Knox Shuniah United Church

1 Shuniah Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7A 2Y7 Canada


Rev Joyce's Weekly Message

Posted by Harmony United Church on June 21, 2020 at 9:05 PM

Minister's Message June 17th, 2020


Jesus said, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34 (The Message)


It has been three months since our last worship service in the sanctuary of Harmony United Church, and we don't know when it will be safe to gather for in-person worship again. We are hopeful we may be able to do so in the fall if all the necessary protocols are in place, but of course plans will need to be changed if there is a second wave of the pandemic. With this uncertainty it is a challenge to heed the words of Jesus and not “get worked up” about it. His words are particularly relevant in our current situation. I believe he is telling us to relax, and let go of any notion that we can take control and make things fit into our timetable and plans.

So what can we do? Jesus urges us to pay close attention to what God is doing right now, right around us. There are so many examples to give us hope. The bountiful regeneration of our forests and gardens, the kindness of friends and strangers, the new connections and relationships being formed through social media and video-conferencing and online worship services – these are but a few of many miracles happening in our community and in our world. Many of our church members have told me how nice it is to have time for more leisurely conversations with other people, and a number are enjoying life with less pressure to rush to the next activity. That is not to say that others are not missing regular visits with friends and family. Perhaps God is prompting you to pick up the phone and call someone.

We are fortunate to be part of a strong United Church network in our city and region. Our online worship is inspiring and our Zoom meetings provide good information and support. Last Sunday our shared worship included a covenanting service for Rev. Louise Hart and First-Wesley UC. There will be another covenanting service by Zoom, for Selina Mullin and St. John's UC in Marathon, on June 24 at 7:00 p.m. I look forward to the time when Harmony will also have a covenanting celebration, when Rev. Mastard Sakala is able to join us.

In the meantime, let us appreciate God's good gifts and daily opportunities. God is with us, and will help us deal with whatever may happen tomorrow.

May God's peace be with you,


Rev. Joyce Fergus-Moore

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