Love One Another

Imagine Paul writing to us… To all God’s beloved in Dartmouth, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God and the Lord Jesus Christ. These are challenging times you are living in. Your everyday routines and rhythms have been disrupted in a way that is almost unimaginable. You may be…

No Touching!

This week has been quite a roller coaster hasn’t it? We are in uncharted territory. Many are anxious, some have already been laid off… businesses closed… gatherings of all sorts cancelled… schools shuttered… the list can go on and on. By some reports, it’s been hard for some people to change their routines and stay…

Finding a Word, Listening to the Text

Believe it or not, the scriptures for today were chosen weeks ago! And yet, they speak so loudly and clearly to our present circumstances. Listen again to words from Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though…

Listen to Your Breath

On Thursday evening, a couple of members of the transition team and I were at an event hosted by St. John’s United Church in Halifax. They opened the evening in the same way as they open worship, with three deep breaths. I think they were a centering breath, a grounding breath and a releasing breath.…

Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces

I really struggled with my sermon this week… I can’t tell you how many times I imagined myself sitting in the pew and wondering what I would need to hear. And wondering what you needed to hear. And wondering if what I need to preach is what you need to hear? Please know that every…

Brave Followers

When I was a young girl, I was obsessed with stories of missionaries! I wanted to be one… specifically in Africa, unfortunately in all of the stories I read, it was the men who were missionaries and their wives were teachers or nurses. And I did not want to be a teacher or a nurse……

Beloved and Brave

Many of you may know this poem: Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry…

Bravely Following the Star…

What would we do if we were brave? That question, raised by Rev Deborah Blood, the Executive Minister for the United Church of Christ in Maine, at the Annual Regional Meeting last year, has echoed in my head for months. Many of our churches live in fear: fear of the future, fear of not having…

A Glimpse of Holy

These past four weeks, the weeks of Advent, our worship has been focused on the 300th anniversary of Joy to the World. But we hadn’t sung it until tonight! For those of you who worship with us regularly, did the waiting for it make it extra special? Advent is a special time… four weeks of…

Giving Up or Gaining

With Christmas Day over, many people’s thoughts turn towards the new year. So many of us, myself included, often make New Year’s resolutions. You know, the kind that will turn you into a beautiful, healthy person with a great marriage, fulfilling career and well behaved children! I want to say go ahead and change your…