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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.
16:55
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.
20:30
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!
20:25
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.
17:31
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
18:49
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.
25:40
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.
16:29
September 13, 2020
Part II: Faithful Tools for Challenging Times
A reflection on the rich tradition of prayers of lament.
13:19
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.
14:16
September 11, 2020