Thamesville Pastoral Charge
United Church of Canada
Box 9, 107 Elizabeth Street, Thamesville ON N0P 2K0 Office 519-692-4827 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 7, 2020
Grace and Peace be with you.
The covid19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways we could not have imagined just a few months ago. We have been hearing and seeing horrible news that we’ve never wanted to, so we now are dealing with isolation from friends and family.
As I’m staying home to work, this difficult time is urging me to see things in a new way, and to more deeply understand the beautiful ways in which we are all connected, we’re learning that we are deeply connected one another, like branches on a vine.
I am learning that the grounding daily practices I've developed over the years to deal with uncertainty are not only useful for myself, but perhaps a gift I can give to others; sit and breathe through discomfort, anxiety and trauma. Through these practices, I am learning to more deeply ask questions: "How do I find beauty and brokenness that must always be working together for this world? What might I do to daily help make this world a better place?"
We altogether are supposed to celebrate Easter this morning with the communion service, but we can’t. You might be feeling sad and upset, because the Easter service has been canceled.
However, there will be Easter.
Easter is alive in you right now; Easter comes alive in every human connection; Easter comes alive in all our senses, in our very being.
Easter celebrates new life that overcomes even our starkest moments.
Easter calls us to hope. To hope in one another, to hope in the future we cannot yet see or imagine.
Easter is alive in all the ways we reach out to one another across this social distance.
Easter lives in the new ways we are learning to show love and care for one another.
Easter is not canceled and neither is church.
Christianity is, at its heart, an incarnational faith and this faith does not mean trusting God to stop the storm, but trusting God to strengthen us as we walk through the storm.
With this faith, in spite of present sufferings, the flames of hope cannot be extinguished.
Let us witness hope to each other and so become beacons of light during these uncertain times.
We draw hope from a variety of sources: from our religious beliefs, the love of our families, the relationships with friends and the work we do. Each of these and others as well, provides rays of hope to our daily lives.
I would like to suggest one thing to you during this difficult time.
Let's make anything symbolized or presented HOPE with coloured paper, and hanging or displaying it on the window of your house or on your front door. So that people can see them and make them feel a bit better.
This is a way of our Easter celebration.
Let us pray that, in the face of COVID-19, we respond with an abundance of hope, gratitude and solidarity, trusting in the loving and ever merciful God, the source of all hope.
Stay positive and pray faithfully making our hope visible!
Rev. Grace Lee
News & Events
Play cancelled til Fall
Saturday - April As we are all aware the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the gathering of people in large groups and following the announcement by both federal and local health agencies, The Thamesville United Church is taking all preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, artists, and volunteers. This includes postponing our Spring Play and rescheduling it in the fall.
Thank you for all your support.
Jan, 29, 2020
Feb. 26, 2020
Mar. 25, 2020 Cancelled
Apr. 29, 2020
May 27, 2020
June 24, 2020
July 29, 2020
5 PM - 6:30 PM
For March 22 and March 29 have been cancelled do to COVID-19. We Will review after Sunday March 29, 2020.