DMS Pastoral Charge Worship, January 25, 2020

Luke 5: 1-11

They were tired – but still cast their nets. Will we?

They were tired – but still listened to Jesus. Do we?

They were tired – but still followed him. Can we?

We are tired but can do more than imaginable. Love one another, give to one another, live for one another.

Many blessings,

Pastor Barbara

What’s needed

At the end of the week we’re usually planning weekend events. What’s needed today is prayer.

Normally Friday brings in date night. What’s needed this evening is prayer.

As we open our hearts and give thanks for our blessings we are instead, in a time of lament.

What’s needed is stability, justice, health, and a certainty of the love of the Divine.

Friends, I invite you, I call you, to prayer. Write it, share it, keep it close to your heart but no mistake what’s needed is prayer.

A New Year – 2021

Here’s what next week looks like:

I was trying to get the picture without the personal but perhaps next week.

I’m pretty nerdy when it comes to my planning whether online or in my books. This is a glimpse for you.

Tasks are:

  1. Plan services to Lent
  2. Daily tasks that build to Sunday’s worship recording – completed on Friday
  3. Clean up office – organise books
  4. Write and send blog posts
  5. Plan and record hymn sing on Wednesday
  6. Create phone list for this week’s pastoral calls

Looks like a productive list, right?

That’s what I like about a new year, new month, new week – getting everything in order.

What do you like as we move into the newness of 2021? (other than the COVID thing)

God Bless,


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve:  3pm St. Lukes, Denbigh, Carol Sing in the parking lot from the safety of your car.

                             7pm Emmanuel, Schutt (weather permitting)

Prayers              10pm live on YouTube

Christmas Eve message: YouTube

Christmas Day – music shared YouTube

Links will be provided.

December 23, 2020, Advent

Happy Advent.

Are you tired of the Christmas music yet?  When I opened up a Christmas playlist on Spotify this morning and glanced through the song titles I realized I had heard enough. *sigh

Christmas day is not even here and I’m already overloaded. Everything from our traditional carols to the down home, sappy holiday tunes that include Rudolph and White Christmas.

Here’s the thing.  If you enjoy Christmas music whether they are your favourite carols or the tunes from old movies, there are words that can “spark joy”. “Dashing through the snow” may bring memories of the past.  “Dreaming of a White Christmas” may be your theme.  Dream on.

What’s my point?  Whether the music you sing or hear is about the baby in the manger or chestnuts roasting, if they make you smile and feel love, then you could be connecting with love, the love of the Divine.

Music plays a  large part in many of our lives and celebrations.  Regardless of your favourite – sing on!  The joy and love of music also brings the spirit of Christmas.

Sing on!
Pastor Barbara

December 22, 2020 Advent

Greetings Advent travellers.

With the news this week from Premier Ford there are so many mixed feelings it’s hard to put a finger on just one.  Sorrow, confusion, fear, overwhelm and perhaps so much more.

Then, the news that Christmas Eve will bring lots and lots of rain and possibly the freezing kind. Plans are holding well right now. We’ll see how the day goes.  This is the very real and earthly reality.

My first Christmas in Ministry was during  the last big ice storm that hit the GTA and area, December 2013.  All my plans and nervousness of the first Christmas came to an end when the ice storm and damages caused power outages and church steps that were not manoeuvrable. 

There are many reasons worship services are cancelled.  However, being Christians is not cancelled.  As followers of Christ we know what we have to do.  
We give.  We love.  We shed light in the darkness.  We read the scriptures and sing our carols – in the safety of our homes. In these seemingly bleak times may we find the light of Christ in our hearts to shine for one another. Enjoy this familiar carol.  

We are one – in Christ.  Through rain, or snow or – well you know how that goes.  

Worship on dear Advent travellers.  Worship on.

December 21, 2020 Advent

The longest night is upon us. 

The last couple of days have been pretty dreary.  Cloud cover and rain or snow have been par for the course.  The earth needs rest and recover. I believe we do as well.  

We continue to wait – for the return to light and for the light of the world that is Jesus.  There is hope in the darkness; peace in our waiting; joy in our anticipation; and love that comes within the light.

Today is a day to hunker down and embrace the darkness.  Find comfort in the slower pace of winter and in the lock-down to come. There will be lots of time to get busy in our lives.

We are blessed to be a blessing. Be the light of the world that you truly are.
Pastor Barbara