We’re in the last days of summer, and this year, summer is reminding us well that she is still around with the high temperatures! Still, we know things will be shifting in the next bit- cooler nights and mornings, a shift in many peoples’ schedules, school starts back up, summer businesses and activities wind down, and others start back up, and the colours of fall slowing taking over the green leaves.
It seems like this is a good time to celebrate Labour Day- after all, many of us have had a break over the summer, and we are looking to return fully to work or school, or whatever our vocation is. But on the other hand, many of us have been working over the summer- and particularly the farmers that have been harvesting lately- the last while has been far from a break.
Labour Day is about celebrating the gifts that all of us offer through our work- whatever season of the year, whatever season of our lives. Perhaps that’s why this is a good time of year for it- when there is so much overlap of busyness and leisure, summer and fall, work and play. It reminds us to celebrate the diversity of our vocations as well- the different ways we work- some of us whose vocation is school, some of us whose vocation is more literally seen as work, some of us whose vocation involves volunteering.
Whatever your vocation, whether you’ve been relaxing this last while, or working hard, whether you are in the midst of a seasonal change or carrying on as normal, I hope that you remember that God is with you. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Happy Labour Day, everyone!
The Moderator would like people in our church to do a “Prayer Pilgimage” for the people going to the 42nd General Council meeting this August. For 40 days, starting on June 30 and leading up to the start of GC42, on August 8 there will be prayers posted online. You can find them at http://www.gc42.ca/prayer-pilgrimage
There will be many important things discussed and important decisions about the future of our denomination and the way we do things that will happen at this year’s meeting, so it is good for us to support the people going through our prayers.
A reminder that you can also check out more information about what is happening at General Council meeting at gc42.ca
This August the 42nd General Council is meeting in Corner Brook, NL. One of the big things they will be discussing is the report of the Comprehensive Review Task Group, a group struck at the last General Council meeting to look at everything in our denomination, in response to the new reality of tighter finances, declining membership, etc. The Task Group has received feedback from various courts of the church over the last couple years, and now have issued a report full of suggestions. You can find the report here: www. gc42.ca
The next few weeks in church, we will be showing some videos which demonstrate simply some of the main concepts of the report. But you can also check out the full report yourself. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Our Presbytery has official 2 representatives to General Council (along with a bigger group of people coming from our Conference, some our whom may also be from our Presbytery) . They will have a chance to discuss, debate and finally vote on the proposed changes there. If there is any feedback you would like to give them to help them with their task, you can send it to me, and I will pass it along to them!
As news starts to come out of Ottawa about the fatal shooting of a Canadian Forces soldier guarding the War Memorial and the attack on Parliament Hill, many things will be going through our minds.
How could such a thing happen? Why would someone do this? What was the reason? Who were these people? What happens now?
Some of these questions will have light shed on them in the days to come, and some of them may never be answered fully.
In the times of tragedy and despair, the Christian response is always at first the same: to turn to our God in prayer. We pray for Nathan Cirillo, the reservist who was killed, for Patrice Vincent, a soldier killed last week in Quebec and for their friends and family, in their grief and shock. We pray for others who continue to serve, overseas and on home soil, that they may be kept safe. We pray for the community and the country, watching, waiting, with emotions ranging from fear to anger to disbelief. And we also pray for the people responsible for this tragedy, and for their friends and families, as there is pain and shock there as well.
In the days ahead, as we learn more about what happened, there may be ways we can offer support. In the meantime, we continue to rely on our faith, remembering the words of Jesus, who taught us to turn to God in prayer, who reminds us that God cares for each one of us, and who told us to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors.
May God be with you all, Amen.
We hope this blog will serve as a useful avenue to stimulate involvement and thought among our congregation members as well as interested individuals in the larger community.
We see our blog working in the following ways ….. our minister could post information about bible study, scriptures to be used in upcoming sermons, or some church event. Or the Board Chairman could put up information about some church issue or initiative. Then interested people can become involved in a dialogue by posting their own comments and reading comments that others have made. In this way we hope to stimulate interest and involvement in the life and work of our church.
So here is your first chance to become involved … leave a comment and tell us what you think about this new blog initiative.