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....

One of the books that I am reading right now is A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  The title of the book is based on words written in 1921 by a Chinese Essayist:  "hope is like a path in the countryside.   Originally there is nothing - but as people walk this way again and again, a path appears."  Hope is such an elusive thing - a word that has multiple layers and meanings for people.  Sometimes, in the frigid days of January here on the prairies, it is all that more elusive.  I just

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George Bernard Shaw was asked, on his deathbed, "What would you do differently if you had your life to live over again?"  He reflected, then replied with a deep sigh, "I'd like to be the person I could have been but never was."  So....how do we stop that from being the statement we make on our own deathbed?!?  What is it that will enable us to be the people that we most want to be?  There are many, many things over which we have no control - the family into which we are born, the seemingly random selection of those

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As many of you know, Tuesday, December 9th, I did a funeral - the 3rd in a very short time.  Funerals are such a blend of many things - incredibly sacred ground to walk on - I am always so honored to be involved at such a tender time for the families that I work with.  However, to add that funeral onto an already rather full schedule took quite a toll on me, both physically and emotionally.  I was really tired.  Tuesday night was the 3rd of our Advent gatherings here at Sunset.  This time I asked Cam Fraser, who

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The sanctuary is now freshly painted, and now a Christmas crew has blown through and decorated with the bows and garlands and banners.  I was telling someone the other day about how much I love this season, and yet there is a wee bit of stress involved - absolutely every service between now and January has some unique elements involved.  Many of those unique moments have to do with music - which is great for all of us!  However, as the worship leader, it does get a little tricky holding everything together so that it feels like there is some

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The signs are in the air - Christmas is 'a coming!  The snow is piling up and the city streets definitely need some attention.  More and more houses are stringing their Christmas decorations & lights.  Tonight is the night we are gathering at the church to decorate our worship space - when people arrive on Sunday morning it will be to a very festive atmosphere.  One of the things I most definitely love about this season is the anticipation.  When we lived in Neepawa, Manitoba, our family would drive to Brandon one weekend in December to do our Christmas shopping

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This has been quite the week in the life of our community.  On Monday morning one of the cornerstones of Sunset United died.  Al was much loved by many of us, and will be deeply missed.  On Tuesday, the mother of one of our members, and the husband of one of our members, both died - I got the two phone calls an hour apart.  I felt like much of the rest of the week was a blur of phone calls with grieving people, and planning and then writing funeral services.  It was while I was writing Al's funeral service

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Eugene Peterson, in his version of the Bible called The Message, has an intriguing slant on some of the familiar Bible passages.  The one for this week is from Matthew, talking about how Jesus tells his followers that you are to be salt and light in the world.  I love how he writes it:  "You're here to be the salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of the earth....You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world."  I have been pondering that idea over the past week - how is it that we can

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Right now I am sitting in the library at the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg.  This is the school where I studied for diaconal ministry - graduated in 2000.  My week of continuing education began with several days of rest - I was quite worn out and my body was beginning to scream at me to stop for awhile.  So now that I am more rested, I can focus on remembering why I do what I do!  Tomorrow I will be at a gathering of colleagues where we will have conversation, both structured and informal, about who we are

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This has been quite the week - many, many visuals and sound bytes and stories - we likely all have certain pieces that will stick in our hearts for some time to come.  One of the visuals that I keep coming back to is the very extended standing ovation for Mr. Vickers in the House of Commons.  In the Leader Post this morning it was written that Stephen Harper hid in a small little closet-like space for some time before he was whisked out of the building.  The more the story is expanded, the more clear it becomes what a

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I did a funeral this week for a woman who had a long time connection with our congregation, although she had not been able to attend worship for several years because of health issues.  I was really glad to be able to do this walk with her family as we said our last farewells to her.  Her children have not been a part of this congregation for a long time, and my guess is they haven't been deeply connected with "the church" for quite some time.  At several points as I met with them, and then later as they spoke

