Surely Joy Is In This Place, Help Us Notice!

The title of my reflection is an adaptation of the theme of General Council this summer, which was “Surely God is In This Place, Help Me Notice!” But since we are focusing on joy this week, I changed it… I also changed the ‘Help Me Notice’ to ‘Help Us Notice.’ Because we are a community…

Actively Waiting for Peace

The people who walked in darkness, have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined… Those words, from the prophet Isaiah, are the very first words that I spoke as a worship leader, about 25 years ago. It was Christmas Eve, and the confirmation class…

Nothing Lasts Forever

I spent a chunk of yesterday on a video conference call regarding the new region. I am part of the Transition Commission that is working to determine structure, budgets, staffing, vision, mission and volunteer opportunities… and not necessarily in that order. We have been working informally since May and formally since July when General Council…

What’s Under Our Clothes?

Who wears a uniform? What kind of uniform? What are the benefits of wearing a uniform? Uniforms are kind of a shorthand. It’s pretty obvious I have a new ‘uniform’ on today! (New black cassock) When I was an intern in NL, the first few times I went to the nursing home after hours, I was stopped…

Do We Want to Be Close to Jesus?  

Alan Alda, the United Church’s Statement on Ministry, sales training, photosynthesis, responses from people on the question: why I come to church, the reading from Mark… let’s see if they all hang together by the time I am finished. I asked people to share why they come to church and a number of you responded.…

Don’t Go Away Grieving

What are you attached to? Do you have any ‘guilty’ attachments? Sea salt and caramel ice cream at midnight when nobody is watching? A cigarette now and again in secret? Facebook? Perhaps some on-line shopping? What about healthy attachments? What are yours? Family? Although that is not always healthy… there is a saying, “Each family…

Shaped by Courage

Prayer, courage, being shaped by God our mutual responsibility as people in Christian community with each other ran through my head this week as I pondered this week’s readings. The impact they have on each other and their interaction with each other. And so I invite you to join me in a moment of prayer.…