Sunday, January 24: In Mark 1:14-20, we hear the familiar calling of the four fishers, Simon, Andrew, James and John who leave everything behind to follow Jesus. We also reflect on an excerpt from Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue's book I Keep the land Alive. In "A Time of Transition", James reflects on how Jesus' ministry picks up from where John the Baptist's leaves off, and how we each are called to continue on from where Jesus left off, each in the context of our own lives and circumstances
James’ video to children: https://1drv.ms/v/s!AlBjmozEVDR0gaIpsk2Td5WDkSA-Zg
Sunday, January 31: Jesus turns his attention from calling disciples to his ministry of healing as he liberates someone from the power of an unclean spirit (Mark 1:21-28). Julia Ye, our student minister, is preaching.
Sunday, February 7: We mark another Ember Day and take time to focus on the gift of creation and the importance of tackling the climate crisis.
Sunday, February 14: We celebrate the last Sunday before Lent with a reflection on Mark 9:2-9, mark's version of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Ian Wilgus will be our guest preacher. We also share communion virtually.
In this challenging time, it is important that we look after each other. If you are able to pick up groceries and other supplies for those who are homebound, please contact the church. Equally, if you are in need of this support, call the church or email email@example.com.
If you are in need of pastoral care or spiritual support, please contact Rev. James Ravenscroft. Call him at 647-705-2754 or you can reach him by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are grateful for all those who are able to support the ongoing ministry of Richmond Hill United Church. If you would like to make a contribution, you can do so through CanadaHelps.org., etransfer to office@rhuc or mail a cheque to the church office. 10201 Yonge St., RH L4C 3B2
May we continue to keep each other and world in prayer, especially those who are most vulnerable, those who are grieving or struggling, and all of those on the frontline putting themselves and their families at risk to keep all of us safe. We will get through this together.
Two opportunities for Centering Prayer: Beginning the week of January 11, we are adding a second opportunity for Centering Prayer. This Zoom-based group will meet Mondays at 12:30 for a simple format with 20-minute silent sit. Wednesdays at 6:30 pm is a reflective format with readings, Taizé style refrains as well as a discussion time after the 20-minute sit. Contact James (email@example.com) for Zoom links to both prayer times.
Pub Theology: It is time to come together again to talk about faith, spirituality and life's big questions, all over the beverage of your choice. Let James know if you would like to participate and he will send you the Zoom link. Feel free to invite a friend.
Forest Church (Ecological Spirituality Group):
Three Rivers Forest Church: This month's Forest Church event on Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m. will be similar to the Winter Solstice celebration in that it will be a combination of individual practice and a Zoom-based group gathering. Participants are asked to take some time to go for a meditative walk and to gather found natural objects that they can then use to create an image that reminds them of the sun, late January being the time when we begin to notice how the days are in fact getting longer. This time of year is also associated with creativity. Participants are asked to take a picture of their creation so that they may share it with the group. Please contact James (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Zoom link as well as for additional information.