Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 12, 2011

Blest be the Tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love.

This summer we are gathering with neighbours for summer worship again. A week ago Dennis Filips led worship at St Paul’s and this Sunday it was Cathy Martin and Camille Kamphuis. They have taken us out of ourselves and centered us on God and each other. For the next two Sundays, the leader will be Rev. Steven Johann. Warren Mack is at our organ. All these people are part of Knox-Metropolitan United Church. Ensuing Sundays, we of St. Paul’s will lead worship at Knox-Met.

It’s a pleasure to get to know the neighbours. We are already becoming acquainted with some of their habits, such as a greeting time, a regular sung benediction and large-print bulletins. Of course we discover old friends, and see cousins, and share each others’ joys and sorrows. We have much in common.

As always, we make DVD’s of Sunday worship, and you may have a copy if you drop in. Feel free to call Joan and Lesli in the church office and ask them to mail one to you.

On the last weekend of July we will move to our neighbours’ spiritual home for four weeks. David Oberholtzer will be on the bench over there. I will lead worship July 31 on a theme of Sabbath. Frank Robinson, Allan VanderWell and Lee Foote are preparing the subsequent weeks.

We share many ties, and it is good to be connected in our city this way.

Blessings on you, neighbour.

The Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean