A Message from Rev. Maya Landell (June 26, 2020)

Dear Islington United Community:
In March it was difficult to imagine what was ahead as the world was declared to be in a pandemic.  COVID-19, the world’s most infectious virus in over a 100 years, was about to change all our lives in so many ways for years to come. I am grateful for the dedicated, faithful and “over and above the call of duty” response of our lay leaders who have worked with staff to navigate this time. Please see below for the most recent Church Council update.
For those of you who missed the Congregational Meeting on June 24, you can view the meeting video here. You will be able to access this meeting link until July 5. Our next Congregational Meeting will be Wednesday, September 23. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar.
We have now journeyed through together these last four months and we begin the summer season with a week of Sabbath – holy invitation, one of the 10 commandments to rest. On the 7th Day – God Rested. Remember he said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28).
Worship this Sunday is not to be missed at 10:30 am. There will not be Godly Play this Sunday, and next week there will not be Wednesday Weekly, Friday messages or Facebook Live sessions. James Aitchison will be on call for Emergency Pastoral Care (james@islingtonunited.org; 416-239-1131, ext. 222 which is forwarded to his cell phone). The church office will be closed on July 3 (instead of July 1) for the Canada Day holiday. The building remains closed.
Please PAUSE. Rest, pray and savour the faithful and hard work that has lead us here. Take this next week for Sabbath.
In Christ’s peace and blessing,
Rev. Maya
Dear Jesus, thank You for the gift of the Sabbath. Will You help us to see this time for what it is – a time of rest and renewal in You? We delight in this time with You as we let Your love wash over us. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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