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 had two experiences today that I want to share with you.  The first was a conversation I had this morning with a man who just dropped by the church to talk with the minister.  I had never met him - have no idea if I will ever see him again.  However, he wanted to have a conversation about God and about whether or not it was possible to be in a homosexual relationship and still be in a relationship with God.  It took such courage for him to come into a church when his only experience with "church" was

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This has truly been one of those weeks where my mind/heart has had to switch gears way more times that I could ever have predicted.  As I have been mentioning before, we have some people who are very ill.  I have been by the bedside of one man who died, and another man who is dying - although when I went to see him this week his daughter told me he had just eaten some chocolate pudding, much to everyone's surprise!  Sometimes our bodies shut down very, very slowly.  In the same way that babies arrive in their own time,

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I am back from the land where the flowers are beginning to bloom and the grass is very green!  I had a very restorative time in Victoria, and I must admit, the weather had a little to do with the lightening of my mood!  This Sunday I am going to use a Psalm written by Jim Taylor, and a couple of the lines are: Thaw our frozen hearts...don't keep us closed in endless winter...send spring quickly.  One of the things that we hardy prairie people know is that this deep-freeze won't last forever - but I wish it would hurry

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I just spent four very full days at Epiphany Explorations in Victoria.  It was an event packed with speakers that invigorated and challenged and inspired - and my brain is full to overlowing.  On the Sunday morning we attended the 11:00 a.m. worship service at First Metropolitan Church in Victoria, which is where the whole of the event took place.  Gary Patterson, our Moderator, preached a sermon that made me think about Scott's song: when the preacher is a preaching reaching down to my toes, I say Amen to that!!  When Gary preaches, he preaches with his whole body involved

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Michelle and our youth group are going to be spending the night together and one of their activities will be to help put together a way of sharing the story of Jonah and the Whale for our worship service tomorrow.  I love watching what happens when we allow the biblical stories to be seen through the eyes of young people - often their insights are both hilarious and profound.  I am sure it will be a new experience of that very familiar bible story - hopefully energizing for all of us!  In preparing for tomorrow I am also looking at

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I remember going to Rock Lake United Church camp, near Cranbrook, B.C., when I was about 8 years old.  One of the activities was going on a campout where we lay in our sleeping bags under the night sky - no tents, and no mosquitoes!  It is the first time that I remember seeing a shooting star - it was such an amazing world to just lie there and stare at the starry night sky.  There are very few constellations that I know - other than the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, and O'Ryan and his belt.  But it is fun to

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Hard to believe - Advent is over, and we have arrived at the stable.  Tonight we will enter in and see the babe, lying in the manger.  This past Sunday I shared a story about a little girl who was 5 years old.  At the end of the telling of the Christmas story, she had her own version - she asked - "And do you know who was borned?  It was God!"  And then she twirled in the air, ran to the couch and buried her head in the pillows.  The author suggested if that is not the reaction we

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I just set up the worship space for our Longest Night/Blue Christmas service which will happen here on Saturday evening.  There is something about putting out the chairs and setting all the candles in place that feels right and good - creating the kind of worship space that speaks of welcome and light in the dark December night.  I have been involved in a Blue Christmas service every year since I began in ministry in 1995, and it continues to be one of my favorite services of the year.  It feels like a service with great integrity, where community is

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Joyce Rupp, in her book, Rest your dreams on a little twig, wrote:  "The lovliness of a single flower in radiant bloom can sing my drooping spirit into joy.  The loveliness of a single person with a listening gaze can sing my heavy heart back into life."  When I arrived at work this morning both Jayne and I agreed, winter could stop now.  We are very tired of frozen fingers and runny noses and huge parkas.  So, if you are feeling a little snowed in - if the snow and the ice seem to be taking over your soul

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Sunday will be our annual "White Gift" service.  The original White Gift service was in 1904 at a Methodist church.  There are a few variations on the original story, but the main gist of it is that the minister's wife was tired of her daughters bickering over who got the best gift at the church gift exchange, so she suggested that the focus needed to shift from receiving a gift to giving a gift, and from looking after the needs of our own members to reaching out and attending to the needs of those in the community who have don't

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I must admit - I absolutely love this time of year!  There are so many opportunities for the community to gather together - as evidenced by this past week.  We had the Board meeting on Tuesday evening, one of our Advent evenings with Jeremy Parnes last night, decorating the church for Christmas tonight, and then the worship service on Sunday.  In between those gatherings we have put together our next writing project book - which will be ready to hand out this Sunday.  I have had conversations with someone about an upcoming wedding, with another person about an upcoming funeral,

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Kermit the Frog used to sing a song: It's not easy being green...These days in Regina, it is just the opposite - you kind of stand out in the crowd if you're not wearing green!  It certainly is fun to be out and about and part of all this Grey Cup mania that has taken over our city.  When I was looking at some resources to prepare for today, one of the hymns that was listed was: In Christ there is no east or west.   I am quite sure the hymn suggestion had nothing to do with

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I have been thinking about that saying: it takes a village to raise a child.  I have been thinking about it in terms of what it takes to be the living Body of Christ - the church.  A huge part of my role as the minister in this place is to find ways to bring out the ministry of people around me.  So...as we move towards Christmas I spend a lot of time on my computer or on the phone inviting people to be involved in all kinds of ways.  It is fun to see people stepping forward and

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One of the strange things about the work that I do is that I am very often working at least a month ahead in our calendar.  So for quite some time now, I have been thinking about December even though the reality is that we are just nicely living into November!   The hazard is that I am so busy looking ahead, that I miss the beauty of the moment that we are in right now.  And isn't that the stuff of life - figuring out how to be fully present to this moment rather than being completely caught up

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Today is All Saint's Day - a day that doesn't always get marked in any significant way - generally it just feels like the day after Halloween when our teeth hurt from all the toffee we consumed!  From time to time Ross Macnab and I launch a new writing project, and the one we are doing this year is going to be called our "Little Book of Saints" - or words to that effect.  People have been invited to write about someone who has made an impact in their lives - someone who has been a gift or who has

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This Sunday we are going to be "kicking off" our Stewardship campaign.  Nothing too fancy - but it will be a chance to talk a little bit about who we are as a community, and how it is that we are going to sustain the church.  How can we ensure that the church will still be here for the next generation?  What is our vision - and how do we communicate that vision beyond whoever might be attending here on a Sunday morning?  The scripture reading that I will be reflecting on is from Luke, talking about two people coming

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I recently read that the practice of saying "thanks" is one way to ground ourselves in the present moment.  It asks us to "let go of our stored up regrets about yesterday, and our amped up fears about tomorrow."  It is one of the ways to recognize that this moment, right here, right now, is all that we really have.  To ground ourselves in gratitude for this moment is one of the ways that we can live our faith - our faith that life itself is a gift, and not something that we should take for granted.  Earlier this

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This next Sunday is World Wide Communion, and I am going to be spending some time reflecting on what it means to gather around the table to be nourished - nourished physically, and nourished spiritually/emotionally.  It has been fun to think about the wide varieties of meals I have had that are particularly memorable.  One that comes to mind quite quickly is a meal that I had on one of our hiking retreats.  It had been pouring rain all day as we hiked - my waterproof boots were so saturated that my socks were now soaked.  We all set up

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I have a book with a poem in it by William Stafford entitled:  You Reading This, Be Ready.  It is a poem that invites us to very intentionally be present to the moment that we are in, and then to carry that moment into the rest of the day with us.  Not a new thought - we can hear about that idea in lots of different places.  However, I find this poem intriguing...here are some excerpts from it:  "What is it that you want to remember - how sunlight creeps along the floor?  What softened sound from

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What an intriguing week it has been - I feel like I have switched gears and changed tracks way too many times to even count!  Does make me wonder if the full moon does have the effect on people that I have read about - I don't know if we have ever had so many people just drop into the church in the course of a day as we have had this past week!  It's been good - but different.  I have had several conversations, with several different people, in several different contexts, but all with the same basic theme

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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