September, 2011 – Paradox newsletter

All Saints Calendar

From the Pastor…

Build us up, Lord, build us up;
As we guide and teach each other, help us to share your love with the world: ev’ry sister, ev’ry brother.

Worship hymnal #670

  I remember the day well, ten years ago, when the World Trade Center buildings in New York fell as a result of suicide bombers aboard passenger planes.  I remember the fear – even as I was in Saskatoon, and a good distance away from New York – that this was “close to home,” and I felt vulnerable.

It may be easy to say it was purely the act of a deranged person – or group of people – but I think it begs deeper reflection as to why this horrific event came to be.  Do we have a part to play in it?

It was no coincidence that it was at the epicenter of western, free-market capitalism: the USA, the trade center, the place where business and finances work at building great fortunes.  And it’s not a coincidence that the people involved in the bombing were from less-fortunate circumstances, aware of abject poverty elsewhere, and angry and desperate.

The thing is, there is great need elsewhere.  In our culture, we often deny need and vulnerability because we, ourselves, lack practically nothing, and we insulate ourselves from circumstances of need.  We have come to expect an infinite amount of products at our finger-tips, or energy-supplies that will never run out.  And we can trick ourselves into believing this – unsustainable as it is, and damaging to other peoples – because our system is set up so that those in poorer circumstances provide for us through things like trade agreements that are not fair.

Our task, as people of faith who care about the well-being of others, is to work at changing how we live so that more people, everywhere, have enough.  That all may have life! This month, I encourage you to participate in opportunities where we can achieve better understanding – a peace service on the 11th, a guest speaker on the 18th – mark your calendars! -Pastor Tyler Gingrich

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– to Jack, Darlene, Jay, Jeff for BBQing!!

– to Jesse and Sydney for help with set-up and music at the BBQ

– to Katrina, Myrle, Paul, Karen for the soup!!

– to Darlene and Karen for their leadership on August 10th!

– to Cathryn who continues to keep our financial records, even at her new home in the north!

to Roy and to Delores for cleaning up after most of our pizza suppers at our mid-week gatherings!

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In a resolutely secular society like Canada, one of the jobs of a theologian is to point out where the new theological language is emerging. One of those places is in Jack Layton’s final letter to Canadians. There he provides a synopsis of his own theology.


“Love is better than anger

Hope is better than fear

Optimism is better than despair”


What most Canadians will find difficult to articulate is where they’ve heard that language before. Consider the following passages from Christian and Hebrew Scriptures.


“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18)


“Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another” (Ephesians 4:31-32)


“suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3-4)


“I do not despair of my condition, for I have good hope of recovering from my illness” (2 Maccabees 9:22)


There are many other passages I could have quoted. Jack Layton didn’t think of himself as a very faithful member of the United Church of Canada but in the end, I think the evidence points the other way. Clearly Jack Layton embraced an open, loving and hopeful spirituality that millions of Canadians are responding to. God bless you, Jack, a good and faithful servant.

(Rev. Dr. Christopher Lind, “A Theologian Shows How Jack Layton’s Spirituality is Summarized in his ‘Letter to Canadians'” – Facebook note, August 22, 2011)

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Seen on bumper sticker:

“If going to church makes you a Christian,

 does going to the garage make you a car?

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Worship Leaders for September

Sept 4 – Lector, Karen; Host, Gingrich; Liturgist, Myrle

Sept 11 – Lector, Katrina; Host, potluck; Liturgist ________

Sept 18 (Souper Sunday) – Host, Whiteman and _________

Sept 25 – Lector, Delores; Host, _______; Liturgist, Myrle

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Souper Sunday
September 18 -5:30pm

We welcome
Rev. Dr. Ruth Wright
“Ministry at the Margins in Vancouver’s Down-town East-side”

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Congregational Planning Workshop

Saturday, October 15 (10am-4pm)

“Save The Date!”

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