Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 will go down in history as probably the blackest day for Canada when a reservist, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was shot as he stood guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa.
Each person will be experiencing a variety of emotions …
What we do with these emotions will make a great statement as to our faith.
The afternoon unit of the United Church Women (UCW) met this afternoon and so we talked about it. The one thing I wanted people to remember is that any extremist hopes to zero in on people’s fear.
That is what they want. So let us not fall into fear. Let us be strong in our resolve to walk in faith, to sing God’s song. Isaiah 41: 10 states “do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you.” Know you are not alone, others are working to make sense of what has happened.
Share your feelings.
Call me, 905-833-5181, email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.
I also want to share with you a prayer that comes from our Moderator, the Right Rev. Gary Paterson as he responds to the events of Oct. 22. May his words bring you hope.
Blessings, Rev. Evelyn McLachlan
A Prayer for Ottawa
God, We pray for all the people in Ottawa who are currently in lockdown situations as a result of the shootings that began today at the National War Memorial.
We pray for those who were injured or who have died in this terrifying turn of events.
We pray for the safety of the people on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa, especially those who are actively looking to restore security.
Teach us, God, how to be faithful during this time of fear and anxiety.
And provide those most affected by this act of violence the abiding comfort and peace that we cannot.
We yearn for and seek your commonwealth of peace and justice: Make clear to us how to faithfully respond in a way that loves what you love and acts as you have taught us.
Give us the strength and wisdom
to choose compassion,
to choose hope,
to choose love,
In times when it is so easy to
to choose fear,
to choose hatred.
From the depths of our hearts, we pray to you, God. Amen.
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Services are each Sunday at 10 AM . Sunday School participants join congregation for first 15 minutes then off to class for rest of hour .
If you have any questions about or for our Church, please call the Church office. The church office telephone is (905) 833-5181. This telephone is “voice mail” answered 24 hours daily and will give emergency contact information.
The Church secretary, Nancy Stenson, is in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Our Minister, Rev. Evelyn McLachlan is generally in the office from
9am-2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Calling ahead will ensure that she is available. Otherwise Rev. McLachlan is available by appointment.