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Minister’s Message – Week of December 17

This Advent our theme has been: ‘Angels Among Us: #BeNotAfraid’ . We’ve heard stories about the angels, God’s messengers, visiting Zechariah, Mary and Joseph. This week through Scripture and a pageant being offered by the children, we will hear about more visitations – this time to the shepherds. But angel visitations are not a thingContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of December 17”

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Minister’s Message – Week of December 10

One of the biggest challenges in the preparation of a Christmas pageant  (ours will take place on Dec. 17) involves the selection of a Mary and Joseph.  If the congregation is fortunate enough to have an adult couple who have given birth in the months prior to Christmas, they can often be convinced to takeContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of December 10”

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Minister’s Message – Week of December 3

I really like this picture of Mary, being addressed by the angel Gabriel. I like her scowl. I like how her body recoils and turns inward. I like the suspicion in her eyes. It looks like Gabriel, far from assuming the power in the relationship, approaches on bended knee. The angel is the supplicant, theContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of December 3”

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Minister`s Message – Week of November 26

Minister’s Message Here we go, into the first Sunday of Advent. We’ve moved things up a week since Advent 4 falls on Christmas Eve. We have too many activities, too much great music, and too many sermon ideas to miss a week, so we’re starting early and celebrating fulsomely. Our theme throughout Advent is ‘AngelsContinue Reading “Minister`s Message – Week of November 26”

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Minister’s Message – Week of November 19

Minister’s Message St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians “… the arts as an expression of the sacred…music that opens us to awe…”  (Commitment Statement of DRUC) This is a phrase from the Commitment Statement adopted by our congregation when we were formed, nearly one year ago (where did that time go!!??)This Sunday our worship will focusContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of November 19”

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Benefit Concert for WISH Wellness: Ceremony of Carols Nov 14

Join us for a benefit concert in support of WISH Wellness Drop-in Centre Society for Women. WISH operates a purpose-built facility to accommodate the needs of sex-working women seeking safety and respite. It is an oasis of programming, support, and nurturing outreach in the heart of the city. Music therapy is one of the programs offeredContinue Reading “Benefit Concert for WISH Wellness: Ceremony of Carols Nov 14”

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Minister’s Message – Week of November 9

“… hands and hearts offered in justice, responding to the world …”  (Commitment Statement of DRUC) This is the phrase in our Commitment Statement that we will be focusing on this week at Sunday service. To help us consider how to live out this commitment we have invited Dawn Pemberton to speak with us about living as aContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of November 9”

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Minister’s Message – Week of October 29

As Dunbar Ryerson United Church, we’ve committed ourselves to finding “…expressions of Jesus’ love in the wisdom of our children; the elders who hold a rich heritage; and the grace of those in between…” That’s a pretty big commitment. It’s about more than making space for different generations. It’s about learning what makes us similar,Continue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of October 29”