SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 9th, 2020
THE TREASURES OF THE SEA
Proverbs 8:22-31, Matthew 4:18-22, Genesis 1:2-23
Day five of the creation story; the waters and the skies are filled with living creatures – creatures with “soul.” And they are told to multiply and “teem.” The seas and the skies, the two realms of the earth that humans cannot naturally dominate. We can’t breath underwater nor fly without our advances in technology.
Yet we have made extensive use, and abuse, of these realms for our benefit.
For the word “living” in this passage, the writer has used a Hebrew word that implies “having soul.” (nephesh). This is a special designation that the plants did not get. And of course, later in the creation humans are created with soul. Would we be more respectful of the seas and skies if understood a common bond of soul with them?
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.