Knox Shuniah United Church

1 Shuniah Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7A 2Y7 Canada


Minister's Message - April 30th

Posted by Harmony United Church on April 30, 2020 at 4:55 PM

Minister's Message

April 30th, 2020


“I meant to do my work today

But a brown bird sang in an apple tree,

And a butterfly flitted across the field

And all the leaves were calling me.”

Richard LeGallienne


This Sunday seven weeks will have passed since we last gathered

in person in our church. Seven weeks of self-isolation in our homes,

and physical distancing when outside. We are fortunate in many

ways – we can connect by telephone, and for those who have the

appropriate technology, we can participate in online worship

services and virtual meetings with family or friends. We have good

community services and wonderful neighbours, sufficient food and

clean water.


Nevertheless, the effects of this global pandemic are emotionally

and physically exhausting for many of us. We hear bad news, we

feel helpless, and feel we must somehow try harder to make things

better. Our sleep may be disturbed, and we wonder if this will ever



Maybe we are trying too hard, and in danger of slipping into despair.

I love the simple message in the little poem quoted above. God

speaks to us through nature, inviting us to slow down, take time out

from our striving and worrying, and notice all the signs of spring.

All creatures great and small have something to teach us – like

birds overcoming unimaginable hardships to survive the winter and

now building nests to nurture a new generation.


Trees and flowers and butterflies all gift us with a reminder that life

goes on in beautiful and mysterious ways. Our sense of hope is

renewed as we see the transformation of the earth in spring. It is

just as God intends. Yes, there are huge challenges for us as a

human family, but with faith we will find the best ways to face them

together, in a spirit of harmony and hope. Consider the lilies of the



God bless you dear friends,


Rev. Joyce Fergus-Moore


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