Coffee Hour starts at 10 am/Worship at 10:30 am
Come as you are and when you are able! All are most welcome to join (pets included)! Sunday morning is your chance to connect with each other and share in worship. Over the next little while we'll be exploring the theme Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart. May we find God, like a Holy Knitter, stitching us back together and weaving us into the intricate web of life. Simply click here on Sunday morning.
You can also join by phone! Call 1-438-809-7799 and enter 88024485751# when prompted.
I was struck by the words of Arundhati Roy this week in this article, The Pandemic Is A Portal. Just as we will be exploring in our worship theme of unravelling, Roy points to the potential for an unravelled world unraveled to be made new if woven back together with justice and care. Here was my favourite part:
Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.
Through the offering of your time, talent, and treasure - you are offering help which inspires others and restores hope. I want to express my thanks to all of the Glen Morris community for the many ways people are being helpers right now. If you are able, please continue to support the church financially during this time. Our building may be closed but the work of the church continues!
We are also looking for people interested in offering their leadership for our online worship over the next little while. Please be in touch with me if you would like to sign up for reading scripture, offering musical leadership during a hymn, or singing an anthem.
I’m only a phone call, email, or text away if you are ever in need to be in touch. Prayer requests and questions about God and spirituality or just a friendly hello are all great ways to keep in touch. Sometimes we can tell ourselves that we don’t deserve help because others need it more but the truth is, all of us need each other and need support from time to time. Don’t be afraid to reach out!
The Lord’s Prayer is given deeper meaning in the context of covid19 through this short reflection. Click on the article for the full prayer. I thought the last few lines were a great way to end today's newsletter:
Lord, give us the faith and the courage to make this proclamation even in a time of a deadly virus. Give us the “patience in tribulation” that the Apostle Paul calls us to.
Because we know what your kingdom on earth brings, give us the hope of that kingdom in our hearts, lives, communities, and the nations. Let that future we believe in help sustain us in the present, even when things we can’t control seem to dominate our lives. Lord, help us to believe that the virus, the threats, the injustices, and the fears they create are NOT in control and never will be, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, now and forever. Amen.”
Yours in Christ,Michiko