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


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


The rewards of welcoming.

This would have been our church picnic Sunday and the Pride parade in Toronto. We’ve gone virtual on both counts. In the midst of the pandemic, world events in June has focused on the different people in our society who have felt, and in some cases continue to feel, like outsiders. Jesus proposes a solution that is both simple, but also daring—be welcoming! He also promises that there is a reward for every individual and the whole of creation in being welcoming, especially where it challenges us. Happy Pride.

Message:  The Rewards of Welcoming

Thank you to Diane Murray-Charrett, Susan Hertell, Jennifer Kilpin, Katharine Krul, Russell Braun and Carolyn Maule for the blessings they bring us in this video.

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/

Rev. Norm’s story blog:  www.TalesWesternWoods.Wordpress.com

Music in this program:

“Come In, Come In and Sit Down”  Words © 1984 James K. Manley; Arrangement © 1987 Songs for a Gospel People

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)

A Gaelic Blessing (John Rutter) © 1978, 1995 by the Royal School of Church Music for Hinshaw Music, Inc.

“The Servant Song” © 1977 Scripture in Song, administrated in USA and Canada by The Copyright Company

Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com

Music streamed under One License A-606768


Love and Human Frailty

The Bible has a lot of stories about families. And like many families there are times when things are going well, and times when there are times that are particularly bumpy. Today we will be looking at one such story, the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac and their story says to us today.

Message: “Love and Human Frailty”

Thanks to Sandy, Katharine, Russell and Carolyn for the gifts and the blessings the bring to us on this special day

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/

Rev. Norm’s story blog: www.TalesWesternWoods.Wordpress.com

Music in this program:

“O master let me walk with you”

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

“When human bonds are broken” Words: Fred Kaan (1929) © 1989 Hope Publishing Company

“O Love that will not let me go.”

Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com

Acapella videos by Carolyn Maule

Music streamed under One License A-606768


Cassandra Caterpillar’s Great Adventure

casscatA new Tale from the Western Woods.
Something strange is happening to the caterpillar colony at the old ash tree. Cassandra Caterpillar investigates.

Draw the Circle Wider

This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday. What do you think about the Holy Trinity? Is it an idea that impacts your life? The term isn’t used in the bible, but Jesus does say some things about his relationship with God and the Holy Spirit that got some early Christians wondering about their relationship. There have been many attempts to describe this relationship, one of the most impressive is a painting done in the 15th century which has had an influence on what the relationship within God has to say about life today, and perhaps even some of the issues we have been facing these past few weeks.

Message: “Draw the Circle Wider”

 

Thank you to Rachel, Finn, Crys, Katharine, Sandy, Russel, Christine, Elaine, Andrea, David, Rob, & Carolyn for the gifts and the blessings the bring to us today.

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:
“Great Spirit, Come” a Drum Song by Carolyn Maule.

“Draw the Circle Wide” © 1994 Common Cup Company

“Holy, Holy, Holy” Words: Reginald Heber ca. 1820. Music: John Bacchus Dykes, 1861. Descant: © 1971 Godfrey Hewitt

Music streamed under One License A-606768

Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com


The Living Spirit of Pentecost

I hope everyone had a blessed Pentecost Sunday!

According to the book of Acts, well over two thousand years ago the disciples experienced a rather remarkable arrival of the Holy Spirit upon their community during Jewish festival Shuvaot, the day when God gave the law to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Christians around the world remember the coming of the Holy Spirit 50 days after the Jesus resurrection as the day of Pentecost. Here we are over 2000 years later, as we at St. John’s celebrate our 181st anniversary, what does the message of that first Pentecost have to say to us and our world today, in the challenges we face?

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-of-ge…/

Music in this program:

Golden Thread © Carolyn Maule

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

“Come Down, O Love Divine” Words: Bianco da Siena, translation R. F. Littledale 1867
Music: Vaughn Williams 1906. Pubic Domain.
VU 367

“Winds of Change” Words © 1972, 1998 Hope Publishing Company, Music © 2000 Ron Klusmeier.

