2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
January 20, 2013
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
We welcome everyone here today. We hope that you feel comforted in our fellowship and inspired by our worship, and that you will leave here refreshed and inspired in your personal life. Emma Duncan is back today to lead our worship. Thank you, Emma, it is great to have you with us. If you are visiting us for the first time today, please sign our guest book in the front entrance vestibule. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to return and consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Our Annual Meeting will be held a bit earlier this year on Sunday, February 10th following our morning worship service. Please circle that date on your calendar and make every effort to be here to help guide our plans for the coming year.
- Bring something each Sunday to add to our food collection box for local food banks.
- Pick up a box of our weekly offering envelopes if you haven’t already done so.
- Sign up to take a turn at sponsoring one of our fellowship hours after church or to help keep our church clean each week. The new lists are on the kitchen counter.
- Come to church each Sunday.
What can I Give?
Giving is a joyful celebration of God’s generosity to us and a sign of our ongoing dependence on God. In addition to money, we can use the things we own as tools of generosity. We can open the doors of our homes for hospitality. We can share our tools, our cooking ingredients, our vehicles, our knowledge, our skills, our recreation toys, and our time.
If I were a gift what gift would I be? Our gift is God’s stewardship friend of mine told me that she was “complex, not complicated.” I like that. None of us can boil down our essence into a simple, one-word explanation. We are all complex—a mixture of contradictions, dysfunctional behaviours, glorious insights, amazing talents—a circus of personalities. But what would we say about ourselves if we could give the eulogy at our own funeral? How would we sum up that complex body of work and energy? In the early church, Paul thought that the gifts were many and the purpose quite focused. Some were teachers, some were healers, some were preachers, and some spoke in strange tongues. And yet the gifts themselves were part of a rich tapestry that together hung like a quilt. The quilt could be a blanket to keep us warm or a work of art, but it could be only a limited number of things. Likewise, you and I have a huge variety of talents, but only a limited number of ways to harness this energy for something that gives us meaning. The great commandment tells us that we can love others only if we love ourselves. Do you love yourself? Do you believe you have something worthy to share and be? It is a radical act of faith to believe this, since our world defines our worth in terms of wealth, beauty, and popularity. If everyone matters—including us—then what we have been given is a gift, and a gift is meant to be opened and enjoyed. I wonder if we spent more time in prayer considering who we are, what we can share, and where we can share it, we’d be a little closer to discovering what this crazy adventure called life is really all about. Written by Kevin Little for The United Church of Canada, 2008. Adapted with permission by The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, January 20
Pray for Bill & Sheila McKelvie as they deal with security concerns, local staffing issues and finding the right balance in their work.
Monday, January 21
Pray for pregnant women who struggle for access to nutritious food, trained health care providers and support from family or their community.
Tuesday, January 22
Pray for camps as they begin to recruit staff for the summer, and for young adults as they consider their call to this vibrant ministry.
Wednesday, January 23
Pray for the various leaders of Canadian churches – including The Rev. Dr. John Vissers – who are gathering at Crieff Hills for their annual retreat.
Thursday, January 24
Pray for our Presbyterian military chaplain, The Rev. Ken MacRae, who has been to Germany on several occasions facilitating decompression briefings for our men and women returning from Afghanistan.
Friday, January 25
Pray for The Rev. Henry Hildebrandt and all those at Anamiewigummig (House of Prayer) who gather at the centre in Kenora, Ontario.
Saturday, January 26
Pray for DIAKONIA, the world organization of diaconal orders, and for The Rev. Margaret Robertson who is very involved in it. The 26th of every month is a common day of prayer for DIAKONIA.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister and statesman
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr 24 2013, 7 pm at the Harstone’s. The next book will discuss is Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill. Pick up a copy and come enjoy a lively discussion.
Caring for vulnerable people
namiewigummig (Kenora Fellowship Centre) offers a place of refuge, sanctuary and hospitality to the most vulnerable people in Kenora, Ontario. The centre provides a daytime drop-in, overnight shelter and a soup kitchen. It also offers legal assistance, detoxification programs, street patrol and other essential services in the community. The centre’s mission – “to clothe the naked, to help the helpless, to feed the hungry, to love the unloved, to guide the lost” – is made possible in part by your gifts to Presbyterians Sharing.
Coming in February
Music Workshop – Genticorum
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 2:30 pm
Tickets $20 online at www.ticketscene.ca or $25 at the door
Claude Parlour Concert – Genticorum
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Tickets $20 online at www.ticketscene.ca or $25 at the door
The Spirit has blessed and continues to bless all of us with various gifts. Let us leave this place seeking to discover those gifts and to use them for our Lord. Let us go out to prove by our faithful and loving service that the Spirit is in indeed in our midst. And let us go out to make people whole, and to encourage and enable them to grow in Christ. (Based on Living Faith 4.3.4)