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Prayer Tree: anonymously submit your prayer colours to be placed on the tree in our sanctuary
Encouragement: words to read and pictures to enjoy
SUNDAY June 7th, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
REV. SCOTT SINCLAIR
Sermon Short – Communion In A Dangerous Time
Matthew 28:16-20, 2nd Corinthians 13:5-13
We’re going to relive an ancient tradition of our ancestors – the sacrament of holy communion.
It will not be the same as usual. That’s OK. It is the sacrament in which Jesus becomes so intimately a part of us and we of him. It is made even more intimate as you take the sacrament in your own living room, kitchen or den?
Through all the centuries that God’s people have practiced this sacrament we have done it in whatever way we can given the reality of the time. The sacrament has changed over time. There are options of white chemeloaf, flatbread, wafers, pre-cut, whole loaf. There are options of juice, wine, water, whisky. The sacrament can take any of a number of forms but at its foundation is this: it is a gift of God, not us. It is to be about God and not about our norms and expectations.
We will do communion in a dangerous time, and we will do it in a way that is good for our neighbour, ourselves and our God. It is the sacrament of the table. It is the sacrament of food and drink. It uses the most common universal element of our bodies, taking in food and drink.
My friends, taste and see that the Lord is Good.
WE WILL NOT MEET AT THE CHURCH BUILDING
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COVID-19 Statement May 20th, 2020
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.
On Monday, March 16 the Session at Gale Church agreed to “suspend all public gatherings, meetings and worship until at least March 31.” This will include Sunday worship, Tuesday Table, Messy Church, choir and bell practices and all meetings.
The local and global situation regarding the pandemic has not improved to the point that we can return to normal activities at the church. Gale Presbyterian Church remains closed for the foreseeable future.
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:
Please check this space for updates to Gale’s preparations.
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.