Funeral Songs Open Mic – Ash Wednesday

Funeral Songs – Open Mic
Ash Wednesday – February 26th at 7pm.
Fort Elgin (the little house beside Beasley park at 55 Elgin St).

We’re all Gonna Die! (someday)
Ash Wednesday is the day on the church calendar where we are invited to reflect on our own morality. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust is a part of life. The Commons invites you to a “Funeral Songs” open mic at Fort Elgin (55 Elgin St). We are asking people to come with a song, story or poem that you would want shared at your own funeral. How we want to be remembered in death says a lot about what we value in life. We will also be offering to place an ash cross on the forehead of anyone who would find that meaningful (if that doesn’t fit you, don’t worry you are still welcome to come and participate in the open mic).

FAQ:

  • CAN I SIGN UP AHEAD OF TIME?
    Please Do! Just comment below and we will add you to the list.
  • CAN I JUST WATCH?
    Yes. If you want to just come and watch that is just fine.
  • CAN I SIGN UP LAST MINUTE?
    Yes, just talk to Randell when you arrive.
  • WILL THERE BE A PA & MIC?
    Yes, we will have a mic and an input for your instrument.
  • DO I NEED TO BRING MY INSTRUMENT?
    You are welcome to bring your own but we will have a keyboard and an acoustic guitar their for anyone wanting to use those.
  • WHERE CAN I PARK?
    There is some street parking on the North side of Elgin just past Cannon St.
  • CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
    Children our welcome but use your own best judgement if something like this is appropriate for your young person.
  • IS THIS A CHURCH THING?
    Yes and No. Yes a church is organizing it and Ash Wed is part of the church calendar but we aren’t trying to trick anyone into “going to church.” Everyone is welcome to come as they are and share what they need to share.That is why it is an open mic and not a concert. We want to be present for a diversity of voices and expressions. To find out more about The Commons visit: http://hamiltoncommons.ca/
  • I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION. WHO SHOULD I TALK TO?
    Contact our open mic host: Randell Neudorf – randellneudorf@gmail.com

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Peace Sunday – Nov 11th, 2018

Peace Sunday, is a way to broaden the community conversation of what it means to work for peace. This year Peace Sunday falls on Nov 11th (the same day as Remembrance Day).

At The Commons Gathering (Sun. Nov. 11th at 4:30pm) we will have a moment of silence for people who have sacrificed their lives for peace. As a church that values creative peace and is seeking to learn how to be peacemakers we also want to widen the remembrance to people who have worked and sacrificed for peace. We want to have a moment of silence for:

  • Civil Rights Activists
  • Christian Peacemakers
  • Catholic Workers
  • Peace Activists and more,
  • in addition to people who have served in the Military.

For our learning component this year we will be using the new album by Hip Hop artist Shad. It is called “A Short Story About A War.”

You may want to take a little time over the next couple weeks to give the album a listen. Here is the Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/3H838yGtnwjCLEz0nOQ4kO

If you want to take this a step further, Shad will be speaking at Eucharist Church about the album on Thur Nov 8 at 7:30pm ($10 at the door). Here is the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/275707653056708/

If you don’t get a chance to listen to the album or Hip Hop is not your thing, that is totally OK. We will listen to a couple of the songs with the Lyrics printed out on Peace Sunday. Just thought some people might appreciate a head start.


PEACE SUNDAY with THE COMMONS

Sunday November 11th, 4:30pm (coffee served at 4pm)

LOCATION:
Community Room of St. John’s Lutheran Church
104 Hughson St. N.
(Downtown Hamilton on the corner of Wilson & Hughson).
Enter through the front door on Wilson St.

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE
Everyone is welcome.

PARKING:
Street parking is free on Sundays.
Their is also free parking on Sundays right beside Dr. Disc on Wilson & James St.