SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017
Rev. Kelley's reflection this morning was entitled, "What the World Needs Now." Readings came from the book of Genesis, chapters 16 and 21. The tenor of the message was reflected in the resounding singing of the final hymn, "One More Step Along the World I Go!"
SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017
As usual, honouring the fathers in our community was marked by our annual Aboriginal Sunday service. Through song, word and drumming we were led by Dorothy, Chantal, Cheryl, Brendan and Clarence as we recalled our past and dreamt of possibilities for our future. Rev. Peggy presided, Nancy, along with Marian's June Sacred Service team, provided hospitality (bannock), the PSALT looked after sound and projection and Shirley's scripture reading team all contributed to our Sunday morning service.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2017
The Kairos Blanket Exercise retold the story of native and European interactions over the centuries. Led through prayers, songs and story, we were guided to a reminder and a better understanding of the ways in which our lives have intermingled. A link to the Exercise can be found on the Home page. Even the arrangement of our worship experience encircling the blankets and the Aboriginal artifacts enhanced our worship experience. Our guest, William Belgrade, opened the exercise with a song sung in his aboriginal language. Thank you, William.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017
"I am the church. You are the church. We are the church together." Rev. Peggy challenged us this morning to reflect upon the importance of St. David's in our individual lives. And we applauded when she concluded.
Clare Beers and the Men's Chorus offered their talents to our worship service this morning. Their first anthem, "Faith is Like a Child," featured Bob Betty on the clarinet. The selection was arranged by Garret Krause who, along with Colleen Charter, offer their talents on a regular basis as accompaniests.
Following our service, the congregation gathered for a twice yearly meeting of SDUC Foundation and the annual Budget meeting for the Church Year of 2016-2017. The Budget, as prepared by the Finance Committee and approved of by Council was passed by the congregation as was Proposal (Remit) #4 which called for the restructuring of the UCC.
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great; rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm."
Rev. Peggy chose as a theme for reflection, "The Spiritual Energy of Enthusiasm." Through song, visuals and amazing readings and ideas, the music and leadership lead us in meaningful worship. The Angel Voices along with Lesley How & Dana Young, soloists, (accompaniest, Colleen Charter) lent their ministry of song. Alan Dohn's performance of "The Holy City" piano solo as our postlude was incredible.
Rev. Peggy's reflections are available in print if you happened to miss worship service on Sunday.
Following service, we gathered outside for our annual spring barbeque. Lots of great food and even greater comraderie.
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
Rev. Kelley's Reflection on Sunday provided us with a renewed vision of what it means to be Canadian and the benediction called us to ".. go from this place to live anew in the world. We remember those who have shown us the way to shine.Help us to also shine with our God light, so that together we will create a Canada, where everyone is valued, and where there is enough for all.
May it be so.
SEEDS FOR MEDITATION
“We are, in part, very much the people we choose to admire, and our [Canadian] national character can, in some measure, be limned by the actions we choose to esteem. Our age, hag-ridden by the tinsel fame of hollow celebrity, calls for the counterbalance of real worth and real achievement being given deeper regard, of holding up those who neither have fame nor are seeking it, acting in casual nobility and with real care.” Rex Murphy in The National Post October, 2014
“We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you the path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” Justice Murray Sinclair in KAIROS literature
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017
Presiding over Sunday morning's service were the people and staff of St. David's and they did an amazing job of leading us in worship. The Ministry of Families team, led by Alison Demeter, along with the Faith Quest children and youth (and Rev. Peggy) walked us through "God's Garden." Little ones dressed as lambs and stars, sprouts and flowers invited us to share in the wonders of God's creation. With song and script the little and not so little voices offered us a wonderful finale to their year of study devoted to spiritual practices. Thank you, team.
SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017
On Sunday we were pleased to welcome performers from Hillhurst United's Coming Out In Faith event. We had 3 special guests who shared their personal stories about how faith has intersected with their sexuality and gender identity. Special music was offered by Dean Lauderdale.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
At the congregational budget meeting during the church year, July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 we committed to raising the necessary amount of congregational givings to balance our budget. This past Sunday was "Giving Sunday" where we were reminded of the importance of gratitude and generosity in life and in community. The "Light-Bearing and Salt-Seasoning" ad hoc committee were on hand early to prepare a delicious luncheon for us, in gratitude for the gifts each person brings to St. David's. Thank you to the team. We look forward to several more activities and events that will help us meet our goals and fulfill our ministerial plans for St. David's -- Mothers' Day Cake Sale, May Silent Auction, etc.
Seeds for Meditation
“The Dead Sea is the dead sea because it continually receives and never gives.” Anonymous
“Charity begins at home and generally dies from lack of outdoor exercise.” — Anonymous
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
— Winston Churchill
“Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you.”
— Lynn A. Miller, author
EASTER WEEK TO APRIL 16, 2017
Maundy Thursday Observance, April 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m. St. David's Community came together to share a Potluck Supper and Communion on Thursday evening. Dressed in robes and appropriate head gear, a troupe of familiar actors consisting of adults and children reenacted the "Last Supper" and Alison along with Kelley led us through a special Communion service and "Shalom" song to remind us of Jesus' command to his disciples that they should love and service one another.
Good Friday Contemplative Worship, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. was a very special service of story and song led by Rev. Peggy, Rev. Kelley and Alison, Ministry of Families.
Easter Sunday, April 16, a wonderful celebration of rebirth and renewal brought together a string, reed and percussion ensemble, the "Arise" dancers as well as a large and enthusiastic combined choir to lead in the most holy day of the Christian calendar. A resounding rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus brought the service to a close as members of the congregation joined with the choir. Long lines of congregants placed flowers on the cross as they processed to the front of the church and later, Hot Cross Buns were served in the T.M.Room and enjoyed by everyone gathered to mark Easter and the beginning of a new church year.
For Christians the message of Easter is that Jesus is risen, he is risen indeed. The declaration that Jesus is risen is a way of proclaiming that he had been rejected by the Jewish authorities and executed by the Roman authorities as a threat to the Roman Empire and was vindicated by God. For the early Christians, Jesus rose again in their hearts and they committed their lives to a ministry in which justice was pursued, the oppressed were accepted, the poor received care, and God’s love was lived.
"When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning." (Celtic spiritualist John O"Donohue)
SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017
Palm branches marked the occasion at SDUC this morning as did participants in the service dressed in period costumes. Eric Nyland and Betsy Woolner, along with Alison, Rachelle, Tiana and Taylor helped to enact a drama and dialogue between Rev. Peggy and Rev. Kelley as they brought the story of Palm Sunday to life. The Chamber Choir, led by Brent with accompaniest Garrett Krause offered their gift of music to the service.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017
Rev. Kelley presided at Sunday morning service, focussing her reflection on "Walking the Reconciliation Road." The sanctuary choir assisted in the service as did the April Sacred Service team.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
"Gratitude and giving thanks are expressions of blessings that shape our lives so be grateful again, and again and again, and say thanks again and again and again."
Rev. Peggy continued her series on Salt-Seasoning and Light-Bearing with her reflection entitled "Modeling Gratitude - Saying Thanks." Light streamed in through the sky lights with the promise of blue skies, warm sunshine and spring days.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
The Third Sunday of Lent brought together Sally's team as ushers, greeters, coffee makers, set-up, and clean-up crew helped to make the service extra meaningful. The "Gratitude" paper bags, each individually identified created opportunities for visiting as we all searched out our bags and then re-examined the things for which we were grateful last week. Rev. Peggy continued with her series on Salt Seasoning and Light Beaming following the Covenanting Service with the Ministry of Families for Nooshin Esmaeili, Trent Burke and Abby Hunter. Cake was the attraction in the TM room after service, the room suitably decorated with balloons and streamers.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
As we gathered Sunday morning, we were greeted with smiling faces and little brown baggies. Inside were slips of paper that invited us to reflect upon and jot down things, people, events... for which we were grateful. Later in the service, we were asked to draw a Gratitude Slip from another's baggie, read it and live with the gratitude during the coming week. Next week we can add to our slips.
