• Curious George

Greetings one and all. Another week has passed by and it seems like things may soon be returning to normal. At our coordinating team meeting we talked about when church services might begin again. Our consensus indicated that when the government approves the gathering of fifty persons in a public space we would open our doors and welcome you all back to the Big Red Church. We also agreed that sanitary and distancing conditions would require diligence on our part. The conversation explored our options and we agreed to watch for signs of change and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Our gathering on Saturday went nicely. There was a warm feeling in the room and our worship process went nicely. We hope you will enjoy the singing and the message.

Here are the texts on which the songs and message are based:

1 Samuel 2:1-2; 8-10 - Hannah prayed and said, "My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory. "There is no Holy One like the LORD, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and on them he has set the world. "He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail. The LORD! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed." Psalm 113 - Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD! Romans 12:9-16b - Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.

Luke 1:46-53 - And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

  • Curious George

Greetings to all of you out there in the big world. More and more we are missing your presence as we gather to record our Sunday service. Even so, we have each of you in our thoughts and prayers as the days lead us forward. We are trusting that all is well with you and all of your relations. If things are not going well you should feel free to contact me or any other member of our faith community. Sometimes even a brief conversation can bring much benifit.

We had a good time in the Big Red Church Saturday morning. The Called to Be Band played and sang with lots of creative energy. Hopefully this energy will bring some gift of the spirit into your personal experience. And from there you will be able to share that energy with family, friends and neighbours. In this way bringing God's grace forward as strength to face the challenges of our time in history.

We are missing our personal connection with you and pray that things will soon begin to approach normal. Hoping you are blessed by our small offering of insight and encouragement. Peace be with you!

Psalm 68:1-5 - Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God. But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy. Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds--his name is the LORD-- be exultant before him. Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.

1 Peter 5:6-11 - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

John 17:1-11 - After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. "I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

  • Curious George

Greetings to you each and all! A small group of us gathered on Saturday to prepare a video presentation of some songs and a reflection on the scriptures. It is quite nice to be in the company of others, even if we practice safety to avoid catching or spreading the virus that now has the whole world in its grip. With this in view our short service is oriented to provide spiritual support and encouragement. We hope you will be blessed even though we are not able to be present with you in person. Always remembering that God dwells within each of us and is fully manifest in our spiritual unity.


The texts on which the songs and my talk are based:

John 14: 15-21 / Acts 17: 22-28 / 1 Peter 3: 13-18

The gospel of John presents Jesus calling for dedicated commitment to the way of God. We are assured that God’s spirit will be with us. This is the spirit of truth by which all falsehoods are overcome and left behind. We are also told that the way of the world has no concern for truth. Then Jesus goes on to assure us that the spirit of God is with us and in us. The key to progress along the way of God is doing what the spirit calls us to do. Our obedience to the leading of the spirit is the key to the revelation of God in our experience.

Acts shows us the apostle Paul speaking to citizens of Athens. He notices that they have all kinds of religious practices and symbols. He focuses on their reference to an unknown God. Then he goes on to make clear that what is unknown to them is clearly expressed in the gospel. We learn that God is the creator of all that is in heaven and on earth. We also learn that this God is wholly independent of human insight and initiative. God is the source and the substance of all human being. We are encouraged to seek out this God who is not hidden from us. It becomes clear that through faith we enter and celebrate the presence of God.

The epistle of Peter is an encouragement to do go what is right and good. Even if doing so brings unpleasant consequences. We are encouraged to live without fear or intimidation concerning those who govern the world. The epistle also encourages us to study God’s way so that we are able to explain our faith to any who ask about it. This should be done with kindness and respect for others. Though we may not be well received by others, we should be persistent in doing good. In this we keep company with Christ who suffered resistance and death even though he expressed the care of God for all persons met along his way. We learn that the death of our material being opens to resurrection to spiritual being.

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