Heartbeat November Edition

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Remember Peace

There are more and more ways to be a part of the community at Beach United Church.  Read the Heartbeat newsletter that is attached here and you will see the breadth and depth of the programming.  In the midst of all these opportunities, I believe that “worship matters”.  Worship helps us to journey inwards to the core of our being and then helps us to move outwards in a spirit of justice and compassion.

What are we trying to connect with at our core, to take into the world?  I would name it as “love”; that is the essence of God for me.  Jesus lived that love in the world: he was both a peacemaker and a disturber of the status quo. This idea is encapsulated in the phrase “to remember is to work for peace”.

During the Remembrance Day period in 1989, a Mennonite pastor in Ontario suggested that all Mennonite communities shared the same message of peace.  That is how the simple message to remember is to work for peace” was born.

We will be exploring this theme not just on Sunday November 11th but throughout the month of November.  Come and add the energy of your spirit, as we gather to worship on Sunday morning and then go out to live love in the world.

In peace,

Karen

eSpirit Jan 3 2016

Sunday is my last worship service at Beach United and my heart is filled with gratitude.

I am grateful for sharing part of my life journey with the saints of Beach United. I joined you when you were newly formed and figuring out relationships. I leave you as a strongly bonded community.

I am grateful for all the ups and downs of our spiritual lives. God’s spirit is best found in the messiness of life.

I am grateful for baptisms and funerals, births and deaths. Sharing intimate moments in our lives is a humbling, sacred privilege.

I am grateful for food, coffee, and community. Whether we share communion, coffee before and after worship, lunch at the Interfaith Lunch Program, or snacks at various meetings, Christ’s spirit is alive when we break bread together.

I am grateful for growing and learning with you all. God calls us to stretch our angel wings, sing our alleluias, and tell our good news of love and justice wherever we go.

I am grateful.

Abigail