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

Heartbeat October Edition

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The Colour of Gratitude

As I am writing this message the leaves have for the most part not started to change colour – – at least not in this part of the country.  Perhaps when you are reading some trees and bushes might look different, tinged with red and orange; leaves might well be blowing down your street.

I remember one Thanksgiving dinner when my daughter was in charge of decorating the table.  She had collected beautifully coloured maple leaves, pressed them flat and written the name of everyone who was going to be gathered around the table.  They looked beautiful and made everyone feel special.

On Thanksgiving Sunday, October 7, we will be gathering around a table to remember Jesus’ life and teaching.  We will also take time to be grateful for what we have.  But how can we live everyday in a spirit of gratitude?

How about trying this idea?  Collect some fallen leaves when you are walking around your neighbourhood.  Using a permanent marker write something for which you are grateful for on each leaf.  Arrange the leaves somewhere that catches your eye.  You might want to add a candle and light it each time you take a moment of gratitude.

If you have more time you could use the leaves to reflect upon these questions:

• What parts of your life feel dried and withered and need to be released?

• What is your dream for new growth?

With  gratitude for the community of Beach United Church,

Karen  Dale