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July 27, 2020

Yesterday I shared some thoughts from Psalm 46. The first verse of that Psalm reminds us that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. I reminded you that hope and (good old-fashioned) optimism are two radically different things. Optimism is focused on a good future outcome or a pleasant change in our current circumstances. Hope is a quiet confidence in the present based on what God in Christ has done in the past.

So when I say that I hope that we can return to our building for worship the beginning of September I really mean I am optimistic that circumstances will change enough that we can. But when I talk about hope and sing

I don't know about tomorrow; I just live from day to day

I don't borrow from its sunshine for its skies may turn to gray

I don't worry o'er the future for I know what Jesus said

And today I'll walk beside Him for He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand

But I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand

what I mean is that circumstances in life notwithstanding, I am going to trust God. I am going to hold on to the promise that He will never leave me nor forsake me. I – in spite of my human frailties and weaknesses – am going to hold on to Philippians 4:6-7 and Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, [make my] requests known to God and hold on to the promise that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard [my] heart and mind through Christ Jesus. I will remember that I have hope because God is with me!

And that inspires me to act . . . and with that I remind you of your “homework” for the week: to be a bearer of hope to someone from Trinity Church, and to deliberately look for an opportunity to give hope to someone outside the church (and to act on the opportunity, of course!). And I’ll ask in next Sunday’s time together how being a person of hope went for you. And try to avoid doomscrolling!

Next Sunday. 11:00 am. It is still meeting for worship and celebration even though we don’t “meet together”. We will begin a short series remembering Who We Are as people of God. It isn’t that we forget who we are, it’s just that sometimes it’s good to have our memory jogged (if we were meeting in-sanctuary I’d probably insert a picture from The Princess Bride – Fezzik jogging the Albino’s memory – into our message slide show). This week’s “reminder”: We Are Christian.  

Join us for our ZOOM service (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 

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.

I again invite you to join us this Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm as we meet through ZOOM 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

Again I would like to thank you for your faithfulness in giving. Our 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.

Our guiding principles for reopening our building 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.

An update on the church security system is underway. When the changes take effect the present security code that is used by everyone will be “retired”. Those who currently have a key to the building have received an updated individual code (along with the code to the new keyless entry system). Please let me know if you have been missed.

We are trying – trying – to get the painting that was started two years ago! finished. Our hope/plan/goal, of course, was to finish it back then. We weren’t able to. Last year was the same – circumstances delayed the work. So it was on to this year, filled with good intentions. Instead, we have had humidity, which makes painting difficult for the painter – and hinders a good paint job. Our . . . optimistic goal (hope?) . . . is to get working on it next week and complete the job before the month ends.

Pastor Rick has retired from the public service/Correctional Services Canada! This was his planned vocational track – I’m just surprised it crept up on me like this! He (and Laura) have been and are going to continue to pastor the Westlock (Alberta) Church of the Nazarene. Send him a note of congratulations: his e-mail address is burkrg@gmail.com

COVID has not put the kibosh on yet another ministry. 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, all this week.                            

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.

Thank you for your prayers on behalf of our family, and especially for Jocelyn, Nina, and Raheema on the sudden and tragic loss of the girls’ brother. These will be difficult days for them and for the rest of his family. We appreciate your support.








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