Monday Message – Nov 28

Some ‘love’ greeted me as I parked my car at the church this morning.

Worship – We continue with our Advent & Christmas theme: Generation to Generation. The second week of Advent the theme is God Meets Us in Our Fear… we are also celebrating communion.

Here’s a beautiful poem to set the tone:

Prayer Poem by Rev. Sarah Speed | A Sanctified Art LLC |

love comes running
I remember
the first time I was afraid.
I was a child.
It was a nightmare.
(You remember those pesky
monsters under the bed.)
I remember
minutes felt like hours.
I begged
the sun to rise.
(Fear always begs
the sun to rise.)

after minutes that felt like hours,
I cried out.
My dad came running.
He sat at the edge of my bed.
He said there is no reason to be afraid.
He checked the closet and the floorboards.
He rearranged my pillows.
He said, “I can stay.”
And that’s when I learned
that when you are afraid,
love always comes running.
Love says, “I can stay.”

That’s what God does for us.
God sits at the edge of the bed.
God checks the closet and the floorboards.
God says, “Be not afraid.”
God stays until sunrise.
Love always comes running.

Monday – Today, I spent time with Diane McKeen’s family, always a privilege to preside over the last service of a person’s life. I’ve been working on next week’s bulletin, hopefully will finalize that tonight. And tonight there is an in person meeting of the folks from the United Churches for Dartmouth. I also met the new secretary and spent a short time with her.

Tuesday – I’ve got Zoom meetings for the Association of United Church Clergy and Future Directions Committee, both regional responsibilities.

Wednesday – Food Bank, Zoom call with Canadian Interim Ministers, rearranging the front of the sanctuary a bit for the funeral.

Thursday – Writing a funeral reflection and taking care of the last minute details for that service and Sunday. .

Friday – Dropping off baking to the UCW…. which I have to squeeze in somewhere this week… Won’t be a tech Sabbath again this week, won’t even be a day off. Diane McKeen’s service is at 2 pm.

Sometimes, it does not look as if there is much on my schedule, but there are a multitude of tasks that may only take 15 minutes or so, that I don’t bother including, but when they are 20 of them on the list… as their is this week, they all take time.

As always, you can reach me at 902-483-1422 at anytime for emergencies.

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