Week of November 15-21
Paying Attention Amongst the Reeds
God’s liberating work can happen down in the reeds, with an interruption we didn’t expect and a body we have to acknowledge. God’s liberation of a people can start with two girls and one really crazy idea. That’s it; that is all you need. Because whenever the children of God claim the freedom to re-imagine and remix the world – well, then Moses can grow up; the exodus out of slavery can begin.
This week during our Zoom service we paid attention to the story of Miriam and Pharaoh’s daughter. We paid attention to the significance of a basket in the river. I see this basket as a call to attentiveness. It wasn’t an abandoning! Miriam was stationed to keep watch. She was to watch out for Moses. In actuality, she was watching for God’s movement. In the midst of this unravelling she was watching for God’s piecing together of the threads of these precious lives. Weaving Life. Weaving Freedom.
I wonder what you’ve been paying attention to this week? What has grabbed your attention? Was there somewhere your heart was directing you?
Pay attention to what you are being invited to weave, to where you’re being invited to let things unravel. Who are the strangers standing at the end of your driveway? The situation that is unravelling before you?
What is being woven into your life?
What is being unwoven?
Where have you been watching for God’s movement?
Where have you seen God’s movement?
We would love to hear your stories this week. Consider taking time to write them to us (email). God is weaving in and among us and it’s encouraging to hear those stories – and we could all use a bit more encouragement these days!
Updating Our Directory
Wondering how to contact other Southpointers? Have you moved, or had a child, or changed your phone number?
It’s time to update our online directory. Karin will soon be sending each regular Southpoint participant an invitation to log in and make changes. It would be wonderful, too, to have a recent picture of each person and household!
Address questions to her at this email address.
Here are three ways we can share “togetherness” in our practice of Advent.
A common resource. Our Advent worship this year will centre on the artwork and reflections in Scott Erickson’s new book, ** Honest Advent. If you’d like to deepen your own experience of Advent, you can purchase this book for your household and read it together (link).
A common symbol. You can build your own Advent wreath and say our weekly Advent liturgy together as a household. (Katia and Brent both make candle holders!)
Advent Buddies. Using a secret name exchange, each participating household will be given another household to keep close throughout Advent, praying for them and surprising them with little gifts or cards. If you are interested, sign up here (link).
** A Kindle version is available for ~$10. You can order a copy for pick-up from Black Bond or Indigo (~$25) but order now to receive it before Advent.
This link provides the information you need to attend Zoom church this Sunday.
Nov 22 Zoom Church
Jesus Heals Legion, Mark 5:1-20
Although we had planned to hold Outdoor Church two Sundays a month, there’s a pause on that due to the restrictions of the current Provincial Health Order.
Outdoor Church is designed to meet the needs of our youngest members. Attendance will be limited to 30 participants and ONLY by advance sign-up by noon the day before. A sign-up link will be provided in the Southpoint News when applicable.
Cultivating small circles of connection, fun, and care during Covid. If you’d like to know more about these groups contact Angela (email).
These groups are paused until after the current restrictions are eased, possibly after Monday, November 23.
Youth and Younger
Gr. K-3 at Kingfisher Farm
Order of the Phoenix (Gr. 3-6)
Fellowship of the Ring (Gr. 7-9)
Monthly Roots Hangout (Gr. 10+)
If you have a confidential prayer need, please contact John Hardy (email).
If you’re needing to talk or to pray, please call Anne (778-878-4352).
Supporting the Work of Southpoint
Thank you for considering your giving during this unusual time. Options include:
– via Pre-authorized debit (monthly or one-time) with this form (link). Cost to Southpoint is only $0.50.
– via Paypal to The Church at Southpoint. Cost is 3% of the donation. No Paypal account is required, just a credit card.
– via Charitable Impact Foundation. Cost is 2.8% of the donation.