This was the official launch of our SALT AND LIGHT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM - a five week giving program. It is our invitation to "focus on saying thanks and modeling gratitude as a foundation to our giving." Further information can be found in the file attachment below.
Special music this morning was offered by the Chamber Choir featuring Brittany Rae, Jo Galinis-Ursel, Ruth Cross and Eric Nyland.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017
The new team for Sacred Service had their inaugaral morning as an integral part of the worship experience at St. David's. Thank you, Sally and Bob. With the Value of the month for March being "Mindfulness", the ACTS committee will be lighting the candle each morning. Sunday was my turn. Rev. Peggy's service was built on the concept of Salt Seasoning and Light Beaming. The UCC has developed a stewardship program called Salt and Light to remind us that we, as congregants, have a major role to play in the service of the ministry at St. David's. Matt. 5: 13-20. Gratitude is the foundational value of this program.
"Find time to be quiet, in transcendence, to reconnect to that which is within."
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017
The Angel Voices offered their gift of song to the worship service Sunday morning. Heather and Bill Chubb-Way offered their experience with the Hearts and Hands Foundation as a "Sacred Encounter" reliving their trips to Guatemala where they have helped build cooking stoves for the Mayan people. The service, built on the theme of Sacred Encounters, challenged us to seek and to recognize the presence of the divine in our lives each day.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017
Sunday morning's service was centered around Black History Month. Readings, by Eldon Godfrey, included Psalm 137, Galatians 3: 26-29 and a very moving excerpt from the "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr. This was a very timely topic. Thank you, Rev. Kelley.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have winthin you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world". Harriet Tubman
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017
"The Value of You" was the focus on Sunday morning's service. The Chamber Choir's selections lent a meditative ambience as did the reflection led by Rev. Peggy.
Affirmation of self: Adapted from "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul"
"Creator, when I am fully aware of my value and worth I can center myself at will. I am familiar with a place of peace and empowerment inside. I am not divided agains myself by inner conflicts, I can transcend local disturbances and remain unaffected by them. I see the world from an expanded perspective. My inner world is organized."
A highlight of the service occurred when we as a congregation covenanted with Luke Kushneryk who will be joining us in worship and at church over the next few months with the Peer Partnership Programme, Campus Ministry.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017
Rev. Peggy's Reflection this morning was entitled "The Spirituality of Encouragement." This month, encouragement was our value and each Sunday, a member of the worship committee, shared with us a short talk on the meaning of encouragement in his or her life. We were invited to spend a couple of minutes at the beginning of her reflection to share with another congregant an experience about one person whose encouragement made a difference in our lives.
"Encouragement matters. It matters because it is empowerment.
The more we encourage each other, the more we are empowered to value ourselves and one another, to put away judgments, to live our positive values, to see in each other the image of God and to love one another."
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017
The Yalda family, hosted by the Refugee Committee, shared a bit of their experience thus far as Calgary residents. Abid, Ida and the four children, in English, addressed the congregation and later shared cake in the T.M. room. The Angel Voices ministered in song and our guest accompaniest this morning was Colleen Charter who shared her musical talent on piano and organ.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017
The Seed of Meditation in the Sunday bulletin reminded us that "The dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition." The service prepared us for a workshop following service sponsored by SDUC Pastoral Care Ministry entitled "Medically Assisted Dying." Many St. Davidians gathered to share in a light lunch and a presentation featuring Dr. Mike Trew and Evie Wallace as we dealt with a timely topic.
Watch for upcoming additions to the Worship Ministry for Rev. Peggy's Blog, Sunday morning Sermons and Hymns.