Sunday, May 15 Worship at 10:30 AM ~ Online and in-person. (CLICK HERE) The theme of my last worship service with you is an exploration of my personal mission statement: "To Know Christ and Make Christ Known." This is the lens through which I filter my actions and values. It comes from the former tag line of the Lutheran church (ELCA) . . . "To Know Christ and Make Christ Known." During worship, members of the Praying with Scripture Group will share ways that they have come to know Christ through the time that we spent together in the weekly sharing of scripture. The Children's Story is In My Heart, A Book of Feelings by Jo Wink. I look forward to celebrating the transformative experience of worship together with you this Sunday.
Sunday, May 15 ~ Happy Hour Church at 4 PM on Zoom. (CLICK HERE) Here is another opportunity for us to be the church together. Come, discuss scripture, and share communion online. Let's open ourselves to experience how we will be blessed.
Pastoral Care ~ The Rev Harry Disher will be working with the Pastoral Care Committee to cover your pastoral care needs. He can be reached at 519 860 9198.
My Farewell Blessing ~ I find the images of God in a hymn by Ruth Duck so beautiful that I want to leave them with you to ponder and behold. May they bless you the way that you have blessed me by your just being you. Know I will carry you in my heart wherever I go.
Womb of life and source of being, home of every restless heart,
in your arms of the worlds awakened;
you loved us from the start. We, your children, gather round you, at the table you prepare.
Sharing stories, tears, and laughter, we are nurtured by your care.
Word in flesh, our brother Jesus, born to bring us second birth,
you have come to stand besides us, knowing weakness, knowing earth.
Priest who shares our human struggles, Life of Life and Death of Death,
risen Christ, come stand among us, send the spirit by your breath.
Brooding Spirit, move among us; be our partner, be our friend.
When our memory fails, remind us whose we are, what we intend.
Labor with us; aid the birthing of the new world yet to be,
free of servant, lord, and master, free for love and unity.
Mother, Brother, holy Partner; Father, Spirit, Only Son:
we would praise your name forever, one-in-three and three-in-one.
We would share your life, your passion, share your word of world made new,
ever singing, ever praising, one with all, and one with you.
Be blessed to be a blessing, the Rev Rose Ann Vita