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


Communities following the way of Jesus

On the second Sunday of Easter we usually reflect on a few stories, the story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciple hiding behind closed doors, the story of Thomas, normally referred to as Doubting Thomas, and the story of the first churches as they gathered. Today we will be looking at how all three of these stories can inform today’s communities following the way of Jesus.

Thank you to Ken and Tony, our tech team, as well as, our music coordinators, Marcia, Marily and Sandy, our talented choir, as well as, Crys, Caroline and Katharine for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

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/

Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.

Music in this program
O Love, How Deep
Sandy Woodworth piano, Voice: Lois Fraser, Mark Burns, Rob Allison, Garry
Kirkpatrick, David Hadskis, Sue Taylor, Andrea Vandervalk, Elaine Richardson,
Words: trans. Benjamin Webb 1854
Music: Piae Cantiones 1582
Public Domain

Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
Sandy Woodworth piano, Lois Fraser, Mark Burns, Rob Allison, Garry Kirkpatrick,
David Hadskis, Sue Taylor, Andrea Vandervalk, Elaine Richardson voice
Words: James K Manley 1975
Music: James K Manley 1975

In Loving Partnership We Come
Marcia Moorcroft piano, Marilyn Willis, Rob Allison, Marcia Moorcroft and David
Hadskis voice
Words: Jim Strathdee 1982
Music: Jim Strathdee 1982
Streaming Licenses
One License A-606768
CCLI 425664


Easter Sunday: A Priceless Treasure

In this reflection on Easter, we end our series on Treasures of the Heart and will seek to find the treasure that is found in the story of Easter as it is told in the Gospel of Matthew. Pilate thought he could bottle Jesus up in a sealed tomb, he even set a guard to make sure that no one would tamper with the seal. No wonder then, when the women came on Easter morning, they were surprised at how quickly the angels broke the seal and rolled the stone away. Not even Pilates mighty guards could stop them. We will look at what we can learn from the sheer energy of this life-renewing story.

Thank you to Marilyn and Dominic, our tech team, as well as, Katharine, Marcia, Diane, our gifted choir and Carolyn for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

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/

Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.

Music in this program
Hallelujah at Home, 2021.
Sung by members of the St. John’s Choir, at home, under the video direction of Music Director Carolyn Maule.
Special Thanks to
Eric Gillespie, Audio Editor
Diane Murray-Charrett, Video Editor

“Hallelujah it’s Easter Morning”
Naula, Brian Williams djembe, Carolyn Maule piano
Words: C. Maule
Tune: Anonymous
Used with Permission

“Lord’s Prayer”
Lois, Joanna, and Victoria Fraser voice, Carolyn Maule piano
Words: traditional
Music: Malotte
Public Domain

“Christ is Alive”
Russell Braun voice, Carolyn Maule, piano
Words: Brian Wren 1968 (alt)
Music: Thomas Williams 1789
© 1975 Hope Publishing Company

“Hallelujah Chorus”
Words/Music: George Frederick Handel
Members of St. John’s Choir
Carolyn Maule, organ, conductor
Producers: Eric Gillespie, Diane Murray-Charrett
Used with Permission


Palm Sunday: Human Treasures Around Us

As part of the series on treasures, I will be looking at Palm Sunday, the day that the church commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem hailed by the crowd, who paved the way for his entry with palm branches and their own coats. We will be looking at this story through a conversation that Jesus had with his disciples some time before this event to perhaps gain a deeper understanding of it for us today.

Thank you to Bett and Drew, our tech team, as well as, Marcia, Marilyn, David, Rob, Elaine, Mark, Andrea, Katharine
and Carolyn for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program

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/
Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.
Music in this program

“Hosana, Loud Hosana VU 123”
Carolyn Maule, Piano

“Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with your Love“
Elaine Richardson, Andrea Van De Valk, Mark Burns, voice, Carolyn Maule, piano
Words: Tom Colvin 1969
Music: Ghanaian folk song adapt. Tom Colvin 1969
Words and Music adaptation copyright © 1969 Hope Publishing
One License

“And on this Path”
Marcia Moorcroft, Marilyn Willis, David Hadskis, Rob Allison, voice, Carolyn Maule, piano
Words: Lynn Bauman
Music: Linnea Good
Words copyright © 2000 Lynn Bauman
Music copyright © 2003 Borealis Music
One License


What or to whom are you devoting your life?

