Rev. Moon’s Message for November 27, 2022

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, November 27, we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent and Communion. During the service, we will also hear the heartbreaking stories of Dorgelesse, Nasser, Chow, and Vahid as a part of our yearly Write for Rights campaign (Amnesty International). We ask for your prayers and support for those who are suffering and marginalized in our world.

Sunday, December 4 is the second Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of peace. That is traditionally the Sunday we conduct our Amnesty Write For Rights campaign, when we join with like-minded people around the world to protest human rights abuses by select countries by flooding their government with letters demanding justice.

The four cases we have this year are difficult to consider for various reasons, but your letters can make all the difference to the four individuals involved. After worship on the 4th, please plan to stay and sign letters on their behalf. If you cannot stay, or if you wish to consider the cases at home, or write letters to the victims from home, we can provide you with a take-home package as we have done the last couple of years. As usual, we are also asking for monetary donations to cover the mailing costs.

No matter how you choose to lend your support to Dorgelesse, Nasser, Chow, or Vahid, I urge you to participate, because human rights is everybody’s business.

—Bonnie Horton

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, November 25, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Christmas Gift & Bake Sale – Dec 3

Plan to join us for our Christmas Gift & Bake Sale on December 3 from 1 PM to 4 PM for delicious baking, both sweet and savoury, small hostess gifts, and new this year, our Sweet Tea. The Tea Room in the church hall will serve tea and various delicious sweets to those lucky enough to have reserved tickets for the event.

poster for a Christmas bake sale with a picture of a red mug of hot chocolate with a bow tied on its handle and a cookie dusted in white sugar
Christmas Gift and Bake Sale poster JPG

There are two Tea Room sittings: 1:00 – 2:00 and 2:30 – 3:30 PM. Tickets for this special feature are $15.00, are limited, and will NOT be sold at the door, so reserve your spot soon by contacting the church office.

Tickets will also be available that day for our afghan raffle.

All proceeds support the ongoing charitable work of the church. Share this poster (high res PDF version) widely with your friends and family from our Facebook page!

PS Here’s our Facebook post about the sale which you can share too!

A version of this message appeared in the Thursday, November 10, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Christmas Carol Singing Party – Dec. 3, 2022

Xmas carol party 2018
Christmas carol party 2018

After a COVID hiatus, the annual Wine and Cheese and Carol Singing Party will be held Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 PM at 177 Greyabbey Trail. This will be the 27th such party. All adults in the congregation are welcome. A donation of $5.00 and some squares or other goodies to share would be appreciated. A sign-up sheet is in the church hall, or contact the church office. It would be most helpful if you sign up so we know how many to plan for, but if you forget, come anyway.

A version of this message appeared in the Thursday, November 10, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for November 13, 2022

Dear Friends,

people standing in a hall with gift baskets on tables in the foreground
Part of the Village Fair team, Nov. 5, 2022. Look at those gift baskets! More pictures are available at our Facebook page.

We give special thanks to Sandra, Susan, Al, Bonnie, and all who organized and helped at the Village Fair.  Not only is it an important fundraising event for our church, but it has also become a fun community event where we meet people from our community. I had the privilege of greeting people at the door. I met so many kind and generous people. I started the day by praying that through this event, people who go through our church door would experience the presence of God. But I ended the day with the awareness that people brought the presence of God to us on that day (as much as we offered them).

We give thanks to God for blessing us through one another.

— Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Thursday, November 10, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Decorating for Christmas – November 20, 2022

“Happy Christmas” (1891) by Danish painter Viggo Johansen (1851–1935); from the Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Christmas is a special time at GCPC and we look forward to reflecting the festive spirit. Please join us after church on Sunday, November 20 to decorate for Advent and Christmas.  We hope young and older can join the festivities, and we’ll have a pizza lunch. If you are able to join us, please sign the sign-up sheet in the church hall or advise Sandra O’Brien via the church office.

A version of this message appeared in the Saturday, November 5, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Advent and Christmas Services 2022

Nov 27  11 AM Advent 1 Sunday Service
Dec 4  11 AM Advent 2 Sunday Service
Dec 11  11 AM Advent 3 Sunday Service
Dec 18  11 AM Advent 4, Sunday School Christmas Presentation
Dec 21  7:30 PM Longest Night Service
Dec 24  7 PM Lessons and Carols Service (with Bell Choir)
Dec 25  11 AM Christmas Sunday Service

A version of this message appeared in the Saturday, November 5, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for November 6, 2022

LORD, make me an instrument of your peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

Prayer of Saint Francis
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa

Unfortunately, we heard about another tragic shooting incident at a local high school. We feel helpless and discouraged by the news. We remember many students, parents, and teachers affected by the incident in our prayers. It reminds us that we live in a lost and broken society and how much we need God’s love in this broken world. Please, join us in praying for peace.

— Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Saturday, November 5, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for October 30, 2022

Dear Friends,

Our special thanks to Brooks & Cherry and everyone who helped perform and organize the Golden Scores of Cinema concert. Many spent hours preparing for this concert. One piece of music that spoke to me was the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso (1988). It brought back good memories and different emotions I felt when I watched for the first time: Sadness, joy, laughter, and a sense of wonder. We humans do remember a lot. We don’t always know what we carry in our human hearts, but we carry a lot in our hearts. Sometimes we get carried away with our everyday responsibilities, and we forget to remember what is in our human hearts.

I wonder if our ministry’s work is similar to that — we are to help people remember God in our human hearts. God has written the covenant in our human history and spirit. May we remember to pause and listen to what our hearts desire to remember.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of his servant Israel, children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant.

1 Chronicles 16:1117

— Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Saturday, October 29, 2022 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s message for October 23, 2022

Dear Friends,

Last Wednesday around 2 PM, two adults died following a collision at the intersection of Markham Road and Elson Street. That is less than three minutes from my residence, and I had driven past there less than 10 minutes before the accident.

Whenever I drove through that spot, my heart felt sadness. I could not help thinking and asking, “Why? God? It could have been anyone. It could have been me.” It spoke to the question of ‘why me’ that I have been carrying in my heart.

Each day since, flowers were placed at that intersection. On the following Sunday morning, those flowers struck my soul. I was busy asking why, yet some people put those flowers to remember their family and friends in prayer. Those flowers were the visible prayers of the people… Those flowers reminded me of what I should not forget to do. That is to pray more. Our question should deepen our prayer with God. When a tragedy hits us, we seek an answer, or perhaps we seek the presence of God.

“Praying Hands” by German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)

I am not sure we will ever find a satisfying answer to our question of why, but perhaps we may find something better than the answers we sought. We may be found by God. May we not allow our questions to stop us from doing what we can do, and stop living our life fully. May we continue to care about those who are suffering? May we remember those we love and those who need others, and pray for one another? May we allow our questions to deepen our love for each other and our faith in Christ Jesus?

— Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message first appeared in the Friday, October 21, 2022, edition of Tidbits.

“Golden Scores of Cinema” Concert – A Word from our ‘Impresario’ Brooks Gorst

Dear Friends,

With The Golden Scores of Cinema only days away on Saturday October 22, at 7 pm in the Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church sanctuary, I wanted to take one last opportunity to invite you to the concert.  It will truly be one of a kind as I will be performing orchestral score reductions of Hollywood and International films on the piano… and a few even on the organ.  Joining me that evening will be a high soprano opera singer, a professional clarinetist, and flautist.  Also, you will be surprised to hear the accordion accompanying The Godfather.  You will also hear from some local GCPC talent with medleys based on classic musical films like The Sound of Music and West Side Story.

Concert poster with a film sprocket design
Golden Scores of Cinema Poster, second version

How is this event unique?  All films will have their matching scenes displayed on a movie theatre screen while I, as well as my guest musicians, play in sync.  There are 30 scores being performed and you don’t want to miss this one-time event… an event which Scarborough deserves and only Scarborough will have. 

And if that wasn’t enough, you will be able to purchase popcorn from an old-fashioned popcorn stand along with beverages and enjoy while watching the show.  During intermission there will also be a bake sale of expertly baked pies, breads, and pastries.  GCPC’s newly-produced Christmas cards will also be available for purchase.

The event is pay what you wish, with a suggested donation of $20 per person based on what we believe reflects the quality of the event that you will be partaking in.  Regardless, we are grateful for whatever you are able to give.  All proceeds for the entire evening will go towards the Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church Nativity Set Fundraiser.  Local artists have been commissioned to create a brand-new nativity scene and the goal is to have it completed and installed in front of the Church Hall just in time for the Christmas season!  Consider that as the years go by when you drive by the church and you will know you were a direct part in its construction through your generosity!

It is my hope that especially after a two-year hiatus because of a global pandemic, that you will be able to support and attend in person.  However, should you not be able to participate in person, or have relatives or friends from afar that would like to see this lucrative event, we will be broadcasting the event live.  Donations can still be made by mailing a cheque to Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church.  The virtual option link will be live at 6:45pm on Saturday night.

Here’s to innovative music in our community!

With Every Good Wish,

– Brooks Gorst