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July 8, 2020
Dear Holy Trinity parishioner and friends,
I look  out my window and see blue and green and more green – dotted with bright flower colours, but every shade of green moving in the wind. Creation is shining in all her glory! Thanks be to the Creator for these beautiful summer days and the nights which bless us with coolness and renewal. Although mostly isolated, we are indeed all in this moment together.
At the heart of our life together in faith, is God's great circle economy of grace. God's grace is poured out for all, for free [unconditionally], forever – always; and we pass it on in big and small ways. It's not written about in the financial news of the day, but it sustains and renews the globe. God showers the earth, indiscriminately and extravagantly, with words of grace, seeds of kingdom, kernels of love. Isaiah writes:
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty...
The picture that unfolds is of joy, peace, song, trees clapping their hands, the earth overflowing with goodness. And our psalmist joins the chorus and echos the great life giving power of water - the hydrological cycles of nature. And so God's great circle economy of grace. [see our scripture section for these readings]
What are the seeds that the sower in Jesus' parable scatters so indiscriminately and generously? Matthew calls them “the word of the kingdom.” Jesus starts with the command: “Listen!” and ends his parable with: “Let anyone with ears listen!" Can we hear, can we take in and absorb the “words of the kingdom” - the words of grace and love showered upon us each and every day? What is the state of the soil of our lives – our souls?
Are they hard packed, bitter, resentful, cynical, reluctant to hear a single word of grace; or
Are they thin and superficial, infatuated with all that glitters or moves us in the moment, easily distracted; or
do we find ourselves anxious or judgmental – preoccupied, we might say weedy, with competing priorities so that there is no room for God's word to grow; or
are we open, receptive, attentive and responsive to the grace and blessings God showers upon us?
What sustains and grows the health and fertility of the soil of our souls? How do we tend, fertilize and keep our souls awake and alive. All the spiritual practices matter: wonder, generosity, gratitude, praise, loving kindness, empathy, simplicity. You can add to the list. And so we pray:
Crazy, indiscriminate, extravagant Gardener, you shower the earth with your words of love. Plant us deep in your heart that we might bring life, joy, right relations and your peace to all whose lives touch ours. We give thanks for your steadfast love. “You are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.” May we and all your beloved creation “shout and sing together for joy.” We pray in the name of your Word, Amen. [quoting Psalm 65]
In news of the parish:
we continue to plan for an outdoor service: Sunday June 26th at 10:30 on the south side of the church – with careful social distancing, face masks and care for our neighbour; bring a lawn chair if you can; rain date a week later.
The Lunchroom at Holy Trinity is open and also outside; volunteers welcome.
our revenue is significantly down as you can imagine; we give special thanks to all who have posted a cheque or have authorized an automatic withdrawal – Gwen can help set that up for you if you would like; and we now have the capacity for e-transfers if that makes things easier for you to support Holy Trinity – please see the instructions below.
I pray that you are enjoying the long hot days of summer and staying safe.
Every blessing,
Your sister in Christ
Cathy
04.929.7465 ext 3
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July 2, 2020

 
 
Dear Holy Trinity parishioner and friend:

 
Here we are in the heart and heat of summer. I pray you are well and safe. It is too long since I’ve been able to greet you in person. But this week we have the next best thing – a video of a small prayer time with music and reflection on our gospel for this Sunday:
 
 
 
I extend special thanks to Paulina Gonzales and Richard Greig for splendid music, Be Buckingham for our prayers and Donald McKenzie for this technical expertise. I pray that Jesus’ radical and unconditional invitation continues to reside and work in your hearts and imagination:
 
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
 
 
Holy Trinity is cautiously opening in this new phase of the Covid pandemic. We had a happy hotdog BBQ under the trees on the south side of the building at last Tuesday’s LUNCHROOM. Please speak to Donald if you’re interested in helping. Donald has re-initiated our Wednesday Eucharist service with our new pandemic protocols. And if we can identify parish hosts, Richard is prepared to have Pipes Alive on Thursday noon hours in August. In addition, weather permitting and God willing, Holy Trinity will worship outside Sunday morning July 26th at 10:30. Anyone who would help host, read and serve at this service, please let me know.  It will be so good to gather and worship together [with masks and social distancing] again!
 
Know that you are in the prayers of my heart. Should you or anyone you know need specific prayers, please email or phone me. Given our social isolation, the current events and turmoil around the world and an atmosphere of deep uncertainty about the future, prayer is critically important. May the Spirit enfold and empower you and those you love in blessing.
 