Acapella video montages by Carolyn Maule.

Nature Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com

Music streamed under One License A-606768


Tales from the Western Woods: Edgar the Eaglet

edgar40Life at the centre of the nest was pretty good for Edgar, in fact he never wanted to leave.  What would he do when the time came to fly?

A new story has been posted to Tales from the Western Woods.

https://taleswesternwoods.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/edgar-the-eaglet/

 


How are my connections?

“Sleeping people live each in their own world; only those who are awake have a world in common.” -Heraclitus.

One thing that has become clearer through this time of pandemic is the web of life, how we are all, including the whole of creation, are connected. How even the smallest strand of the web (like a virus) can pull on the thread disrupting the whole. Jesus’ prayer, “That all may be one,” is not only a wish on his part, but a call to us all.

Message: “How are my connections?” by Norm Hennig-Pereira

Thank you to Caroline, Katharine, Jeff, Olivia, Hannah, Dale, Marcia, Carolyn, Russell and Sandy.

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

“We are all one people” © 2000 by Joseph Naytowhow/Cheryl L’Hirondelle.

“One Voice” © Ruth Moody of the Wailin’ Jennys Used by permission.

“God is the One” ©1988 Colin Gibson

Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com

Music streamed under One License A-606768


Tales from the Western Woods

birdsong2A number of years ago, I began writing stories for the young and the young at heart.  I decided to collect these stories and post them on a new blog: Taled from the Western Woods.  Each Tuesday I will be posting a story and a contemplation on the story.  My first story “Randall Robiin Find His Voice” has now been posted.  Enjoy.

https://taleswesternwoods.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/randall-robin-finds-his-voice/

 


What we live by.

How are you feeling? Many people are feeling the strain of isolation, the lack of connection. The scriptures that have been selected for today, Peter 3:13–22 and John 14 acknowledge the continuing need to acknowledge our humanity (we are social creatures) which can be daunting, especially when the way of love leads us in a different direction. In these times the acts of love, grace, and compassion to which the gospel calls us when our bodies and minds want something else, can be challenging and discomforting, to say the least.  Yet Jesus reminds us, that even here we are not alone in our struggle. The Holy Spirit, to whom he refers to as the Advocate (literally, the one who is called alongside us), who shows us the way to love. And to be engaged in love, is to be engaged in God.

In these challenging times, where and when do you find that you need to be reminded of the abiding presence of the Spirit of God, the Spirit of love, to give you the reassurance that in choosing to love, you will find the spaciousness and comfort of God?

If you find that you are experiencing stress or depression, please contact someone to help you. Contact your EAP (Employee Assistance Program) if you have one, your Doctor, the Distress line, or one of the websites listed below. Remember your health, including your mental health is important, we all deal with stress differently, this is especially true if you are taking care of others. If the symptoms are severe, call 911.

Here are some helpful articles and websites:
• CAMH “Mental Health and the CoVid-19 Pandemic”
https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19
https://www.anxietycanada.com/ Anxiety Canada has an online program called My Anxiety Plan (MAP) an anxiety management program designed to provide adults struggling with anxiety with practical strategies and tools to manage anxiety. MAP includes 6 easy to navigate units with 45 -10 minute lessons.
• Distress Centre Halton: 905-877-1211
• Community Services 311

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/

CREDITS

Photographs sourced from: Unsplash.com Photographers: Katharine McCormack, Kwang Mathurosemontri, Anton Rybakov,Yulia Khlebnikova, Yoksel Zok, bantersnaps, Aaron Burden

Prayer of St. Francis Adapted by Gretta Vosper and Scott Kearns (c) 2005 West Hill United Church.

Music in this program:

“Our Father, Who Art in Heaven” adapted from a chant by R. Langdon

“Quiet Faith of Man” © 1981, Bill Staines, used with permission

“Love Divine,” Charles Wesley (1747) and Rowland How Prichard (1831)

Music streamed under One License A-606768