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February 19, 2019

A week ago what some call the 'trappings" of Valentine's Day – the giving [and receiving!] of chocolate and candy and the dinners out and the surprises and the expressions of love one for another – were still in the planning stages [for those who indulge in the day]. Sometime Thursday the gifts were delivered and smiles and hugs were received in response. People felt loved.

With Valentine' Day still in our memories I could easily have used Ephesians 3:17-19 as the Scripture for our Sunday message: that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Instead . . . quite appropriately . . . and not planned for! . . . our series on the old covenants concluded this weekend with an emphasis on God's love for us.                

The New Covenant focuses on reconciliation. Undeserved reconciliation. We were reminded [from Jeremiah 31:31-34] that reconciliation is the heart of what God wants for us and that through Jesus' death and resurrection we have been made new – renewed – people . . . that God's expression of love is shown through His covenant action in Christ . . . that Paul reminds us that God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us [or as THE MESSAGE translates, God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him]Romans 5:8.  

We are new covenant people. We respond to God's love by loving Him and by loving others [see Matthew 22:37-39]. To download and read our message, click here.

As part of his ministerial preparation and training [he is working toward his teaching certificate as well as toward ordination] Matt will preach on occasion . . . and this Sunday is one of those occasions! We look forward to what he will share, and are glad for his leadership at Trinity Church.

We also look forward to what Nadine will share during her "Missions Moment" in our service this Sunday. We have received some information about the pastors and the congregations that we sponsor [La Maquina and Almendares churches] from those of our district who were in Cuba for their recent District Assembly. She will update us on these, and give us a better introduction to Eliezer, the child we have agreed to sponsor for the next ten years.

Also this Sunday: our annual International Dinner and Food Fair and Fellowship potluck dinner in celebration of our relationship with the churches we have partnered with in Cuba. Please bring a meal representing your heritage/culture if you can, as we eat together.

We will receive our annual offering in support of these churches on Sunday. They more than appreciate our generosity, as those who pastor churches are not allowed to work outside of the church in Cuba, and are dependent on our giving.

Ash Wednesday is March 6; the first Sunday of Lent is March 10. We'll begin our Lenten focus on Sunday March 3 – our message: A Clean Sweep. Our Lenten series will focus on the words of Jesus from the cross – some of the Cross Words.

Following our Palm Sunday service we will move into Holy Week – joint services with Bridlewood Church Monday through Thursday evenings; a service on Good Friday at Bridlewood; concluding with a celebration service Easter Sunday.

  • April 15: at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • April 16: at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • April 17: at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • April 18: at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday: at Bridlewood, 4:30 pm

Bridlewood Church will also host a celebration service at 7:00 March 24 [we hope that the weather will not affect travel as it did last year]. The Bridlewood worship team will lead; I will preach.

We will honour David and Pamela with a "post-wedding" shower following our service next Sunday. Matt will host a potluck lunch at his home. We are collecting a "congregational cash gift" . . . please see one of your board members if you would like to contribute.

Don't forget that 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!

Our spring service of music and celebration is planned for April 28 – we encourage everyone to participate . . . to sing  . . . to read . . . to share something! Matt will speak to us about our participation closer to the date.

We are inviting the members of the Ottawa Misfits motorcycle group to join us on May 26. We will prepare breakfast for the group and they will join us in our worship service before a "blessing of the bikes". Pray that God will bless and use this outreach opportunity for His glory. Our message: We're All Misfits!

Our updated directory will be available in print and digital formats next week. Print copies will be on the back table; digital copies will be e-mailed to those who request them.

Pastor Stephen and Cindy Atkinson are celebrating the birth of a healthy baby boy – Noah Stephen Moti Atkinson – who was born February 12th, 2019 at 11.30 p.m [weighing in at 5.7 lbs].