Let my people go!

A worship series on the Exodus story

The Hebrew Bible readings in the lectionary for this fall happen to tell the story of the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt where they were slaves, through 40 years in the wilderness, to Canaan, where they were to settle. It's an extraordinarily dramatic story, perfect for a novel or movie. This story gives us the burning bush, the Passover, the parting of the Red Sea, manna in the wilderness, the Ten Commandments, the Promised Land. What a rich set of images and metaphors! But is this story more than a good yarn and source for Western literature and culture?

In an interview about the Exodus story, American Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso points out the mythic quality of this ancient story, and its central role in Jewish faith, saying, “What happened once upon a time happens all the time….”

This series will examine the Exodus story for its meaning to us today. Many of the themes of the story are important to people in the Bathurst congregation: refugees, freedom, leadership, settlers and colonization. What's more, the ancient Israelites’ journey parallels many journeys (physical or spiritual) that we take individually or as a community. Perhaps even the departure of this congregation from the former church building to the TSP building, or the current Bathurst 2020 project can be understood in the light of this old story. And if we do make our own Exodus journeys, what sustains us in the wilderness, and how do we feel God's presence on the way?

Services in this series include:

  • Sunday, October 22
    Exodus 20: 1-20
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sunday, October 29
    Exodus 17: 1-7
    Rosalinda Paredes

  • Sunday, November 5
    Exodus 32: 1-14

  • Sunday, November 12
    Exodus 16: 2-15
    Marie Simon

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sunday, October 15
    Exodus 
    Lindsay Tyler

Unsettling Bathurst

America Septentrionalis (early map)

 

On June 11, 2017, the Bathurst congregation reached a consensus to pursue a different home space in the Annex, initially focusing on the Westbank Development at Bloor and Bathurst. This commitment invites us to consider how a move would be an opportunity for faithful transformation, in light of new contexts. The September 2017 worship series, “Unsettling Bathurst” will ask what it means to be faithful church in light of our rich history, the current context, contemporary discourse and demographics.

Services in this series include:

  • Sunday, October 8
    Thanksgiving 
    "Messy Church" ... church for children, large and small

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sunday, October 1
    “Who is My Neighbour?” what do the Environics data tell us about our neighbourhood? Who lives here and what do they care about?
    Guest presenter: Anne Shirley Sutherland

  • Sunday, September 24
    “Render to God the things that are Gods” How do post-colonial theory and de-colonization inform our current transformation?
    Reflection: Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sunday, September 17
    “What Language Shall I Borrow?” Second, what is the current context and new discourse? A panel of voices including Howard Williams, Jeremy Malcolm and Joel Burkholder will interpret the signs of the times and the longing for meaningful faith.

  • Sunday, September 10
    What was Bathurst’s most recent great upheaval and major transformation (1980-1995) responding to? What was wonderful about that? What were the compelling questions of society and theology, and themes the congregation was wrestling with? How were those questions answered? What was the discourse? What language was being spoken? What can we learn from that experience? How have we become small “c” conservative? That upheaval was thrust upon us by a crisis. Are we able to see the crisis of demographics that is moving us to the next upheaval?
    Reflection: Frances Combs

Bathurst 2020

 

PHOTO BY NINA SILVER

 

During the summer series we held a series of conversations about the future of our congregation. Where do we want to be? What do we want to be? Should we be looking for community partners?

The summer services were held at College Street United Church, at the north-west corner of College and Bathurst, and started with a pot luck supper sharp at 6:00 pm, followed by an informal service at 7:00 pm.

Services in this series included:

  • Wed, August 30
    Topic: Generous Spaces ministry

  • Wed, August 23
    Topic: Bathurst 2017 Pride Service Reflection

  • Wed, August 16
    Topic: Update on the Westbank development (Bloor & Bathurst)

  • Wed, August 9
    Topic: Colombian Methodist partner Paola Marquez

  • Wed, August 2
    Topic: Revisiting the Crieff Hills Bathurst 2020 Conversation

  • Wed, July 26
    Topic: Pre-wedding celebration for Caro and Audrey

  • Wed, July 19
    Reflecting on the visit to A Different Booklist

  • Wed, July 12
    Visiting A Different Booklist

  • Wed, July 5
    Home - Howard Williams

Pentecost

Living into our Faith

While Pentecost doesn’t get marketed to consumers the way Christmas and Easter do, at Bathurst it definitely gets its due! Pentecost Sunday 2017 at Bathurst included a baptism and many songs and chants associated with the Holy Spirit.

Services in this series include:

  • Sun, June 25 - Pride Sunday
    The Gates Shall Not Be Shut
    Caro Ibrahim
    10:30 am in the chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sun, June 18 - Our Summer Solstice Service
    8:00 am on the beach at the foot of MacLean Ave (at Hubbard Blvd.)
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Sun, June 11 - Our Mental Health Mission
    The CAMH Volunteer Team

  • Sun, June 4 - Baptism of Henry James Griffin
    Ralph Carl Wushke