A few reminders for this week June 7 – June 13, 2021

The gospel writer Mark tells us that Jesus commonly used parables in his public proclamation and explained everything in private to his disciples.  John Calvin said Jesus’ use of parables was his way of accommodating to the capacity of hearers. Had Jesus spoken in a direct way he would have forced hearers to make a decision right away. Instead he spoke in an indirect way, thus engaging and maintaining interest, and summoning them to decision without compelling them to make a final decision immediately. “Let anyone with ears to hear listen,” is akin to saying “wouldn’t you like to hear a little more.” And you notice that Jesus explained everything in private to his disciples. Anyone who would care to listen further Jesus was willing to explain everything—answer all our questions.
Sunday, June 13th
Beginning this Sunday, Central is welcoming in-person worship subject to capacity restrictions of Step 1 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.
We are asking anyone wishing to join in-person worship to register. Registration is now open. You can register through the church website or by calling the church office. Registration is available until Friday at noon the week before the Sunday you are registering for. Thank you for registering and helping Central maintain these health measures. To view the guidelines at Central United please click here.
June 10th, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Please come and join the Thursday prayer meeting tonight at 7:00 pm. After the prayer time we have some time for fellowship to allow us to catch up with each other a little. The meeting is held using the Zoom technology. Please join 10 minutes before the 7:00 PM start time.
Here are the details for those that wish to participate:
Access to Join Zoom Meeting from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  1. Copy this address into your web browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8925458525 or click here
  2. If you are joining with the Zoom App the Meeting ID is: 892 545 8525 (Note that you can also download the Zoom Application and use the Meeting ID to join)
Quick access by phone:
  1. Call: 647 374-4685
  2. When prompted press: 892 545 8525 #
  3. Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call
Sunday’s service will be available to watch via livestreaming at 10:00 am and is recorded for later viewing, through the Church website. To watch live or view a recording later, go to the Church website, scroll down and click on Central United’s Live Stream Page or click here. A copy of the bulletin for this Sunday’s Service is attached here.
We suggest, for joining the live stream, that you tune in early. You are encouraged to have your bible handy and please note that the text of this Sunday’s Sermon will be available on our Church website prior to Service time. This Sunday’s Scripture readings are Ezekiel 17:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 and Mark 4:26-34. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
Please join us each week and spread this good word. Share our streaming information with family and friends, and via your extended social network, hopefully, more and more people will hear about our live stream services and join in each week.
Donations for the work of Central United Church can be made online.
  • You can donate to Central United by clicking here:
  • You can continue to specify how you want your donation to be allocated by either selecting the appropriate category on the website or by typing in your choice in the MESSAGE box.
  • Donation receipts will be issued directly by Canada Helps, so there is no need to include your envelope number.
  • If you have any questions, email finance@centralunitedchurch.com.
In addition to the online donation option, your church offerings can also be mailed to the church.
Should you become aware of any illness, bereavement, hospitalization, etc., among people of our church, please notify the church office as soon as possible.
During this time of limitations on in-person visits, Rev. Dr. James Clubine is available for a telephone or video conference pastoral ‘visit’ and prayer. If you would like to book a visit, please contact Rev. Clubine at the church office 905.474.0183×228 or mobile office 416.358.4924 or by email jclubine@centralunitedchurch.com.

If you are interested in reading ahead a little, below are the readings for next week.

June 20th 2021
Job 38:1-11
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41