 

Your sister in Christ
 
Cathy
 
Associate Priest; revcathy@holytrinity.mb.ca
 
204.942.7465 ext 3
 

June 25, 2020
 
 
Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friend:
 
 
I pray that this note finds you and all in your circle of love and care well and able to embrace the beauty and life of these long days of summer. Indeed life is bursting out and around us: birds, gardens, trees and people – out of winter coats and enjoying God's grace. In the midst of so much uncertainty, illness and death, and demonstrations against the terrible injustices and violence of our time, we must remain deeply grounded in God's grace. It is from a heart of grace and love, that the new creation – the fullness of the kingdom, is brought to life.
 
 
Our scripture passage for this Sunday [Matthew 10:40-42] concludes Jesus' instructions to the disciples he has sent out to bear witness, in word and action, to the good news that “the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Our simple short gospel text describes the heart of hospitality that lies at the centre of the economy of the kingdom - God's economy of grace.
 
"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me... [and] whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple -- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."
 
And the reward is the reward of the righteous [the sheep – those who fed, watered, clothed, welcomed, healed and visited “the least of these who are members of my family”] in Matthew 25:  to “inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”  At the heart of the economy of the kingdom is welcome received and welcome given.
 
 
Years ago, 'the banquet' became for me a synonym for 'the kingdom' – specifically a banquet where everyone has a place at the table, every place is one of dignity, and there is enough always for all. All are welcome. Only those who exclude themselves are absent from the table.  I've included a prayer that I wrote about the banquet that elaborates this vision and underlines the expansiveness of God's welcome.
 
 
How do we remain rooted in God's great circle economy of grace in times such as ours – times of distress and anxiety and change when we cannot even be together safely. The witness of so many people demanding racial justice, the gradual opening of our public spaces and resilience of the globe's atmosphere are hopeful signs of our times. But the traditional disciplines of faith are critical to stay centered in the Spirit: prayer, critical reflection on the scriptures, creation and the newspaper, acts of generosity and compassion.
 
 
 
Our letters, emails and phone calls are meant to invite and encourage us all to live in and act out of this circle of grace in our daily lives. There is so much that invites us to close our hearts, we must stay in touch with all that opens our hearts in love – to each other, to the world around us, to ourselves, to God. May we all continue to welcome God's invitation to the banquet and extend it on in word and deed. For it is indeed the path of life – abundant life for all.
 
 

Summer blessings
 
 
Your sister in Christ
 
Cathy Campbell
 
204.942.7465 ext 3
 
 
PS Our Wednesday noon time Eucharist services have begun again [Donald presiding]; The Lunchroom is set to begin again – please talk to Donald if you
 


 
 
“Gathered in Love in the family of life, we are one Sacred Community.”
 
Mary Southard, CSJ 1997

 
 

 
 
 
{C.Campbell “Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice”; Liturgical Press; 2003; p.243/4}
 
 
 
Station 12 Litany: The Banquet
 
 
Voices 1:          At the beginning of the day, we join you at the breakfast table;
 
Voices 2:          We sing our thanksgivings to you for all the blessings of the banquet.  
 
 
One:                O Host of the wedding feast, who calls each of us by name,
 
Voices 1:          You welcome the poor, the weeping, the lost, exiled, rejected, and reviled, the hungry and thirsty, the bullied and victimized; and in your mercy, the bullies and victimizers.
 
Voices 2:          You welcome the humble, the peace-makers,  the patient, the faithful, and the resolute; and in your steadfast love, the tentative, the impatient, and the proud.
 
Voices 1:          You welcome the eccentrics, the wild ones and those who dance to drummers we don’t yet hear; and in your great love, the upright and respectable.
 
Voices 2:          You welcome the great hearts and the scared hearts, the wise ones and the simple ones; and in your compassion, the misguided and the angry.
 
All:                  All the creatures are welcomed to your table
 
Indeed all of creation has a place at your table.
 
 
Voices 1:          The joy of your welcome is perfect peace;
 
Voices 2:          The company you keep is love’s full harvest;
 
All:                  We come each day to the feast of your grace,
 
With hearts full of wonder and thanksgiving.
 
 
One:                O Source and Power of Salvation,
 
Voices 1:          Banish scarcity, destruction and fear from our midst;
 
Voices 2:          Banish the ravenous and aching hungers of your beloved creation.
 
One:                Feed us with the abundance of your table:
 
Voices 1:          The food of justice and truth, The food of reconciliation and solidarity,
 
Voices 2:          The food of healing and wholeness, The food of freedom and peace,
 
All:                  That we ourselves might become food for all.
 
