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

Rev. Moon’s message for October 16, 2022

Dear Friends,

We apologize for the last two Sundays: there were some technical challenges, and we could not provide online worship services to you. We are working on the issues. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

During this busy season, I would like to share a prayer by St. Francis de Sales:

“St. Francis de Sales” (18th century) by Spanish painter Francisco Bayeu y Subías (1734–1795); from the collection of the Museo del Prado; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

“Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it you will be carried in God’s very own arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting God who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.  Amen.”

St. Francis de Sales

On Wednesday, October 26, we hold our monthly quiet prayer service at 7:30 PM. It is an opportunity to pause ourselves from running and offer ourselves to God in silent prayer. No matter how busy our life becomes, may we not lose ourselves. Please, join our prayers.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message first appeared in the Saturday, October 15, 2022, edition of Tidbits.

Village Fair 2022 –November 5

The Village Fair is in just a few weeks! It takes place on Saturday, November 5, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This is our church’s main fundraiser of the year and our congregation is deeply involved, including our youth, contributing their talents, gifts and resources.  The Guildwood community as well as many from outside our area look forward to the Fair every year.  Below the poster is a list the shops. We’re sure there is something for everyone!

  • Silent Auction
  • Classic Treasures
  • White Elephant
  • Crafts
  • Christmas Shop
  • Children’s Corner
  • Books
  • Jewelry
  • Basket Raffle

With your support we can work together to make this year’s Fair a resounding success (and have some fun too)!!!

Help us all stay healthy: masks are encouraged.

Questions?  Call or email the church office.

A version of this message first appeared in the Saturday, October 8, 2022, edition of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s message for October 9, 2022

On September 30, 2022, Rev. Helen and Rev. Dr. Bob Smith visited the Taber Hill Ossuary to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. I asked if Helen could write about her visit to the site with us, and she kindly agreed to share her experience and thoughts.

granite stone with bronze plaque on a low flagstone plinth
Taber Hill Ossuary commemorative stone with bronze plaque, September 30, 2022. Photo by Rev. Helen Smith; used by permission.

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, Bob and I visited a spot not too far from our home, the Taber Hill Ossuary, marked by a large stone at the top of an unusual smooth mound.  The Iroquois prayer on the east side of the stone is well worth the trip up the Hill. It is on the east side of Bellamy Road, just north of Lawrence.  It is not a natural feature.  The mound contains the remains of nearly 500 Iroquois buried sometime during the 13th century, well before the settlers from Europe landed on mainland Canada.  Six centuries later, corn fields were being bulldozed for new homes and the 401 was making its way around the then-northern limits of Toronto.  While digging up earth in 1956 for a 401 overpass and to make way for new housing, the shovel operator noticed human remains in his shovel.  The land was quickly declared a cemetery.  Remains of an Iroquois village were unearthed close by the Taber Hill site.

As I read the plaque on the large stone, I thought of how the land had been cared for hundreds of years before the settlers came and claimed the land and the colonization of the indigenous people began. It is good to be reminded of this as we seek to move forward together in truth and reconciliation.

Our prayers continue.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message first appeared in the Saturday, October 8, 2022, edition of Tidbits.