|Posted by Harmony United Church on May 14, 2020 at 4:55 PM|
May 14th, 2020
“Many are the light beams from the one light...
Many are the gifts given, love is all one...
Many ways to serve God, the Spirit is one...
Many are the members, the body is one...
We are one in Christ.”
(Voices United #588)
These beautiful words were written in the year 252 (!) by Cyprian of Carthage; a long time ago and yet, the message is as important as ever.
With the huge changes thrust upon us by the global pandemic, we are becoming acutely aware of our need for one another. As a church community we are struggling to find new ways to worship and to live our faith in the context of physical distancing. One amazing response to this challenge has been the development of shared online worship services of the United Churches in the Thunder Bay area. Worship leaders meet by videoconference to plan each week's worship service, with representatives from the churches offering to write and/or present different parts of the liturgy. We now have participation by Pinegrove, Broadway, Trinity, St. Paul's, Westminster, First-Wesley, and Harmony United Church.
Just imagine – such a diversity of gifts involved in creating a variety of worship experiences. So far, no fights! Seriously, there is a wonderful spirit of cooperation and respect, with encouragement of those who are perhaps less confident and experienced to give it a go, with lots of support. The Spirit is truly at work, and calling us to come together as one body with many unique and special parts.
On Sunday, May 17th, our church will be specially involved in the online service. I hope you will be able to tune in to it via the website at 10:30 a.m. at www.trinityunited.church/livestream, or through Facebook. Harmony UC is providing the music. Though we cannot have our full choir present, the service will give a sense of Harmony's unique musical sensibilities. Also, Peter and I enjoyed preparing and delivering the Scripture readings, and we look forward to seeing how it all evolves in our shared virtual worship this Sunday.I am keeping all of you in my prayers.
As our new creed assures us,“God is with us. We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.”
God bless you,
(Rev.) Joyce Fergus-Moore