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Sunday, March 29 – The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – 11 a.m.

Message to Trinity United Church – Bowmanville Community Members

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

From Rev. Jen Broomhead

(NOTE: After this message, please visit Links to Online Worship Resources, including Joint St. Paul’s United Church and Trinity United Church YouTube Worship Service, Family & Children’s Resources, Other Online Worship Streaming Options, and a link to UCC Moderator Richard Bott’s Worship Service for March 29)

Dear Friends,

Typically when preparing worship services, I use the Revised Common Lectionary. It’s a three-year cycle of readings that follows the seasons of the church year. And even though we’re not having regular Sunday services, Rev. Michelle Brotherton of St. Paul’s United Church and I decided we’d stick with the lectionary readings for the season of Lent.

Keep in mind that these readings are part of a fixed cycle. The Psalm, Hebrew Scripture, and Gospel readings that we’ve shared these past two weeks were chosen from the options for Lent 4 and Lent 5.

So I find it pretty incredible that the Psalm for Lent 4 (March 22) was Psalm 23, the beloved and familiar song that brings comfort to so many. And then this week, we hear about Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones and Jesus’ raising of Lazarus, two stories of hope in the midst of loss and grief.

Scriptures

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (“Dry Bones”) | Psalm 130 | Romans 8:6-11 | John 11:1-45 (“Lazarus”)

For this this week’s service my focus was on Ezekiel’s vision. Now, I don’t want to spoil this worship service for you, so I’m not going to give too much away! “Dry bones” is an image used in Scripture to describe spiritual desolation. Ezekiel’s vision was first spoken to a dispirited people who were scattered and separated, longing to return to their homeland. “Can these bones live?” God asks Ezekiel. “O God, only you know,” is his reply. “Tell the bones that I will restore them to life,” God says. And so Ezekiel speaks these words of hope to the bones and they live again – but not before they are enlivened by the Spirit of God.

God’s promise is that there will be life beyond exile. The community will experience the life-giving breath of God and be restored.

As always, please be in touch in whatever way you prefer, and please keep checking in with each other. We’re in this together, and we belong to each other. For this, I have deep gratitude – I feel it in my bones.

Blessings,
Rev. Jen


Online Worship Resources – March 29, 2020

1) The Joint St. Paul’s United Church and Trinity United Church Taped Worship Service on YouTube for the Fifth Sunday of Lent – CLICK HERE

2) Family & Children’s Resources

From Illustrated Ministry:

From Seasons of the Spirit – Lent – Easter 2020:

3) Other Online Worship Streaming Options

The United Church of Canada has produced an interactive map of online worship streams for this Sunday from some United Churches across Canada.

Please follow this link to see the live services available: Sunday Worship in Online Spaces

4) UCC Moderator Richard Bott’s Online Worship Service for March 29, 2020CLICK HERE



Sunday, March 22 – The Fourth Sunday of Lent

1) The Joint St. Paul’s United Church and Trinity United Church Taped Worship Service on YouTube for the Fourth Sunday of LentCLICK HERE

2) Family & Children’s Resources

From Seasons of the Spirit – Lent – Easter 2020:

From Illustrated Ministry:

3) Other Online Worship Streaming Options

The United Church of Canada has produced an interactive map of online worship streams for this Sunday from some United Churches across Canada.

Please follow this link to see the live services available: Sunday Worship in Online Spaces

4) UCC Moderator Richard Bott’s Online Worship Service for March 22, 2020CLICK HERE


Saturday, March 21, 2020 – 3:30 p.m.

Update #7 for Trinity United Church – Bowmanville Community Members re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Message to Trinity United Church – Bowmanville Community Members

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

From Rev. Jen Broomhead

Dear Friends,

In a past working life, I was a “Documentation Specialist” at a software company in Ottawa. I was one of a team of technical writers who were responsible for writing user manuals and online help for the products the company produced. Because the range of products was broad, I would have to learn to use various programs very quickly, so that I could help tell other people how to use them. Sometimes the learning curve was quite steep – but that was nothing compared to what I’ve been trying to sort out this week!

I think that’s primarily because there’s more at stake this time. We want nothing more than to keep our community connected and as safe as possible in these strange days, to support and uplift one another and make sure each one of us knows deep in our hearts that we are not alone.

Online tools like email, YouTube, and Facebook are being used more and more. Virtual worship, meetings, and visits are fast becoming the norm. And I don’t think I’ve spoken on the phone this much since I was in high school!

But this is what we need to do to keep each other safe, and to take care of our spiritual, mental, and emotional health. I am so very grateful for this community, for the support and help we offer to each other, and for the connections that bind us. Our bonds can only be strengthened as we live into what it means to be community in these challenging times.

We have not forgotten our folks who do not use computers or social media. The team of phone visitors is doing a fabulous job checking in – if you want to be such a visitor, or know someone who should be on our list, please let me know.

Also, we are investigating options so we can set up “conference calls” that people can join by phone (if that’s all they have) or by computer, and hope to be able to start doing that next week.

There have been hiccups, but we’re getting there. I want to thank everyone who has been helping with their experience and expertise, and express my gratitude for their patience and understanding.

Here are words from my favourite Psalm, Psalm 139:

Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,

even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end—I am still with you.

Blessings,
Rev. Jen



Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.

Update #6 for Trinity United Church – Bowmanville Community Members re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Message to Trinity United Church – Bowmanville Community Members

From Rev. Jen Broomhead

Dear Friends,

What a week. Things seem to be changing so fast that it’s difficult to keep up, and just when we think we’ve got a handle on it, things change again. The fine line between social distance and social isolation is a difficult one to walk, as we struggle to balance the need to connect with the need to protect. It’s hard – but I hold on to the knowledge that we’re all in this together, and that is a blessing.

