Pastoral Letter: June 3, 2020

Pastoral Letter: June 3, 2020

2020-06-03 Dear friends, Please join our online Communion gathering this Sunday, June 7th. The Zoom gathering begins at 9:30am and Communion liturgy begins at 10:00am. Similar to our May online gathering, you provide your own bread and juice (or cracker and milk if available). You can connect using your computer or telephone, and the connection information is below. Please join your congregation as we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion….Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 29, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 29, 2020

2020-05-28 Dear friends, As I write this pastoral letter, Minneapolis burns for a third night. Riots and looting continue in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, an African American man, by a police officer. Tonight the third precinct police station in Minneapolis was overtaken by rioters and set ablaze. I’ve seen anger and frustration expressed by white people, for example in our neighbouring Michigan, with the inconveniences imposed…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 15, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 15, 2020

2020-05-14 Dear friends, As politicians and businesses plan the first phase of reopening workplaces and the economy, we know it is too soon to reopen churches for programs and worship. The United Church does not support the petition being pushed by some Ontario pastors asking the Premier to accelerate the reopening of church buildings. I will go on the record here to oppose the initiative, which I see as irresponsible…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 7, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 7, 2020

2020-05-07 Dear friends, The sanctuary was closed eight weeks ago, and we’ve adapted well. Last Sunday about 45 people celebrated Communion online. The experience was profound. The Congregational Life Team plans for monthly online Communion during the pandemic. Our next Communion is June 7. This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Please email me a digital photo of your late mother, and I will create a memorial image for this Sunday’s worship service. This…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 1, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 1, 2020

Dear friends, We are ready for Communion. This Sunday morning we’ll celebrate the sacrament of Communion from our homes. I invite you to join our Zoom conference call (see below for computer and telephone options) on Sunday. The United Church permits online Communion only if we do it live. We need to be on Zoom together, at the same time, when we break bread. Here’s how online communion works. You provide the bread and grape juice….Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: April 23, 2020

Pastoral Letter: April 23, 2020

Dear friends, This week’s pastoral letter is short. And dedicated to one topic: Gathering. Gathering together, being in each other’s company, fellowship, congregating, communing — these all describe an essential Christian practice. And a problem we need to solve collectively. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). How do we do this during a pandemic? Answer: online. Every Sunday morning from 9:30…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: April 16, 2020

Pastoral Letter: April 16, 2020

Dear friends, Thank you for your ongoing participation with Strathroy United Church ministries. One month ago we moved Sunday worship services online to Facebook. A pandemic response team was created to ensure our community outreach continued. A pastoral care team began telephone check-in calls to every household in our congregation. And you continue your generous financial support. An unfortunate loss during the closure is Children’s Worship. I miss Sunday morning children’s time. Worship is better when…Keep Reading

2019 Advent and Christmas Pastoral Letter

2019 Advent and Christmas Pastoral Letter

2019 Advent and Christmas Pastoral Letter