On this 91st Anniversary of the United Church of Canada, I cannot help but think of all the effort, perseverance and courage it took for our forefathers and foremothers to bring this vision of uniting together. Our Church is still wrestling to carry on the Mission of God within the changes of life – that is part of life. Just like a river always running, sometimes calm and sometimes like white water chaos; where we can never touch the same water twice. We panic as churches close, others merge, transform their space and share with other denominations, Faiths. We are … Read more
When I was driving home on Sunday June 5th from celebrating two wonderful worship services and delivering the sermon for the Halladay Burial Place’s annual memorial service, the following crossed my mind. When the time comes that we each enter our eternal rest, God is NOT going to ask what type of relations did you have: Straight or Same Gender. I believe, God is going to say, “Welcome into your rest, my good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:21. My Prayer is that we spend more time in Loving, Caring, and Uplifting one another, rather than criticizing others for not living … Read more
There are those who do not love us. However, GOD LOVES EVERYONE…
“There is NO Perfection in Life, however, when we stay Rooted Deep in the Source of Perfect Love, we Learn, Grow, Blossom and Transform; Not just ourselves but the world around us.” Blessings to You All!
The Young Armenian Girl, who wrote her very first poem, “The Mild Night” on January 14, 1982, could have never imagined that one day she would live in a peace-filled country and say, “My very first poetry book is being published”. In my wildest dreams these words never appeared. However, today, May 1, 2016, 27 days before the fifth anniversary of my ordination into ministry, I am able to say, “By God’s Grace my very first book of Christmas Poetry, Prayers and Blessings; with full page colour photos taken by Gary and I, will be published in September of this … Read more
The Festival of Homiletics, is one of my favourite conferences that I attempt to attend each year. This year it is truly a honour to be asked to lead worship with my colleague, The Rev. Anthony Bailey, at Buckhead Theatre, on May 17. Keep us in your prayers for safe travels and a rejuvenated return home. May we hear and see the visions of the Holy One to guide us; and continue the work of \\\”Prophetic Preaching in Times of Change\\\”.
On Friday, April 8, 2016, out of nowhere something probed me to send out an e-mail to advise our V.I.B.E (Venturing through Biblical Education) Group that our gathering will commence on April 20th, instead of the 13th. A part of me was hesitant to postpone, as I had nothing to prepare for it per se. This year, our first study is a 7-part DVD series on interfaith. We are going to look at different religions of the world and see individual seekers’ journeys. I saw this series and I thought this will be a good way for us to see … Read more
A day to celebrate Love, to Celebrate the fact that Love conquers all. An exhausting week and Holy Week has not begun yet. Went to church this a.m. and told the secretary that I’d rather be in bed and sleep in. Then, people started knocking on the office door, talking to me, giving hugs and slowly a new energy started to creep out on me. There was Joy in being at the church building and being with the church (the people) all together… Our Palm Sunday processional began and we started singing, “He Comes Riding on a Donkey”. All the … Read more
It was quite a hectic morning and I was trying to rush out the door for a few appointments – Amazing appointments if I may add. I planned to go and meet a great person who is making me a clerical shirt, have a bowl of soup at the local restaurant, and then meet the principal at the local high school with two teachers to plan a time and date to share my journey of displacement into Canada at the local high school. I was so proud of myself as I had decided to use the slow cooker to get … Read more
Often the thought has crossed my mind and my mouth has uttered the words, “Serving a One Point Pastoral Charge must be so much easier. Maybe that is why many colleagues I know go from a multi-point charge to a one-point.” That is, until this past Sunday, January 31, 2016. when we officially welcomed three wonderful members to the pastoral charge and celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism – I was walking on cloud nine… At the end of the second worship celebration at Elgin United, while singing the last song, “I Have Called You by Your Name”, I heard a … Read more