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Mar 24th, 2020 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: Lent 4, March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Livestreaming Worship

         I’ve been searching out words of hope and encouragement and have found a number.  I want to share one of those inspirational reflections with you this evening.

         I subscribe to an online newsletter from the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community.  It is a wonderful community of 5 families living near Deer Spring Creek near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  They provide a retreat opportunity for pilgrims arising out of a Quaker tradition.  They welcome folk from every spiritual tradition, and as if says on their website, we welcome all “who seek to walk gently on the land, mindful of our interdependence with all living beings in this peaceable kingdom and respectful of each other’s age, gender, colour, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, cultural identity, and all the nuances of diversity that infuse our common humanity.”[1]

         Lindsay McLaughlin wrote a piece about Hope that she shared on the Rolling Ridge website and I share it with you because I was very moved by it.  She refers to spring as a symbol of hope for us; the spring where Lindsay is located is a little ahead of us and this piece was written a week ago.  This is what she wrote:

The vernal equinox is a handful of days away, announcing the astronomical beginning of spring. On a morning last week, as dawn chased the darkness from the forest’s edge, the moon was a glowing, golden plate resting on the western horizon. Tiny purple crocuses peeked up through pale brown grasses. Bright daffodils nodded on slender stems. Lacy green fronds adorned the old willow stump. On the edge of winter and spring, the moon, stars, and sun grandly and reliably »»

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God calls us to be a loving, inclusive and compassionate people, who following Christ's teachings, gather to worship, celebrate the gift of love, live with respect in creation and seek justice and welcome for all regardless of, but not limited to, the following: age, race, colour, ancestry or place of origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical and mental ability and economic status.

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Congregational Life

Robin’s Love-in-Action Family Challenge

1.    Write a postcard or letter to someone and mail it through Canada Post.
2.    Get a garbage bag and gloves and walk around your neighbourhood doing a litter pick up.
3.    Join the 7 pm “Gratitude Call” – set an alarm for 7 pm, then go outside and make some noise like clapping and cheering to show your thanks to all those doctors, nurses and hospital workers who are working to keep us all healthy and safe.
4.    Start a donation box and find 20 things in your house that you can give away to a thrift store or church garage sale. It may be a while before your donation can be accepted, but you will be ready when the time comes!
5.    Find a spot in your house or yard that you are going to clean up. Take a “before” picture and an “after” picture. I would love to see it, so you can share it on the Nelson United Church Facebook group page or email it to me.
6.    Do a prayer walk around your neighbourhood – pray for the people in each house as you pass by. Pray for the workers who keep our streets clear and keep our power lines working. Pray for any birds or animals you see on your way.

Families can really help each other right now with finding a sense of purpose by focusing on showing love through action – love for each other and love for our community. Let me know how you did with your love in action this week – if you don’t have my contact info, you can always email me from the contact page of this website!



Sunday, March 29 — LENT 4

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Prayers of the People: March 22

I want to start by saying what an honour it is to write these prayers this week. It’s been a challenging week for us all, and at times I have been slipping into despondency. This opportunity to focus on God and prayer is just what I need right now.

The people of the Bible were no stranger to human tragedy and calamity. »»

NUC in response to COVID-19

COVID-19 and Nelson United Church

We are suspending Sunday worship in the sanctuary and other activities in the church until further notice. 
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For the Week of March 15

Third Sunday of Lent   

        Pushing Through Challenges: Personal Transformation
       PIE Day/Affirming Worship


Prayers of the People: March 15

On this, the 3rd Sunday in Lent, we reflect on the all-inclusive power of God’s reach that enables and empowers us to adapt to the great big challenges we face here at home and throughout the world.  So, when you hear the words, Great Big God please respond with “Hear our Prayers”. »»


Nelson United Church Annual Meeting
March 22, 2020
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The United Church of Canada and Affirm United has declared March 14th of each year a day to be Public, Intentional, Explicit (PIE) in celebrating and honouring the full inclusion of *LGBTQ2SIA+ people in faith communities and beyond. »»

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