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....

Sunday, December 6th - on the calendar on my wall there is a note that it is the National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence against Women.  It was on December 6, 1989 that Marc Lepine went on a shooting rampage in Montreal that left 14 female engineering students dead.  I can't believe that it is 26 years ago!!  When I was in ministry in Minnedosa, Manitoba, we often gathered in a little outdoor park to light candles, and we would read out the names of all 14 women in an effort to make sure that they were not

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Sunday, November 29th - I have to write it down to believe we are actually almost at the last Sunday in November - the first Sunday in Advent.  I feel sort of like I got stuck back in September sometime!  However, last night I gathered with a group of fellow-decorators and our worship space now is truly in Christmas mode.  The bows, the holly garlands, the trees - it is actually quite lovely to see it all appear again.  The scripture we are reading this Sunday invites us into a reflection of times when we both kept hope, and times

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Today was an intriguing day of focussing on how to articulate the ministry of Sunset United Church - through pictures primarily.  We are having a major renovation of our website, which means new pictures and new descriptors.  We are putting together our own photo directory, and part of our story will be told in a collage of pictures of events from the past year.  Hat Day, Family Camping, Easter sunrise worship, Pasta suppers, Youth group events, Christmas band, Saturday evening family gatherings, Trivia night - and that doesn't even mention our heart-felt Sunday morning worship!  We are a busy, vibrant

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One of the things that I love about ministry with Sunset United Church is that we are constantly welcoming new people into our circle.  Today I visited with 3 people who are all new to our community.  It is one of the perks of this position that I hold as the minister here - people rarely say no when I ask for a visit!  I love hearing the story of how people have found their way into our circle - sometimes they find us throught the website, sometimes they simply live in the neighbourhood, but more often than not, they

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Time is such a bizarre thing.  Sometimes, sitting in a traffic jam, it can feel like time has never moved so slowly.  This week I was away at 2 days of meetings in Saskatoon, so was only in my office for Thursday and Friday - and here it is 10 p.m. on a Friday night and I all of a sudden realized I hadn't written my blog yet - partly because I just can't quite believe it is already Friday!  And then there's the fact that it is already the second weekend in November - but it was just September

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I am in Winnipeg right now, just winding down a week of continuing education.  It has truly been a gift to have some space to think and to begin to wrap my head around entering into one of the busiest seasons of the church year - our Advent and Christmas season.  I have done some reading and some writing and have had some really great conversation with colleagues.  When I first begin in ministry in 1995, I had the great privilege of being part of several women's retreats - they seemed to happen at least once a year for several

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Yesterday would have been my mother's 91st birthday - kind of bittersweet to remember that, since she died 21 years ago.  There was a time when the date of her birthday would roll around and I would spend all day thinking about her.  This year, I had to be reminded that it was her birth date.  It's kind of strange how our minds work.  Sometimes I can still hear her voice very clearly in my mind, and she feels very close by.  But other times it feels like forever since she died, and I have a hard time picturing her

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Have you ever paused to think about all the different directions you might have taken in your life's journey?  How life could be so different if you had stayed with that particular job you had in high school, or if you had stayed in one relationship rather than another, or if you had gone to that school instead of another one?  Sometimes it can be split second decisions that can drastically change the direction of your life - leaving the house five minutes earlier could have meant a car accident - stepping off the curb a few seconds later could

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Once a month, Shirley and I lead in a worship service at the Sunset Extendicare.  Some of the people are very alert - some not so.  Yesterday there was a woman there who was a bit of a restless soul - she didn't really want to sit anywhere, and the whole time she kept going on with this conversation that made sense to her, but mostly was just a mumble-jumble of words to the rest of us.  Our first hymn was "What a friend we have in Jesus".  She walked over and stood beside me, so I held her hand

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This week we are going to explore the story of Moses and how he listened to God's call - "set my people free".  Those are intriguing words as we think about the world today and the all the different ways people continue to be "enslaved" - or oppressed, or violated, or alientated.  It is also World Wide Communion, which is the week we celebrate communion in solidarity with Christian's around the world.  I love how Brian McLaren expresses it:  "by participating in our meal of bread & juice, we are making the same choices that Moses did

