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 was pleased to be asked to lead worship this week. I am bringing my mother. My mom, Shirley May, is a member of St. Andrew’s United Church in Esterhazy. Due to the small congregation in this community they have a half time minister. This means that half of the Sunday’s someone other than the usual minister leads worship. My mother leads worship often. It makes me see how fortunate we are to have Kathy with us all the time.

In honour of my Mom, we are going to talk about Mom’s in the bible. Women are underrepresented in the

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My wife Marion and I have been members of Sunset United Church for about five years. Before that we were members of St. Andrew’s United Church in Lumsden for over 25 years, and we have both been quite active in the church at local and regional levels. Many years ago I took the United Church Lay Worship Leaders course and since then I've led worship many, many times at various locations in and around Regina / Wascana Presbytery. I've been retired for about 15 years, and during that time I've had part time work with the Saskatchewan Bed and Breakfast

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Welcome to worship this Sunday. Since it is the Thanksgiving service, there will be some seasonal decorations, which you are welcome to augment with vegetables, etc. that other people can take home if they wish, with the remainder making their way to the Food Bank.

Leading the worship will be Terry McKague, with Shirley Hill as the reader. Nancy Edwards will be leading the choir, with Kevin Petrychyn providing the music. Our gratitude for all that we have will be acknowledged in words and in music.

The scripture passages and the reflection will relate to some of the disturbing as

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This Sunday’s scripture reading is a curious story from Luke’s gospel. Luke recounts that Jesus’ disciples, in a bit of a panic, ask Jesus to “increase our faith.” Contrary to their wishes, Jesus doesn’t magically increase their faith, but instead chastises them for stepping out of line and not getting on with the work at hand. There is, perhaps, an undertone in Jesus’ message that the disciples are being self-indulgent and trying to get out of doing the work Jesus has asked them to do.

It is part of our human condition to think that there is a “magic formula”

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Faith in Action

The fall is a busy time – many activities, sports and organizations start up a new year of programs. We are blessed with many choices and opportunities to be in community with one another here at Sunset, and in the larger world.

This week we are reminded to not just speak Christian words, but also to act in loving service of others as we reflect on passages from James 13 and John 2 because “faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.”

Come help us celebrate and participate in the many ways we put

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Journey With Us!

We gather together in worship this week to hear stories of faith from 3 members of the Sunset community: Jim Wyatt, Jeff Lindskog and Barbara Flaten-Orr. The diversity of experiences they will share with us this Sunday reminds us that while our paths may look and feel different – we journey together, in this time and place, to celebrate and to share our experience with others.

We will hear from the books of I Peter and from James, reminding the church that “it’s the way you live, not the way you talk” that counts. Hearing the faith

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Summer is coming to a close, the kids are back in school, and we’re getting back into our usual routines. This Sunday – September 11, 2016 – is our first Sunday back at Sunset United. Welcome back!

As most of you know, our minister, Kathy Platt, is on sabbatical until November 15, so for the next 10 Sundays, various people are leading the worship service, starting with me! In case you don’t know me, my name is Karen Cartmell, and I’ve been at Sunset for 6 years. I’m currently taking the Licensed Lay Worship Leader (LLWL) course, and have been

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This morning I met with Leah and Kevin to finalize the worship plans for the fall when I am away.  Leah's kids were here with us, and just before they left Sarah looked up at me and said, "will you be back from your sabbatical before Christmas?"  I looked at her and said - yes - I will be back just in time to decorate this place for Christmas!  And we both agreed that was something that would be really fun to do.  It is good to know that we have that "coming back" to look forward to, because it

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Jayne is away on holidays, and Michelle is only coming in one day a week - the building feels rather quiet!!  I am now in defiinite count-down mode until I head away for my sabbatical.  It is such a mix of feelings.  I know that it is right and good that I take a wee break to replenish myself.  As Marlene told me earlier this week - I need to fill up my cup so that I have the resources I need to continue to walk alongside those who are struggling - can't give much to anyone if my cup

