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....

August the 1st - holidays may be over, but the summer carries on!  I have been back to work this week, and have been doing my best to get out and do some of those visits I just couldn't get to this past spring.  One of the visits was to a couple who have been long time members of our congregation.  He is in his early 90's, and they are about to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.  Next week I am going to meet Jack - who won't even be a month old at that point.  It is truly one

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I'm ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe, ready to sing, ready to raise a tune: "Wake up, harp! wake up, lute! Wake up you sleepyhead sun!"  Those are words written by Eugene Peterson in The Message - Psalm 57: 7-8.  It most definitely does feel like time for the sun to just wake up and get on with warming us up!  Those last words are the ones that kind of caught my eye because of the rainy June we have had - but it was really the first part of those verses that I wanted to

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Joyce Rupp writes:  There's a part of me that nests in the woods and sings in the trees.  This part of me can never be contained under a wooden roof.  We are about to head out on what I hope will become our annual family camping retreat.  There are 12 adults and 9 kids who are camping, there are a small number of people who are going to drive out and join us for supper and a campfire tomorrow evening.  I absolutely love camping - I love the sound of the birds, I love the relaxed pace of

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We are about to have the first of our "Tri-Church" worship services tomorrow.  Whitmore Park, Wesley and Sunset are all churches in the south end of Regina, and we are going to be joining together, travelling to each church in a 4 week cycle.  I think it is an exciting adventure to see how we can be supportive of each other - how we can step outside the comfort zone of our own physical buildings and join together under the banner of being part of the United Church of Canada.  It is kind of amazing to me how we can

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On June 10th, the United Church of Canada will be 89 years old.  My roots in the United Church go back a long ways - my grandfather was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1915, and after serving in several churches in Ontario and Manitoba, he was appointed as the Dean of Theology at United College in Winnipeg.  When I first moved to Manitoba, I would meet many, many ministers who had been deeply influenced by my Grandfather in their early years of ministry - I loved hearing their stories of my somewhat eccentric, but much loved and respected grandparents.

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This Sunday we are going to be looking at one of the letters that Paul wrote to the church in Phillipi.  He was encouraging them to think about how to be the kind of community that was "of the same mind as Jesus".  In The Message, Eugene Peterson interprets Paul's letter as encouraging that early church to "love each other and be deep-spirited friends."  I was thinking about that as I sat at the Sunset United Church Board meeting last night.  The conversation around the table was certainly spirited - at times there was rather rowdy laughter,

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Ahh - the lazy, hazy days of summer - isn't it great to open the sun roof on your car, to leave home without a jacket, to wear sandals, to look for cafes with outdoor patios?  It is such a short-lived time here on the prairies, so when the weather is good we tend to all spread out to cottages and campgrounds and backyards.  That is good and right - why be indoors when the patio chairs are calling to us??  This Sunday we will be talking a little bit about how we stay connected as a community even when

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We are about to head into the May long weekend - the weekend of opening up cottages or packing up the camper for the first camping trip of the year - or maybe getting the garden ready to plant.  It has been an incredibly long and frigid winter here on the prairies, so the push to just get outside and soak up the rays is very strong for a lot of us.  Here's hoping those "rays" co-operate and warm us all up!  However, for those of us who are staying put in the city this weekend, we will have our

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The scripture reading this week ends with Jesus saying: "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly".  Quite an intriguing statement, that can have multiple and mult-layered interpretations!  It definitely got me thinking both about what it means to "have life" and then to not only have life, but to have it abundantly.  As some of you know, last weekend I was in a very serious car accident.  Amazingly, there were no significant injuries, but my vehicle was totalled.  Such a traumatic event continues to have an effect in your psyche long after the bruises begin

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In the United Church of Canada we have two sacraments - baptism and communion.  A sacrament is sometimes defined as the visible sign of God's invisible grace.  When I think of sacrament, I think of that moment when you do an almost involuntary gasp - it's an "aha" moment where you know yourself to be in the presence of something that goes far beyond the ordinary.  Often times there are tears that rise to the surface because of being touched at some level that goes far beyond anything that words can express.  In Celtic traditon, there are places that can

