Hi Folks – I just wanted to pen a quick note before heading off on vacation on June 25th.  Second Cup will return the week of the 25th of July when I return, so keep watching this space.  In the meantime, many SJUC folks enjoyed an incredible Sunday last week as we closed Sunday School, and gave thanks for Janet’s 35 years of ministry among us!  We had amazing performances and presentations from our children’s choir, Sarah MacCabe, Kiara Legere, James Brien, Melissa McLearn, Jacob Fournier and many more.  It really was a beautiful time to celebrate our ministry with children and youth.

At Wellington, I preached for Father’s Day – so if you were curious to hear that, I’ve attached the sermon below.  The text for the sermon was the last scripture my dad and I shared before his death – an excerpt from Romans 8 on hope and what it really means when we find ourselves in the bottom of the belly of the beast.  Thanks to my sisters and brothers at Wellington for such a supportive environment to share a theological reflection from the heart of my own journey.

This week, at SJUC we’ll be celebrating Aboriginal Sunday and a baptism while Wellington celebrates another great year of Sunday School as it comes to a close.  It’s also Grad Sunday at both our churches – so we hope to see you there grads!

As we head into a sleepier time for our church as many of us retreat to cottages and other kinds of sanctuary as we strive to renew our hearts, minds and spirits – I just wanted to say how thankful I am for the ministry we share.  It continues to inspire and challenge my own spirit as we continue to walk in the way of Jesus together.

So this entry will have to be a sip to savor until we get perking again in July. 

Blessings to you all,

 

M

 

 

Text: Romans 8:12-25

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but it isn’t an obligation to ourselves to live our lives on the basis of selfishness. 13 If you live on the basis of selfishness, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the actions of the body, you will live. 14 All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God