Sundays at Scarboro – December 8, 2019

Worship Start Time: 10:30am
Theme: Advent II - Peace: Communion

Come to Scarboro as we worship together every Sunday. We will have the coffee on at 10, so come early and catch up with your community. This week we consider Peace on the second Sunday of Advent. Communion will be shared, and all are welcome to participate.

Come to the Marilyn Perkins - Memorial Hall after worship for a cup of coffee or tea and some good conversation.

Thanks to all the hard working volunteers who contributed their energy and talent to last week's Turkeyburger lunch & concert!


Sock it to 'em!

The Elda Daniels Group is once again collecting new socks for the Drop In Centre. Bring your donations on Sunday - or anytime during the week to the Church Office - up to and including Sunday, December 22, at which point they will be delivered to the DI. Last year we collected 400 pairs, can we do it again this year? (Pro tip: wool blend work socks last longer and stay warmer. All socks are appreciated.)


The Season of Advent at Scarboro United Church:

Dec 8 - Advent II: Peace - communion will be shared
Dec 15 - Advent III: Joy - lessons & carols service
Dec 21 - The Longest Night - quiet evening service at 7pm in the Chapel
Dec 22 - Advent IV: Love
Dec 22 - Calgary Queer Church: Blue Christmas - 7pm in the Chapel
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Family Service - 5pm - The ABC's of Christmas (kids are invited to come early and dress up!)
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 10pm

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Sunday at Scarboro – Dec 9, 2018

Worship Start Time: 10:30am
Theme: Christmas Presence, Advent 2: Peace - Communion Celebration

Whomever you love, however you identify & express yourself - you are welcome here.

Come to Scarboro as we worship together every Sunday at 10:30am. We will have the coffee on at 10, so come early and catch up with your community. Today we continue our journey through Advent with a communion celebration - and an infant baptism.

After church, gather in the Marilyn Perkins - Memorial Hall and catch up over a cup of tea or coffee. Feel free to bring your cup to the Chapel for another gathering on the 94 Calls to Action of the TRC.

Actors for our original Christmas play, Unto Us, are to gather in the Youth Room for rehearsal.

We are still collecting donations of new socks for clients of the DI - let's SOCK IT TO EM!

 

Advent @Scarboro 2018:

- Sun, Dec 16 - Advent 3: Joy - Lessons & Carols, reception of new members (bring your socks for the DI)
- Fri, Dec 21 - The Longest Night - Gather in the Chapel at 7pm for a service of quiet reflection
- Sun, Dec 23 - Advent 4: Love - Original Play, Unto Us: A Post-Modern Take on the Meaning of Christmas
- Mon, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve - 5pm Family Service with storytelling, costumes and music
- 10pm Candlelight Service with music and communion

 

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Sunday at Scarboro – Nov 11, 2018

Worship Start Time: 10:30am
Theme: Remembrance Sunday

Whomever you love, however you identify & express yourself - you are welcome here.

Come to Scarboro as we worship together every Sunday at 10:30am. We will have the coffee on at 10, so come early and catch up with your community. There will be more time for coffee, tea and conversation after the service in the Marilyn Perkins - Memorial Hall.

This Sunday's worship includes a ceremony of remembrance, featuring guest musician, Chris Morrison. At sunset we will join communities across Canada, ringing our bells 100 times to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, as a part of the Bells of Peace.

At 2pm Chris, along with the rest of Foothills Brass, will be playing Music of the 40's in the Sanctuary. Concert tickets available at the door.


Reflection for Nov. 11, 2018: 100 years since Amstice (Based on Mark 12.38-44)

Rev. Erin Klassen

At first glance, this passage is about sacrifice. Look at how little this woman has, and yet she has given it all. But it is less about sentimentality and more about prophetically challenging the powers that be. Yes, she is lifted up as generous and faithful, but Jesus’ primary point here is a critique of the (religious) powers that be and a celebration of how God is turning the world upside down.

 

This is where we must tread carefully, because examples like this criticism of the scribes, while warranted, have been twisted in both the distant and recent past to justify hatred and harm toward Jewish people. It is 80 years since Kristallnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust, and only 2 weeks since the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We have a responsibility to ensure that our Scripture is not used to persecute any one group of people.

 

So, let us look at it carefully then.

In the gospel of Mark, Jesus has many positive interactions with the religious authorities, as well as contentious ones such as this. His concern is not their Jewishness, after all, he shares that heritage and faith. What draws his attention, is arrogance and hypocrisy. Issues that we all face. He is warning against those who are pretentious, who place themselves first and foremost, at the expense of others.

 

So much so that “they devour widows’ houses”. I don’t know about you, but I almost missed that part. What he is saying here is shorthand for economic oppression. This widow who has nothing, is without because these people in authority and power have taken everything from her. And yet, and yet, she still gives what little she has to this flawed institution run by flawed people.

 

Why?

Because of her faith.

She knows the reality of what is. But she also knows what could be.

 

This is what we honour today as well. Those brave folks who gave what they could. Those who left, and those who were left behind, those who came home forever changed. They sacrificed everything for what could be.

 

Our systems, our governments, our churches, they are all human institutions, and as such are incredibly imperfect. We know this. But we also know that they and we can be more.

 

On this day, just as with this scripture, we need to ensure that we don’t fall into sentimentality.

We need to see and honour the sacrifice that was made.

But more than that, we need to see and honour the faith and generosity behind those sacrifices.

They gave everything. Because they believed that things should and could be different.

We have a responsibility to live into that vision, that hope.

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