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The Ruthven Circuit Rider
             Issue #17
   6th Sunday After Pentecost

July 12, 020   The Methodist Church Worship Service Large Print

July 12, 2020   The Methodist Church Worship Service

Sunday, July 12, 2020 Worship Service at Olinda-Ruthven

Sunday July 12, 2020


Ruthven Circuit Rider Newsletter Issue 18 7th Sunday after Pentecost, July 19th 2020 Weeds in the Wheat Field In the garden it is simple–if you have weeds remove them. But weeds in a wheat field it would be ridiculous–a waste of time and energy. Jesus gave this parable: “He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’ (Matt.13. 24 -30) Weeds and Wheat together–that describes our world! Some say root out all the people we judge to be evil. But Jesus said “Let them both grow together until the harvest.” Judgement will come later and not by us. I would suggest that Jesus was calling the people and his disciples not to judge and especially not to ‘root out the weeds’. Jesus is pointing out the reality that good and bad people live together. Yes, we are to live together, and no we are not to let evil do it’s ‘thing’. Jesus calls us to be discerning, caring people and work against evil in the world. But we are not to conduct purges, like the Nazi’s in their aim to have a pure ‘wheat’ field aimed to eradicate the Jews, homosexuals, mentally challenged, religious people who opposed them. The pure wheat field is to have a pure clean group, people or family. The aim for purity can, sadly, be seen in church history. Beginning in the 12th century and carrying on for hundreds of years the Inquisition where Christians were rooting out heresy and Jews and Muslims were tortured and killed. We see it in organizations, including the church, where they want their leadership to been seen as perfect–not black, not old, not fat, and stuttering. Moses would not be acceptable for church leadership because he had a speech impediment. In the aim for a ‘pure’ field, even families would hide the ‘unacceptable’ members. Jesus speaks out against the search for a pure field because good people would be hurt and who is to judge. It is dreadful when people are judged by their colour, their looks, their beliefs because they don’t fit into the perfect picture, the pure field. Today, I would caution those folks who seek to tear down statues and rename schools that they should be careful that they don’t become the judges seeking a pure field. That they don’t become what they preach against. Nobody is perfect. For instance, Egerton Ryerson -- don’t forget the good he did while acknowledging he was wrong in his view and actions with regards to residential schools. Again, no one is perfect except Jesus. Glory be to God, Amen. Let us pray: On this Sunday tender God, we lift up our prayers for those most affected at this time: The sick, and their care givers, The doctors, nurses, and support people doing all they can. We would lift up those we know working in health care: Elishia, Emily, Jennifer, Julie… We lift up in prayer Canada and not only Canada, but we pray for our troubled world, in particular Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Haiti. We raise up to you, O God, the congregations in our Antler River Watershed Region and in particular, The Bryanston Pastoral Charge, Ilderton, ON. and Haiti. We hold in pray: All who are doing essential work on the farm, at the pharmacy and in the store. Those who protect and help us, police, fire, and public servants. Our Pastoral Charge's Mission: The Children and teachers at the Callebasse Christian School, Haiti and all children around the world; Our Family and Friends: Doug & Margaret Mailloux, Ross, Zoe, Tim, Brian, Cecile, Randy, Al, Normalie Voakes, Murray Voakes, Nora Grimse, Tom, Pat, Marie, Eva, Dax Rounding, Rita Wigle, Donald, Pat Haggith, Paul & Brenda Jones, Doug & Karen Hall. For others who we name in our hearts....... Holy God, hear these our prayers which we offer in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray, Our Father... ANNOUNCEMENTS Survey – Please return the survey either by email or drop in the mail box at the Pastoral Charge office. Deadline is Wednesday July 29th. Calendar of Events: Today, Sunday, July 19th, 10:00 a.m. A Worship Service via Zoom Live via Zoom: You can log in each week using this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6953623178 If needed the meeting ID is 695 362 3178 Zoom requires downloading the app, so we suggest you click the link and download the software ahead of time to avoid any hiccups. Live via Telephone You can simply call one of the following numbers using your phone: 1 647 558 0588 or 1 778 907 2071 and when it asks for the meeting ID dial 695 362 3178 then # *Please note that you may get a busy message as more people are using this service than usual. Just keep trying until you get online! (NEW: If you are unable to attend and want a recording of the service to watch at another time please e mail Olav at okitchen@mnsi.net and he will send you the recording of the service.) Monday, July 20th 7:00 pm via Zoom Meeting of the Board of Trinity (Session, Stewards, UCW rep. Region Rep) Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:00 pm via Zoom Meeting of the Board of Olinda-Ruthven (Session, Stewards, UCW rep, Region Rep) Advance Notice: Sunday, July 26th, 10:00 a.m. A Communion Service via Zoom Monday, July 27th, 7:00 pm Meeting of the Official Board of the Pastoral Charge via Zoom * * * * * Please Note — All meetings on the pastoral charge are open and anyone can attend. The only meetings that are closed is a meeting of the Ministry and Personnel Committee. On Holiday: Brenda Miller the Pastoral Charge Administrator will be on holiday for the month of August. She will be back in the office on Tuesday September 1st. The Circuit Rider will be on hiatus during that time (the last issue before the break will go out on July 31st) Rev Olav Kitchen will be on holidays August 1st to August 14th. There won’t be a Sunday Service on August 2nd, 9th. Services will resume on Sunday August 16th at 10 am. Feel free to contact him for any emergency pastoral care. Photo Directory: Church Family Photo Directory There will be a final photo session on Thursday, August 6th at Olinda-Ruthven United Church for snowbirds and others who weren't able to attend back in February. You'll be pleased to know the company has established a number of protocols to keep everyone safe e.g. separation panels, sanitizers, a limit of 1 family in the church at a time. Thankfully we can take our masks off for the pictures. :-) Please contact David Clifford (519) 613-8708 to book your appointment. * * * * * Celebrations and Good News Happy Birthday to Gary Balkwill July 19 Betty Page July 20 Rob Reid July 23 Andy Dobbie July 23 Laura D'Alimonte July 25 Anthony Cianfarani July 25 Happy Anniversary to D'Alimonte and Michael Trieu July 23 * * * * * From Olav: As always, please remember that I am available for you. Feel free to contact me at 519-566-7626 (call or text) or 519-974-9057. My E mail is okitchen@mnsi.net We can even arrange a 'one on one' Zoom meeting at any time or have a driveway visit. Even though we are keeping physical distancing we are still one in the Lord! Blessings, Olav Prayers / Announcements/ Good News for the Circuit Rider: If you wish to place a person's name on the prayer list (with proper permission) or you would like to share some Announcements or any Good News, (jokes also can be shared as well) please call Brenda Miller, the Pastoral Charge Administrator at the office (519.326.3138) or email (office@ruthvenpc.com) to the office by Thursday Noon. Office hours are normally 9am - noon, Monday to Friday. To Ponder In the beginning God created heaven and earth. He was challenged immediately with a class-action suit for failure to file an environmental impact statement. At last, He was granted a temporary permit for the project, but soon was handed a cease-and-desist order enjoining Him from creating earth. At the governmental hearing, God said, “Let there be light.” The bureaucrats demanded to know how the light would be made. They asked if there would thermal pollution, or strip mining. God replied that the light would be created from a huge ball of fire (the sun). God was granted provisional permission to make light (1) if He would obtain a building permit, (2) if no smoke would result from the ball of fire, and (3) if He would keep the light on only half the time to conserve energy. God agreed and said He would call the light “day” and the darkness “night”. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth green herbs and many seeds”. The Canadian Environmental Conservation and Protection agency agreed as long as native seed was used. Then God said, “Let the waters bring forth creeping creatures having life; and the fowl that may fly over the earth.” Officials insisted that this would require approval from the Department of Game. When God said He wanted to complete the project in six days, the officials informed Him it would take at least two hundred days to review the application and the environmental impact statement. Then there would be a public hearing followed by a twelve-month waiting period. Then God created hell. [More Holy Hilarity, by Cal & Rose Samra]

