Rev. Moon’s Message for November 12, 2023

L’Arche Daybreak in Richmond Hill, ON; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Dear Friends,

Join us for our virtual book club gathering this Sunday, November 12, at 1 PM, and every third Sunday of the month thereafter. We extend a warm invitation to those eager to engage in thoughtful discussions. This month’s focus is on Henri Nouwen’s “Bringing Solitude into our lives.” Nouwen, a beloved author, played a significant role in shaping my perspective during the initial decade of my ministry. It might pique your interest to know that Henri Nouwen spent his final years — from 1986 until his passing — at the L’Arche home in Richmond Hills, Ontario. Contact the church office for the Zoom link to the meeting.

I’m currently in talks with a few of you about initiating a monthly or biweekly evening Bible study (or Lectio Divina: Divine Reading) in the upcoming year. Please let me know if you’re interested in joining a monthly or biweekly evening Bible study.

Monthly Prayer and Reflection group – Friday, November 17

On Friday, November 17, at 1 PM, we will hold the gathering of our monthly prayer and reflection group in the lounge. We will be reading from and reflecting on Joan Chittister’s “The Breath of the Soul” together. Everyone interested in deepening their understanding and experience of prayer is warmly invited to join us.

Congregational Meeting – Sunday, November 19

On Sunday, November 19, immediately following the church service, we will hold a congregational meeting to discuss and initiating a motion/motions on the future direction committee’s report and recommendations.

We extend an invitation to each of you, encouraging not only prayerful reflection upon your own individual desires for our church but also the discernment of how best to serve God collectively through our congregation. May we openly share our thoughts and actively listen to one another, seeking to perceive God’s voice within each of us, for we firmly believe that God speaks through each of God’s children. We are committed to supporting whatever choice the congregation makes. We believe in the collective wisdom and unity of our community, and we trust that the congregation’s decision will be in the best interest of all. Our strength lies in our ability to come together, make informed choices, and stand united behind the outcomes of our collective decisions.

Rev. Helen Smith and Christmas tree decorating – Sunday, November 26

On Sunday, November 26, we are very blessed to have Rev. Helen Smith leading the worship service. Following the service, we will come together to decorate the Christmas tree.

Quiet Prayer and Communion Service – Wednesday, November 29

On Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 PM, we will host a quiet prayer and communion service in the sanctuary. In the midst of our often busy and hectic lives, finding moments for prayer and listening to God can be challenging. Our communal silence and prayer provide a space to enhance our connection with God. Please, come and pray with us.

—Rev. Chuck Moon