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Learning to Trust

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       July 16

This was a training service (third week of the month) so there was a little more time given to an exercise or activity. This week the topic was trust and the activity was an exercise in group Lectio Divina. Peter Fitch led this, based on the story of Nathaniel in John’s Gospel, and several others had rich things to add.


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More Thoughts on Creativity

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       July 9

Peter Fitch shares some more thoughts from a Creativity Workshop he prepared for the Artists Gathering in Kimberley, BC, this year. Before Peter speaks, Nate Petersen gives some reflections from a symposium on faith in Canada that he just attended in Ottawa. Then Peter begins by talking about the unlikely meeting place of spiritual and material concerns. In this he shares his longing for a middle ground, the place where the best of Spirit can infuse our ordinary life without some of the traditional problems of normal religion. In particular, he is looking for the benefits of Christianity without its historic problem of exclusivity. Along the way in the creativity talk, we listened to songs by Andrew Smith and Zoe Fitch.

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When Life Gets Big

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       July 2

This Sunday was dedicated to creativity and to sharing ideas about how to help at the upcoming Bonfire Festival in St. Stephen (July 26-29). There were also some great songs shared before and after the break.


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Speaking Truth Everyday

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       June 25

June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day. Canadian Vineyard churches were challenged to focus on this by having “A Sunday for Speaking Truth.” Our whole service was dedicated to Indigenous concerns and issues and the teaching was given by Kanatiio, Negotiations Coordinator with the Peskotomuhkati Skutik. Chief Hugh Akagi also shared some thoughts and he noted that the problem with having a day set aside for speaking the truth is the fact that there are 364 other days in the year. We recorded this entire service, including the music and prayers. You can listen to the first part of the service

      here
. The powerpoint for today includes the songs and liturgy. Many people felt that this was a “beyond special” time.


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Getting to Gratitude

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       June 18

Continuing with the training Sundays (usually the 3rd Sunday of the month), Walter Thiessen discusses the ways in which we can more regularly be reminded to be drawn back to gratitude.


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Touching Down

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       June 11

For the last two weeks, Peter Fitch has been speaking about the beginning of the first chapter of John’s Gospel. Since last week’s message didn’t record properly, he began this one with a short recap of what he said last week. Then he takes it further by discussing ideas about the phrase: “the Word became flesh.” He thinks of Word and Flesh together as an unlikely but necessary meeting place. He illustrates some of what he is talking about by making reference to Mr. Rogers, the popular icon of children’s television. Here is a link to the Intro and Outro music from his show.


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Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking / May 28, 2017

We were honoured to have Helen Sworn, executive director of Chab Dai in Phnom Penh, share with us this morning about her journey and the work of this amazing organization. ‘Chab Dai is committed to working together with diverse stakeholders to abolish all forms of abuse and exploitation.’ Unfortunately, the recording didn’t work but you can check out the website here.


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Encountering God in Nature

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       May 21

Walter Thiessen continued the series (usually 3rd Sundays of the month) on practical training by sending everyone out into the woods for a walk with a few invitations for how to approach that time. (Those who were willing to give up their break made it out to the Elm St. Nature Park, five minutes away.) Then we regathered for Psalm 104 and some reflections on what the time outside made possible.


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The Zimbabways

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       May 14

Walter Thiessen interviews Jeff and Carol Way about their time at Eden Children’s Village in Zimbabwe and their hopes and dreams for a future there (follow along on the powerpoint to see some of their pictures).


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