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....

Yesterday, Shirley and I led a short worship service at the Care Home across the street.  We do it once a month, and the "congregation" of residents is never the same people - we rarely actually know any of the people who gather for church with us.  One of the songs that Shirley chose to play had this as its chorus:  "God will take care of you - through every day, o'er all the way.  God will take care of you, God will take care of you."  Although I have never actually sang that piece during a Sunday morning

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I recently read an article about a woman who faced a terrifying experience in her life, and yet in the midst of it she was able to exude confidence and compassion.  When asked what enabled her to do that, she credited her Pastor and his teaching about learning to anchor yourself in love (or that is how I interpreted what the teaching was about).  In the midst of the crisis she said she prayed constantly that she would stay focused on living out that love in every word that she spoke, in every action that she took.  And it worked!

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Here we are - at the end of August - how did that happen??  With the weather the way it is right now, it is kind of easy to pretend that we are still in the middle of summer.  However...September is fast approaching and the calendar is definitely beginning to fill up.  This Sunday I am going to be reflecting on one of the readings where Jesus gathers yet again with friends for a meal - meals are often central to the stories about Jesus.  Jesus often teaches using illustrations from every day life - life that is unfolding right

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Have you ever been at a family occasion - a graduation, a birthday party, a reunion - and been asked to say grace?  I am always somewhat astonished, and saddened, that such a request can throw some people into such a panic.  When did prayer become about knowing all the right words to say?  Was it "the church" that put such fear of praying spontaneously into our hearts?  I remember when I was first studying for ministry, I went to visit a woman in the hospital.  She was dying and was actually in a fair bit of pain.  She had

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The biblical story this week is about Mary and Martha - my guess is your head has already gone to categorizing those sisters, if you have ever heard the story.  Again - such a familiar story that we can assume we have heard everything there is to know about this story.  To summarize this story in a rather simplistic way, it is about two sisters - one of whom is working hard in the kitchen out of her belief that the ministry of hospitality begins with making sure that the guest is well fed, and one of whom is sitting

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Do you know how many, many times people will say to you, "Hope you have a good weekend"?!  My guess is that when they say that they are envisioning sitting on a deck somewhere enjoying some relaxing music and sipping something very cold.  Or perhaps a couple of mornings where you actually get to sleep in and then have a lazy morning of drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.  Sigh.  As I have been told several times over the years, if I wanted weekends off, I went into the wrong profession!  Ok - enough whining - because I actually do

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A few years ago, we had a group called "Why Not Wednesdays?" - a chance for women to gather downtown for lunch and conversation.  Candace would often come up with questions to spark our conversation beyond the usual chit chat and take us a little deeper into getting to know one another.  One of the questions she asked was around what we felt most drawn to when our soul was needing replenishing (or words to that effect) - to water, to trees, to wide open skies and so on.  The majority of people around the table said that it was

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As many of you will know, the past two weeks I have been in British Columbia dealing first of all with my father's unexpected death, and then the funeral, and then the post-funeral gathering of the clan as we began to sift through what to do with my father's home.  It has been quite the journey, and will continue to be an adventure for my family for the next few months I am sure.  None of the children live in the community - the rest of my siblings all live in various cities in B.C., while I am here in

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I'm sitting here at the dining room table in my father's home trying to put together some words to say at my father's funeral.  What a bizarre sentence to write.  I came here on June 13th thinking that I was going to have a 4 day visit with my dad in the hospital - we all were looking for ways to simply lift his spirits a bit.  We knew his health was getting more and more fragile, but no one was thinking that death was this close.  So, now I get to put into practice all the words that I

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I thrive on change - I am always looking for new ways of doing things so that I don't get bored.  Sometimes that is not easy for people who like life to be a little more predictable!  Thankfully for me, the Board at Sunset United Church has been willing to support the suggestions that I make that are clearly "outside the box".  For example, in 2009 I did the first of 3 hiking retreats in the Rocky Mountains.  I wanted to help people explore their spirituality in a whole new setting - to articulate where the Holy moments happen when

