Welcome to Jubilee United Church
Jubilee United Church is an Affirming Ministry, offering welcome and companionship to all people regardless of sexual orientation or designation.
Jubilee United Church was created by the coming together of Bethesda, Donminster and Victoria Village, and most recently, St. John’s United Churches. Embracing the gifts of these congregations and the many individuals who have joined our community since 2000, we continue to grow. We acknowledge the sacred land upon which Jubilee United Church stands. People have been on this land for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the “Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant”, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Virtual Worship - Sunday, November 22nd at 1030 am - You are Invited!
Daily Biblical Reflection with Rev. Norm Seli Mon-Fri Currently reading John’s Gospel.
Jubilee's 20 Anniversary Virtual Concert. Join us on Sunday, November 22nd at 730pm - or check it out anytime you want to hear some great music!!
Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
This update comes to you on Saturday, November 21
As always the link to Sunday’s service is just above this message. It will run at 1030am and will be available when you want to watch it subsequent to the initial viewing.
Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
Tomorrow’s service will be a 62 minute service featuring Music, Images, Prayers and Preaching. This week includes Psalm 91 and Matthew 25:31-46) (Sheep and Goats). We will be celebrating Reign of Christ Sunday with a sermon by yours truly and some reflections by Cheryl Colford and Bri-anne Swan. Naturally, the music is great!
Sunday’s service is also available as a podcast. The link is available here on the website.
This link will also give you access to podcasts from Monday through Friday, in which I read and wonder my way through John’s Gospel.
AND – a shorter Audio version of the Sunday Service can be accessed by telephone. Simply dial (416)219-8749 and you can hear a 40 minute version of the Sunday Service. You can call any day or any time.
And to keep us going – the Jubilee Anniversary Virtual Concert will be ready for viewing at 730pm tomorrow (Sunday) night. I’ve been working on it all week and honestly, I am not tired of it… I’ve heard every song at least a dozen times and they keep getting better… There is such variety and quality that I know you are going to be amazed. Join us for the premier at 730pm or watch it on your own any time after – the link will stay on the website for a couple of weeks at least. The link should be just above this update letter.
If you are picking up the Comfort Food that you ordered, I assure that it will be ready for you between 4 and 5pm tomorrow (Sunday). Just come to the North Doors (by the Office) and Haley Brown and I will be there to hand it over. We did a lot of cooking today and it smells pretty good!!
Now, allow me to address the bigger issue. Lock Down.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Sunday Service for December 6th. Under the restrictions that will be in place as of Monday, we cannot have more then 10 people gather to worship. As it takes 6 of us provide the service, we would only allowed to have 4. So, for your safety and the health of the community, we will suspend Sunday Worship until such time that is it both legal and safe. At present we will go ahead with this Tuesday’s service, as our numbers are allowable under the lockdown limits. We will make the decision about further Tuesday services later this week.
So, Christmas is coming… Advent begins in a week.
And nothing will stop the breaking of God’s presence into our world and lives.
I am presently re-imagining a couple of our plans for December, but other things are still on.
1. Christmas Plants can still be ordered (deadline is Monday, November 23)
2. I am still looking for Cookie Bakers. If you are willing, please contact Dianne in the office or me.
3. I am hoping that you will send me some pictures of you lighting a candle.
I would love to have a video of you lighting a candle.
I would be thrilled to a video of you holding a candle and singing “Silent Night” (any verse will do)
I would love to have a note from you, an audio or video recording of you sharing a favourite Christmas memory. I would love to have these to include in our Advent and Christmas Services.
AND, as long as I’m asking… it would be great to have some folks who want to decorate our outdoor Creche. It would be wonderful to have it change often through the season and remind folks, as they walk by, that Christmas is holy and the church is still gathering, even if the doors have been locked. Think about it and talk to me… I am keen to offer support and provide the time for you to make a Christmas statement.
We do have a couple of limericks in tomorrow’s service, but I’m going to make you watch the service to get ’em…
For now, I’ll just sign off with the reminder that tomorrow’s Worship is going to be great and tomorrow’s concert will be unforgettable!!
Hope to see you at both.
In Faith and Hope
Rev. Norm Seli (on behalf of the Jubilee Team)
Here are some of the most requested links:
Sunday Check in, 1130am -1230 https://zoom.us/j/756954235
Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday at 11am – noon https://zoom.us/j/348451849
Daily Check in, 530-630pm https://zoom.us/j/846416417
Daily Meditations and Worship Services are on my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgNHaEdFtqnOUxgkRdty9vQ?view_as=subscriber
COVID 19 Response
There are many opinions, concerns and procedures being shared on both mainstream and social media, we are relying on:
Toronto Public Health https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/
As well as The United Church of Canada https://www.united-church.ca/news/covid-19-united-church-statement
Jubilee's 20 Anniversary Gala - If you didn't get the video, Here it is!
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, we celebrated together Jubilee being officially an “Affirming Ministry.”
What that means is that we are recognized and take responsibility for inviting, welcoming, and including all people who want to experience the love of God and ministry of Jesus Christ as expressed in our community – regardless of sexual orientation or designation. We take on, as a ministry, the care and comfort of those marginalized and victimized by others for their identity as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered (LGBT) people. As much as it is about LGBT people, it is about a wider diversity as well. It is about inviting, welcoming, and including those who feel left out because of age, culture, or perceived / experienced abilities. Becoming an Affirming Ministry is a celebration and commitment to embrace diversity intentionally, graciously, and compassionately – the way that Jesus did.
With your help, we will continue to be a loving, inclusive and responsible community.
- Outreach Programs, Discussion Groups
- Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups
- Children’s Groups, Youth Groups
- Bible Studies, Non-Traditional Worship
- Women and Men, Young and Old
- Families and Individuals
- By the Book and Heretical
- Hungry and Satisfied
- Understanding and Questioning
You are invited to join us.
How to Find Us
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