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The story from Genesis that we will be looking at on Sunday is the meeting between Jacob and his brother Esau.  Jacob has been less than pleasant for most of his life, especially in relation to his brother.  Many years have passed, and they are about to meet up again.  Jacob is terrified that his brother will murder him - not just say bad things, but actually murder him.  He approaches with great fear and trepidation, but, much to his surprise, Esau runs out to meet him - embraces him and weeps with the joy of being reunited.  Jacob's response

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Nancy Abrams has written a book A God That Could be Real.  I have just barely opened it, but in her introductory chapter she writes: "Having no spiritual life at all is like never really falling in love...developing a spiritual bond with the real universe is like falling in love with someone who is already in love with you.  That's where God is."  It is a concept I can't quite get out of mind, and the picture it evokes for me is what we see when we are camping on a warm summer's night - no clouds,

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This will be our first Sunday back together as the Sunset United Church community - the last 12 weeks we have been part of the Tri-church summer community.  And while it was great fun to worship with folk from Wesley and Whitmore Park United Churches, it feels like it's time to get back to the familiarity of our own chairs in our own circle.  This fall we are going to continue working with the Narrative Lectionary, which means starting with Genesis, and working our way forward through the bible. We will begin to hear once again the narrative of the

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Here we are - Labour Day weekend - must mean summer really has come and gone!  When I was kid, Labour Day weekend was sort of the last kick at the can in terms of staying up late, and playing with all the neighbourhood kids.  When my own kids were little, it was a mingling of regret that the summer was over, and great anticipation that there might actually be some structure in our lives again some day soon!  At this stage in my life, it seems to be more about gearing up for a whole new year of activities

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I feel like I have been swept away in a whirlwind of emotion.  On Saturday, July 25th, we gathered to say our final goodbyes to Joe Scarfe - a much beloved member of our community whose death leaves a big hole in our hearts.  It was quite the day - and it was Sunset at its very best.  We sang - oh how we sang!  And together we allowed the Spirit to soothe our weary souls so that we could walk forward and move into the new reality of life without Joe.  On Monday, July 27th, I gathered with my

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In his book, Every Day, Holy Day, Rabbi Alan Morinis writes: "It has long been understood that the heart follows the deed - do good for people, and in time your own heart is transformed into a vessel of unalloyed kindness."  In this job of mine, it is written into my job description that I should "visit in people's homes and in the hospital".  And so, I do that - which often means that I get invited into such incredibly tender moments in people's lives.  And my heart is most definitely transformed - the visit is

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Thanks to some generous bequests through our Memorial Fund, over the past year, Sunset United was able to purchase 3 flat screen T.V. monitors, and a laptop computer that is networked into those T.V.'s.  One of the gifts of those screens is that people no longer need to have a hymn book - some still use the hymn books so that they can see the music.  However, the majority of the congregation are no longer looking down at their books, but are looking up at the screens.  On the Sundays where I manage to actually print the words in the

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This summer people from across Canada will be gathering in Newfoundland for General Council - the national body of the United Church of Canada.  For those of us who will not be attending, we are being encouraged to be part of a "prayer pilgrimage", saying a prayer for each of these 40 days leading up to the gathering.  The opening words of the daily prayer are:  "May I love this day and all that it brings: the dust, stones or mud beneath my feet; the air I breathe, food I eat, water I drink."  What a lovely way

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From time to time, it is good to be reminded that we are not an island unto ourselves.  On Saturday afternoon we are going to be celebrating the life of Margaret Peachey, who died a few months ago.  Our church building was not big enough to host the gathering for Margaret, who has a very large extended family, and who had connections with many, many groups in the City.  And so we are doing a "Sunset" funeral, but in the building of Lakeview United Church - a much larger sanctuary than ours.  It was very kind of them to facilitate

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WORSHIP STARTS AT 10:00 a.m. for the rest of the summer.

We have three families whose children have been part of the First Nations Pow Wow dance group here in Regina over the past year.  They offered to have their children share the dances with us this next Sunday, which is also Canada's National Aboriginal Day.  As I watched them practice doing the dance in our space last week, I was deeply touched.  They wear full regalia, which their parents learned to make themselves.  The parents explained to me that while the kids are dancing, they think of all 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