As we go quietly or screaming into fall, life at St. Paul’s continues to be on the move.
As you may know we have a Sunday Bible Study that has been running for two weeks now. Both sessions have not only given us a glimpse into the world of the text, but also our world shaped by the text. It has been a safe space for different perspectives and interpretations, and even when we disagree we have found ways to grow in faith together. One of the biggest benefits of this study time is the opportunity to ask questions that we generally just don’t have in ordered worship on Sunday morning. It gives me a chance to more directly answer the questions that I can’t do in a message, at least not normally. I hope that others seek this Bible Study out from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, and know that if you have questions you are welcome.
On Monday nights at 7 p.m. we continue to have the Men’s conversation group looking at the book Autopsy of a Deceased Church. We might not be solving all the church’s problems, but we are having real deep conversation about where the church was, is, and might be in the future. Come and share your perspective.
As usual, we will continue to have our Wednesday Morning Playgroup tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the downstairs gym. It looks like it is going to be a messy day tomorrow, so if you have pre-school aged children, you are invited to come and play at St. Paul’s United Church.
Much of this sounds like the weekly line-up for St. Paul’s United, but things take a shift on Sunday morning. Instead of worshiping here at St. Paul’s at our regular time, we’ll be joining our brothers and sisters at Wilmot United (473 King St) at 11:00 a.m. . This Sunday, October 4th is World Wide Communion Sunday. It is a day where Christians around the world take note and acknowledge our greater unity in Christ by sharing the bread and the cup. The congregations of St. Paul’s and Wilmot (during the joint services in the summer we called ourselves Downtown United) are doing something special by actually coming together to celebrate this Holy Sacrament. This kind of event is so rare that it will only be the second time in recent history where the two congregations have acknowledged their unity and come together at table. Something else that makes this day special is that there will be a special guest, former Moderator and Senator, the Very Rev. Lois M. Wilsom. Come and be a part of this momentous event as we share bread, cup, and prayer with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Oh and if you accidentally come to St. Paul’s Sunday morning for worship, it’s OK. There are lots of coffee shops open downtown 😉
May God inspire you to be the change this world needs.
Rev. Richard 🙂