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One of the theologians I was reading to prepare for this week's sermon wrote: "History often turns on very small hinges.  Most of us never know the effect of seemingly small incidents on peoples' lives or even history."  I have been thinking about that quote for several days now.  Isn't it true, that life can go in a completely different direction depending on a choice that didn't seem all that major at the time you were making it.  For example, in 1980 a friend suggested that I should move to Winnipeg for one year - that I wouldn't

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This Sunday is traditionally called "Trinity Sunday".  Typically it would be a time to explore what we sometimes call the "God-head" - Creator, Son & Holy Spirit.  One of the readings this week that I want to focus on is from the Book of Proverbs, talking about how "Lady Wisdom" was present at the time of Creation, and was there to applaud and dance at all that God was creating.  There have been all kinds of wise people in my life - both men and women, sometimes children.  I think that the Spirit of Wisdom is all around us, but

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This Sunday is Pentecost - often called the birthday of the Church.  While it feels like most of the city are off to the wilderness for this long weekend, I know that there will be a gathered community on Sunday morning to celebrate the Spirit blowing through this place yet again.  Today I did a small graveside funeral for a man I met last summer when I did a graveside service for his wife.  He was not a member here, but lived in the neighbourhood so asked me to bury his wife.  After he died this past winter, his daughter,

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I have a book entitled The Path of Blessing written by Rabbi Marcia Praeger.  She writes about how religious instruction often seems to stop about the age of 13 - that opportunity to do any more sophisticated spiritual work is either not available, or is not part of our "church" experience, which means that we often stay with our 8 - 13 year old images of God.  She describes that as being stuck with an image of God that is somewhat of a cross between Santa Claus and Casper the friendly ghost!  If that is indeed where we are stuck,

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It is intriguing to think about the word "love".  That is what the theme is for this Sunday, based on what Jesus tells his disciples: by this everyone will know that you are my disciples - if you have love for one another.  Somehow it sounds so simple, and yet it is actually rather complicated.  The word "love" has so many layers to it.  I thought briefly about googling the word, and then decided not to for fear of which websites such a search might take me to - and isn't that a sad statement?!  I didn't grow

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I am sitting here in this blustery, snowy weather, with a snowbank so high beside my office window that I can't see the street, doing my utmost best to think sunny thoughts!!  Tonight I have been invited to attend the Wesley United Church men's supper club to show my pictures from when I went to Africa - will be a treat to do a virtual trip to someplace hot!  I love putting together these power points that I have done in several places now, to tell the story of Sauti Moja as I experienced it just over a year ago.

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Last Sunday was Palm Sunday.  For the past 15 years or so I have almost always done a "walk through Holy Week", telling the story of that last week in the life of Jesus and the early Christian community.  It is a story with many images of its own - a story filled with heart and with passion and with mystery.  However, as I think back over the years, my mind's eye goes to all the different people I have told that story with.  There was one year in a small community in Manitoba where friends of mine just showed

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Last night I gathered with a faith-filled group of people to learn about a variety of spiritual traits, in the Judaic tradition of Mussar.  The trait that seemed to intrigue many of us last night was Equanimity.  The Hebrew term that translates as equanimity literally means "calmness of the soul".   A Rabbi from the 1800's wrote  that peace of mind is one of the greatest treasures a person can have; lack of peace of mind can make one's life constant torture.  So...what is it that brings about "calmness of the soul"?  There are a few things that

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In this rather snowy landscape here in the City of Regina, it is kind of refreshing to think about gardening images - even though I am a very lazy gardener!  However, I grew up with a father who has an incredible green thumb.  One of the spring rituals in his garden is spreading out the Llama manure that my brother brings to him (my brother raises Llamas in the Okanagan in B.C.).  I don't usually spend much of my life thinking about manure, but the scripture reading this Sunday talks about the manure that is spread around the fig tree

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This Sunday is our annual congregational meeting.  It's always an intriguing thing to take a look back at the year that has been, as well as look forward to where we are going - and somehow stay connected to the present moment in the midst of all that!  Earlier this week I visited 3 people who have been long time members of Sunset United Church.  One of them is in her mid-nineties now.  She laughed when I said it was annual meeting time and said she well remembered those meetings.  She chaired the Board here for 2 years in the

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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