Meditations

Please enjoy reading these thought-provoking and often humorous meditations about living a life of faith, facing life’s challenges and looking at the world around us with curiosity and wonder. Contributions come from our ministry personnel and members of the congregation. 


For Everyman

I thought that this week I would share a meditation through music as well as words. For Everyman was written by Jackson Browne in 1973 at the height of the Vietnam War and the Cold War. While many counter-culture artists were proclaiming an escapist vision of checking out of "the establishment" that seemed like it was teetering on the brink of apocalypse, Jackson offered this song of hope ... waiting ...
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From Where I Sit – by Florence Niven

There was a time when families paid for their church pew. Parents and offspring would wedge themselves neatly, side by side, into their allotted space. Wealthy patrons near the front, working class at the back. People of color, when allowed entrance, relegated to the balcony. In some churches, pews were equipped with tiny wooden doors, that kept little ones from wandering; held elders upright should they doze. There was a ...
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You Can Do It – by George Lavery

Hebrews 12:1-2a “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated ...
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Overcoming Isolation: Our Virtual Chancel Choir – by Paul Currie

Liturgy can be lost, in isolation . . .or it can be found, in intentionality.Our Sunday liturgy at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church in Kingston has always literally been the "Work of the People,” and in this Covid-19 world, the people must work to innovate. We have seen some communities of faith move directly to live streaming worship. That is a good way to keep things going, but it may ...
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All that glitters — by Florence Niven

It was a December morning, back when groups still gathered. Before social distancing was a thing. I lay on my yoga mat in the little country church, contemplating the small bedazzled stiletto hanging above the baby Jesus. Huh. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t what guided the Magi in the well-loved story, but there it was, dangling incongruously above the rustic crèche. Little wooden figures, representing all the key players, were ...
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The robins are back – by Florence Niven

The robins are back. They’ve built a spectacularly messy nest on top of the light by our front door, obscuring the warm glow of our shaker-style lantern with long tendrils of garden debris - once the protective layer around last year’s perennials, now a tattered veil. Our feathered friends are not happy with us. They flap their wings in alarm when we venture outside, scold us with loud staccato chirps, ...
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