Rev. Moon’s Message for July 7, 2024 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

“Woe unto You, Scribes and Pharisees” (between 1886 and 1894) by French painter James Tissot (1836–1902); from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Dear Friends,

As we head into the summer months, some of us are preparing for new beginnings: a new school, a new job, new friendships, and new journeys. For others, it is a time to rest, play, read, listen, garden, walk, connect, and pray. In our church community, we will continue to worship on Sundays, but many small group activities and programs will pause for the summer and resume in September.

We pray that those in need of rest will find the rest they seek; those looking for a new beginning will find it; and those in need of healing will find the healing they require. Whatever our plans for the summer, may God guide our journey, and may we deepen our love for God and one another. May this prayer of peace not be lost in our hearts.

As the fever of day calms towards twilight
May all that is strained in us come to ease.
We pray for all who suffered violence today,
May an unexpected serenity surprise them.
For those who risk their lives each day for peace,
May their hearts glimpse providence at the heart of history.
That those who make riches from violence and war
Might hear in their dreams the cries of the lost.
That we might see through our fear of each other
A new vision to heal our fatal attraction to aggression.
That those who enjoy the privilege of peace
Might not forget their tormented brothers and sisters.
That the wolf might lie down with the lamb,
That our swords be beaten into ploughshares
And no hurt or harm be done
Anywhere along the holy mountain.
—By John O’Donohue (Irish poet, 1956–2008)

—Rev. Chuck Moon

Reverend Chuck Moon will be away on a well-deserved vacation from July 8 to August 13, 2024. See information on our guest ministers during that time.

Summer 2024 – Guest Ministers

“Summer Night” (1890) by Finnish painter Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861–1919); from the collection of the Ateneum, Helsinki; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Reverend Chuck Moon will be away on a well-deserved vacation from July 8 to August 13, 2024. We are pleased to welcome the following guest ministers to lead our Sunday worship:

  • July 14 – Rev. Dr. Ian Morrison
  • July 21 – Rev. Dr. Bob Smith
  • July 28 – Rev. Dr. Ian Morrison
  • August 4 – Rev. Victor Kim (Principal Clerk of General Assembly – Presbyterian Church in Canada)
  • August 11 – Rev. Wally Hong (Clerk of the Presbytery of Niagara)

Please note with apologies that there will be no live-streaming of services while Rev. Chuck is on vacation.

— Bruce Morrison, Clerk of Session

Rev. Moon’s Message for June 2, 2024 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

The First Mourning” (1888) by French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905); from the collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Dear Friends,

In the upcoming year, we plan to start a monthly ‘grief sharing’ group if there is enough interest. A grief group is not a counseling group but a peer support group. We have all lost someone or something sacred to us, yet we don’t always have enough places to share, process, and pray together. Our culture too often approaches grief as a problem to be fixed or solved instantly. We are taught to ignore or bury our need to grieve. It is our wish to create a safe space to share, listen, pray, and reflect on our life journeys. I plan to facilitate each meeting prayerfully. Each meeting will consist of silent prayers, sharing, listening, and reading.

We plan to hold the first introductory meeting on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 PM. Please invite those who could benefit from this time of sharing. If you or someone close to you (they do not need to be a church member) think that such a group might help, please speak to me directly or send me an email.

May the Risen Christ continue to bless and strengthen you every day.

