Dear Grace United Church, This year, summer arrived with vengeance, and the weather has been as unpredictable as life itself. It seems summer is lingering, yet it is almost running away. I do not know if it is “coming out of COVID” or what, but this summer seems to be busier than ever before for the ministry we share together, and I am ever grateful. Today, August 13, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and officially welcome members to this Community of Faith. When I tell people that summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year, they don’t ... Read more
Dearly Beloved, We hope and pray that you are having an amazing Summer – staying safe, cool and hydrated. We are thrilled to share with you that God’s Love is overflowing in and through Grace United Church in Gananoque and we wanted to convey this Good News… Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) Grace United will hold the very first Pride Worship Celebration ever. You are welcome to join us in person (120 Pine Street, corner Stone in Gananoque) or on our YouTube Channel – (Grace United Church Gananoque – YouTube) May Blessings of Love abound in and ... Read more
God of Creation, Out of darkness you brought Light, Out of nothingness you brought Life. From mud you created humankind, Yet, you gifted Your Image to all, And instilled Your Breath in everyone. Thank You for the Gift of Your Life-Giving Word. Thank You for the Gift of Your Spirit in and with us. Thank You for the Gift of each other. May we go forward from here knowing that we are not alone. We live in Your World, In Your Womb, In Your Love – Today and Always. Amen.
“Life is short. We do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who journey the way with us. So be swift to love and make haste to be kind.” Henri-Frédéric Amiel Dear Grace United Church, Marcus J. Borg, a wonderful theologian, teacher, and lecturer, passed away in 2015, but the above words from Henri-Frédéric Amiel, which Borg used at the conclusion of almost every event, still ring true to my mind and heart. They make Borg’s memory a blessed one to me, personally. Today, as I type this short reflection from my heart, my mind is racing ... Read more
Dear Grace United, It is the most wonderful time of the year for your minister, as she prepares to leave for her annual preaching conference – Festival of Homiletics. Yes, some people attend music festivals, garlic festivals, and many other sorts of festivals, but your minister attends a preaching festival. This festival is a learning, enriching and growing opportunity for all ministers and lay leaders from all over the world. I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend this festival, either live or virtually, since 2013. It is one of the most powerful lifelong learning events that I attend each ... Read more
April 24 is the Armenian Genocide Commemoration date. In 2015, the Canadian Parliament passed Motion M-587 to declare the month of April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month, and mark April 24 as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day. A Prayer of Remembrance – Armenian Genocide – April 24, 1915  Holy and Life-Giving God, we come to you today with trust, knowing that Your Spirit hovers over all existence, bringing Light out of darkness, Life out of nothingness, Beauty out of ashes and Resurrection from the depths of the earth. Today, we remember the atrocities of the Ottoman Empire, that was ... Read more