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    The Morning After Blog

    From our Minister, John: Welcome to the Morning After. Preaching is created and offered and it’s a little awkward because you 'bare your soul' and it’s like you stand there buck naked, share what’s important to you, people get to peek and then walk away! It’s hard because it feels 'one way'. That is, I speak, people listen, and then choose to walk away or wander back, often with little comment one way or the other. 

    So here is a chance for me and our guest speakers to clarify, and for you to comment and for all of us to learn together! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, questions, or wonderings. This is a free space to engage!

    Thursday
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    July 19 - Inside Out

    Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger.  They are feelings we’ve all known AND are characters in the Disney movie - ‘Inside Out’.   Which feelings have you experienced today?
     
    In the sermon, John mentioned Psalm 139. It’s a fabulous song about God knowing and accepting us, and that includes our emotions and thoughts.  “O God, you have searched me and known me."  God invites us to be real in our relationships and our living.
     
    Stay tuned - we’ll take a deeper look at these feelings in the September Worship Series!
     
    Open the conversation with someone this week:
    What is Joy?
    What is Sadness?
     
    Cheers!

     

    Wednesday
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    July 12 - Festival Fever

    Festivals provide shared experiences around purpose and passion. They also provide 
    opportunities for meeting with others that can inspire us for another purpose, if we’re open and 
    paying attention.  
    Like the boy who noticed the hungry people at the festival of 5,000+ people where Jesus was a 
    headliner. He had likely come for a particular reason but his encounter with others resulted his 
    offering of a humble supper to launch a community meal.
      
    Gathered by a purpose. Gathered to be purposeful.
      
    When you show up to all the activities and gatherings of this week, I wonder what you’ll notice 
    about others’ needs?
     
    What will be your response?
      
    Cheers!
    Danielle Ayana

     

    Wednesday
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    July 5 - Beyond the Sky

     

    What did you notice when you looked at the sky this week?
    That was our opening question on Sunday.
    There’s so much to take in - the moon, fast moving clouds, July 1st fireworks, radiant sunsets 
    and twinkling satellites or stars.
      
    When the writers of Psalm 147 looked out to Creation and the sky, they saw a reason to praise 
    God with a wild imagination!  “It is good to sing praise to our God…God has decided the number 
    of stars and calls them each by name.”
      
    Sky gazing can remind us to consider - What might be! What if? 
    Jesus likely asked the same questions. 
    What if we loved our enemies? Radical.
      
    How do you practice using your imagination?
      
    See you next week.
    Danielle Ayana

     

    Wednesday
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    June 28 - John introduces and interviews Danielle

    Today we began a new relationship.  I’ve joined the ministry team and community of Hillhurst 
    United and I am DELIGHTED!  The service theme was ‘New Beginnings’ and we celebrated the 
    beginning of summer and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that The Defense of Marriage Act, the 
    law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the 
    states, is unconstitutional.  
    For the sermon time, John interviewed me about my name, passions and journey in ministry. I 
    truly sense a calling to be with the Hillhurst community and be myself with you all. Hopefully the 
    diversity will augment and enrich all that is good and great about this place!
    There was also the question: What do I need from the people of Hillhurst?  
    My first run at the answer may not have been clear. It’s a challenging question. But 24 hours 
    later, my answer is openness. I need your openness - to the Spirit, to difference, to love and to 
    new ways.
    Something unique is happening in this community.  I wonder what we’ll create together?

     

    Danielle

    Wednesday
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    National Aboriginal Day - June 21, 2015

    National Aboriginal Day gave us an opportunity to consider our dreams for reconciliation in our faith community and in all our circles. This year’s celebration was particularly significant as we take these first faithful steps together with Aboriginal communities following the end of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    As we prepared for this service, many questions were on our hearts:

    How do we keep the reconciliation conversation going?

    How can we do a better job of listening?

    Isn’t there a bigger picture here? What has this process taught us about right relations with everybody?

     Let’s keep the conversation going. What does your dream of reconciliation look like?

     

    Nancy Chegus

    Director, Music Ministry, HUC