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March 6, 2022 - I can make good choices

March 6, 2022 - I can make good choices

We are all tempted to do things that we shouldn't. It is not easy to make those good choices because they can be hard and it can be a lot of work.

I am reminded of a poem by Robert Frost: The road not taken.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
 
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was
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February 27, 2022

February 27, 2022

This is not the easiest time in the Christian calendar because it signals the end of something great into the hardest part of the year: Lent. Jesus goes through a transformation, a transfiguration. If you remember the movie "Love, Simon" he becomes fancy Jesus, shiny and clear. In this changing, Jesus realizes that something  powerful is going to happen. We have to travel through it as well and it can feel like a lot. It weighs us down and fills us with dread. But in this moment, we have to have hope. Hope that something good is going to come

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February 20, 2022

This week, we are continuing our discussion on Black History Month.

Many of you know that I have another job with the RCMP. As an organisation, the RCMP has been dealing with issues such as racism and prejudice towards different groups, notably Indigenous peoples but also with Black peoples in Canada. We take classes to learn about the past so that we can do better now and in the future.

I didn't have a sharing time in church this week, but I wanted to share a bit of the RCMP's history. In 1941, 2 Black men submitted appilcations to join

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February 13, 2022 - Have a Heart Day

February 13, 2022 - Have a Heart Day

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society says that "every child deserves to have a happy and healthy life."

What kinds of things make a happy and healthy life? Having a family, big or small, that loves you. Gathering together to sing and tell stories. Preparing and eating delicious foods that come from your family's background, using recipes that have been passed down. Living on the land where your family has been for many years.

Every kid deserves that. And lots of kids, including Indigenous kids, have that.

Some other important things are safe, comfortable schools close to home;

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February 6, 2022

This is the first week we are honouring Black History Month. This can be a difficult time for people as we realize the hurt that has happened and the people that have been ignored throughout history.

I woke up this morning and wanted to do something different. I turned on Netflix and as I scrolled through my usual shows about love, cooking, or travel, I came across a film called "Harriet". It celebrates the life of Harriet (Araminta) Tubman who escaped slavery and helped hundreds of others escape. It is not an easy show to watch and it brings up

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January 30, 2022

Love. 4 letters. One syllable. This word can mean so many different things. And we are still trying to figure out the enormity of that one word.

There are many different ways that we can express that feeling to someone. It doesn't have to be romantic love, it can be towards anyone with whom we share a special bond.

Gary Chapman wrote a book about different ways to give (and receive) love. He calls them love languages and he identified 5:

1) Words of affirmation - verbal acknowledgements of affections, compliments, words of appreciation, verbal encouragement (these can also be

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January 23, 2022

January 23, 2022

There are many parts that make up one body.

We all have one body, we understand that each part has a role to play and each role is important to make the body work.

I always picture a puzzle when thinking about this. A puzzle is made up of many pieces and each one plays a role in the whole image. It is not always clear what each piece does until the puzzle is complete.

Maybe take some time this week and pull out a puzzle. Do it together. Talk about how each piece comes together to make the whole

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January 16, 2022

January 16, 2022

Well, we are going back to Disney again with Encanto. This candle represents the miracle of the family Madrigal. The members of that family are given magical gifts to help the family and the community. Unfortunately, when it is the main character's, Mirabel, turn she doesn't receive one. But she ends up being the most important of all to save the miracle for the whole family.

She helps the family see that it more than just the magic that is important, we are all special. These gifts are there to help others and make the world a better place.

Gifts

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January 9, 2022 - Epiphany

January 9, 2022 - Epiphany

Knowing the path to take gives us certainty. When we travel somewhere, it is easier to just turn around and take the same route back in reverse. But what happens when we have to take a new way? It can be scary; we can't be sure that we will even make it back.

The wise guys had to take a different way back home after visiting Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. I know that they were scared. They had already travelled so far and they knew the dangers that they would face. They probably had friends they wanted to see again

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January 2, 2022

January 2, 2022

I find that Disney has a movie, and a song, to help illustrate many different ideas. It also helps that they are very catchy!

When I was younger, Hercules was one of my favourite movies. I had a poster on my wall and I played the PC game endlessly. We had a VHS copy of the film which had extras at the end of the movie. But one thing that I loved to do was memorize the songs.