A Hair Cut!

A most exciting event happened this past week, I got a hair cut. I have never been excited about a hair cut—except this week. My hair was bugging me-- I have never had it so long— so I was very happy to have my hair cut!! I think those who cut hair are essential workers!! In this new world I have come to appreciate the work of many people who I took for granted. Those who cut hair, those who serve as clerks, those who clean buildings.

People do a variety of work and some people’s work we take for granted. All work, all occupations are important. People do work every day ---maybe it is sewing a mask, weeding a garden, caring for a child, working in a hospital, at a grocery store, sweeping a floor, working at a computer, cutting a person’s hair! People each and every day go and do their share in the world’s work. People with different training and a variety of skills making a contribution to the world. A passage of scripture comes to mind: “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Everyone contributes to the world. Somehow in a wonderful way it all fits together to make a society – our world. We don’t dare say who is more important... we are dependant on all of them.

The point of all this--- is that all constructive work is God’s work. All that we do is God’s work. Every person’s work--- what they do....is a way of serving humanity, and so glorifying God. One of the saddest things in human experience is to spend a lifetime doing something, and not seeing any meaning beyond receiving a pay cheque. A pay cheque is important but there is a meaning beyond this. In our day to day living we do things to make this a better world. It could even be a smile, words of wisdom, a listening ear, a creative act.

Whatever we do, what ever our work is, I hope we will not think of it as something different from our Chris

tian work, our Christian living. We honour God in what we do. “What ever you do, do it to the glory of God”

To God be the Glory, Amen.

