Monday Message – March 21, 2022

When you read this, I’m not sure if it reads like a list of tasks to be accomplished or ministry shared. Some weeks things feel like they tilt more one way than another. But in all of the busy-ness, I try to bring an awareness of God’s presence to my day. Sometimes, it’s a matter of taking a couple of breaths before answering the phone, sometimes it’s taking a walk through the sanctuary after finishing one thing and before starting another, sometimes it’s sitting and staring out the window for a few minutes. We often sing, ‘Worship and work’ must be one, so I try and bring both into my days.

I don’t often see Byron in leadership, as he is usually behind me, so thought I’d share this picture! And this picture is from yesterday as well, as Jennifer Myers, the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of NS shared some information about that organization.

Yesterday, as part of my work on the Future Directions Committee of the Region, I attended a Town Hall at North River United Church (outside of Truro) and then a Congregational Meeting regarding their future. I’m glad the weather cooperated!

Worship this week: It’s the fourth week of Lent and this week we hear Jesus being asked the quintessential question: Who Is My Neighbour? We continue with our Lenten theme of Who Are the People in our Neighbourhood by welcoming Mandy Chapman from the Mobile Food Market this week.

For those of you who worshipped with us yesterday, or who watched the livestream later, you heard me pray for family and friends of Jean Taggart, who died on Friday, Roy Gilroy is a cousin, you can find her obituary here.

Monday – Writing this message, working on the bulletin, which includes writing prayers and figuring out all the in between pieces, choosing hymns, connecting with Tamara, meeting with Jim to review some of the information for one of the grant applications, and planning the Pastoral Care Team Training session.

Ryan recorded a Meatless Monday video this time, thank you Ryan! Who else would like to do one?

Tuesday – Monthly meeting of the Association of Ministers, also part of my regional work, Worship Committee, in the afternoon, the United Church Intentional Interim Ministers are connecting via Zoom, I’ll work on Jessie’s evaluation and in the evening United Churches for Dartmouth meet.

Wednesday – Food Bank first thing in the morning, supervision session with Jessie, her time is rapidly coming to an end with us! The monthly meeting of Dartmouth North Organization in the afternoon.

Thursday – In addition to attending to the last minute administrative details, there is Pastoral Care Team training in the afternoon. I didn’t get to deliver any of the grocery cards last week, so I will do that on Thursday if the weather cooperates.

Friday is one of my days off, where I try and practice a Tech Sabbath, I don’t check my email, but you can always reach me by phone in an emergency.

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