Upcoming Events

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  • Sunday, June 2: Communion will be celebrated.
  • Saturday, June 8: Women and Girls Strawberry Social 2:30–4:00 PM. Laura Alary will talk with us about her experiences writing children’s books. Please sign up by contacting the church office. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Ministry Committee.
  • Sunday, June 9: We will celebrate Christian Education Sunday. The Nurture and Education Committee (Rev. Helen Smith) will have a moment to pray for the students, parents, volunteers, and teachers. The Mission and Outreach Committee (Don MacOdrum) will make a Mission Moment presentation on “LOFT”.
  • Tuesday, June 11: The Annual Evangel Hall Mission Golf Tournament will be held at beautiful Pheasant Run Golf Club starting at noon. For more information, contact Don MacOdrum or see the tournament website.
  • Wednesday, June 12: The Caregiver Support Group will meet at the lounge at 10 AM.
  • Wednesday, June 12: “Mind and Heart: The Bible Study on the Gospel of John” will be in the fellowship hall at 7 PM. (resumes in October).
  • Sunday, June 16: “Read and Discuss: The Monthly Virtual Book Study” will be at 1 PM. Join us for our virtual book study group every third Sunday of the month (after June 16, the book study will resume in September). We extend a warm invitation to those eager to engage in thoughtful discussions. See your Tidbits or contact the church office for the link information.
  • Friday, June 21: “Read and Pray: The Prayer and Faith Conversation Group” will meet in the lounge at 1 PM. Anyone who wishes to reflect on the journey of prayer is invited to join (resumes in October)
  • Wednesday, June 26: “Listen and Listen” — a quiet prayer and communion service will be at 7:30 PM (services are from March to June and September to November)

—Rev. Chuck Moon

Guildwood Day Pancake Breakfast – June 1, 2024, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Our church is once again hosting a pancake breakfast as part of the Guildwood Day celebrations on Saturday, June 1st. Pancakes will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the east lawn (or inside the hall in the event of rain). Suggested donation of $5.00 per person and $10.00 per family. Hope to see you there!

Bells of Guildwood Annual Concert Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 3 PM

Join us for an enchanting afternoon of melody and charm as we gather for the harmonious resonance of the Bells of Guildwood! Mark your calendars for May 25 at 3:00 PM as we immerse ourselves in the captivating sounds echoing through Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church.

Musical guests this year include: The Thomson CI Vocal and Wind Ensembles, Brooks Gorst, Hannah Roth, and Maggie and Miriam Donnelly. From classic compositions to modern melodies, there’s something for every musical palate!
That’s Saturday, May 25 @ 3:00 PM

We will host a BBQ after the concert! Hot dogs, burgers, chips, and drinks will be available for purchase.

Guildwood Yard Sale Day on Sat., May 25, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church, 140 Guildwood Parkway, will once again be participating in the Guildwood Yard Sale Day on Sat. May 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We’ll have a bake sale (organized by our Youth Group with proceeds going to Kids Help Phone and Meagan’s Walk), a plant table, a new toys table and a fabric, yarn and notions table. Plus there will be 11 vendor tables offering all kinds of yard sale stuff including production props from the Guild Festival Theatre.

And if you’re hungry that morning, we’ll also be serving egg on a bun, peameal on a bun or egg and peameal on a bun plus coffee or tea beginning around 8:30 a.m. for a minimum donation of $4.00, $5.00 and $6.00 respectively (while quantities last).

In the event of rain, the sale will be moved into the church hall.

All proceeds will be used to continue the work and charity of our church in the community and abroad. Hope to see you on the 25th!!!

Rev. Moon’s Message for May 19, 2024 – Pentecost

Ceiling painting depicting the Pentecost by German painter Fidelis Schabet (1813–1874); at the Stiftskirche in Hechingen, Germany; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Dear Friends,

May the Risen Christ continue to bless and strengthen you every day.

This Sunday, May 19, “Read and Discuss”, the monthly virtual book study, meets at 1 PM and every 3rd Sunday of the month. We extend a warm invitation to those eager to engage in thoughtful discussions. A Zoom link to the meeting is available from the church office.

On Saturday, May 25, following the Yard Sale (9 AM–1 PM), the Bells of Guildwood holds its Annual Concert in the sanctuary (3 PM).

