Knox Shuniah United Church

1 Shuniah Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7A 2Y7 Canada


Rev. Joyce's Weekly Message

Posted by Harmony United Church on July 14, 2020 at 9:20 PM

Minister's Message

July 9th, 2020

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1


These words spoken by a wise teacher and philosopher many centuries ago still have much to teach us today. Seasons come and seasons go; seasons return again, though never exactly the same as before. There is the season of youth, the season of middle age, and the season of elderhood; there are seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall; there are seasons of energy and creativity, and seasons of quiet reflection.


Right now, our earth is struggling with a long season of contagious illness and we wonder if it will ever end. We need so very much to reclaim the assurance of our faith in a good Creator who will never abandon us, and we need to take the long view of our current circumstances. Our world has struggled before with devastating illnesses – bubonic plague, typhoid, polio, tuberculosis, and many others. Many people suffered and died, but medical and social progress has helped to ensure the survival of the human race. This happened because people cared enough about their neighbours, and about future generations, to work together for the common good. This is holy work, and we are all called to be part of it, each in our own way.

The teacher also says there is time for every matter under heaven. When we are stressed and uncertain, it is good to remember these words. If we take even a little time to ask God's help, we will find we really do have the time to do what is needed at any given moment, and to let go of what can wait, or what someone else can do. It helps to remember that the Holy Spirit is working in and through many people, not just us!


My prayer is that this season, with all its beauty and challenge, will provide you with the time to enjoy what brings meaning to your life.


Visits with family and friends, whether virtual or close-up, participating in worship, quiet times with music or a good book – these are some of the ways to use this strange time to renew your spirit.


May God bless you and your loved ones, dear friends. Special greetings and prayers for you, Rev. Sakala, and your family. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Thunder Bay.


Peace be with you,


(Rev.) Joyce Fergus-Moore





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