Worship Service : 10:30 a.m. Sunday 

Office Hours : 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tue - Fri

Phone : 306-586-3613

Kathy's Spiritual Meanderings....

I know it's hokey but...All my bags are packed, and I'm ready to go...Such an old song, and yet it has certainly been in my mind this week.  My house is becoming more and more empty all the time, and I am surrounded by boxes ready to be moved back to Manitoba.  Another song:  How bizarre, how bizarre!!  Last night there were about a dozen Board members who gathered for a farewell toast to me.  We laughed, had good conversation as always, and I felt ever so blessed to have been connected to this amazing leadership

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Today I am renting a 15 foot u-haul truck to take a load of "stuff" to Portage La Prairie - yup - reality is definitely sinking in!  My office is cleared out, Jayne and I have said our goodbyes as she is on holidays now and I won't see her again before I leave - such a strange in-between space to be in right now!  Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a book entitled "God's dream".  One of the pages has a little girl with her eyes shut - the words say: "Do you know what God dreams about?  If you

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I learned a new spiritual practice this week - using the shredding machine - who knew?!?  Before I came to Sunset, I was the minister at Kelwood, McCreary and Alonsa United Churches.  As often happens in a small town, the United Church is sometimes seen as the church for the whole community - which meant I often did funerals and weddings for people who had very little actual connection to the church.  In those days, I did not own a laptop - everything was done on my desktop computer.  I would keep a separate file folder for each and every

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This Sunday I will be leading worship at Wesley United as part of our Tri-church summer experience.  The scripture we will be reflecting on speaks about the variety of sources of wisdom in our lives.  Sometimes I can get caught up in thinking that I am not smart enough to be the one who is in the pulpit - that surely people are coming to church expecting profound, intellectual stimulation.  I obsess over whether my message will be too trivial or too light-hearted to make a difference in anyone's life.  Those are not healthy or helpful thoughts as I move

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I want to tell you about the communion that I celebrated last night.  It was in someone's home - not in the church.  It was with grilled salmon and green beans and rhubarb crisp - not the usual bread and juice.  What made it "communion" was the way that the breaking of bread together reminded us of the deep connection we have with each other - and the palpable feeling of a Spirit of Love in the conversation and in the laughter - Holy Ground indeed! As I looked around at the 8 people who were gathered, I reflected on

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There are ever so many steps on this journey towards my move to Manitoba, and I am about to take another major step - my very last Sunday morning in the pulpit at Sunset United Church.  Sometimes the anticipation of an event is much more stressful than the actual event itself - I am truly hoping that is true in this case as well!  Preaching is such a funny thing.  If I try to be profound, it generally doesn't fly too well.  The best sermons have tended to be the ones that I think are rather mundane.  those are the

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I am about to head east for the weekend - to our property near Riding Mountain National Park.  Tonight I will be sleeping in our little tent, which makes me very, very happy!  I love waking up there and sitting in my lawn chair, sipping coffee and watching the sun slowly make it's way over the trees into our little patch of cleared space.  It is a very peace-filled way to start the day - listening to the birds and to the wind in the poplars - very good way to restore the soul!  I am so profoundly grateful for

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I am reading a wonderful book right now - Option B - by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant.  Sheryl's husband dies very suddenly, very unexpectedly, and at a very young age.  Her life is turned upside down by the traumatic loss of her life partner. At one point, just before an event that was specifically for fathers, she cried out that she just wanted her husband back.  A close friend said "Option A is not available, so let's work hard at Option B".  I love the way the author discovers how writing about the vulnerability of her own grief can

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I have had a couple of those "last time" events this week - last meeting of Wascana Presbytery, last meeting of the Sunset Board - all part of the process of letting go and beginning to move towards a new path.  It is kind of surprising to me how much emotional energy it takes to actually let go.  I know - it's not rocket science - but it still seems to be catching me off guard how exhausting it all is!  However, there is also a noticeable lightening of the load.  Now that many of those major public goodbyes have

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I am just about to head home to pack my gear to take to Rowan's Ravine for our Family Camp.  Unlike Ross Macnab, the idea of sleeping in my little tent tonight gives me GREAT pleasure!!  I know that I will re-ground myself as I feel the wind on my face, and see the stars in the sky tonight (cause there won't be any clouds or rain!!!).  I will play with the kids, I will have great conversation with the adults, I will laugh and enjoy just being in that campfire circle again.  I am ever so grateful for those