[A note: the picture is not me! He was a predecessor of mine on the pastoral charge. Rev. A. C. Chambers was a minister at Olinda for 9 months around 1875.]

Let us pray:

On this Sunday tender God, we lift up our prayers for those most affected at this time:
The sick, and their care givers, The doctors, nurses, and support people doing all they can.
We would lift up those we know working in health care:
Elishia, Emily, Jennifer, Julie…

We lift up in prayer Canada and not only Canada,
but we pray for our troubled world, in particular
Djibouti, Somalia and Haiti.

We raise up to you, O God, the congregations in our
Antler River Watershed Region and in particular,
the Tilbury-Quinn Pastoral Charge, Tilbury, ON.

We hold in pray:
All who are doing essential work on the farm,
at the pharmacy and in the store.
Those who protect and help us, police, fire, and public servants.

Our Pastoral Charge's Mission:
The Children and teachers at
the Callebasse Christian School, Haiti
and all children around the world;

Our Family and Friends:
Doug & Margaret, Ross, Zoe, Tim, Brian, Cecile, Randy, Al, Normalie, Murray, Nora Grimse, Tom, Pat, Marie, Eva, Dax, Rita, Donald, Pat, Paul & Brenda.

For others who we name in our hearts.......

Holy God, hear these our prayers which we offer in the name of Jesus
who taught us to pray, Our Father...

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Calendar of Events:

Today, Sunday, July 12th, 10:00 a.m.
A Worship Service via Zoom

Live via Zoom:

*Please call Olav to get you invitation.

Monday, July 13th 7:00 pm
Meeting of the Re opening Task Groups, via Zoom

Sunday, July 19th, 10:00 a.m. A Brief Worship Service via Zoom

Monday, July 20th 7:00 pm
Meeting of the Trinity Session, via Zoom

Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:00 pm
Meeting of the Board of Olinda-Ruthven
(Session, Stewards, UCW rep, Region Rep)

Sunday, July 26th, 10:00 a.m. A Communion Service via Zoom

Monday, July 27th, 7:00 pm
Meeting of the Official Board of the Pastoral Charge via Zoom

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Celebrations, Good News

Happy Bithday to

Deanna July 12
Jodi July 12
Caitlin July 13
Dawson July 14
Heather July 14
Scott July 15
Joe July 17
Gary July 19

Happy Anniversary to

Kailyn & Donald July 12
Reenie & Randy July 13

* * * * *

From Olav:

We are beginning our Zoom Worship Services – This week Lynn will play the organ for the first part of the service and then piano for the final part of the worship service. We would appreciate your feedback on which was better over Zoom.

The last Sunday of the month will be a Communion Service via Zoom. WE NEED worship participants for these services — so if you can help, please contact me. (okitchen@mnsi.net). You can be there in person or via Zoom at home. So far nobody has volunteered:(

As always, please remember that I am available for you. Feel free to contact me at 519-566-7626 (call or text) or 519-974-9057. My E mail is okitchen@mnsi.net

We can even arrange a 'one on one' Zoom meeting at any time or have a driveway visit. Even though we are keeping physical distancing we are still one in the Lord!

         Blessings,
         Olav




Prayers / Announcements/ Good News for the Circuit Rider:

If you wish to place a person's name on the prayer list (with proper permission) or you would like to share some Announcements or any Good News, (jokes also can be shared as well) please call the Brenda Miller, Pastoral Charge Administrator at the office (519.326.3138) or email (office@ruthvenpc.com) to the office by Thursday Noon. Office hours are normally 9am - noon, Monday to Friday.

Church expenses don't take a summer vacation. :-)
Thanks in advance for your ongoing support.
It is very much appreciated.




To Ponder

Two unsinkable old women
In Lessona, Italy, 104-year-old Ada Zanusso recovered from a severe
COVID-19 case, and recommended "courage and faith, the same
qualities that had served her well" in her many years.

On Long Island, after she survived a COVID-19 illness, 90-year-old
Anna Fortunato advised other coronavirus patients: "Do not be
afraid. Do not despair. Keep on fighting. Have a positive attitude
and pray. Don't stay in bed all the time. If I did it, you can do it, too."

Some other reflections:

"The police want you to know that
running from them is not social distancing."
      . via Paul Kurlowicz
      St. Michael's Lutheran Church
      Portage, MI

"Never in my wildest dreams did I
imagine I'd go to a bank teller with a mask on
      asking for money."
      . via Risa Samra
      Hallendale Beach, FL

Daffynitions

Committee: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Egotist: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Wrinkles: Something other people have... similar to my character lines.
      via Prof. John Geisler
      Western Michigan University
      Kalamazoo, MI




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