In this installment of our series on treasures, the bible story is very short today, it is like a snapshot image. It is one of Jesus many kingdom or reign of God comparisons, that usually begin with “the reign of God is like …” This short comparison raises an interesting question: to what or to whom are you devoting your life?

Thank you to Tony, Janice, and Janet, our tech team, as well as, Sheila, Katharine, Russell, Sandy and Carolyn for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

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/

Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.

Music in this program
“New Every Morning is the Love”
Russell Braun, voice, Carolyn Maule, piano
Words: John Keble 1822
Music: Samuel Webbe 1782
Public Domain

“Spirit Open My Heart”
Sandy Woodworth, voice, Carolyn Maule, flute
Words: Ruth Duck 1994
Music: Traditional Irish melody
Words copyright© 1996
One License

“When All Your Mercies, O My God”
Russell Braun, voice, Carolyn Maule, piano
Words: Joseph Addison 1712
Music: Thomas Haweis 1792
Public Domain


Treasures and life goals

Last week, as a part of this series on treasures, I looked at how our possessions can possess us. This week we will hear about people fighting of over inheritances and people possessed by possessing more. Jesus talks about worry and the fear of want. I will take a look at Jesus’ advice around these issues?

Thank you to Dominic and Marilyn, our tech team, as well as, Jennifer, Katharine, Russell and Carolyn for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

If you wish to go back and look at our previous services, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq-U0foVh4AdmXLlp9Z3g6w

“Joyful, joyful we adore You”
Russell Braun, voice, Carolyn Maule, organ
Words: Henry van Dyke 1907
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven 1824
Public Domain

“O God who shaped Creation”
Carolyn Maule, voice and piano
Words: William Watkins Reid Jr. 1987
Music: Eric H. Thiman 1923
Words copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
Music copyright © Shawnee Press Inc.

“Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Russell Braun voice, Carolyn Maule piano
Words: Thomas O. Chisolm 1923 alt.
Music: William M. Runyan 1923
Words and music copyright © 1923 renewal 1951 Hope Publishing Company

Streaming Licenses:
CCLI Acct #4252664
One License # A-606768

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/ Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.


Detachment and social responsibility

Today, in terms of treasures, we will be looking at the story of Jesus’ interaction with a rich young ruler. The young man wants to know what he can do to earn eternal life. Jesus responds in a very provocative way. His answer has been a point of departure in how many Christians have chosen to live, and a point of conversation for generations of Christians since. What can we say about possessions and wealth, and why does Jesus’ answer seem so harsh?

Thank you to Janet and Michael, our tech team, as well as, Mimi, Katharine, Elaine, Andrea, Lois, Rob, David, and Carolyn for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

Message: Detachment and Social Responsibility

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to: https://www.canadahelps.org/…/st-johns-united-church…/ Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.

Music in today’s program

“Like a Healing Stream”
Elaine Richardson, Andrea Van De Valk, voice
Carolyn Maule, piano
Words and Music: Bruce Harding, 2003
Words and music copyright © 2003 by Bruce Harding.
(Licensed CCLI Account #4252664)

“Be Thou My Vision”
Russell Braun, voice
Carolyn Maule, piano
Words: Irish ca. 8th C. Translation Byrne 1903, alt. Hall 1912
Music: Irish traditional melody
Public Domain

“Faith Begins by Letting Go”
Carolyn Maule, voice/piano
Words: Carl P. Daw 1995 © 1996 Hope Publishing G.I.A.
Music: Richard Redhead 1853 (Public Domain)


You are a treasure

We continue our conversation on treasures and will be looking at the story of a young Jesus talking to the elders in the Temple. His parents seemed to have misplaced him, and like any parent they were quite concerned. After finally being found, Jesus responds to their concerns by pointing out that if they knew what he treasured, there would have been no doubt where they would find him. How well do you know what your loved one’s treasure? How well do you know what you treasure? How are these two questions connected?

