Advent 3

A Message from Rev. Maya Landell

As I write this on Friday the 13th, it is my birthday and I am celebrating 44 years of life. I am grateful to my parents who have taught me much about not missing moments of delight, and who have invited me to laugh so hard you pee your pants.

This kind of joy is contagious.

I feel so grateful this day to be part of a community that loves and cares in Christ’s name. I am touched by the acts of compassion and outreach that happen daily in this place. I love so much about this season at Islington United; it brings out the best in all of us as we wait for the Christ-child to be born again.

I hope last week you found time to read some of the stories in The Snapshot newsletter (click here to read it)

This week we prayed together at the Stephen Minister’s Christmas gathering, we sang and laughed at Islington Sings, we wept healing tears at the Blue Christmas service, and all the choirs prepared for Christmas in Islington that takes place this Sunday afternoon. Tell your friends, and let’s fill the sanctuary with music that lifts the soul.

We will also welcome new members this Sunday, and step into the story of Joseph (who sometimes is misunderstood and overlooked). Come dressed in RED for the colours of Christmas are filling the sanctuary, with red poinsettias to be delivered following the service to those who are homebound or needing a lift.

And speaking of stories of full of Joy in the midst of struggle, Colleen and Dale Pringle have written our church family a letter (click here to read). May the Joy of this church family continue to be shared,

Love,
Rev. Maya

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