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This fall, I am using a resource called Narrative Lectionary, which is a four year cycle of bible readings to use for our Sunday morning worship.  The theory is that over the four years we will have covered many of the major biblical stories, but in a way that will help congregations feel like they really are hearing a story that has a certain flow to it, rather than choppy bits of scripture that don't seem to be connected to each other.  I am really enjoying the challenge of making the links from week to week as we move

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When you hear the phrase The Ten Commandments, what is it that comes to mind?  For me, it is the Thou shalt not's...  I am not always good at remembering rules, let alone following them, so the idea of a whole lot of statements telling me about the things I shalt not do is not a very inspiring place to go!  However, that is where we are being asked to go this Sunday - to explore the Ten Commandments.  It has been helpful for me to dig a little deeper.  The reading this week actually begins with Exodus 19,

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In the opening words for our worship this week, we are going to reflect on how we often live "in between" things: in between punching the clock and smelling the roses; in between serving others and renewing ourselves; in between who we are and who we think others think we should be.."  It would be nice if there was some well-laid-out plan of how we "should" be in this world - if the decisions were all simple and crystal clear.  However, in most cases the choices we make could go either way, and there is no clear right or

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Today on the way to work I listened to Sheryl Crow sing: "I'm gonna soak up the sun - gonna tell everyone to lighten up".  What a concept - be like a sunflower, track the sun - look to the light - and lighten up the mood.  There are times when it feels like we walk from one crisis to another, or one messy conversation to another, and a little rest on a sunny park bench somewhere would feel like a real treat!  Sometimes, some of the chaos comes from complicated family relationships.  This week I am going

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The bible reading for this Sunday is from Genesis 12, where Abraham and Sarah are asked to pack everything up, and just head out into the wilderness - destination unknown.  Yikes - who would listen to a call like that??  There isn't a lot of information given as to why Abraham is the one to receive this call - or why the biblical story shifts at this point to focus on one particular family.  One of the theologians I was reading suggested that Abraham is blessed in order to be a blessing for the sake of the whole world.

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In an hour or so I am going to be doing a wedding rehearsal for a couple who decided to get married here because the groom attended here a few times as a young child.  He doesn't remember it really well, but for some reason felt drawn back here as a place to celebrate his marriage.  It is one of those occasions where I will know the bride and groom, but not likely anyone else, although the place will be full to overflowing.  Often times at weddings like these I clue in pretty quickly that the crowd is not used

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Have you ever been in the line-up on a slow day at one of the grocery stores?  Those are often the days when a young person, usually in their 20's or so, will do their best to strike up a conversation.  So - got plans for the weekend??  I always find that so bizarre.  First off - my guess is they don't really want to know what a woman in her late 50's has planned for the weekend.  And somehow it feels a little weird to be sharing some of my personal life with a person I will most

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One of the realities of working in a church is that I am always planning ahead.  We are in the midst of putting together our fall newsletter, which means that if we are putting articles in about activities/programs that are going to be happening in the fall, we have to actually put some thought into when and what may actually happen!  This summer while I was on my holidays, I drove by myself out to Alberta - turned out to be a lot of hours on my own in my vehicle (very fun to be driving in my brand new

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Today on our stroll around the Sunset neighbourhood my angel card word was "transformation".  This week my heart-strings have been pulled yet again as we signed the final papers for the sale of my father's home in B.C.  Last August my brother, sisters and I all travelled to New Denver where my father had lived in the same house for close to 40 years.  It was the only home any of the grandchildren had ever known - a home full of memories and memorabilia!  We worked hard at dividing up the treasures, cleaning out the cobwebs and taking many loads

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Every Friday morning for the month of August I have invited people to come and walk in the neighbourhood around Sunset United with me.  Today there were 4 of us who walked along Habkirk avenue.  Kind of intriguing how many of our congregation live, or have lived, on Habkirk.  It was fun to hear the history of who had lived in which houses over the years, and how the street has changed.  We did manage to wave at a couple of people who drove by us (Barb and Dave), and to chat with a couple of people outside of their

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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