Thank you to Janice and Tony, our tech team, as well as, Janet, Katharine, Sandy, Diane, Marsha, Susan, Brian, David, and Carolyn for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

Message: “You are a treasure.”

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/
or if you live in Halton Hills you may drop a check off at our mailbox in Georgetown. Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.

Image for Title Slide

JESUS MAFA. from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License

Music in today’s program:

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Words: George Matheson (1882)
Music/Tune: ST. MARGARET (Peace)
Composer: Albert L. Peace (1884)
Public Domain

Lord’s Prayer
Text: (c) 1988 English Language Liturgical Consultation
Music: David Haas
(c) 1986 GIA Publications Inc.

“I am the dream”
© 2005, S. Curtis Tufts,

“Tiny Lights”
(c) Coco Love Alcorn and Tao Werner
Used with permission

Title Photo for “Tiny Lights” by Akhil Lincoln on Unsplash


Where the heart is …

It’s the first Sunday of Lent, a season of reflection as we get ready for Easter. Throughout this season we will be doing some Reflections on the Heart. We will be focusing on what the heart treasures. Some are physical treasures we can touch, hold, store, and give. Some treasures are invisible, yet still greatly matter and guide our lives. We will be exploring Gospel passages and reflect on what kind of treasure matters to us, why we store treasures, and the power these treasures have in our lives. We begin this week by looking at Jesus’ saying, “Where your treasure is, there will you heart be also.”

Thank you to Sandy, Diane, Lois, Rob, David, Katharine, Russell and Carolyn for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

Message: “Where the Heart is …”

If you would like to make a donation to St. John’s United Church, please go to:
https://www.canadahelps.org/…/st-johns-united-church…/
or if you live in Halton Hills you may drop a check off at our mailbox in Georgetown. Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.

Image for Title Slide

JESUS MAFA. from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License

Music in this program:

“Come and Seek the Way of Wisdom”
Words: Ruth Duck
Music: Donna Kasbohm
Words copyright © 1996 and music copyright © 1997

“The Lord’s Prayer”
Traditional

“Shadow and Substance”
Dan Damon
© 1994 Hope Publishing Company

“The Servant Song”
Composer: Richard Gillard
© 1977, Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (admin. CapitalCMGPublishing.com)


Season of Lent 2021

Throughout the season of lent we will be looking at treasures. What do we treasure? What impact do our treasures have on how we live? What treasures might we be missing?


Jesus: Guide and Friend

We close off the season of Epiphany with the second Epiphany, or sudden revelation, in the story of Jesus. If you were with us at the beginning of this season you will remember this season is sandwiched between two Epiphanies, or actually Theophanies, which is the word we use when God is revealed in some way on earth. We began with hearing God’s voice at Jesus’ baptism, and today we end with hearing God’s voice after Jesus and his disciples climb to a mountain top to pray, and Jesus is transfigured, he shines with the glory of God. What does this mountaintop experience tell us about Jesus, and how does it relate to our life today?

Thank you to Sandy Woodworth, Diane Murray-Charrett, Katharine Krul and Carolyn Maule for lifting our spirits throughout today’s program.

Message: Jesus: Guide and Friend

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/
or if you live in Halton Hills you may drop a check off at our mailbox in Georgetown. Thank you for your generosity, it makes a big difference in a lot of lives.

Image for Title Slide
JESUS MAFA. Transfiguration, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48307
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License

Music in today’s program:

“O Master Let Me Walk with You”

“What Wonderous Love is This?”

“The Summons” (Will you come and follow me)
Words and Music: John L. Bell
© 1987, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc. agent

Streaming Licenses:
One License A-606768
CCLI 425664