Welcome to Mill Grist

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Welcome to my blog.

I write, research and do a lot of stuff for my job, which is a minister. After I speak, or write, I ususally have a lot of things that didn’t fit into the time I had or things occur to me after I have made a presentation–lots of grist, no mill. Enjoy!

If you would like to hear some of my musings please check out the following YouTube collection: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=norm+hennig-pereira


Seeing God at Work

Would you argue with God?  Do you believe that there is a higher power at work in the world?  In your life?  These are some of the questions we will be exploring as we look at a story out of Moses’ life.

Message: “Seeing God at Work” by Rev. Norm Hennig-Pereira

Thank you to Diane Murray-Charrett, Carolyn Maule, Sandy Woodworth, Janet Duval, Russell Braun, Crys Doupagne and Katharine Krul.

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Website: http://www.stjohnsuc.ca/

Music in this video:
Like a Rock
Words: Keri K. Wehlander, 1998
Music: Linnea Good 1999
Words and music copyright © 1999 Borealis Music www.LinneaGood.com
One License

Lord’s prayer
Words: English Language Liturgical Consultation, ©1988
Music: David Haas, ©1986 GIA Publishing Inc.

Creator God You gave us Life
Words and music copyright © 2004 by Judith Snowdon
Used with permission of the composer

Spirit of Gentleness
Words and music copyright © James K. Manley
One License

Streaming Licenses:
CCLI #4252664)
ONE LICENSE A-606768


Dimensions of Thanksgiving

The ongoing research into the importance and blessing of gratitude has revealed that it impacts our spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.  The apostle Paul and many modern wise men and women encourage us to give thanks daily, no matter our circumstance.  That’s not always easy, but counselor Tanya Peterson has an interesting approach which might make things a little easier.   Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Message: “Dimensions of Thanksgiving”

Thanks go out to Jennifer Kilpin, Lois Fraser, Katharine Krul, David Hadskis, Russell Braun, Sandy Woodworth and Carolyn Maule.

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Link to Tanya Peterson’s gratitude scavenger hunt:
https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2017/11/play-a-gratitude-game-to-reduce-anxiety

Tony Robbins quote is from
https://medium.com/thrive-global/tony-robbins-gratitude-is-the-solution-to-anger-and-fear-c3fa819825c

Music in this program

We plough the Fields VU 520
Words: Matthias Claudius (1782) trans. Jane Montgomery Campbell 1861
Music: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz 1800
Public Domain

Lord’s Prayer:
A Paraphrase version of the Prayer of Jesus © 1988 Jim Cotter
“O God, you love us, source of compassion” © 1998 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (France)

All things bright and Beautiful
Words: Cecil Frances Alexander 1848 alt.
Music: 17th C. English melody adapt. and arr. Martin Shaw 1915
Public Domain

Grateful
Words and Music: Tom Tomaszek, 2003 are. Sarah Hart and Tom Tomaszek, 2003
Words and music Copyright © 2003, Tom Tomaszek, published by spiritandsong.com
One License

Music streamed under One License A-606768 and CCLI 4352664.


Sweeter than Honey?

How do you feel about the 10 Commandments? Do words like beautiful, sweet like honey come to mind? They certainly do for the author of Psalm 19. What does he know that we don’t?

Message: “Sweeter than honey?”

Thank you to Diane Murray-Charrett, Sandy Woodworth, David Hadskis, Lois Fraser, Rob Allison, Mark Burns and Carolyn Maule.

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Music in this program:
“Come and Seek the ways of Wisdom”
Words: Ruth Duck 1993, Music Donna Kasbohm 1995
Words © 1996 and Music © 1997 The Pilgrim Press
One License A-606768
Lord’s Prayer: Public Domain

“I will set my bow in the clouds”
Words and Music Daniel Charles Damon
© 1993 Hope Publishing CompanyOne License A-606768

“Rise O Sun of Righteousness”
Words: office hymn 17th C. tr. Robert Campbell 1814-1868
Music: Bohemian Brethren, Kirchengesang 1566
Public Domain


The Gift of the River

This week we look at the gift of the river. As part of the water cycle, rivers are a part of why there is life on earth in the first place. Humans have long understood their importance as the great civilizations have often established themselves on their banks. As we look at various geographies, especially arid lands, we can see the marked contrast between areas along rivers, and those beyond the reach of a river’s water. But rivers give us more than just fresh water.

