ZOOMING THROUGH COVID-19

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May 17, 2020: https://youtu.be/b73AgbU8AoU

 

May 10, 2020

This morning's service was the fourth in the Easter Tide season series built around "The Heart of the Matter" as a theme. The Sanctuary team consisted of Rev. Peggy, Brent, Deb with Betsy, Heather M. and Garrett on hand to help us sing. In various homes, there were many of us gathered to share the service.

Scripture, read by Brent, came from the book of John that related the story of Jesus encouraging his disciples. Gathered in the upper room for what turned out to be their last supper together, Jesus had been with these special friends for some three years during which time they had shared many experiences. 

Jesus assured those gathered around him in the Upper Room that evening that even though he would be leaving them,  their connection would always be there. A sign of his ongoing communion with them would happen each time they expressed love for one another as they had expressed their love for him. 

He assured him them that the wisdom found within each of them would be their guide. Rev. Peggy's theme, entitled "Surviving COVID-19 Through Encouragement," drew upon the encouraging words of Jesus. You can find the text of the Reflection by returning to the Home Page and clicking on SERMONS/ or by scrolling to the bottom of this page to read the file as an attachment. 

Enjoy the Youtube of May 10, 2020 by clicking on the following link. https://youtu.be/mSnzFt0jtEE  

You might also connect to this video youtube that Rev. Peggy wanted to be incorporated in the service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go1-BoDD7CI

Happy Mothers' Day!

A message from Rev. Peggy for the May 10, 2020:

HEART OF THE MATTER 

My friends, this Sunday will be the fifth of the seven weeks of Eastertide and the fourth Sunday of the series “Heart of the Matter.”   I encourage you to once again mark 10:00 am as your worship time.It is our hope that we will have the words of the hymns available to you through screen sharing between Deb’s computer and yours. Again, you will be required to wait until Deb invites you into the service.  After worship you will be unmuted so you can speak with each other.The service will be uploaded to the St. David’s United Church Calgary YouTube channel by early afternoon on Sunday.

 WORSHIP SPACE PREPARATION 

We gather again in our home worship spaces and together in our hearts.  Your worship space will consist of:a candle,  worry stone (see below), brunch or snacks for our ‘breaking bread’ section, images of hearts or heart shaped items you have in the home.  

This week you will need paper, pen and some materials to make a God Box after worship. I hope people do make some form of God box. Once again we gather around a meal. You can make brunch and have it ready on your tables just in time for worship, or just snacks with coffee/tea, or juice. We will incorporate eating together as we “break bread, break open the Word of God and break open our lives and hearts with each other.  I

n the account of the resurrection in the Gospel of Matthew, after the stone is rolled away from the tomb, the angel sits on the stone and gives the women this message, “Don’t be afraid.” Throughout the Season of Easter, you have been invited to use a “worry stone,” which is a stone you carry about with you to rub when you are feeling anxious or worried. The stone reminds you of the angel’s message which Jesus then repeats, “Do not be afraid.”  

This Sunday during our worship time together, we will: 

SPEND TIME (to settle our hearts)

During brunch time (we will….Break Open the Word with Scripture

Break Open our Lives with Discussion

Break Open our Hearts with Prayer

PRAISE GOD! (through music and dance)

HAVE GOODWILL (commit to one goodwill action for the week)

I am honored to be in ministry alongside all of you as we journey together through the Easter Season of new life, hope and joy.

May 3, 2020

A new month begins and again we gathered virtually to celebrate community and to worship together at 10 a.m. Rev. Peggy, along with Brent and Deb, was on hand in the sanctuary Sunday morning and before long, there were many of us online, listening, watching, sharing, reading, reflecting and, yes, snacking as we shared our time together. Following the service, we were unmuted and we eagerly greeted each other. This marked our seventh Sunday that we worshipped online. Truely, this form of worship is a blessing for each of us as we continue our journery through the TIME of COVID-19. 

This morning's reflection focussed on ABUNDANT LIFE REFRAMED as referred to in the Book of John, chapter 10. Jesus, drawing upon the metaphor of the shepherd and his sheep, assures us that abundant life is ours, not measured in wealth and fame, but in service and sharing. 

Enjoy the youtube of our service by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/OAf7mm2iHlo

April 26, 2020

We gathered on Sunday morning with some 80+ connections on Zoom to consider the second of Rev. Peggy's Series entitled "Heart of the Matter." With Rev. Peggy, Brent and Deb on hand in the sanctuary, our focus was on "Traveling the Road of COVID-19". The text for Rev. Peggy's reflection can be found by returning to HOME Page and clicking on SERMONS on the top line. The Youtube for last Sunday's service can be viewed by clicking on the following link. https://youtu.be/Z7nbhXOJPrQ

April 19, 2020

Rev. Peggy is beginning a new series based on the theme of "The Heart of the Matter" using the worship design ideas of Marcia McPhee as a jumping off point into the Easter season which continues until Pentecost. Check your email for your invitation. Rev. Peggy's letter can be found on the Home page and tomorrow morning, we hope that you can join with us in the celebration of worship during the Time of COVID-19. 

We have been told by our treasurer that offerings for the month of March were higher than usual so thank you for keeping St. David's in mind as we move into April and beyond. 

April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!! What joy it was to see the faces revealing some 90+ computers for our livestream Easter Sunday worship service! For some it was their first venture onto ZOOM so we had some machines that wouldn't stay muted, others whose video came and left and for others that probably kept Rev. Peggy in Gallery view as one of the 90 participants. Next time, try Speaker view. What a learning curve this has been and the suspicion is that we'll improve our skill over the next few weeks as we move ever closer to Spring time!

Here is the link to the Easter Service as posted on YouTube

 Thanks again to the participants who arrived to church early, stayed socially distant, washed hands and made our Easter Sunday all the more precious. Our thoughts are with the MctTavish and Whitman families as they move through the coming hours. Bless you, Jock and Marian. 

April 10, 2020

Good Friday morning, Rev. Peggy, Brent and Debbie C. were on hand to livestream the service at 10:00 a.m. At home, another 10 or so of St. Davidians were in their homes, participating on ZOOM, in this very meaningful service. You are invited to watch and share this moment with us as we move another week into our Time of COVID-19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD4laFo04uY

APRIL 5, 2020

A Message from Rev. Peggy: 

Hello all you dear people, it is nice to be in touch with you.  I hope all of you are hanging in, staying safe, being positive and keeping connected. Thanks to everyone who has been staying connected with me via email, you are all thoughtful and kind. 

I am delighted to share with you the final week of our Lenten series.  For me this has been a meaningful series and I have learned much and have had wonderful opportunities to be creative.  Yes, it has been quite different in how we have worshipped together over the past three Sundays, but I do appreciate that many of you have followed the script and engaged the series.  It makes all the work worthwhile. 

Over these past two weeks as I have prepared for my reflections, I found myself reading the biblical stories with new eyes so I might discern a message befitting this new life reality we are all living.  It has been both challenging and fascinating. Again, I invite you to prepare your worship space and suggest, given the theme, to make it a space that feels calm and quiet and prayerful.  I encourage you to follow the script from beginning to end and hopefully all the music pieces I have chosen will enhance your experience.  

It is my prayer that the conclusion of this series provides hope and calm, and assures you that I am thinking of you, supporting you, offering some guidance, and loving you. Be well, stay safe, reside in the ever-present love of God. 

Peace be with you,Rev. Peggy McDonaghSt. David's United Church403 284-2276  Ext. 104 

“The world is full of nice people.  If you can’t find one, be one.”

 

Click on the file attachment below to find the service for Sunday morning. Rev. Peggy's Reflection can be found on the Home Page/SERMONS.   Peace of God to you and yours.

MARCH 29, 2020: 

A Message from Rev. Peggy

Dear friends, peace, love and hope I send your way. 

Alas, I have not forgotten to send my weekly email with the worship service.  There are a few things different this week. 

I’ve put in music links in the places where there is a hymn so you can either just listen or join in. Also, there is a YouTube link to access a video of the reflection: In the service of love. https://youtu.be/uA8dPstEfZM  The written reflection will be posted on the webpage. See SERMONS on Home Page. 

Again, I invite you to prepare your worship space on Sunday.  Hopefully, people can all be entering the worship and story around the same time -- 10:00 am.    Knowing that many of us are engaging in worship together but separate keeps us connected in love and hope.  However, when ever you participate may peace and love be with you. We are continuing to set ourselves up technically for live streaming through zoom.   We appreciate your patience. 

If you know of someone who might like to receive the worship service, please feel free to forward it and remind people to send their email address to us so we can keep connected with as many of the congregation via that avenue, as possible. 

I am at the church most days, it is quiet in this building, and lonely.  I miss the laughter, the hugs, the smiles, the words of encouragement, the crazy busyness of Sunday morning, and the movement of welcome, kindness, and love.   My days seem as busy as ever with all number of new challenges and learnings.

Thanks to all of you who send emails of support, encourage and love, these are much appreciated. May we keep each other in our love, our prayers, and our hearts. 

Peace be with you, Rev. Peggy McDonaghSt. David's United Church403 284-2276  Ext. 104 

“The world is full of nice people.  If you can’t find one, be one.”