Please note that we will not be offering our January take-out lunch during the lockdown.
Stay tuned for February's lunch if we are able to continue with this.
JANUARY 17th, 2021
Rev. Scott Sinclair
Join us online at 10:30 a.m.
SERMON SHORT: TWO REALMS IN THE ONE SPIRIT
Genesis 1, Psalm 8
“I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HEAR A SERMON ABOUT …”
We asked people to finish this sentence as a starter for our themes of worship at the start of the year. We’ll start with this response: “I’ve always wanted to hear a sermon about how to reconcile the science of evolution with our belief in God/intelligent design.”
This topic is dear to my heart since my undergraduate studies were so clearly focused on science, biology and evolution. This understanding informed much of my theological studies at seminary.
COVID-19 Statement December 22, 2020:
Gale Presbyterian Church will be closed during the time Ontario is in lockdown. When our region is moved from lockdown to condition red, we will reassess the building closure and in-house live worship.
Through this we will ensure there is worship available online via our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/GalePresbyterian)
COVID-19 Statement December 16, 2020:
Session has decided to suspend public in-house worship services until the Region of Waterloo is no longer in Red-Control level of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. Pre-recorded services will be available on our YouTube channel beginning Sunday mornings at 10:30.
(Our Christmas Eve services will be ready to watch on YouTube at 7:00 PM Thursday, December 24th)
COVID-19 Statement August 19, 2020:
We will be resuming public worship services in our sanctuary on September 13 at 10:30 am. Please click here for more details about what to expect if you come to the church for worship.
COVID-19 Statement June 11, 2020:
Despite the loosening of restrictions regarding public gatherings, Gale Presbyterian Church intends to remain closed and conduct live worship online at this time.
COVID-19 Statement March 16, 2020:
The Session at Gale Church agreed to “suspend all public gatherings, meetings and worship.” This includes Sunday worship, Tuesday Table, Messy Church, choir and bell practices and all meetings.
Gale Presbyterian Church is watching closely as the situation develops regarding the COVID-19 virus pandemic. We will make all reasonable precautions to minimize risk of exposure to people who attend events in our facility.
Rev. Sinclair is available at all times for pastoral concerns. He can be contacted by phone at 519-998-5323.
The Gale Sanctuary is a spiritual focus and home for us. It is a serene and meaningful space. We will continue to conduct Sunday worship services online from our sanctuary.
The Region of Waterloo Public Health Services provides updates as well as other health safety practices and resources at:
GALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH RESPONDS
In June of 2018 the General Assembly referred the document On the Question of Unity and Diversity to the church. It deals with the issue of inclusion of the LGBTQ community in the Presbyterian Church. The referral asked for a response from our Session by January 31st, 2019. Gale Session considered the document through the autumn, first by a small subcommittee and then Session as a whole through November to January. The process of arriving at a response was also addressed from the pulpit in sermons. Session considered one written response from a member received in January.
At a special meeting of Session our response was adopted and forwarded to the General Assembly for their consideration. Our response included three recommendations which were adopted by Session as follows:
Recommendation 1: That Gale Presbyterian Church, Elmira will welcome all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to participate fully as members of our congregation including the right to be ordained to office and married in our church.
Recommendation 2: That we acknowledge not all members of the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be comfortable with such a decision and may decide to leave the denomination. If this happens, we will show those who choose to leave love and respect for their choice.
Recommendation 3: That this be the response of Gale Presbyterian Church to the General Assembly concerning the document “On the Question of Unity and Diversity.”
A special committee of the General Assembly will consider our response along with many others from Sessions, Presbyteries and Synods of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The question of inclusion will be addressed by future General Assembly meetings and Gale will be kept informed of the progress of this issue.