 
One:                Source of all wisdom and compassion,
 
Voices 1:          You open the door to the new creation,
 
Voices 2:          And accompany us as friend, challenge and surprising provider;
 
All:                  Lead and we will follow.
 
 
[pause]
 
 
One:                Deep current of everlasting joy,
 
Voices 1:          All our striving, reaching, consuming and restless searching finds fulfillment in you.
 
Voices 2:          You are the well that satisfies all thirst.
 
All:                  We sing of the glory, splendour and joy of the banquet, And praise your name forever. Amen. Alleluia!
 
 
 
{C.Campbell “Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice”; Liturgical Press; 2003; p.243/4}

Cathy’s Note June 21, 2020

Dear Friends at Holy Trinity,

 
          10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 10:30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 10:31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
 

This is Rev. Donald, filling in once more for Rev. Cathy, who will be returning with these notes, beginning next week.

 
Fear. Fear seems to be stalking us at every turn. Some of this fear is quite natural. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and so we wish to tread carefully.
 
Much of the fear we face though, is manufactured. Fear is used as a tool to make us doubt our worth. To make us doubt each other’s worth.
 
First, as we read the Gospel for today, we need to remember that it is a continuation of a passage where Jesus is sending the disciples out into the world. As Jesus encounters opposition so will the disciples. Yet, in the middle of all of that, Jesus wants them to remember how much God cares for them.
 
Jesus uses the example of the sparrow. A small and seemingly insignificant bird. There are so many of them, that we generally do not notice when harm comes to them. God does though. Every. Single. Time. Never does the fate of one sparrow escape God’s notice.Jesus then goes on to say, even the hair on our heads are numbered. The smallest details of who we are matter to God. We are loved. Love is the antidote to fear 1 John 4:18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
 

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
 
We are perfectly loved. There is nothing in this world that we should fear. More importantly, there is no one in this world that we should fear. We are all created by God’s love.
 

When we allow each other to be fully human, we are not lessened. We do not lose anything of who we are by allowing anyone else the freedom to be who they are. Why, because we are all people who are created by God’s love. When we stand up against injustice. When we work to create systems that benefit all people. That is when we show love and not fear.

 
Thinking about this in terms of our reopening. Do we have enough love to wait, until all can gather? Can I allow some to gather, even though I am not yet able? Do we seek the welfare of the whole body, or just what makes us happy as individuals? Will we allow God’s love to drive away our fear?
 
Pax,
 
Rev. Donald
 
(offered by The Rev. Donald McKenzie for June 21, 2020)
 
  
 
 
 
 

Cathy’s Note June 14, 2020
        
 

Dear Friends at Holy Trinity,

 
Recently, someone said, “I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live during the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s . . .  all at the same time!”
 
I’m not sure what your days are like, but mine seem to fit the times.  At work, we still wear masks and have our temperature taken daily, but I’m fortunate that I did not lose my job.  I’ve now had a haircut and been shopping, even though I haven’t yet entered a mall or a restaurant.  My oldest two kids are both graduating from university this spring, but without a convocation or photos in cap and gown, and my youngest, who is in grade 11, says she’s keeping up – but it looks and feels more like summer holidays than school!  I’ve come to realize that I hate Zoom, although it has allowed all sorts of things to happen.  Maybe, like me, your days are quietly unfolding.
 
And, of course, I’ve been shocked at what is happening in the U.S.  I chose not to watch the video of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, but I have been riveted by the demonstrations that followed.  I was especially moved by two things: first, I discovered that a photographer in the U.S. has recreated Michelangelo’s Pieta, using Black mothers and their sons in locations across the country.  One is in front of a Target store, one in the centre of a major city, one on the steps of a legislative building, one beside a country road.  In each photo, a mother stares into the camera, holding her son, just as Mary held the body of Jesus, her dead son, in Michelangelo’s statue.  There is strength in the mother’s face, even as there is pain and bewilderment, as she cradles her child.
 
The second thing that moved me were some of the final words of George Floyd, as he lay on the road under the officer’s knee.  He cried out to his mother.  Mama, he screamed.  Someone called this a sacred invocation.  When he called out to his mother, he called out to all mothers, and all mothers came.  
 
I think about all these things: the monotonies of self-isolation, the students graduating from school, those who have lost their jobs and are struggling, the sin of racism, the failure of political leaders, the cries of suffering that rise to heaven every day.  I think of Rev. Cathy as she mourns the death of her mother.  I think of Holy Trinity, closed and silent.
 