It was harder because I couldn't just search the songs online or put on the closed captions. One of the songs that

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

I couldn't be at Sunset for Christmas Eve, but I was picturing all the wonderful animals that people were able to show off during the service!

This is always a day and night of anticipation...we have been waiting for weeks and it is nearly here....Christmas is almost here!

I found a few activities to keep you busy until the day is here! Click here and here!

 

 

Peace and love,

Michelle

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Advent 4 - Seeking Sanctuary

Advent 4 - Seeking Sanctuary

What is God Like - Rachel Held Evans

This is a beautiful story about seeing God in everything we do and in everything we see and in everything we feel. There is no one way to understand God.

God is love. God is me. God is you. God is all of us.

There is no one correct answer and maybe that's the point. It doesn't matter that we can't see God. God lives in all of us. It is up to us to show the world the love that God has for us.

There are infinite paths to God and

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Advent 3 - White Gift Sunday

Advent 3 - White Gift Sunday

I have always loved White Gift Sunday. It is about giving what we can, no matter the size, to help others. We don't need to know what people have done because it doesn't matter. The importance is we bring what we can. And if we can't bring anything, we bless and honour what we do have and appreciate the gifts that we do have.

It is a moment to think about what we can do differently. I remember going to an Angel tree and choosing to buy a gift for someone who was my age, when I was a child.

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Advent 2 - Laying the Foundation

Advent 2 - Laying the Foundation

When building a house, or anything really, it is important to have a strong foundation. When playing Jenga, you need to start off with a solid tower and it is only later that it will all come crashing down.

Starting off with the knowledge of God's love is our foundation. We can build on that and create a wonderful community together and keep it strong by growing and adapting together.

Here is an idea. Have one person start a making up a story. Then someone else takes over and keep going until you have a complete tale. Wasn't that fun?

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Advent 1 - Homesick

Advent 1 - Homesick

I think we all know what homesick feels like. It's an uncomfortable feeling that makes us sad and worried, all at once.

It can manifest in different ways for different people. I can feel scared when homesick. I can feel alone.

I read the story of The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. He illustrates that feeling well because even if we are enjoying ourselves, homesickness can overwhelm us. And we can be scared that things will be completely different.

Feel homesick, don't worry. We all understand.

 

Peace and love,

Michelle

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November 21 - Reign of Christ

November 21 - Reign of Christ

Hats are something that we don't wear as often. People used to wear hats every single day. Now, we tend to only wear them when necessary. In summer, we put on a hat to shade us from the sun. In the winter, we wear tuques to keep our head, and ears, warm. In fall and spring, we might wear a hat when it is raining but not if it is windy!

It is interesting to think, however, that we still associate certain hats to jobs: police cap, firefighter's hat, chef's hat (also called a toque), etc.

We talk about wearing

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November 14 - Remembrance Sunday

This can be a tough Sunday. We acknowledge pain and suffering and we also honour those who didn't return or who returned forever changed. When the world is hurting, it affects us all. We can not go on in the same way.

I read a book where the characters abilities were affected by war. Normally, they could walk hundreds of miles in a day but in times of war, they can only walk as fast as any other person. They are unable to do all they can because of the situation in which they find themselves and so they have

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November 7, 2021

November 7, 2021

When I picture a tree with flowers, I think of this tree from the Lord of the Rings movies. It starts off bare and, by the end, is covered in flowers.

I talked about in the service about a tree that grows a flower when someone does something nice for someone else. It is the idea that we can create a more beautiful world by doing service to others. And that people can see how that service can affect everyone.

Now, it is not always easy to see how the things we do impact others. Wouldn't it be nice to

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October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021

Hallowed, Hallow's Eve, Halloween.

We say the word "hallowed" in the Lord's Prayer but do we stop to think what it means? And how it is related to October 31st?

Hallowed is revered, holy, or saintly. It calls into view things that we hold dear and evokes a time when these things can feel closer to us.

We talked about the "thin" places in our lives when we are close to that which is hallowed. These places can pull us out of our own world into another.

I like to think that music and books can also create these thin

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October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021

We talked today about giving abundantly. This is not something that we can easily understand.

Maybe if think more about sharing what we have. Or maybe if we think about showing the love that Jesus taught us. Or maybe if we think about just doing good.

Giving doesn't always mean money. It can mean talents, it can mean time, it can mean anything that we have to share with others.

When I read through what I was talking about, one thought kept popping in my head: magin penny. I remember when I was little and learning this song. It was

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