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....

This weekend we are going on our Sunset Family Camp weekend.  There are 17 adults and 15 kids - the majority of the kids are under the age of 10 - yikes!  It will be busy.  And I am hugely looking forward to it!  Last night as I was getting my gear ready, I actually felt this surge of excitement at the thought of waking up in my tent - I hope I remember that excitement if it truly does turn into a thunderstorm tonight!  Mostly the weekend is a chance just to hang out with each other, with very

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Last night I was a guest at the annual Sunset Choir wind-up.  It is such a treat to actually have time to sit and visit with these folk who are so much a part of our worship leadership every week, but with whom I rarely get to have an actual conversation.  It was a delicious feast that we shared - including a cake provided by our church as a way of making sure the choir knows that we deeply appreciate their ministry of music.  Once the meal was over, we gathered in Brian and Els' living room for some time

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Tomorrow (Thursday, May 28th), I head to Lanigan, Saskatchewan for the annual meeting of Saskatchewan Conference - the provincial body of our church.  We still seem to call it "annual meeting", even though we didn't actually meet last year because of budget restrictions.  I am really looking foward to being there - not so much for the business end of things, although the business will most definitely be intriguing, but more for the gathering with friends and colleagues from around the province.  This year much of our conversation will be geared towards preparation for the General Council (national) gathering that

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Summer is here - the sun is downright hot, the birds are waking earlier and earlier to greet the day with song, and my body feels very ready to sit back and enjoy the hazy, lazy days of summer.  Completely forgot about writing my blog until this very moment!  However, I am so looking forward to tomorrow!  We are beginning by celebrating one of the saints of our community - Malita Marshall.  Malita moved to Canada in 1966, and worked as a public health nurse in Saskatchewan for most of her career.  One of the things that we love about

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Joyce Rupp writes: "I run around here and there, scurrying, hurrying, rushing - from tree to tree I dash. Would I find just as much food if I went more slowly, looked more calmly?  Would I enjoy my life, be more delighted, if I paused and smiled in going here and there?" (Rest your dreams on a little twig - Joyce Rupp, ©2003 Sorin Books).  This Sunday I am going to be talking a little bit about prayer.  One of the ways that I pray, is I walk - and as I walk, I do my best to

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One summer - many moons ago - a group of my relatives decided to canoe across the lake from my parent's home in New Denver, and camp overnight on the beach.  Most people took a tent, but my father and I decided we didn't need a tent - we would just sleep out under the stars.  My father was a very, very kind man, and he never told me how much he regretted that decision - but my guess is he deeply regretted it part way through the night.  I have a deep-rooted fear of rodents of any size or

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Can you remember how you first found your way into coming to church?  For me, it was just going along with my parents.  However, I know that for some, it was a more deliberate choice.  I wonder what it is that draws people to attending?  I was listening to a podcast where the speaker predicted that in 50 - 75 years our church pulpits and choirs would be replaced by studio screens.  That services would be transmitted electronically to big screens across the country and people would be able to tune in to virtual congregations around the globe.  He said

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The good thing about holidays is that your regular routines get completely changed.  The difficult thing about holidays is that coming back you don't always remember what your routines are!  So, last week I completely forgot about writing a blog until someone mentioned it at church on Sunday - how bizarre!  I actually really love doing this blog - gets me thinking about how to articulate some of the Holy Moments - some of the Thin Places - that occur during our week at Sunset United.  Last Saturday we had our monthly gathering of families with toddlers.  As Michelle said

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Tonight we gathered for a Sunset version of the Maundy thursday remembering of the Last Supper.  We had a delicious supper of beef and lamb, various salads and a lovely selection of deserts.  We varied in ages from about 9 - 80'something - cross-generational gatherings are one of the delightful parts of church life.  We ate and laughed and community was formed - the buzz in the room was evidence of people simply enjoying getting to know each other a little better.  We then gathered into a circle to share communion.  Our benediction was to stand in a circle, hold

