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 20th at 1030 am - You are invited!
Daily Biblical Reflection with Rev. Norm Seli
Mon-Fri Currently reading the book of Acts.
Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
This update comes to you on Saturday, September 19th
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.
The service is 60 minutes in length and includes Exodus 16:2-15 (bread and quail in the wilderness) and Matthew 20:1-16 (parable of the Labourers). Back by popular demand, The Lockdown Brothers present the Gospel and Bri-anne Swan contributes readings and prayers. There is also some “Hymn Karaoke” as you are invited to sing the Jim and Jean Strathdee: Deep in Our Hearts (More Voices 154) and the Jubilee Quartet: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Voices United 651).
As we you know we held our first in person worship service last Tuesday. It was modest, quiet, reflective and quite beautiful. There were only 10 in attendance, as many people are simply not yet ready to gather in person and we fully support you being cautious and taking care of yourself. Virtual Services will continue until at least the end of the year (and probably beyond); my Monday-Friday meditations will continue (getting ready to begin John’s Gospel sometime next week) and we will begin a Virtual Bible Study in October.
If you do wish to attend worship on Tuesday evenings or on Sunday, October 4th, you are asked to make a reservation through the Church Office by phone (416)447-6846 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org We will notify you if there is a problem, but we should be able to safely include all those who reserve.
The doors to the church will be open 15 minutes before the service. You are asked to enter through the main doors (by the roundabout), wear a mask and practice proper 6’ social distancing. There will be no live music or singing, but we will create an intimate service of scripture and prayer. This week, the service lasted 50 minutes.
Our first Sunday service will be on October 4th and will follow the same protocols as Tuesdays. Although there will be no group singing, there will be live music on Sundays and Scripture, Prayers and Preaching.
Next Sunday – September 27th – we are fortunate to have Rev. Evan Smith preaching for us. Evan is a great friend to Jubilee, her daughter Nora was part of our youth group, baptized and confirmed at Jubilee. Evan’s partner Jess is a candidate for ministry in the United Church of Canada with our support and has also preached at Jubilee. Evan is also one of the leaders/pastors for Toronto Urban Native Ministry.
On that Sunday, we will be acknowledging Orange Shirt Day as we recognize the history and legacy of Residential Schools in Canada. Last year we were able to take a group photo of many folks in orange shirts, this year we would like to create a collage of pictures, so I am hoping that you might take a picture of yourself in an Orange Shirt – or anything orange and email it to me for use in the service (in case you missed it, my email is email@example.com)
Finally, the Jubilee 5k walk/run is coming up soon! Saturday, October 3rd. Gary is figuring out how we can do it safely with the new Covid restrictions introduced this week, but I am confident that we will be going ahead safely. AND so, I am desperately looking for Sponsors! Gary has over $1300 in sponsorships… Bri-anne is ahead of me… Dick Patrick is beating me…. I’m not saying that I’m more worthy of support than those wonderful folk, but… well, I leave it up to you and your conscience. 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 only one limerick this week, again from our “Limerick Laureate” Ed Rutherford, who has correctly noted that the Third Sunday in September is set aside to acknowledge the “Battle of Britain”.
When the Battle of Britain was through.
The RAF lads got their due,
When Churchill praised their endevour,
By exclaiming that “Never
Have so many, owed so much, to so few’.
As you read this, it is very possible that I am celebrating my son Michael’s wedding to the remarkable Kaitlyn. I wish you as much joy, even as you adopt safe cautious practices, as I anticipate today.
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
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
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.”
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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