Dear Church Family,
It is good to be back in Church, to see each other in person, to have time to worship together, and to gather our thoughts and feelings from the past months.
Worship does not feel the same to us as it did 6 months ago. We are not able to sing, and we are not able to visit with each other after the service. I feel there is some anxiety about our return. We wish to do things as we did before. Although some things in worship have changed, let us be assured that we are called into worship to give thanks and to offer our hearts and souls to God, in the peace and comfort of our gathered community of faith.
In October we have two special celebrations. On October 4th we will celebrate World Wide Communion with our fellow Christians from around the world. Although it may feel different to us this year, in essence the celebration of communion is the same. We will share the bread of new life and the cup of blessing. It is a time of reflection, peace, and the promise of new life. We will be reminded again that we are God’s blessed and beloved people for whom Jesus lived and died. God’s eternal love is given to us in the grace of the shared bread and wine.
On October 11th we will share our celebration of Thanksgiving. It is a time for special memories. It is a time to be together with family and friends and to share the abundance of our land. It is also a time to recognize the great legacy we have received from the generations which have preceded us, our freedom, our life filled with so many gifts of the spirit, and the peace we live in each day. Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our earth, the planting of seeds in the spring, the quiet growth of the summer months, the abundant harvest of the fall and the peaceful sleep of our land in the winter months. We are reminded that God has prepared a banquet for all people to share joyfully.
Our prayer for the Fall may be simply, “Our loving Creator, we give thanks for your mercy, grace and the life you have given to us. Be our guide. Fill our hearts with your joy and your love so that we might be always ready to share your gifts with our world. In this time and in all times, you are with us, we are not alone.” Amen.
Let us look forward to these lovely months of Fall with peaceful hearts.
Reverend Kathleen Mowat