On Wednesday, May 29, “Listen and Listen”, a quiet prayer and communion service, will be held at the church (7:30 PM): March–June, September–November.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

Rev. Moon’s Message for March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

“The Resurrection of Christ” (between 1361 and 1362) by Catalan painter Jaime Serra (died after 1405); from the collection of the Zaragoza Museum, Spain; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Dear Friends,

Mark 16:1–8

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Happy Easter to you. It is our prayer that each of us may hear and experience the Easter message that the angel of God continues to proclaim: “He has been raised; he is not here (Mark 16:6).” Jesus is no longer in the tomb, and he will not be found there. It is also our sacred task to proclaim and live out the Easter message that Jesus is not in the tomb. The tomb represents what brings or leads us to death: refusal to listen and understand, bigotry, pride, intolerance, hatred, resentment, endless fear, and worries. The tomb represents the place of failure, disappointment, regret, and despair.

The question the Easter story presents to us is this: “Where are you today? Are you willing to come out of the tomb and take a step toward the Risen Christ who is waiting to be found by us?” May God, who has raised Jesus from the tomb, help us to rise above our death. Our prayers for each member of our community, as well as everyone in the suffering world, continue. Please expand our prayers by joining us.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

Rev. Moon’s Message for March 10, 2024

“Sunset in Fernando de NoronhaPernambuco, Brazil” by NicolasAlbuquerqueWolf. CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported. Full image credit below.

Dear Friends,

We are observing the season of Lent during the month of March. May we deepen our awareness of God’s presence in the suffering world and prepare ourselves for the resurrection of Christ. Some highlights during the season of Lent to help us deepen our worship:

  1. Sunday, March 10, Rev. Helen Smith leads the worship service as Rev. Moon is on study leave from March 5-12 (we apologize that there is no live streaming but there will be a web version of the service).
  2. Wednesday, March 13 at 10 AM in the lounge, the Caregiver Support group meets.
  3. Wednesday, March 13 at 7 PM in the church hall, Mind and Heart, the monthly Bible study, starts. The purpose of the gathering is to create a safe space to ask questions about faith and to deepen our understanding of God’s presence in the Bible and in our own lives. The first meeting is an introductory meeting. Each study is expected to last 30–50 minutes.
  4. Friday, March 15 at 1 PM in the lounge, Read and Pray, the faith and prayer study group resumes. Anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge and experience of contemplative prayer is invited to join.
  5. Sunday, March 17 at 1 PM on Zoom, Read and Discuss, the virtual monthly book study group meets. If you would like to learn what happens during the meeting, please me or the church office for the link.
  6. Sunday, March 24, Rev. Bob Smith will lead Palm Sunday worship service, with Rev. Chuck assisting.
  7. Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary, Listen and Listen, a quiet and communion service, is held. Please, anyone who wishes to deepen silence and contemplative prayer is invited to join.
  8. Thursday, March 28, Maundy Thursday (Tenebrae) Service is at 7 PM, with a simple Soup and Rolls dinner at 6 PM (no charge).
  9. Friday, March 29, Good Friday Service is at 10 AM.
  10. Sunday, March 31, Sunrise Service starts at 6:45 AM at Guild Inn Park.
  11. Sunday, March 31, Easter Sunday Service is at 11 AM. The Bells of Guildwood will deepen our celebration. The choir is preparing a Cantata. We also welcome Steven Szeto as a member by celebrating the Profession of Faith. Anyone who wishes to become a member of our church may approach Rev. Chuck Moon or any elder.

Our prayers for each member of our community, as well as everyone in the suffering world, continue. Please expand our prayers by joining us.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

“Sunset in Fernando de NoronhaPernambuco, Brazil” by NicolasAlbuquerqueWolf.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Holy Week Services 2024

Please join us for one of our wonderful services during this special week in the Christian calendar, as we contemplate our faith journey and the death and resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Sunday, March 24Palm Sunday service 11:00 AM
Thursday, March 28Maundy Thursday
Soup & bread meal 6:00 PM
Tenebrae Service 7:00 PM
Friday, March 29Good Friday Service 10:00 AM
Sunday, March 31Easter Sunrise Service 6:45 AM (sunrise@6:59), Guild Park Bluffs directly south of the Guild Inn Estate

Easter Sunday Service 11:00 AM