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Sunday March 24th, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Rev. Scott Sinclair

Sermon Short: Oh crap!

Isaiah 55:1-9, Luke 13:1-9

A man has a fig tree in his vineyard and it just doesn’t give any produce. The logical thing to do is to cut it out. “Why should it be wasting the soil?” he asks. The gardener knows a bit about trees and agriculture and makes the plea that the tree be given another chance. But he doesn’t plan to leave things just as they are. He’s going to spread a little manure around the base of the tree and see if that doesn’t redeem the worthless thing.

In this way, I see the parable as another parable of grace, not of judgement. The unfruitful tree – us – by rights should be cut down, but someone – Christ – steps in and pleads on our behalf for another chance. Grace in the form of dung flinging.

How does an unproductive church or mission or program or task force or community or person get revitalized when they have become complacent, listless, unproductive?

Well, throw a little crap at them and see if that helps.

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THE TUESDAY TABLE

Come share and worship with us every Tuesday in Lent.
Enrich this holy season in unique and evocative forms as we celebrate communion in an intimate and serene gathering.
The worship starts at 7:00 p.m. on the chancel and lasts about 30 minutes.
You will feel blessed in these special services of communion.

Come and join us.

The schedule for this season:

March 19th       Common loaf – We share in the making and the receiving of the body

March 26th       Communion in the Labyrinth – meditation in motion

April 2nd          Communion of the pretzels – a unique form of the loaf

April 9th           Alas, and did my saviour bleed?

April 16th         Nails – have I created them?

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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 LGBTQI 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.

 On-the-Question-of-Unity-and-Diversity and the full text of our Unity diversity response  are available online from our website and hard copies are available in our office.