October 18 Reflection

Mary’s Musings….                                                                   October 14, 2020

Over the past couple of Wednesday evenings, (September 30 and October 7), I, along with a couple of hundred other people participated in the new zoom annual meeting of our Prairie to Pine Region. This meeting which is normally held in late spring was rescheduled and reimagined because of COVID19. While it was different, it was good to see and connect with ministry personnel and lay people from across our region.

One of the key pieces of work which was accomplished during this meeting was the adoption of an Affirming Vision Statement for the region. Following is the statement which was adopted unanimously:

Prairie to Pine, a Regional Council of The United Church of Canada, is called to offer an open door, an open heart, an open mind, an open hand and an open table.   

An open door is evidence of the belief that all people are created in God’s image and are unconditionally loved by the Creator.

An open heart follows Jesus’ teachings to love one another. We extend that love to all, inclusive of their ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or any other human division.

An open mind calls us to continue working for justice, dignity, and the full inclusion of everyone in all aspects of the church community and society.

An open hand is a symbol of our work towards reconciliation as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples, and our call to live into the intercultural global community.

An open table recognizes that Jesus Christ is our host and that we are all welcome guests. All who seek to follow Jesus are invited to share in this significant and sacred meal.

We recognize the unique and diverse Communities of Faith and recognize we are at varying levels of development and capacities.

The following is a prayer written by The Right Reverent Dr. Richard Bott, Moderator of The United Church of Canada:

As I put on my mask:
Creator,
as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament
in the wearing of this cloth –
let it be “an outward sign
of an inward grace” –
a tangible and visible way of living
love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.
Christ,
since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words,
but with my actions.
Holy Spirit,
As the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully –
and full of care –
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth be
shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.
In your Name and
in that love,
I pray.

May it be so.

Please note that there will not be a worship service on October 18, 2020 nor will I be sending my musings or reflections next week. I am having some day surgery this week and will be taking the following week to rebuild my energy and strength.

Take care and may you be surrounded by God’s blessings today and in all the days to come.