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Dec 9th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: December 9 – ADVENT 2

         I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I like cleaning—probably even Janet finds this surprising.  I have to admit that I don’t always have the energy for it, but I like vacuuming and straightening things out; I don’t even mind cleaning toilets. Doing dishes?  A piece of cake.  Dusting I’m not so keen on.

         I was a housekeeper at the Iona Abbey when I was on sabbatical in 2005.  Some of you will remember that for you gave me an apron stating that I was the property of Nelson United Church.  I was the envy of the volunteers and staff that year because I received more mail than anyone else had ever done before.  It was my birthday in early June and many of you wrote a letter and a card.  I appreciated all of the support and contact.

         When you take a course at Iona, either at the Abbey or at the McLeod Centre, you have chores you have to do.  People would clean up the common area and lay the fire for the day.  They would clean the washrooms, set the table for meals, help tidy up after meals, and so on.  As housekeepers, it was our task to coordinate that and to do other cleaning in common areas, and of course, we would do a deep cleaning after guests left and before new guests arrived.  When I started in May, we also had to deal with bedbugs and so there was a little extra effort in changing beds and cleaning each room.  While it could certainly be tiring, I enjoyed it.  It was a surprise to many when they learned that I was a minister from Canada on Sabbatical; they wondered »»

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Congregational Life

Prayers of the People: December 9 – ADVENT 2

In the turmoil of our times, we have come here this day seeking sanctuary and peace. Join with me in the prayers of the people, and when I say, “Just and Merciful God, lead us on,” please respond with “Hear our prayers.” »»

For the Week of December 9

Like a Refiner’s Fire


“Dream a Dream” – Contata

On Sunday, December 23rd during worship there will be a Christmas Cantata performed by our Chancel Choir. The “Dream a Dream” Christmas Cantata was developed by musician/composer Ron Klusmeier »»

Chancel Murals

As a member of our Church Décor Team, Marg Stacey has been for years, creating murals in the area behind the choir loft. These murals reflect the liturgical seasonal themes and are refreshed several times a year. »»

Gratitude from the Heart

We’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber-Monday and Tuesday. »»

Prayers of the People: November 25

Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “And so we pray, day by day,” please respond by saying “With Love and Thanksgiving.»»

New Mustard Seed

the Mustard Seed 

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December 2018 »»

Prayers of the People: November 11

I offer these prayers in memory of Roy Nelson who was to write the prayers of the people this morning. They are based on prayers written by Sister Joan Chittister.  When you hear the words, “O God of peace,” please respond with, “Hear our prayers.»»

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