The psalm for this Sunday says that the Lord hears the voice of our supplications (116:1).  How important it is to remember that.  When our world convulses under the strain of disease or prejudice, or when things fall apart and our eyes fill with tears, how important it is to remember that.  The Lord hears our supplications.  God hears our asking, our begging, our earnestness, our bewilderment.  The Lord hears, and like the mother in the Pieta, holds us close, eyes us with deep love, and carries us into life.  
 
Blessings,
 
Norman
 
(offered by The Rev. Norman Collier for June 14, 2020)
 
  
 
 
 


Cathy’s Note June 7, 2020


 
Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friend,
 
This is Reverend Donald writing. Over the next three Sundays, myself and Rev. Norm Collier will be sharing on the Cathy’s Note page. Rev. Cathy is taking some much-needed time off. Please continue to keep her and her family in your prayers as she mourns the death of her mother.
 
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
 
13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
 
13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
 
13:13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
 
This week has brought about an opening of the city. Yes, there are still many restrictions and we will be continuing in our practice of waiting until the fall when we hopefully be together again. Along with that, it has been largely, warm, bright, and sunny. This should be a time for celebration.
 
Yet, at the same time, our world has been thrown into greater turmoil. With the killing of George Floyd, we have again been reminded that all is not as it should be in our world. We must acknowledge that the systems of our world are set up to allow some people to hold an advantage over others. Whether we approve of or decry the rioting that is going on alongside the peaceful demonstrations, we need to see the injustice that pushes people to engage in such behaviour.
 
In the first verse of our epistle reading for this week, as Paul is signing off his letter to the Corinthians, he tells them to: Put things in order. Yes, he also tells them to agree with one another, and to live in peace, but these statements come after putting things in order.
 
Our world is disordered. Our world is fragmented. We have built systems that assure peace for one group of people, by assuring that others: blacks, indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and more, are never able to be at peace. We create a world where others must live in fear, so that we can live in denial.
 
How do we do this. The answer may be found in reflecting on the Trinity. Too often we spend our time trying to find technical descriptions of how the Trinity works. Instead let us focus on the way that each member of the Trinity is in relationship with each. A relationship built on love.
 
This is not love in any sentimental sense. Rather it is love in a practical sense. Every action of each member of the Trinity perfectly reflects the will of the others.
 
We need an action-based love, and we need a loved based action. We need to take some time to read 1 Corinthians 13. Then we should ask ourselves how we can apply that definition of love in the world around us. Ask ourselves how that definition of love shapes our race relations (Pentecost should remind us that there is only one race, the human)? How that definition of love shapes our economic system? How that definition of love shapes our sexuality?
 
We are currently not meeting at our building, but we are always meeting people. Let us meet them with the love that is demonstrated for us in the Trinity.
 
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
 
Rev. Donald McKenzie
 
 

Cathy’s Note May 29, 2020

Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friend:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in us the fire of your love.
For Pentecost Sunday – May 31, we have created a little prayer service and reflection, captured with Donald MacKenzie's help, as a youtube video:




Please click on the video and let's pray and reflect on the scriptures together, but in a time and place that works for you. Haewook and Richard have offered music to inspire your heart in prayer. It is a modest expression of Holy Trinity in this Covid moment – disbursed but together in the Spirit.
Vestry met last night at Holy Trinity.
We gave special thanks for our volunteer phone and email connectors. They keep us in touch with each other and sustain the parish. They are committed to staying in touch with everyone in the parish.
The parish has indeed taken quite a financial hit as have so many charitable organizations. We give thanks to those who have continued to give to the parish – by mail, by e-transfers and pre-authorized giving and we trust that others will generously make up the difference in their donations when we gather again.
We will not gather for in person Sunday worship until September. However, there will be small Wednesday noon time Eucharistic services starting June 17th. Please know that these services will be for 20 or less and follow strict protocols set by the Diocese.
We will continue with a weekly website update and have three YouTube prayer and reflection recordings – one this Sunday and one for the beginning of July and of August. There will be three Canada Post mailings to those who requested it and to those without email addresses.
Over June and July, Cathy and Gwen will each take holidays, but the parish phone and email will be monitored for calls and questions.
Good news: the Lunchroom @ Holy Trinity will re-open on June 16th depending on the availability of volunteers. It will also host some outdoor events. If you can volunteer or know others who would like this opportunity please call or email the Rev'd.Donald MacKenzie at: 204.942.7465 ext 4 or revdonald@holytrinity.mb.ca. With thanks
The Spirit is calling us to new life here at Holy Trinity. Let us rejoice and be very grateful.
Stay safe and pray for the continued health and well-being of the city.
Your sister in Christ
Cathy



See the
Winnipeg Free Press Article “Keeping The Faith” by Ben Waldman. posted 04/09/2020.
 
 





 
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