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For the past few days it has been pretty hilarious to listen to many whispered conversations happening out in the front office - and to see people wandering in with secret envelopes to hand over to Jayne.  I honestly don't know what all will unfold on Sunday afternoon, but I do know that my heart will be touched, and I will have more than a few belly laughs at all the shenanigans.  I can't even begin to tell you how much it means to me to feel the outpouring of support - even if I don't yet know any of

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I am doing my utmost best to keep a positive attitude, but my life seems to be consumed with trying to sell my house, which is most definitely a stress-filled path to be on!  Scott Thompson wrote a song that speaks about how, in those moments when life feels too hard to bear, sometimes the best thing to do is to step outside into the big, big world and pray.  Which is exactly what we are going to do this next Sunday.  We are going to set up our worship space outside the building - lawn chairs and blankets on

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Yesterday I had the extreme honor of commending Ev Werner into God's care.  It is such holy ground to be at the cemetery and watch as the casket is slowly lowered into the ground - or at least partially lowered.  We felt the warmth of the sun and the wind on our faces as we stood there in the sheer still silence to bid our final farewell to a much beloved woman.  I repeated the age-old words that there is nothing in the heights or the depths, nothing in what was or what's to come, nothing in life or in

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The first time I went to summer camp I was 9 years old.  I was dreadfully homesick, but the counsellors spoiled me rotten and by the time the week was done, I didn't want to go home.  One of my favorite memories was doing a late night swim.  The stars were out, the water was warm - and all the girls went skinny-dipping!  This Sunday a couple of the staff from Lumsden Beach Camp are coming to stir up our excitement about the upcoming camping season.  They will bring some great energy to our circle - and will bring back

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This Sunday, the scripture reading we will focus on comes from the Book of Acts. "Then an angel said to Philip: get up and go south...this is a wilderness road.  So Peter got up and went."  How many of us could say clearly - I heard the voice of an angel - I listened - and then I went?  My guess is that it is rarely as clear-cut as that.  There are many, many voices that pull at us - how do we know which is the voice we really need to listen to?  How do we know that

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This is a quote from Thomas Merton - a trappist monk who invites all of us into a life of contemplation:  Every moment and every event plants something in our souls.  I have been thinking about that as I reflect on family connections and family stories.  Last weekend I was immersed in my extended family as we celebrated the 90th birthday of my aunt.  This weekend, although I can't be with them, my relatives will be gathering to celebrate the life another aunt and uncle in Ontario who died within 36 hours of each other in early April.

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Right now I am sitting at the dining room table in my son's condo in Ottawa.  I have had a lovely couple of days doing my best to unwind after a very, very busy Easter weekend.  Yesterday I wandered for a couple of hours at the National Art Gallery.  I especially enjoyed looking at VanGogh's paintings.  One of them was a picture of the lilacs he saw outside of his window when he was hospitalized in an insane asylum.  Focussing on capturing the details of the color and form of the flowers is part of what helped him with his

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Perhaps it is the nature of my "job", but somehow every Easter reminds me of every other Easter - many flashbacks to other Easter occasions.  When I was a university student, living in Winnipeg, I remember riding my bicycle down to the Planetarium for their ecumenical sunrise service.  It was an amazing thing somehow, to sit there in the company of people I had never met, watching as the sky very slowly brightened - the stars would begin to fade, and the sun would rise.  One year, when our children were quite small, we attended a church in Vernon, B.C.,

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I was reading an article by David Lose - a Lutheran theologian - reflecting on Palm Sunday.  He said that we need to remember that the parade into Jerusalem was not a 1st century version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  When Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey, he was making both a theological and a political statement.  He was reminding people of a God whose love was stronger than death - and a God whose love breaks down all the barriers that we construct to keep us separate from one another.  There are times when the political forces

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The story that we will focus on this Sunday is about Zacheus - a tax collector who has a conversation with Jesus that radically changes his life.  We don't know all the particulars of the conversation, and it may be that there are assumptions that we have made about Zacheus that change how we actually understand the story.  However, the story describes a man who is rich, who is in the position of taxing those who are very poor, and who appears to make a radical shift in how he treats those who living with very difficult financial realities.  I

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Sunset United Church

 

Phone: 306-586-3613

office@sunsetunited.ca

177 Sunset Drive
Regina, SK, S4S 6Y7

Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday