Worship: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
***Sunday December 1st: A Christmas Celebration of Music - 3:00pm***
Directed by Margaret de Castro
with Rafael de Castro - organ and Caroline Derome - flute
On the evening of Thursday December 5th, we will be visiting Manoir Westmount, Place Kensington and Westmount One to entertain the residents with carol singing. If you would like to join us for our carolling evening, please sign up on the easel in the Narthex.
Emergency Response for the Philippines
Our hearts go out to those struggling with the Philippines disaster in Talcloban City caused by the recent cyclone.
To date we have received $2,000 for TYPHOON YOLANDA HAIYAN relief. If you would like to contribute to the rebuilding effort, please make a cheque to Mountainside United Church specifying it is for TYPHOON YOLANDA HAIYAN. We will send a cheque for the total and add the amount to your church receipt. ***Government of Canada has extended the matching program until December 23rd.***
NDG Food Depot
Too many Montreal families are hungry these days. Let’s fill the church grocery cart to the brim this month (ground floor, Lansdowne side) so a delivery can be made to the NDG Food Depot. Suggestions: canned fish & meat, canned fruit or vegetables, UHT milk, whole wheat pasta.
A letter from Rev. Patricia Lisson, Saint Columba House - Christmas 2013:
We would like to thank you for supporting Saint Columba House throughout the year and everyone’s generosity to our Christmas appeal. Every year we do our utmost to make the holidays a special time for the children and adults that participant in our programs. This year, we would like to invite your congregation to once again, be a part of Christmas for the children and adult participants. We were very fortunate to have a great response to the appeal and we are hoping to continue this Christmas tradition with your support.
For the congregational White Gift Service we would suggest that the gifts be non-perishable food items, toiletries, socks (men’s/women’s, children’s) art supplies, educational gifts: Books, legos, mega blocks, Sports equipment: hockey sticks, basketballs, skates. Once again, thank you and have a wonderful joyous Christmas season!
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Please note the Tuesday evening Meditation Group starts at 7:30 pm.
This fall our Adult Education series continues on Wednesday afternoons between 2:00 – 4:00pm.
We are enjoying a 7 series DVD viewing & discussion 'Painting the Stars - Science, Religion & Evolving Faith'
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Minister: The Rev. John Forster B.A., M.Div., M.Th.
Director of Music: Margaret de Castro B.A., B.Music., M.Music, M.Ed
Chair of Session: Richard Neufeld
Vice Chair of Session: Ramon Vicente
Clerk of Session: Heather Gibbons
The Application for November 24, 2013 - Reign of Christ
Luke 7: 15, 16, 18-23
Today has been traditionally known as Christ the King Sunday or the Reign of Christ Sunday. Now to understand what kind of King we are celebrating, we also have to understand what kind of Kingdom we are talking about. One way of looking at Jesus’ ministry is through the lens of enacted prophecy, what we might call prophetic street theatre today. Jesus travels around the countryside with his entourage of 12 disciples.
Why 12? He is mirroring the 12 tribes of Israel. He heals and cleanses, includes and forgives: All the while ignoring the rules and regulations of the religious authorities. In this manner, he acts out his idea, his image of what would happen if God were the high priest. Jesus challenges the religious authorities with healing outside the Temple and on the Sabbath. In our gospel lesson, he even touches a dead body in a funeral procession with amazing result. And words gets back to John the Baptist about a prophet being raised up among the people. When John’s disciples come to check him out, what does Jesus point to as signs of the Kingdom? Not military power or political intrigue. Not symbols of wealth and high office. Rather the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. In other words, the common folk receive healing, restoration, new life and it is all good news.
Application for Today:
Jesus shows in words and deed that the Kingdom of God meets our pressing human needs, it brings blessing to the common people. Amen.
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