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A Message from Rev. Maya Landell (September 18, 2020)

Milky Way over Prospect, Nova Scotia
Photo by Adam Cornick, @acorn_art_photography

Dear Friends,

Can you imagine yourself at Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia, looking up into the night sky and seeing this?

In the words of Brian McLaren,

“…inspired by Genesis, we are guided to look for the pattern, meaning, wisdom, and logic of God woven into galaxies, planets, forests, fields, plants, animals, you and me. In John’s gospel, we are inspired to look for the pattern in a poor man traveling across the land with a band of students and friends, telling stories, confronting injustice, helping people in need. If we learn and trust the wisdom that comes in creation and in Jesus, we will live our lives in a new way.” (We Make the Road by Walking)

We make our way onto this new road by walking. I may not know what road you are individually walking right now. But, collectively? I know we are figuring out how to continue being the church together, and to stay connected in community.

Thank you for your generosity:

  • for supporting the Mission & Service fund that provides immediate support to places in need and in crisis around the world
  • for praying for members of our community as they face serious health challenges – Dale Pringle, Doug Peter, Kyle Humphries (son of Larry and Kim)
  • for holding Michelle Reece as she serves for the next three months on the island of Lesvos in Greece (in the midst of fires and COVID) at the largest refugee camp in Europe.

Many of you are trying to gaze forward and predict what lies ahead. But I invite you into this season of autumn (which officially arrives on Tuesday, September 22) one step at a time. Prayerfully, we will navigate this together.

Autumn Months

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.

As we welcome the autumn months,
may the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.

May the brilliant colors of the leaves
remind us of the wonder of your creation.

May the steam of our breath in the cool air
remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.

May the harvest from the fields remind us of the abundance we have been given and bounty we are to share with others.
May the dying of summer’s spirit remind us of your great promise that death is temporary and life is eternal.
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.

– Author Unknown

Christ’s peace abounds.
Rev. Maya Landell

P.S. Thanks for your support as we strive to reach our $10,000 goal for Refugee support. I’ll be doing my first half-marathon, so please give generously. It really matters!