. But we know that God is with us even in the midst of uncertainty and confusion. We only need follow His ways . . . His way.

Yesterday in our service we were reminded about what can happen when we take our eyes from God. Like the Magi, we can wind up doing what we shouldn't do and being where we shouldn't be. Thankfully, though, God looks after us, and we can find our way back to where we should be. Even better is knowing that we do not travel on our journey through life alone – we have travelling companions that can help us and encourage us and even challenge us as we try to grow closer to God. To read yesterday's message – We Are click here

Trinity Church is blessed to have Pastor Al as part of our ministry team, and to have Matt as an involved pastor-in-training. Matt will preach/speak a number of times in the coming year, and he shared a great message to end our year [unfortunately, I do not have a copy of the message so I can't post it on-line. Yet].

Community

Life is busy. We might think something like now that Christmas is over my life can get back to normal . . . but what is regular-normal, and is it any less busy than Christmas-normal? We are just back to the routine events that were cancelled because of Christmas events, aren't we? Work . . . school . . . family . . . we may want to spend more time together as a church community, but how and when is it possible?

I'm so happy for Emmanuelle's idea [and initiative and follow-through!] for a monthly after-church coffee time. And I'm thrilled with the response to it – thanks to everyone who stayed behind to chat and visit after our service yesterday.

Sometimes . . . sometimes I wonder if we know one other as much as we think we know one another – hence, our question time during our service yesterday. We discovered just a little bit more about some of the members of our church family [and confirmed some of the things that we thought but may not have been sure of]. I think that we may just have to do this again in a couple of months!

Unofficially, Andrew has visited/been in the most countries in the world [hopping around the Caribbean helps!], but let's make it official – count up how many countries you have been in and         e-mail me the number.

Again this year we have the opportunity to skate at the Governor General's residence/Rideau Hall. Our congregation has the rink to ourselves for the evening of Friday March, 8 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Plan to come out to this family fellowship time and an evening of fun . . . invite someone to come with you!

Bob MacMillan recorded a CD a couple of years ago, and has given some to us. They are located on the table at the back of the sanctuary – take one, and enjoy some great uplifting music.

We have sent the first payment plus a cash gift to support Eliezer, the Cuban child we have sponsored, as well as funds for the year to support the second church we have agreed to help – the Almendares Church. We will receive more information on the church when our district team returns from Cuba at the end of the month.

Technology

Well that was interesting. When I went to change the design of our web site the other day I did not find what I expected to find! I had changed it from a Christmas theme to a winter theme – or so I thought. Instead, I found a child-cartoon! I have changed it . . . back? . . . to the design intended.

Church updates and information can be found on the site [click here to visit it] and on our Facebook site [click here to visit it].

The promise of and hope for our services being streamed live continues . . . but only as a promise and hope. The Spanish congregation continues to work on the logistics of providing the equipment for the stream [they are anxious to stream their services as well]. We'll keep you posted on what is happening . . . 

Normalcy

Cindy and I would like to thank you, our church family, for your generous Christmas gift. We are very appreciative of your thoughtfulness . . . but more-so for your prayers and support as we all work together as "partners in the gospel" for the kingdom through Trinity Church. We pray His richest blessings on each one in the coming year.

Thank you for your faithful stewardship through this past year. Church expenses were much higher than in years past due to the costs of our anniversary celebrations, but our giving matched the need. If you wish you can give through our on-line giving site [click here], through e-transfer to ottawatrinity@rogers.com, or during our church offering time. This year's offering envelopes are available on the back table  . . . please take yours. Income tax receipts for 2018 giving will be issued shortly.