Message: “The Gift of the River” with Norm Hennig-Pereira

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Thank you to Diane Murray-Charrett, Carolyn Maule, Sandy Woodworth, Elaine Richardson, Andrea Van De Valk,Russell Braun, David Hadskis, Brian Williams, Susan Hertell, Marcia Moorecroft and Katharine Krul.

Music in this program.
“It is Well with my Soul”
Words: Horatio Gates Spafford (1828-1888)
Music Philip Paul Bliss (1838-1876)
Public Domain

The Lord’s Prayer
Words: English Language Liturgical Consultation, ©1988
Music: David Haas, ©1986 GIA Publishing Inc.

“Like a Healing Stream”
Words and Music: Bruce Harding, 2003
Words and music copyright © 2003 by Bruce Harding.
(Licensed CCLI Account #4252664)

“River Running in You and Me”
Words and Music: Ian Macdonald and Gordon Light 2003
Words and Music copyright © 2003 Common Cup Company,
(ONE LICENSE A-606768)


The Gift of the Wilderness

We continue in the Season of Creation by considering the gift of the wilderness or desert. From the lush bounty of the forest, we move to the apparent barrenness and desolation of the desert, outback and wilderness. There are experiences that are similar, but the desert, the badlands, the steppes, and the tundra require something more from us to fully appreciate the life that is to be found there.

Message: “The gift of the wilderness”

Thanks go out to Caroline Peasgood, Russell Braun, Diane Murray-Charrett, Sandy Woodworth, Lois Fraser, Katharine Krul and Carolyn Maule.

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Music in this program:
“Behold, Behold I make all things New”
Words and Music by John L. Bell
Words and music © 1995 by WGRG, Iona Community, Scotland, admin GIA Publications, Inc. Licensed CCLI Account #4252664.

“Lord’s Prayer”
Words: Matthew 6:9-13
Music (ASAS):Swee Hong Lim © 2010 Swee Hong Lim, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources. Licensed CCLI Account #4252664.

“As the Deer”
Music by J.S. Bach, M. Nystrom, arr. Bob Burroughs
Words: Martin Nystrom © 1984 Maranatha Praise Inc. this arrangement ©2005 by Carol Fischer, LLC. ONE LICENSE A-606768.

“One More Step along the World I go”
Words and Music: Sydney Carter 1971
Words and music © 1971 Stainer &Bell Ltd. administrators Hope Publishing
Company, Licensed CCLI Account #4252664.


The Gift of the Forest

As we enter into fall in the Northern part of North America, we also enter into a new season in the church year, the season of creation. In today’s program we will explore the gift of the forest. The forest has much to offer us, but it also needs us. In order to appreciate the gift we need to take time to explore it, and in doing so we will find more than what we expected.

Message: The Gift of the Forest

Thank you to Katharine Krul, Sue Sibley, Russell Braun, Diane Murray-Charrett and Carolyn Maule.

For more information on Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Koyu) please see:
https://qz.com/804022/health-benefits-japanese-forest-bathing/
https://hollyhock.ca/8stepsforesttherapy/

Markham, Ontario has a special park where you can experience forest therapy:
https://parkpeople.ca/2018/09/26/shinrin-yoku-markhams-new-forest-bathing-trail/
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/ontario/forest-therapy-trail

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Music in this program:
All things Bright and Beautiful
Words: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848
Music 17th C. English melody, adapt. and arr. Martin Shaw 1915
Public Domain

My Cathedral
Words and Music: Chris Rice
Words and Music © Copyright 2002 Clumsy Fly Music (admin. by Word Music, LLC). CCLI License

You shall Go out with Joy
Words: Steffi G. Rubin; Music: Stuart Dauermann
Words and music © 1975 Lillenas Publishing Company
Administered by The Copyright Company, Nashville, TN)
One License

Music streamed under One License A-606768 and CCLI 4352664


Knowing and Doing

Sunday, August 30, 2020
New Revised Common Lectionary, Proper 17, Year A.

How good are you at managing positive changes in your life? What strategies do you use to pick up healthy habits, while letting go of the unhelpful ones? St. Paul leaves his Roman readers with a list of habits he would like them to embrace. Habits like hospitality (even to those who cause them problems), generosity, helping those in need, peace and harmony. He also gives us a bit of a clue as how we might embrace these, or any, new habits in our lives.

Thank you to Crys Doupagne, Shelley Allison, Sandy Woodworth, Katharine Krul, Diane Murray-Charrett, Russell Braun, Lois Fraser and Carolyn Maule.

