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100 YEARS

WESLEY

UNITED CHURCH

Rev. Heather M. McClure

SUNDAY MORNING

10:30 A.M. WORSHIP

OTHER SERVICES & EVENTS

AS ANNOUNCED 



5964 Notre Dame de Grâce
N.D.G., Montreal


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October 18, 2019

 

Hi All,

 

Well, unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that Monday is Election Day here in Canada. And again, unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that it has been both a somewhat boring campaign. Nonetheless, there have been some interesting things happening this time around. Most intriguing is that the polls have not moved substantially in terms of where the respective parties and their leaders are sitting.  As a result, the outcome of the election is not at all clear. Will one party get enough seats to form a majority government?  Will it be a minority? And if so, who will prop up who? I think it might be a late night for those of us who watch the returns on Monday evening.

 

If you have read this far, you might be thinking you are reading the wrong message. Why is your minister talking politics?  Well, if I did get into it, I wouldn’t be totally off the mark. After all, Jesus was very political. He went up against the authorities and practices of his world every day and challenged what was happening, just as politicians do today. But you can be assured that I will not be offering any advice on who to vote for. That is neither prudent or appropriate. However, I will council you all to vote on Monday if you are eligible to vote.  And even if you are feeling undecided, as I still am, I urge you to vote anyway, because the right to vote is also a responsibility. Many people in the world risk their lives, travel long distances and wait for hours and even days on end to vote.  Here in Canada, most of us do not have to wait more than a few minutes to cast our vote in any given election.

 

Nonetheless, I know, sometimes it doesn’t feel like our own single vote makes a difference. So I refer you to the image of a pot sitting under a dripping tap. At some point, a single drop of water will cause the pot to overflow. But it was not just that one drop that made a difference, it took every single drop to fill the pot to overflowing.  Likewise with God’s love, be it the love for us or the love that we share. We might think our little bit of love doesn’t make a difference in the world, but all the love, that all of us offer, makes a big difference in each corner we live in.  So don’t forget to love and don’t forget to vote, both are equally important.

 

This week at Wesley Aaron Meichkota is preaching. As usual, I am certain she will provide you with some spiritual food for thought in the service. As well, I want to remind members of the Official Board of our meeting next Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 in the outer office of the minister’s office on the mezzanine.  And please remember to bring food for the food bank to add to our collection.  They are looking for the following items: Canned or dried beans, lentils and legumes; Rice, especially brown; Canned fish: tuna, salmon, sardines; Whole grains: Oats, barley. bulgar, couscous, quinoa, millet, etc.; Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce; Pasta, especially whole grain.

 

Have a great weekend and go vote on Monday!

 

Rev. Heather