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July 24, 2020

Well, it’s four months plus now! Four months into “what now” and “what’s next”? We just don’t know . . . about much of anything . . . and especially about when this will all end. For some life has changed somewhat but has gone on . . . work may be different, but you are still working. For others life has changed greatly . . . work ceased but has begun again, differently. And for still others life has changed totally . . . the job (or job opportunities) disappeared, plans for the fall (school?) are up in the air, finances are tight (that’s probably for everyone), budgets are a work of fantasy. Life is a mess! But we’ve said before that God is in the midst of the mess, and He still is! 

So first (and again): thank you. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving. Our own church budget has had to be readjusted because both the nursery school and the Spanish congregation have not been using the building so have not been sharing in the expenses, which still go on. Thank you, because in all of this you have continued to send your tithes and offerings through Canada Helps on-line giving site(click here to go to the site) and e-transfers (through ottawatrinity@rogers.com) and  through cheques, deposited every two weeks.

This report from our building reopening team, which met last Tuesday evening to discuss the hows and whens of opening the church for on-site meetings: our guiding principles are to go slow, get ready, be sure, and stay safe. With that in mind, we will not be rushing back, even though we would like to (I can’t express how much I miss our singing together!). Tentatively, the reopening team along with the worship team will be on-site for a service Labour Day Sunday and everyone will be welcome “to church” the Sunday after.

Which brings us to yesterday’s service, led by Matt and Johania. As they shared scriptures that have been meaningful to them . . . as you shared scripture that has been meaningful to you . . . one theme seemed to run through what was shared . . . that we are a people who worship God. We are open to God. We look to God. We (can I say?) crave more of God. All this is also wrapped up in Romans 12, where Paul talks about spiritual or reasonable worship. Whether we are alone as we worship – Emily Dickenson’s poem comes to mind:

            Some keep the Sabbath going to Church; I keep it, staying at Home –

            With a Bobolink for a Chorister and an Orchard, for a Dome –

            Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice – I, just wear my Wings –

            And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church – Our little Sexton – sings.

            God preaches, a noted Clergyman – and the sermon is never long,

            So instead of getting to Heaven, at last – I’m going, all along.

or whether we gather as a community to share together, to pray together, and to grow in grace together, we seek and we find God! We worship! And soon . . . soon . . . it will be worship, together! Until that day we remember that the church is more than a building, it is a community of God’s people gathered in action.

As we look at Sundays to come our themes until the end of January will remind us who (and whose) we are, as well as challenge us to be all that we can be in Christ.

Until we return to our building to worship together we’ll continue to meet through ZOOM to share with one another. This coming Sunday’s theme is hope – Matt will lead us in a song of praise, I’ll share scripture and a brief message, we’ll talk about what the word hope means, and we’ll pray together. Join us at 11:00 as Trinity Connects:click here to link directly to “the service”; the Meeting ID is 725 542 198 and the passcode is 956130  

One of the Great Expectations (pointing ahead to our post-Thanksgiving sermons series) comes from Jesus, who said when you pray. It isn’t that prayer is a given for the Christian . . .well, yes it is! We are called to pray. And that strikes fear into the hearts of some believers when it comes to corporate/congregational prayer. I can’t pray out loud, they think. What if I say something wrong? What if I mess up?

To that I say . . . not to worry – God knows our hearts. So when we gather to pray and you pray out loud you are blessed and you are honouring God. And when we gather to pray and you pray silently in your heart or silently agree with the spoken prayer you are blessed and you are honouring God.

I say all that to invite you to join us this Wednesday as we meet through ZOOM at 7:00 pm in our "virtual prayer room" to pray for one another and for others . . . audibly or silently. To enter the prayer room click here . . . or when you open ZOOM in your browser or open the app the Meeting ID is 760 4098 0245; the passcode is 3R9gvp . . .

Blunt? Forthright? I’m not sure what word to use. But I do not like being awakened in the middle of the night (as I was last week) by a phone call because of problems with our alarm system (once was bad enough; I drove to the church to discover a false alarm and was barely asleep after getting home when I received another call, another false alarm).                  

So . . . an update is coming. When it does, the current passcode used by everyone will be “retired” and those who have a key to the building will receive their own code (which will be sent by e-mail as soon as the alarm company updates the system files).

Ah, COVID has put the kibosh on yet another ministry. Hold it . . . no it hasn’t! The tabernacle may be empty and Family Camp may not be able to be held at the Riverview Campground in Cedardale this year, but it will go on . . . online, Monday July 27 through Friday July 31.                            

Mornings Pastor Jen Turner of the Cambridge Preston Church will lead a time of prayer, Lena and Caleb Mortley of the Brampton Church will “direct” a children’s program, and Pastor Danny Moreno of the Oakville Generations Church will bring a devotional. Afternoons Nick Dookheran will “lead” a “youth activity”. And there will be a special focus each evening. Click here to find links to the various events.

                                                








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