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Sometimes families will have a story that gets repeated over and over again - a story that often will bring back a raft of memories.  My oldest sister is now in her 60's and yet all of my siblings and I can tell you what her first sentence was - "Grass tickles the canoe".  Those first words were significant enough for my parents - with their first child - that they repeated the story often.  And we all loved it.  My parents went on to have 4 more children and somehow none of our first words carried the

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This next Tuesday evening we are going to watch a Ted Talk by Father Gregory Boyle that speaks about creating a "community of kinship".  He says that part of our difficulty can be summed up by a quote by Mother Theresa "we seem to have forgotten that we belong to each other."  When we can create a community where there is absolutely no person standing outside the circle, then we will have created a community of kinship that God might actually recognize.  I love that image - a diverse community that celebrates each person just as they are.  This week

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This week our Lenten evening was about making some new banners for our worship space.  There were 10 of us who gathered together - we worked in pairs to create 5 new banners.  I have a few people who actually laughed out loud when they heard that I was going to be leading a workshop to create banners!  However, as always, I can be much more creative when I am doing things "in community"!  I worked with a woman who has just started coming to Sunset - she has been at Sunset less than a month.  She said that one

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Each year during the season of Lent I try to offer some evenings for our community to encourage going a little deeper with our spiritual development and/or practice.  It is easy to get caught up in the day to day routines that we have without allowing ourselves time to reflect on who we are as spiritual people, or how it is that our faith is making a difference in how we live our lives.  The programming that I offer is not complicated or profound.  It is more about providing opportunities and sparks for conversation that we might not have in

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I was watching a segment of the Oscars last night where Lady GaGa sang a compilation of songs from The Sound of Music.  She did a phenomenal job - strong and touching - I could see the various scenes in my mind's eye as she was singing.  As she finished there was a standing ovation - and then Julie Andrews herself walked out on the stage.  Oh my!  I cried - it was very touching to watch her as she gave Lady GaGa her blessing.  It is 50 years since we first saw that movie - a movie which has

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As I was driving to work today I had this question in my mind - a question that I have had many times actually - where the heck are all these people going in such a rush??  It is kind of stunning to think about it.  As I rush around in my little corner of the world, someone else is busy rushing around in their little corner of the city, and we know nothing about the details of what each other are doing.  I am doing a funeral on Saturday for a man who spent many, many years working at

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I absolutely love being connected to the church - it's a place where amazing things are happening all the time.  We have now printed the Annual Report which people will be able to pick up at church this Sunday.  Usually this report is full of the "work" of the church - which it is this time too.  However, this year I solicited several people to do what evangelicals might call "witnessing" - telling a personal story of why this church continues to be an important part of their lives.  The stories help to annimate the report - to bring out

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February 22nd is the congregational annual meeting of Sunset United Church.  What that means is that we are working hard to get our annual report ready to be printed next week.  It is quite something to look back over this last year and see the huge variety of programs and projects that have come and gone in this community.  We are a busy bunch!  The picture on the front cover of our report is taken from a hike that a small group of us did in 2011 - seeing the picture brought back a flood of memories from the 3

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The month of February is almost upon us - somehow January just came and went.  February promises to be a wide variety of things.  There are many in our congregation who have holidays booked for some or all of the month - heading to warm sun and sandy beaches.  A short time ago Hilary approached me and talked about an idea of how to approach the mid-winter blues for those of us who are not able to get away.  She suggested that for four weeks in a row we invite people to come for meatballs and spaghetti - a time

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One of the lines from the scripture reading we will be reading on Sunday is written this way by Eugene Peterson in The Message:  "Worship your God, and only God, and serve God with single-heartedness."  When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was he replied with what is sometimes referred to as the Golden Rule:  "Love the Lord your God with all your mind, your heart and your soul; and love your neighbour as yourself."  Those are such pretty words, and yet, they are much harder to live by than one might think.  I say

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Julian of Norwich lived from about 1342 - 1419 - a very long time ago!  I came across a short piece that is said to have been written by her:  "I know that at times I will be troubled.  I know that at times I will be belaboured.  I know that at times I will be disquieted.  But I believe that I will not be overcome."  I have been pondering her words often over the last few weeks.  It is amazing to me what the human spirit can endure.  I have an aunt whom I am related to through

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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