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Acts 2:47 describes the Early Church as constantly “praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” In this week's podcast, Rev. Catherine looks back and praises God for all the wonderful memories of her time at BMUC. MV 30, VU 245 Performed by Bethany Russell. Resources for this series have been adapted from those prepared by Andrew Hyde …
 
The Early Church had a profound sense of community, a togetherness whereby they combined their resources and made sure there was enough for all. But the Spirit also pushes them to expand their sense of who is included-- who the "all" is that they should focus on-- and breaks down the barriers between different communities. The recent confirmation i…
 
Focusing on some of the stories from the Early Church, this series will explore what they have to teach us about what it means to be a community of faith. We'll look at the Book of Acts to remind us of who we are as Christians and what lies at the core of our communities of faith—things like awe and wonder, togetherness and community, enough for al…
 
This week on the podcast, Rev. Catherine has a conversation with funeral director Lorna Baker. We talk about grief, adapting to change, what makes for a meaningful life, and how a poolside conversation with a stranger set Lorna on a new life path. VU 256, 497. Performed by Bethany Russell Prayer of Invocation from All Things New, written by Rev. Su…
 
Hear from essential workers serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. In this episode, we speak with a nurse practitioner working in a local hospital. We discuss the challenges and triumphs she's experienced, as well as vaccines, burn out and the importance of healing the mind, body and soul. VU 625, 612 Performed by Bethany Russell Opening Praye…
 
A series exploring faith, hope and resiliency from people working on the frontlines of this pandemic. In this episode we hear from Lonnie Jones, a volunteer with the Essex Food Bank, to find out how the pandemic has changed their work and to learn about poverty in rural communities. Music: VU 220, 594 Performed by Bethany Russell Opening prayer: ww…
 
Lessons on faith, hope and resiliency from essential workers serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. In this episode, Rev. Catherine speaks to Katie Nanson, a social worker in private practice, for her insights into mental health and the big questions this pandemic is raising. Music: VU 286, 273 Performed by Bethany Russell Opening Prayer By Fo…
 
As we find ourselves in the midst of another stay-at-home order, Rev. Catherine speaks to essential workers to hear reflections on faith, hope and resiliency from the frontlines of this pandemic. In this episode, we hear from a JK/SK teacher, Deanna Quaglia. She talks to us about changes in her classroom, challenges facing students and the joy of h…
 
Awe and wonder. Joy and hope. Transformation and new life.In this episode we will explore the Easter story as told in Mark’s gospel, and consider the ways in which Easter informs our mission as followers of the Risen Christ.Music: VU 155, 169 Performed by Bethany Russell.Opening prayer by Peter Chynoweth, Gathering, L/E 2021Prayer for Illumination …
 
This episode is the culmination of our Lenten series on the 5 Essential Practices of the Christian Life, based on the book “The Walk” by Adam Hamilton. We explore those five practices as they are demonstrated by Jesus in his seven last words from the cross. These seven recorded statements of Jesus reveal that, even in his dying moments, Jesus pursu…
 
Do money and spirituality mix? Jesus thinks so! Money can sabotage or deepen our spiritual life. Listen in as Rev. Catherine Elsdon and guest explore the spirituality of money, the importance of generosity, and key components of 'the good life.' Music: VU 606, VU 594. Performed by Bethany Russell.
 
If we're serious about following Jesus, we'll cultivate the daily practice of serving God by serving others. In this episode we discuss the scriptural basis for the importance of service, as well as how to go about service in ways that are life-giving. Music: VU 256 “O God beyond All Praising”, VU 560 “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”, performed by…
 
How do we hear God's voice and follow God's lead? This week's episode of the podcast is the third in our Lenten series inspired by Adam Hamilton’s book “The Walk.” Rev. Catherine Elsdon is joined by a special guest for a conversation focusing on study, specifically the study of scripture as a means of hearing God. Music: VU 343 “I Love to Tell the …
 
How should I pray? Why should I pray? What does prayer do? This episode is the second in our Lenten series inspired by Adam Hamilton’s book “The Walk.” Lent is a time for repentance and renewal. As we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter, we’re reflecting on the 5 essential practices of the Christian life. Rev. Catherine Elsdon is joined by a sp…
 
In this conversational series, Rev. Catherine Elsdon welcomes a special guest to explore the core spiritual practices of Christianity. Inspired by Adam Hamilton's book "The Walk," this series offers concrete tools and encouragement as you seek to deepen your faith, and increase your awareness of God's presence. Music: VU 672 and VU 602, performed b…
 
Can we find hope in the prospect of God’s judgement? Elijah gains a disciple and King Ahab lets envy and entitlement get the better of him in this sixth episode of the series, Hope for Hard Times. Series inspired by the book, “Hope for Hard Times” by Magrey DeVega.Music: VU 273, VU 333 performed by Bethany RussellPrayers by the Rev. Debbie McMillan…
 
Elijah is burnt out and wants to give up; he needs a sign from God but God doesn’t always show up in the ways we expect. Elijah must slow down and quiet down before he can hear God’s “still, small voice.” Can we do the same? Music: VU 378, VU 608 (verses 1,4,5) Opening Prayer written by Suzanne Edgar, Gathering, A/C/E 2017-2018, page 41. Used with …
 
Episode 4 in our series on finding hope in hard times. After God’s dramatic fiery victory over the prophets of Baal, Elijah learns that God doesn’t always work according to our timeline or our methods. Sometimes God’s hope is as small as a wisp of cloud. Music: VU 672, VU 382 performed by Bethany RussellOpening Prayer by Bill SteadmanPrayer for Hop…
 
Carols and a Christmas message! Recorded in the church sanctuary, this service can be watched on the Bethel-Maidstone United Church YouTube channel. Thank you to Paul Rodey for recording. Works cited: Opening prayer by Aaron Palmer. Advent candle lighting by Martha Spong. Poem “Star Giving” by Ann Weems.…
 
The first episode in a 5 part series on the significance and symbolism of food in the teachings of Jesus and our everyday lives. Find recipes and more on our Facebook page! References for this episode: Miriam Feinberg Vamosh, Food at the Time of the Bible: From Adam’s Apple to the Last Supper.Gary W. Charles, Feasting on the Word, Year B, Volume 1.…
 
The fourth and final episode of the series focuses on faithful action. For this message I drew upon a number of sources:Jane Fonda interview on CBC Radio’s program Q, 8 Sept 2020.Mark O’Neil, “Canada has a long, documented history of racism and racial discrimination. Don’t look away,” Globe and Mail, 12 June 2020Laura Beaulne-Stuebing, “’We are in …
 
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