Though I’m not in the office, I am still here. If you are feeling anxious or lonely, please reach out. You can always reach me by email (revjen@trinityunitedbowmanville.com), or by calling my confidential minister’s study line (905-623-8212) and leaving a message. I check these regularly. We can talk and pray together anytime. And if you just want to say hi, that’s welcome, too.

This week I have been working with folks from Trinity and St. Paul’s to produce our first “virtual worship” service. When the file is edited and ready, we will post the link. Please be gentle! This is the first time I’ve done anything like this, and I’m still trying to figure it all out. 

It’s important that we stay connected. While digital means are more and more common, we realize there are others for whom this is not an option. Our team of phone visitors is working hard to keep in touch, and we are also working on adapting the virtual worship service to be shared by conference call and/or phone call. Information will be provided just as soon as it’s available.

Please know that I am holding each one of you in prayer. Know that I miss you and am looking forward to the day when social distancing is behind us. Know that I am sending you virtual hugs (if you’re the hugging type!), and that even when we are not together in person, we are always together.

Blessings,
Rev. Jen


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 9:30 p.m.

Update #5 for Trinity United Church – Bowmanville Community Members re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Message to Trinity United Church – Bowmanville Community Members

From Sally Barrie, Council Chair

Dear Members,

I hope this message finds you and yours safe and healthy during this difficult time as we focus on ongoing protocols and direction with the COVID-19 virus situation. Keeping our families and each other safe during this time is a concern we all share.

Public Health and government officials have given the message that everyone needs to stay away from confined public gatherings of more than 25 people and to anyone with compromised immune systems and complex health issues, self isolation is a very necessary precaution. Like many others within our community, Rev. Jen and her family will be self isolating and staying confined to their home avoiding any possible exposure to the virus.

I want to assure you that Rev. Jen is available by phone and/or e-mail (revjen@trinityunitedbowmanville.com) and the while the church office is closed until further notice, the office phone (905-623-3138) and e-mail (gwen@trinityunitedbowmanville.com) are checked regularly and you can reach Rev. Jen on the confidential ‘minister’s study’ line at 905-623-8212.

We have a wonderful and willing group of phone visitors organized through our Pastoral Care Committee who are providing conversation and reassurance with telephone calls. If you or anyone you know would like a call, please notify the church office at 905-623-3138.

Yours with sincere concern for all those within our pastoral care,

Sally Barrie
Council Chair


Prayer from Moderator

A Prayer During Times of COVID-19 – A prayer by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator of The United Church of Canada.

Message from Moderator

God Is with Us – We are with each other even when we aren’t able to be together. We are not alone.

A message by by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator of The United Church of Canada


The Season of Lent

SUSPENDED Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. – Fourth Sunday in Lent Worship Service

SUSPENDED Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. – Fifth Sunday in Lent Worship Service


Pastoral Care

Rev. Jen is available by phone and/or e-mail (revjen@trinityunitedbowmanville.com) and the while the church office is closed until further notice, the office phone (905-623-3138) and e-mail (gwen@trinityunitedbowmanville.com) are checked regularly and you can reach Rev. Jen on the confidential ‘minister’s study’ line at 905-623-8212.

We have a wonderful and willing group of phone visitors organized through our Pastoral Care Committee who are providing conversation and reassurance with telephone calls. If you or anyone you know would like a call, please notify the church office at 905-623-3138.


Music@Trinity presents

Emma Kidd
Lullabies of Broadway

Sunday, March 22, 2020 @ 2:30 p.m.

Postponed to a later date yet to be determined



Message from the Council of Trinity United Church


Being part of the life of Bowmanville in one form or another since before Confederation, Trinity has represented a constant tradition for many generations. Some traditions may have existed for the purpose of bringing us to this very point in time – preparing us for something new and exciting. Our community is expanding and evolving. Are there new traditions growing in our community at this moment?

Council works with our Minister and the devoted members of our Council committees to serve the community within our congregation and the community outside our church walls.  Our combined efforts have the potential to do the traditional work of the church and some different and emerging ministries as well.

Heather Morton, Past Chair of Congregational Council


Message from the Minister of Trinity United Church



It is a privilege and a blessing to be part of this spiritual community. It’s a place where we can go deeper when confronted with the everyday joys and challenges of what it means to respond to God’s call to be the church in our time and place.

Scripture tells us that where two or three are gathered in God’s name, God is there in their midst. It is my prayer that worship at Trinity provides everyone with a sense of connection to the Divine.

Quote from author Glennon Doyle:

Acting perfect at church is like getting dressed up for an X-ray. Church is home. It’s where I can breathe deep and be myself for God’s sake.

I love our life at Trinity, in all of its glorious imperfection. I am grateful that we are on this journey together.

With thanks and blessings, Reverend Jen Broomhead


What We Believe at the United Church of Canada

To join the United Church of Canada, members are asked to profess their faith in the triune God – Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit – and to commit themselves to faithful conduct in the church and in the world. Accepting the Bible as the shared standard for our faith, members are not required to adhere to any particular creed or formulation of doctrine.

The Bible is central to The United Church of Canada. As a source of wisdom, personal prayer, and devotion, we believe that reading and studying the Bible can bring us closer to God.

Jesus welcomed everyone, whether they were poor, rich, or just getting by; ill or healthy; self-made or educated; popular or a loner; secure or full of doubts.

Jesus…crossed barriers of race, class, culture, and gender. He preached and practised unconditional love…and he commanded his followers to love one another as he had loved them.
(A Song of Faith, 2006, United Church of Canada)


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