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My mother's maiden name was Freeman.  In 1993, she and her 4 siblings planned a family reunion in Ontario.  In 1994 she, and one of my cousins who had been at the reunion, both died.  It made us very, very grateful that we had had the gathering when we did.  However, no one had the energy to pull anything else together since then - until this year.  Last weekend, one of my cousins invited us to join her on the family island which is located 12 miles out into Lake of the Woods.  There were close to 30 of us

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In the opening words printed in the bulletin this week, it says that God declares that what has been created is good!  And then it goes on to say that we spoil it when we look at the world through sour faces.  It reminds me of a conversation I had this week with a man who asked how it is that two people in their later years, with the same kind of health conditions, can be so very different - one is a pleasure to visit and seems to have nothing but positive things to say about the world.  And

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I have now finished sending off some last e-mails to tie up some loose ends; I have put the vacation responder on my work e-mail; and now I am posting the last blog before I head out on holidays.  I leave tomorrow for 3 weeks of vacation - and I intend to take the notion of "sabbath" very seriously - I won't be checking e-mails or this website at all for those 3 weeks.  For whatever reason, May and June were crazy busy, and I am now feeling bone weary.  I will be back in my office on Tuesday, July

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The United Church has always been a part of my life - or I have always been a part of the United Church's life!  I was baptized at the church in Invermere, B.C.; I was confirmed at the church in Ashcroft, B.C.; I was in Explorers and CGIT; I was involved in youth groups and summer camps - it was just always a part of what I was involved with while I was growing up - part of what shaped who I am and how I live out my faith.  My father was a geologist with small underground mines in

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"There was Bryan, Bryan, Roaring like a Lion, in the store...."  Hope you now have the Quarter Master's store song running through your brain like it is kind of stuck in mine!  This is the weekend when I will be going to the Family Camp with about 9 families from Sunset.  We are in the group site out at Rowan's Ravine.  It is perfect for us - we set up our tents in a circle, with the fire pit and our Dining Tent with the Keurig Machine in the middle of our circle.  Kind of nice to set up in

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I am at the Annual Meeting of Saskatchewan Conference, which is meeting here in Regina this weekend.  It's always a good weekend in a myriad of ways - there are good presentations on our theme - which is "Loving our Neighbour" this year.  There is time to talk with people from across this Province about the health and well-being of our wide variety of congregations and outreach ministries.  I love the chance to connect with colleagues and friends that I don't get to chat with regularly because of the distance from each other in our various communities.  One of the

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Yesterday I was part of a lovely gathering of a wide circle of friends to celebrate the life of Rosella.  Rosella died this past January - it was good to have this gathering yesterday to remember and to honor her.  She was such an inspiration in how she lived her life - active, compassionate, travelling for new adventures whenever she could, committed to learning more about the world in whatever ways were available to her.  Right now I am working on a little project which I will carry forward into my sabbatical time.  I am meeting with as many of

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Today was the last of our Friday morning "Strolls for the Soul".  One of the people walking today was Gabe, who is in Grade 3.  Before we set out to walk around the lake, each person chose an angel card with a word on it - a word to contemplate as we walked.  Gabe's word was Love, and his mom's word was Trust.  So Gabe explained to me that he figured out those words by watching a group of goslings following their mother.  They had to trust that the love of the their mother would protect them for life.  What

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My birthday is on Sept 13, and the big joke my brother used to share while we were growing up is that he was sure it must have been a Friday on the year I was born!  Such a funny brother...or at least he thought he was funny!  I think of that every time we find ourselves on a Friday the 13th. However, I think what is more in my mind today is that May is already 1/2 over - I can't believe how the time is just flying on by.  It was a very chilly day here in Regina,

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As many of you know, I am going on a sabbatical this fall (Aug 15 - Nov 15).  It is five years since I last went on sabbatical.  In 2011 I travelled to Africa for a life-changing, heart-expanding experience in Kenya and Tanzania.  This time I am going to head to the East Coast and experience what it is like to live with the ebb and flow of life beside the ocean. This week I was having a conversation with my son, Andy, about how far we have come.  It is five years ago that he was having some major

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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