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Yesterday I was the minister at a funeral for Marguerite - she was 99 years old when she died.  Imagine!  It was incredibly touching to watch the video tribute and to hear her family tell the stories - and over the course of 99 years there is opportunity for a multitude of stories!  Our stories are important - reminding us of our roots, our milestones, our heart-aches, our triumphs.  When I was helping to clear out my father's home after his death, one of the things I brought back to our home is an old yellow camping cup.  The inside

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Even though the wind chill in our city continues to freeze us right down to our very bones, we are fast approaching Easter.  It is always a bit of a challenge to hear this ancient story of the last week in the life of Jesus, and find a way to hear it a-new; and to look for the ways in which it confronts and connects with our daily reality.  This year, one of the theolgians who has helped me to do this is Nadia Bolz-Weber in her book, Pastrix.  In her introduction to the book and to her understanding

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Today's session was about "revitalizing/renewing church".  It was a really good conversation about the importance of both knowing what the vision is for your community, and then how best to communicate that vision.  After we were done I went and checked my e-mail, and was really moved by the Spirit that came to me through the various notes from people.  Michelle spoke about Sunday School for this last week.  More kids than we have had for several weeks - several adults and older youth helping - visions of frogs leaping all over the place as they spoke about transformation and

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This morning in our session at the Centre for Christian Studies (where I am until April 10th), we were asked to think about our image of "church".  What comes to your mind's eye when you hear the word church?  Very hard for me to hear the word and not picture all the people I usually gather with on a Sunday morning - the circle at Sunset United Church.  I miss you!   One of the ideas that I shared with the others here is that one of the gifts at Sunset is our love of music.  There are not a

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I have been in Winnipeg now for one week.  I am the chaplain for the two week learning circle on Worship and Preaching at the Centre for Christian Studies - a theological school for diaconal ministry.  I took this course myself in 1997 - high time that I re-visited this topic!  It is very good to come at it with the lived experience of preaching in 5 very different congregations over the past 20 years.  There are 14 students from across Canada - the church is very blessed to have them working so faithfully and so diligently to prepare themselves

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In Biblical times, there were very strict codes that everyone seemed to understand.  Jews did not talk to Samitarans, men did not talk to women who were alone, and a woman who was alone would never have initiated a conversation with a Rabbi.  And yet, in the scripture reading from the book of John for this Sunday, Jesus broke all of the codes by speaking with a Samaritan woman.  It was a life-changing conversation for her.  Part of the significance was that she felt truly seen - not only was she seen by Jesus, but she was also clearly accepted

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This Sunday Michelle is going to be talking to the kids about part of our "journey to Jerusalem" - the part that is based on when Jesus gathered with his disciples and friends in the upper room for their annual, traditional Passover meal.  In that meal, in their custom, various items of food are used to tell the story of how God has been present with the people in all the varieties of places they have journeyed.  God has been there both in the struggles, and in the celebrations.  At the time Jesus was with them, very few people could

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Slow down, you move too fast - you gotta make the morning last; just skipping down the cobblestones, looking for fun and feeling groovy - are you singing along yet?  I am not even entirely sure I have the words right - but that is the way I remember singing it.  I always loved the word "groovy".  We are just about to mark the first Sunday in Lent.  Lent is one of those seasons of the church year where we are invited to slow down - to take stock - to reflect on how we are doing in our spiritual

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The Scripture reading for this next Sunday is from Matthew where Jesus and some of his disciples climb a mountain, and while up there, Jesus is "transformed" - filled with light so bright the disciples can hardly look at him.  The disciples must surely have been transformed as well.  Whenever we see something that is so dazzling - so filled with light - so mysterious - surely it changes how we see the world once we come down off of that mountain.  Can you think of moments like that in your own life?  Moments that touch your heart so profoundly

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{jcomments off}My father died last June, and in the summer my siblings and I worked hard at dismantling his home so that we could put the house on the market.  My mother-in-law is living in a care home and has been for quite some time.  So my partner and his sisters are now in the process of dismantling her home to work towards being able to list the house for sale sometime this spring.  It's always an intriguing process to see what you keep and what you let go of - how you make decisions around what is fair in

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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