>> Beginning February 4 at noon, our Encounter group will be screening a series of movies. Bring your lunch! The first film: Risen (2015), “follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem." This will play over two weeks, Feb. 4 and 11.
>> February 18 and 25 film: Luther (2003) "Armed with no more than his faith and quick wit, one man confronts the greatest powers on earth. Martin Luther's (Joseph Fiennes) bold actions foster an era of personal and religious freedoms unprecedented in history. A young law student, Luther abruptly enters a monastery when he believes his life is spared during a violent lightning storm. Luther proves an eager, apt disciple and is selected to travel to Rome on church business. He enters the holy city with the wide-eyed ideals of a young man only to have them shattered."
Join us on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Calvin Hall for breakfast followed by a discussion regarding the topic of Sexuality in the Church at 9:00 a.m. The panel will consist of: Rev. Daniel Cho, St. Mark’s Toronto and former Moderator of the 2018 General Assembly: Rev. Reuben St. Louis, Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church, Campbellville; and Rev. Linda Ashfield, Knox Waterloo. All three ministers will share their opinions and will respond to questions from the audience or from questions submitted to Rev. Szatmari prior to the meeting. Attendance is optional.
This year’s theme calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. The international resources for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by colleagues in Malta. The theme, “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2), remembers the historic shipwreck of Paul on the island of Malta and calls us to a greater generosity to those in need.
Pulpit Exchange - On Sunday January 19, there is a pulpit exchange among the ministers in the Forest Hill area. We will welcome Rev. Gary Clark from Foresthill United Church for our morning worship service and Rev. Dr. Frank Szatmari will be preaching there.
Taizé Service - Sunday January 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Calvin Church. A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations. The prayers consist of short chants, repeated again and again. The words are sung over many times.
Ecumenical Service – Sunday January 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener.