Rev. Moon’s Message for March 26, 2023

Dear friends,

On Sunday, March 26, Dr. Tinco (Timothy) Tran, who has been worshipping with us, will share the story of his faith journey with us. Please, come and worship with us this Sunday. Here are some highlights of Timothy’s life journey:

  • Left Vietnam with his family in 1968 for Boston after receiving a scholarship from Harvard University.
  • Moved to St. John, New Brunswick in 1970.
  • Moved to Ottawa in 1972 to receive his training as an orthopedic surgeon
  • Moved to Montreal in 1977, and spent 32 years working as the only Asian orthopedic surgeon at Lachine Hospital.
  • Retired at the age of 74.
  • Moved to Scarborough in 2009, and attended the Chinese Presbyterian Church in downtown Toronto.
  • Moved to Chartwell Guildwood Retirement Residence on January 15, 2022.

On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 PM — as on every last Wednesday of the month at that time — we will hold a quiet prayer and communion service at the church. Please join us as we deepen our sense of peace and quietness together

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Saturday, March 25, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Holy Week Services 2023

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, April 2Palm Sunday service 11:00 AM
Thursday, April 6Maundy Thursday Meal 6:00 PM,
Tenebrae Service 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 9Easter Sunrise Service 6:40 AM (sunrise @ 6:45),
Guild Park Bluffs
Sunday, April 9Easter Sunday Service 11:00 AM

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, March 17, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for March 19, 2023

Dear friends,

Our monthly virtual book study group meets this Sunday, March 19 at 1 PM (and every third Sunday of the month). We have been studying “Devotional Classics” by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith. This month we discuss the work of Bernard of Clairvaux (Four Degrees of Love). The chapter starts by asking a very interesting question, “Why God should be loved”?  Bernard of Clairvaux invites us to deepen our understanding of love by introducing 4 different kinds of loves (love of self for self’s sake, love of God for self’s sake, love of God for God’s sake, love of self for God’s sake).

“Apparition of the Virgin to St Bernard” (1504) by Italian painter Fra Bartolomeo (1472–1517). From the collection of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Although I find the author’s definition somewhat unsatisfying (I had many questions reading this chapter such as Can God ever be separated from us? Can we possibly love ourselves without loving God and vice versa, and Can we possibly consider God as the object of our love?), but I thought the author gave us a lot to think about. Please join us in our discussion!  On Sunday at 1 PM, join us on Zoom.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, March 17, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for March 12, 2023

Dear friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

Headshot of the interim ministers of the church, the Revs H and B Smith
Revs Helen & Bob Smith

Just a reminder to turn your clocks ahead this Sunday morning for Daylight Savings Time, and please note that there is no livestream this week, as I am away on study leave. We welcome the Rev. Dr. Bob Smith to lead the worship service this Sunday.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, March 10, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for March 5, 2023

Dear friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

It is hard to believe the month of February is gone already. This Sunday, March 5, we celebrate Communion as the journey to Lent begins. At 7 PM on Wednesday, March 8, the annual meeting takes place at the church. We will have a chance to review the ministry over the year 2022 and to approve the 2023 budget. But the true purpose of the annual meeting is to recognize and celebrate how God worked through our community in the past year. It is also to prepare and welcome God in the coming year. We do so by praying together and listening to each other in kindness.  Following the meeting, I have a reading week (March 9–15), so Rev. Bob Smith will lead the service on Sunday, March 12.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, March 3, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for February 26, 2023

Dear friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

We are very honored to welcome back Rev. Gordon Beaton to the Guildwood community.

Rev. Beaton helped Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church to become the congregation we are today.

This Sunday, February 26, Rev. Beaton will preach and share some of his faith journey with us. Please, join us this Sunday to welcome and celebrate our faith in Christ with Rev. Beaton. And yes, you will also see Rev. Chuck Moon overseeing the rest of the service. Please do not be surprised to see two ministers working together this Sunday. ?

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Saturday, February 25, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for February 19, 2023

Dear friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

Our monthly virtual book study group meets this Sunday, February 19 at 1 PM (and every third Sunday of the month).  We have been studying “Devotional Classics” by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith. This month we will discuss the work of John of the Cross, “The Dark Night of the Soul”.  The chapter invites us to think about the ‘Dark night’ we experience in our spiritual journey. The author invites us to think about what we see in the dark night? The author invites us to go beyond our feeling of disappointment and discouragement. The author emphasizes, ‘God is nearer us than we are to ourselves’. Yet I confess to you that I was somewhat uncomfortable with the author’s language, and the chapter left me with many questions to ponder.

We love to hear your thoughts on “the dark night of the soul.” 

On Sunday, join our book study on Zoom:   https://patrontechnology.zoom.us/j/92828607581

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, February 17, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for February 12, 2023

Dear friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

As communities in Türkiye and Syria suffer and grieve, we ask your prayers for people in Syria and Türkiye. We request your prayers for those who lost their lives, loved ones, hopes, and dreams. We need your prayers for all who are working to rescue survivors. We need your prayers for all who are trying to be the hands and feet of God.

May we remember we are one and we belong to each other.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, February 10, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for February 5, 2023 – Annual General Meeting 2023

Dear friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

GCPC’s Annual General Meeting for 2023 will take place on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 7:00 PM. All members and adherents are invited to attend (virtual or in-person) with a Zoom link sent closer to the date.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive and approve reports of various committees and church groups for 2022, receive the 2022 financial statements, and consider and approve the 2023 budget.

Any new business must be received in writing by Wednesday, March 1, 2023, via email at clerkofsession@guildwoodchurch.ca.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Thursday, February 2, 2023 version of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s Message for January 29, 2023

Dear friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

At first, it did not feel right to cancel the quiet prayer evening service this past Wednesday.  But I was grateful to stay home that evening. Here is one of the prayers we planned to say together that evening.

Dear Lord,
I come before you and ask for Your strength within me. A strength not of the world but of Your kingdom. To refrain from judgement and feast on love. To push out greed and hold tight to joy. To dispel pride and rise with humility. To quell anger and rest in self-control. To shun greed and rest in giving. To turn from power and embrace service. To let go of resentment and rest in peace. To push through fear and walk forwards in grace. To run with faith, soar with forgiveness, and allow your eternal strength to abide with me.

Unknown Author

We are troubled by many incidents of violence happening in our city. We ask your prayers for individuals who need social and mental support, the TTC employees, people who use public transportation daily, police officers, teachers, social workers, and everyone. We pray that we are not consumed by anger or fear. We pray we all do our part to make a safe and better community for everyone.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, January 27, 2023 version of Tidbits.