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Music in this program:
“Will you Come and follow Me” Words: The Iona Community
Music:Scottish traditional arr.
Words and music copyright © 1987 WGRG, The Iona Community (Glasgow, Scotland), G.I.A. Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
(One License A-606768 )

“Take My Life and let it Be”
Words: Frances Ridley Havergal 1874
Music Mozart
(Public Domain)

“One More Step along the World I go”
Words and Music: Sydney Carter 1971
Words and music copyright © 1971 Stainer &Bell Ltd. administrators Hope Publishing Company
(Licensed CCLI Account #4252664)


Unlikely Heroes

Sunday August 23, 2020
New Revised Lectionary Proper 16, Year A

Today we will be hearing the story of the birth of Moses, but did you know that there would have been no story to tell if it wasn’t for several unlikely heroines, who risked everything following their values and challenging “the powers that be.” Unlikely heroes and heroines change the life of individuals and can even change the course of history. Come and find out what they have to teach us.

Thank you to Rachel and Finn Poulstrop, Rob Allison, Katharine Krul, Sandy Woodworth, Russell Braun and Carolyn Maule.

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charit…

Music for this week:
“Sisters let us walk together “(Carolyn Maule, Sandy Woodworth)
Words and Music: © 2004 Judith Snowdon (used by permission from Judith Snowdon)

“Somewhere to begin” (Sandy Woodworth, voice, Carolyn Maule, piano)
Words and Music R.T.Ritchie (used online with permission from http://www.TracySpring.com)

“The Servant Song” (Russell Braun, Carolyn Maule)
Words and music: Richard Gillard)Copyright © 1977 Scripture in Song, administered in USA and Canada by The Copyright Company
The Servant Song CCLI Account #4252664

Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com

Music streamed under One License A-606768 and CCLI 4352664.


Weeds? and Wheat

This week, Jesus tells a second agricultural parable in the reading from Matthew’s gospel, the parable of the wheat and the weeds.  Both the parable from last week, the sower, and this weeks parable talk about dimensions of change and, in this case, how we relate to change and growth in our lives.  How do you feel about the process of growth or change?

Message: ‘Weeds? and Wheat”

Thank you to Janice Campbell, Caroline Peasgood, Sandy Woodworth, Katharine Krul, David Hadskis, Lois Fraser, Rob Allison, Russell Braun and Carolyn Maule.

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to:
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Music in this program:
“Are You a Shepherd?” Words, Ruth Duck; Music, William P. Rowan © 2002 Selah Publishing Co. Inc.

“The Lord’s Prayer” Traditional

“Tiny Lights” © Coco Love Alcorn and Tao Werner. Used with the permission of Coco Love Alcorn

“St. John’s Blessing” © St. John’s United Church

Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com

Music streamed under One License A-606768

 


Spiritual Summer Sundays

Last week we heard about the prophet’s reward as being the wholeness and peace. Today Jesus talks about one particularly rewarding piece of wisdom, keeping the Sabbath. The word Sabbath is one we don’t use very often, what does it bring to mind to you? How about a sunny summer Sunday?

Message: “Spiritual Summer Sundays” by Rev. Norm Hennig-Pereira

Thank you to Diane Murray Charrett, Sandy Woodworth, Susan Hertell, Marcia Moorcroft, David Hadskis, Brian Williams, Russell Braun, Rob Allison and Carolyn Maule.

 
If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to:
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-johns-united-church-of-georgetown-and-glen-williams/

Music in this program:

“Come and Find the Quiet Center” Music attrib. Benjamin Franklin White 1844, Harmony copyright © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship.(From VU 374 used by permission of Augsberg Fortress)

“The Lord’s Prayer” “The Lord’s Prayer”. Text: English Language Liturgical Consultation © 1988; Music:
David Haas © 1986 GIA Publications Inc.

“Three Things I Promise” Words: Brian Wren, Music Daniel Chrales Damon
Words Copyright © 1997 and music © 1999 Hope Publishing Company Carol Stream, IL 60188

“Joyful, Joyful We Adore You” Words: Henry van Dyke 1907 alt, Music: Ludwig van Beethoven 1824, adapt by Edward Hodges 1864

Acapella Videos
Carolyn Maule

Photographs
Unsplash.com

Prayer of St. Francis Adaptation
Gretta Vosper and Scott Kearns
© 2005 West Hill United Church

Music streamed under
One License A-606768