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Worship with Bethel-Maidstone United Church

Worship with Bethel-Maidstone United Church

By Catherine Elsdon
Reflections on scripture and everyday life that can help you connect with the sacred.
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Part 5: Food for the Soul “Sweets &Fruit”
Our final episode in our “Food for the Soul” series is a bit of smorgasbord! Jello salad, baklava, honey and olive oil? It’s all in there as we explore sweets and fruit, now and in the stories of Jesus.
October 25, 2020
Part 4: Food for the Soul “Fish”
Fish and bread for a crowd. Fish fry on the beach. Fish and fishermen feature prominently in a number of stories about Jesus. We explore these stories and how they inspire our response to food insecurity in this message preached on World Food Sunday.
October 23, 2020
Part 3: Food for the Soul “Wine”
A Thanksgiving message about special foods, wine, celebration and the abundant life found in Christ!
October 17, 2020
Part 2: Food for the Soul "Bread"
Bread baking has become a pandemic pastime. Hear recipes and reflections on bread and its role in Christian rituals and teachings.
October 10, 2020
Part 1: Food for the Soul “Table Manners & Belonging”
The first episode in a 5 part series on the significance and symbolism of food in the teachings of Jesus and our everyday lives. Find recipes and more on our Facebook page! References for this episode: Miriam Feinberg Vamosh, Food at the Time of the Bible: From Adam’s Apple to the Last Supper. Gary W. Charles, Feasting on the Word, Year B, Volume 1. Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. “Food for thought: How the pandemic changed how we buy, cook and eat” Toronto Star’s Karon Liu on the podcast This Matters
October 3, 2020
Part IV: Faithful Tools for Challenging Times
The fourth and final episode of the series focuses on faithful action. For this message I drew upon a number of sources: Jane Fonda interview on CBC Radio’s program Q, 8 Sept 2020. Mark O’Neil, “Canada has a long, documented history of racism and racial discrimination. Don’t look away,” Globe and Mail, 12 June 2020 Laura Beaulne-Stuebing, “’We are in a revolutionary moment’: Canadian academics take part in two-day strike against racism,” University Affairs, 16 Sept 2020 Robin Diangelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. B.L. Wilson, “I’m your black friend, but I won’t educate you about racism. That’s on you.” Washington Post, 8 June 2020. Desmond Cole, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power.
September 25, 2020
Part III: Faithful Tools for Challenging Times. “Gratitude”
In this episode Rev. Catherine Elsdon explores the challenge of envy and the power of gratitude.
September 13, 2020
Part II: Faithful Tools for Challenging Times
A reflection on the rich tradition of prayers of lament.
September 12, 2020
Part I: Faithful Tools for Challenging Times
Rev. Catherine Elsdon considers the particular anxieties we face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and leads you through a simple prayer technique that can help ground you in the Spirit.
September 11, 2020