We are not alone
We live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
Who has created and is creating,
Who has come in Jesus
The Word made flesh,
To reconcile and make new
Who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
To celebrate God’s presence,
To live with respect in Creation
To love and serve others,
To seek justice and resist evil,
To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
Our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
“ Our Challenge is to Walk with God and Each Other ”. These words begin our church statement and are bookends to the Worship Team’s role at Trinity. We hold fast to this challenge of how the worship experience can be a rich, meaningful and expressive encounter for all. The Team meets regularly for planning of ongoing activities such as Communion, Baptisms and Weddings as well as provide leadership in some services. With great interest, we also connect in “ Think Tanks” where we brainstorm and consider, in a deeper dive, Advent and Lenten themes. The Ash Wednesday service, we professed, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24), exposing us to the Lenten Season. We participated in weekly Communion and were grateful for Rev. Kathy to have the sanctuary filled with the aroma of fresh bread as we entered. This enticement was intentional as we were encouraged that whatever our hunger, we could come to the Table and take as much as we needed. The season allowed for quiet Announcement Time to help us settle into a Worship of Covenant lessons and learning. Rev. Kathy’s Meditations focus of “Being Rescued”, “We’re In Relationship” and “We are A Treasure” was rich and memorable as we “journeyed to Jerusalem”. Our Call to Worship was enhanced as we could visualize the words Rev. Kathy signed in the refrain of “Amazing Grace each week, “…..that saved a wretch like me — I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see”.
March began with Trinity hosting the annual World Day of Prayer service. Trinity hosted and welcomed local Christian faith churches, celebrating and learned about the country of Suriname. Also in early March at Trinity’s AGM, the Worship Team was named, acknowledged and thanks was given thanks for all of their offerings provided throughout the year. Gaetanne Evans, Janet Villeneuve and Adrien Gravelle were welcomed ‘officially’ to the Team. A Maundy Thursday Service included acts of washing and drying each other’s hands and loving our neighbour, as Jesus taught us. We ended our evening with a nourishing meal around His Table - a feast of fresh bread, honey and butter, jam and tart lemonade. The Good Friday Service was deeply powerful as the Worship Team played various roles of that terrible day….And in each dialogue, the speaker uttered an admittance of “ Yes…. I was there…” We were graced with a Brass Quartet for our Easter Celebration - what a gift! Once we had heard the Good News and collectively dressed the Cross with a garden of fresh flowers, we were privileged to hear a brilliant masterpiece of Praise with the presentation of the Hallelujah Chorus. It was simply awesome!
“In life, in death, in life beyond death - God is with us…” we know these words in the United Church Creed. This year, Trinity spent many Sunday services singing it as our offertory. We witnessed various children, youth, young and older adults stand at the front, helping to lead the congregation with the movements that accompany these powerful lyrics. How beautiful it is to be in this sacred space and hold the hand of a neighbour and celebrate the presence of God. Each Trinity service begins by Acknowledging the Traditional Territory in which we live, play and raise our families. We are grateful for the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek for their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. On September 30, we celebrated Orange Shirt Day, sharing its story. Special guest, Lana Parenteau, working in Outreach and Support in the Indigenous community shared the impact of residential schools on 4 generations of her family. She spoke of healing and forgiveness.
Worship experience in music throughout the year is celebrated with the Trinity Choir, offering their gift of song almost weekly. We are also graced by the Trinity Band who provides dynamic Ministry during our Intergenerational Services. We enjoy singing both traditional and contemporary praise music, and particularly love pieces such like ‘Holy Holy Holy’, ‘Reckless Love’ and ‘My Lighthouse’. Earth Day was celebrated with song as Rebecca and Jeff Wiseman along with Kate Dahmer filled the space with beautiful melody. In addition to the Northern Brass Quintet’s sharing at Easter, the North Winds Quintet provided special music to kick off the Advent season and the Trinity Kids Club shared their performance during the Advent II service. On Christmas Eve, we were serenaded to the Table for Communion with the voices of Cassandra and Adam Walli, and Kate Dahmer. All of these music experiences are “Trinity Worship”. At times throughout the year, during Rev. Kathy’s vacation, Youth Ministry work or educational leave, we are blessed as a Worship Team to lead services. In addition, we acknowledge worship offerings from Diane Tait, Del Nussey, Kate Gravelle and Rev. Melody Duncanson-Hales.
The Advent Season brought us “A Manger Dilemma” as each character in the Christmas Story was faced with a Dilemma - and it involved answering ‘Yes’. Handcrafted wooden Manger ornaments were a gift made by Kate Gravelle for Trinity families. Personal sharing along with a specific videos were also provided weekly (Adrien Gravelle, Gillian McIntyre, Cody Chisnell, Amanda Thompson and Diane Tait) to coincide with the Meditation and Scripture. Kristin Gibeault beautifully presented a Godly Play series of the Christmas Story to both children and adults throughout Advent as well as the Christmas Eve 4pm service. This year, in addition to handing out apples and oranges to families, the Christmas Story was shared in a clever way through M&M’s. The Longest Night Service was a very well attended, meaningful service providing comfort and care, along with healing prayer stations and intensional candle lighting shared by community area churches as Trinity hosted. Christmas Day, once again remains an intimate sharing service with kneeling prayers, singing and fellowship…. And of course, a Birthday Song for Jesus and Cake! The year rounded out with the Worship Team, along with helpers, leading a unique Lessons and Carols Service on December 30th. Trinity continues to be blessed beyond measure for the depth of leadership, Spiritual knowledge and experience provided by Rev. Kathy Dahmer - we lean in to hear Messages of Hope and Inspiration weekly.
Worship is Joy at Trinity.