Jubilee United Church

40 Underhill Drive | Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2J5 | 416.447.6846

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, September 27th at 1030 am - You are invited!

Daily Biblical Reflection with Rev. Norm Seli
Mon-Fri  Currently reading John’s Gospel.

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Weekly Update

Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
This update comes to you on Saturday, September 26th

First things, first- the link for our Sunday Virtual Service just above this update (well, above the Jubilee Moments above this update).
As always, it will run at 1030am and will be available when you want to watch it subsequent to the initial viewing.

It will be a 54 minute service with Rev. Evan Smith as our guest preacher and Jess Swance and Nora Wiiba Wabanung are our readers.  Scripture includes Exodus 17:1-7 (Moses and water in the desert) and Matthew 21:33-46 (parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard).  This is service of Scripture, Music, Preaching and Prayer and you will be able to sing “Turning of the World ” with Jim and Jean Strathdee.  We will be observing Orange Shirt Day and spending a little more time in prayer than usual.  

The first news that I need to share with you is that our dear friend, Marjorie Hollands has died. 
She died peacefully with family on Thursday morning.  At present, there will probably be a small family funeral after Thanksgiving.  When an obituary is published, we will be sure to send it to everyone.  Marjorie had a loving family and many great friends who will miss her terribly – you may well be one of those friends.  We hold you and all those who loved Marjorie in our prayers. 

Our Tuesday Evening Services continue and there will be a service at 7pm this Tuesday.  

Our first In-Person Sunday Service will be held next week on October 4th.  Although we had originally planned two services, one at 9am and the other at 11am, our reservations are such that we can safely proceed with one service instead.  It will be held at 1030am.   It will feature live music performed by our Music Director, Daniel, and singing by soloists.    We will also be sharing in Communion, as it is World Wide Communion Sunday.  We have taken great care to safely provide the elements for communion, but if you have concerns upon arriving, you do not have to partake in the bread and juice to be part of our communion.   Reservations for Sunday, In-Person Worship, can be made through the church office:  (416)447-68468 or admin@jubileeunited.ca

For those of us who will be participating in worship virtually, we will also be celebrating communion.  You are asked to have bread and juice on hand at home, so that you can participate with us. 

The Jubilee 5k walk/run is next Saturday, weather and Covid precautions permitting.   Gary and his incredible teams are confident that with some attention on the part of participants, and proper timing, we can continue with safely with the walk and abide by Provincial and Municipal guidelines.   However, we have stopped adding new participants – so at this point, the best way to get involved is to sponsor someone who is already registered to walk.  I’m sure that there are over 20, but the only that I can confirm for sure….. is me.    If you’re interested in supporting Jubilee by sponsoring me,  email me and I’ll make it easy for you to sponsor your minister. : )   

We have three limericks this week, but I will only share one today (You will have to tune in for the others).  This is a timely offering from Haley Brown – first time contributor! 
The leaves, they are starting to turn
The summer we’re starting to mourn, 
But how can this be?
Where was the CNE?
Swapping barbeques for pumpkins and corn

Finally, I read recently that most people hit a slump 6 months into a project or experience.  It can manifest in short tempers, lack of energy and ambition or just plain “Ugghh”.   There is little that can be done about the feeling, but it does pass.  Without doing anything other than holding on, most people find their energy, optimism and hope returning after the down time.  One psychiatrist wrote about embracing it and realizing when it comes there’s no point in hitting your head against the wall, better to just pick up a book and wait… knowing this, when she starts something new, she is very intentional about not putting any demands on herself 6 months in.     I’m not a psychiatrist, but I recognize the slump…  We’ve been in the midst of Covid 19 for 6 months now and lots of us have just gone through or are going through that slump.  If you’re in it right now, please hold on, you’re not alone – we need you and morning will come.   
If you want to talk about it, I know a minister who is ready to listen…
Call me, call Bri-anne…. we are in this together. 

Holding you and our whole community in prayer.  

See you tomorrow at Worship!
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

The Jubil-AIR Radio Theatre Company is ready to broadcast! Sunday (August 9) at 7pm - and anytime thereafter. Join the Jubilee cast as they re-imagine a classic Burns and Allen Radio show from 1945.

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, we celebrated together Jubilee being officially an “Affirming Ministry.”

church-prideWhat 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.

We have:

  • Outreach Programs, Discussion Groups
  • Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups
  • Children’s Groups, Youth Groups
  • Bible Studies, Non-Traditional Worship

You are invited to join us.

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Here is the link to Sunday Worship for September 27th.
A 54 minute Virtual Sunday Worship with Jubilee United Church - watch it with us at 1030am or anytime after the 1030 premier.
Rev. Evan Smith is our guest preacher and Jess Swance and Nora Wiiba Wabanung are our readers. Scripture includes Exodus 17:1-7 (Moses and water in the desert) and Matthew 21:33-46 (parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard). This is service of Scripture, Music, Preaching and Prayer and you will be able to sing "Turning of the World " with Jim and Jean Strathdee. We will be observing Orange Shirt Day and spending a little more time in prayer than usual. Liturgy by Rev. Norm Seli and a special Lord's Prayer by Bri-anne Swann. You are invited to join us!

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Jubilee Moments - Friday, September 25th
Rev. Norm Seli reads and wonders about John's Gospel.
Today, it's John 1: 19-34. As we hear from John the Baptist,
Norm wonders about sin and the "Lamb of God".

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Jubilee Moments - Thursday, September 24
Rev. Norm Seli is reading and wondering about John's Gospel.
Today, it's John 1: 19-28. As John the Baptist answers a few questions,
Norm wonders about leadership and the power of being a follower.

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If anyone is looking for a simple approach to Spiritual Practices, you will benefit from this video and the ones that promise to follow. Delightful and very accessible - well worth 7 or 8 minutes of your day. ...

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