20 June | 1 Peter 5

welcome

We are back to meeting in-person as well as on-line – and we will continue to offer our service on-line.

  • Sometimes we feel stressed out by what we can’t do, and by what seems to be inconsistencies in government gathering regulations.
  • Some are feeling frustrated that they can’t get the hair done, or travel as freely as they would like.
  • Sometimes we get upset with some of the posts we see on social media.

But in these confusing, wearying times, we are confident that in the midst of all of this, God is with us. We remember that no matter what anyone says, no matter what anyone posts on social media. We remember that…

  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called and equipped to be different and live differently in our world;
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called and equipped to live lives that are filled with and empowered by God’s Spirit;
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called and equipped to be signposts and movie trailers, pointing to what the Jesus life is like.
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called and equipped to live in Christ, free to love, free to be kingdom people.

As you prepare to watch our service video, we encourage you to take a few moments…

  • get your coffee or tea, settle in, be still…
  • take 2 or 3 deep breaths… in and out… breathe,
  • invite the Lord to make himself present with you as you watch – he is with you – it’s just that often we are not aware that he is,
  • Read 1 Peter 5 as come to the service together.

teaching

Here is the service for Sunday, 20 June.
Ray & Brenda, along with Emily, Alan, and Aaron us in worship in song.
Pastor Mike’s message is from 1 Peter 5

The LIFEGroup notes can be found on our sermon page.

OCCkids is meeting in person this week

prayer

Join us tonight from 6:30pm – 7:30pm as we pray together for one another, our city, our world.
  • We need to pray for Uganda – on a 42 day lockdown.
  • We need as well to pray for Ethiopia – elections are being held tomorrow.

zoom prayer link https://zoom.us/j/99544541247?pwd=cU9idG1RNzB3bjdZS3RUdThOalQydz09
Meeting ID: 995 4454 1247
Passcode: 4LKzLR

outdoor gatherings

This summer we want to gather in small, outdoor only, gatherings to encourage and build each other up.

Here is the Eventbrite link to register for a backyard gathering

Here is the event post with the dates & times

 

giving

In this new way of being the church, we don’t practice giving by placing our offering in a basket as it is passed. OCCers are generous people. Thank you for your gifts.

  • Many give online – etransfer or paypal
  • Others mail or drop off cheques

You can find all the ways you can give here.

Prayer of Thomas à Kempis

Here is a prayer of Thomas à Kempis, to reflect on, to meditate on, to pray and make it your own this week.
See some reflection questions at the bottom of this post.

Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
to love what I ought to love,
to praise what delights thee most,
to value what is precious in thy sight,
to hate what is offensive to thee.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight
of my eyes,
nor to pass sentence according to the hearing
of the ears of ignorant men;
but to discern with a true judgment between things
visible and spiritual,
and above all, always to inquire what is the good
pleasure of thy will.

~Thomas à Kempis

Reflection:

  • Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
  • Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
  • Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
  • Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?

13 June | 1 Peter 4:12-19

welcome

We are back to meeting in-person as well as on-line.

  • Sometimes it seems like we don’t know what day of the week it is, or what day it is.
  • Sometimes we feel stressed out by what we can’t do, and by what seems to be inconsistencies in government gathering regulations.
  • Some are feeling frustrated that they can’t get the hair done, or travel as freely as they would like.
  • Sometimes we get upset with some of the posts we see on social media.

but in these confusing, wearying times, we are confident that in the midst of all of this, God is with us. We remember that no matter what anyone says, no matter what anyone posts on social media. We remember that…

  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called to be different and live differently in our world;
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called to live lives that are filled with and empowered by God’s Spirit;
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called and equipped to be signposts, and movie trailers, pointing to what the Jesus life is like.
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called to live in Christ, free to love, free to be kingdom people.

As you prepare to watch our service video, we encourage you to take a few moments…

  • get your coffee or tea, settle in, be still…
  • take 2 or 3 deep breaths… in and out… breathe,
  • invite the Lord to make himself present with you as you watch – he is with you – it’s just that often we are not aware that he is,
  • Read 1 Peter 4:12-19 as come to the service together.

teaching

Here is the service for Sunday 13 June.
Dan & Sue, Sophia & Casey Adams lead us in worship in song.
Pastor Mike’s message is from 1 Peter 4:12-19

The LIFEGroup notes can be found on our sermon page.

OCCkids is meeting in person this week

There is also an OCCYouth zoom class lead by Neil & Barb Fox @9:15am

prayer

Join us tonight from 6:30pm7:30pm as we pray together for one another, our city, our world.
zoom prayer https://zoom.us/j/99544541247?pwd=cU9idG1RNzB3bjdZS3RUdThOalQydz09
Meeting ID: 995 4454 1247
Passcode: 4LKzLR

outdoor gatherings

This summer we want to gather in small, outdoor only, gatherings to encourage and build each other up. Are you interested in opening your yard for a maximum of 10 people (including yourself) let us know?

 

giving

In this new way of being the church, we don’t practice giving by placing our offering in a basket as it is passed. OCCers are generous people. Thank you for your gifts.

  • Many give online – etransfer or paypal
  • Others mail or drop off cheques

You can find all the ways you can give here.

outdoor gatherings

This summer we want to help OCCer’s connect.

Right now and for the next few weeks we are only allowed a maximum of 30 people indoors for a Sunday service. And it is difficult to connect after the service.

So this summer we want to help make some connections.
Here’s what we would like you to do.
We would like to have multiple locations and various times of day available for people to connect.

We will follow strict guidelines

  • outdoors only
  • maximum of 10 people
  • if it rains, we cancel
  • we will encourage people to use the washrooms at their own place before coming
  • no food or drink will be provided
  • if people want something to drink, it’s “bring your own”
  • we will have someone take a couple of minutes to share something from God’s Word and maybe have a question or 2 to encourage sharing

The first week we would do this is the week of June 20

  • Let us know a day & time that is you would like to host
  • The OCC office will coordinate connecting people to hosts

Are you interested? Can you host a morning, afternoon, evening?
Call us at the church (705.329.2139) or email us: info@occweb.org.

If you cannot host but would like to be part of one of these gatherings… watch for days & times once we have our hosts… you can also let us know when works for you.

Financial update: Jan-May

Jan – May 2020 Jan – May 2021 difference
IN
offerings 93,981.85 80,744.42 -13,237.43
rental 1,800.00 -1,800.00
CEWS 17,400.42 13,031.84 -4,368.58
TOTAL 113,182.27 93,776.26 -19,406.01
OUT
expenses 97,318.96 94,160.33 -3,158.63
NET 15,863.31 -384.07 -16,247.38

CEWS is the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy

“Vocation Prayer” from the Beech Grove Benedictine Community

Here is a prayer, from the Beech Grove Benedictine Community, to reflect on, to meditate on, to pray and make it your own this week. See some reflection questions at the bottom of this post.

O Lord,
you know me.
You know when I sit
and when I stand.
You have me always present
in your mind.
For this, Lord, I thank you.
You know the path for my life
and what is best for me.
Lord, reveal to me the path
I am to walk.
Bless me and guide me
and be Lord to me
so that whichever road I take
I may do all for your glory.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

~“Vocation Prayer” from the Beech Grove Benedictine Community

Reflection:

  • Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
  • Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
  • Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
  • Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?

 

 

reopening & regathering

The provincial government has moved the introduction of Stage 1 up from Monday. June 14 to Friday, June 11.

They have also made some changes to what is allowed. Under the modified guidelines

  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;

Here is a link to the provincial updates.

We will post our new schedule and registration information by Wednesday, 9 June.

June 6 service | 1 Peter 4:1-11

welcome

We continue to meet on-line only, and will be for the next several weeks.
It is looking like 11 July could be the earliest date we can meet in person. Check occweb.org for any changes.

In this confusing, wearying time, when we are not sure what day of the week it is, or what the date is, we know that in the midst of all this, God is with us. We remember that no matter what anyone says, no matter what anyone posts on social media…

  • as followers of Jesus, we are called to live differently and to be different in our world;
  • as followers of Jesus, we are called to live lives that are filled with and empowered by God’s Spirit;
  • we are called and equipped to be sign posts, and movie trailers, pointing to what the Jesus life is like.
  • Whenever new regulations are passed and new laws come down, we are reminded by Paul in Galatians 5 that there are some things against which there is no law. As followers of Jesus, we exercise our freedom – our freedom to live out love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Those are the things against which there is no law. This is what it looks like to live as one who is truly free. This is to mark us, to characterize us, so that others will ask questions about why we have hope.

As you prepare to watch our service video, we encourage you to take a few moments…

  • get your coffee or tea, settle in, be still…
  • take 2 or 3 deep breaths… in and out… breathe,
  • invite the Lord to make himself present with you as you watch – he is with you – it’s just that often we are not aware that he is,
  • Read 1 Peter 4:1-11 as come to the service together.

teaching

Here is the service for Sunday 6 June.
Ray & Brenda, Emily, Aaron & Alan lead us in worship in song.
Pastor Mike’s message is from 1 Peter 4:1-11

The LIFEGroup notes can be found on our sermon page.

OCCkids is meeting online at @9:30am

There is also an OCCYouth zoom class lead by Neil & Barb Fox @9:15am

prayer

Tonight @ 6:30pm join us as we pray together for one another, our city, our world.
zoom prayer https://zoom.us/j/99544541247?pwd=cU9idG1RNzB3bjdZS3RUdThOalQydz09
Meeting ID: 995 4454 1247
Passcode: 4LKzLR

LIFEGroup

Get connected to a LIFEGroup – it’s one of the best ways to grow in Christ.
The details are here.

giving

In this new way of being the church, we don’t practice giving by placing our offering in a basket as it is passed. OCCers are generous people. Thank you for your gifts.

  • Many give online – etransfer or paypal
  • Others mail or drop off cheques

You can find all the ways you can give here.

A Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola

Here is a prayer, by Ignatius of Loyola, to reflect on, to meditate on, to pray and make it your own this week. See some reflection questions at the bottom of this post.

 

Lord, teach me to be generous.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve;

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to ask for reward,

Save that of knowing that I do your will.

 

+++

 

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

My memory, my understanding

And my entire will,

 

All I have and call my own

You have given to me.

To you, Lord, I return it.

 

Everything is yours;

Do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace.

That is enough for me.

 

~Ignatius of Loyola

 

Reflection:

  • Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
  • Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
  • Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
  • Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?