Next Sunday, June 14
We will mark the birthday of the United Church of Canada, which came into being on June 10, 1925. More significantly, we will be hearing some of the gifts that come from the traditions of the Evangelical United Brethren, a denomination that joined with the United Church of Canada in 1968. Virginia Platt from Harrow and Dorcas Windsor from Westworth United both have family roots in the EUB, and will be providing personal reflections.
Communion will be celebrated next Sunday as well, so you may want to come prepared when you sit down to watch next week’s worship.
There’s a full moon this weekend – in some traditions, it is known as the Strawberry Moon. Now isn’t that something wonderful to contemplate? Among the earliest of the fruits of the earth in this part of the world, it won’t be long before we have the first local fresh strawberries.
I don’t think the new garden beds are Harrow are going to have strawberries, but I can’t wait to see what will be growing there.
The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind
The events of the past several days have brought to mind Bob Dylan’s 60’s protest song, The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind. In case your memory is a bit vague (or you are too young to know this song!), a sampling of the lyrics:
How many times must we look up before we can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one person have before they can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take ’til we know that too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.
We in Christ’s church have a wind of our own – and It may just be, as Bob Dylan said, that the answer is blowin’ in the wind.
Because, you know, we have a wind of our own – the Holy Spirit. Remember that story of how a great wind blew down the doors of those timid people on that Pentecost day so long ago?
Of how it blew right through them and sent them spinning out into the wide world?
Of how it blew through their lungs and their voice boxes so that they found words they never knew and courage that astounded them?
Remember that story? Remember that story!
It is the story of our ancestors in faith. A story that is finding new life and expression in these days, reminding us that Jesus came so we might understand just how passionate God is in claiming a place for those who are last and lost, forgotten and downtrodden. It is our story.
May the Holy breath of God’s Spirit blow where it wills, even in us – even in the most unlikely of leaders or messengers. May it bring, once again, hope and renewal – in relationships, in societies, in our lives.
Until next week, I am yours in Christ,
P.S. Don’t forget, if you’d ever like to join some friendly faces for Sunday coffee, all you need to do is ask for the link.
(Rev.) Teresa Moysey
Harrow United Church